Wednesday, January 14, 2015

My new mom life

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Walmart for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Being a Mom is hard, y'all. I've slept a four hours total last night thanks to this LOVELY 4 month sleep regression, didn't change out of my pajamas all day, starting crying when Wyatt thought naps we're overrated and laughed as I was scrubbing two types of bodily fluids off my hands this afternoon.
That all said, I don't think I've ever been as happy as I am when I hear him laugh or see him smile because he recognizes me. It's indescribable. The joy of seeing him experience his "firsts", it's just priceless. So for those moments, I will take all of the sleepless nights, overtired cries and yes, the gross stuff too.
I mean, this smile...
I think being a Mom is all about survival. Especially in these first few months. In the spirit of Survival, I wanted to share a few of my registry must-haves from my Registry.
My Registry Must haves:
1. Pampers Swaddlers Super Pack: Seriously, I'll save you time here. Don't even try any other brand. We have a few different oddballs from Jason's diaper party...but every time we open one of those boxes, we're quickly reminded why we love Pampers® Swaddlers. The two biggest reasons - They are so soft and they hold-up. I couldn't be a bigger fan! 
2. Pampers® Sensitive Wipes: These smell divine to me, they're so clean smelling.
3.  Dr. Brown's bottles: Yup, we're in that fan base too. We started with the bottles that came with my pump, but noticed Wyatt seemed to CHUG it. So we switched to these to help with the flow.
4. Swaddle-Me Swaddles: Yes and Yes. We're big-time swaddle fans. I never did get the hang of the blanket swaddling, this is an easy no-fail velcro solution. I don't know what I'm going to do when we have to stop swaddling Wyatt.
5. The Rock n Play: This was our BFF for the first three months. We just transitioned from this to the crib, but we still bring it around to friends/family's houses when they're babysitting. Wyatt is just so content hanging in here.
6. Snuza: I honestly wouldn't have transitioned to the crib without this baby. It's a little "beeper" that clips onto your Pampers® Swaddlers. If it doesn't detect breathing, it alarms within 20 seconds. The alarm is pretty loud (we had a false alarm last night) It really gives me peace of mind to be able to sleep with him across the house from me.
7. Zip-Up Sleepers: Can someone please tell me why they still sell button-up ones? Do you know how LONG it takes to button those bad-boys up. These Zippers are the bees knees and yes, Wyatt loves to hang all day in his PJ's.
My other must have - White noise. We downloaded an app and play it on our iPad in his nursery or my phone while we're out and about. He goes out like a light.
My registry was SUPER easy to create and manage, they even had a registry checklist to help you from getting overwhelmed from Seriously, how are there so many things? Thankfully that kept me on track. What's even better - they have Pampers Baby Basics for Any Mom on’s Parent & Baby Center which has awesome tips for sleep tactics, baths (this scared me the first time I did it) and even diaper changes.
Take a look at my must haves and let me know if you have any to add! I'm all about learning new tricks.
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Monday, October 27, 2014

Halloween PJ Party

There's one thing for certain, I'm a HUGE fan of holidays, PJ's and outfits. Wyatt is a good sport and let's me enjoy this way too much. Jason gripes a little, but knows there will be no stopping my love affair with the holidays!
Remember when we visited the pumpkin patch a couple weeks ago, complete with the monogrammed frankenstein shirt. We picked up a Pumpkin to attend a friend's pumpkin carving party. It was so much fun! Wyatt wore his Halloween Jammies for the occasion and what better way to share than joining in the Halloween PJ Party Link up

With Kel-Kel

My lil' Pumpkin

Monday, October 20, 2014

Weekend Happenings

This weekend was by far our most adventurous since Wyatt's been here. On Friday, the minute work was we headed out to Jacksonville to see Garth Brooks in concert. Jason's sister was so kind to watch Wyatt for us (and text us a picture almost every hour or so). 
Our seats for this concert were AMAZING. When tickets went on sale, I tried so hard to get decent tickets and we wound up with okay ones for the concert on October 10th. About an hour after we purchased them, I was talking with a friend and she mentioned he opened up 3 more dates. I quickly tried for October 17th and within seconds Ticketmaster offered me tickets in the 9th row. Thank you, Ticketmaster..I'll take 'em. The seats were dead center, so we had a fantastic view of the whole stage.
Which was especially delightful when Garth broke out "Friends in Low Places"
Seeing "Friends in Low Places" live = amazing!
After the concert, we drove the 2 hours home. Which actually ended up taking us almost 3 hours, since it took forever to get out of the parking garage and I missed the interstate FOUR times. Unfortunately, that's not an exaggeration.

