Waylen: 5 Months

Well either the g-parents royally messed with Waylen’s sleep patterns or the 4 month regression is no joke! Exactly one day after Waylen turned 4 months he went from sleeping 7+ hours to waking EVERY HOUR. He didn’t even do that as a newborn so it was a realllll change for us. Luckily he still wasn’t really fussy when he’d wake up, just needy. He’d basically wake up and whine, we’d pick him up, and he’d be back to sleep in less than 5. So, easy but still annoying to deal with every hour. Now that we’ve made it to 5 months the sleep situation has improved but it still isn’t back to what it once was and we still have some really off nights. Womp womp. He’s started having more night feeds again which I believe is because he is such a distracted eater during the day! He’s sooo interested in every thing these days it’s hard to get him to focus on food for long but hopefully we can get that back to normal too.

Some of Waylen’s favorite things these days are his bouncer, sitting in his high chair, inch worming across the couch, the Alphabet song, watching the puppies play, and an ugly little elephant car seat toy. He loves to chew everything, especially burp clothes, and is still sliming up the world with his spit. Ha He’s ticklish, laughs like Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory, and smiles 90% of the day. He is still my happy, easy baby! 






We’ve brought him to breweries, the beach, restaurants, baseball games, bottle shops, and even a house party and he’s been great pretty much every time! I am definitely one of those parents who just brings their baby everywhere and I don’t care what you think about it! Ha. So far we’ve only left Waylen with the g-parents when we had to attend a wedding and to be honest I doubt we’ll be doing it again any time soon. 

This next month we have SO many exciting things happening; family trips, beach vacations, my last day of work and I just can’t wait to see what new things Waylen will learn. 
I still can’t believe I have a 5 month old!! Where did the time go?!?

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day is right around the corner and I am so excited to shower my baby daddy with gifts! Last year we knew we were pregnant so we did a little celebrating but this year is the real deal so I want to make sure his day is extra special. Below I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite gift items for all those baby daddies out there!

  1. Matching Hats: I mean how cute are these?? Jake and Winn have the most adorable hats for your little dude/dudette and they make matching ones for adults. You alwaysssss see cute matching things for mother-daughters out there but it’s rare to find anything for the boys so when I came across these I knew I had to snag a set.                                                           
  2. Matching Sweaters:  Now this Beau Hudson sweater can work for sons, daughters, mothers, or fathers… like you can literally have an entire family of matching adorableness ha. But really, I love these sweaters so much that I may have snuck in one for myself when ordering for Waylen and Chappy. Can you say awkward family photo???!  
  3. Star Wars Coffee Mug: We used to refer to our dog Ramone as Yoda when he was a puppy so these silly Star Wars mugs from Etsy seemed like the perfect corny Father’s Day gift.                                               
  4. Facial: Who says girls are the only ones who want a little pampering on their special day? Charlotte’s Mud Facial Bar offers a facial specifically geared towards men which I figured would be the perfect gift for my baby daddy since he HATES massages but loves getting his hair shampooed. I figured a facial is kind of the happy median, right?? ha.                 
  5. The Beer Geek Handbook: Now you guys know Chappy is really into craft cocktails but if you didn’t know, he’s actually also really into craft beers. When I came across this  book I knew it would be the perfect gift for Chappy and the perfect addition to our coffee table stack.                                                
  6. Funny Card: So normally I think cards are a complete waste of money; that was until I discovered all the hilarious cards on Etsy! So Chappy has this thing where anytime Waylen spits up he panics. “I NEED HELP! I NEED HELP! I NEED HELP!” After seriously RUNNING to help him while imagining all the horrible things that could have just happened to my adorable little baby, I usually only have to wipe a quarter size amount of spit-up off his sleeve. So that is why is card is seriously PERFECT for him!                          

Overall I think I did pretty good with picking out some great gifts for his first real Father’s Day. No socks or ties for him this year ha. Now that I’ve set the bar though I’ll need to keep up my awesome gift giving skills so I might need help in the future! What are your favorite things to get/give for Father’s Day??!

 

Breast Milk Cleanser

Alright, here me out. I swear I’m not some sicko who’s gone off the deep end. When getting a facial at MUD the other day I noticed that one of their add ons is breast milk. While I wasn’t quite ready to dive right in and use some strangers breast milk to lather up my face, it did spark my interest. You see, I am a nursing mother who just happens to have a steady enough supply to spare some milk in the quest for perfect skin. Now in general my skin care routine is pretty simple. I use all drug store products and that MUD facial I just had was literally the first professional thing I had ever done to my skin. This is how my typical night time routine goes… double cleanse with Cetaphil, Roc Retinol night cream, then No7 intense night cream. Pretty simple.


