Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Welcome to the Pod, Mattie!

We have welcomed a new family member to the pod... a mini goldendoodle named Mattie. (We had to include the Double T in the name, of course!)

Back story... we had a 6 year old Jack Russell Terrier that passed away this past Thanksgiving unexpectedly. She had cancer that had consumed all of her organs, and we had no idea until she had to be taken to the Emergency Vet and suddenly died. Our hearts have been in so much pain from that day until now.

We are such dog lovers, so I think we each decided that it wouldn't be long before we wanted to add a dog back into our family. Plus, Wyatt is at the age where he loves animals, and we were excited to give him a little buddy to grow up with.

We randomly went to a pet store and looked at puppies one day and fell in love with this breed while we were there. Soon, we found ourselves researching local breeders for a new puppy. We found a breeder that we vetted, met, and really liked. The best part was that he had a litter of puppies with one girl available. We went to meet her, fell in love, and she was ours a few short weeks later.

Overall, we have adjusted well to having Mattie in our pod. Mattie has a lots of energy, and she really likes to jump on Wyatt. That is the biggest issue we are having to navigate, but we have lots of barriers and baby gates to help keep them apart without having Mattie in a crate all the time.

We still aren't sure how big Mattie will be. She is the first litter for the breeder, so we don't have any others to base our guess on. The vet says that she can be anywhere from 30-60 lbs and still be considered a "mini." We don't think she'll be as big as 60 lbs, but we are looking forward to seeing how big she will actually grow.

And now, the pod has grown to 4 whole peas!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Hello summer!

Summer has officially begun at the Price house, and so far it has been noticeably better than last summer.

We joined our neighborhood club pool last summer. We had high hopes that Wyatt would enjoy being outside, playing in the water, soaking up the sun (as much as we can allow a very pale red-head to soak), but it didn't go as well as we'd hoped. But still, we plugged along.

Less than thrilled

We went several weekdays, just to decompress at the end of the workday. The best part about our pool is the ability to bring your own food and drinks in at any time. We brought dinner and a cooler and setup shop for the evening. Sounds amazing, right? Well, not with stubborn ol' Wyatt.

Wyatt has been "not-so-easy" from Day 3 of his life... you know, the day that we all went home from the bliss of the hospital and the real world met us with a fist full of colic and broken dreams? That was the day. Even last summer, he was a hard kid to please. Even the pool, the BYOB, the bliss of summer couldn't make him super happy. We toughed it out, and now we've found ourselves to the Summer of 2017...

Currently obsessed with hats - who knew?

And bam - just like that, we have a kiddo who actually has started to enjoy things in life! I know it is hard to believe, but it is true! He has enjoyed our first week of pool membership and has even ventured around the kiddie pool on his own. We have now instituted a standing Wednesday night pool night with my #MomTribe and ensuing brood that comes with them.

Splashing around the kid pool, just like he owns the place

All in all, I am so thankful for summer. And I am so thankful that we can start enjoying it all more with a growing boy!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Taking Wyatt to Lubbock for the first time

If you know me AT ALL, you have to know that I love Texas Tech University. Were you not aware of that? Well let me break it down for you:

  • I only applied to one school and only ever dreamed about being a Red Raider since I was about 6 years old
  • My dog's name is Scarlet (official Texas Tech school colors are Scarlet & Black)
  • My room at my parent's house is painted Scarlet Red and accented with White and Black bed linens
  • I never left a football game early in my 4 years as a student, and I have never once missed watching a Texas Tech football game since 2004
  • Mark & I pushed our wedding date back 1 week in 2008 when our football team was ranked #2 in the nation and we were convinced we would be going to the National Championship
  • and finally, my son's name ends in a Double T (on purpose)
It is a far cry from normal, but it is 100% me. I love Texas Tech and Lubbock, Texas with my whole heart, so when it came time to take Wyatt on his first trip to the Hub City, I couldn't resist!

The glorious flatlands...

Wyatt & I went with my mom and dad early on Saturday morning. Wyatt got to see some of the wind turbines up close, and he seemed pretty intrigued. We let him know that the turbines are a sure sign that you are in West Texas.

We went straight to lunch when we got to town. Lubbock was already crawling with game day activity. We had lunch at Ruby Tequilas across from the football stadium with Auntie Kate - Wyatt and Kate met for the first time. It was magical!