We were slow to get moving on Saturday and Wyatt wasn't hating the slow life. After breakfast (for him), we took a small nap on the couch and then headed out to enjoy the slightly cooler weather. We visited a local pumpkin patch so I could get some pictures

...and pick up a pumpkin for Steph's carving party!

On Sunday, we headed over to my mom's house in New Smyrna Beach so Wyatt could meet Uncle John-John. We were just too happy that he's home and we forgot to take a single picture. Next time!


Friday, October 10, 2014

Five on Friday

I haven't done this linkup in a while, so I figured today being my last full day on Maternity leave, would be a great week of reflection.

You already know the first one is about Wyatt. I can't believe that he's over a month old and how much he's GROWN in that month.

Newborn Picture:

Month old Picture:

I'm excited this weekend is packed with things to do, I've been cooped up in this house for far too long. Tonight I'm going to a Stella and Dot first, I'm not going to lie, I didn't want to go in the least. I have nothing that fits me, I feel frumpy and the whole feed/pump every 2 to 3 hrs thing has me on a tight leash from home. Jason begged me to go and I finally gave in.  

Tomorrow we're going to visit my cousins in town from AZ and Sunday we're going to a work picnic for my MIL. Family, Fun and outside - three things I'm craving!
Speaking of nothing that fits me...I need some new clothes ASAP. Luckily we're coming into fall so I'm able to buy a few new pieces. I FINALLY purchased the blanket scarf - Jason thought I was legit crazy when I pulled it out....side note, does ANYONE know how to tie the dang thing?
and I'm dying for an oversized sweater. I have my eyes set on this one:
I'm just stumped on what size to get.
As I mentioned, my full Maternity Leave is coming to an end on Monday. Cue tears! 
I'll still be working from home for 4 weeks, but gone are the days of lounging on the couch with a sleeping baby on my chest all day errr day.  Wyatt and I have been doing our "dress rehearsals" this week, aka getting on a schedule and sticking to it...So far so good, he is napping like a pro. And Me? Well...I've been using his nap times for productivity vs gossip tv. I think we can totally do this!

Last but not least, you guys...NEXT WEEK, We'll be fulfilling a bucket list item and seeing this gentleman from the 9th row
Can't WAIT!!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Welcoming Wyatt

Throughout my pregnancy there were talks of C-section, Wyatt was measuring in the 90th percentile and my doctor just advised me that our safest route might be C-section. We kept our options open, but decided to have a ultrasound at 38 weeks (August 29th) to check on his size before making a decision.

That week I came down with a cold. Nothing too crazy, but enough to keep me up at night and away from work. We went into our 38th week appointment in the mindset that if he was measuring over 8 1/2 lbs, we would go C-section. Figuring my doctor likes to schedule them on the 39th week, we were thinking we would have a baby somewhere around September 10th if we went that route. 

During the ultrasound it was discovered that my fluids were low (presumably from that stupid cold) and Wyatt was measuring 9.13 lbs....well above our deciding factor number. This was a friday before Labor day weekend and my doctor didn't want to take anything lightly. Her plan...We'd go to the hospital the following day for another fluid check, if was low again we would have Wyatt right then and there (this is about the point I stopped listening and started freaking out), if Fluids were staying put we would go in for our C-section the following Wednesday. OH.MY.WORD. 

It's crazy to me that you plan for the delivery for 10 months, but somehow you're still so unprepared when it happens. Saturday morning, Jason and I headed into the Hospital for a fluid check. Much to our delight, everything was okay. Which meant one thing, Wednesday September 3rd was our day!

On Wednesday we had to be at the hospital at 11am, I was instructed to fast (no food or water) for 12 hrs prior. We went in, they hooked me up to a few monitors and then Wyatt up to a fetal monitor. Everything was still looking great. Apparently I was having fairly strong contractions about 3 minutes apart, the doctor was shocked that I wasn't feeling them. After about 45 minutes, the Anesthesiologist came in to go over his portion and get me hooked up to a epidural catheter. He first gave me a numbing shot and then the epidural. Pretty pain free.

It took about another 30-45 minutes for the medicine to completely kick in. I couldn't feel anything from my rib cage down to my toes. Once it was all set-up, they wheeled us into an OR. This was right around 1:50pm.  

