Friday, October 20, 2017

Everett | Three Months

Age: Three months!

Weight: 15 + lbs.  So I know at his 2 month well visit they said 15lbs 9oz but I am a bit skeptical. I weigh myself holding him and then I weigh myself and do the math (by calculator because I am not math savvy) and it just doesn't make sense.  It has been about a month since we have weighed him at home and he was like 14lbs and change so I am assuming he is 15+ lbs at this point.

Likes: big sissy, bath time, car rides, story time, eating, being swaddled, chewing on his hands (particularly his right one)

Dislikes: car rides, tummy time, being woken up by anyone but Natalie, chew teething toys

Milestones & Big Moments: This little stinker is smiling so much lately. He is so serious but when he smiles, it's the best.  He is getting better at tummy time; although, he still hates it and I cannot wait until we are at a point where I am not subjecting the house to his screeching.  B and I think he might roll over soon, but who knows. 

Looking forward to: Halloweenie with my little stinkers :)

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We are finally out of the "fourth trimester" [blog post on that coming soon, maybe, if I get my ish together] and settling into life. The first 11 weeks were rough. B and I were constantly wondering what we were thinking. Now that he is on a schedule (thanks Ms. Cheryl!), life has gotten better and, dare I say, easier.

Everett has been a rockstar sleeper.  I could not be more pleased with the sleep habits he is developing.  We are in the process of transitioning him to the crib. That's a lie.  We are now finally in the process of transitioning him to the pack n play in our room (which I had totally said we were doing last month... oops) and away from being swaddled. (I got an email from The Bump saying that apparently between 3-4 months, babies really should stop being swaddled... umm what?) So this week he is swaddled but in the pack n play. Slowly I will work on him not being swaddled while in the pack n play and eventually, maybe one day, I will move him to his crib. Maybe. I don't know, maybe it's because he is our last, but I am having a hard time with the idea of him sleeping in his room upstairs.

He is doing really well at daycare. Ms. Cheryl is just as obsessed with him as we are which makes it that much easier to leave my babies with her.  Even Natalie seems to be doing better at drop off which is a miracle and every day she gets a glowing report of being the best helper and big sissy around.  Talk about melting my mama heart.  Somehow, Ms. Cheryl has gotten our sweet boy on more of a set schedule which is ahhhhhmazing. He still isn't consistent with his naps, but I am ok with that. He is content sleeping on the go which is so nice.              

Friday, October 6, 2017

Friday Favorites | mama edition

It has been awhile since I have done one of these so I figured, now that I have done the 2 kids thing for a couple months (MONTHS?!), I might as well share some new kiddo related favorites.

1. The Binxy Baby cart hammock is a total game changer this time around. I took Natalie and Everett to Target BY MYSELF when Everett was just five days new. This thing made it totally possible. Bonus: Natalie was so obsessed with being able to see Everett, she happily rode on the cart through the entire store. It was the easiest trip to Target with a child to date. I have rocked this thing at Target, Home Goods, Safeway, Costco. It makes me feel like I have my shit together which is really nice with a newborn haha

If you're interested in getting one, you can use my referral link for 10% off!

2. I really loved my diaper bag when I was first going out solo with both kiddos. It can be carried as a purse, a cross body or a back pack (which, to my surprise, is how I use it most often).  It is spacious, sturdy and super easy to organize. Natalie loved that she had her very own pocket in the bag to hold her snacks and lip gloss. I think it's a really great option for first time moms, too. Bonus: this will make a really great carry-on when traveling with two kiddos to see my parents and when I travel solo.

3. Now that I feel more comfortable taking my little duo out, I feel like I need so much less. Enter in my newest obsession: B's Graco diaper back pack. It is spacious, the layout makes sense, the pockets are deep. It holds everything I need for Everett and I can still throw in some snacks and coloring pages for Nat.

4. The Baby Brezza formula pro. Y'all, this thing is amazing. It's definitely one of those things that I couldn't bring to buy for myself but happily received as a gift.  You put the formula powder in the top, water in the reserve and then you simple push a little button and dunzo. Less than a minute later you have a perfect temperature bottle. LOVE. Everett goes from peaceful to starving in .2 seconds so this thing is a total God send.

