Birthday and Easter Celebrations

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We had a fabulous holiday weekend! On Saturday, my Birthday, we attended an Easter party at my Pop-Pop’s retirement community. There we met the Easter bunny and got free portraits taken with real live bunnies borrowed from an Amish farm. I had no idea we were going to get such professional photos taken and was blown away by the results. I love my little Wyatt with the bunny, I’m going to be a proud mama here, isn’t he the cutest???

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Later that day we celebrated my birthday at my parent’s house. Wyatt was very interested in the candles! It was a perfect low key celebration. 

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Sunday morning, the Easter bunny was a little late getting things going. (I hear he was also celebrating a birthday with cosmos like me the night before). But I was very happy to present Wyatt’s first Easter basket. We filled it with books, a Jellycat piggy, a fun ball, a rattle chick, and tons of plastic Easter eggs.

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Wyatt was extremely intrigued and couldn’t wait to dig in!

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Timbbbbber!!!

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He liked the Easter eggs the best. We spent the rest of the morning dumping out the eggs over and over again. 

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Next we headed over to my parent’s house where Wyatt was presented with another basket of Easter goodies! Our little guy isn’t spoiled one little bit!

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We then drove down to Philly for Easter with Ryan’s family. Wyatt made quite the entrance as he had an accident all over his fancy Easter outfit. So after a quick and very messy change, we enjoyed more Easter goodies, including this Mickey Doll that sings The Hot Dog song. Wyatt is in love. Mommy will soon lose her mind! 

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It was great to get all the MacDonald kiddos in one place to celebrate! 

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How did you celebrate Easter?

 

 

33 Things for 33 Years

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I turn 33 years old today! This year I kept forgetting how old I was turning. Is that a sign of getting old or just a sign that the number no longer really matters?

This feels like a pretty big year.

This year I decided to choose comfort over in pain in footwear. I finally found some make up that I love and figured out how to use it. We bought our first “real” furniture for the house. (ie not something from ikea and not a hand me down). I gained new respect over my body and stopped obsessing over the number on the scale. And oh yeah, I gave birth to a baby and kept him alive and happy for 6 months so far! 

I love birthdays because I love celebrations. It’s also a great time to reflect on life. So in honor of my 33rd year I decided to make a list of 33 little things that currently make me happy:

Baby giggles

Taking walks

Sweet Kale Salad 

Getting Wyatt outside

Baby shoes

Clean Sheets

That first sip of morning coffee

 Especially  if it is Deathwish Coffee

Fuller House

Thursday night wine

Spring clothes shopping , not maternity

Singing to Wyatt with Ryan

Chicken Salad

Weekend mornings that Ryan lets me sleep in, alone

Cosmos from The Belvedere

Sunday night family dinners

Lazy Sundays

Summer baby clothes

Taking endless photos of Wyatt

Maggie cuddles

Afternoon chats with my Mom

Reading with Wyatt

Finding some time to read myself

Bubble baths with US weekly

Baking cookies

Amazon Prime

Instagram

Outside drinks

Counting down to the beach

The rare girls’ night

Waking up to Wyatt’s big, full face, smile

Jane the Virgin

Naps

Time to celebrate! Cheers to another year of life! 

 

 

 

 

Wyatt: 6 Months

wyatt6months1 wyatt6months2              IMG_3866  Wyatt turned six months on Monday and we just had his check up this morning.

Six months! How can it be that our little man has been in our lives for half of a year?  

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He has grown so much, both physically and developmentally this past month. He’s starting to look and act more like a little boy each day. My baby is growing up!

Overall he is a very happy and smiley baby. He brightens up our days with his huge toothless grin and loves to “flirt” with almost everyone. 

IMG_3902 Weight:  17 pounds 3.5 ounces

Length: 27.25 inches

Hair: brown

Eyes: Blue

Nicknames: Wy, Wy-Wy, Mr. Man. Mr. Stinky 

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Likes: Singing and music. He loves the Hot Dog Song from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, (even if he’s never seen the show) He goes legit berserk whenever we play the song on our phones. He also loves just rolling around on the floor and exploring. 

