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?!?

Waylen: 4 months

Waylen is growing up faster than ever! He is now 15lbs. 15 oz. and 24 1/4 in. long and is giving me some serious arm muscle. 

He has started to actually enjoy tummy time more and is basically a pro at rolling over from tummy to back. He will go through phases of either constantly rolling over on tummy time or constantly trying to crawl. He has the leg motion down pat but still is working out the arms which essentially leads him to either inch worming along or doing somewhat of an army crawl. He babbles, smiles, laughs, grabs at everything, and unfortunately is also losing his hair! Ha my baby is balding so clearly he doesn’t take after me. 


Drooling may also be his new favorite pastime. I’m pretty convinced he is starting to teeth because he also loves to chew on anything he manages to get in his mouth (typically his left fist ha.)


He had been sleeping longer, even going 7+ hours between feedings, but now the lovely 4 month regression has got us back to only 3-5 hrs. Of course those long hours were usually 7pm- 2am anyways so if I wanted a good chunk of sleep I also had to have a bedtime of a baby. But hey, I’d take any sleep I can get! At about 14 weeks Waylen started to have an extra watery and goopy eye. Yum. He would blink out tears and would wake up with mega sleepers crusted into this perfect little lashes. (Yuck) Turns out it was just a clogged tear duct and nothing to worry about! All we had to do was wipe his eye with warm water and the tear duct eventually open on its own. Besides that little hiccup everything else this month has gone great! 

We took Waylen to his first sporting event and he slept through the entire night ha. We also went to the beach for the first time and he loved it plus what is cuter than a beach baby?!? He pretty much just slept the entire time we were on the beach. He’d wake up to nurse and then go right back to bed. We even sat him in the water and he stayed asleep ha. I guess the wind, waves, and heat were just the perfect combo for sleep. 

We are all still in baby heaven over here and loving every minute of parenthood! I can’t wait to see what new milestones we reach next month!

Waylen: 3 MonthsΒ 

My little bean is rapidly becoming not so little anymore. I mean people always say they grow up so fast but geez, I never realized how fast it really goes! 

No check up for Waylen this month so I’m not sure of his exact weight. I would estimate it is around 15 lbs. though. He is still my chunky monkey ha. 

As of now Waylen is pretty much a little man. He currently can hold a plank longer than me (during tummy time) and really uses his forearms to lift himself up. Plus he officially rolled over at 10 weeks and now also does this weird inch worm scooting while on tummy time. He has started grabbing at his toys and currently loves to shake Chappy’s musical egg and his giraffe rattle. He smiles and laughs and I SWEAR has already said his first word. Ha okay so I’m kind of kidding, kind of serious. They always say when babies speak their first word (usually Dada) they aren’t actually talking yet, just still putting sounds together that happen to come out as dada. Well Waylen did that a few weeks back, but instead of dada he said wow. And when I said he said wow, I mean he sounded like an adult saying wow. It was weird. So yeah basically my baby is a genius who started talking at 9 weeks. (Kidding) 

Now let me just say, sleep regression is reallll. My easy going baby became not quite as easy betweeen 9-10 weeks and my interval sleeping quickly turned into not sleeping at all. As the expert mommy I am (ha yeah right) I’ve concluded that our sleepless nights were caused by a combo of reflux, gas, and good old fashion cluster feeding due to a growth spurt. There were nights he’d eat for 20, I’d sit him up for 20 (to help with reflux,) he’d sleep for 20, and then we’d start all over. I can’t just blame the baby though for my zero sleep, it takes me WAY to long to actually fall asleep. Chappy will seriously hit the pillow and be out, unfortunately for me it takes closer to 30 or so minutes sooo if it wasn’t for that I would’ve at least slept a little. Some nights though he would wake up around 4-5 and only want to sleep someone’s arms. Is anyone else’s baby like that?! He would be fast asleep in my arms but as soon as I set him down he’d be wide awake screaming… and of course as soon as I picked him up he’d be out again. Sometimes being a mom is just like really awesome right?! ha. That’s when I’d wake Chappy up and make him take the bean. He was waking up at 5 to work anyways so I didn’t feel too bad. 

Luckily that little phase didn’t last too long and before we even hit 11 weeks he was back to sleeping 4+ hours at night and now will go up to 7 on a good night! Apparently “wonder weeks” are to blame and right after his irritable phase he did roll over so I guess they’re really a thing.

Some of Waylen’s favorite things these days are bath time, tummy time with Ramone, air druming with daddy, looking in mirrors and out windows, kisses from mom, being carried in his Ergo or Boba, and when anyone sings (mom) or raps (dad) to him. He doesn’t have too many dislikes, basically just riding in his car seat in Chappy’s car. That is literally the only time he will scream with no end ha. My car though, he loves! Yay me! 

