Stocking Stuffers for Him (and Baby)

Ahhhh Christmas time! I am seriously obsessed with Christmas and may even be guilty of putting my decorations up before Thanksgiving this year… ughhh I know I’m thattt person but I was a little overly excited because it is Waylen’s first Christmas and one day he took a really long nap. It’s not my fault!

Anyways, one of my favorite parts of the holiday season is finding the perfect little somethings for everyone! That’s why I put together a list of my favorite Stocking Stuffers for Him (plus baby!)

Him:

  • Socks: Does anyone else’s husband go through socks like they’re toilet paper? I swear his feet have razor blades on the bottom or something
  • Bitters: My bartender husband can never have enough peychaud or angostura bitters so these are always a go-to!
  • Fidgeter: Okay so I may have selfish reasons for this gift ha. Chappy is SUCH a fidgittrr. Always shaking or bouncing or moving some way to annoy me ha. Hopefully this cuts down on that!
  • Hornets tickets: When we lived right in Uptown we used to go to the games all the time but haven’t since we moved so I know Chappy is going to appreciate these!
  • Pistachios: Every stocking needs some type of snack or treat and Chappy will scarf down all of these in minutes!
  • Yeti Tumbler: I swear guys love anything Yeti so you really can’t go wrong

Alright now time for bubs List. The best thing about shopping for a baby is first, the don’t really neeeeedd anything, and second you can get them stuff that will be useful for you as well!

Baby:

  • Bib: I LOVE shirt style bibs for Waylen. This way he can wear any cute/expensive/favorite outfit while eating spaghetti and I don’t have worry!
  • Toothbrush: Waylen STILL doesn’t have teeth but they’re bound to come one of these days, right?
  • Llama llama: Waylen loves all the llama llama books so when I stumbled across this stuffed animal on amazon I had to get it!
  • Teether: Since 11 months in we still haven’t gone through the horrible teething phase i figured I’d get prepared
  • Universal Lid: When I saw this cup at Target I just had to grab it! The universal lid fits on any cup, who knows if it’ll actually work but it seemed like a great cup to try!
  • Toy Car: Waylen has just really started to love playing with his other toy car so I thought this one would be a fun addition!

And that’s it guys! Now get shopping because you only have a short two weeks until Christmas morning!

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Waylen: 11 Months

ELEVEN MONTHS!!!

The countdown until Waylen’s first birthday is officially on! CRAZY!

This last month Waylen has mastered crawling up the stairs, still pulls himself up on everything, and loves walking along the back of the couch. Seriously though he’ll spend 45 minutes entertaining himself on the couch. Ha he still isn’t walking or standing unassisted (for more then a couple seconds) but I really think it’s because his feet are SO fat. His toes literally curl down to the ground since his feet are so plump lol.

His favorite things this month are the couch, climbing the stairs, banging on my drum side table, crawling from any far away spot in the house to get to the dog bowls, watching the record player, and getting licked by the puppies. He has learned to give kisses (which is pretty much the cutest thing ever,) and loves flipping through all his books.

He still has no teeth but they’re bound to come eventually! I had a dream the other night he went to bed with zero teeth and woke up with 33 ha! Luckily it hasn’t effected his eating and he is still chowing down on everything! This month he loves shrimp cakes, chicken meatballs, healthy muffins, and has also mastered drinking out of a straw!

I cannot wait to see what this next month holds! Now let the party planning begin!

A Day in the Life: Waylen

Now that I’ve blogged Waylen’s favorite foods, I’m still getting questions about how often and how much he eats so today I’m going to walk you through a day in the life of Waylen! 

Here’s what his typical day looks like: 

  • 6:15 Wake up
  • 6:15-6:30 Nurse 
  • 630-8:00 Dad and baby play time 
  • 8:00-8:15 Breakfast
  • 8:15-9:00 Play
  • 9:00-9:15 Nurse 
  • 9:15-11:00 Nap 
  • 11:00-11:40 Lunch
  • 11:40- 2:00 Play
  • 2:00-2:10 Nurse
  • 2:10-4:00 Nap #2
  • 4:00-4:30 Dinner 
  • 4:30-6:30 Play 
  • 6:30 Nurse & Bedtime Routine 
  • 7 Bedtime

Now below I’ve laid out some sample meals Waylen will eat. These are just estimates of about what he eats at each meal. Remember he’s a PIG so he eats a lot. I allow him to eat as much or as little food he wants so sometimes mealtime lasts an hour and sometimes it’s done in 15 minutes.

Breakfast Option 1: 

  • One entire Protein Waffle 
  • 2 slices of Avocado 

Breakfast Option 2: 

  • Healthy Blueberry Muffin 
  • Full fat Yogurt 
  • 3 Pear slices 

Breakfast Option 3:

  • 2 egg Veggie Omlette 
  • Avocado Slices 

Lunch Option 1: 

  • 1/3 cup left over grilled Mahi Mahi 
  • 5 Roasted Veggie Sticks

Lunch Option 2:

  • 1 Shrimp Pattie 
  • 5 Sweet Potato Sticks

Lunch Option 3:

  • 2 Mini Egg Muffins 
  • 1 “Not Horrible” Pumpkin Muffin 
  • 2 Squash Sticks

Dinner Option 1: 

  • 2 Chicken Meatballs
  • 1 Coconut nom nom 
  • 5 sweet potato sticks 
  • 2 zuchinni sticks 

Dinner Option 2: 

  •  Banza Pasta 
  •  1 Meatball 
  • 3 Steamed broccoli sticks 

Dinner Option 3: 

  • Blackbean Patty
  • 2 Avocado Slices
  • 3 Apple Slices

Remember you can find most of these recipes here on my past blog post! I also just made these Shrimp Patties for Waylen this past week and they were a hit! The only thing I did differently is swop out the mayo for Greek yogurt and skip the salt altogether. 

