Donuts Donuts Donuts

Somewhere between Waylen’s birth and now I’ve become known as the “Donut Girl.” Instead of shying away from such a sugary nickname I’ve decided to embrace it. Glazed, sprinkled, filled, holed, donuts for breakfast, dessert, I’m pretty much an expert on donuts so I’ve decided to put together a list of my favorite fun non-edible donut items to sweeten up your life.

  1. T shirt                                     
  2. Drink Floats                          
  3. Pool Float                               
  4. Beach Towel                        
  5. Coffee Mug                            
  6. Makeup Bag                      
  7. Sticky Notes                           

Since Waylen is still a little babe I get to force my donut obsession on him as well so here are of few of my favorite baby related donuts items: 

  1. Teether                                   
  2. Pants                              
  3. Bib                                
  4. Wood Stacker                        
  5. Rattle                                    

Now all I need to do is create a list of my favorite EDIBLE donuts for you guys. Mhmm maybe a Charlotte donut taste test is in my future! 

Waylen: 7 Months

Gosh 7 months seems SO old! Where did my squishy little baby go???? We are officially closer to his first birthday than we are to his birth! How weird is that?! Waylen is now around 19 lbs and seriously gives momma an upper body workout. Carrying him in his car seat? Yeah right! It’s so hard ha. 



Waylen has made some major changes in the last month. He’s a new man! Well, a new baby. He literally sleeps through the night from around 7pm to 6am which really means I’m a new woman! I’m getting so much sleep I don’t know what to do with myself! Also he is the napping king so I literally can clean the entire house just during his first nap. It’s great! (He is also exclusively a tummy sleeper now 🙄)

We are still chugging along with breastfeeding but now Waylen has also started solids. We’ve gone with Baby Led Weaning and so far he’s tried broccoli, sweet potato, avocado, zucchini, Greek yogurt, eggs, carrots, squash, and watermelon. It’s crazy how well he’s done. Babies are so smart! He knows exactly what to do, even when we gave him a spoon with yogurt, it went right to his mouth! 

Some of his favorite things are animal noises, playing fetch with Pickles, his alphabet blocks, the book Roar, Greek yogurt, swinging at the park, and being held by any Panther player. That last one is kind of a joke but we’ve already got three Panther players to hold Waylen for a picture so might as well try for the entire team. Panthers PLEASE hold my baby. Ha


He is a champ at sitting on his own now, rolls from back to front and back like crazy, loves standing up, and blowing spit bubbles. He still is my little toothless baby though and hasn’t master how to crawl yet. Maybe one of those will happen this next month?! Who knows! 

Sleep Training

After two months of bad sleep and then two days of horrible, awful, TERRIBLE 30 minute increments of sleep we finally caved and started sleep training and I am SO glad we did. Now a little bit about Waylen before training… he loved being swaddled but we just transitioned him into a sleep sac, he still had night feedings, and he would sometimes take a paci from Chappy in the middle of the night if he was cranky. Plus he was pretty much always nursed to sleep. So for this training our goal was to get rid of the paci, eliminate night feedings, and get him to actually sleep more than a few minutes at a time!

Now personally I am not a fan of cry it out so we decided to go with Sleep Sense. In this method you can stay in the room, pick up put down, comfort them by rubbing their tummies, talking to them, etc. and can do as many check ins as you want. Now before trying sleep training Waylen had probably only cried an hour TOTAL in his entire life so when my none cry it out method ended up involving a lot of crying I panicked. (Obviously!) 

Pretty much everything we were allowed to do to comfort Waylen actually made him cry more. Pick up pick down?? Yeah, NO. Staying in the room? Didn’t work for us. Cried loader, got redder, and was much much angrier. (And would just give me an evil death stare the entire time.) So we ended up doing the check in method and it actually started to work! The first night took a whole hour for him to finally fall asleep but the next day it only took 20 and then 15 and now he’s out in under 5. (And just FYI that hour was not constant crying.. it was crying, then whining, then silence on repeat.) We ended up checking in about every 3-5 minutes of crying. The first night he woke up 4 times but was able to put him back to sleep every time with only one time taking more than 5 minutes. The second night was about the same and the third night he only woke up twice and was back asleep in under 2 minutes! 

