Thursday, March 14, 2019

Mia's Birth Story



Can you read her little onesie?? 😂😂It was a gift from one of my friends and I. Can't. Even. 



I always love reading birth stories, don't you? There's always a little drama and excitement, and of course a happy ending.

I personally was really apprehensive about labor. I'm a pretty big wimp and was worried I wouldn't be able to handle it. Plus I have really narrow hips, and had been told by multiple random people that I might have a struggle with delivery. Which really, if you're talking to a stranger, maybe don't ever tell her that. I tried not to think about it too much, but I definitely was worried - especially when I was told at my last ultrasound to expect a 10 pound baby!


So, that takes us to Saturday the 2nd. Around 3 in the morning, I thought I might be having one of those slow trickle water breaking scenarios. I tried to keep sleeping but was getting up repeatedly to check. Around 7am I started feeling contractions, and while they weren't strong right off the bat they were every four minutes lasting a minute or longer. For those of you who haven't had a baby, there's a rule called 4-1-1 for when you should go to the hospital, which is a contraction every four minutes lasting for one minute for at least one hour. Jeff woke up around 8:30 and I told him I had already hit the 4-1-1 rule, and he basically freaked out and leapt out of bed, started packing everything and showering and trying to rush me into the car. I knew things weren't quite ready so I held him off for a while by taking my time showering and eating, but by 10:00 we had called the doctor and gotten the okay to go into the hospital.

At the hospital they checked me in and hooked me up to all of the machines, and the nurse told me she was also convinced my water had broken. But then she ran all of the tests they can do to check, and they all came back negative! I was still having those 4-1-1 contractions but was clearly smiling and laughing through them plus I was only dilated 1cm, so after staying to be observed for an hour we were sent home and told to come back when I felt like I needed pain medication.

I was pretty miserable at being sent back home. I talked about this on Instagram but don't think I mentioned here that I was diagnosed with a PUPPP rash at 39 weeks, which by 41 weeks was completely covering my arms, belly, and legs and was insanely itchy. Any time I got the least bit warm it would be worse. Basically the only way I could be comfortable was with the ceiling fans on, laying on a sheet on the couch in shorts and a tee shirt with ice packs, and taking a cold shower every couple hours. So that's how I spent Saturday while watching hours of television as my contractions got stronger. They never got to a point where I couldn't talk or breathe through them but I was moaning loudly through each one. At 10:30pm we decided to call the doctor again, and she told us to come back in.

The second go-round we were just crossing our fingers we wouldn't be sent home, and luckily they admitted me right away and almost immediately transferred us to the delivery room even though I was only 2.5cm dilated. I got an epidural right away, which was a little scary (especially since they made Jeff leave the room!) but was incredible once it started working, which is basically immediately. I literally almost tipped off the bed because I didn't realize my legs were numb already! I did shake a bit from the medication but really, that was my only negative side effect. The best part about the epidural was that my belly and legs stopped itching!

After the epidural, they broke my water and said the baby had pooped in the amniotic fluid, which meant the pediatrician team would need to be on hand for delivery as she may have swallowed some of it. They said it wasn't something to worry about and that she would probably take a minute to cry after she came out, but it still made me nervous. At that point Jeff got to come back and put on some calming piano music for me, and the nurses started me on pitocin to speed things along. The piano music really zen-ed me out and I napped for a couple hours on and off as people came in and out of the room. I'm pretty sure Jeff just stared at me the whole time.


Illegal delivery room photo - do we look ready to go? 

Around 7am and after a few hours of pitocin, the nurses started getting a little worried. The baby's heartbeat was dropping a little after each contraction, which isn't something they like to see. They started backing me off the pitocin, and laid me on my back to check the dilation. They said I was now 8-9cm dilated, but after they checked me the baby's heartbeat really dropped. I didn't really know what was happening as they immediately had me move onto my hands and knees and start breathing into an oxygen mask, but Jeff said one of the nurses pushed a button and within 30 seconds about 15 people ran into the room ready to wheel me off for an emergency c-section! It was a scary couple of minutes, but the heartbeat did go back up.

They took me completely off the pitocin at this point and my contractions basically stopped, and we were left to rest again as they slowly reintroduced the pitocin. Around 11:30am they said I was 9.5cm and juuuuust about ready to deliver. Of course, then my doctor had to go deliver another baby and perform a c-section, so she didn't come back until 1:30pm, at which point they lifted my leg and Jeff said he could already see the baby's head! Everyone got into place and I got the okay to start pushing.


Our first family photo 💗


This probably isn't what you want to hear, but with the epidural I thought the pushing wasn't terribly hard. They have you push in sets of three and while by the third I definitely wasn't pushing quite as hard, but she still basically shot out of there. After only 35 minutes of pushing, we had a baby girl! She cried right away so didn't have to be taken care of by the pediatric team after all. They passed her to me for some skin to skin time and I immediately started crying. I couldn't believe that we were parents to this perfect little beautiful baby girl. And really, I still can't - I may or may not have cried looking at her again just yesterday. We love you Mia Lynne, and are so lucky to have you in our lives!!




Follow along with everything Kristina does via Bloglovin!

Friday, March 8, 2019

Mia Lynne


Guess who decided to finally make an appearance!

Mia Lynne was born on Sunday, March 3rd, clocking in at 8 pounds 13 ounces and 21.5 inches long. Looks like she's going to be tall like her mommy and daddy! We are a little sleep deprived but so in love over here. I'll share more about her birth later, just wanted to hop in quickly and share a few photos of baby girl - cheeks for days!