Hopefully this answers all your questions but if not feel free to message me! Baby Led Weaning has been such a fun and amazing journey for us and I’m SO glad we decided to go this route. He feeds himself and eats seriously everything even though he still has no teeth ha. 

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! 

BLW: Recipes 

Alright I’ve been getting a bunch of messages asking what I feed Waylen so I’ve decided to step you through some of our go to dishes. Now Waylen seriously eats everything I offer him — he’s a pig– but these are his absolute favorites! 

Protein Waffles: 

  • 1 ripe banana 
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/8 t baking soda (optional) 
  • 2 heaping T nut butter 

While your waffle iron heats up, mash 1 banana then mix in 2 eggs, 1/8 t baking soda, and about two heaping spoonfuls of nut butter. We alternate between peanut and almond butter!

Coconut Nom Noms: 

  • 2 T full fat Greek yogurt 
  • 1/2 c quick Oats 
  • Hand full of chopped Strawberries (or any berry) 
  • 1 T Flaxseed 
  • 2 T Unsweetened coconut flakes for coating

These are the best! You literally just throw whatever you want in a bowl! Ha we change up the berries regularly and sometimes sub chai seeds for flaxseed or just throw in both! Mix everything together, roll into balls, and then toss in the coconut flakes. Keep them in the refrigerator overnight to let them set. 

Chicken Meatballs: 

  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove 
  • 1/2 T Basil
  • 1/2 T Black pepper 
  • 3/4 C Milked Soaked breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg 
  • 1/3 C shredded Italian blend cheese 
  • 1lb ground chicken 

Sooo the first time I made these I just winged it, no recipe or anything so the amounts are just estimates of what I used, and Chappy loved them. Yes, I did say Chappy, and no I didn’t actually make them for him. Ha The best part about this was that I had used breast milk to soak the breadcrumbs and Chappy knew that before he ate them 🤣(Waylen loved them too btw.) Soak the breadcrumbs, mix everything in a bowl, roll into balls, (tip: wet your hands with water to prevent sticking) bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes. 

Sweet Potatoes: 

  • Cinnamon 
  • Olive oil 
  • Sweet potato 

These are super easy!! All I do is peel, slice into strips (about the size of my pinky,) drizzle with olive oil, toss, then sprinkle with cinnamon. I cook them at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. 

Pasta

  • Banza chickpea penne 
  • 1 can of no salt diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 c shallot 
  • 1 garlic clove 
  • 1 t black pepper 
  • 1 t dried basil 

Banza is a great, healthier alternative to pasta for your little babes so try it out if you haven’t! For the sauce I sauté the shallot and garlic in about a tablespoon of olive oil until the shallot is translucent and the garlic is fragrant. Add the tomatoes and can juice, pepper, and basil. Simmer about 5 minutes until thickened and then toss in pasta!

Blueberry Muffins: 

I used THIS is the recipe for Waylen’s blueberry muffins and they came out great. 

Black Bean Burgers: 

We use THIS recipe for southwestern style black bean burgers! These are packed full of flavor and great for the entire family! It’s also a great way to expose your babe to fun and yummy spices! 

 

Besides those foods Waylen also will eat tons of roasted veggies. I just cut them into finger size strips, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with pepper, and bake at 400 for 15 minutes. And eggs, I cannot forget eggs! He will eat a veggie omelette almost every morning! I will prep a bunch of veggies on Sunday so they’re diced and ready to use throughout the week. Our favorites are mushrooms and onions, green peppers and onions, spinach and tomatoes, or broccoli and cheese, but we seriously add whatever we have laying around! 

Waylen has become a pro at eating these days. He will scarf down anything I’m willing to give him. Although when we started Baby Led Weaning we focused mainly on veggies, now Waylen will eat whatever meal we are having. It makes feeding him so fun and easy! Now I must admit sometimes, (okay- a lot of times,) I’ll make Waylen healthy protein waffles and then make myself floury, sugar filled waffles ha. I should probably eat healthier too but… oh well!

What are your favorite recipes to feed your little babes? I would love to try out some new ones out on Waylen! 

Faux Shiplap Kitchen Island

When we decided to panel the island I thought we would be super organized and get it done quick since we had already done Waylen’s room. (You can check that project out HERE.) Now we actually did finish it quickly but OH MY GOSH did we make the stupidest mistakes along the way. First, we took Chappy car (TWICE) to Lowes instead of my truck to get the wood. Like how dumb can we be???? Ha 

We had decided to prep the wood the weekend before so we bought it, had lowes cut it down to size, and then I painted it with two coats of white. For this project we purchased two sheets of birch plywood and wanted them to be 6 and 3/4″ strips. Key word .. wanted .. 

Sounds good enough right? Wrong… Chappy had them cut the strips to the wrong size soo alllllllllll that prep work went out the door when we had to go buy new wood. Ha Luckily we will eventually be shiplapping the powder room and we can use the wood in there so it’s not a complete loss. 

(Note: we didn’t haveeeee to get new wood but we planned the size so we wouldn’t have to cut around our countertop supports so it would be an easier fit.) 

I was not about to lose another weekend prepping wood so once we got the new pieces we just dove right in and started putting it up instead of painting it first. 

We started at the top and worked our way down making sure to cut the corner piece edges at 45 degree angles.


We used wood glue and a few nails to hold everything in place and had to insert two outlet extenders. (Remember to cut the power first!) After all the wood was up we sanded the corners so they wouldn’t be so sharp, painted it white, and then caulked the top, bottom, and sides.



We did the entire project over the weekend while Waylen slept! If we didn’t have an adorable babe to entertain we definitely could have knocked the entire project out in one day it was really that quick! 

Before: 


After:

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 😝