5. Starbucks new Pumpkin Spice Chai... which, of course, I order as a dirty chai. You may not think this is mama related, but hello, it's caffeine and caffeine is a requirement to function these days.

So there it is. My first Friday favorites in 
What are y'all loving lately?

Friday, September 22, 2017

a letter to baby brother

It has been such an emotional roller coaster getting to this point. I have reflected so much about B and the amazing husband, father and friend he has been/is/will be. I have reflected so much about Natalie and how much I love her, am proud of her and am excited for her. It only feels appropriate to reflect a bit about this new baby and share my feelings as we begin this chapter of our story: a family of four.


To my newest little love,

I cannot believe you're really here and that you have been here for 9 weeks and already my maternity leave has come to an end and today I start back at work. My pregnancy with you was incredibly emotional and I know part of the reason is because you're our last baby.  You are the last one I will carry. The last baby to hear my heartbeat from the inside. The last baby I will feel roll, twirl and kick and, my God, did you kick.  While your pregnancy wasn't easy and we definitely had quite a few bumps along the way, falling in love with you these last few weeks absolutely has been.   

I am trying so desperately to slow this time down, to soak in all of your tiniest moments because they are fleeting. I thought my pregnancy with you went by in the blink of an eye, but these nine plus weeks home with you have seemed so short and hazy. Even though I find myself grieving over the firsts and the moments that have been flying by us, I am filled to the brim with excitement about all of the firsts that are to come, especially your firsts that include your sister. Honestly, watching you and your big sister interact has quickly become one of my favorite things on the planet. She loves you so fiercely, we all do.

It is so strange to me to think that life existed before you. I don't remember a time without you in it.  You have completed our family, and completed me, in a way I didn't know possible.  It amazes me how effortlessly you fit into our family.  All of the fears and tears and guilt that I felt leading up to your arrival were so unnecessary. You were absolutely made exactly and perfectly for us, for me. My heart has expanded to depths I didn't even know were possible because of you. Every day you remind me that a mother loves infinitely.  Every day with you is such a privilege.

Just as I asked your sister to be patient as I learn this new world of two children, I ask the same of you.  I promise you that I am trying. Every day might not be a good day, but I promise that there will be good in every day. I may not be perfect, but I promise our family - you and me, Daddy and Nat - are perfectly intertwined, perfectly made for one another. I knew that you were so wanted, Everett Grey, but I had no idea how much I needed you. 

I love you beyond measure, little boy, and I cannot wait to watch you grow and learn.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Everett | Two Months

Age: two months!

Weight: 15lbs 9oz [Insert monkey covering eyes emoji here] This sweet babe was born a full pound less than his big sister and he has surpassed her 2 month weight by 2 lbs 7oz. 

Likes: bath time, story time with sissy, eating (obviously), the froggy chair, chewing on his hands

Dislikes: tummy time, sleeping through the night, shots

Milestones & Big Moments: smiles, oh his little baby smiles and the cooing :) this is such a sweet stage.

Looking forward to: Our apple orchard mini session with Liz Hough in a few weeks! 

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It has been a wild month. It is crazy to think that by this point with Natalie, I had been back to work for a couple weeks and this time around I have time left.  While I love the days that big sister is home with us, I especially enjoy our quiet days just the two of us. It is rare and so I try to live in those moments and focus on him.

Three o'clock is the witching hour. He is angry and fussy and mean, It lasts until about 5pm. I want to cry on those days. But when he finally settles down, he is snuggley and sweet. Thankfully, I get plenty of help from his sweet sissy before B gets home. 

We have been working on transitioning Everett to his crib at night which has meant that during the day, I am working on naps in his crib and at night we have tried to have him sleep in his pack n play in our room.  It is hard to keep up with it since he wakes every 1.5-2 hours when he sleeps in the pack n play at night but he will sleep up to 6 hours in the rock n play. And crib naps? Nope. They last all of 18 to 34 minutes. Brutal.   

