Beluga Baby Wrap

 

Oh hi!
Check out my newest baby swag! 

I am so in love with my Beluga Baby Wrap! I have worn my new baby wrap to walk around the neighborhood with baby and hubby, walking around Salt Lake, and during shopping. I love that I can wear it with anything too and keep your style true. And you already know that baby boy LOVES the wrap. Every time I have worn it, he passes out and goes to sleep heaven! He loves cuddling on my chest because it keeps him up-right and helps against his acid reflux! 

I used to be scared of these wraps cause I always thought "There is no way comfy fabric can hold up a baby, or there is no way it's safe" But it does the job perfectly and it completely feels safe! 

HERE ARE SOME Q&A'S THAT HAVE BEEN COMING MY WAY:
 

Can you nurse with it?
I haven't tried nursing with it, but I am sure that if you are wearing the right thing, it could be possible.

Can you be hands free & safe with it?
I have no idea! My instinct is to hold his head. I did wear it while shopping and I am sure I took a few liberties here and there.

Does it hurt your back after a while?
No. I've worn it for hours and hours at a time and it has never hurt my back (I have scoliosis and my back got worse during pregnancy) but I think that if you wear it tight and right, it should feel comfortable for both of you!

I definitely recommend getting one and in every color!
xoxo

Pampered Mommy

 

Hello mommy-friends! You need this!

I got the opportunity to try out a Pampered Mommy Subscription box and it is right up there next to meals delivered to your door-step after delivery.

I am a huge fan of subscription goodies like Ipsy and RocksBox, so of course I was going to jump on the band-wagon of a subscription box that's made just for mommies! Pampered Mommy boxes has things like beauty, bath, lifestyle, health, wellness, and mommy gifts! YES PLEASE!!! It's like a surprise gift to yourself every month!

My box brought:

AmpiLash Fiber Mascara!
Though you all know I'm a Lash-Extension fanatic, mascara is ALWAYS needed when you are running behind on your lash-fill appointments.

Mini Makeup Eraser!
Get one and keep it in your bag! Its perfect for when your mascara or eyeliner is running on a super hot day. All you need is water and bam! You are good to start from scratch!

Nail File!
Keep it in your bag too! Just cause! You know how it goes!

GreenLeaf Candle!
I am a lover of all candles. 'Nough said. 

Triple Chocolate Cookie Mix by The Mason Jar Company!
TO.DIE.FOR! They are long gone! I made a batch and only had a few because my HUSBAND scarfed the rest! So delicious! This was probably my favorite item from the box this month. Let's blame it on nursing ;)

 

Needless to say, I am way excited for next month's box!!!
Mommies, spoil yourself to a little monthly subscription of these goods!

Lalabu Baby Soothe Shirt

Top C/O of Lalabu | @LalabuBaby
Photography by @Chris_Romrell

 

You guys! This shirt is real!
I can't tell you how  much I love this shirt and who-ever came up with the idea! It's genius!

My Lalabu Soothe shirt is definitely heaven-sent. Not only does Leo LOVE being held all day long (Yes, Please!) it also helps out his acid reflux. Yes, My little 3 week old has been experiencing acid reflux and it's so heart breaking. He hates laying flat on his back because it makes the acid reflux worse, so this top is our best friend! 

I also love that when he is in it, it makes him feel like he is in his natural habitat like how he was in my womb. And oohhh I cannot pass up on such sweet snuggles and close time. Not to mention that the shirt gives you a free hand while still holding your little one, it's nursing friendly, and it's so fit- it hides your postpartum bump a bit! Yasss to all those benefits!

I've worn my shirt while lounging at home, to go grocery shopping, and at a friend's BBQ. You can style it in so many ways, just check out their website or Instagram for some sweet fashion ideas.

Dear new mommies, this is definitely an item you want to have! 
Xoxo

Hospital Bag Must-Haves

Robe Courtesy of Pink Blush Maternity
Photography by @Chris_Romrell

 

Remember when I was freaking out about my hospital bag? Well, ironically it is now the most popular question I have gotten! "What did you end up packing in your hospital bag?!" 

First off, you should know that I took the minimalistic route which is totally not like me! Like, I cant even pack a small weekender bag. I always pack more because "Just in case". But in this case, I decided I wanted to be simple about it and it worked out for the best! 
I broke it down in two lists for you! Mom-Haves and Baby-Haves!

MOM MUST-HAVES

Robe
This was THE BEST thing I packed!  I lived in my robe the whole time. Nurses come in and check on you all the time, and you are constantly trying to nurse so it makes it so much easier to just be in a robe. If your experience is anything like mine and you have to be kept on an IV, they prefer for you to stay in a hospital gown or a robe either way. Plus, you automatically look decent for visitors! My robe is from Pink Blush Maternity.

Loose Sweats
I packed leggings but leggings would have been ideal if I didn't have to have had a C-section. Leggings sat tight on my incision so I ended up wearing no pants. I think it's better to be safe and prepare for both case scenarios. Go for some cute loose sweatpants.

