23Jul 2014

Coming Up For Air

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He’s here! If you follow me on instagram, you know by now that we welcomed our son, Miller, into the world on Monday, July 7. It was an uncomplicated delivery but was not drama free. I will probably get his birth story up here soon (and maybe do Marin’s, oh, just a year late).


We have been running on adrenaline and it’s catching up with us a bit. We’re finding ourselves tired and under caffeinated but could not be more grateful that Miller’s surgery went flawlessly and his recovery time and NICU stay was ridiculously quick, coming in at 11 days. He pretty much punched duodenal atresia in the face.



I have so much to say about our experiences these past two weeks: exclusive pumping, our NICU time, having a c-section, and more. As things settle down, I’ll tell ya all about it. Marin definitely would if she could…

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10Jul 2014

Having Two Littles {??!!??}

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So Marin got up the other morning at 6:45. Usually I’m up and at it by then, but the exhaustion this final month of pregnancy has dictated I stay in bed until at least 7:15 and who am I to fight that? I got her, changed her diaper, and the three of us (me, Marin, her baby doll) went back to momma’s bed for snuggles and the Disney Channel. As we lay there, she would periodically smile and hug me. This, of course, made getting up early totally OK but it also left me with some nagging feelings. She has reached such a fun age and I am enjoying see her little personality grow. How am I going to feel when this alone time with her is cut short?

There were all of these little things I wanted to do with Marin once she got old enough. You know, things like going to get fro-yo, story time at a book store, or running to Starbucks for an iced coffee (me) and a smoothie (her). She and I will get time alone, of course, but never just running around together during the day while Dustin is at work.

I’ve also wondered about him. I know with any subsequent baby, there isn’t the all day snuggle fest alone time like with your first. But I love those memories with Marin. Am I just going to throw him in my Solly wrap and go about my day with her? I just don’t know.

I’m sure every mom who is about to have a second child wonders these things. Really, really soon, our world is going to be both rocked and enhanced with the arrival of Miller. I’m so ready to meet him and to tackle all of this tough NICU stuff, get it behind us, and get him home. But I’m also feeling sentimental about my time alone with Marin coming to a close so quickly.

For now, we still have these moments.


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09Jul 2014

Hair Products | Hydration

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If you recall a previous Tuesday Tip on hair care, you know that I mostly need to use vegan products. My favorite brand is Surface, which is also gluten and paraben free. Pureology is another one that is great. Sometimes I can use products that aren’t vegan but it’s totally trial and error and often results in my scalp becoming a flakey mess so I usually use them sparingly. Here is a run down of the products that are my favorite for keeping hair hydrated, some vegan, some not.

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Hair Oil. Surface Bassu Hydrating Oil. This oil is fantastic! I kind of feel like everyone needs to find a hair oil suitable for their hair type. It conditions the hair, makes combing it out after washing that much easier, helps maintain shine, and more. Before I discovered my allergies, I was obsessed with Moroccan Oil. The smell is so fabulous and sexy and it really works. However, I just cannot use it on a daily basis. I’m also convinced it broke me out. I keep a travel size of the Moroccan Oil Light in my travel toiletry bag because I enjoy using it every once in a while. Day to day, however, my scalp says I need the Bassu Oil. So check both products out and see if one works for you!


Hair Mask. Any blonde will tell you how critical it is to use a hair mask. All of you brunettes may not have this issue, but blondes have to stay on top of it to prevent their hair from drying out. Bleach is not great for your hair but you can take care of it to minimize damage. A hair oil after washing is one. A weekly hair mask is another. I use the Surface Bassu Hydrating Masque. It smells like cake batter and leaves my hair insanely soft. In the past, I have used the Moroccan Oil Intense Hydrating Mask fairly regularly, as well as the Bumble and Bumble Creme de Coco Masque, which was my favorite. The smell is fabulous and it works wonders on dry hair!

Shampoo & Conditioner. I also like to use a hydrating shampoo and conditioner for the majority of my washes. Currently, I’m using the Surface Bassu Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner. I feel like it gets my hair squeaky clean and also imparts hydration and shine. I’ve used Pureology’s Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner before in the past and while it is hydrating, I kind of feel as though there is almost a slight film on my hair. My absolute favorite non-vegan shampoo and conditioner that I used for years is Bumble and Bumble Creme de Coco. Again, the smell is out of this world (if you like coconut, that is) and it left my hair clean, soft, and shiny. I am sort of tempted to purchase the 2 oz size soon and test my scalp to see how it reacts. I loved that stuff!


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07Jul 2014

Scenes from the {Fourth of July/Birthday} Weekend

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Happy Monday to you all! As this is posting, I’m probably finding out whether or not I’m having a baby today. The weekend kicked off with me having some monitoring done because of Miller’s size and the location of his cord. He’s had variables the whole pregnancy but now at the end, it’s becoming increasingly important to monitor him so closely. After speaking with maternal fetal medicine, this particular baby/scenario is not a candidate for an ECV, so unless he decides to flip on his own (90% unlikely at this point, especially given his size and position), c-section it is. If you know me in real life, I am terrified of a section for many reasons (I’m paralyzed and know you are cutting me open. Hello!) and unhappy about it for many others (recovery time, scared of abdominal difficulties, etc). But there is literally nothing I can do about it and that has been a really hard pill to swallow. So anyway, because of the monitoring and all that being ramped up this last week, I am penciled in for a section at noon today. Whether or not it happens is TBD.


So, about this weekend. My parents popped into town and we had a nice weekend of low key festivities. The Fourth of July happens to be my birthday, which I have always loved. I mean, I’ve always gotten fireworks and a big celebration – have you? It’s the best. This year did not feel like a birthday, however, but just a Fourth of July. I think because it was the first year I didn’t have a birthday cake/candles. I told Dustin and my mom not to mess with a cake because I was making a big batch of a new banana pudding I wanted to try out and also because I was dying to have s’mores. I did receive lots of birthday wishes, cards, presents, etc. but the lack of candle blowing made it feel different. Throw in the fact that I have so much going on right now and it was just like, “Oh, I’m 30? Yeah. I guess I’m 30 now.” I’ll just blow out a candle on Dustin’s cake in September.

We started the holiday off with red velvet pancakes topped with fresh whipped cream and blueberries. Normally, I would make pancakes from scratch only and found a recipe I will try in the future (basically buttermilk pancakes + cocoa + red food coloring), but being mega pregs meant that I was making pancakes from a recipe that used boxed red velvet cake mix. So not me, but every once in awhile, convenience wins.


We barbecued, blew up the giant pool, and enjoyed banana pudding and s’mores, as planned. We also took a quick moment to document what was our last weekend as a family of three. Crazy.

I call this look hella pregnant.


Marin wasn’t so into taking pictures that day.


But she was sweet enough to give Pops a kiss.


Y’all, can we talk about this banana pudding for a minute? I usually make the classic recipe on the back of the Nilla wafer box but this time, again, I wanted something that was a tad more convenient and a) didn’t involve a double boiler and b) didn’t have to go in the oven. So I starting Googling and found the famous recipe from Magnolia Bakery in NYC. It did have a boxed ingredient (pudding mix) but like I said, sometimes convenience wins. Also, this is supposed to be one of the absolute best banana pudding recipes out there so I figured whatever. It’s not like we eat it on the reg. Verdict? Best banana pudding ever. Go make some. Like, soon. And invite me over.



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