Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A Few of our Favorite Things!

Walt is now six weeks old (holy cow, didn't I just give birth to him?).  In his six full weeks of life he (and I) have discovered some favorite things.  Spending all day (and night) together, you start to latch on to those things that bring consistency. After our favorites, I'll gloat about all the fabulous things Walt does now at six weeks of age.

1. Happiest Baby on the Block -- I have read and read and read and pick and choose advice from everything I've read. This book came recommended from our pediatrician and it is spot on!  Is Walt the happiest baby? Not all the time, but we know how to chill him out and thanks to this book I can do on helluva swaddle!

2.  Swaddle blankets -- Speaking of swaddling, these receiving blankets were a gift from my dear friend, Allie, and she forewarned that they were the best. THEY ARE.  The key: They are 40x40 and square. Most other blankets are 30x30 or they are rectangular. Both make for a difficult wrap (especially with a chunkster).  These Dwell Studio from Target rock (of course they don't carry them anymore).

3. White Onesies -- what a simple thing, you say?  One simple thing we had NONE of when we got home from the hospital.  We have since taken stock in a ton of them.  Walt sleeps in one every night and I have no problem with him spitting up or pooping on them.  I recently bought the next size up and got "organic". Not that I'm a fabric snob, but the organic are so cozy and soft!

4. Tap light --- this was a tip from my friend, Janna.  I use the tap light during my middle-of-the-night feedings and I get just enough light to not stick a nipple in Walt's eye and  not change his diaper and accidentally fasten it to his head.

5. Glider -- I've professed my endless love for this thing. Not really sure what I'd do without it. Perhaps crawl in Walt's crib with him.

  6.  Dad's home! -- a fun time of day for both Walt and I :) Once Daddy gets home, they take up shop on the couch (see photo) and Mom finishes all the things she started throughout the day. Amazing that I can wrap up all the chores in about 40 min and it took me all day to get them going. 

 7. Glass of Wine -- pretty much daily.  Don't judge me.

Those are a few of our favorite things! Now, more about the Walt-Man. 
  • He has definitely started socially smiling. He does it more and more each day. It seems the sillier the voice I use, the bigger the grin I get :)  
  • Tummy time -- Walt pretty much hates this.  We give it a shot every day and we're doing good to not scream during the first 3 minutes. As a result, he has rolled over almost every single time I've stuck him on his tummy. He hates it that much.
A rare moment on our tummy that we don't hate life

On our way to rolling over. Get me off my tummy!

  • And finally, we have begun to take a bottle! Walt has only done it a few times, but it has opened up a whole new world for mommy! I enjoyed helping hostess my friend, Stori's, baby shower on Saturday and was gone a large chunk of the day without the worry of feeding.  Chris is a natural :)

So, there's the six-week update! I am halfway through my maternity leave and can hardly believe that. I am having a hard time imagining life that involves getting up and ready (with makeup) before 8 a.m., but we'll tackle that in six more weeks. :)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Walt is One Month ... and has a Completed Nursery!!

I can't even believe it. On Tuesday, Mr. Walt turned one whole month old.  We celebrated by making a well-visit to the pediatrician to find out Walt is excellent at one thing in particular: Eating.  He's 11 lbs 4 oz, and 22.8 in. long, which puts him in the 90th percentile in weight and 95th in height.  Holy moly!  To me, he doesn't seem fat, but he definitely seems long and lean.  I can't wait for him to chunk out and have some rolls in his legs I can pinch.

Happy One Month, dude!

And to commemorate his being on this great Earth for a whole month, we've also completed his nursery! It's been 95% done since he arrived, but we had a few finishing details that needed to be finalized.  And, now that they are done, I have photo proof that Walt has a nursery and not just a box to sleep in.  Enjoy the photo tour.

Here's the entrance! It's a very cozy room :)
See that really killer "W" over his crib? Chris painted that. He's pretty awesome.  The other prints are a series of elephants b/c I love elephants.
This incredibly clever gift from the Rabara's is authored by one of several very famous "Walts". Love this.

Chris's grandma, Memaw, painted this for him on his 3rd birthday. We're keeping it alive with Walt.

That glider could be the only thing in this room for all I care. We have a close relationship several times throughout the night.

I grabbed that banner from my shower. Also, the invitation from my shower is on the dresser with sweet words from my friends.

Lots of great mementos in Walt's room and we can't wait to add more.  The only thing left to do is put up some bookshelves.  Walt already has a fun collection of classic books that I can't wait to put out and read to him. For fun, here's a picture of his nursery (former office/music room/guest futon/craft closet, minus all the furniture).

Friday, February 4, 2011

Update on the foot/ankle... Four Months

Though I have lots of things to say about Walt, I decided to write a bit about my foot and ankle.  As you might recall, I had a lovely falling down incident when I was 23 weeks pregnant and broke my foot and tore several ligaments in my ankle (nice going, slick).

So, here I am four months since the surgery.  What's completely wild about the experience is the minute I gave birth to Walt, my pain/soreness/swelling almost disappeared.  I did a month of pretty intense physical therapy and got to where I could walk without a brace, but still couldn't wear many shoes besides sneakers or some flat boots I had bought.  Every time I got out of bed was the most painful. I had to sort of "walk it out" to get around without limping.

By some insane miracle, I have ZERO pain or even soreness now.  Sometimes when I stretch out my ankle it's a bit tight, but NOTHING compared to what I felt.  I have some pics of the scars and what I'm left with...
Side-by-Side.  The bad foot is on the left.  Notice the ankle bone sticks out a bit more and the side of my foot definitely has a bump. BUT -- it's not swollen!

Here are the scars! The ankle one actually looks pretty good. The foot one is a little bumpy.

Version 2 of scars
So, there you have it! I see running in my future, which is a beautiful thing. I was skeptical for sure!

And because I can't resist, here's a pic of the monster
We call this his Glamour Shot. He loves to have his hands by his face :)