Casual Dress or Tunics
Luckily I packed tunics for tops. This might even be a better option than loose sweat-pants. You will literally want as little  clothing touching you from the waist down.

Sports bras
I packed sports bras and nursing bras but only ended up using my sports bras. I got THIS kind which made it nursing friendly too because the straps are convertible and they were easy to just pull down. They are also wireless so it made it comfy to sleep in.

Adult Diapers/Depends
You read that correctly. The mesh underwear and dog training pads they give you are a joke. You will feel so uncomfortable. So many of my girlfriends suggested Depends. I packed a package, and I wasn't really planning on using them but after trying the mesh underwear+hospital pads, I jumped on the adult diaper wagon. 

Personal Products
Lip balm, Tooth Brush, Tooth Paste, Deodorant, Facewash, Moisterizer, Razor, Lotion, Shampoo + Conditioner, Hair spray, Hair Ties, Hair Brush. All in mini-travel size.  
If you are planning to nurse: Nipple cream and nursing pads

Cozy Blanket
One for you and one for hubby cause the hospital ones suck.

BABY MUST-HAVES

Onesies
Lots of onesies. I didn't like the ones that the hospital provided because they were just shirts, not onesies and they fit weird.

Mittens, Socks & Beanies.
It's true, babies come with nails so those mittens are yours and your baby's friend. And socks and beanies are to help keep them warm.

Baby Lotion and Diaper Cream.
Baby's skin is so dry at first because of the amniotic fluid. Leo had raw cracks the 2nd day! And diaper cream for their little bums.

Going Home Outfit & Blanket
The hospital provides receiving blankets while you are there but you are gonna want your own for when you take baby home. And a Going-home outfit cause, why not?!

EXTRAS

Phone Chargers
Camera + Charger
Play Station or Laptop [For Hubby & Netflix]

Though this list may seem crazy small, the hospital will provide everything else! Diapers, Pillows, socks, Booger bulb, pacifier, baby wipes, baby shampoo, bottle + formula, breast pump, was all provided during our hospital stay. Some stuff we even got to keep and take home. It made it so I could pack light and lots of our stuff was saved for when we got home!

BIRTHING PLAN

We didn't have one. I just asked my nurses to walk me through every step of the way and double check with me about any decision. 
 

 

Hope you like!
I'm totally enjoying your labor & delivery questions so keep them coming!
Xoxo

Leonardo Atlas Romrell

Leonardo Atlas Romrell • Born June 20th at 7:40am • 8lbs/ 1oz/ 20 Inches Long
Labored for 28 hours + a C-Section.
 

We are officially parents!
I am so excited to share Leo's birth story with you and answer all your questions! CAUTION:
I am not sure what counts as TMI on labor & delivery subject, so just know, you might run into some TMI! 

This whole day started on Father's Day!
I was exactly 39 weeks and it was 3am ish and I woke up because my water broke! I ran to the bathroom and I wasn't sure if it was my water or pee but after it happened again within a couple of seconds, I just knew it was my water. I ran back into our room, and I said to Chris, "Babe my water broke" and though he was dead asleep, this woke him right up and he asked "Really?!" and I was like "Yup" ! We both started giggling frantically! We were so excited!

In my prenatal class, our coach suggested that once you go into labor, to labor as much as you can at home cause your first time could take anywhere from 12-18 hours or more and once you are in the hospital, you can't leave. In this case, once your water breaks (if it breaks), you are supposed to head to the hospital right away. My coach also suggested to have a somewhat light meal, cause once you are admitted, they don't let you eat. You CAN'T eat meanwhile you are putting your BODY THROUGH THE WORST STRESS OF LIFE! INSANE! ....So I had cereal before we left to the hospital. I wish I would have had a burger!

We got to the hospital at about 5am and I had maybe 3 contractions on the way there. Once I was admitted, I stopped having contractions and was only a finger tip dilated. At around 7am, my doctor came in and put me on pitocin because I was literally not having any contractions  and had only progressed to 1cm dilated.  The pitocin definitely gave me contractions!!!! I labored as much as I could and for several hours without an epidural. I slept a little and even got in a hot bathtub (Which made it more bearable). Once my contractions were 3 minutes apart, my doctor came in again and asked me why in the world I would not take an epidural?! In my prenatal class, we learned that an epidural would slow down labor and since I was already moving at the speed of a turtle, I didn't want to delay it even more. My doctor explained that, it would only delay it if I was progressing on my own but I wasn't. So I was like.... "What are we waiting for? Bring me that epidural!" After the epidural, I was able to get real sleep and then it was all a waiting game from there! Our parents and siblings filtered in and out the whole day. It was really nice to have them keep us company and keep us distracted.