 To try out this whole breast milk deal I decided to swop out my second Cetaphil cleanse for milk. Here is how it went .. and no judging my extremely flattering no makeup selfies 😂

Before:

I am usually pretty blessed when it comes to acne but with Waylen at the start of his 4 month regression and me upping my caffeine and sugar intake to keep up, a few surprise zits popped up. Now if you went to any baby class while pregnant I’m sure you heard that you can literally put breast milk on anything to make it better. Baby scratches his face? Put breast milk on it. Baby acne? Put breast milk on it. Nipples sore from nursing? Don’t bother buying creams, just use breast milk. Because of this I was pretty excited to try out my milk while having a fresh third eye on my forehead. Hopefully it works wonders and FAST!

Day 1: 


Day 2: 

Day 3:

Day 4:

Day 5:


Sooo after all that I didn’t really notice a huge difference. My zit did disappear but then again they always do eventually right? Ha. Ever since giving birth I’ll get these little dry patches of skin around my eyes but after a week of breast milk those are all gone so at least that’s something! Besides that though, my skin looks pretty much the same. Womp womp. Will I keep it up? Maybe, I mean it is free and I wouldn’t be going through my cleanser as fast… plus who knows, maybe I’ll see a bigger difference after more than 5 days! 

I’ll keep you posted! 

Postpartum: What No One Told Me

There are a bunch of wonderful… but mostly awful things people tell you about what happens after delivery; I’m sure I don’t need to get into all the gory details… I would like to make a point to mention though, just like everything else with pregnancy, those icky, horrible things don’t necessarily happen to everyone so I wouldn’t spend time fretting over them until you’re actually experiencing them! No painful peeing, hemorrhoids, or that unspeakable “second delivery” when you go #2 for me. Ha and I swear I was pretty worried about that last one after the things I’d read. Like more scared of that then actually delivering my baby. Now there are some other things that I did experience that I didn’t even realize we’re a thing. 

 

  1. Immediately after delivery my legs were SO shakey, like convulsing! Apparently it’s called “Labor Shakes” and is perfectly normal.  
  2. The first few times I stood up I felt like I was in an episode of The Walking Dead and all my organs were falling out of my abdomen. Makes sense though, they all had been smushed up in my ribs due to the 8lb baby who had taken over residency. (I swear my stomach used to growl in between my boobs ha.) Once he was gone they could finally retake their normal positions and they wasted no time (literally) falling into place ha
  3. Two words: night sweats. I’m not even someone who really sweats but OH MY GOSH did I have night sweats the first couple of weeks. 
  4. Dry Eye Syndrome. Luckily I don’t wear contacts which could make this an even more annoying issue but my eyes are SO dry. They constantly feel as if I have no tears at all and are quickly shriveling up to nothing.
  5. Postpartum Depression in dads. So this is totally a thing. Chappy was WAY more emotional after Waylen was born. Luckily it was all happy tears at commercials and puppies but one night I teased him that I thought I was supposed to be the depressed one which then peaked my interest so I googled and guess what? Postpartum depression in fathers is a real thing! 
  6. The Linea Nigra does not just go away. I always figured it would start fading immediately after delivery and be gone within a few weeks. Nope. This bad boy is here to stay… at least for a while. Apparently they can last for months or years (or in rare cases– forever) after delivery. Breastfeeding also keeps them longer so I guess I should get used to my swiggly little friend. 
  7. Speaking of weird things on your stomach, it may be abnormally tan compared to the rest of your body. Luckily this doesn’t last as long and will start fading a few weeks after delivery.
  8. Itchy skin and/or armpits while breastfeeding. My neck and collar bone area would seriously get SO itchy when breastfeeding in the beginning but luckily it only lasted the first few weeks. Apparently it has something to do with the hormones released during letdown or something, who knows!
  9. Boulders as boobs. Yes, I expected my boobs to get bigger what I didn’t expect was to get what I can only describe as porn star boobs. You know what I’m talking about.. like huge, fake, hard as rocks, abnormally perky… HA I swear. They eventually went down but I guess I now know what I’d look like with implants anddd that’s never going to happen 
  10. Breastfeeding can be messy. While you’re waiting until your milk supply to even out you can really soak your baby. Like a milk shower… I’m telling you … it can REALLY spray ha who knew?! 
  11. The thirst is real while breastfeeding. I could have just drank a gallon of water before nursing yet as soon as I started it would be as if I had spent the last 24 hrs. stranded on a desert island.
  12. Hair loss. Basically you haven’t been losing hair the last 9-10 months so when your hormones get back to normal you shed like crazy. This hasn’t happen to me yet (it usually occurs around the 4 month mark) but I am currently still stuck in the “my hair doesn’t grow phase” which is very convenient for the whole shaving my legs deal. 
  13. Phantom kicks. Remember those little flutters you felt in the beginning, well they can come back! Which then just makes you question if you were even feeling your baby to begin with, right?!

