Waylen: 10 Months

We are in double digits, I repeat, WE ARE IN DOUBLE DIGITS!!

Waylen is TEN MONTHS OLD! Like, how did this happen? 


This past month Waylen has really grown up! He has nearly perfected pulling himself up to standing on pretty much everything and babbles more then ever. In addition to mama he now also says dada, dog, and good! He uses his sippy cup like a pro, can also drink out of a normal cup, and has learned to turn the pages in his books!



He LOVES eating and will seriously scarf down adult size meals twice a day. In the next few weeks we will transition to three meals and one less nursing session. These days Waylen is more and more interested in food and less and less interested in me 😭. 


Also he has finally learned to crawl!! He will still Army crawl when he is in a hurry but he is actually finally crawling for real more and more. Mostly when he’s on hard surfaces that he can’t slide on. Ha 


Unfortunately my giggly little babe doesn’t think I’m hilarious anymore ha. Okay, so he still laughs a bunch (multiple times a day) but it’s a lot harder to get him laughing for a picture! He’ll just stare at me like I’m crazy. Which I probably am… I mean, I am making crazy noises, faces, pretending to hiccup/sneeze/ do pretty much anything to get him to laugh. Oh well!


His favorite things this month are eating, drinking from his cup, moving his ball pit, playing fetch with Pickles, pulling all the books off the shelf, door stops, chewing on the media cabinets knobs, and getting into mischief. 


Waylen still isn’t walking yet but he is getting more and more comfortable on his feet! He also had his second cold this month (which he is actually still getting over.) Nothing is sadder then a baby with a runny nose! 

Besides that everything this past month as been great! I can’t believe how fast he is growing up though. Only two short months and we’ll be celebrating his birthday! CRAZY! 

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Waylen: 9 months

Seriously the older Waylen gets the faster time flies. He is officially weighing in at 20 lbs. 8 oz and is 27 inches tall. 


He also has a solid head full of fluff these days which I must say makes for a pretty adorable Mohawk. 
He’s great at holding himself up while standing, takes steps while holding our hands, and can sometimes pull himself up to standing. He still doesn’t crawl fully though! He will get into crawl position on his hands and knees but only actually moves in an army crawl. That really doesn’t slow him down though. He still books it across the floor on his elbows! 

              
In this last month Waylen flew across the country on his first plane ride and went to his first panthers game! He did amazing at both! Unfortunately though Waylen has definitely got a case of separation anxiety lately! It’s not allllll the time but he is definitely a mamas boy and will sometimes fuss or cry if I’m in the room and not holding him. Mostly it just happens later in the afternoon when he’s extra tired. Because of this though we decided to officially move him into his own room at night! It was a tough decision but we finally decided just to do it in an effort to keep him sleeping through the night. Luckily I think we miss him way more than he misses us ha. 



Also Waylen said Mama and mom this month! And not just once or twice, he says it allllll day everyday! Still no teeth though! Ha but again that doesn’t stop him from eating any and everything this we offer him. 


I cannot wait to see what this next month will bring! Hopefully some teeth 😝

Fall Bucket List

My favorite season is finally here and I’ve never been more excited! Now if only the temperature would stop getting into the 90s. (Yuck) Fall as a normal human being is fun, Fall as a mama to an adorable little babe, AMAZING! There are so many fun things to do during fall and I cannot wait to bring little Waylen along to start our own family traditions! Every year I love to create a bucket list of things I want to do so here’s mine for this year: 

  • Apple Picking at Apple Hill Orchard – CHECK!                                                           
  • Football, football and more football                                                   
  • Pumpkin Patch at Hodges Family Farm 
  • The Amazing Maize Maze
  • Hiking in the mountains
  • Costume Party 
  • Pumpkin Carving 
  • Make Pumpkin Cheesecake muffins (at least twice 😝) You can check out my recipe ➡️ HERE!

Of course it goes without saying that I will also be stocking up on all the Dunkin Donuts Pumpkin Coffee and Coffeemate Pumpkin Creamer I can get a hold of. Plus pumpkin beers, pies, muffins, cookies… can you tell your girl likes pumpkin?!? I would love to add more things to my list though so tell me all your favorite fall activities! 


(And yes I did photoshop Pickles into the photo. She had to go to the vet and couldn’t make it apple picking – I fully acknowledge I’m weird)

Just Stop

Guys there’s something going on that needs to stop immediately. Well two things actually. First, we need stop shaming couples who want kids close together. This is constantly happening to Chappy and I and it is so annoying. And when I say close together I’m talking around two years apart so that’s not even thatttt close! Why is it the norm for people to sarcastically ask if we’re “ready for another” and just assume no one would even dream about wanting another kid so soon and then make us feel bad for wanting another. People seriously look at us like we’re insane and actually call us crazy (and say worse) when we admit we’re already dreaming about our next squishy baby. Sorry my kid is soooo awesome that he makes us want more! Ha it’s not our fault!

