Flying (ALONE) with Waylen

If you don’t already know, I recently took cross country flights with my 8 month old, ALONE. Before the trip I pretty much searched the internet for any and every piece of helpful information I could find so now I’m going to tell you what worked and what didn’t! 

First let’s get into what I carried 

  • Ergo 
  • Diaper bag
  • Oversized purse 
  • Umbrella stroller 
  • 1 checked suitcase 

I highly recommend baby wearing in the airport. You don’t have to take them off to go through security so it’s a lot easier then getting them in and out of a stroller! I also have a diaper bag that converts to a backpack and I highlyyyy recommend investing in one! Not just for flying, just for life in general ha. I strapped my baby to my chest, then had my diaper bag on my back and still remained hands free to push the stroller, get IDs out, etc. 

Now most importantly what did I actually put in my super cool backpack diaper bag.

Well for starters, way too much ha. I didn’t really think everything through. Since Waylen was a lap child and since I was traveling alone, it was pretty difficult to get anything out from under the seat. I could only really grab the top toy without getting up. So this is what I brought on my second flight for the baby: 

  • 1 days worth of diapers
  • 1 new pack of wipes
  • 2 outfit changes 
  • Teether 
  • Burp cloth
  • Crinkly book 
  • Highchair rattle 
  • Favorite stuffed animal 
  • Plastic bag (to contain any blow out clothes)
  • Clorox wipes (I almost didn’t bring thing but I’m so glad I did because my tray table was covered in sticky stuff BOTH times) 
  • Now I still breast feed so for his food I just brought my boobs ha. 

For myself I brought: 

  • extra shirt (sometimes blowouts are intense)
  • Sweater (I used this to cover while BFing and while bean slept to keep it dark!) 
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks 
  • Book (I think I read one chapter ha) 

For the first flight we nursed at takeoff and then Waylen slept for 1+ hour. When he woke up we played with my water bottle, cookies, crinkly book, then he ate again, played some more, ate AGAIN, then napped for about 40, woke up, changed diaper, played, walked around, (because mama needed to stretch,) then nursed while we landed! 

The flight back went a little differently. Bean only napped for one hour in the beginning and then he peed on me ha. So I was definitely glad I brought those extra clothes! We pretty much only played with my water bottle and those cookies they give you for the entire flight- it was just so much easier than trying to get stuff in and out of my bag!

Overall he really did great on both flights! No crying except for a brief whining when his ears popped on one of the landings. Besides that he was happy and playful the entire time. For me though, IT WAS EXHAUSTING! Ha Trying to entertain a baby while sitting for 5 hours is a workout both mentally and physically. In the future if I can avoid flying alone I totally will but come on, I’m sure everyone would ha so I mean it really wasn’t so bad. 
I’m guessing though it will only get harder as Waylen gets older and more mobile. So if you’re thinking about flying alone with a babe, do it now! The younger the better!

Oooo and also a really weird thing that happened on my flight home — they told me Waylen wasn’t allowed to be in the ergo for take off and landing because I wouldn’t be able to brace for impact. Sooo I can’t brace for impact when I’m hands free but I can when I’m holding my baby on my lap? Doesn’t really make sense to me but it really didn’t matter since I nursed at takeoff and landing anyways. 

But GOODLUCK to anyone about to make a trip solo, hopefully this post is helpful! 


DIY Coat Rack Shelf

The main issue I have with our new house is something that really only comes up around Christmas time. We have no mantel! When building our house we had the option to add a fireplace but since we have a townhome the placement was not ideal and it also took out one of our downstairs windows so in the end we decided against it. Now 11 months later I am struggling with where I’m going to hang our Christmas stockings come December.

I’ve gone back and forth between adding a temporary vintage fireplace mantel just for the holidays, floating shelves, vintage crates with added hooks, etc. etc. Finally I decided on a stained wood coat rack with a shelf. It seemed the most practical for year round purposes but then would still get the job done come December. We decided to build our own since I really needed to do some more projects with this baby on the way. Ha… kidding. We decided to build because 1) it’s cheaper and 2) we could make it the exact size we needed.

