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!

Advertisements

•Aunt Flo•

Alright so here’s my warning, this is a TMI-ish post. If you’re a guy and reading this post, you’ll probably want to skip it, so scroll on my friends ha. I’m about to talk a taboo girly thing that boys tend to shy away from. Like tampons.

Okay. So you’re all gone, right? Last warning! 

Alright then. 

There are so many things I didn’t realize until after I had a baby. Like, I never knew breastfeeding could postpone your cycle. And when I say postpone, I mean I literally can’t remember the last time I had a period ha. I mean I guess I know when, about one month before I got pregnant with Waylen so a longgggg time ago. Now “they” say pretty much anything goes when it comes to getting your cycle back. “They” also say that exclusively breastfeeding is like 98% accurate at preventing pregnancy for the first 6 months or something like that so I didn’t really expect it to come back right away. (And who really is this “they” anyways??? Ha)

Now I normally wouldn’t complain about not having a period ha buttttttt because Chappy and I are thinking about trying for a second soonish, it is something that is on my mind. 

So here we go, this is what I’ve done so far to jump start ovulation… at 6 months Waylen started sleeping through the night. One of the first things recommended to do is night wean so I was hoping that would work but nope. Next I read to go 3-4 hours between feedings during the day. Now Waylen is my little piggy so until recently he was eating every 1.5-2 hours, luckily its every 3-4 hours now, but still nothing! 
Now let’s think this through, breastfeeding takes a lot of extra calories, and when you workout too much or don’t eat enough you can lose your period. Why? Because you’re not getting enough calories. (Not the entireee reason but still) Sooo kind of along those lines I’ve decided to up my calories. Got to sustain myself, then my milk, and then hopefully my ovulation! But what else?!? I feel like nothing is working! And I’m not about to completely wean yet so don’t suggest that as an option! Feeding my little babe takes #1 priority but if anyone has any suggestions that worked for them my ears are open! 

We want baby number 2 sooner than later but it’s a little hard when you’re not ovulating! Ughhh so please send me all your advice! 

Thank you!  💛

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! 

Waylen: 8 Months

Eight months! EIGHT FREAKEN MONTHS! 


I’m not sure what’s happening but time is seriously flying by! Every day I look at Waylen and am amazed by how old he seems! 

In this last month Waylen has made some huge strides. He loves standing and playing with his activity cube and although he cannot pull himself to standing by himself yet he is constantly pulling himself up to his knees. He loves his ball pit, playing fetch with Pickles (aka stealing her ball and trying to eat it,) dancing to Sexy Back by JT, reading The Foot Book, grabbing his toes, chewing on tags (clothing tags, toy tags, tags on blankets… he LOVES tags ha,) and the TV remote. 





Lately he’s also been so giggly. Bouncing a blue ball? So funny! Swatting at a fly? A real knee slapper. Saying the word “poop” or calling him “boob dude?” Hilarious! He is just so cute and his laughs are the sweetest things I’ve ever heard. 

Some other things he all about these days? Blowing bubbles! He lovesssss blowing spitty spitty bubbles. Constantly. And mostly all over momma. Ha. His favorite foods this month? Zucchini and hummus! Still no teeth though! He is my little toothless babe. 


He is still sleeping through the night, his peach fuzz hair is finally coming in strong, and his eyes sometimes look greener than blue. He doesn’t crawl yet but he really doesn’t need to since he just rolls and pivots to get any/everywhere he wants to be. He’s a total mommas boy but still loves daddy time as long as I’m not in sight ha. 



Waylen is still our perfect little babe! But really we are seriously so blessed to have such a sweet and easy going baby. I just can’t wait to see what this next month brings! 

Baby Led Weaning: 1 Month

We are knee deep in Baby Led Weaning and are seriously having so much fun! It was a little nerve racking at first but Waylen has proven to me again and again that he is totally ready for all these finger foods we’re giving him. He chomps and chomps away and rarely ever gags on anything. Some of the early days I wondered if he was getting anything but let me tell you, the poop don’t lie. Ha. 

​​

So far we’ve introduced broccoli, sweet potato, avocado, zucchini, Greek yogurt, eggs, squash, carrots, watermelon, and mango.

Waylen’s favorites by far are Greek yogurt, mango and broccoli. He will do some serious chowing down on all of those and onlyyy ends up covered from head to toe in Greek yogurt. No big deal ha. I love giving him Greek yogurt too though because 1) he gets to practice with his spoon (which he’s surprising good at!) and 2) I can mix a bunch of different stuff into it. One of our favorites? Avocado! Seriously those little buggers are slippery so mixing it in with his Greek yogurt makes it a lot easier for him to eat! Also since introducing him to his spoon he seems to chew other veggies more. Maybe because he loves gnawing on the spoon? I’m not sure, but whatever it was he now has started to chew his veggie sticks better! (Which is really helpful since he still is toothless!) 

We still are introducing foods fairly slow so he’s not quiet at taco night and spaghetti Wednesdays yet but we are slowly working our way towards that. 

Here’s a few examples of what meal time looks like at our house: 

Breakfast:

  • Over Medium Egg and avocado Toast for me| scrambled eggs and avocado for Waylen
  • Greek Yogurt and fruit for me | same for Waylen!

