More or Less in July

Friday, June 30, 2017

More... Work Less... Staying home with the baby (I go back to work Monday. No, YOU'RE CRYING).

More... BBQ's Less... Crockpot meals.

More... Rompers Less... Denim.

More... Shaved ice Less... Fro-yo (or both, really).

More... Working on Kenzie's baby book Less... putting it off until another time.

More... #Nsale shopping (July 13th!)

More... Fireworks.

More... Pool time.

More... Gratitude.

Less... Passing judgements.

Less... Trying to do everything all of the time.

Less... Sweating the small stuff.

What are you hoping for more or less of this month?

Kensington Grace: A Birth Story (Part Two)

Thursday, June 29, 2017

So when I left off in part one, the nurse had checked on me and told me I was 9cm dilated. Now, from my vast knowledge of childbirth (aka I knew nothing about having a baby) I thought that you get to 10cm, start pushing and out comes the baby. But I got to a 10 and my nurse told me that I still had to wait for awhile longer before anything would be happening. By this point I was ready to get this show on the road.

Since I hadn't been able to nap all day (or eat anything since 5 that morning), I was getting so exhausted. My magic epidural was also slowly fading (or my contractions were getting worse) and the nurse gave me some cranberry juice to keep my blood sugar levels up. This didn't go well and I actually ended up being sick a couple of times.

Finally, the nurse came in to do a few practice pushes with me to show me what I should be doing and see how close we were. This was at 5:00 pm, and Kensington didn't make her debut until 9:32 pm.

You guys, I pushed for four and a half hours straight. It was exhausting. At this point it's somewhat of a blur, but I had my mom and Daniel in there with me and all I remember is trying to take sips of water in between contractions and then falling asleep for the best 2-3 minute naps of my life before the next one hit. I don't remember it hurting all that much because I got one more dose of the epidural fairly close to when we started, but I do remember never being more tired in my entire life.

The charge nurse came in when I first started pushing and my nurse told her that she expected it to be no more then an hour of pushing and to go ahead and let my doctor know. I thought this was great news! Then, she'd come back every so often to check in and my nurse would tell her not yet, and we continued this pattern for what felt like forever.

Side note...time during childbirth is a weird thing. There was a clock behind me in my room and I kept trying to see how much time had passed. Four and a half hours actually seemed like 20 minutes and I was so surprised every time I looked at the clock and saw that another hour had passed by.

Anyway, so the charge nurse came back in one last time and she decided to check what was going on in there. As it turns out, Kensington was transverse, so she was laying on her side. Every time I pushed while laying on my back, nothing was happening because she was in the wrong position (we figured this out after 3 or so hours) so they told me to lay on my side and try pushing like that, and they called my doctor to come in because they figured from this point things would move much more smoothly.

When my doctor arrived she checked my progress and asked me if I was ready to have the baby in three minutes! I was like, heck yes where have you been for the past four hours?!

She brought me in a mirror (which was never something I had anticipated using) so I could see the baby's head and see all of my hard work. First of all, ew. I don't know that I ever wanted to see so much of myself. Second of all, wow. That is all the motivation I never knew I really needed. Nothing was worse then seeing the baby come out just a little more during a contraction, only to head right back in. It made me push that much harder and longer and before I knew it, she was here!

She did have her umbilical cord wrapped around her neck twice, which I didn't find out about until much later. Daniel got to cut the cord, they cleaned her up and handed her over to me and I've never felt such a rush of emotions.

They took her away to measure her and then we realized I had a few of my own problems. I was bleeding, a lot, and my doctor couldn't figure out where it was coming from.

I developed anemia during pregnancy so I knew that my blood count wasn't where it should be before going in, and during labor I ended up loosing half of the hemoglobin levels that I came in with. I had a tear on the inside of my body that could have happened at any point during labor. After loosing so much blood I was left feeling lightheaded, fatigued (more then the usual after pushing a small watermelon from your body), and had all kinds of other not so fun symptoms. This lasted roughly two weeks or so but after plenty of iron, rest (as much as I could get) and good food I started getting back to my normal self.

Our sweet little angel was perfect, however, which was the important part for me. She came into the world weighing 6lbs, 6oz and measuring 19 inches long. She passed all of her tests with flying colors and we (despite my health concerns) were allowed to leave the hospital in just over 48 hours. We left the hospital feeling scared, overwhelmed, and unsure of ourselves. But we also left feeling excited, overjoyed and so so in love with this tiny human who was all ours.

May 4th, 2017 will forever be the most important day in my life because it brought me her.

We love you, Kensington Grace Peralta.