After a little nap at the hotel, we were ready for tailgating and the football game. We hit some high points:

The Masked Rider

Daddy, Mommy & Wyatt's brick at the Football Stadium

The best I got of Wyatt at his first Lubbock Tailgate. He even threw some cornhole with strangers.

Finally, we got to the game, and Wyatt did awesome. He stayed awake for the majority of the game, and we finally had to leave at 11 (just the end of the 3rd quarter) because we knew Wyatt needed sleep. 

Waiting for the Goin Band from Raiderland to kick things off!

The cutest little Red Raider there ever was!

I was overcome with emotion at times, thinking I finally had a little one with whom I could share my passion for this place. My parents being there was especially moving, and I let them each know how special it was to have them there with me. We did not win, but it was a great game, and even greater memories.

Probably the best conclusion to the weekend was lunch with the Natividads before we left town on Sunday. Brandi & I were best friends in college, and this picture is one I will treasure forever. Having our children altogether for the first time on the campus where we met. Lifetime memories, passed on to the next generation.

Family photo

My poor son has no chance. He will grow up knowing about the flatness of West Texas, the lack of trees, and the "smell of money." He has not chance of seeing other games on Saturdays, as long as the Red Raiders are on TV. He will know all about dirt storms and flash flooding. He will know all about that day when his Papaw cried so hard dropping Mommy off to school for the first time, and he will know that was repeated 4 short years later when Mommy graduated and moved out of West Texas forever.

He will know all about the great traditions. The masked rider, the respect we have for our beautiful black horse, and how we never, ever walk on the grass surrounding Memorial Circle. He will know that the march of the Goin Band from Raiderland through campus on game day will give you goosebumps, and he will know that the victory bells at the end of the night is one of the greatest sounds you'll hear in your whole life.

He will know the correct words to the Fight Song and that you do not sway from side to side during the Matador Song. He will know that it is weird that we technically have 2 mascots, but that's our business and no one else's (looking at you Longhorns!). He will know that he looks excellent in Red & Black and won't want to wear anything else. He will know that there's no doubt Mommy will cry when we lose (and that we lose very often). 

I am a first generation college student. No one went before me, but that will not be the same for Wyatt. He is a legacy of a great University, one that his dad & I love dearly. The day that my son gets accepted to Texas Tech, I will cry my eyes out, just as my Daddy did for me. And the day that he tells me (regretfully) that he has chosen to attend a different school, I will undoubtedly cry my eyes out even more. But above all, Wyatt will know that we love him and our hope is that he strives for honor, evermore...

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Dear 2015 Megan... 10 Things I wish I would tell myself 1 year ago...

Let me start out by saying I have this intense desire in my heart to be a "creative" person. This blog (and my future podcast series with Hallie Vincent) is my first real medium for being just that... creative. Now that those "monthly baby updates" have really stopped being so interesting to the masses (read sarcastically), I am trying to dedicate time weekly to post a blog update.

Do you enjoy those Timehop app updates or the "Memories" notifications on Facebook as much as I do? They used to annoy me, but I am a mom now and overly sentimental about all life things, so they have become part of my daily routine. 

Seeing updates from 1 year ago, I am pained at the thought of what I was going through just one year ago. We were just short of 3 months into being parents to our little red head, and the throws of colic and new parenthood had me reeling. I look back on pictures or blog posts and think about how many hours Wyatt and I cried that day. I think about how un-bonded I was to that little guy, and how distant I felt from anyone else breathing near or far away from me.

Suffice it to say, things are different now, and all three of the peas have successfully coexisted in our pod for almost 15 months! We are stringing more good days than bad together now, so let's celebrate that! Each day I live, on this side of new baby-hood, I have more and more things I wish I could say, not to new moms, but specifically to ME, new mom ME.

1. Throw hope out the window, the colic doesn't end until about 12 months...
This one would certainly pain me to say in my 2015 tear-soaked face, but stop living week to week thinking Wyatt's crying and temperament will get better. It doesn't for a long while, sweetie. We just recently strung 2 good days together (IN A ROW)!