Here a list of all the supplies you’ll need:

  • 10” x 1” x 6’ Wood plank (cut to size for the backing)
  • 4” x 2” x 6’ Wood plank (cut to size for the shelf)
  • Wood Glue
  • Wood Stain
  • 120 Grain Sand Paper
  • Wood Screws
  • French Cleat
  • 6 hooks

First we cut our boards down to size (which for us was 42” long,) sanded and then stained them.

Second we used wood glue to attached the shelf piece to the backing and then used 6 screws to secure it through the back

Next we attached the 6 hooks using wood screws

And finally we added the French cleat to the back. Of course you could easily use another method to attach the rack to the wall. Since our piece was extra-long and I wanted to make sure it could hold a good amount of weight, we decided the French cleat would be easiest. In the end the project turned out exactly how I hoped! Now I just need to find some new stockings! 

Bumpdate: 32 weeks

Guys, we’re officially at 8 months! Wahoo! This last month has seriously flown by and I can only hope the next two months go the same. I’ve seriously been feeling a lot better which makes me almost forget how miserable the first half was… almost ha.

The only pregnancy symptoms I’ve had these days are heartburn and getting out of breath. I swear I feel like I’m in great shape and then I walk up a hill and start panting ha. Oh well! I’ll take that over nausea any day. I’ve also started having a few Braxton hicks contractions lately which are pretty weird. I don’t really notice them unless I’m physically feeling my belly or looking at it. Everything just tightens up for a few seconds and then goes away so nothing painful.

I did also have my first stint of swelling while on vacation in California. I had stood all day in heels on Saturday and then sat all Sunday in the heat at the Charger game but I was still shocked when I got home that night and my left ankle had transformed into a donut.

It was minor though. Nothing a little ice and elevation couldn’t fix which was lucky because we flew off to Oregon the next morning for our anniversary trip/ babymoon/ maternity photos.

📸 : Dawn Charles
Besides that everything has been going great! I’m officially up 12.8 lbs. since loosing 3 in the first trimester. I’m sure my two weeks of binge eating .. I mean vacation.. helped me pack on some pounds!

Here are some of the pictures from the last 4 weeks:

Maternity Wear 

If you are petite and pregnant finding clothes that fit can be a serious bitch. Don’t even bother going to Old Navy, Target, or The Gap. Trust me. I honestly had never even thought that finding maternity clothes was going to be an issue but it definitely has been. For example I loveeee Target and could seriously spend all day there so when I ran in to look for a pair of maternity shorts I was sure I wouldn’t leave empty handed. While I was right about not leaving empty handed, I unfortunately did not leave with a brand new pair of maternity shorts. The XS were falling off of me. Even the elastic band was too loose to hold up the shorts! I did purchase a BeMaternity® by Ingrid & Isabel® – BeBand  though and it has been such a great addition! Like seriously a life saver! I got it in the s/m and I wear it with all my work pants, shorts, and jeans that are just a little to snug to button. Also just for reference, pre-pregnancy I came in at about 5’1” 102lbs and so far at 29 weeks I am up 10.4 lbs.

My ultimate favorite place to order Maternity clothing so far is by far Their clothing is stylish, comfortable, and the best part is… IT ACTUALLY FITS! Now, not everything I ordered fit but with free shipping there and back plus all the coupon codes they keep sending me, it was a no brainer as to why they are my top choice. Also all of their stuff is very reasonably priced. I don’t know about you put I would much rather save my money for a big post- pregnancy shopping spree then spend it all when I may never wear it again! Here are a few of my favorite items:

ASOS Maternity PETITE Ridley Skinny Jean 

These are by far my favorite!!! They are the first pair of maternity pants I put on that actually fit like a normal pair of jeans. I ordered the size 2 and I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to wear them the remainder of my pregnancy. Yes, the belly band from Target was a life saver but these maternity jeans were a serious game changer! I even went back and ordered them in black since I love them so much.

ASOS Maternity TALL Bardot Dress With Half Sleeve 

I got this dress to have for one of my Maternity Shoot options. It’s comfy, cute, and the size 2 fits great at 29 weeks with plenty of room for my bump to grow.

