When It Snows…Blizzard 2016

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Well, we survived the blizzard of 2016. We are finally dug out and our lives have gone back to routine. The snowstorm began like any other storm, with tons of anticipation and last-minute trips to the grocery store to stock up on essentials like wine and cheese and pastries and making mental lists of all the things I will accomplish while being snowed in.

The snow began late Friday night and it fell fast and heavy, blanketing our world silently. By late Saturday we were living in a winter wonderland, buried in 29 inches of snow. We spent the next 4 days in our pajamas, bundled up inside together.

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Things I accomplished during the blizzard:

  • Made a long list of things I wished to accomplish during the storm.
  • Accomplished none of them
  • Ate an entire tub of artichoke and spinach dip from Costco
  • Started each morning with copious amounts of coffee and a danish the size of my head. (bless you Costco)
  • Took many naps
  • Watched the entire first season of Man in the High Castle (highly recommend)
  • Read The Martian (and became the only person in the country who disliked it)
  • Finally took down our Christmas tree

We ventured out in the snow a few times and introduced baby Wyatt to the wonder of it all. He was not that impressed. Like is mama he would prefer that freezing rain did not hit him in the face and would rather not leave the house wearing one hundred layers. The boy seriously hates wearing hats. But we managed to get a few cute photos of the experience. 

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Then the novelty wore off. The snow storm ended like every other storm – with us all going a little stir crazy, our cozy home feeling almost prison like, and ready to enter the real world again.

I often lament on the fact that I wish I didn’t have to go to work so I could stay home with Wyatt all day. Well after a whole week of being inside and nowhere to go I was busting at the seams to get outside and talk to some adults.

It was nice while it lasted, but Spring, you can come anytime now. 

 

 

 

Wyatt: Four Months

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Wyatt turned four months last Thursday.

Where does time go? (I know, I know, welcome to the rest of my life) This has been the best month yet. (Do I say that every month?)

He is developing more of a personality and playing with him is SO much fun. He’s having less fussy periods and more alert and happy periods. But boy, when he does have a fussy time he is REALLY fussy. Like screaming bloody murder until he passes out. It’s not fun. But his happy moods far outweigh his bad ones. He’s so alert and happy to discover the world around him. I’m feeling much more alert now too, like I’m gaining my sanity back!

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Weight: 13 pounds 4 ounces (20 percentile)

Length: 26 inches (85 percentile) 

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Hair: Dark brown

Eyes: Blue

Nicknames: Wy, Wy Guy, Mr. Man. Mr. Stinky (I tried to stop this one, but it seems to be sticking around)

Likes: Being talked and sung to, hanging out on his activity mat, trying to roll over, looking at books, stuffed animals with big eyes, hanging out in his rock and play, looking at the Christmas tree, being swung. Being tickled. 

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Dislikes: Going down for a nap. He now cries and cries and needs to be swung (almost at a violent speed) asleep. Getting his diaper changed when he’s hungry. 

Clothing and Diapers: Still in 0-3 month clothing and size 1 diapers. He’s our skinny little guy.  He also wears his cloth diapers on the days we are at home. I prefer the Grovia brand. 

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Sleep: At night he still sleeps in the Arms Reach Co-Sleeper attached to my side of the bed. We experienced a little bit of sleep regression this month. He wasn’t gaining weight as well as I he should, so I had to wake up him to feed (and pump, ugh) for a little bit and I think he got used to doing that again. So, goodbye sleeping through the night! Luckily we passed that phase and on average he’s sleeping 7-8 hours again. He also takes 2-3 naps per day as well. 

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Feeding: He eats every 3 hours (or less during the day.) Lately, he’s been a fussier eater, getting distracted very easily. It makes breastfeeding a little stressful these days. 

Milestones: Laughing. Holding up held slightly more during tummy time. Rolling over from back to tummy (almost!). Holding up head when we are holding him over our shoulder. Going from 3.5 ounces to 5 ounces of breast milk per feeding. Sleeping through the night (most nights).

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Wyatt is up and alert much more during the day and can get bored pretty easily. He likes lying on his activity mat/piano gym and staring and grabbing at his “friends” as we call them. 

He has started to grab for things but hasn’t quite mastered a fully functional grip yet. 

His favorite toys are stuffed animals with big eyes. He loves to stare at them and talk to them. 

However, Wyatt is most entertained when we sit up on our lap or on his rock and play have conversations with him. He’s a chatty little guy and loves to smile. As soon as you look at him and smile he’s quick to return a bright smile. 

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He constantly has his fingers, or whole fist in his mouth. Whenever he has something new in his hand it goes directly into his mouth.

He’s very intrigued by our phones, which makes me so conscious of when I’m overusing it. He seems to know when I’m taking a picture now too. 

Wyatt still can’t live without his wubanubs. I sometimes hate that I find myself giving it to him all the time, but he’s so content with it and sometimes it’s the only thing that calms him down. I hope he doesn’t get too addicted and is still sucking on it when it’s time to go off to college!

Wyatt rolling over, 16 weeks from KatieMacDonald on Vimeo.

Health Issues:

Torticollis: He’s doing SO much better. As of last week he is officially discharged from Physical Therapy! Wohoo!

Weight: Doing great!

Back to Work: The truth: it hasn’t gotten easier. But we have a routine and we make it work. 

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What I want to remember:

His giggles. So adorable. 

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How he recognizes my face and voice now.

How determined he looks when trying to roll over. 

My appreciation when he DOES breastfeed well. Such contentment all around.

Lazy mornings together. 

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Dear Wyatt,

Oh the fun we are having! When you sleep through the night, you wake up rested and ready to take on the day. We have so much fun together, laughing, talking in funny voices, singing, and looking at books. The days go by so fast and I can’t believe how fast you are growing. You are so determined to do big boy stuff like hold your head up and roll over. I love the proud grin you have after you accomplished something new. Christmas was such a joy together and you are so spoiled by all our family and friends. What a gift you are!

Love, Mommy

   
  

   
        

Baby’s First Christmas

Documenting Wyatt’s first Christmas in photos:

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We had such a fun holiday season with our little man.

I already shared my sentimental thoughts on this Christmas, but wanted a place to post some of my favorite moments from this December.

It was a treasure to share all of our favorite holiday traditions with the newest member of our family and enjoyed making new ones. We celebrated with a variety of family and friends, baked hundreds of cookies, played games, visited Santa, and took entirely too many photos. As my mom keeps saying, “He’s only young once!” 

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 High five to anyone who actually made it to the end. Please understand, we are Christmas fanatics around here! 

2015: In Summary

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The best way to sum up my year:

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From finding out I was pregnant on January fourth, to growing a baby for nine months, and finally meeting him on September 7, this has been my best year yet. I’m excited to see what 2016 holds for our little family. 

I wish you all a safe, happy, and healthy New Year! 

 

One Year Ago Today…

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One year ago today we received the most miraculous news! One year ago today, after a year of trying, we found out that I was pregnant with sweet little Wyatt. 

One year ago today, I almost gave Ryan a heart attack when I came barreling down the stairs, fresh out of the shower and dripping wet in my towel screaming, “Look, look!” as I shoved the faintly positive test in his face. 

One year ago today, I didn’t know the true meaning of sleep deprivation, my body still belonged to me, I was hungover for the last time in a long time, and I desperately wanted to be pregnant. 

One year ago today our entire world shifted.

Oh my, so much can change in one year. I’ve never been so tired or so scared of messing up but I’ve never been so happy and so full of love. I’m so lucky to be able to love on this sweet little man each and every day. 

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Our little family celebrating New Years Eve:
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