And naps? On just the second day he took under 5 minutes to fall asleep every time and under 2 minutes the next day. 

Now 1 week in and I’ve never slept better!! We temporarily moved out of our master when we initially started sleep training (since we still room share with Waylen) and now we’re heading back in so wish us luck! But seriously … we decided to drop the night feeds so I now get a solid 11 hours freedom from my little babe. I haven’t slept this well in many many MANY months! 

If you’re on the fence about sleep training, do it! Like run and do it now. My baby is happy, well rested, and on a pretty predictable schedule which makes planning my day super easy. Also now I can put him down in his crib and just watch as he rolls around, plays, and soothes himself to sleep. Much easier than all that rocking and nursing but don’t get me wrong, I still sneak in some baby cuddles during his last little cat nap of the day. I mean come on, he’s not going to be this little forever!! 

Now just one last little fun fact Waylen taught us this week is that he apparently is now a tummy sleeper. Almost as soon as that swaddle came off he learned how to roll himself over in his crib and has been sleeping on his stomach ever since. Of course the “back is best” mommy in me panicked at first and was constantly rolling him back over but it literally did no good since he’d be back on his stomach almost immediately. Ha Plus our pediatrician said once he can get their on its own it’s safe. Still. My anxiety is a little higher with my new tummy sleeper but I guess at least he’s found a way to get through the night comfortably! 



And sometimes he even does crazy stuff like this … 

Apparently I did the same this as a kid soo he must take after me!

Waylen: 6 Months

How is it even possible that I am a mother of a 6 month old baby?!? I remember thinking it was going to be FOREVER until we got to feed him real food but I blinked and here we are! We are going with baby let weaning so it may get messy. Wish us luck!


This past month Waylen has really made some big leaps. He essentially can sit up on his own (as long as he doesn’t get too excited) and practices chewing on pretty much everything. He LOVES reaching for his toes, his crinkly bear block, holding books during story time, his teeth flash card (literally cracks up at this for some reason,) and is obsessed with any cup but especially Chappy’s water bottle. He will do anything to get a hold of it and honestly knows exactly how to use it.  




Also his giggles have got out of control and I will never get tired of hearing them! They have graduated from Sheldon’s laugh to actual giggles and for the most part he laughs when you mess something up. Dropping a toy, getting hit in the head… etc… all those things are almost guaranteed to get some giggles! 


A few weeks ago we took our first big family trip and Waylen did amazing! We drove 8+ hours down to Florida at night and Waylen slept the entire way except for a quick feeding. Even with a change in schedule he was still our happy baby and was great at taking his naps whenever we were. Next up we will be testing his abilities on a flight to California … Now that I am still worried about. 




Sleep still hasn’t been great but we are getting through it. He now is mostly sleeping in a sleep sac which is easy for us but also allows him to startle awake more. I’ve also been better about nursing him in a quiet room during the day to help with the distractions which has cut down on some of the night feedings but we are still not back to those glorious 7+ hour stretches. Eventually we’ll get there though! We also did have a little hiccup when Waylen came down with his first fever! Nothing a little skin to skin and extra cuddles couldn’t solve though and of course Waylen never stopped being his happy little self throughout the whole thing. I think I was more uncomfortable than he actually was and now that I have mastitis I KNOW I am. Mastitis is NO JOKE! 


The most important change that happened this month though is Waylen saying mom!! Okay so it typically sounds more like “Ma” or “Mum” and he mostly says it when he’ll fussing BUT I’ll take it! 

Well I guess that’s it! We start steamed broccoli shortly so I’ll keep you posted on how it goes! I don’t have many other baby friends so if anyone has any advice for BLW I’d love to here from you! 

