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Monday, October 24, 2016

Wyatt Lee- 2 Months Old

The big man hit two months last week and it's safe to say we don't have a tiny baby anymore.
Stats: 12 lbs, 10 ozs (59th percentile) and 22.5 inches tall (26th percentile). He is over a pound bigger than Collins was at two months. He is growing by the day.

Eating: You can tell by his cheeks that he loves to eat. Big Man nurses 9-11 times a day for an average of 12 minutes each. I attempted to pump and feed him a bottle for the first time this month but neither of us were really into it. We have two weddings next month so I need to work on pumping and feeding bottles to have a night out and about.

Sleeping: Things have gotten better in the sleep department but they still aren't great. He likes to stay up until 11pm- midnight before sleeping for 3-4 hours stretches. A couple nights he has given me a 6 hours block but only because I let him sleep in his swing after fussing for a few hours (whatever works). The swing is obviously not a long term solution and his sleep is very much a work in progress. I am consciously taking the time to let him sleep on me when possible and enjoy him being little. I already know how fast these babies grow- everything else can wait.
Mood: Wyatt is a good baby. I tell him every day. He is relaxed and chill. He very rarely cries and only fusses when he's hungry or mad about being in the carseat. He will be cranky if he's overtired but it is rare we really hear him scream. He is happy most of the day but will start to fuss around 7-8 pm. We definitely got lucky again in the happy baby department.
Clothes: Big Man is officially in 0-3 months clothes exclusively and wears size 1 diapers. He is chuuuuunky and I love it. We have a lot of hand-me-down clothes for this size which has been great. There are very few clothes of Collie's that Wyatt can wear too so I love this Halloween PJ comparison. Both Whittles at 7 weeks old.
Likes: Bath time, the Bright Starts swing, watching his Sissy, staying up late, being worn in the Lillebaby carrier
Dislikes: Being out of the house, his carseat, being overtired

Nicknames: WyWy, Chunky Man or Chunky Man Baby, Big Buddy, Peanut Butter, BroBro
I am: a hermit. The idea of leaving the house alone with two kiddos is just too much. We stay home all week because going anywhere is such an ordeal. Last week I woke them both up for an "early" morning meeting; there was a miscommunication and we had to reschedule. I was so upset that I woke two sleeping babies, got dressed, and was even on time for nothing. I imagine it will get easier with time and practice but dang.

DLW is: back at work! DLW started his new job as a quartermaster PL last week. So far his hours haven't been too bad and he's been home at a reasonable hour. He is adjusting to this new non-infantry officer life and we are trying to find a new routine.

Collins is: two years old. Collie is sweet 90% of time. The other 10% of the time she acts like a terrorist. I'm going to blame her sociopathic behavior on teething, becoming a big sister, and DLW going back to work all at once. Like previous rough patches I know this one will be over eventually and I just have to ride it out. Two year olds are exhausting.
As a big sister, Collins is a great helper. She gets out all the diaper changing necessities and sits next to Wyatt. She gets excited to see her brother every morning and says, "WyWy up." When he fusses she says, "oh my," runs over, and usually rips the blanket off of him. I will find her toys tucked into his swing and she even kissed his head the other day. She brings him blankets and tries to shove the pacifier in his mouth. I can tell she's watching me because she insists on swaddling her Ellie and will bounce her and say "shhh." She's a sweet little mama.

What I want to remember: This month you have started to smile and find your voice. We moved into our new house and you finally have your own room (although you still sleep in our room). We went to the pumpkin farm where you slept the whole time. We celebrated Daddy's 30th birthday with friends- you also slept the whole time. You would spend all day in your swing if we let you. You are a water baby like your sister and love bath time. You are a happy little man and we love you more every day.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


I shared this on Instagram a few weeks ago and hinted a little about this before but we are homeowners! I didn't want to blog about buying a house before it was officially official but we have been homeowners for almost one month! 
Back in April I told you about our first attempt at buying a house and then shared our crazy PCS to Virginia in June. We knew we didn't want to stay on Fort Lee the full year and decided to pay the price to move off-post ASAP. After examining the nonexistent rental market in Richmond, we decided to start working with our realtor again to buy a home.

