ELOISE IS THREE MONTHS OLD!

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These months are flying by, and I love watching Ellie grow every single day. This stage is beginning to excite me more & more. Eloise is cooing & smiling a lot more. She shrieks with excitement, loves to look at mommy & daddy, is very good at tummy time (but won’t roll over yet), and will have long conversations with herself. It seems like her little personality is already developing and I cannot believe how interactive she is already! She has given us a few chuckles, but no belly-laughs… yet. I cannot wait for that!

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Ellie likes to touch my face, watch Sesame Street with daddy, and does so amazing in the car! She had her second road trip to visit family in Southern California, and got to hang out with her auntie, uncle, and cousin Addie! Eloise also went to Griffith Park for the first time (somewhere I went all the time as a child), went to her first brewery, and more park visits with her puppy sister, Lola.

Elle is 12 lbs, fits in size 1 diapers, but will be transitioning in size 2 very soon! She still fits in 0-3 mo. clothing, but I have a feeling she’ll be fitting in 3-6 mo. in a few weeks. 🙁 She’s growing so quickly! She celebrated her first Valentine’s Day, and daddy’s 32nd birthday!

Here are some pictures of my girl:

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Can’t wait to see what March brings!

POSTPARTUM & NEWBORN MUST-HAVES.

HAPPY FEBRUARY! It’s been a little over two months since I’ve given birth to Eloise and I thought it would be helpful to share with you my postpartum & newborn must haves! There are so many products out there to choose from, that it can be a little overwhelming.

POSTPARTUM MUST-HAVES:

Get yourself some good vitamins! Your body needs to replenish itself and get the needed vitamins and nutrients, especially if you’re breastfeeding/pumping. My little sister got me these vitamins from Whole Foods & I love them. Side note: I have read some reviews of people having a decrease in their milk supply- but it hasn’t happened to me. So just be aware of that!

Right after giving birth? Get perineal spray! Your lady bits will thank you. Although I had a really GOOD recovery (mind you, I didn’t tear at ALL), some others have a harder time healing- so I highly recommend this perineal spray. I used mine for about a 3-4 weeks & didn’t need it anymore. Some things I love about this brand? It doesn’t have any parabens or artificial fragrance + made with organic herbs.

Next up: NIPPLE CREAM! The first two weeks of trying to breastfeed I had cracked nipples. No joke, they were so messed up & I was in SO MUCH PAIN. This organic nipple butter did wonders! It healed my nipples right up (also, I had to stop breastfeeding to help the healing process, but that’s for another blog post altogether!) This is the same Earth Mama brand that I love.

Something that I’m using every single day- breast pads. You don’t need to get any specific brand, as I think Target’s breast pads work great! Leaking is so annoying!

NEWBORN MUST-HAVES:

There had been many times where Ellie was gassy/uncomfortable & gas drops were such an important part of helping her feel better. We got her these gas drops (you can get from Target or Walmart) & they worked wonders! I highly recommend gas drops or gripe water to relieve them of any discomfort! A screaming baby is NOT fun to deal with 🙁

Next up: infant probiotics. Not everyone will agree with this, but I think giving your baby probiotics is important. It’s good for their digestive system & gut. This particular brand I linked is from Amazon, but I buy mine from Whole Foods. Ellie got really bad baby acne when she was 2-3 weeks old, and I really think this contributed to help clear it up.

My next product for baby is a game changer. I heard about this product from my sister, and once I used this product for just 3 days, it made Eloise’s skin perfect! Like I mentioned above, Eloise got baby acne, and once I started her on probiotics it started to get better! But once I put on Tubby Todd All Over Ointment, it went away completely! I love this stuff & can’t rave more about it! You can literally use it everywhere: for cradle cap, diaper rashes, baby acne, rough patches, cuts & scrapes, etc. I HIGHLY recommend! 5/5 stars.

These items are my top picks & I hope at least one person can find these helpful/useful. Of course there are other items like the mamaroo, snuggle me organic infant lounger, a really good pump (I use this Medela one that I got through my insurance), bottles (if you’re exclusively pumping/giving formula- I love these ones!), and lastly a nice baby carrier (this one is so easy to use & inexpensive!).

I hope you all have an amazing month ahead! Valentine’s day is right around the corner… would you all like to see what I’m getting my daughter for her 1st Valentine’s Day? I could do a fun “gift” idea post!

xo

*** All reviews/thoughts are my own. This is not a sponsored post, I bought all items with my own money.

ELOISE AUDREY COLETTE: BIRTH STORY

Hi everyone! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Well, a lot has happened! It’s been 15 days since Eloise was born, and I need to write her birth story down before I forget it all. But lets be honest, a lot of it’s blurry already. So weird how the brain basically wipes away such a painful experience. 