2. Who cares about the breastfeeding...
Absolutely, keep doing it, but it doesn't last much longer. Really, I could have made more of an effort, and my shortcomings were my own fault, but compared to all the other things you will have to deal with over the next year, this is NOTHING

3. Let other people help you...
I was so scared to let anyone care for my little guy that even when my mom would come visit us, we wouldn't even use her as a babysitter. Instead, we just all spent time at home discussing Wyatt and how difficult he was being. Going back, I would say - LEAVE THE DAMN HOUSE! Go out to dinner and drink too much wine with your man. Grandmommy's got this!

4. Spend more time on the floor together...
After work and picking Wyatt up from daycare, I was more worried about getting dinner ready or cleaning the house, that I rarely got down on the floor to play with him. It took me a year to realize that is far more important than any other housewife duty. 

5. Plan NOTHING on the weekends...
Don't accept every offer to do things on the weekends. This is our only time together as a family unit. Yes, you need to get out as a family and do things together, but you don't have to have things planned every weekend. Say no OR say yes and don't feel like you have to commit to the entire duration of an event. Sanity is way more important than hurting people's feelings when you decline an invitation. (I NEED THAT STILL, NOW)

6. Church...
Wyatt will struggle being dropped off at church - just keep going, but start making notes before you leave the house on tips and tricks for dealing with Wyatt. That will help a little bit.

7. Get Wyatt in a swim class or some sort of water class regularly...
He struggled in the water this summer, start him in a water class early and go consistently, and he will be just fine! 

8. Talk to someone...
I wish I would have sought out help or read more about postpartum. 2015 Megan, you have postpartum. It is real, dark, and it is scary. Find someone to talk to, and don't internalize it anymore.

9. You will have people in your life struggling to start families, and you will not know what to say...
I know this is hard to believe, but you will forget how hard it was for you to start a family. You will eventually feel removed from that part of your life, and move on to other struggles. But 2015 Megan needs to know that there are people in your life, who you love most, who will struggle to become a mom. They are heart broken and will come to you. Those words of support will be hard for you to form because you will have lost sight of what God did in your life in that season. Start praying NOW for people who will need you, and pray that God starts giving you the words that you will eventually have to share.

10. That small group of mom friends that you have, we now call each other the "Mom Tribe," and they will change your life.
Tears are flowing again here in 2016, just thinking of what these 3 women mean to you. The casual bond you shared before all of you had kids quickly becomes a sisterhood through a couple quick trips away without kiddos. You need these women, they get you, and you need to start getting vulnerable with them real quick. They are going to change your life within a year, and God is going to show himself through them. God is equipping you to be a solid part of the Mom Tribe puzzle too, and I know it doesn't feel like you can add anything positive to anyone's life at the moment, but you do on a daily basis. You are loved.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Wyatt: 12 Month Update

What a big boy! He did not want to get his picture taken for a while, which is why he is technically 13 months in this picture. Oh well...

Weight: 20lbs (10 %tile)

A special "party day" surprise for #WyaDoubleT

Wyatt didn't act too nice at his 1st birthday party, and he did NOT want to be let go by anyone he knew best. We had it at the pool, which he usually loves, but not really on this day. We have tried to give him a cake to "smash" several times, but he has never wanted anything to do with it. Party day was no different, so I held him in my lap and he ate some of the cake that way. He just wants to be left alone mostly, so we try not to poke and prod him too much.

Happy 1st birthday, Wyatt!

Favorite Food: ANYTHING - especially pizza. Oh man, this kid loves cheese pizza. We randomly gave it to him one night at our neighborhood pool, and he hasn't been able to get enough since. He eats so well now, unlike every other month before. He will try anything, which gives me hope as a wife to a picky eater. Our staples are chicken, cheese pizza, quesadillas, strawberries, peaches, fruit filled granola bars, and of course, PUFFS! He is going to turn into a puff one day.

Pizza at the pool!

Milestones: So much has happened since my last update. Mostly, we went camping at Fun Valley in South Fork, CO with Mark's family. We had a great time, and we cannot wait to go back! We slept in a tent for a week, which was a huge undertaking with a 1 year old, but we survived. The last 2 nights were the worst because Wyatt decided to get a MOLAR in the back of his mouth, so we had to jump in the car one morning at about 4:30am and drive the mountains for a couple of hours to calm him down and not disrupt all of the other peaceful campers. 