Lunch: 

  • Roasted veggies, Chicken, and Rice for me | Roasted veggies for Waylen

Snacks for Waylen: 

  • Sweet potato pops (roasted sweet potatoes and breast milk blended then frozen)
  • Greek Yogurt pops: seriously I put pretty much everything in these. Greek yogurt, breast milk, zuchinni, sweet potato | Greek yogurt and fruit | Greek yogurt and avocado or seriously anythinggg you have 

Now I must admit, I don’t always eat what Waylen is eating. Sometimes I eat fast food and pizza and junk while I watch my cute little ham chowing down on some serious veggies. Trust me though, it really isn’t hard to roast or steam up some veggies even if I’m not eating them. It is SO worth it and a lot easier than making mushy baby food! 

Baby Led Weaning does get messy so I highly recommend getting this high chair from Ikea because you can literally just hose it down afterwards. Plus you’ll need to invest in some quality bibs. This one from Ikea is my jam and I also love these ones from Babpron. 

We’re still just beginners at this but if anyone has questions feel free to comment below!

Waylen: 7 Months

Gosh 7 months seems SO old! Where did my squishy little baby go???? We are officially closer to his first birthday than we are to his birth! How weird is that?! Waylen is now around 19 lbs and seriously gives momma an upper body workout. Carrying him in his car seat? Yeah right! It’s so hard ha. 



Waylen has made some major changes in the last month. He’s a new man! Well, a new baby. He literally sleeps through the night from around 7pm to 6am which really means I’m a new woman! I’m getting so much sleep I don’t know what to do with myself! Also he is the napping king so I literally can clean the entire house just during his first nap. It’s great! (He is also exclusively a tummy sleeper now 🙄)

We are still chugging along with breastfeeding but now Waylen has also started solids. We’ve gone with Baby Led Weaning and so far he’s tried broccoli, sweet potato, avocado, zucchini, Greek yogurt, eggs, carrots, squash, and watermelon. It’s crazy how well he’s done. Babies are so smart! He knows exactly what to do, even when we gave him a spoon with yogurt, it went right to his mouth! 

Some of his favorite things are animal noises, playing fetch with Pickles, his alphabet blocks, the book Roar, Greek yogurt, swinging at the park, and being held by any Panther player. That last one is kind of a joke but we’ve already got three Panther players to hold Waylen for a picture so might as well try for the entire team. Panthers PLEASE hold my baby. Ha


He is a champ at sitting on his own now, rolls from back to front and back like crazy, loves standing up, and blowing spit bubbles. He still is my little toothless baby though and hasn’t master how to crawl yet. Maybe one of those will happen this next month?! Who knows! 

Sleep Training

After two months of bad sleep and then two days of horrible, awful, TERRIBLE 30 minute increments of sleep we finally caved and started sleep training and I am SO glad we did. Now a little bit about Waylen before training… he loved being swaddled but we just transitioned him into a sleep sac, he still had night feedings, and he would sometimes take a paci from Chappy in the middle of the night if he was cranky. Plus he was pretty much always nursed to sleep. So for this training our goal was to get rid of the paci, eliminate night feedings, and get him to actually sleep more than a few minutes at a time!

Now personally I am not a fan of cry it out so we decided to go with Sleep Sense. In this method you can stay in the room, pick up put down, comfort them by rubbing their tummies, talking to them, etc. and can do as many check ins as you want. Now before trying sleep training Waylen had probably only cried an hour TOTAL in his entire life so when my none cry it out method ended up involving a lot of crying I panicked. (Obviously!) 

Pretty much everything we were allowed to do to comfort Waylen actually made him cry more. Pick up pick down?? Yeah, NO. Staying in the room? Didn’t work for us. Cried loader, got redder, and was much much angrier. (And would just give me an evil death stare the entire time.) So we ended up doing the check in method and it actually started to work! The first night took a whole hour for him to finally fall asleep but the next day it only took 20 and then 15 and now he’s out in under 5. (And just FYI that hour was not constant crying.. it was crying, then whining, then silence on repeat.) We ended up checking in about every 3-5 minutes of crying. The first night he woke up 4 times but was able to put him back to sleep every time with only one time taking more than 5 minutes. The second night was about the same and the third night he only woke up twice and was back asleep in under 2 minutes! 

And naps? On just the second day he took under 5 minutes to fall asleep every time and under 2 minutes the next day. 

Now 1 week in and I’ve never slept better!! We temporarily moved out of our master when we initially started sleep training (since we still room share with Waylen) and now we’re heading back in so wish us luck! But seriously … we decided to drop the night feeds so I now get a solid 11 hours freedom from my little babe. I haven’t slept this well in many many MANY months! 

If you’re on the fence about sleep training, do it! Like run and do it now. My baby is happy, well rested, and on a pretty predictable schedule which makes planning my day super easy. Also now I can put him down in his crib and just watch as he rolls around, plays, and soothes himself to sleep. Much easier than all that rocking and nursing but don’t get me wrong, I still sneak in some baby cuddles during his last little cat nap of the day. I mean come on, he’s not going to be this little forever!! 

Now just one last little fun fact Waylen taught us this week is that he apparently is now a tummy sleeper. Almost as soon as that swaddle came off he learned how to roll himself over in his crib and has been sleeping on his stomach ever since. Of course the “back is best” mommy in me panicked at first and was constantly rolling him back over but it literally did no good since he’d be back on his stomach almost immediately. Ha Plus our pediatrician said once he can get their on its own it’s safe. Still. My anxiety is a little higher with my new tummy sleeper but I guess at least he’s found a way to get through the night comfortably! 



And sometimes he even does crazy stuff like this … 

Apparently I did the same this as a kid soo he must take after me!