So, starting from the beginning…

On Thursday morning, November 29th, I woke up randomly around 4-5 am (which is so strange because I am not an early riser) and I just felt wide awake. I started to text my twin sister because she’s awake early for work. Dexter was getting ready for work, and when I got up to use the restroom I noticed my pantyliners were soaked. I knew that wasn’t normal, because that never happened before (and it was clear liquid). I made a mental note, and told Dexter, “Hey, my pantyliners were soaked! I wonder if my water broke! Make sure to keep your phone on you at all times, just incase it’s time.” Eeeeek! By now, I was EXACTLY 39 week pregnant, mind you. I told my twin sister and mom about my soaked pantyliner and told them I’d call if anything else happened. Dexter left for work, and I went about my normal day. I was having inconsistent contractions, but not really sure if it was the real deal

Fast forward to around 6:30pm, Dex came home from work. I was sitting on our living room couch, and we were all talking when all of a sudden I stood up and felt a small gush. Dex said, “Your sweatpants are wet!” I’m not sure why, but I instantly freaked out and ran to the bathroom. Sure enough, my underwear and sweatpants were soaked! But for some reason I was still unsure if my water broke… I think I was in total denial! (this was around 7pm) I called Kaiser to see if I should come in, and they told me to lay down for 30 minutes and if I stand up and I’m leaking to come in. So, I did just that.

It was clear that I was leaking, so we decided to pack the rest of our hospital bags, get the baby’s carseat, and drive to the hospital.  Now, if you were wondering if I was having horrible contractions… I wasn’t. I was definitely timing them, and they were around 5-6 minutes apart, but VERY tolerable. We arrived at the hospital around 8:30-9:00pm. 

Once we got to the hospital, I went into the triage room to get monitored and to test the liquid to see if my water broke. It tested back: POSITIVE! My waters did indeed break. I was so shocked! Looking back, I’m not sure why I was in such shock, clearly it was my water that broke! Haha! I think a lot of it had to do with not knowing what to expect since this was my first time being pregnant, and going into labor. The Midwife decided to admit me, not only because my water broke, but also because my heart rate, and baby’s heart rate were elevated. They brought us to our room, and started an IV and gave me fluids. (around 10pm)

This is when things get blurry for me! At around 11:30pm my contractions really started to come on strong and HURT LIKE A BITCH. A doctor came in and wanted to start me on Pitocin because I wasn’t even a full centimeter dilated yet. So, they started the Pitocin at 1:20am (November 30th). So from 11:30pm to 1:20am I was having the WORST back labor pains. Once they gave me the Pitocin at 1:20am, I asked for some type of pain relief. They ended up giving me two doses of Fentanyl. Honestly, it helped only a little bit. The pain was all in my back, and it was by far the worst pain I ever experienced in my LIFE. I had Dexter rub my back, I used heating pads, and plus the two doses of Fentanyl, but it wasn’t enough relief. I finally got an epidural at around 5am. 

Getting the epidural was the best decision, personally. I admire women who do without it, but mentally I couldn’t. The pain was so excruciating! My nurses and anesthesiologist were AMAZING. I was so scared of getting the epidural, I started crying before getting it. They were kind and talked me through the entire process. They were angels. They kept me calm, and let me feel the emotions I was feeling! Also, getting the epidural, wasn’t horrible at all. I had this image in my head, and it wasn’t at all what I expected. So if you’re terrified to get the epidural, the first initial prick (to numb you) is only the worst part & it lasts a whole 3 seconds. 

So, from here on out, was a lot of waiting until I was 10cm dilated. I don’t really remember sleeping that much, or even at all! My sisters and mom finally arrived at the hospital around noon. I was so happy my twin and mom were able to make it on time, since they had to drive up from Southern California! I really wanted them all in the room with me when I delivered Eloise. Finally, after a lot of waiting, around 5pm I was 10cm dilated. It was time to push.

To help me feel the contractions, they had to turn down my epidural (UGH, hello horrible back labor pains) and adjust the Pitocin (since my contractions were a little far apart). I had the most AMAZING nurse coaching me, and helping me mentally. I was terrified and so emotional, so before pushing I broke down again. (You guys, I cried so much during my labor) Her name was D.L. and I will never forget her kind and encouraging words to help me get through the hardest experience of my life. I pushed for two whole hours before Eloise was born. And it was the most exhausting two hours of my life. During pushing, I had the WORST acid reflux/heartburn, and it was really fucking up the way I was trying to focus pushing. So the nurse brought me tums to try and help with the acid reflux. I also could feel so much of my back labor pains, so when a contraction came… it was not fun. Dexter held one leg, and my mom was able to hold my other leg while I pushed. Once Eloise’s head was poking out, Dexter was able to touch her, and I could see her in a mirror, and I also touched her head. 