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??!

 

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!

Stocking the Bar

Guys, I can finally have alcohol!!!!! Wahoo!! It’s been so long I’m sure I’ll have one sip and be wasted but I am so ready for a tasty adult treat. 

If you know anything about Chappy and I, you know we are really into craft cocktails. Chappy is the main mixologist and I am his more than willing taste tester. For the last few months I have had to stick to mocktails but with Waylen finally here I am ready to jump right back in to my official taster position and get our bar back in tip top shape.

For my first alcoholic beverage I want to have something special. One of my favorite special occasion cocktails is the Ramos Gin Fizz. If you are looking to impress your guests with a fancy cocktail, this is it! With egg whites, milk, and orange flower water it is super unique and even better tasting. 

When it comes to actually stocking your bar things can be tricky though. You need to have ingredients for party favorites as well as some unique show stoppers. Here are a few classic cocktails recipes we always have up our sleeve when entertaining guests (and more importantly when we are just drinking by ourselves ha)

Hemingway Daiquiri


  • 1 1/2 ounces white rum
  • 1/4 ounce maraschino liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce fresh grapefruit juice
  • 3/4 ounce simple syrup
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Sazerac

  • Splash of Ricard or Herbsaint
  • 2 ounces rye whiskey
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 dashs of Peychaud’s bitters
  • 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • Lemon peel, for garnish

Chill one rocks glass while preparing the drink in another. Splash the Ricard into the second glass and swirl it, then pour it out. Add the Rye, Simple Syrup, and bitters, Stir with ice cubes to chill. Strain into the chilled rocks glass and garnish with lemon peel.

Sidecar


  • 1 ounce brandy
  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • Flamed orange peel, for garnish

Shake all the ingredients with ice and strain into an iced old- fashioned glass or if served “up” strain into a small cocktail glass with a sugared rim. Garnish with flamed orange peel.

Ramos Gin Fizz

  • 1 1/2 ounces gin
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/4 ounces simple syrup
  • 2 ounces milk
  • 1 small egg white
  • 2 drops of orange-flower water
  • 3 ounces club soda

Shake all the ingredients except the soda with ice and strain into a highball glass without ice. Top with club soda.

Besides the ingredients list for our Show Stopper Cocktails, here is a list of some other staple items we always keep stocked in our bar:

  • Rum: We usually just go with Bacardi Silver
  • Gin: Tanqueray is our go-to thanks to my friend Ashley who is currently obsessed
  • Whiskey: Chappy has been really into Rye Whiskey these days so that’s what we’ve been buying lately. A great value option is Wild Turkey Rye but he is also known to pick up Jim Beam or Bulleit Bourbon
  • Vodka: We usually just get Smirnoff but we are not huge Vodka drinkers
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Oranges
  • Simple syrup: Please do not buy this, it is literally just sugar and water!
  • Selzer water or club soda

Besides the ingredients you also need to keep your bar stocked with the correct tools to actually make your cocktails! We buy most of our tools off barproducts.com because they are such a good price so I highly – HIGHLY-  recommend going there!

  • Jiggers: the most useful jigger size to get is the 1 oz with the 1/2 oz. so start with that one!
  • Boston Shakers
  • Bar Spoon
  • Strainer: You should at least have a Hawthorne Basic  Strainer but small ice and muddled herbs can slip through so ift that bothers you get a mesh strainer instead!

Now with all this you’re bar should be set! Of course you can continue to add stock over time to really round out your bar supply and customize it to your own needs. Some great things to add over time are different bitters, flavored honeys, infused simple syrups, and specialty liquors. Also if you are looking for a cocktail recipe book I highly recommend The Craft of the Cocktail by Dale Degroff. This book gives you an infinite amount of tasty treats while also telling you the history behind the cocktails and liquors. It is a must have for anyone looking to get into craft cocktails! Be sure to check it out and let me know what you guys think!


Cheers!