In the end being a mom is still awesome even though I have become a little too dependent on coffee and donuts. Here are some adorable pictures of my tiny human from the last month. Enjoy! 

Waylen: 2 Months

How is it possible that my little bean is already 2 months old (and that I’m already over half way through my maternity leave?!?!!) 


Waylen is weighing in at a whopping 13 lbs. 3.5 oz and is 22.5 inches long. He’s really starting to smile for real now (not just when he farts ha) and is starting to babble more often! His favorite sound to say is “Arr” so I tease Chappy that his first word is going to be Arby’s since he always imitates that commercial to settle him at night ha. He’s currently still going anywhere from 1-5 hours between feedings at night though I must say 5 hours is unfortunately not the norm. He’s started to get a little reflux-y due to my overactive let down (aka me essentially “milk boarding” my son ha) so that will sometimes wake him up in between feedings. To help I’ve been nursing him up right and waiting 20-30 minutes before laying him down to sleep but I swear there’s no correlation between doing that and him sleeping longer ha. Sometimes reflux wakes him up, sometimes it doesn’t; I have yet to discover a pattern. So now we’ll just wait it out and hope it passes! I think it actually bothers me more than him since typically he’ll sleep right through it.

Waylen’s definitely more awake now during the day and his favorite things are playing with the moon in his activity gym, playing peak-a-boo, cuddling with Ramone, and listening to me sing. He pretty much only cries when he’s hungry or when Pickles tries to get him to rub her by scratching his arm ha. Oh and when he’s in the car. He is most definitely NOT one of those babies who loves car rides. He is still exclusively breast feeding (which means I’m still interval sleeping — yay… ha) and we just introduced a pacifier this week. We had been waiting to make sure breastfeeding was established but honestly he doesn’t really seem to need one (or even seem that interested in it) so we’re still debating whether to give it to him or not. So far he’s only used it for a few minutes one night. Now a little confession here… I was SO anxious when we gave it to him for the first time! I was slightly panicked it was going to ruin breastfeeding and was a little sad when he didn’t immediately spit it out. Chappy just thinks I was jealous ha but either way nothing has changed nursing wise so everything’s all good now!

Besides all that junk, everything is going great! I will admit the interval sleeping has started to catch up to me so now I take “naps” when Chappy gets home from work. I say “naps” because more often than not I pass out around 7-8 and then only wake up when it’s time to feed Waylen the rest of the night ha. So clearly I’ve reached grandma status. Oh well! 

The biggest thing though is how excited I am that Waylen has finally started to get some of his vaccines! (He totally took them like a champ today!) Thus far we have only taken him out a handful of times and I’m starting to go a little stir crazy. It’ll be nice being able to go out more often and not feel as paranoid! Wahoo! 

Most importantly though, here are some pictures of the little bean from the last month: 

Worth it or Not: Baby Gear

Now that I’ve been a mom for a full month I am pretty much an expert … (kidding ha!). But in reality  though there are somethings I’ve found I really don’t need/use. 

First off let me talk about a few of my Favorite Baby Items: 

Rocker


Since Chappy went back to work within a week of Waylen’s birth (thank you tax season) there’s been times where I need to set him down so I can actually make lunch/ shower/ get dressed/ etc. This bouncer has been a lifesaver! It’s lightweight, collapsible, and not a giant eye sore. I keep this upstairs and easily can move it from room to room depending on what I’m doing 

Ergobaby Carrier


I basically use this every day when I go on walks. I love having Waylen snuggled up close to me and as an added plus he adds a little weight to my work out. 

Swaddle Blankets



Maybe it’s because I had been squishing an over 8lb baby in my stomach but Waylen loves to sleep all swaddled up at night so these have really been really helpful. Also if you have a baby who resists the swaddle or you just struggle to get the swaddle tight, try these Love to Dream swaddles! Waylen has a few and they are great and easy to use.

Keekaroo Changer


I seriously love this changer, especially since we have a boy who loves to pee on his dad ha. It is so easy to just wipe down when messes occur and I really can’t imagine having to change a cover every time that happens!