At around midnight, I had dilated to a 4. It only took 21 hours and the maximum dose of pitocin! TWICE!  At around 3 am the next morning, I had dilated to a 6 and started getting a fever. So the nurses did everything they could to bring my fever down. I stayed at a 6 for 4 more hours  (So 27 hours after my water broke). At around 7am, my doctor came in the room again and said it was birthday time and that a C-section was the way to go immediately.

I was DEVASTATED! I started crying! I was way crushed. This was not the way I pictured one of the biggest days of my life and No amount of Grey's Anatomy binge-watching prepared me for this turn of events. I wanted to experience vaginal birth more than anything and more than anything I am scared of surgeries.

They prepped me and took me in. As soon as we entered the OR I started having a panic attack and they had to put me on oxygen. Chris came in the room shortly after and right as they took the baby out. Somehow the nurses thought he was in the room until I asked, "Where is my husband?" and then someone ran out to get him. Close call !!! 

Once they took Leo out, the doctor showed me Leo! I will never ever forget the first time I saw that cute little face and those beautiful eyes. Just thinking about it now makes me tear up! They wrapped him up and put him in my arms. The whole time I was holding him I kept thinking;
                   "We made you, you are ours"! 

I was surprised at how big Leo was! And even though Leo was born through C-section, he had a cone head! The doctor said that Leo was obviously in the birth canal for a very long time, and his size is what made me stopped dilating! Doc said, "By the size of you vurses the size of your baby, there was no way he was going to come out any other way"! 

Unfortunately, I couldn't hold him for long because I started shaking uncontrollably from head to toe. The anesthesiology informed me that he would give me morphine and that It would make me shake a little but my body lost control. Soon the shaking made EVERY MUSCLE in my body hurt! Chris was trying to comfort me by kissing me but I kept telling him to just hold me really tight and hold me down so that I could stop shaking. Im pretty sure that at one point I yelled at a nurse to let me have water cause I was so dehydrated it felt like I was choking. This made me go into panic mode again and started hyper-ventilating so they had to put me on oxygen again. The nurse gave me a 3rd set of drugs for the shaking and then I was out. I don't remember much after, just being changed to the Mother & Baby recovery room! Everything started to become easier after this point. 

We stayed in the hospital for a week because I got sick right after delivery. At one point, I weighted more than during pregnancy cause I had to have an IV on me the whole time.  But we did enjoy help from the nurses around the clock! 

We are still a work in progress here and recovery has been.... not what I expected. But we are so so so incredibly in love with our little boy and we feel so changed. Having a baby introduces you to a new kind of love and I don't care to know what life without him would be like. We are so blessed with Leo and so thankful with everyone's love and support!

PS: Shout out to my sister-in-law, Rachel! She was our photographer and she stuck with us the whole time and even slept in a chair to make sure she would capture one of the most important days of our lives! I love her!

 

Q&A

Where did you deliver?
American Fork Hospital. I definitely recommend this hospital if it's close to you! Such great staff and service!

Were you able to snack?
Kind of. I was able to have water, broth, light soda, juice, jello, and Italian Ice. And it doesn't matter how much you try to bribe the nurses, they wont give you real food.

What does water breaking feel like?
It literally feels like water is coming out. It does not come out the same place from where you urinate. It comes out from where your monthly comes out of. At the end of my pregnancy, I wondered a couple of times if my water had been leaking or breaking. Know that if you are wondering, it's probably not it, cause once it happens, you will have no doubt. Also, know that only 1 in 10 women experience their water break on their own. It's not a rule like what you see in movies. 

What do contractions feel like?
They feel like my period, only timed, but I have endomitriosis.

Are contractions and endomitriosis cramps really similar?
Yes. For me they absolutely were. The only difference was that during labor, the cramp/contractions were closer together and non-stop. 

Did you feel anything with an epidural? Nope. My legs went absolutely numb and I could feel pressure when I had a contraction but no pain. It wasn't till the very end that the epidural started to loose its effect, but I was on it for almost a whole day so it's to be expected that the epidural starts to loose effect no matter how many times you click that little button. 

Did you feel anything during the C-section?
I felt lots of pressure and I felt things being moved around, but you do not feel pain. 

How much weight did you gain?
I started at 112 lbs.  
The last week of pregnancy ( Week 39) I weighted 156 lbs. 
During my postpartum stay at the hospital, I went up to 162 lbs because of a weeks worth of IV fluids.  So 44-50 lbs!
3 weeks postpartum, I weigh 131 lbs.  

Did you get stretch marks?
Luckily I did not. I used Vaseline Coco Butter Lotion AND Coconut oil: Twice a day-Religiously-Throughout my entire pregnancy-From beginning to end. 

How big is your scar?
Big enough to make me cry. It really isn't big and it's super low. I would have to be wearing a toddler size-low ridding bikini for it to show, but I've never even had stitches and even though my incision was closed with surgical glue,  the look of it terrifies me!

What did you end up packing in your hospital bag?
I am writing a whole blog post on this just for you ;)