Looking closer to Fort Lee, we visited one house and didn't make it past the front door. From there we looked at new construction in a not so great neighborhood. We LOVED the idea of a brand new home but hated that we were still so far from our friends.

The next weekend a home popped up in our ideal neighborhood (where we tried to buy the first house). It was updated and priced right so I knew it would sell fast. We called our realtor, got in for a showing that afternoon, and made an offer that evening.

We were soon under contract and set the closing date for 60 days rather than 45. This gave the sellers time to find a new home and us time to have a baby/ finish BOLC. We closed on our new home September 22nd, the same day that DLW graduated BOLC.
With the help of friends, my parents, and a two movers, we moved in that weekend.

It's been a busy month getting settled into our new house and making it feel like a home. Our boxes are finally unpacked and we have pictures hanging on the walls. While this house doesn't have everything on our wish list, it is a great home for the next 3-4 years. DLW likes that it only has three bedrooms so I can't fill rooms with more babies or coondogs.
From here DLW has a 32 minute commute down to Fort Lee. I am much closer to multiple gyms and Collins will be able to walk to school when the time comes. We have a pool and a playground just down the street and all the tall trees are changing colors.

The Whitts are finally feeling settled here in Virginia. We are ready to enjoy the Fall weather (although it's in the 80s today), the holidays, and the next few years in our new home.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Wyatt Lee- One Month Old

Okay so he's actually six weeks old now but who's counting? We just finally got his Anywhere Chair (it was a whole thing) and could take is first monthly picture.
Stats: At his one month appointment he was 9 lbs, 13 oz- he gained three pounds in three weeks like a champ.

Eating: This boy likes to eat. He nurses 11-14 times a day for about 12 minutes each time.
Sleeping: Wyatt still has his days and nights a little mixed up; He might be part raccoon. The first couple weeks really took a toll on me. When I was ready for bed, he was ready to party. My body wasn't used to staying up late or waking up 5x a night anymore and I struggled.

After the first few weeks I adjusted and can sort of function and a person now. At about four weeks, he would sleep for two hours then be awake for one hour. Now he's getting better about waking up, nursing, getting changed, and going back to sleep but it still takes 30-45 minutes each time.

He is sleeping mostly in his Rock 'n Play but I am doing my best to transition him to the Pack 'n Play. Collins slept in the Pack 'n Play until she was 4 months old and I think that made the transition to her crib seamless. At this point I am just happy if he's sleeping no matter where it is.

Mood: Wyatt is a laid back little dude. The first couple weeks he really liked to be held but now he's content just chillin' in his swing. He doesn't cry often (knock on wood) but will fuss in the late evening around 7-8 pm.

Clothes: Newborn clothes are getting tiiiiiight and he outgrew NB diapers right at one month old. My favorite outfits from this month are his monster pajamas and his puppy print onesie.
Likes: Sleeping on mama, bath time, eating, the Wal-Mart swing

Dislikes: Dirty diapers- he won't go back to sleep unless he gets a new diape.

Nicknames: WyWy (Collie calls hims this), Peanut (Daddy's nickname for him), and Buddy.

I am: tired. Just really tired. Mentally, I am struggling to process things the day after a rough night. DLW will tell you that I'm moving slow and take forever to answer a question. Mom Brain is REAL. Physically, I feel great. I had some complications with my stitches but everything is healing correctly now after my six week postpartum appointment. I have started running again this week and feel mostly like my old self.

DLW is: officially on paternity leave! He wasn't able to take his free 10 days of leave during BOLC but we are happy to have him home now. He took additional leave and will be home with us until the mid October.
DLW feels very loyal to Collie and does everything he can to make sure she still feels loved and important as a big sister. He has been getting her up in the mornings and helping me throughout the day. He makes sure I get a chance to shower and forces me to eat.

Collins is: adjusting better than we had expected. She mostly ignores him like a typical big sister. She is my diaper helper and sets out the supplies and takes the dirty diaper to the trash (usually- sometimes I find it somewhere around the house). She started calling him "WyWy" a couple weeks after we came home and is happy to see him every morning. She gets concerned when he fusses and asks, "WyWy okay?" She hasn't shown any interest in holding him yet but has gently touched his head a couple times and will try to poke him in the eye.

