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 Months 

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! 

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! 

 

Postpartum Exercise 

I’ve made it past 6 weeks postpartum so I’m officially ready (and cleared) to jump back into exercising! So far these last few weeks I have just stuck to walking but now I’m ready to amp up my routine. I am still not quite ready to leave my little bean yet so all of my workouts will be quick, equipment free, and even more importantly actually free. Ha 

Yoga


To ease back into things I’ve started doing a little morning youtube yoga about 2 times a week. It’s easy, costs nothing, and is the perfect way to get my core strength back. I am a huge fan of Yoga with Adriene so I highly recommend her to anyone looking for an at home yoga experience. Her videos work for any level of yogi and she has tons of different video lengths which is perfect for trying to squeeze in a workout with a sleeping newborn. 

Running 

So… if you know me at all you know I am actually not a fan of running BUT since I have this awesome jogging stroller I figured I should probably use it to um …jog. Ha. So yes, I am doing a little casual jogging about once week, but it is not my main source of exercise and may actually involve a little more walking than running … oops. 

Intervals

My favorite type of conditioning is interval based. I focus on one cardio exercise and then one strength for short intervals. For example I will do burpies for 30 seconds, rest for 10, and then do push ups for 30 seconds. I will repeat this four times and then move on to two different exercises and so on for as long (or short) as Waylen let’s me. Below I have listed and demonstrated some of my go-to exercises for both cardio and strength. I try to get three of these workouts in a week but so far they vary greatly in length due to this whole newborn thing so hopefully I’ll be able to up the time soon!

Cardio:

  • Burpies 
  • Jump squats 
  • High knees 
  • Jumping jacks 
  • Plank jack
  • Mountain climbers 

Strength:

  • V-sits 
  • Plank salutes 
  • Push ups 
  • Tricep dips 
  • Bus drivers 
  • Leg lifts 
  • Swimmers 

In the end, my main focus isn’t to lose weight, it’s to build muscle (aka get my ass back because if you haven’t noticed I’ve somehow lost the little one I had) and get back into shape! I didn’t realize how out of shape I actually was until I had to carry Waylen in his car seat to my doctors appointment. The struggle was REAL and I quickly realized if I was having trouble now I’d be screwed when Waylen was 6+ months old. I seriously can’t imagine even clicking him in and out of the car let alone carrying him around in it once he’s not a newborn anymore. So now I will workout and hopefully be able to lift my not so little bean in his car seat ha. 

Dripping Thighs

For Valentine’s Day yesterday, I knew it was time to get sexual! As a new mom who just happened to hit the 6 weeks postpartum mark on Valentine’s Day I decided to pull out the big guns. You know what that meant … 50 Shades of …

CHICKEN! Ha 

Ever heard of it?? It’s a hilarious cookbook that combines parody and yummy chicken recipes. You a check it out HERE for yourself.

As new parents we weren’t quite ready to venture out on the town without our little bean and since we’d been ordering in so often getting takeout didn’t really feel special either. Instead we decided whipping up something from 50 Shades of Chicken was the perfect solution! We made Dripping Thighs and it was delicious! 

The dish was the perfect combo of sweet and savory. The roasted thighs were juicy and cooked to perfection (good job Chappy!) and the onions added the perfect punch of salty sweetness. It was such as easy recipe to make and all the ingredients were kitchen staples we already had so we even got to avoid a grocery store trip!  We will definitely be adding this to our rotation.

I’ve pasted the recipe below for anyone who wants to give it a try! 


Serves: 2-4

Ingredients: 

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, patted dry with paper towels 
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon plus a pinch of coarse kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 
  • 1 sweet onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 

Directions: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, toss together the chicken, garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, and the pepper
  2.  In a small saucepan simmer together the onion, wine, bay leaf, cinnamon stick, and a pinch of salt until most of the liquid has evaporated, 15-20 minutes. Mix in the honey and butter 
  3. Spoon the mixture over the chicken and toss well. Spread the thighs, onion mixture, and any juices onto a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until the chicken is no longer pink and the onions are melting tender and caramelized, about 25 minutes. 

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!