Jason was on my left side and a lovely nurse with the most calming voice was on my right, she was letting me know what was going on the whole time. 

Wyatt was born at 2:02pm, Weighing 10.2 lbs and measuring 21 inches long.

As soon as they took him out, they brought Jason to watch him being cleaned off and measured. This is also the point that Jason's and I's marriage got real (as in he saw my intestines, poor guy!)After Wyatt was weighed, they brought him over to me and I was able to hold him for a bit. 

They wheeled him out with Jason to head on over to the Recovery room while they finished me up. Jason was able to swing by and introduce Wyatt to his Mimi, Grandma and Aunt. 

We were in Recovery room for about 2 hours, I was able to do skin to skin with Wyatt pretty much the whole time. As soon as I regained feeling in my legs they moved us up to our room. Our stay at Winnie Palmer was wonderful (except for one minor glitch during a shift change). 

Since we've been home Wyatt, Jason, Bailey and I have been figuring out this whole new life. Teamwork takes on a whole new meaning with a child. Jason and I are now able to function off 5 hours of sleep, Bailey has learned to be gentle and he's so protective...and Wyatt, well he's doing a good job at letting us know what he needs. He's sleeping in our room in his Rock N' Play for the time-being - Jason and I need to make the big transition to his room/his crib soon. (#icant)

He'll be a month old on Friday and I feel like we need a big celebration to mark making it the first month. 


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Truly Radiant

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

I came home one day to a little Truly Radiant package. 
Is it just me or do you also get overly excited about new products like these? I love that I got to try the trifecta: Spin Brush, Toothpaste and Whitening Booster
Not only are these products from a highly trusted brand (Hello, Arm & Hammer) and come in cute packaging, they also have several key benefits. Things that I tend to look for when trying out new products, like:

 Removes 100 percent more surface stains than oridnary toothpaste (this is huge for an ex-coffee/coca-cola addict, like myself)
Smoothes surface imperfections while restoring shine
Only paste with baking sode, peroxide and active calcium
Fluoride anticavity toothpaste for cleaning, whitening and enamel strenghtening

Removes 100% more plaque than a manual toothbrush. ONE HUNDRED PERCENT

Whitening Booster:
Clincially proven to whiten teeth in just one week and contains 3x more whitening agent than a leading white strip
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Do you have any tips to bring out your inner radiance? With Wyatt coming "any day now", I definitely need to make sure I'm picture-ready at any given time. :)

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Bumpdate: 36 Weeks

Two things about today's bumpdate:
1. It was supposed to happen on Monday, my bad
2. Just SO happens I'm wearing the same dress from 32 weeks. Not surprising though, I'm down to 
a few items that still fit me (I only purchased a few maternity items) Thank GOODNESS for accessories.

How far along: 
36 weeks!! 9 months...home stretch!
Baby Size: 
Wyatt is the size of a HoneyDew Melon!
Weight gain: 
40...Oh my word, can't believe I'm admitting that.
Maternity clothes: 
Yup, I'm still rockin' them.
Stretch marks: 
Ugh, #Ican't with these. I'm just praying they'll go away after birth.
Seriously, the cruelest trick in the world is the fact that I can't sleep a month before I'm "about to never sleep again for the rest of my life"- so says the people
Best moment this week:
Our Maternity Photos are back. LOVING them!!
Looking forward to: 
Is it weird that I'm looking forward to my doctor appointments? I like the weekly check up on us, however I hate how much time they take.  Side note: NOT looking for my mom leaving for a whole two weeks...she comes back 6 days before my due date. Cue anxiety ridden weeks ahead.
What I miss: 
Walking without pain, true life! Also, I miss having options to wear in the morning. I can't wait to fit back into normal clothes.
Yup, Wyatt thinks this stomach of mine is a punching bag.
Food cravings: 
Not so much food cravings, but I can't get enough of ICE. Seriously purchased a 10lb bag of Sonic crushed ice the other day, it was glorious
Anything making you queasy or sick: 
A boy!
Labor Signs: 
Braxton Hicks, just a few and Swollen feet - the joys!
Belly Button in or out? It's 100% flat at this point. 
Wedding rings on or off? Still able to put them on and get them off. Woohoo
Honestly scared. My friends just had their twins today, which means...we're next. Also the realization that this could be my last "bumpdate"
Is finally done!!! We're ready for you Wyatt