 
These are just a few of the many, MANY weird things that can happen post baby. Basically anything goes postpartum ha. Sometimes you swell, get acne, cramps, migraines, dry skin, hemorrhoids, body aches, and not to mention the fact that you literally are blessed with the longest period of your life. Seriously though I think you could go to your doctor with any crazy postpartum symptom and they’ll say it’s normal. Pregnancy and the aftermath can we awkward, uncomfortable, and just plain annoying. Trust me, it is not a glamorous situation but in the end you get an adorable tiny human that you LITERALLY MADE so it’s totally worth it! I promise! 

Week 1 of Mommyhood

One week down, a lifetime to go! 
It still seems surreal I had Waylen one week ago today! It’s all has gone by so fast and it’s so weird to think that he could still be in my belly since I’d only be 39 weeks on Thursday. So far adjusting to parenthood has been pretty smooth. I’ve been getting about 4 hours of sleep each day but I don’t think the lack of sleep has actually caught up to me yet because I’m still feeling just fine! 

Waylen had his first pediatricians appointment yesterday and he’s already gaining back some weight! He currently is 7lbs 15oz and has been eating great so far so let’s hope that continues! We were told in the hospital he has a “tongue tie” that could hinder breastfeeding but we’ve been really lucky and haven’t had any trouble so far. I’d heard so many horror stories about breastfeeding — some from my own mother– so I was expecting it to be really difficult. So far though, it has gone very smoothly!! (Hopefully I’m not speaking too soon though ha) 

Our daily life at home has basically been feed him, change him, watch him sleep ha. And the best part, the dogs seriously LOVE him. Ramone wants to be with him at all times. Even when I wake up to feed Waylen in the middle night, Ramone HAS to come with us to the nursery. They’re seriously the cutest! 



 

We’ve been peed and pooped on 


and pretty much have gone through what seems like a million diapers and wipes already ha but we did just learn yesterday that you shouldn’t use baby wipes (who knew?!) so now we are sticking to just water! 

As for myself, this morning I am officially down 17.6 of the 19.2 lbs I gained while pregnant. 



Considering I haven’t done anything that weight is probably just all baby and fluid. Since I’ll be breastfeeding I’m not really concerned with loosing the weight right now. Instead I’m focused on just eating and drinking enough to keep up my supply! Unfortunately I have still yet to have an alcoholic beverage ha but I’m sure Chappy will mix up something nice for me soon to celebrate.

Here are some pictures from the past week: 



Basically we are pretty much obsessed with baby Waylen. I think we take about 100 pictures of him a day, that’s normal right??? 

He’s Here! 

Welp, our little bambino decided to make a surprise entrance into this world a few weeks early! 

At only 37 weeks, 5 days pregnant we really had no idea he was about to make his entrance when we woke up Tuesday morning. This is how it all went down.. 

I woke up at 3am Tuesday morning thinking I’d legit peed my pants ha. Everyone’s always taking about how when you’re really pregnant you pee yourself so nothing else even crossed my mind. I changed, went back to bed, then laughed about it with Chappy in the morning. The only issue was that when morning came I was still slightly “peeing” myself every once and a while! (Isn’t pregnancy wonderful???) Again I didn’t even consider anything else besides that I had clearly lost all my dignity and bladder control ha. Bambino had dropped some so I figured the increase in pelvic pressure I also started to feel that morning just had something to do with that as well. So of course, I went to work like normal. Haha oops!

By 10 am I was pretty sure I actually wasn’t peeing myself and that instead I was leaking amniotic fluid and that “pressure” I mentioned earlier was actually coming pretty consistently every 6-8 minutes so I guessed it was probably early labor contractions. I called the doctor and they told me to go into triage at the hospital to get checked out. 

At around 11am we got to triage and I was 2 cm dialated. (Which wasn’t a big change from my 36 week appointment.) They weren’t sure whether I was leaking or not so they made me walk around for an hour with a test strip to find out. 

(Last pregnant picture!!)

By 12 I was having pretty strong and consistent contractions and had increased to 3cms. After some further monitoring they decided to admit me to labor and delivery. 

Let me tell you, the contractions were a serious BITCH! I was sure I wouldn’t survive hours of that pain without any medicine but then things basically went from 0-100 within minutes. In the 5+ minutes it took them to transfer me into a room down the hall I went from discomfort to seriously struggling. The new nurse checked me and somehow I had jumped to 8cm in the short time the transfer took. Now is when the panic erupted around me ha. They wanted to get an IV in ASAP and get the team ready but if anyone knows me they’ll tell you touching me when I’m in pain is a big no no. The doctor came by and luckily agreed to just get me comfortable and ready to push without the IV or any bloodwork. I literally ended up filling out all the consent forms and paperwork after he was born because it all happened so fast.