Some things I Could Live Without are:

  • Breast Feeding Pillow: surprisingly I have actually never even used this. I typically just hold him, rest him on my stomach, or just use a throw pillow from our couch for added support.
  • Sleepers: I received so many cute sleepers -and don’t get me wrong I still dress him in them- but at 3am it is MUCH easier to change him if he is just wearing a onesie or a sleep sac so I typically stick to those at night 
  • Wipes: I honestly never even thought that wipes could be bad for your baby’s tush. At our first pediatricians appointment though we were told to just stick to water and towels or to at least purchase WaterWipes instead 
  • Sound Machine: I think we received 5 different sound machines between our two showers. Most of them were adorable stuffed lambs that you could hang off of their crib. In reality though they haven’t helped Waylen sleep. He either wants to sleep or he doesn’t ha. 
  • Peepee Teepee: We got these as gift and as cute as they are, (they have little wiener dogs on them,) they were completely useless. Chappy tried using them a few times and they either fell off from him moving or shot off from him peeing ha. 
  • Newborn Bath: so we actually never really got one of these. We ordered one, they sent us the wrong color so we sent it back to exchange it. Long story short we ended up never getting the correct color and decided to try and go without it. So far Waylen basically just gets sponge baths with some hair washing so I haven’t felt any need for an infant bath and am glad we didn’t end up getting one! 

 

Now there are a few other things that I don’t necessarily neeeed but still love having. Here are a few of my Favorite Splurge Items: 

4moms Swing

This is by far Chappy’s favorite baby item. He seriously thinks it’s the coolest thing ever and loves to show it to anyone who comes over to visit ha. It has an app., plays music through Bluetooth, and has a bunch of different speed and rhythm settings. We also purchased this infant insert for it so Waylen could use it right away. 

Activity Mat

Obviously you don’t need a mat to do tummy time with your baby but this one is just so cute. It has different textures and sounds in the sea animal shapes to keep your baby interested and alert during tummy time.  

Babble Band Baby Monitor

So basically my house isn’t large enough to not hear when Waylen is crying, (and quite honestly at this point he mostly just sleeps in my arms,) but this monitor is still great for when I need to take the dogs out or do something in the garage. I am not a huge fan of the video monitors (because I’m paranoid someone is going to hack in and watch us ha) so this monitor was perfect for me and the band lets you carry it around hands free!

Activity Gym

You never need to have an activity gym and Waylen is still a little young for this BUT the contrasting colors, rattlers, and mirrors make this a great playtime accessory! 

Now I know every baby is different but these are the things that have/haven’t worked for me! When I was pregnant I would read a million posts trying to find what I did and didn’t need so hopefully this helps some of you first time moms to be! In general I would just say less is more. I’d much rather run to get something I need that I didn’t purchase then have a bunch of items laying around that I don’t need.

Hope this helps!

Waylen: 1 Month

It still barely feels real that I actually gave birth already but Waylen is one month old today! 


He is officially huge ha aka 10 lbs. 12 oz. and clearly is still nursing great. Our days pretty much revolve around eating, sleeping, and pooping. So far we’ve been lucky since he’s not a very fussy baby but apparently that can change around 6 weeks so we’ll see! He goes about 4 hours between feedings at night (from start to start) but then can eat every 1-3 hours during the day. We are still exclusively breastfeeding so I pretty much just get to sleep in short intervals while Chappy sleeps all night haha. It’s okay though because Chappy will change all the diapers while he’s home during the day to make up for it.

Some of Waylen’s favorite things thus far are his Ergobaby Carrier, cuddling with Ramone, skin to skin with mom, and when dad mimics the Arby’s “we have the meats” commercial. (Yes, I’m serious about that last one ha.) He had a little bit of baby ache at around 2 weeks old but it cleared quickly, he lifts his head from side to side while on tummy time, he makes eye contact, smiles, and loves to get his hair washed. 



As for me I am officially down 24.4 lbs. of the 19.2 I gained during pregnancy. I have essentially lost all my muscle and my ass and arms are nonexistent these days so I figure that’s why I’ve lost more than I gained. I seriously cannot wait until I can get back to exercising and lifting some weights! So far all I do is walk 2-3 miles around the neighborhood every few days. My stomach is pretty much back to its normal shape but it’s about 4 shades darker then the rest of my skin and my linea nigra is still shining strong ha. I see lots of one piece bathing suits in my near future until it fades. 


Besides that I feel back to my normal self though which is another reason why it seems so crazy I gave birth! It kind of all seems like a dream.

Here are progress comparison pictures for each week postpartum so far: 


And here is a comparison of 8 weeks pregnant, 37 weeks pregnant, and 1 month postpartum: 

My diet really hasn’t been the best postpartum. These days I have had a serious sweet tooth and could eat donuts or Bojangles boberry biscuits everyday (and when I say “could” I really mean “do” ha.) I really should control myself but so far I haven’t been! Thank goodness for breastfeeding! 


Overall this last month has been amazing! We are quickly settling into a rhythm and getting used to this whole parenting thing. Don’t worry though, we won’t get too comfortable. We know babies can be unpredictable!

He’s Here!Β 

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: