August 9, 2013

Current Beauty Favorites: Before and After Pregnancy

Throughout my pregnancy, clothes shopping for myself just didn't appeal to me.  However, clothes shopping for Lucas and beauty products for myself was my vice.  At nine months pregnant, I just felt so incredibly yucky so pampering with new beauty products did the trick.  Now that I'm on maternity leave, I'm not using a whole lot of makeup but when I do, it feels nice to use products that I really like.  Here's what I'm loving lately:

1.  Macadamia Deep Repair Masque:  For the first time in my life, my hair is full!  Pregnancy hormones can be pretty awesome in this area.  With fullness came the tangles so I started looking into deep conditioners to keep my hair soft and smooth.  I love this masque!  Not only does it smell great but it makes my hair so soft without feeling heavy.

2.  Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler:  I've never owned a nice eyelash curler until I bought this curler and I now get the hype!  I have long lashes but they grow straight out.  This is the only curler that has sufficiently curled my lashes and lasts all day.  Totally recommend it!

3.  Urban Decay Naked Basic Palette:  I own both of the naked palettes and love them so I knew this palette would not disappoint.  Lately, I've been using the dark brown shadow as an eyeliner and the lightest shade in my inner eye to make me look semi awake.  This is also such a good palette for office makeup.

4.  Dior Creme de Rose Plumping Lip Balm:  This lip balm smells sooooooooo good!  I have really sensitive lips and this does not irritate them.  In fact, it makes them super soft.  I apply this before I apply any other beauty products to give it time to set.  Love love!

5.  Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer:  I have the darkest of the darkest under eye circles.  Now that I'm only getting a couple hours of sleep at night, they're even darker so I need extra coverage.  I love applying this concealer over my Bobbi Brown color correcting concealer.  It lightens my under eye area and is long lasting.  For the price, it's a great product and I will repurchase once I run out.

6.  Revlon Lip Butter in Wild Watermelon:  The lip butter line is so fun.  I picked up Wild Watermelon and Juicy Papaya and I really like the brightness without looking too teen boppy.

7.  Yes to Cucumbers Cleansing Towelettes:  I'm very particular about removing my makeup and cleaning my face two times a day.  When I don't deep cleanse my skin using my clarisonic mia, I use these towelettes to remove my makeup before washing using a face soap.  It's not irritating on my skin and feels and smells nice.

What are you loving lately?



August 7, 2013

Life Lately Through My Iphone

It's been an eye opening couple of weeks (literally, I haven't I slept in days).  Lucas will be three weeks old on Thursday and I can't believe that even three weeks have gone by!  I've been obsessed with him.  I love spending this time with him and learning his personality.  I'm torn going back to work because I will miss him but there's a small part of me that looks forward to dressing up again...a very small part.  Here's a little snippet of my life as of lately.


My sister, Adri, got Lucas this Yankee cap and a baby Jeter tee.  He's still too small to wear it but I just had to snap a picture of him swimming in the cap - too cute!


My other sister, Melisa, came to visit and assisted in Lucas' newborn photo shoot that she so sweetly gifted us.  I'm so excited to see the photos!  Lucas is probably not going to be thrilled that I posted his little baby buns on the internet but this was too cute not to post.  He was such a trooper that day and the photographer was amazing with him!


Lucas had his first shot and the doctor removed his cord stump.  He could not stop making this face!  Needless to say, he was in shock...


My husband and I celebrated three years of marriage together this past week.  My mother in law watched Lucas while my husband and I went out to dinner and I manage to not cry leaving him.  Yes, I am one of those moms!  It surprises me more than anyone.  The first week out of the hospital, I was a crying hormonal mess so my husband took me out to lunch just to get out of the house - I end up crying because I was sad leaving Lucas behind - hormones, whoa.


The best way to take a nap.  I love when he falls asleep with me.  I'm spoiling him...I know.  You know I'm sleep deprived if I'm posting a makeup free face on the internet.


When we're not napping, I'm lightly working so that I don't fall behind.  My office has been awesome letting me have this time with Lucas but every once in awhile I do a little bit of work here and there.  Lucas has been such a helpful assistant.


Consoling him at the doctor's office.  He hates being naked so swaddling him is necessary.  Spoiled I tell ya.

 My love.


August 2, 2013

Our Little Family


Just a few pictures we took last weekend of us and Lucas.  Lucas was 9 days old here.  Have a great weekend!












July 31, 2013

Lucas Jose: The Birth Story

I'm writing Lucas' birth story completely unedited so I apologize ahead of time for any typos and grammatical errors.  I'll probably be forgetting a lot because it's all still a blur and I'm working on little sleep right now; although, sleep is getting better! Oh and today my husband and I are celebrating our third wedding anniversary and 13.5 years together...whoa!



So at 5 p.m. on July 16, 2013, my husband and I got to the hospital to be admitted and start the induction process.  My due date was not until July 23 but I had not been getting any sleep due to some complications so the doctor felt it was best to be induced.  Lucas was also measuring pretty large which also played into why I was induced.  Call me naive and unprepared but I thought that by being induced labor would happen quickly...yeah not so!  Weeks before this, I had planned to do my hair and makeup so I would look nice...yeah, mhmmm, okay.  Once the doctor said to go to the hospital to be admitted, I bolted - greasy hair and all.  I was in too much pain at this point to care what I looked like.  My husband now tells me that I arrived to the hospital in his gym shorts, shirt, and sandals.  I mean how attractive was I!  However, once at the hospital, I changed into my Gownie that my dad gifted me.  It had Lucas' name on the front and came with a matching pillow.




