Welcome Baby Griffin- My Birth Story

September 12, 2017

Hi! It's so great to get back on the blog and reconnect with everyone.  I just want to say, thank you so much for all of your kind words over the last few weeks.  Austin and I read them all and are so appreciative of each and every one of you that took time out of your day to give us support and encouragement.  I've been asked quite a bit if I'd be sharing my birth story on here and as someone who has an obsession with reading other peoples' birth stories, how could I not?!

My doctor decided it would be best to induce me at 39.5 weeks with Griffin. There was a lot of satisfaction in this decision for Austin and I mostly because we could arrange child care for Colette and know that there wouldn't be a middle of the night scramble finding someone to take care of her.  I can't explain how weird it is to drive to the hospital to give birth but not be in labor.  Obviously I got NO sleep the night before and had a complete weeping breakdown around 3AM.  Honestly, I was scared.  My labor with Colette was difficult and my recovery was even harder.  I worried about her and how she would feel with Austin and I being gone for a few days.  To reiterate, I was really scared. We checked into the hospital, got my IV (not bad this time around!) and I was started on Pitocin around 9:30.  My Mom joined us at the Hospital and the morning was pretty uneventful with the exception that I could not seem to control my anxiety about the looming epidural and birth.

There came a point (around 1PM) where my nurse politely suggested I opt for the epidural as the anesthesiologist would be in a surgery for the next hour and a half and I was becoming really uncomfortable with the contractions.  I sobbed through the entire process even though it wasn't painful at all.  The afternoon was lovely from that point on!  I read an US weekly, took a nap, prayed and made a conscience decision to put my fear aside and enjoy and live in the moment as it's pretty likely that this will be our last baby.  I mean never say never though right?

During the end of my pregnancy, I had a feeling he was sunny side up.  He was super active and I could feel what I knew were hands and feet, not heels and elbows during my last few weeks.  They confirmed that he was face up and had me lay on my side with a special exercise type ball between my knees and he ended up turning on his own! Around 5:00, my OB and nurse ran in the room asking if I had felt the need to push.  They said that the baby's heart rate was dipping with contractions, meaning he was in the birth canal.  My OB checked me and said, "let's push this baby out!" Wait. What?!

People started to assemble (about 6 total) and set things up and I knew it was time. Let me preface this part with the fact that I pushed for over 3 hours with Colette and was in labor for a total of almost 16 hours. By the time she arrived, I could barely open my eyes.  My level of exhaustion prevented me from being fully present and happy in the moment. This was a totally different experience! Everyone in the room was pumped, my OB was relaxed, I felt excited and empowered, Austin and the nurses cheered me on and in 17 short minutes, Griffin Thomas was here! It was hands down, the most incredible experience of my life.

Both of my babies were born with the cord wrapped around their necks so unfortunately, Austin is 0-2 with cutting the cords but we are just thankful that they were both healthy babies.  How is my recovery you ask? In the words of my OB, "I'm sorry, your body just isn't well equipped to handle deliveries without significant trauma." I had a 3.5 degree tear (had a 3rd degree with Coco) which took 45 minutes to "mend" with somewhere north of 25 stitches.  It was not fun but I'm 2 weeks out, and feeling so much better and could not be more grateful for my experience and the fact that we get to snuggle this sweet baby boy now. Nothing comes close to the sense of mental and physical accomplishment you have when you give birth!  At the risk of sounding so sappy, the birth of Griffin was a gift and a miracle and we feel incredibly blessed to be a family of four. Now we're settling in and figuring out how to manage everything that comes along with having a newborn- more on that in a later post though!

THANK YOU again for all of the kindness and support you've extended to me and my family over the last 9 months.  It means the world to us! xo

PS- please excuse any typos over the next few months. I'm sleep deprived!

Maternity Dress with PinkBlush

August 7, 2017

Wrap Dress: PinkBlush Maternity/ Bag: Cult Gaia/ Sunnies: Nordstrom 

Did you guys have a good weekend?  We had family in town so Friday and Saturday were busy but Sunday we just relaxed and got things done around the house which was nice.  It's getting to the point where I'm feeling like a ticking time bomb and now I feel the pressure to get everything done before this baby arrives.  That was pretty easy to accomplish with Coco because I took 4 weeks off prior to delivering her which was amazing.

This time around is really different because I'm chasing a toddler around and working while trying to prepare.  All I have to say is thank goodness for family because without their help, I'd be a mess right now!  I'm pretty sure my nesting instinct has kicked in as I found myself shredding old bills,organizing drawers and packing up my maternity clothes all weekend long.  As if I could get anymore OCD, right?  Pregnancy definitely takes it to the next level.

Let's talk maternity...I had to write a post and share this fantastic brand with you guys!  As any woman who has been through a pregnancy knows, finding cute maternity clothes can be really difficult.  The fit can be odd, the prints can be matronly and lots of times, they're not flattering at all.  As comfy as mumu's probably are, they really provide few style points. Enter PinkBlush Maternity.  You've seen this dress twice now in two different prints (see it in pink here and on my Instagram) and it is so comfy on and perfect for maternity photos if you decide to do them.  I just checked their site and it comes in a TON of different prints and solids in both long and short sleeves.  I saw so many other ones that I loved like this, this and this.  This dress will also work to nurse in post delivery if that's your jam.  Do you have any favorite maternity brands?  As always, thank you so much for following along! xo

Bumpdate and Maternity Favorites

July 26, 2017

Dress: Pink Blush Maternity/ Sunnies: Nordstrom ($12)

Hi Friends!  I have about a month or so left to go and am feeling really good at this point! In these last few weeks of my pregnancy, I'm trying to spend as much time with Coco as possible.  It's crazy to think that in one moment she'll go from being my baby, to being a big sister.  Just the thought of that makes me emotional and one of my biggest anxieties as a Mom, is wondering how she'll adapt to that transition.  I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to work from home and see her so much but because I'm home with her, I often feel torn between working, taking care of our home, blogging and preparing for a baby and simply spending time sitting on the floor playing princesses with her with my undivided attention.  It's so easy to just glance at my phone and answer an email or post a photo. But are those things what's most important? That is something I struggle with daily.  So if you notice an absence over the next few months here or on Instagram, know that I'm trying to prioritize.  We have some huge changes coming up and I don't want to miss out on any of the important moments!