At 2:56 Waylen Tripp Garner finally arrived!  

Now I know everyone’s labor and delivery is different but for me the contractions during the “transition phase” were by far the most painful part of the entire process. Pushing the baby out was seriously nothing in comparison. And remember I went all natural because everything went so fast so I felt it ALL and was, no-joke,  PLEASANTLY surprised. Now you may also be thinking I might have had a small baby since I was early and that’s why it wasn’t as bad, but nope. He was a whopping 8 pounds 2.5 ounces and according to the doctor had a “head size that would do damage on anyone” (I blame Chappy for this ha) so I think I was just lucky! Unfortunately I did have to get some stitches but again, I’m telling you, the worst part was by far the contractions. The rest really wasn’t bad at all for me in comparison.

The next few days we’re basically a blur but here are some things I do remember. 

  • The pads they give you to wear are bigger then your baby. Like no joke, 16 x 7 inches I swear
  • Mesh panties are a fabulous invention and are pretty sexy too I might add 
  • The first time you stand up after delivery it will feel like your organs are falling out. Don’t worry though, they’re not! 
  • The  baby’s “black tar” first poop really lives up to its name 
  • You pretty much won’t sleep for the first 24+ hours. I think  I got a total of 4 hours of sleep during my three day, two night stay but don’t worry, I never really felt tired (even if this picture says otherwise ha) 
  • Dad instincts kick in right away! (I haven’t even changed one diaper yet!!) 
  • Always get the hummus (This was Chappy’s addition ha — our hospital offered room service for the moms and the hummus was actually delicious) 

So that’s pretty much it! Everything went by so quick and now I’m a new mommy! It has already been filled with so much excitement and joy I cannot wait for what’s to come!! Here are a few more pictures from the last few days: 



New Year || New (mini) Me 

It’s finally 2017 which means I officially get 4 extra weeks paid leave if this baby comes! Whoop Whoop! Ha anyways, with a New Year comes new resolutions and there are so many things I want to try and set as goals for this next year. But then I realize I have no idea what 2017 has in store for me with this little bambino on the way so it’s a little hard to plan for attainable resolutions I can actually stick to. Instead I have made a list of things I would like to do as a new mom.

  1.  DRINK MORE ALCOHOL 

Kidding… (Kind of) ha. 

Okay… now I’m being serious I promise: 

  • Make time for myself

With a newborn in the house it’s going to be hard to focus on anything except the baby for a while but I need to make sure to take time out for myself as well. Getting a haircut, manicure, or even simply taking a long bubble bath can go a long ways. In my opinion the baby can’t be happy if mom’s not happy! (And same goes for Dad!!)

  • Make time for my husband

Obviously date nights are going to come to a halt for a few weeks while we try to get into a rhythm of keeping a tiny human alive but after that I need to make sure to carve out some alone time for the hubby and I.

  •  Make time for my pets

I’m not the only one who has to adjust to this new life so I need to make sure I take time out to still love on my puppies. A simple game of fetch and some night time cuddles can go a long way to keep my pups from feeling left out.

  • Embrace the Mom- Bod

Obviously my body is not going to be back to normal right away, (if I even remember what “normal” is.) But seriously I’ve lived with a basketball for a stomach for the last 6 months so it’s not like I’m used to by old body anyways! Ha. (I swear looking at old pictures weirds me out!! Is that normal??) Basically though I just want to go into the New Year with no body expectations and just let things adjust with time.

  • Relax

Taking a newborn home can be scary. I swear I’m just going to stay up all night staring at him the first few weeks but I also need to remember to just RELAX! I’ve had experience with babies before, taken classes, and prepped the nursery so at this point I just need to let my instincts kick in and stop worrying.

  • Don’t become a Google Whore

The great thing about Google is that you can pretty much get any question answered at any time of the day. The bad thing about Google is that a lot of the time the person answering the question isn’t necessarily qualified. Google can be your friend or worst enemy so I want to limit my exposure to all of that craziness.

Although these things may not be the typical “save money,” “lose weight” resolutions, they still are going to be ones I need to focus on to keep. Obviously with a new money drain in the family aka Mr. Bambino we will still want to save more money but I believe the above goals should be my main focus. I’m probably going to be a little tired, no, unfocused.. no… DELIRIOUS for the first few weeks so I need to focus all my attention on goals that will really reap the most benefit for my family. I think these goals will help to keep me out of survival mode and help with adjusting much more than just saving a buck or two.

Now the countdown is officially on!!! This bambino could seriously arrive any day now and our lives will never be the same! Wish us luck and good luck to all the other new and expecting parents out there! I’m sure we’re all going to do great!