ASOS Maternity Stripe Midi Bodycon Dress With Short Sleeve 

I ended up wearing this for my NC shower and it was perfect. Bodycon dresses are seriously my go-to because they are so easy and comfortable. At 26 weeks pregnant this dress fit great in a size 2 and still has lots of stretch so I can continue wearing it as I get bigger.

Mamalicious Denim Overall

Even pre-pregnancy I had been really feeling overalls so when I saw these I knew I had to get them. I wasn’t even showing yet when I ordered them but I knew I would want them come fall. And yes I was right. They are by far the most comfortable pair of jeans I have ever worn. I could seriously sleep in these! At 28 weeks the size 26 fits well and gives me plentyyyyy of room to grow.

Some things that didn’t work for me from Asos were there Kimmi Shrunken Boyfriend Jean, Mamalicious Skater Dress, ASOS Maternity Sleeveless Swing Top, and the ASOS Maternity Skater Dress. All of those items were HUGE and falling off of me. Just to put it into perspective, when trying on the Mamalicious Skater Dress Chappy said I looked like an Amish grandmother. So considering that wasn’t really the look I was going for, I promptly returned all of those items. Haha.

Some of my other favorite things to wear during this pregnancy are actually not maternity clothes at all. I have picked up some great t-shirt/bodycon dresses from Forever21 that are my go-to items to just throw on and run out the door.

It was a little strange trying to dress my bump while pre-teens were shopping with their parents but I quickly felt at home when I was checking out and noticed an entire basket full of Palmers Stretch Mark lotion for sale; (you know, the one with the pregnant lady on the front.)

I also am slightly obsessed with these leggings I got from Nordstrom. They are sooo comfortable and make me feel like I got dressed without actually having to put real pants on haha. I got them in the XS and they should easily last me the entire pregnancy!

For tops I have basically just stuck with non- maternity clothing and upped the size if needed. So far I haven’t had to purchase too many new shirts but with more and more of my regulars turning into crop-tops I’m sure that is going to change soon. Here are a few of the things I have purchased to accommodate my bump thus far:

H&M Sleeveless Blouse: Size 4

Nordstrom Knit Tunic: Size Small

Nordstrom Print Surplice Top: Size Small

Urban Outfitters Peplum Tee: Size Small

Basically the moral of this story is that if you’re petite and pregnant finding clothes that fit just isn’t going to be easy. It’s really been a game of trial and error so far with me basically trying on a million things in all different sizes in hopes of finding a few that work. Hopefully my experiences can help some other petite pregnant mamas out there until we can finally get some more options in our sizes!

Bumpdate – 28 Weeks 

Hello Third Trimester! The countdown is officially on until baby Garner makes his appearance and I couldn’t be more excited! My bump is in full bloom and I feel like I am getting wider by the second ha. Luckily all of my pants are still fitting with the help of my belly band but my shirts are a whole different story. Even my longer blouses have suddenly transformed into crop tops. I’ve been trying to hold off buying too many things until my vacation in California (since I’m sure I’ll do a lot of shopping there) but I’m not sure I can wait much longer.

I am officially up 11.6 lbs since losing 3 in the first trimester but trust me, I feel like I’ve gained much more!! In the last four weeks I’ve basically just been the usual tired and full plus I’ve been having a little harder time sleeping at night. I’m still not sure if I should blame the pregnancy for that last one or just my husband who tends to smoother me in his sleep. Ha. At least my Snoogle pregnancy pillow gives me a little buffer. I also had my glucose test at 26 weeks and passed!! Wahoo! But let me tell you it was NOT FUN. Everyone always talks about how horrible the drink is but no one ever mentioned that the high sugar drink could make you overheat and nearly faint. Haha. While waiting for the hour to pass I became overheated, shaky, and nauseous. I ended up getting my blood taken lying down and still nearly passed out/ threw up simultaneously. I am SO glad I passed because I really don’t think I could have survived the 3 hour test.

Now we are just in total prep mode for this little boy. We need to finish off the nursery, attend some prenatal classes, and most importantly just relax! We head out to California is less than two weeks for an entire two weeks and I CANNOT WAIT. I have never wanted a vacation more in my life. No offense to work or anything but  I’d much rather be sleeping in and relaxing than spending all day at my desk.