3 Things I Couldn't Wait to Tell you About

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

When life gives you lemons graphic tee: From H&M and only $10 dollars right now. Have you ever seen a more perfect t-shirt for Summer? Yeah, me neither.

Elf Moisturizing Lipstick in Ravishing Rose: I found this on clearance at Target for like $1.50 but I would have happily paid the $3.00 that it usually costs. This color is beautiful and it's almost like a lipstick/chapstick combo.

bkr little water bottle: I got one of these in my fabfitfun box and it is the most perfect, cute and tiny water bottle. I love it because it fits in my diaper bag and I can grab it on my way out the door with the baby. They sell them in a bunch of colors and different sizes at Nordstrom (for $35) or you can get one in your own fabfitfun box for $39 dollars (for the whole box) with code: SUMMERLOVE

Is there anything I need to know about right now?

Linking up today with Monica, you should too!

Fabfitfun Summer Box 2017

Monday, June 26, 2017

Please excuse my no makeup, no shower, nursery mirror selfie...but I just HAD to share a picture of this beautiful Michaels Stars Ruana with you guys (and the nursery does have the best lighting in our apartment). This scarf, turned shawl, turned cover up came in my 2017 fabfitfun Summer Box and it is seriously the most comfortable thing. It's so light and it's the perfect length (even for my super short self). It could easily be dressed up with some jeans and strappy sandals, or dressed down as a swimsuit cover up. 

This seasons box was filled with some really awesome Summer essentials like the bkr little water bottle, the Eau Thermale Avene hydrating sunscreen, and the Cargo HD picture perfect highlighter among other awesome things. 

This is my first fabfitfun box and it did not disappoint. The only thing that makes me sad is that this is only a seasonal box, I'd love to receive one of these in the mail monthly. 

If you NEED this box (believe me, you do) go to and use code SUMMERLOVE at check out for $10 dollars off of your first box!

Special thank you to fabfitfun for introducing me to these awesome products! #fabfitfunpartner #fabfitfun

Easy Ways to Practice Self-Care Postpartum (or Anytime!)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

If I'm being completely honest, pregnancy and giving birth were a walk in the park compared to my recovery after having Kensington (Okay, the giving birth part wasn't exactly fun either, but for me the pregnancy part really was).

I haven't had a chance to finish her birth story yet, but long story short I lost about half of my red blood cell count from a tear during labor. For the weeks following, this left me feeling light headed if I stood up for too long. I wasn't allowed to take a bath or a shower that was too hot. I was afraid to walk while I was holding Kenzie because I was terrified of fainting and dropping her. I cried, a lot and I was so, so tired all of the time. I felt myself experiencing symptoms of the baby blues.

Overall, I felt awful and I wasn't being kind to my body.

At six weeks postpartum I'm happy to say that I'm feeling completely back to myself. It took some time and a lot of grace to get where I am right now. If I've learned anything over the past few weeks, it's the importance of being patient with yourself and of course showing yourself some love.

Here are a few self-care practices I did (and still do) so I could keep myself feeling happy and healthy.

Take a bubble bath. I cannot stress the magical healing powers of a bubble bath enough. As I mentioned, I wasn't allowed to take any kind of hot shower or bath until I got my hemoglobin levels back up and it was torture. Now, I take one every single day and just those 15 minutes work wonders for my day.

Get dressed every day. It's so easy when you aren't feeling like yourself to stay in your sweats all day. But when you look good, you feel better and just taking a few extra seconds to put on a pair of jeans and a top you like will improve your mood.

Ask for help. I couldn't be more grateful to Daniel and my parents for all of the help they gave me when I needed it the most. When I reached my limits they were there to pick up the slack and the greatest self-care I could give myself was to be fair to my body and acknowledge those limits.

Eat Well. Or eat what you like to eat. You'll feel more energetic and better overall if you put good food into your body.

Hydrate. Drink all the water. This one is pretty self explanatory.

Splurge on something for yourself. Yes, babies cost money and you may not have a ton of extra. But buy yourself something, anything. Because especially after you've done something amazing like giving birth to your own little human, you deserve to treat yo self. And don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

Read some positive quotes. I'm a big believer in the healing power of positive mantras. Pick a few of your favorite quotes and read them to yourself every day until you believe them.

Give yourself grace. Be patient with yourself and your body. If you're working through a tough time just remember that you've done, and are doing amazing things. Your body and mind may need time to heal, so be graceful through that time and you'll eventually start feeling more like your old self.

What do you do to practice self-care? 

Kensington Grace (Weeks 5 & 6)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

1// I love putting you in all the bows but it only lasts about five or so minutes because you somehow manage to knock them off and into your mouth every single time. 

