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!

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??? 

Bumpdate – 36 Weeks

Guys, I’m not sure what happened but this morning I woke up and am 9 months pregnant! These last few months are seriously FLYING by and I’m sure the next 4 +/- weeks will be just as quick. As of today I am officially up 19.2 lbs since losing 3 in the first trimester and still feeling pretty good. I have had some heartburn here and there but nothing too dramatic and really only one more swelling incident, but I have been getting tons of Braxton Hicks contractions and do get pretty uncomfortable sitting at a desk all day.  My back is not a fan of the chair and would definitely prefer to sit/lay on a couch instead. Hopefully I can just start working from home soon!  Also I pretty much only have 5 shirts left that currently fit me ha but buying more seems pointless so late in the game so I’ll make due.

In the last few weeks we have pretty much got everything ready for this little bambino! We washed all his newborn and 0-3 month clothes, blankets, sheets, towels, socks, hats, etc. etc. etc. OMG SO MUCH BABY STUFF ha. We also officially finished getting his nursery done and finally set up a mini portable crib in our bedroom which we are going to use for the first 6+ months.

 

(This actually makes me just a little sad because I LOVE his nursery so much and just want to sit in it alllll day. BUT I also want my baby in the safest place so if they say to keep him in my room then that’s where he’ll be.)

Lastly we have semi packed a bag for the hospital; that’s when you know shit’s getting real! I say semi- packed because obviously there are things I am going to bring that can’t really be packed away for the next month because I use them ha. Here is a list of everything I put in our bag:

For Mom:

  • 2 black leggings
  • 2 tank tops
  • 1 athletic shorts
  • 1 button up flannel
  • 1 nursing sleep bra
  • 1 sports bra
  • 1 sweat pants
  • 1 oversized t-shirt
  • Undies ( just in case the mesh ones are too big)
  • Fuzzy socks
  • Button up sweater
  • Phone
  • Charger
  • ID/Insurance cards
  • 2 pillows
  • Face cleanser
  • Mascara
  • Hair ties
  • Toothbrush/paste
  • Hair brush
  • chapstick

For Dad:

  • Basketball shorts
  • Sweatpants
  • Button down shirt (for easy skin to skin time!)
  • Undies
  • Socks
  • Bathing suit (In case I make him he wants to labor in the tub with me)
  • Sweatshirt
  • 2 tshirts
  • 1 pair of pants
  • Phone
  • Phone charger
  • Toothbrush/paste
  • Ipad
  • Snacks

For Baby:

  • 1 newborn outfit
  • 1 0-3 mo outfit
  • Receiving blanket for the ride home
  • Car seat

There are a few things that I am intentionally not bringing. For starters, my breast pump. Some people recommended bringing your own in so you could try it out with the experts but at our hospital they only recommend pumping if there are complications with the baby and you will use the hospital grade pumps in that situation because they are stronger and help bring a bigger supply in. Also we won’t be bringing in the so called “birth plan.” Honestly I find it a little hard to plan for something I’ve never experienced before. Would I like to go natural? Yes. Have I ever been in any serious pain before in my life, let alone labor? No. So it’s hard for me to write a plan to stick to when I’m not sure what exactly I’ll want when the time comes. For me I think it is better to just keep everything open and go with the flow! Lastly, I won’t be bringing my own robe or gown to wear during labor. Basically my reasoning for this is that spending money on something that is going to get destroyed with blood and baby juices seemed wasteful. Ha.  I’d much rather spend that money on my new post-baby wardrobe!

Now we’ve pretty much done all we can do to prepare for our little guy so it’s just a waiting game at this point. While I’ve been pretty relaxed about the whole birth experience, I am definitely more anxious about bringing him home for the first time! I mean, don’t get me wrong I am SURE this so called labor thing is going to be a serious BITCH but at this point there’s nothing I can really do about it. He’s got to come out one way or another so I feel like there’s no need to waste energy stressing over it. Parenting though, that’s an entirely different story ha. Chappy literally held his first baby this year so I think I have the right to be a little nervous but in reality I’m sure it will all come natural anyways. Though I did make Chappy take a few baby classes our hospital offered so he could feel a little more prepared.

Thank goodness that creepy baby doll didn’t scare him away. ha.