BTW, my robe and Mia's headband and swaddle are all from MilkMaid Goods.









Follow along with everything Kristina does via Bloglovin!

Friday, March 1, 2019

Friday Finds

Happy Friday! As of writing this (a couple of days in advance) I'm STILL pregnant but there is an end in sight - I'm getting induced on Monday if the baby doesn't make an appearance before then. If you can't tell, I've had one thing on the brain lately (you know, besides birthing a child) and that is some warmer weather! I keep almost ordering that swimsuit because, I mean, how freaking adorable, but then I remember I'm still pregnant and should probably wait a couple months to buy a swimsuit until I'm closer to my normal size. Here are the rest of my finds for the week:

one / two / three / four / five





Follow along with everything Kristina does via Bloglovin!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

February Budget

Every month I post about my clothing budget. My budget per month is $350, which may seem like a lot to some and a little to others, but feels just right for me. You can read my thoughts on my 2018 budget here.

Oh hey there! I'm writing this waaaaaay in advance so it's definitely possible I've bought more in February, but I thought I'd share what I've purchased so far! My favorite is definitely that sweatshirt - so cute and high end looking in person! I'm also loving the leopard espadrilles. They were on my wishlist all last year and seeing that they were running out of sizes made me finally pull the trigger. They started off really tight, but in wearing them around the house they have stretched out a little so I'm pretty sure I'm going to keep them - may do a few more walks to make sure!

Here's what I purchased in February:

J.Crew Factory Earrings - originally $24.50, on sale $14.50. I bought the non-Factory version of these two years and pink and wore the heck out of them (like here and here), they provide the look of a statement earring but are impossibly light and are really easy to pack for trips. So obviously I had to snag another pair when I saw they were back at such a great price!
J.Crew Factory "Le Weekend" Sweatshirt - originally $69.50, on sale $39.50, used rewards $34.50. It's hard to tell trying this on with a pregnant belly, but it fits really well now so I'm hoping it'll look good postpartum too! Very cute and luxe looking in person, perfect (le) weekend wear ;)
Target Necklace - $16.99. I realized I forgot to add this to my January budget post, so here it is now. This was one of those impulse buys but I've worn it a ton already so it was definitely worth it! It's the right length on me (not always the case with long necklaces) and seemingly goes with everything. It looks to be going in and out of stock, but there is also a silver version.
J.Crew Necklace - originally $39.50, on sale $27.65. I've loved big tortoiseshell jewelry for a few years now but never pulled the trigger on anything, but this was one of those "OMG I MUST ORDER THIS IMMEDIATELY" pieces. It is so gorgeous in person and just the right size - not gigantic (like the bubble necklaces of years past ;) but still substantial.
J.Crew Factory Pom Pom Scarf - originally $39.50, on sale $23.50. I realized putting this away that I already own two scarves that are exactly the same color - whoops! The pom poms are so cute though (and I'm figuring this will double as a nice nursing cover) so I decided to keep it anyway.
J.Crew Factory Kiss Tee - originally $39.50, on sale $13.95. I resisted and resisted this tee shirt, mostly because I definitely do not need another black and white graphic tee with words on it. But when it went on super sale with free shipping, I just couldn't resist ;)
Sam Edelman Espadrilles - $99.95. These are so cute in person, I can't wait to wear them this summer!

Total Spent: $231.04
Total Saved: $98.40

In March I'm guessing I'll be shopping for some springier clothes once I start to get a feel for what size I'll be wearing, because I'm dying for some warmer weather over here and fun spring clothes are always an outlet for me.

Did you budget in February? Any good finds?



Follow along with everything Kristina does via Bloglovin!

Friday, February 22, 2019

Friday Finds

one / two / three / four / five





Follow along with everything Kristina does via Bloglovin!

Monday, February 18, 2019

Maternity Leave!


Today I'm 39 weeks (+2 days) pregnant and am officially on maternity leave from work! I honestly don't know what I'm going to do with myself if the baby doesn't come soon, since I could potentially be pregnant for two more weeks. And yes, it is exactly two more weeks because my doctor is scheduling an induction for March 4th if the baby isn't here by then. I guess there will be a lot more naps and a lot of getting stuff done around the house since I'm in full-on nesting mode! Plus probably a lot of reading and hanging at my neighborhood coffee shops. One thing I definitely don't want to spend too much time on the computer so I've decided it's time for maternity leave from the blogosphere too. I anticipate getting bored so it's possible there will be a post here or there, but definitely not 5x a week! If you want to follow along with what I'm getting up to, be sure to follow me on Instagram. And I'll definitely pop back in post-baby to share some pictures!! Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got a lot of lounging to do ;)



Follow along with everything Kristina does via Bloglovin!

Friday, February 15, 2019

Friday Finds

Happy Friday!! And, happy last day of work for me - my maternity leave starts on Monday! So crazy!! I'm hoping the baby comes sooner rather than later so I'm not sitting at home too long, since I really don't know what I'll do with myself if I end up waiting for two weeks.

I've started getting excited about shopping for regular clothes again, and that "Le Weekend" sweatshirt is already en route to my house ;) I'm also really loving that leopard sweater, I've been stalking it to see if it goes on sale. Watch out wallet, I'm coming for you!

one / two / three / four / five





Follow along with everything Kristina does via Bloglovin!