Second we need to stop this notion that the second child doesn’t get as much care or attention. Yes, I understand that they won’t get all of your attention because HELLO they’re not the only child but I am sick and tired of people telling me “oh you do that now but you won’t do that with your second child.” Want to know the biggest example I have of this? Breastfeeding! People are constantly telling me that I won’t want to put the effort into breastfeeding when the second child comes around. Like who says that? Also for me breastfeeding has been easy which doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll be easy the second time but I’d much rather just whip out my boob than have to pump or mix up a bottle (and clean everything that involves.) Other examples, “oh with your second child you’ll just let them cry and cry. You’ll be used to the crying by then,” “Home made food, ha! Yeah, that won’t happen with the second child,” “Constantly checking on them when they sleep? Yeah with your second you’ll put them down and never look back.” Ummmmm I AM A SECOND CHILD soo maybe that’s why these comments annoy me so much? I don’t know Ha but nonetheless these comments need to stop. Who would want to be raised under the notion that your parents tried harder with your sibling? Every child is different and has different needs. Breastfeeding may not work for every child, one baby might sleep like a champ while the next might only sleep being held. All those things are perfectly normal and okay but saying I won’t want to put the effort into my next child is not okay with me so stop telling me that’s how I’m going to be! 

Mommy shaming in general is way too abundant and needs to be stopped so ummmm just stop all this nonsense already! K thanks.

End rant. Ha 

Now here are some cute squishy baby pictures of Waylen when he was a newbie to cheer you back up!

Baby Led Weaning: Week 1

We are officially one week into Baby Led Weaning and let me tell you it has been so much fun (and messy!) We still started out slow with our introduction of different foods so this is what our first week looked like: 

  • Days 1-3: broccoli 
  • Days 3-6: broccoli and sweet potato
  • Day 7: sweet potato, broccoli, avocado 

To prepare the food for Waylen’s little hands and toothless mouth we steamed the broccoli, roasted slices of sweet potato in olive oil, and sliced the avocado with a little skin left so it would be easier to grasp. Overall the experience has been great! Right now he definitely gets more food on his hands, face, highchair, floor, hair, mom… (etc. ha) then he actually swallows but he’s learning and seems to love chewing on all the different textures! His facial expressions are UNREAL and are seriously hilarious to watch. 



Now I’m not going to lie, BLW is not for everyone! Your baby is going to gag/cough at some point. The first time is a little scary but both you and your baby will get through it and quickly learn what is manageable. Waylen gagged a little the first day and has barely gagged since but he is still learning how big of bites to take. He usually is fine but every once and a while he’ll chomp off a mouth full and will give me this look of confusion and disgust ha. Something along the lines of “what the hell is this mom?!?.” Then he’ll just spit out what he doesn’t want and keep going. 

His favorite thing so far is gnawing on a broccoli stem. I swear no matter what why I lay the broccoli he loves to pick it up by the head and chew away on the stem. Not exactly what I had in mind but oh well! 


Next up on the menu is zucchini, carrots, mushrooms, eggs… and like 100 more things ha so I’ll keep you posted on how it goes! 

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! 

Breast Milk Cleanser

Alright, here me out. I swear I’m not some sicko who’s gone off the deep end. When getting a facial at MUD the other day I noticed that one of their add ons is breast milk. While I wasn’t quite ready to dive right in and use some strangers breast milk to lather up my face, it did spark my interest. You see, I am a nursing mother who just happens to have a steady enough supply to spare some milk in the quest for perfect skin. Now in general my skin care routine is pretty simple. I use all drug store products and that MUD facial I just had was literally the first professional thing I had ever done to my skin. This is how my typical night time routine goes… double cleanse with Cetaphil, Roc Retinol night cream, then No7 intense night cream. Pretty simple.


 To try out this whole breast milk deal I decided to swop out my second Cetaphil cleanse for milk. Here is how it went .. and no judging my extremely flattering no makeup selfies 😂

Before:

I am usually pretty blessed when it comes to acne but with Waylen at the start of his 4 month regression and me upping my caffeine and sugar intake to keep up, a few surprise zits popped up. Now if you went to any baby class while pregnant I’m sure you heard that you can literally put breast milk on anything to make it better. Baby scratches his face? Put breast milk on it. Baby acne? Put breast milk on it. Nipples sore from nursing? Don’t bother buying creams, just use breast milk. Because of this I was pretty excited to try out my milk while having a fresh third eye on my forehead. Hopefully it works wonders and FAST!

Day 1: 


Day 2: 

Day 3:

Day 4:

Day 5:


Sooo after all that I didn’t really notice a huge difference. My zit did disappear but then again they always do eventually right? Ha. Ever since giving birth I’ll get these little dry patches of skin around my eyes but after a week of breast milk those are all gone so at least that’s something! Besides that though, my skin looks pretty much the same. Womp womp. Will I keep it up? Maybe, I mean it is free and I wouldn’t be going through my cleanser as fast… plus who knows, maybe I’ll see a bigger difference after more than 5 days! 

I’ll keep you posted!