Friday, November 23, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving - What I'm Thankful For

Hi everyone! And Happy Thanksgiving!!
This year I have so much to be thankful for.
Of course, most importantly, is our baby girl born just two months ago. She is my biggest blessing and I fall more in love with her every day.
Thanksgiving Eve I was watching the movie "The Waitress" and if you've never seen in, right at the end of the movie Keri Russell's character has a baby girl. And the moment she looks at her, her whole world and outlook on life changes and she's just in complete love. I could relate so much to that moment. It's exactly how I felt when I delivered Ryenn and placed her on my chest.
Such unconditional love.

This Thanksgiving we stayed in Reno and hosted Thanksgiving dinner at our house. My parents, my aunt and uncle, Will's mom and my half sister all came over. We made turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole, corn and bread. Usually when we host Thanksgiving Will does most of the cooking. He's really good at it and this year he kind of has to do most of the work  since I'll be busy feeding and watching Ryenn.

I'm so thankful to have a loving and supportive family, mine and my family's good health, a roof over my head, a steady job and endless love from family and friends.
Every night I pray to God and thank him for all his blessings and on Thanksgiving, it's extra important to say aloud all that we are thankful for.

I hope my readers have a wonderful Thanksgiving this year!

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Welcome Baby Ryenn Rose

Hi everyone!
Our baby girl has arrived!
Ryenn Rose.

She was born September 26th at 5:58pm.
She weighs 6 lbs 11 oz and is 18.5 inches long.

She came exactly a week early. Which was shocking to me because I really had this gut feeling she would come late. I'm so happy she came when she did, this way I wasn't 40+ weeks pregnant and totally over it.

Our Birth Story
On Tuesday, September 25, I woke up like it was any other day. I went to work and felt totally normal. I had a lunch meeting with a client and I always walk there. It's a few blocks away from my office so walking is usually easy peasy. As I was walking back from lunch I remember thinking to myself "Wow, this is sort of an intense walk." since walking back was mostly uphill. Well sure enough, an hour after I returned from work I started to feel contractions. It was this cramp like feeling in my stomach and it started coming every 25 minutes. I texted all my mommy friends and asked them if what I was feeling were contractions and they all said it sounded like it.

I came home from work and the contractions were getting even more painful and started coming every 10 minutes. I called my doctor to let her know, and the on-call nurse told me that I didn't need to go into the hospital until they are about 3-5 minutes apart. The rest of the night I stayed home and would log how often I felt the contractions. The entire night the contractions came every 8 minutes and didn't get any faster than that.  I was basically sleeping in 8 minute increments, if that's even possible. I would fall asleep, then wake up 8 minutes later with another contraction, and log the time in my phone. The contractions hurt really bad. I would just cringe and breathe through each one and within seconds it would be done. The pain is pretty awful but I truly believe as women we are strong enough to handle it and we know this is what our body is supposed to be doing, and we just deal with it.

The next morning came and the contractions were closer together at about 5 minutes apart so I knew I could finally go into the hospital. Will and I grabbed my hospital bag, stopped for Starbucks on the way, and headed to the hospital.  I knew I wanted to eat breakfast in case the hospital wouldn't give me any food once I was in labor. We also called our parents to let them know and my mother in law immediately jumped in her car to drive down to Reno. She lives about 3 hours away.

We got to the hospital around 8am and they took me into the first room where they do an initial check to see how dilated you are. The nurse checked me and I was already 5cm dilated!! She seemed surprised that I was already at 5cm.

Soon after they took me to my labor and delivery room and the waiting for baby girl to arrive began.
I handled the contractions without any meds for a few hours. By 12:30 I asked for the epidural and they came in and gave me one. I'll be honest, I was not a fan of the epidural. It caused me to have anxiety (which I hear is totally normal) and I began to cry out of panic of losing the feeling in my legs. My left leg got so numb compared to my right leg and I just got more and more freaked out in my mind that I couldn't move or feel my left leg whatsoever. If I have a second baby, I will opt out of the epidural and deliver naturally. Even though it's going to hurt so bad, I think I'd rather deal with that pain then the panic I felt with the epidural.