These weeks fly by so quickly. It's hard to savor this time but I am excited to see what the next month brings :)

Thursday, September 7, 2017

road trip | Everett's first trip to NJ

A couple weeks ago, B and I packed up the house and took the kiddos to NJ for a few days to see family and friends.  It has been so chaotic since then that this is my first chance to sit down and blog about it. We packed a whole lot into a few days and it took us even longer to recover from it all.

The ride up there was something out of a bad sitcom. We left at 9:30 in the morning and we did not get there until 5:07pm. It took us more than double the amount of time it should have. We were barely across the PA line when Natalie said she had to throw up. We pulled into an empty parking lot and B quickly got her out of the car. After a few minutes, she told us it was too hot to throw up outside and she didn't need to anymore. Not thirty minutes later, Everett was screaming bloody murder. We stopped for lunch south of Harrisburg. We got back in the car and made it to Cabela's. This is usually the safe place to stop since Nat does, in fact, get car sick and this breaks up the drive fairly evenly. After an hour at Cabela's, we were back in the car. We had barely crossed into NJ when she told us she had to throw up. Again, we stopped. Again, she didn't have to. We started on the road again and again she said she had to throw up. This time we stopped at Starbucks so I could get coffee too. Again, she did not throw up... and then the GPS took us on some roundabout way to get back on the highway. About 30 minutes from the hotel, Nat again said she had to throw up. This time B was not having it. We told her that she had made us stop too many times already with her false alarms. Not five minutes later, the child who cried puke, actually puked. All over my car on the side of 78 right before the exit for 287. During rush hour. And then had the nerve to calmly say to me, "I told you I was going to throwed up." We got her cleaned up and promised her we would be at the hotel soon and we could go to the pool. We FINALLY made it to the hotel... and the pool was closed. Fabulous. Like I said, a bad sitcom.

Tuesday night, B's brother Evan and his girlfriend, Allison, came over to meet the baby and have dinner. My girlfriend, Kerri, also came to visit that night to meet Everett since she was in town too. Somehow, I did not manage to take a single picture that night, other than the IG stories I posted which is especially a bummer since Evan and Kerri are Everett's Godparents.

Wednesday was a big day.  We started our morning at Turtle Back Zoo. We invited B's parents to come with us which was fun since they took B there when he was a kid. There were definitely highs and lows to the trip, but I think, overall, Natalie really enjoyed herself there.

After the zoo, we met up with my college roommate Dee at her community pool. Dee was the hero of the trip. Natalie was SO excited to go to the pool and swim and I was so excited to meet baby Layla!

Wednesday night we went to B's parents house for dinner. Evan's girlfriend, Allison, was there as well which made Natalie really happy. She is pretty obsessed with Allison.  Nat has struggled with sharing attention from B's family but Allison seems to understand that and, bless her heart, gives up her personal space for Natalie. I am not sure Nat could have gotten any closer to Allison during dinner or while they were watching a movie afterwards.

Thursday we went down the shore to visit B's grandparents. It was really great to see them since I hadn't been up for a visit in a little over three years. They live right on the bay and their back patio connects to their dock. We had the most gorgeous weather and Natalie got to try out her new fishing pole. I loved having Grandpa and Grandma meet Everett. It was super sweet to be able to get a picture of four generations of Wilkinson men. I know this was so important to B and I am happy that we could make a nice visit with them happen.

After lunch with Grandpa and Grandma, we head up to north Jersey to visit Danielle and Dee. As I mentioned in a previous post, Danielle was due in early August with her first. We got to see little baby JJ at just shy of a week old.  I loved getting to sit and have a glass of wine with my girlfriends; however, it was at Danielle's that Nat hit her wall of being able to keep her shit in check and so began the poor listening. Thank God for good girlfriends who love your kids even when they are being jerks.  Somehow, this picture that Natalie took is the only picture I have from our visit at Danielle's house but that kind of makes me love it more.

Friday morning we got up early and had plans to grab breakfast at the hotel. I guess B and I had hit our wall too so we simply grabbed coffee at Starbucks and got on the road. The drive home went MUCH better than the drive up and even with an hour and a half stop at Cabela's we made it home in less than 5 hours. It was a long few days but I am definitely glad that we were able to make the trip.