Dislikes: Going down for a nap, going to bed at night, and waking up from a nap. He basically hates to sleep. I don’t get it. 

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Clothing and Diapers: He’s mostly all in 3-6 month clothing and size 2 diapers and still using cloth diapers about 50% of the time. 

Sleep: It’s feeling pretty non existant. Some nights I feel like I’m dealing with a dictating newborn again. At night he’s up every 2-3 hours and the only thing that calms him down is the boob. I’m tired. He’s tired. Everyone is cranky. We have a solid bedtime routine. He is sleepy at night. He CAN self soothe. We have a lovely crib for him to sleep in. He rolls over onto his belly and gets very frustrated that he can’t roll back. Starts screaming and he ends up in his co-sleeper or in the rock n play by 12. 

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Feeding: He eats every 3 hours.  Still exclusively breast-fed. On Sunday we fed him his first solids: banana! He was very intrigued and it was a very messy and fun experience. 

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Wyatt’s First Food: Banana! from KatieMacDonald on Vimeo.

Milestones: Holding up his head very well. Almost sitting up. Rolling over a lot, but still hasn’t fully mastered rolling over from belly to back. Playing in his activity center. Eating bananas. “Talking” more. Blowing raspberries. Lots of drool but no teeth yet. Reaching his arms up to be picked up. 

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Favorite Things: Hot Dog Song, Peekaboo books, Mr. Brown Can Moo book, bear sleepy stuffed animal, jelly cat kitty tail book, wubanubs, pulling of socks, eating feet, balls, playing peekaboo, rolling over, soothing teething keys. Playing with his feet.

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What I want to remember:

How happy he is to see Daddy when he comes home from work.

They way he reaches up to us to be picked up now.

How his giggles are the best sound ever. 

The rare moments he still wants me to hold him whiles he’s napping. 

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Dear Wyatt,

You are turning into a little guy with such a happy and fun personality. You think life is just so much fun that you never want to miss a beat or close your eyes to sleep. Waking up to your big beautiful smile everyday makes my life worth living, even after sleepless nights. You help me relax and realize that life is short and full of new things. I hope that I’m doing everything I can to provide you with the best babyhood. The days are going by too fast. I love you so much little guy. I can’t wait to get outside and experience Spring with you. 

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Down By the Bay with Wyatt from KatieMacDonald on Vimeo.

   
  

   
        

Live on Huffington Post….

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I’m excited to announce that I am now a contributing blogger for The Huffington Post!

(So excited that I cried when I found out and when I told my mom, she thought I was announcing another pregnancy, my face was that happy.)

It was very important for me to share my experience with postpartum depression and I’m glad that this is my first piece that is live on Huffington Post Parents. 

Thank you for all of your support regarding my experience. It was hard to hit publish on this piece, but my hope is that other women experiencing similar thoughts will feel less shame, speak up, and get help.

Postpartum depression and anxiety is much more common that you’d think. 1 in 7 women will experience symptoms. 

I, a woman who dreamed of having a baby her whole life, never thought I was go through this experience. And that made it all that much harder. It is a commonly misunderstood mental illness. It is hard to remember that we are not in control of these feelings. I never thought of harming my son and always felt a huge amount of love for him, but my anxiety and depression crippled me in many other ways. 

I spent many nights up in bed in a panic, filled with shame. Those dark and lonely moments only escalated my depression.

It wasn’t until after I started reading other women’s experiences with PPD (a much more productive way to spend my sleepless nights) that I felt safe enough to talk about how I felt. So, I am glad to now add my story and hope that at least one other woman will be up at 3 am, on the break of a panic attack, find my story and will feel less shame about talking about her feelings. 

I sought support around 6 weeks after Wyatt’s birth and felt immediate relief. Since then I have made major improvements and almost feel like myself again. 

Motherhood is hard. Let’s support each other.