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?!?

Maple Bacon Brussels

I’m not sure when it happened but somehow Brussels sprouts have gone from those stinky little lettuce heads that everyone loves to hate to delicious little morsels of heaven that nearly every hip restaurant offers. I never even knew people really ate them until they started showing up on about every restaurant menu I saw. Of course I had to try them and ultimately fell in love! The best part of the whole thing was that Chappy also fell in love! So if you’re keeping track we now have three green things that he’ll eat, broccoli, green beans, and Brussels. (He’s growing up so fast.) Ha 

Just recently I decided to try my hand at making them at home for the first time. I wasn’t sure how hard it would be so I thought adding bacon and maple syrup wouldn’t hurt! I mean, you can never go wrong with bacon. Here is what I did:

Ingredients: 

  •  1 pound Brussels
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons pure maple syrup 
  • 4 slices of bacon 
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit 
  2. Rinse the Brussels in cold water, cut the ends off, half, and place in a large bowl
  3. Slice bacon into 1/2 inch pieces and part cook in frying pan
  4. Mix the part cooked bacon, bacon grease, olive oil, syrup, salt and pepper in with the Brussels 
  5. Spread on a lined baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes
  6. Season with salt and serve! 


Now I’d like to emphasize the LINED baking sheet. Remember you are baking something covered in ooey gooey, sticky, maple syrup so clean up will be a serious bitch if don’t line the sheet. So I’m begging you, line it!! Ha. Anyways back to the Brussels. They were SO good, especially for how easy they were to make. Chappy and I quickly scarfed down the entire pound and will definitely be adding this to our weekly menu. 

Hope you enjoy! 🙂 

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! 

Favorite Spring Trend: Embroidery

Stripes, bell sleeves, blushes, lace-up shirts, velvet… there are seriously SO many different fun styles that are big for spring this year. My favorite by far though is embroidery! I’m not sure if it’s because embroidery pulls at the strings of my inner hippy or not but I am hands down obsessed!
Below I’ve put together some of my favorite embroidered pieces I’ve come across while nursing at 3 am. And yes, online shopping while nursing in the middle of the night is the best way to stay awake. — I highly recommend it! (Just don’t tell your husband. Ha) All of these pieces are casual and fun and can easily be integrated into your spring wardrobe!

  1. ASOS Strap Bag                              
  2. ASOS Sweater                           
  3. ASOS Dress                        
  4. ASOS Short Sleeve               
  5. Anthropologie Pouch              
  6. Anthropologie Jacket              
  7. Forever 21 Crop Top                 
  8. Forever 21 Jean Shorts                      
  9. Freepeople Skinny Jeans                            
  10. Lulu’s Shorts                                                  

I am seriously obsessed with all of these pieces so be sure to grab them before they’re gone! What other trends are you guys obsessing over this Spring?? I think for me blush is a very close second! 

 

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!

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: