five on friday 1/30

Friday, January 30, 2015

Five on Friday- 3 weeks in a row!!!  A totally random mix of things this week---
Nicole OPI quick dry drops

Having a two year old and a 2 month old doesn't give you much time to get your nails done and I found myself not even able to do my own nails because when do I have 20 minutes when I don't have to touch something/ pick up someone?  Then one day in Target I was browsing the nail area and saw these quick drying drops.  You just put one drop on each nail and it's dried to the touch in 1 minute and completely dry in 5 minutes!

Now I just need to work on my painting technique so they don't look like a 6-year old painted them!

Benefit Fake Up

I've never been a huge concealer fan- I never really saw the need for it.  But my friend works for Benefit Cosmetics and she gave it to me.  I guess she was anticipating some dark circles when baby boy arrived?!?!

Now when I do wear makeup (every 3 days) I make sure to use this!  It has the best application- just swipe under your eyes and blend up with your finger (or a concealer brush if your kid isn't screaming!)  What's so great is that it has a core of concealer and is surrounded by a hydrating formula so it doesn't look cakey and it's super smooth and lightweight.

Today show buffalo chicken dip

TODAY Show: Brandi Milloy cooks Super Bowl dips on January 28, 2015.

I saw this on the Today Show on Wednesday.  I'm not big into buffalo anything- but this looked so good and Al and Willie and Savannah were raving about it.  Think I may need to try this for the Super Bowl!  Oh and she made it in like 2 minutes in the crockpot- my kind of recipe!

The Happy Sleeper

With Carter I read a bunch of sleep books- none of which really worked!  So I thought that I won't even waste my time with them with Reid.  But then I heard about this on the Today Show.  I'm debating about getting it.  Anyone read it or have thoughts about it?  Please share!

This just made me laugh this week!


five on friday 1/23

Friday, January 23, 2015


It's Five on Friday time and I'm actually linking up with the girls again!!  Yeah for blogging!  I'm hoping to post more about those first few whirlwind weeks when Reid was born & his nursery is coming together too- so lots to blog about when I get some time!

For now here are 5 things that are making me happy right now:

Barista Prima Dark Hazelnut K-Cups

Love!  I'm a big fan of hazelnut coffee and strong coffee.  But usually hazelnut coffee is so mild and weak.  I was so excited to find these k-cups at Bed, Bath & Beyond- Yum!

I drink it iced every day in a plastic Mason Jar cup---but I really want a glass mason car with a handle and lid----any suggestions where to get one??

Caldrea Vanilla Lemon Candle

OMG- obsessed!  This is my most favorite candle- I first bought one when we moved in August.  I'm all about fragrances and wanted a new fragrance for our new home.  And this is it!!  I got one at Target and went back for more.  They made it in a diffuser so I bought 3, but they no longer carry them at Target :(  

I took a break from it in the Fall (for Yankee Candle Pumpkin Pie candle and during the holidays I love Evergreen from Bath & Body Works.)  I try to burn sparingly because I don't want to use it too fast.  I get them at Target.  They come in 3 sizes.  The large one is around $18 but it goes on sale often for about $15.

BEM Wireless Speaker

This is such a great little speaker that Christian uses at work and I started using it on the weekends while I'm in the kitchen or bopping around trying to get a little baby to stop crying!.  So we just bought another one to keep at home.  It's only like $40.

Hue Ultra Wide band leggings


Sheaffer at Pinterest Told Me To sold me on these last year.  She labeled these a must have and I totally agree!  I have them in grey and black and wear them about 5 out of 7 days right now!

She did just blog about another legging- Zella.  I'm tempted to try them too.

The Bachelor

I look forward to it every monday!  This week's episode with Jimmy Kimmel was hysterical!

And speaking of hysterical- you must read Sheaffer's Bachelor recaps- I look forward to those too!

Happy Weekend!!

five on friday- new baby favorites

Friday, January 16, 2015

It has been ages since I've had the time to link up with the Five on Friday girls- but I'm hoping to get back into blogging now that I'm home with Reid.  Today my five is all things baby- some of my favorites and must haves (in my opinion!)

 I finally wrote and posted Reid's birth story.  So if you're into reading those like I love here!

baby wearing

As a momma of 2 (and just a momma who wants to get stuff done) I've been putting Reid in a carrier a lot.  I'm borrowing a friend's Ergo and he loves that- it's super sturdy and feels very secure, but it's kinda bulky and not super quick and easy to put on.

So I ordered the latest wrap the everyone is raving about- the Solly Baby Wrap.  It's pretty easy to put on and so easy to throw in a bag.  He falls asleep in it right away too.  I like it because it's so easy to pack and soft, but it definitely doesn't feel as secure as the Ergo,

I used the K'tan and B'jorn with Carter- he loved facing out with the B'jorn.  I tried the K'tan with Reid and he wasn't a fan!

barefoot dreams blankets

So obsessed!  They are the softest and coziest blankets.  Reid cuddles up with his everyday.

We started with one (the herringbone one) and found that we used it so much we never wanted to take it away to wash it.  So we got the star one for Christmas.