2// Baby wearing has been a LIFESAVER! I put you in your solly wrap and you fall right to sleep while I get some stuff done. 

3// Your one month photoshoot. You slept through half of it and cried through the other half, and the pictures came out as cute as could be. 

4// Your dad's first Father's Day. Sometimes you look just like a mini him and it melts my heart to see the two of you together. 

5// Our little flower child. This is the same outfit we brought you home from the hospital in, but it fits you much better now, 6 weeks later. 

6// I caught you in the middle of a yawn but you looked like a little monster. I love your rawrrr face. 

7// Another shot from your shoot. Your little pucker face just melts me into a puddle on the floor. 

8// You're so strong and always trying to lift your head up when you're on your tummy. You make a cute little turtle face, just like your mama did when she was a baby. 

9// Still your favorite place to nap, right on our chests. You both look so sweet here, the two greatest loves of my life. 

We love you with all our hearts, precious girl!

Thankfulness on Thankfulness

Monday, June 12, 2017

Yesterday my mom pointed out to me that I've got bags under my eyes that kind of make it look like I recently got into a fight. I'm living my life nap to nap and I don't feel like I'll ever not be tired again. Daniel and I haven't had a meal together since Kensington got here because she has this incredible ability to get upset as soon as our food is in front of us. 

And yet, I've never been so thankful. 

I'm thankful for the sweet, beautiful baby girl who makes me wonder how I ever did life without her. 

I'm thankful for my perfect, helpful and caring husband who is not only the greatest team mate I could ever ask for but also the worlds best dad. 

I'm thankful for my family who reminds me every day what unconditional love is. I know that Kensington will never question whether or not she is loved by the people in her life. 

I'm thankful for the long nights that I spend awake with a hungry little baby that sometimes sounds like a little pig when she eats. 

I'm thankful for the cuddles and the baby kisses and the short, perfect naps. 

I'm thankful for our little three person family and I'm just so so thankful because I have so many reasons to be. 

Our lives aren't perfect. Caring for a teeny tiny human is scary, and overwhelming and hard. But it's also wonderful, full of awe and just so great. I'm thankful because I can be, because I have no reason not to be.

Despite my apartment that I can't seem to keep clean, the fact that my baby is crying real tears these days (and breaking my heart in the process), and that I'm lucky if I can get a shower during the day, I wouldn't trade this time in our lives for anything in the world. 

I hope you have something in your life that makes you so, so thankful and that you hold onto it. 

What are you thankful for this week? 

More or Less in June

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

More... Summer Less... Spring.

More... Pool days (with pool floats like this one) Less... Mall days.

More... Wide awake baby Less... Sleepy baby.

More... Iced green tea lattes Less... Chai tea lattes.

More... Easy beach reads Less... Thrillers.

More... Farmer's markets.

More... Daisy bouquets.

More... Prioritizing blog writing.

More... Chubby baby cheeks.

Less... Putting off exercising.

Less... Take out dinners.

Less... Nerves about having a new baby in the house!

What are you hoping for more or less of this month?

Kensington Grace (Weeks 3 & 4)

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Our sweet baby is officially a month old. I am seriously blown away by this ridiculous thief called time and the way that it has the ability to change your tiny munchkin of a baby so much from day to day.

At one month: 

Kensington loves: chugging bottles, staring at anything with a light on it, peeing whenever her parents take her diaper off of her, turning her head to follow voices, and smiling in her sleep.

Kensington hates: bath time, being swaddled when she's awake, sitting still, and getting the hiccups every day.

Weeks 3 & 4 in pictures: 

1// You and your dad always fall asleep cuddled up close to each other and it just melts my heart. 

2// You have the most perfect little heart shaped lips. I am always kissing them and you are always giving me serious side eye for it. 

3// I've just started putting you in bows and you usually try pulling them off of your head. 

4// This is how you look coming out of a nap right before you realize how hangry you are since you slept for too long. 

5// Your first Memorial Day bbq. You slept the entire time and everyone soaked up all of the baby cuddles. 

6// You don't mind being a little naked baby, but you definitely mind when I try to put clothes back on you. 

7// You were so fussy this day, nothing was making you happy but when you laid down and looked up at me I think you realized you weren't alone and it settled you down. 

8// This is your favorite way to sleep. Unfortunately you've started getting little heat bumps on your face because both of us are like little heaters! I still can't help but let you lay like that whenever you want. 

9// You're finally starting to fit into some of the outfits we bought you but this was not one of them. This sweet yellow outfit reminded me of a pineapple and even though I knew it would be too bit I put you in it anyway. I loved you in it. 

We love you with all of our hearts, Kensington Grace. You are the absolute light of our lives. I can't wait to see what the next month brings for you!

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