Last week you met Sales Manager Jaime Putnam’s daughter, Lainey, and this week we’re delighted to introduce you to Wyatt, the bouncing baby boy of our Customer Service Guru, Krista Gamble! Wyatt was born just before Christmas–the day before Krista’s birthday–(talk about the best gift ever!) and is now close to 6 weeks old. We caught up with Krista while she’s away on maternity leave to find out how motherhood is treating her and to learn more about her precious son Wyatt. We also asked her to giveaway her favorite i play. or green sprouts product to one lucky ready. Read on to find out how to enter!
Name: Wyatt Warren Gamble
Birth day: December 19, 2012 – the day before my birthday!
Birth weight: 8lbs. 6 ozs.
Birth time: 2:24 in the afternoon
Present age: Wyatt is 5 weeks old now
Tell us about your birthing experience.
I got up around 3 am to go to the bathroom and my water broke. However, I wasn’t 100% sure that’s what had happened. So I woke up my husband, Griff, to tell him and decided I would lay there until my doctor’s office opened at 8:30 am and have Dr. Moore check me out. HA! About an hour later I started having extremely painful contractions, however they didn’t feel like “textbook” contractions (back to front or top to bottom pain). Griff joked that maybe it was from all the spicy food we had been eating to move things along!
Anyhow, the pain got worse, and the contractions got closer together so I showered and got everything ready. We headed to the hospital about 6 am. That was a heck of a drive and we only live about 5-10 minutes away!
When we arrived at the hospital I was 7 cm dilated and the nurse joked that most women do not wait until 7 cm to come to the hospital when having their first baby. I didn’t know!!! And it happened so fast!
How did the delivery go?
Delivery was a breeze. I was in my room by 7 am and climbing the walls in pain. I couldn’t get comfortable, I wanted to stand, sit, squat, walk…and finally, I said, “I’m ready for the epidural.” My goal was to see my pain tolerance, and I found it! Luckily I’ve never broken a bone, or sprained anything, have never had stitches, or even an IV, so all of this hospital stuff was new to me. After the epidural, we just hung out, and about 1 pm I started to push and he was here by 2:24 pm!
What was the moment like when you first saw your new baby?
I think Griff and I both were in shock that he was actually here now, on my chest, ours, our baby. We both just kept looking at each other and then at him. I had a mixture of giggles and tears flowing. It was the most amazing moment of our lives!
Who was at the hospital with you?
Just my husband Griff. As soon as we got to the hospital and knew that Wyatt would be making his appearance, we called our parents and they jumped in their cars from Florida and drove straight to Asheville.
What does it feel like to be a (new) Mom?
AMAZING! I love spending every moment with him catching all his expressions, sounds, and even his toots! Really, people say it all the time but it’s a love I’ve never known, and am so happy I do now.
What’s been the biggest surprise?
How laid back he is, and that he is a pretty darn good sleeper. (I hope I didn’t just jinx myself!) But, considering he came from me and my husband, it’s fitting!
I’ve also learned that that stay at home moms really do have a full-time job working over-time! I have managed to shower every day, but some days that is the only chore that gets accomplished. I try to set one goal for myself for the day….laundry, sweep, go to Target, etc., and make sure I get that done. But there have been some days where all we do is eat, burp, nap, diaper change, eat, burp, nap….you get the point! And next thing you know Daddy is home and the day is gone. But that’s okay.
What’s been the biggest challenge so far?
BREASTFEEDING!!!!! People don’t talk about how painful, emotionally draining, and frustrating breastfeeding can be. I would go through labor and delivery again if I could make breastfeeding work without any issues. It is getting better, though….we just keep trying! I did have to supplement some formula and I’ve tried every measure to relieve the pain and produce more milk. I’ve also been extremely lucky to have an amazing support system from my husband, local moms, and friends and family. We just keeping working at it!
What are you most looking forward to?
My best friends meeting Wyatt. And just watching him grow and learning his personality.
What would you like to give away to one lucky reader?
Well, the thing I’m using the most right now are the Glass Storage Cubes. We’re not using them for storing baby food just yet, one day we will, but recently we have been using them to hold a pacifier, nipple shields or an ounce of dry formula in the diaper bag. They are the perfect size!
Enter to WIN!
For a chance to win a four-pack of Storage Cubes, like and share the link to this post on our Facebook page here.
For a BONUS entry, leave a comment below for Krista–your experiences, tips, and advice with breastfeeding would be especially welcome.
We’ll announce the winner at 5 pm EST on Monday, February 4th. Good luck!