Anywhoo....I began pushing right around 5pm with the help of my nurse. In our room was Will, my mom and Will's mom, Bonnie. I hadn't even seen my doctor yet because I guess the doctor doesn't come in until right when you are about to deliver or are fully dilated. I had Will on one side and Bonnie and my mom on the other side. And Will and his mom would help push my legs up every time I went to push. Pushing wasn't so bad. Probably because I couldn't feel anything, I just remember it being uncomfortable because you are folding your body in half and pushing so hard... it's like a work out! The nurse kept hinting that I wasn't doing the best job pushing, so I assumed I would be pushing  for a few hours to get the hang of it. My doctor came in at 5:45pm and told me she wanted to check-in and see how pushing was going and I would probably have to have another doctor deliver the baby because she was off at 6. She said "But let's see how you're doing. Let me see you push."
So I began pushing for her and with the third push I heard Bonnie yelling "The baby is coming!! She's coming!!" Then my doctor shouts "Wait! Stop pushing! I need to put my scrubs on! I'm not ready." So in my mind, I stopped pushing and I remember just feeling baby's shoulders just sitting there in me about to come out. I thought I stopped pushing, but since I didn't have a lot of feeling down there I may have kept pushing. Either Ryenn came flying out all on her own! Two nurses who just happened to be walking by and heard the commotion came running in to help. I remember looking up at the ceiling, and there was mirror, and I just saw this little baby laying there.
They cleaned her up quick and asked who wanted to cut the umbilical cord. Will didn't want to because he gets really squimish at that kind of stuff and I knew my mom wouldn't do it, so I asked Bonnie if she wanted to. She hesitated then the doctor said "Or you could do it!" And I said, "Really? Okay!" and I cut the umbilical cord myself!

Next thing I know they put baby girl on my chest and it was the best moment of my life. Every single one of us was crying. I'm tearing up as I write this.
It's just the most magical moment seeing this tiny baby that you made come from you. It was surreal and magical and just the most amazing feeling I will ever feel.
I held her against my chest and looked at her beauty and I felt so happy.

And that is how baby Ryenn Rose came into this world. We are so in love and she is so beautiful and perfect.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Last 2 Weeks Before Baby's Due Date

I cannot believe I'm two weeks away from baby girl's due date!! She is due October 2nd.

October 2nd: the date I've been wishing and thinking about for the last 9 months. I feel pregnancy feels exactly like 9 months. It didnt feel too long but it also didnt fly by like many said it would. I think back to January when I first found out I was pregnant and I went to the spa with friends, and it feels like forever ago! I just can't believe I'm at the end of this pregnancy journey.

Compared to most I had a very easy pregnancy. I never had morning sickness, I remember feeling nauseated only once, and I never got super tired. My first trimester I felt pretty normal. The only thing that felt different about my body were my boobs. They felt so heavy, not sore, just heavier. Second trimester wasn't too bad at all either. I was starting to get a baby bump and I found myself getting out of breath a lot easier. I needed to buy a pregnancy pillow by the second trimester to help with sleeping. Oh and the dreams second trimester! I had so many vivid dreams, it was unreal.

I remember it was 30 weeks exactly, I met up with my friend Shila at the movies to see Mamma Mia 2. I work really close to the movie theater so I walked there. And by the time I got to the movie theater I knew something in my body had changed. I felt baby drop because all of a sudden I was walking funny and I could just feel her more down there.
I even wrote a post in my Facebook Mommy group and asked why all of a sudden I felt this weird pressure. And immediately women I did not know started replying with how they felt the same thing, and it was just the baby dropping and not to worry.

If I could give all moms-to-be one tip it would be to join a Facebook Mommy group. None of your actual Facebook friends see your posts or activity within the group, and you can easily reach out to other women who are pregnant at the same time as you, due the same month as you, and ask any questions you may have. It helped ease my worries the whole pregnancy to read that whatever I was going through was normal and many other women were going through the same thing.

My third trimester is when things really got uncomfortable. I never really got a HUGE belly.
I mean, I had a baby bump, don't get me wrong, but I would say my baby bump was more on the smaller side. But even being smaller, I was still so uncomfortable the third trimester. I could only sleep on my side, so any time I needed to roll over to my other side the pain was so bad. My hips were shot! And I soon realized pregnant women don't waddle around because of their bigger bellies, they waddle around because the baby is pushing down on their vajay making it very uncomfortable to walk.

I don't have a specific date or memory from the first time I felt baby girl move. Being a first time mom, I didn't really know what I was feeling for. I kept getting this gas bubble feeling and it wasn't until like 2 weeks or so from feeling that, that I realized, "Wait...that might not be gas bubbles. That could actually be the baby moving." So once I realized that, I felt her all the time! And it was so magical and so special.
At 24 weeks I actually saw her move my belly with her kicks. I was laying in bed and could feel her moving around. So I looked at my stomach and sure enough, my stomach started moving! Oh my about surreal. I showed Will and he even saw it too.
I never want to forget how special it was to feel her moving around and I would just stare at my belly and see her moving around. I would play music for her. Mostly Taylor Swift songs at first, then I started to play Disney songs. Little Mermaid's "Part Of This World" was my favorite song to play for her. I hope she likes the music I chose.

