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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Welcome Wyatt Lee

Wyatt Lee arrived in a hurry on Saturday, August 20th at 8:02pm. Just 10 minutes after we pulled into the hospital parking lot.
6 lbs, 6 oz. 19 inches long.

I always joked that if I ever had an unmedicated natural childbirth it would be an accident. Well, accidents happen.
Wyatt is named for DLW's grandfather Wyatt and Lee is the middle name on both sides of the family: DLW, his father, his grandmother, and my grandfather, too.
We are settled in at home and adjusting to life as a family of four (well, six). Wyatt gave us a heck of a story to tell for the rest of his life and I can't wait to share it with you.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Baby #2 Bumpdate: 38 Weeks

I've been pregnant for 38 weeks (39 if you ask my doctor). That's a LONG time! However, it's gone by so fast. I can't believe I'm nearing the end of the road. We don't plan on having anymore Whitt Babies after this one so it's bittersweet to know this is (most likely) the last time I will be pregnant.
I was still just 1cm dilated at last week's appointment so let's hope he stays in until my mom gets here on the 24th.

Weight gain: 28-29 lbs now so more than I gained with Collins but still in the healthy 25-35 lb range. I started this pregnancy 10 lbs lighter and I know that's why I am feeling so much better. My legs don't ache and burn like they did with Collie because there is 10 lbs less stress on my body.

Stretch marks: Magically still none! I haven't been using coconut oil or lotion- just luck.

Movement: Homeboy loves to wiggle and stick his feet (I think) out to the side. He is definitely less active than Collins was. I have so many videos of her moving my entire belly but he's not quite as squirmy.

How I’m feeling: The heat is making me pretty uncomfortable (it was 100 degrees, feels like 106 yesterday) so I am trying to stay indoors. I have been a little uncomfortable here and there but overall I am still really great. I am having no labor symptoms or signs this kiddo is coming soon. Having to pee every 30 minutes is driving me CRAZY but it could be worse. Collie and I spend the majority of the day on the couch and that's just fine with me.
Miss anything?: I am ready to have some hard ciders on our deck this Fall.

Sleep: Sleep, roll over, pee, change sides, sleep, wake up, pee, roll over. REPEAT.

Food: I am still eating normally at this point. We went to our favorite burger place yesterday and my tummy was very happy and very full. Watermelon season is reason enough to be pregnant during the summer.

Workouts: I am still teaching BODYPUMP and core on Wednesdays; however, I've started just instructing core rather than demonstrating. I will join them for planks at the end of class and some booty exercises but anything else is a joke. I plan on teaching this week and possibly next week but my sub is ready to step in starting next week.
Clothes: I forced myself to wear actual maternity clothes this weekend to get some use out of them before it's over. During the week I just wear comfy clothes that fit no matter what size I am. 

Baby items: I finally placed an Amazon order last week with a few things we "needed" this time around. I dug all the baby gear out of storage Saturday and set up a makeshift baby room to use until we move in September. There are a few other things we will need eventually but I feel good knowing we have somewhere to put him whenever he decides to come.
Collins practiced her big sistering and thinks this "happo" is for her.
Best moment this week: Spending time as a family of three. We keep saying we will miss these days as a trio but I know life as a family of four (or six) will be great, too.
Looking forward to: My mom getting here next Wednesday. I know there are people who will step in to help with Collie if needed but I would feel so much better knowing she is at home in her own environment with someone she knows when we go to have the baby.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Baby #2 Bumpdate: 37 Weeks

It's August which means it's baby month and I'm not ready. He can stay in there as long as he wants. Like, forever.
I had a great appointment with the high risk doctor yesterday and The Boy is weighing in around 6 lbs, 3 oz. The doctor walked in and said, "This is a normal kid. I wouldn't even call it small. You don't want a big baby anyway." He showed me how his growth is right on track and nothing to worry about. I am going to laugh when he comes out bigger than Collie after all this stress and so many extra appointments.
My regular OB commented this week that I have a long torso which is bizarre because my Colorado OB made the EXACT same comment at 37 weeks with Collins. I guess I carry my babies up and down rather than straight out.

Gender: All boy

Weight gain: 25-27 lbs. I gained 25 lbs total with Collie and hope to keep it around that this time, too. I had already hit 25 lbs at this point in Collins' pregnancy then didn't gain any the last month which is pretty normal. 

Stretch marks: Nope.

Movement: He had the hiccups for the first time this week. Collie had the hiccups every night towards the end and I never knew what they were until she was born and was constantly hiccuping. Duh. Now I can recognize the rhythmic thumps and bumps.