We spent the night in the hospital thinking that at any time I would go into labor.  I was having contractions but nothing too bad.  My sister also thought labor was imminent so she drove through the night from St. Petersburg so she wouldn't miss anything.  The next day was the longest day of my life.  They started the pitocin in the morning and from then on was paaiiinnn.  I had the most horrible back pain and was just so uncomfortable.  I was so relieved to see the anesthesiologist in the afternoon!  My dad is an anesthesiologist at this same hospital but he did not want to do my anesthesia.  My dad was actually the on call anesthesiologist that day-what are the odds!  He was so nervous that he was always in and out of my room.  Getting the epidural did not hurt at all.  What I really did not like was the loss of sensation in my legs and having to lay on my sides the whole time.  After awhile, my back started to REALLY hurt.  My husband and mom were taking turns massaging my back.  I ended up getting more numbing medication because of the intense back pain.  Holy cow my back hurt!  By this time, the nurse kept checking my cervix and I was really close.  It was around late afternoon but I wasn't expected to go into labor until late evening.  By this time, I hadn't had anything to eat except ice chips so I was already tired and hungry.  The only thing that got me through the pain was having lots of people around me - my husband never left my side, mom, sister, dad, mother-in-law, and my boss stopped by.  It was a wonderful distraction to have people around me and Bravo shows playing in the background.  I use to joke that I wanted Bravo in the background when I went to push and lo and behold Bravo was playing while I pushed (just not on purpose!)


Around 9 p.m., my mom noticed that I was shivering.  She placed her hand on my forehead and thought I felt warm.  The nurse checked my temperature and I definitely had a fever so they started me on antibiotics.  After about an hour, I was told it was time to start pushing.  My dad left the room (nerves) and although I thought I would only want my husband and one other person in the room, I was in so much pain that I didn't care who was in there.  So my husband grabbed one leg and my sister the other.  After one push, my sister got queasy and switched with my mom...wussy!  Long story short, I pushed for TWO hours...nothing...the epidural started wearing off, I could feel everything, I was tired, hungry...defeated.  The C-Section talk started and I just broke down in tears.  This is not what I had wanted and I was scared.  I asked if I could push for 30 more minutes...30 minutes go by and nothing.  I was getting a C-Section whether I liked it or not.  Looking back, the C-Section was probably the easiest part of the whole labor experience.  I even fell asleep on the table!

I honestly don't remember a lot except asking the nurse when my husband would be in the surgery room.  The anesthesiologist was awesome.  He could see the expressions on my face during the surgery and since I couldn't see over the sheet that was blocking my view, he was informing me the whole time about what was happening.  I am so grateful for him.  Then all of sudden, I heard a small cry and Lucas is quickly lifted up for us to see him!  He was born July 18, 2013 at 1:28 a.m. weighing 8 pounds 13 ounces at 21.5 long.  I had tears in my eyes as I turned to my husband and kept saying "he's perfect!"  I then fell asleep lol!  I don't remember being wheeled back to my room.  I just remember waking up with my mom by my side and a nurse walking in saying that Lucas was taken to the NICU and my husband was with him.  Because of my fever and an infection in the amniotic fluid, Lucas had to start antibiotics and a tube to take out any fluid he may have in his system.  I start to cry again because I realized that I hadn't held my baby and wouldn't be able to for awhile.  I cried because I didn't know what he looked like and just every emotion I had been holding in the past day and a half.


My husband came back into the room and handed me his cell phone where he had taken hundreds of photos of Lucas.  Even though he was so swollen and was hooked up to so many monitors and tubes, he was beautiful in my eyes!  My husband and I got a little bit of sleep but it was hard to sleep after everything that had happened.  I woke up to the pains from the C-Section and was anxious to see my baby.  I was taken to the NICU and as soon as I laid eyes on him, it was love at first sight.  Although he developed jaundice, it wasn't enough to have the therapy so from the day he was born until we were discharged that Sunday, Lucas just got better and better. From the day he was born, he was always smiling!


We are so grateful for the staff at North Florida Regional Medical Center.  We were treated with such kindness and care that we are forever grateful for.  We ordered pizza and cookies for the labor and delivery nurses and the nurses at the NICU but we can never show how much we truly appreciated them.

So after almost 33 hours in labor, I have a beautiful baby boy that is currently asleep on my chest as I type.  We are so blessed that he is okay and that he is in our lives.

July 29, 2013

On A Baby's Schedule


My little Lucas has changed our lives...and our schedules (lol).  My hormones are adjusting, sleep is getting better, and Lucas is smiling more and more every day.  We truly are blessed.  As soon as I can get my guy to go down for a nap, I hope to get to blogging!  See you soon!


July 24, 2013

Welcome, Lucas Jose


So I've been a little MIA lately but with good reason...Lucas has arrived!  Lucas Jose was born July 18 at 1:28 a.m. and weighed 8 pounds 13 ounces.  Both he and I are doing well and I hope to write his birth story soon.  I've been posting millions of pictures of him on instagram and call me biased but he's pretty darn cute.  Thank you to those of you who have sent their well wishes on photos and sent me emails.  I am overjoyed by your kindness!



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