Baby girl has just been so easy this pregnancy, I hope it's a hint of what she'll be like once she's born. I can't wait to meet her and I can't even imagine what she will look like. I love her so much already and I haven't even seen her yet.
I have a feeling she is going to come a week late. I don't see her coming early. She seems pretty comfortable in my belly.

We are moving into a new house in a week. So if she could hold off for us to move in, that would be really nice. But I know it's up to her and I just can't wait!

Friday, August 24, 2018

My Everyday Make Up Essentials

Hi everyone!
I thought it'd be fun to do a post about my favorite makeup essentials right now.
I'm not a huge makeup guru or anything but I do apply a full face of makeup every day so I feel I've at least got the basics down.

Here's my step by step guide of how I apply my makeup every day and the products I use.

Moisturizer: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel : I just started using this a few months ago because my skin has been SUPER dry from pregnancy and  my current moisturizer wasn't cutting it anymore. This has a gel-like formula and it goes on so smooth. It doesn't feel heavy or sticky when I put it on and it's really made my skin less dry. It's an affordable option for a good moisturizer!

Primer: Mac Prep N Prime: this primer does a great job for me of helping hide my acne scars and gives me a smooth coverage once I apply my foundation.

Foundation: It Cosmetics Bye Bye Foundation and Loreal Infallible Pro Glow I mix these two foundations together. I do about a drop of each then swirl it around to mix the colors. I feel the IT Cosmetics foundation has really good coverage and still gives me a bit of a dewy look, but it goes on a little sticky. The Loreal helps the foundation go on more smoothly and I just really like the way foundation feels when I mix the two. This IT Cosmetics foundation has an SPF of 50 which I love during the summer months.

Bronzer: Benefit's Hoola Matte Bronzer in Natural Bronze: This has been my favorite bronzer FOR-EV-ER. I put it along my hairline on my forehead and along my cheekbones and blend it all in really good. This color makes you look bronzed really gives your face some life!

Blush:. Nars-Orgasm My all time favorite blush. It looks so pretty in the summer months and the pigment and application goes on flawlessy!

Eye-shadow: I switch up my eye-shadows every single day. These are my top 3 right now.
Urban Decay Beached Palette
Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette
Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette
I always start with a neutral, light and tan color and take a big eye-shadow brush and blend that over my whole eyelid
Then I take a light to medium brown shade and fill in the crease of my eyelid. Then I take a sparkly brown-ish shade in any of these palettes and put that right on my lid. Then blend blend blend!

Mascara: L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Mascara:  this has been my favorite mascara for years. I stopped using it for awhile and switched to Better Than Sex which I also love. This mascara gives you
volume, length and lasts all day.

Lips: Fenty Beauty By Rihanna; Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Illuminzer : this gloss is SO gorg! And it's not sticky on your lips which I love. It gives you a natural color gloss to your lips that lasts for hours.

And that's my everyday makeup look! I'll film a video tutorial on my youtube page soon!

Friday, May 4, 2018

Waiting For Your 7 Week Pregnancy Appointment

I'm sure any mamas out there will tell you how hard the first 7 weeks of pregnancy is. At least it was for me. And only because I was SO anxious to go to the doctor and make sure baby was alive and well.
It's so exciting when you find out you're pregnant! You read the positive pregnancy test, you go and do the blood work, and the doctor calls you to confirm: "Yup! You sure are pregnant!"
But then you have to wait 7 WEEKS (usually) to go see your doctor and have an ultrasound done.

My best advice during this waiting period is to keep yourself VERY distracted. Because even when you're distracted, you're still going to be thinking of that new baby in your belly.
I was lucky enough to go visit my best friend Emily the weekend before my doctor's appointment. And that helped SO much. If I was sitting at home all weekend leading up to that appointment I would have gone crazy. Surrounding yourself with friends or family, or doing any sort of activity to take your mind off of waiting is great.
Go see a movie! Make brunch, lunch and dinner plans! Anything will help.

I remember googling "waiting for your 7 week appointment is so hard."  or something like that, and I felt so much relief reading forums of other pregnant women having the same feelings I was. It's not always a good idea to turn to the internet and google questions you may have, but in this case it really helped!

When Will and I finally got to go to the doctor at 7 weeks I was so nervous and SO excited. It all became real when the doctor did the ultrasound and we looked up at the little white dot of a baby on the screen and knew so far he/she was healthy.

If you happen to be a first time mom reading this and you are going through the same waiting period all I can say is don't worry! All those fears, thoughts and anxiousness is completely normal.

T.G.I.F. 5.4.18

                                                  photo: Tierney from Adobe Stock

Back to doing my Friday posts everyone! It's been awhile but I swear I am getting back on track!