 

Here are my weekly photo updates from the last month:


2nd Anniversary

We survived another year (plus a week lol) !!! Yay us! This past year has been filled with so many fun and exciting things. We officially bought and moved in to our first house and now we’re expecting our first child! For gifts this year we stuck to the traditional Anniversary list so for us that meant cotton! We decided to keep our gifts baby themed since we still had a lot to buy for Mr. bambino. I seriously searched and searched for something either mountain bike or guitar related for Chappy and this onesie seemed like the perfect purchase.

 

It’s funny but practical and just screams Chappy to me. And of course I was right and he loved it.

 

For where we chose to actually celebrate this year we splurged a little. Typically we would just plan a small weekend getaway but this year we were already going to be in California for our anniversary so we decided to change it up a bit. And when I say “we” I really just mean me. Ha. Basically I REALLY wanted my friend Dawn to do my maternity photo shoot, problem was she just moved to Oregon. Flying across the country to get a few pictures taken was something Chappy would never agree to BUT flying to Portland from California for a quick two day trip on our anniversary was much more reasonable. And obviously if we’re already going to be in Oregon then we might as well have Dawn do my photo shoot while we’re there…  So it was settled. We hopped on a plane early Monday morning and few back late Tuesday night. It was the perfect little getaway from our already very relaxing vacation. And yes I realize it sounds a little crazy that we took a vacation from our vacation. I don’t care though!! Anything to get my maternity pictures!!!!

Here are some of the awesome places we squeezed in to our mini Portland vacation:

Oven and Shaker 

YUM! This pizza joint had a great vibe and offered unique yummy cocktails (even mocktails for me) and delicious pizza. We even ended up going twice in our short two day trip because we liked it so much. The pizzas were fresh, flavorful and unique. Some even had honey drizzled on the crust which is one of my favorite things after trying it at Pure Pizza in Charlotte. 

Tilt
Their burgers are HUGE! Everything you could ever want in a burger was at this place. Giant juicy burgers with crazy toppings beer battered fries … and PIES … Yes, they had pies for dessert. I got a custom cheeseburger and Chappy got the Island Trucker and they both were amazing. Messy but totally worth it. 

Teardrop Lounge

Everywhere we go we are always on the lookout for the best craft cocktail bar. Now I can’t talk about the alcoholic  beverages (because duh) BUT they did make me the best craft mocktails I had ever had.  Also Chappy downed multiple cocktails and loved every one so I’m sure their actual cocktails were on point as well. The place had a cozy vibe and the bartenders were friendly. Couldn’t ask for anything more! 

Voodoo Doughnuts

Now we couldn’t go all the way to Portland and not get Voodoo Doughnuts. I may be a little biased since we had our own amazing craft donut shops in Charlotte (Your Mom’s Donuts, Joes, etc.) so I didn’t really think they were anything special. Don’t get me wrong, they were still good and I finished my plate but I don’t know how out of the way I would go for them. I got a classic glazed donut and one covered in fruit loops and they pretty much tasted exactly like you’d imagine. If you’ve never had a craft donut before, then definitely go! Just getting to see all the crazy donuts would be worth a visit. 

Weaving 

I’ve recently picked up a new hobby, weaving. Super random, I know but we are currently in the midst of redecorating our master bedroom and lately I have been obsessing over finding the perfect woven wall hanging to accent my newly purchased West Elm side table. My husband could literally care less about any of the design choices I chose for our house so when I kept incessantly sending him wall hang after wall hang he suggested I invest in a loom and try it out for myself. He’s never very thrilled about spending money on something that doesn’t serve a substantial purpose so for him a woven wall hanging was a complete waste of money. I kid you not; it took a lottttt of convincing to even get him on board with the floor length mirror and side table ha—I literally had to stand on my bed’s footboard to see if my shoes went with my outfit every day. HELLO?!?!Like it was totally a necessity! Anyways to him, weaving one on my own would have a purpose.

I hate to admit it but for once in my life I am actually thankful for my husband’s stinginess. (Now don’t get any ideas Chappy this is a onetime occurrence!) If it wasn’t for him I would never have purchased the loom and discovered a new hobby that I am utterly obsessed with. Since my day job is the complete opposite of creative it is so refreshing to finally get to do something that stirs my artistic juices again. I weave before work, after work, on the weekends… Yes I have morphed into a complete grandma. I swear I would have a wall hanging in every room if Chappy allowed it. Since he doesn’t though, I’ve decided to sell the extra ones on Etsy so I can keep up my newly found hobby without driving my husband completely nuts. My account just went live today so make sure to go check it out HERE and let me know what you think! Also follow me on Instagram for updates and a chance to win a small woven wall hanging!