Thursday, June 23, 2011

Living room update

The living room was the last remaining room in our house that we hadn’t done something with. Justin and I found some time after Wyatt was born to go check out carpet and new furniture. It was so cool buying brand new furniture! The hand-me-downs we have so (THANKFULLY) had were well-loved and were just about past their prime.
When we pulled the old carpet up, we had a feeling we would find hardwood floors like what is in the rest of the house but we were completely shocked when we found this:
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We were pretty sure it wasn’t mold, but to be extra sure, Justin and I decided to go over it with a bleach solution. We figured the floors were already damaged beyond repair so we couldn’t hurt them any further. With a LOT of elbow grease, we found these lovelies underneath:
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(Yes—we ruined three mops, a broom, my bathroom rug and my less-than-a-week-old pedicure.)
With a little more TLC, this lovely floor could match the rest of the house, but we thought the paneling and the floor would be too much. I did snap some pictures to show perspective buyers what lies beneath our lovely new carpet should they prefer hard wood.
When the Lowe*s carpet installers arrived, the told Justin that the black smut we scrubbed up was the remnant of glue from sticky-backed carpet the previous owners must have had before they installed the most recent carpet. PHEW! Even though we had cleaned up the rest, it was a good feeling to KNOW it wasn’t mold.
Here is what it looks like now. I lllooooovvvee my chair-and-a-half! It is really great for nursing Wyatt and napping.
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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Seven Weeks!

I can’t believe Wyatt is seven weeks old today! He has grown so much and is changing every single day. I am TOTALLY one of those loony birds that ooohhhss and aaaahhhs over every move my child makes. He just amazes me.

Wyatt has started to discover his own voice and realizes that he can make the sounds come out on command so he will sit and smile and chatter with me for 45 minutes at a time. I am so very glad I got to take a few extra weeks of leave and enjoy this time with him. I was dangerously close to telling Justin I want to be a SAHM, but I love my job and we have become accustomed (and obligated financially) to being a two-income family. I will just soak up every single minute of quality time I have with him now and just have faith that the awesome daycare he will attend is going to love on him too.

Here is a little baby cuteness for you to enjoy:

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His first Father’s Day:

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I snapped this one last night. It just melts my heart because they were just hanging out together while Justin was watching an old John Wayne movie. I just love how great a dad Justin is!


Monday, June 6, 2011

Wyatt’s birth

I can’t believe it’s taken over a month to sit down and write about the day our sweet boy made his debut! I really though with all of the super-mama-bloggers that get this stuff cranked out that it would be a piece of cake. I have made the transition to motherhood and I am slowly but surely adapting to the million changes in my life.

After discussing with my doctor that a c-section was necessary, we set the date for May 4, 2011.

The night before, Justin and I went out to eat with his mama and daddy, sister and brother-in-law and our niece and nephews as a “last hurrah” before Wyatt and to celebrate my 25th birthday (which was the Friday after he was born).

The following morning (Wednesday, May 4) Justin and I got up bright and early and snapped our final picture together as non-parents and made our way to Tifton to check in to the hospital.

Last Pre Baby Picture

After answering a million questions with the OB nurses and getting hooked up to the monitor, I was able to rest a bit because my surgery was the last scheduled one of the day and wasn’t until noon at least. Our parents and siblings visited with us and headed down to get lunch with the promise that it would be a while longer before I was rolled back to the operating room. Soon after they left, the nurse came in and told me it was time. I had a mini-freakout because I wanted to see my mama and daddy before they took me back but I dealt with it. They let me walk into the OR. My sister snapped this lovely shot of me:


Justin had to wait outside and scrub up while the anesthesist administered my spinal block, which was the craziest sensation I have ever experienced.


Soon after, Dr. Brickman began the surgery. I was so emotional and weepy that my glasses kept slipping down my face. I was getting so frustrated that I couldn’t see Justin, who was by my side with the camera snapping away.

At 1:05 p.m. our lives changed forever as Wyatt Scottie Cook entered our lives with the most beautiful, quiet cry I have ever heard. He weighed 7 lbs., 11.9 oz. and was 20 1/2” long.

Justin did a great job telling me everything that was going on, all-the-while snapping pictures.


(My very first glimpse of my sweet baby boy!)

The nurses let him carry him out to the massive crowd of our family and they weighed him while my doctor closed up my incision.


There were no less than five cameras, a video camera, and countless cell phone cameras trained on our little one to fully document every single moment of his big day!

Justin and I were able to spend a few quite minutes together for the first time as a family in the recovery room. Let me tell you-that was pure bliss! If I could bottle up that feeling and sell it, I could cure world hunger with all the money I’d have!


We had a steady stream of family and friends visiting and spending time with Wyatt. He is such a wonderful baby and the whole experience was just wonderful! Justin was (and still is!) the best dad; he changed every diaper for the first two days and brought Wyatt to me when he was hungry or if I just wanted to hold him.

Here he is ready to go home from the hospital. They released us on May 6—my 25th birthday!

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And that is the story of our favorite little man’s birth!

One Month Update

I haven’t spent near enough time updating this blog about Wyatt! I have pictures from almost every single day of his life, so I hope they can tell the story much better than I have.

On Thursday, June 2, Wyatt went in for his one-month checkup and all signs indicate that he is healthy and growing as expected. Although he seems as if he has grown tremendously over the past month and is a big baby, he comes in at the 30-40 percentile marks in height, weight and head circumference.

One Month Weight: 8 lbs., 14 oz.

(Over a 1 lb. gain from his birth weight!)

One Month Length: 21 1/4 inches

My nephew Jake pointed out that he’s almost 2 feet “tall,” which throws my brain into a tailspin! I’m only 5’2” so he’ll be half my height in a few short months.

Here are a few pictures of him at one month:

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