Collins occasionally gets a little needy and emotional when I am nursing Wyatt on the couch. She wants to be held and will cry because I can't hold them both. She says, "me me" and uses body language and her babble to tell me to put Wyatt down so I can hold her. That's what breaks my heart the most because we snuggled so much before he was born. I just tell her that I will hold her when he's done eating and make sure she gets her lap time, too. I snuggle babies all day- it's not a bad gig.
What I want to remember: You are a mama's boy (for now). You grunt. This month you met all of your grandparents!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Let's Talk About Newborn Sleep

Or lack of sleep in our case... I was hopeful Wyatt would be a magically good sleeper but he's a newborn so we're working on it. He wakes up every 2-2.5 hours and stays awake for an hour each time. Needless to say, I am exhausted.

When I do get a few hours of sleep at a time, I rest easy knowing Wyatt is comfy and safe in his HALO SleepSack Swaddle. As a second time mom, I know this phase won't last forever and it helps that I have the tools to make safe sleep easy.
SleepSack Swaddles are fool-proof and my go-to because I never figured out how to swaddle with a blanket. My swaddles would always come undone and leave baby cold and unsafe. HALO SleepSack Swaddles are safe swaddling made easy. If you're like me, you like easy. A zipper and some velcro are so much easier to do in the dark than trying to wrap a blanket around a squirmy baby.
Both of my kiddos like to sleep with their arms above their head and I love that SleepSack Swaddles allow that to be an option. I will swaddle Wyatt with his arms in if he's having a hard time settling down to sleep (like today when I took pictures for this post). With the SleepSack Swaddle, you can choose to swaddle three different ways: them arms in, hands-to-face, or arms out.
We took our SleepSack Swaddle to the hospital with us and continue to use it at home each night. Over 1,400 hospitals are using SleepSack Swaddles now rather than the traditional nursery blankets to keep newborns safe.
Like everything else, I order my SleepSack Swaddles on Amazon. The designs are adorable and offer boy, girl, and gender neutral options. We have a mix of patterns at our house but this Jungle Pals Fun print is my favorite.

September is baby safety month and HALO is sharing some important tips for safe sleep:

  • Place baby to sleep on his or her back at naptime and at night time.
  • Use a crib that meets current safety standards with a firm mattress that fits snugly and is covered with only a tight-fitting crib sheet.
  • Remove all blankets, comforters and toys from your baby’s sleep area (this includes loose blankets, bumpers, pillows and positioners). The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests using a wearable blanket instead of loose blankets to keep your baby warm.
  • Offer a pacifier when putting baby to sleep. If breastfeeding, introduce pacifier after one month or after breastfeeding has been established.
  • Breastfeed, if possible, but when finished, put your baby back to sleep in his or her separate safe sleep area alongside your bed.
  • Room share, but don’t bed share. Bed sharing can put a child at risk of suffocation.
  • Never put your baby to sleep on any soft surface (adult beds, sofas, chairs, water beds, quilts, sheep skins etc.)
  • Never dress your baby too warmly for sleep; keep room temperature 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Never allow anyone to smoke around your baby or take your baby into a room or car where someone has recently smoked.
It is not only important that YOU know these safe sleep guidelines but also to make sure can caregivers (babysitters, grandparents, friends) follow these guidelines too. Remember, back is best.
To celebrate baby safety month, HALO is hosting a giveaway on Facebook. There are just two more days to enter (I entered this morning) to win a SleepSack Swaddle and a Bassinest Swivel Sleeper.

Follow HALO on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube for even more tips and future giveaways.

There are plenty of baby products that are "must haves" but HALO SleepSack Swaddles are not only cute and easy to use but keep g your baby safe. I was so scared as a new mom and using this product helped me feel more confident. Using a SleepSack Swaddle will not only help your baby sleep but help you sleep, too. I don't know about you but I could use a little extra sleep.
  • Do/did you use a SleepSack Swaddle for your little one?
  • How do you practice safe baby sleep?
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