Then at 7:52pm, on November 30th, Eloise Audrey Colette was born. But the final pushes were the hardest, since the Midwife was having a hard time getting her out. The cord was wrapped around her neck two times, so when they placed her on my chest she was purple and not crying. I was so out of it at this point, everything was so blurry. A nurse came, and whisked Eloise away, I only had about 5 seconds with her on my chest. The amazing nurse took Eloise and started working on her to breathe. She also cleared out all the fluid from her lungs. Then I heard my daughter cry for the first time. I cried. My mom cried. Dex, and my sisters were crying. She is healthy, she is perfect. 

She was finally placed in my arms and Dexter and I fell in love with her in that moment. It was a moment I had been anxiously waiting for, for nine months. I was in shock that she was actually here, finally. Let’s be honest, I’m still in shock two weeks later. I’ll look at her and just can’t believe Dexter and I made her. Half of me, half of her daddy. We are blessed. 

She weighed 6lbs 5oz, 19 3/4 inches long. Born Friday, November 30th at 7:52pm. 6 days early from her due date. She decided she wanted to be a little November baby! 

Also, a funny story: my family and I placed bets of when Eloise would be born, and I was the one who guessed it right. Mother’s intuition?! Lucky guess?! Who knows! But I thought that would be so funny and cool to tell Ellie when she’s older! I guessed her birthday.  

Anyway, I hope you all enjoyed her birth story. These last two weeks have been overwhelming, stressful, beyond difficult, but so joyful with this perfect little human. I hope to do a one-month update, in two weeks. Dexter is an amazing father. He has been such a great partner, so supportive and loving. Eloise is so lucky to have him as her daddy. 

A SWEET BABY SHOWER FOR OUR GIRL

This past weekend, we drove down to Southern California to have our baby shower with friends and family. It was in this adorable event space in Burbank, and it turned out exactly how I envisioned it! My color theme was gold, blush pink, and peach.

This whole time I’ve only mentioned our baby’s first name to close family and friends, but never announced it on social media! Well I thought posting the baby shower photos would be the perfect opportunity to announce her first name (we are keeping her FULL name secret until I give birth).

Our little girl’s name is… ELOISE. Ellie or Elle for short. I am in love with her name.

My sisters did such a wonderful job helping me set up the event space! I’m so glad we got to shower sweet Eloise with love before her big arrival in a few weeks. I was 31 weeks pregnant at the baby shower, and tomorrow (Thursday) I’m turning 32 weeks! HOLY CRAP! We are like 8 weeks away from her due date.

It’s a waiting game now! My sister had her baby one day before her due date, so I’m dying to know when she will be here! Will she be early, and be born at the end of November? Or will she be born past her due date? I’m so anxious! Regardless, she’ll be here in 1 month and give or take 25 days. I still have to do so much: buy a carseat, wash her little baby clothes, organize her dresser, put together her bassinet, etc. I’m in full-blown nesting mode now.

 

I was also thrilled to see my niece again! I hadn’t seen her since she was one week old, and she’s almost two months old now! It’s always hard to say goodbye, but knowing I’ll see my family in under two months again, makes me super happy! And this time… it’ll be with Eloise! We are all so excited for her arrival.

 

xo

SECOND TRIMESTER FAVORITES:

I can’t believe I’m in my THIRD TRIMESTER! I am now 28 weeks pregnant & I can feel my body changing everyday. The baby is getting bigger, and so is my belly. I’d say my second trimester was awesome, especially having the amount of energy I had! But I noticed as soon as I was creeping closer to my third trimester, my energy levels shifted & lowered! Bummer. Back to being tired again.

Also, I’ve been having MAJOR pubic/pelvic pain. It hurts when I walk, it hurts when I try to change my pants, it hurts when I’m trying to change positions in bed. I know it’s all apart of my body adjusting and making room for baby + the added weight, but this part of pregnancy isn’t so “fun”. Speaking of weight gain, I’m on track! My midwife said I’m not gaining too much, which is awesome! I know I still have about 12 weeks left (give or take), so I’m hoping I stay within the healthy range of weight gain!

I did have my 1 hour glucose test, and I passed that- which was a huge relief! I do not want gestational diabetes, and the thought alone is terrifying!  I did mention that I have anterior placenta, and I couldn’t really feel the baby strongly for the longest time! But once I hit around 24-25 weeks, BAM she started moving a lot! I’m feeling her move every night and morning now. I must say, it’s a pretty incredible feeling! It’s so surreal that MY baby is inside me, moving around. I still can’t fathom that I’m having a child! It’s an awesome feeling, and I’m so grateful I get to experience it. My body continues to surprise and amaze me with this pregnancy!

