Miss Malarie

Thursday, March 9, 2017


Where did this month go?! I feel like I have been in a daze the past month. So many things have changed and I can't imagine my life any other way. Aside from maybe 3 or 4 days/nights, Sawyer has been such a happy baby! The past week he started to get fussy and one night I even worried about colic, but he's always been a bit gassy so nothing a few gas drops and gripe water can't help. From losing too much weight at the hospital, he sure has taken a liking to momma's milk. Sawyer is weighing about 8.5lbs and is still in mostly newborn clothes. This past week he did wear a few 3 month outfits with rolled up pants and sleeves. He loves his binky and being swaddled and cuddled. Sawyer does great throughout the night and usually only wakes us me up once. I know they say babies don't really smile yet, but I swear he did last night and then tonight when I was doing the same thing with him he started smiling again! Like I said, he's a pretty happy baby as of now. Because he's been so happy, it's definitely made it easier for this momma to heal from surgery and adjust to this new life. I finally stepped back on a scale today and found out I am already a few pounds less than my prepregnancy weight so that's an added bonus.

I made this video the other day of our hospital stay and I already see so many changes in our little boy.

Sawyer Lynn-Birth Announcement from Malarie Studebaker on Vimeo.

A funny fact: During the actual video of Sawyer's first bath at the hospital the nurses have the radio playing and so all you hear is Toby Keith's "Should Have Been a Cowboy" so this will now be Sawyer's song.

I could cuddle him all day long! I love staring down at that perfect little nose and precious lips!!

My favorite memory from this month: On our first outing to Joplin for one of Sawyer's doctors appointments we had to make a few stops. During one of the stops Ryan stayed in the car to watch Sawyer. When I got back he said Sawyer spit up but no big deal. Okay, well as soon as we got home we both go in to change his diaper and what Ryan thought was spit up was in deed a blow out. Ha. Ryan then leaves the room and leaves this diaper change to me. Thanks, babe! Fast forward to the one night feeding Ryan had that night... Ryan went to change Sawyer's diaper and all of a sudden he said he started feeling wet--everywhere--on him and all over Sawyer but had no idea what was happening (side note-Ryan can't really see anything without his glasses on). After he ran back in our room to get his glasses, he finally realized what was happening. HAHA! Oh the adventures of having a baby boy. So it looks like taking the blow out was the better choice.

At two weeks old, we finally got around to getting some newborn photos done. Ryan and I actually weren't going to get them done, but after some coaxing we did. The gal who did our engagement, wedding, and birth announcement video also does photos with her mom, Patty Jessee. It was our first time trying out their photography side of the studio and I couldn't be more happy with the way they turned out. See for yourself!
1 Samuel Chapter 1 (26-27) "...I prayed for this child and the Lord has granted me what I asked of Him. So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord."
Throughout the day I praise and thank God for our little miracle. Last year at this time I was starting to give up hope on having a baby on my own. After a few more months of being patient and a month before having to see a specialist, it was finally God's timing to bring Ryan and I a baby. I can't thank God enough for this gift and answered prayer and for also trusting me to raise another child of His. I pray that I am able to raise Sawyer in a way that is pleasing to our God and that he will someday choose to put on the full armor of God to live for Him.

I know of so many people having babies right now and it has been neat to talk with them about what is working for them and how it is going. Some who haven't had their babies yet have asked me to keep track of must haves and so I decided to keep track of things monthly for them, but mostly for a reminder our next go around. These are some things that have been life savers or just really nice to have this first month.
Kiinde Twist System-My cousin Ashley has been my go to for all my baby questions and so I heard of this from her. I love this because it is so SIMPLE to use and you don't have to deal with the hassle of tons of bottles accessories. These bags hook directly to my pump and then Sawyer can be fed straight from the bag. NO mess, score! Ashley said she had trouble with other brands of bags getting leaks and this brand was much better for her. So far we haven't had any, except for when I gracefully knocked one over before I could put the lid on it. Whoever said "there's no use crying over spilled milk" obviously never had to pump milk for their baby. Seriously though, if you haven't already invested in all the bottles and other stuff, check them out!!! They also work if you are formula feeding so they aren't just for breast feeding/pumping mommas. There is a video on the link that you can watch. For me, it was a no brainer.
Skip Hop Chelsea Diaper Bag- When I started looking at diaper bags I knew I wanted a backpack style bag. This wasn't the original bag I drooled over, however now that I have it I absolutely love it. Even though the inside is huge, there are still organizational pockets so it's not just a giant black whole. But honestly, my favorite thing about it is probably just the way it looks. I love carrying it wherever we go!
Boppy Newborn Lounger-One of my coworkers raved on and on about this. I never ended up putting it on my registry and just figured I could make due without it. WRONG! Thank goodness she ended up getting it for me. Thanks Loren! It has been such a lifesaver. And the elephant pattern is pretty cute. Of course all I want to do is cuddle my baby boy, but lets face it, our arms get tired and there are tons of stuff I have to get done. This is when the lounger comes in. My parents even swear by this already. Do yourself a favor and add this to your registry NOW. Or come borrow mine after a few more months. You can thank me later.
Starting Out Pajamas- Our cousin, Jennifer, from Wichita sent us the absolute cutest baby package the week we got home from the hospital filled with goodies and lots of pajamas/lounge outfits. Although all the outfits quickly became my favorite, I fell in love with the several ones she sent that were this brand. They are SO soft and adorable! Any time I have had him lounging around in these outfits and others have seen him, they have always said how cute they were. I may be sending her a check to go buy more. I love that they are open at the bottom with elastic. That makes diaper changes so much easier than messing with the buttons and making sure they are lined up correctly at 2am when you are still half asleep. Plus, these pj's elastic is more giving than some of the other brands we have with elastic at the bottom.
Carter's Swaddle Blankets- We got these two blankets as a gift from family and I absolutely love them. They are so soft and cozy. We have quite a few options for swaddle blankets but every time Sawyer is swaddled by his daddy it is always in one of these blankets. Ryan is the swaddle master! These blankets are pretty big, super soft, and even though they are pretty lightweight, they are still warm.
Honest Diaper Wipes- Okay so I have heard many different reviews on the Honest Company, but so far I love them! Of course I like them because they are all natural, organic, and yadda yadda, but the reason they are listed as a favorite is because of their smell. Sounds silly, but a few weeks ago I opened up a package of another popular brand and I couldn't tell if the stinky diaper or the smell of the wipes was going to make me gag more. EW! That right there was enough to make me a fan of the Honest wipes for life. If you do want to try them, they will send you a free sample and use this link if you do so>>>Refer a friend

Now, for one more picture...I am so happy Abby and Sawyer get along. Abby has always been super protective of me, but she has quickly figured out Sawyer is pretty important as well and so she doesn't leave his side for long. When she goes to lay down next to Sawyer, he often just stares back at her as if he is comforted. It's the cutest thing! Well, that and the Denver Bronco's attire. Obviously Daddy wasn't around to dress him Saturday morning.