Having gone through the circus of pregnancy twice now, it's fair to say that I've compiled a list of my must have maternity items.  Many of the things I love this time around were things that helped me survive my pregnancy with Coco so I'm excited to share this because they are tried and true.

Lululemon Align Pant: I have to be specific with these because if you walk into any Lululemon store, you'll see mannequins in about 20 different pant options.  I've posted about these before but it's worth repeating since these will carry you through your pregnancy- I did size up when I bought mine (normally I wear a 4 and I bought a 6 when I got pregnant).  They feel like you're wearing nothing and rise up and support your belly.  You can see more pics of these amazing leggings in this post.  I also lived in these shorts all Summer long- size up two sizes though! They'll comfortably sit below your bump.

The BEST maternity tank tops:  I wore these a ton when I was pregnant with Coco.  They're not expensive ($12.99) although they should be with how great the fit and fabric are.  Most maternity tops don't fit well until you're really far along in your pregnancy (in other words, when your bump can fill out all the extra fabric), which at that point, you don't get your money worth because you can only wear them for a short period of time.  These you can wear from start to finish and are just as cute with sweats as they are with jeans and a cute cardigan.

Underwear to Sleep In:  I'll never forget when I went to Nordstrom, a few months pregnant with Coco to get fitted for some new bras.  The sales person brought these in and said, trust me, it's what every single pregnant person ends up buying and wearing at night (or heck during the day works too).  I almost passed out because they were huge and hideous. But I trusted her!  And by golly, they are the freaking best.  You're not going to win any awards for sexiness here but you certainly will for comfort.  You're growing a baby for goodness sake.  You deserve to be comfortable. The high waisted ones will come up over your belly but the low ones will also not dig in and are great too.  I wear both (even at almost 9 months) and they're on the Nordstrom Sale now so, yay!

Underwear for the Day:  The struggle is real when your bump runneth over. Finding underwear that does not dig into that bump is a real challenge.  But don't worry, I've found the solution for you with these.  They stay put, are a lovely fabric, and most importantly, won't give you the dreaded VPL's (a huge no no in my book).  They are fabulous if you don't like wearing thongs and I've tested them plenty under my Lulu leggings! If you prefer thongs, these are the only comfortable option pregnant or not in my book. Pregnancy is a time you should invest in your comfort.  Nine months is a long time to have shitty underwear so do yourself a favor and get yourself the good stuff.

Sweat Pants:  I'm realizing that all of my 'favorites' revolve around comfort but when you're puking into the toilet or tossing and turning all night with leg cramps, you just want to feel comfortable, right? You may have seen these in my Instagram post a few days back.  They're on the Nordstrom sale but I had debated them for a while, always talking myself out of them because they were too expensive for 'sweats'. I'm so mad I didn't purchase them sooner because they feel like heaven on your skin.  No joke, I live in them and you should too! Heck, just buy them and if you disagree, return them!

Let me know your thoughts on these goodies and as always, thank you so much for following along! xo

NSale Shoes

July 17, 2017

Black Slides\ Silver Slides\ Grey Mules

Are you sick of hearing about the Nordstrom Sale yet?! Sorry. But it's just.so.good.  Except for the fact that a lot of merchandise is sold out already.  Some is being restocked so keep checking back on the items you may have missed but still want! I wanted to do a quick post on my shoe round up for you guys since I've had a lot of questions asking about which shoes I purchased.  My strategy for the sale is to buy now, return later because of how quickly things sell out so I bought the shoes I thought were either missing in my wardrobe (mules) or needed an update on (gym shoes).

I invested in boots last year so I passed on that category but I was ready to get behind the mule trend and try a pair out (especially considering the pair I liked were on sale for $49).  I'm happy to announce that these grey ones are very comfy and look a lot more expensive than their price tag.  I also wanted to try a fun pair of slides.  Slides are great to throw on and since embellished everything is so huge right now, they're a perfect way to jazz up a low key outfit.  These black ones are SO COMFY and the pearls and rhinestones don't look cheap which I was nervous about.  This Fall and Holiday Season they'll be so fun to style.  Keepers!

Next, I purchased these silver slides.  Unfortunately they're going back. They are extremely stiff and have zero give to them.  Cute doesn't cut it if you're getting blisters! I always snag a pair of athletic shoes on this sale and was super excited to do so this year since I'll be able to work out again in a few months.  When I got these in the mail though, Austin sweetly reminded me that I have two pairs of black Nikes already. Oops.  So I think I'll exchange them for these which are much more colorful, lol! There you have it!

Now don't get me wrong...there were PLENTY of other shoes I wanted to buy on this sale but a girl needs some sort of limits and to be honest, I didn't need booties or rain boots .  But that doesn't mean I wasn't drooling over them.  Shop my favorite picks below and don't forget that the sale goes live to the public on Thursday which means lots of merchandise will be restocked.  Have a great day and as always, thank you so much for following along! xo