Now I’m just preparing for our baby to come! I am having my baby shower in early October, and I’m excited to celebrate with close family + friends. I hope to document the baby shower with lots of photos! I’ll make sure to have someone be the camera person, since I already know I’ll be super busy talking to everyone, and enjoying the evening. Anyway, if you’re curious what my second trimester favorites were- keep reading! Keep in mind, my pregnancy is super easy & I feel like I’ve been pretty low maintenance.

 

SECOND TRIMESTER FAVORITES:

1. pregnancy pillow- I HAVE THIS ONE.

2. comfy leggings/loungewear- THESE ONES. I need them in every color!

3. prenatal vitamins & add in some probiotics- MEGAFOOD PRENATALS, RAINBOW LIGHT PRENATALS, AND THESE PROBIOTICS. I have used all of these products & love them!

4. water tumbler- I couldn’t help myself & bought THIS ADORABLE ONE. You need to make sure you’re drinking a lot of water! It’s easier to have some sort of bottle to take with you everywhere.

5. comfy shoes for walking- Currently eyeing THESE or THESE!

6. Ina May’s guide to childbirth- THIS BOOK. I have so much anxiety/fear about giving birth & reading this book has truly helped with those fears! Even if you’re not expecting to give birth “all natural”, it’s still VERY helpful and eye-opening. I highly recommend reading this!

I hope this list does help you, if you’re currently pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant. I’m curious to see how my last trimester goes. I’m terribly nervous and anxious for the arrival of baby girl E. I’m sure these last 12 weeks are going to fly by! Until then, I’m going to soak up these LAST moments of being childless.

 

xo

 

20 WEEKS PREGNANT: HALFWAY THERE!

I’m officially 20 weeks pregnant! Oh boy, we are halfway there. I don’t feel prepared at all, but I think that has a lot to do with all of the unknowns and this being my first rodeo!

I had my 20 week anatomy scan done yesterday, so I’m hoping everything turns out fine with the baby’s growth & progress. It’s always nerve-wrecking to wonder if everything is measuring accordingly, and that her heart and every other organ is fine. Dexter was in the room with me the whole time, so it was so great seeing baby E for 40 minutes! She was tossing and turning a lot, and when it was time to make sure she was a girl (since we already did a gender scan at 14 weeks, I wanted a second confirmation)… she was NOT having it. Her legs were crossed the entire time & did not undo her ankles. She’s a stubborn one, just like her mama. The technician said she didn’t see anything “poking out” but couldn’t give us a definite answer, so she’s still a girl until further notice. Hah! I think at my next DR visit, I’ll ask for a blood test to confirm the gender if they don’t want to do another ultrasound.

Yesterday I also found out I have anterior placenta… meaning my placenta is positioned on the front side of my womb, or my stomach side. This makes sense as to why I haven’t felt the baby kick/move at ALL! I was starting to worry, but it’s basically a cushion or barrier between me and the baby, so I should start feeling movement in a few more weeks. I’m so ready to start feeling her move!!

WEIGHT GAIN:

My midwife said I’m right on track with my weight gain. I’ve gained a total of 9 lbs so far. I’m trying my hardest not to gain too much! I started pregnancy already not being my “ideal” weight, so I don’t realistically need to gain more than 20-25 lbs — I started off being too heavy for my height!

CRAVINGS:

I haven’t had any weird cravings. This whole pregnancy I’ve enjoyed eating (and will crave) fresh fruit, smoothies, and the occassional fast food items like french fries & soda! I only enjoy drinking really cold drinks (but this isn’t anything new, because I’ve always preferred cold to hot).

HOW AM I FEELING?

I’ve been feeling great. My energy is back, BUT I can’t do too much or I will get tired quickly. I never had morning sickness or nausea, so I’ve always had an appetite! The only complaints I have thus far is round ligament pain. Oh boy, is that uncomfortable! I can’t walk or stand for long periods of time, or where my bikini line/pelvis is, will start to hurt. It’s the weirdest feeling ever! So I try to take things slow, and sit down when my body tells me to rest My uterus feels heavy, and it’s just amazing how fast my body is making changes and room for this baby to grow! My ligaments are stretching, and it has been uncomfortable.

SLEEP:

I thought I’d add this because sleeping has been so UNCOMFORTABLE. I know I’m only 20 weeks along (I can’t imagine being 8-9 months pregnant, ugh) but it’s been a struggle to try and find a comfortable sleeping position. I’m a huge belly sleeper, and that’s just not an option anymore. Dexter did buy me a pregnancy pillow, but it’s not enough for me to sleep soundly through the night, I toss & turn A LOT! Not to mention, I’m getting up to pee 2-3 times a night. Haha!

Next post I want to talk baby related items: diaper bags, strollers, car seats, etc. I already have my eye on a few things I want, and have created a registry, so I don’t mind sharing what’s on my list!

xo