Besides that everything else is going great! Here are some pictures from the last 4 weeks…

Bumpdate – 24 Weeks

6 months in and I am exhausted already. I’m beginning to lose hope that I will ever get that “glow” ha. But seriously, as excited as I am to be pregnant and have this little baby I am definitely not one of those women who loves to be pregnant. I’ve pretty much been sick and/or uncomfortable the entire 6 months which has really been exhausting. I’m short and have a short torso so basically I think there is just no room for this little bebe to go! I can’t eat large meals anymore and have to stick to a million tiny snacks throughout the day and I STILL get extremely uncomfortable even after just eating those. I never thought I’d say this but food is no longer my friend ha. Other symptoms I’ve been feeling – back aches, sore hips at night, round ligament pain, getting out of breath easier, oh and I swear my hair hasn’t grown at all in the last 6 months which is superrr weird for me. On the plus side though I think I could probably go a week+ without shaving my legs and no one would even notice. Haha. Also this little bean is really starting to move a bunch which is fun to experience!

I have finally started to really pack on the pounds and now have officially gained 8.6 lbs since losing 3 in the first trimester! As long as I use my belly band I am still able to fit into all my pre-pregnancy work pants which is nice but my favorite go-to outfits are either overalls or a t-shirt dress. I’ve been trying to keep up with exercising but ugh IT IS HARD. I can’t wait until it cools off a bit more so I don’t have to wake up as early to exercise outdoors. Right now I pretty much stick to 30 minute conditioning sessions, long morning hikes, and just recently started prenatal yoga!

Here are some of my weekly pictures over the last month..

Only a few more weeks until we reveal the gender!

Faux Shiplap

Sometimes the easiest project turns into the biggest nightmare. Ha. After paneling our dining wall with pallet wood I thought this project was going to be a breeze. (Honestly it wasn’t thattt bad, but it should have been a lot easier/quicker.) Basically the entire project was supposed to be simply buying plywood, having the store cut it into 8” boards, nailing it up on the wall with spacers, and then painting it. Easy enough, right? Well first off it took us going to three different home improvement stores to finally find one where their saw wasn’t out of order. Then our nail gun stopped working so we had to hammer everything in by hand, and then we quickly realized our walls were pretty wonky so we needed to add trim around the edges to make everything have clean lines.

Starting off the project really wasn’t bad at all. We found the studs on the walls, lined them out and then started attaching the wood boards. We originally started by using a few pennies as spacers between the boards (both vertically and horizontally) but eventually just eyeballed it. We love the rustic look anyways so nothing needed to be perfect.

The boards went up so FAST compared to our pallet wall. Seriously using 8” boards was a dream come true. We alternated which side of the wall we started on and cut down the length of some of the boards so all the gaps wouldn’t line up. We mostly just nailed the boards into the studs but did use some liquid nails on the shorter boards that did not hit a stud. We had one outlet on the wall so we used an outlet extender to pull it out flush with the wood. (Remember to turn off the electricity before messing with any outlets!!) Also for our last row of panels we cut the wood to 9.5” instead of 8”. We were so close to the baseboards that putting an 8” board in and then a 1.5” board would look silly. In the end you can’t even tell the last board is actually larger.

Next up, we painted! First we went around in all the cracks with a ½ inch paint brush and then we used a small roller on the rest. This is the point where we realized we were probably going to need to trim out the wall. In pictures the wall looked fine but I swear the edges were driving me crazy! Some of the boards had areas where only ½ of them were touching the wall. Ha I think it was one of those things where no one else would have even noticed anything but it was literally all I could look at. So we went back to the store to purchase trim and some caulking.

We cut down the boards, painted and then attached them to the wall using liquid nails and nails. We also caulked some of the areas where our walls weren’t straight. And F-I-N-A-L-L-Y we were done!!

Yes, this project was a little more of a headache then I had wanted but honestly it was still super easy, especially compared to all the work we put into our pallet wall! Now we just need to do some more upgrades on our master so our new little bean doesn’t have the coolest room in the house.