Wyatt: 6 Months

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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. 

 

Wyatt: 5 Months

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Wyatt turned five months on Sunday. 

I’ll continue to say this each month, but this has been my favorite stage so far! He’s full of smiles and giggles and thinks everything is funny. He can now hold his head up which makes carrying him around a lot easier (even though he’s getting so heavy!)

He has such a fun little personality and I love watching him learn new skills everyday. He’s very curious and is always alert of everything that is going on around him. 

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Weight: I’d guess around 15 pounds (you don’t go in for a 5th month doctor appointment so we won’t get his official stats until next month)

Length: I’d guess around 28 inches. He’s getting SO long.

Hair: brown (seems to be getting a little lighter maybe)

Eyes: Blue

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

Likes: Singing and music. We sing to him all day long, making up crazy silly lyrics and going nuts singing the same songs over and over. He currently loves “Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed” He also is so proud to be holding his head up. He likes staring at picture books and checking out new toys. 

Dislikes: Going down for a nap, going to bed at night, and waking up from a nap. 

Clothing and Diapers: He’s in a mix and match of 0-3 month and 3-6 month clothing. Still in size 1 diapers. We are still using cloth diapers when we are at home. 

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Sleep: We are struggling! Most nights he’s still sleeping in his bassinet that is attached to our bed, but any day now he’s going to be too long for it. We’ve been trying to transition him to his crib, but are failing. He slept a full night in his crib once. The four-month sleep regression is no joke. He still wakes up about 1-2 times a night to eat. He’s an okay napper -taking 3 consistent naps a day. We follow the Eat, Play, Sleep, Repeat routine. 

Feeding: He eats every 3 hours (or less during the day.) Still exclusively breast-fed. Looking forward to adding some veggies next month! 

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Milestones: Holding up his head and chest during tummy time. Sitting up in his bumbo seat. Reaching out and grabbing toys and everything else in his sight. Rolling over. Laughing all the time. Almost saying “hi!”. Holding up his head when we hold him. 

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He loves cell phones and tries to grab and play with it during our nightly facetime dates with Grammy. 

Wyatt still can’t live without his wubanubs. He also has a few favorite stuffed animals. 

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What I want to remember:

The way he lights up when we sing to him.

How happy he is to see Daddy whenever he comes home.

His reaction to the snow. 

How excited he his when he discovers a new toy or book.

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Oh Wyatt, we are having so much fun being your mommy and daddy! I love watching you explore your world and look at everything new. Your happiness is contagious and so pure. What a joy you are. 

 

 

   
  

   
        

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

   
  

   
        

Santa!

On December 5 we took Wyatt to meet Santa for the first time. We skipped the mall and met up with Santa at the downtown Marriott. There were no lines, no crowds, and no fuss. It was perfect!

Wyatt did not cry and was mostly just intrigued by the big guy in the red suit. We took our time taking lots of pictures and enjoyed a lovely day downtown with both my mom and Ryan’s mom. 

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It was a good day. Ryan and I are both Christmas fanatics and the holidays are so much fun this year (even if the little guy has no clue what is going on.) We are soaking up all his holiday “firsts” and truly enjoying the season.   

 

 

It was a good day! 

Wyatt: Two Months

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On Saturday, Wyatt turned two months old!

This past month he continued to grow and change every day. He’s grown from our tiny newborn who mainly slept, pooped, and fed all day into a baby boy with his own unique developing personality. My low on sleep nights are now rewarded with the cutest baby smiles each morning. He’s also becoming a little cooing chatter box. He loves to have “conversations” with us and it’s the cutest thing ever. 

His hair is growing in more, although he still has a baby receding hairline. He loves when you sit him up so he can look at you better and doesn’t want to be held as much as he did a few weeks ago. He’s a little squirmy guy. 

I feel like this past month we’ve finally settled into a routine together. I’ve gained more confidence as a mother and have figured out Wyatt’s needs and how to care better for myself at the same time. We are getting more sleep and I’ve moved on out of my “maternity bubble” and do a lot of activities outside the house. We spend our days playing at home, visiting friends, going out for lunch, taking walks, napping together, and of course eating. 

I’m not looking forward to returning to work next week, but I know he’ll be in good hands with my mom.

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Wyatt had his one month doctor appointment today so we got his new stats:

Weight: 10 pounds 9 ounces (26%)

Length: 24.5 inches (92%) wow!

He did ok with his vaccines, it was painful for Ryan and I to hear him screaming.

We also learned that he has Infant Torticollis and needs baby physical therapy….I was fearing this because he favors his left side and cannot easily turn his neck and head to the right. Therefore his neck muscles are very tight and need to be worked out. The left side of his head is also soft because of this. All problems that can be fixed with therapy and us keeping a close eye on him. 

Hair: Dark brown

Eyes: Blue

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Nicknames: Wy, Wy Guy, Mr. Man

Likes: Kicking, “talking”, eating, going for walks, being sung to, staring at faces, looking at picture books, and his singing puppy dog toy. He also loves his wubanubs now. I held off until he was one month old but now, it’s sometimes the only thing that calms him down when he’s tired and upset. 

Dislikes: Getting dressed, being woken up from a nap and tummy time. Really, that’s it. He’s a good baby. 

Clothing and Diapers: He’s mostly in 0-3 months clothes, although some are still baggy. He has such a tiny little waist and tush! He’s now in size 1 diapers. I tried to get him started on our collection of cloth diapers, but his waist is still a little too tiny. I’ve packed up most of his newborn clothes. Some are so tiny, that I already can’t believe he was that small. It was sad to say goodbye to some of those cute little clothes. 

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Sleep: At night he still sleeps in the Arms Reach Co-Sleeper attached to my side of the bed. On average he sleeps for 3 hours stretches at night and 5 hours a couple times a week. Twice he’s slept for 7 hours at a time. That was amazing. During the day he takes about 3 naps, I don’t have him on any type of restricted schedule. 

Feeding: He still eats every 3 hours (or less during the day.) He’s a very good little eater and I’m so thankful that breastfeeding is going so well. 

Play: Wyatt loves to lie on the floor and kick and flail his arms about. He still likes to look in the mirror and stare at the toys on his activity mats. He loves music and likes any toys that play music or when we sing to him. 

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What I want to remember:

How perfect his tiny toes and fingers are and how soft his porcelain skin is. 

The way his face lights up when he sees me.

How pure his baby smile is.

The way he now makes eye contact me while he eats and sometimes holds my finger. It makes me feel so connected to him. 

His beautiful eye lashes. 

How peaceful he looks sleeping. I take way too many sleeping pictures.

How everything is a brand new experience and it’s so fun to experience it with him. 

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Dear Wyatt,

You presence in my life makes every day a gift. Every day I look forward to see what new things you will learn or how you will change and grow. I can’t wait to continue to have fun with you and experience everything anew. This past month I found myself falling more in love with you. Maybe it’s the smiles or our conversations but you feel more like a member of our family than a strange little newborn that appeared in our lives. The holidays are approaching, and although you may not know exactly what is going on, it is going to be so fun to celebrate as a family of three. We love you with all our hearts.

Mommy

Now time for picture overload!

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