How I’m feeling: I am still feeling really great and pretty close to normal. I have to pee a lot but other than that I have no third trimester ailments or labor symptoms. I think that's making it hard to believe he will be here in less than a month. One rib will ache a little if I sit too long so I try to be horizontal when possible.

Miss anything? The ability to plan ahead. I feel like I can't really plan for events in the future because I really have no idea when I'm going to have this baby. I hate not being in control of this part.

Sleep: I roll from side to side multiple times a night and usually get up to pee once but I'm sleeping okay. I have found that if I am wide awake in the middle of the night, I just need to eat a snack and I'll fall back asleep. I have a stash of Nutrigrain bars in my nightstand. I was the exact same way at the end of Collie's pregnancy, too. It's surprisingly me how similarly I am feeling this time around.

Workouts: I am still teaching BODYPUMP and plan to teach until my water breaks. I taught twice last week and attended another class on Sunday. I can't tell you the last time I exercised thrice in a week. Teaching core class is downright comical at this point but I'm still trying.
Clothes: Just comfy clothes and workout clothes. I have maternity clothes in my closet I haven't worn this entire pregnancy because I've never had a reason.

Baby items: I went to Hobby Lobby last week and picked up a few things for his someday baby room. We will be moving a month after he's born (more on that another day) so we aren't putting together a room or any furniture for him. I feel bad that he doesn't have an established room to come home to like Collie did but he will once we are in our new house. I am leaning towards just blue and grey as a color theme rather than puppy dogs. I love this US map wall art.
I randomly found these Carolina Panthers pajamas, hats, and booties at Burlington (formally known as Burlington Coat Factory- who knew it's like a giant TJMaxx?). He will be ready for football season.

Best moment this week: Getting to see his smooshed face yesterday. I think/hope he looks just like Collie. 

Looking forward to: We have a lot to look forward to this fall. First The Boy's arrival then Collie's 2nd birthday. After that DLW will graduate BOLC, we will close on our first house, move again, and then DLW turns 30! It's going to be a great and crazy couple months for the Whitts.

Monday, July 18, 2016

The Boy's Navy & Gray Doggy Baby Room Inspiration

With less than six weeks to go, I am finally getting around to thinking about The Boy's baby room. I feel bad because Collins' room was fully decorated and ready for her long before her arrival. Since our housing situation is not ideal, I'm not sure how much I will actually put together. We are actively looking to move off post so he may never actually sleep in his room in this house. Why put a crib together just to take it apart in a couple months? It will at least be in a box and ready when we get settled somewhere.

I wasn't sure exactly how I wanted to decorate The Boy's room because boy colors and themes are hard. I dislike the colors red and orange and green seemed too bright. DLW wears blue and gray exclusively so it is the winning combination. Boy themes are hard too; DLW hates baseball and nautical but we love doggies. Once I started looking, it all came together to create a navy & gray doggy themed baby room.
Valspar Gravity- I hope to someday paint his room a nice light gray if we move off post. I'm a big fan of Valspar paint and love that 10% military discount at Lowe's.

Pillowfort Light Blocking Stripe Curtains from Target- I ordered two panels of these striped curtains to block the light. A dark room is the secret to good baby sleep.

Curious Canines Sheet Set- I struggled to choose sheets after finding the perfect set from Pottery Barn that they no longer make (isn't that how it always goes?). These are actually a toddler sheet set from Target that will fit the crib mattress. I can then use the extra pillowcase and flat sheet for other decorations or save them for when he is older. The red accents are just enough while the doggies are navy and gray.

Circo Wipeable Changing Pad Cover- I was amazed by how often we have had to change Collins' changing pad cover when she was tiny. I love that this cover matches his room and is wipeable.

Baby Mod Modena 3-in-1 Crib- I had my eye on this crib when we thought Collie was a boy. This crib converts to a toddler bed and you can't beat Walmart's price.

Pottery Barn My First Anywhere Chair- I have loved this chair with Collins and plan to take his monthly pictures in his monogrammed chair, too.

Gray Stripe Hamper- Baby's have a lot of laundry. I added this hamper to our Amazon registry after I ordered a matching storage bin on Amazon Prime Day.

I hope to find some dog themed art for the walls and maybe a few doggy accents, too.

I can't wait to someday put this all together for The Boy and give him a room of his own. Until then, it will all stay in boxes and packages. He'll spend the first few months in our room so he'll never know, right?

Check out Collins' baby room inspiration and her baby room tour.

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