This weekend I actually have a few things on the agenda. Friday night we're going to see Avengers Infiniti War with some friends, Saturday I'm getting a mani/pedi and meeting with a T-shirt company to try to get some T-Shirts printed for the TAYLOR SWIFT CONCERT IN TWO WEEKS! And Sunday I have a sorority alum bbq and meeting right after.

Saturday is also Cinco De Mayo! So if you are celebrating I am very jealous. I wish I could drink all the tequila but this year I will be sitting this one out. Order a margarita for me!

Hope you all have a great weekend!! What do you have planned??

******FRIDAY CLICKS*******

Biggest Celeb News of the Week: Kanye West Is Still Obnoxious AF 

Jam of the Week: Christina Aguilera Releases a New Song, Video and Album Release Date!

Recipe of the Week: Yogurt Chocolate Chip Muffins : I made these last Sunday and they were delicious!!

Mommy Tip of the Week: 9 Items to Invest In To Get Through Your Pregnancy

Dont Forget Mother's Day is May 12th!! Here's a Mother's Day Gift Guide!

Favorite Blog Of The Week: The Financial Diet

Monday, April 30, 2018

Missing Los Angeles

                                                                  photo: adobe stock by Tommy Schultz

I didn't really blog about it and I totally should have. But I got so caught up in the big move from LA to my hometown of Reno, Nevada that I never got to really talk about leaving Los Angeles.

It's been a year since Will and I decided to get up and leave L.A. and head back to Reno.
It was a VERY fast decision. We had been shopping for a home and it was so stressful. We knew we wanted a home with a backyard, not a condo, and we knew we wanted something in a safe area.

To find a home we could afford we'd have to move way out of the city, which would mean our work commute would be at least an hour in a half back and forth every day.
To be able to afford a home in the city, it would most likely be in a sketchy party of L.A. Or maybe it was decent, but the school system would be rated 2s and 3s.
We knew having children was next on our life plan so the school system of where we bought our first home was very important to us.
I also knew I wanted to be closer to my parents in the next year or so. They are getting older, I'm an only child, and I really wanted to have them close by. We thought about finding a house we could ALL move into in L.A., but the stresses of what that could possibly do to my marriage was weighing on me too.

So when Will got the call that there was a great job opportunity in Reno that he didn't even need to interview for, it felt like the stars were aligning and the universe was telling us now is the time.
We made this decision in late April 2017.
And we were officially moved to Reno by July 4th.
It was FAST!!

Living in Reno does have its advantages of course. And it is so nice coming home. But there will always be a huge part of me that really misses living in Los Angeles. I feel so fortunate that I was able to experience living there for 9 years.

Here are the Top 5 Reasons I Miss L.A.

1.) The Energy of the City
To me, L.A. was always more than just a big city with warm weather. It was my first true experience in "love at first sight." When I moved to LA for just a summer internship in 2007 I fell in love. It was the energy of all the people around me. You could feel the excitement in the air and you could feel the drive people had trying to make a name for themselves. I love the big movie billboards along the streets and the red carpet events right down the street from my apartment. There's no exact way to describe it than to say L.A. has a certain energy that you either love and appreciate or could care less about.

2.) The Close Friendships I Made in LA:
Pretty much my whole 20s was spent living in L.A. And your 20s can mostly be about finding yourself, having fun and also figuring out who you are and what you want your future to be. I feel I got to experience my 20s with the best people by my side. The friendships I made are friendships I will always cherish and I felt so much love and support from them. I don't really think I would have stayed in L.A. as long as I did if it wasn't for the new friendships I formed.

3.) The Warm Weather and Beach Life:
For me, I couldn't really feel too depressed when almost every day the sun was shining. And I could spend any free day or weekend going to the beach and spending my day staring at the beautiful ocean. I never wanted to take that for granted. People in L.A. are usually outside and very active. Every time friends would visit me I would take them bike riding along the ocean. I loved that my home was many people's vacation destinations.

4.) Endless Amounts of Things To Do and See:
This is sort of a given because it's one of the biggest cities, so of course there's going to be a million things to do. You can always count on L.A to have any musician hold a concert there, every Broadway show to play at Pantages Theater, comedy shows, movie premiers, art shows, food fests, beer fests, the list can go on and on. It's impossible to ever be bored! There was always some new restaurant opening that I'd want to check out or some cool event (such as rooftop movies) that I loved to do.

5.) The Food:
The foooood! I didn't truly realize how good the food was in L.A.  until I came back to Reno and tried the same types of food and always found myself disappointed (sorry Reno). It just does not compare. Whether it's street tacos, ramen, pho, sushi, steak.... L.A. has endless options and amazing restaurants to try and the food is just on another level.

Writing this post and remincing is so much fun. I could probably go on and on. But I'll leave it at that. Please leave a comment if you have any or need any suggestions on fun things to do in LA!


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