I should add an orange Push-Pop to Wyatt's list of favorite foods.

Another huge milestone is that Wyatt is walking now. He has been on the verge since about 9 months, but he always just used a walking stick or his rolling walker toy. When we got back from Fun Valley, we knew he could do it on his own, so we hid all of the "walking devices" and he just took off on his own. Watching him fall and get back up without using a wall or anything to help him was so much fun to experience. HE IS EVERYWHERE NOW!

We love this little man with our whole entire hearts. He has added a piece that we never knew was missing. He is an extension of us, and we are not whole without him. This past year has been a huge, crazy journey. He is perfect for us.

So much change in a year!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Wyatt: 11 Month Update

So excited to be 11 months old!

Foods: Wyatt likes to eat food, finally! We think we have figured out his issue. We think the foods he was eating were contributing to some tummy issues, so the doctor gave us a list of things that should help - anything that starts with "P" - prunes, pears, peaches, peas, pumpkin, etc. Once we started that diet, we seemed to have a whole different baby! He now eats any table foods we give him, and loves chicken, beans, guacamole (current favorite), brisket, pulled pork, bread, and apparently CHEESE PIZZA at daycare. He finds quite a bit of comfort in the bottle, so we are going to work this month on eliminating some of those during the day. Wish us luck.

Milestones: So many - get ready for picture overload...

Beach bumming

We took Wyatt is Port Aransas with Mommy's family. He had a great time! We spent a lot of time at the pool area, and he loved floating around and see all the different people. He loves being outside, so it was difficult to put him down inside for a nap. Instead, we made a pallet in his wagon for nap time, and it worked perfectly! One rainy day, we went to the Marine Science Center and played around on their different displays. It was a great trip, and he did great in the car there and back. 

At the end of the trip, the next milestone was documented...

Wyatt's first haircut

The first haircut was much easier than I anticipated. Having the bottle definitely helped. A couple weekends after that trip, we had a visit from Wyatt's cousins from Amarillo. The highlight was our trip to the zoo!

Brave little soul at the splash pad.

The whole crew in the wagon. Lots of miles on this thing.

This cutie is obsessed with the wagon!

Finally, we joined a community pool in our area. We have enjoyed several trip so far, but we have most enjoyed going in the evenings and having a picnic for dinner. We could not believe how many pizza deliveries we saw one night. We are thankful for something close to home to occupy our time with Wyatt. He loves being outside, and he is warming up to this particular pool. It is a bit more lively than he is used to, but we are going to power through!

We had an awesome 11th month. We cannot believe we are so close to having a 1 year old at home. Mommy is having a hard time even thinking about it, but we are distracted by planning a great State Fair - themed birthday party! Here's to savoring the last couple of weeks before we have a legit toddler on our hands. 

Have I mentioned that he is obsessed with the wagon? He just keeps on rollin' rollin' rollin'...

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Wyatt: 10 Month Update

Such a big boy!! I love it when he's in jeans.

Weight: 19 - 20 lbs
Diapers - Size 3
Clothes - 9 to 12 months
Teeth - 4 on top, 2 on bottom - holding steady at 6 for a while
Favorite Foods: No change in the last month, although we are trying tons of foods daily to try to get our little man to eat more than just milk. Daddy is ready to be done with bottles, and we can see the light at the end of the tunnel, if we can only get him to eat regularly. He really loves prunes, applesauce, and water out of his big boy cup or Granmommy's straw!
Milestones: Standing up on his own without assistance, saying "Dada" (intermittently), first Mommy & Baby water aerobics class, lots and lots of opening drawers and smashing fingers :(

We loved water aerobics with our old "pre-natal" friends!

It seems like the month between 9 and 10 flew by! Where did the time go? We didn't do much during this month. We celebrated a couple of birthdays in our group - cute little photo booth outtake below. This is our life most of the time. Wyatt-man is never satisfied with sitting still. 

Outtake from real life

Month 11 has already had some impressive milestones. Can't wait to blog about month 11! I can't believe we are so close to having a 1 year old. The days and nights are definitely long, but this year has been short. God has entrusted us with such an incredible gift in this wild child. He's difficult, but so worth it!