Aden and Anais bamboo swaddles

With Carter we used a bunch of muslin swaddles but when he was about 3 months old they came out with the teal bamboo swaddles- and we'll never go back!   He still sleeps with them and refuses the muslin- "these are too rough" says my spoiled bamboo-loving boy.

Since we found out about the bamboo that is all that Reid has and he loves them too.  We have 2 sets that I bought at Nordstrom.  They have different (and adorable) patterns that you can't find at other places.

Chicco Carseat with cover

Our carseat that we used with Carter expired so we bought a new one for Reid.  It had this cover on it- that I wasn't really that interested in...until he was born and I was toting him around in the rain and's awesome.  It keeps his little footsies warm and protects him from the snow and rain.

burt's bees clothing

Reid has three one pieces and they come with matching hats- swoon!  They are organic cotton and so soft and adorable!  Definitely some of my favorites to put him in- if only he'd stop growing so fast- we're almost out of the 0-3 already :(

Here are my must haves and faves from when Carter was a baby.

Now onto the weekend- a girl's night of bunco, working on curtains for the nursery, and having a birthday lunch for my mother-in-law!

happy weekend!


Reid's Birth Story

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Reid's Birth Story

A birth story- I love reading these whether it's painful and not as planned or easy and quick.  There's something so familiar and beautiful and real about a birth story.  It's such a life-changing (obviously) event so I'm including all the little details I remember.

7 weeks later, here's Reid's birth story.

My due date was December 2, 2014.

On Friday November 21st I had my 38 week OB appointment.  I was dilated to 3cm and my midwife said it could be tomorrow or next week, but she would bet that I wouldn't be back on the following Friday for my appointment.

That night I slept terribly.  I was wide awake at 4am and couldn't get back to sleep.  On Saturday morning we planned a bunch of errands but I was just totally exhausted so instead of going I got back into bed.  I laid in bed/ slept from 9:30-12:00 (which is so unlike me!)  We had plans on Saturday afternoon to go to a tailgating party at my friend Lauren's house and I texted her saying that I wasn't sure I was going to make it.

But after a while I decided that I should pull it together and go.  That afternoon I attempted a Crockpot cookie/brownie dessert to take to the party but that was a huge Pinterest fail!

At the party Lauren's friend was telling me about how her second child's birth was crazy fast and she didn't have time for an epidural or an IV.  We all had a great time at the party and Carter didn't want to leave.

We left the party at 6:30pm and came home to watch Cars with Carter.  I read him stories and sang to him and tucked him in.  Then I came downstairs and Christian and I watched tv.  Around 9:35 I felt a contraction, but I'd been having them at night for a few weeks so I didn't think anything of it.

A few days before I downloaded a contraction timer app on my phone.  So I had another contraction a few minutes later (9:47pm) and started the app--- just to see how it worked.  Then 10 minutes later I had another one.  They were a little more painful than what I'd been having so I decided to go upstairs to bed.  While I was getting ready for bed I had another one (5 minutes later) then I ran to the bathroom.  I came downstairs and told Christian that maybe we should text my mom to let her know that I was having contractions- but not to come over yet.

Christian was convinced this was real and that he should start getting dressed, but I wasn't so sure.  Then 2 minutes later I had another contraction and another and I called my mom to say come over, just in case.

Then during my next painful contraction I decided to call my midwife.  Her directions the day before were "call when it hurts."  And it hurt even though it had only been about 20 minutes of contractions.  She said I could go to the hospital.  Then Christian loaded our bags and things in the car while I took a shower.

We were waiting for my parents to arrive and the contractions were getting much more painful.  I stood outside our garage taking deep breaths in the cold air and leaning down as I texted Lauren saying that I was going to the hospital.  It seemed like forever until my parents arrived (like 15 minutes) and as soon as we saw their headlights we jumped in the car.  We were backing out as they were walking in.  My mom (in her robe) waved to keep going and not stop to talk.

During our 6 minute car ride I had 3 contractions.  Then we got there and the nurse at the desk asked me how I was and I responded, "fine but in a lot of pain" so she said she'd be with me in a minute.  There were 2 other people in the waiting room watching as I leaned over and grimaced through a contraction.  After a minute I told Christian to pick up the phone that I couldn't wait any longer.  They wheeled me into a triage room and I undressed.  At this point the contractions were getting really painful and I yelled "ouch" every time I had one.

The nurse checked me and I was dilated to 7cm.  Right away I asked for an epidural.  They said they'd page my midwife and the anaesthesiologist.  Then a few painful minutes later they wheeled me to a labor and delivery room.  There was no way I could walk.

In the labor & delivery room 2 nice nurses were waiting but the contractions were so painful- I don't even know their names.  I laid on my side and my "ouch" turned into quiet-ish screams.  They said the anaesthesiologist was in another room & that I was next for the epidural.  But I kept waiting & breathing & now screaming through each painful contraction.  The screaming intensity was increasing and at this point I was holding nothing back- I just screamed like I was on the steepest hill on a rollercoaster or being chased by a mass murderer.

Soon I heard the door open and I looked up in relief hoping to see the anesthesiologist, but instead it was my midwife.  I saw her and and yelled out to her  "Cheri!  Help!"  I loved having her as my midwife and felt so comfortable with her- we giggled and laughed at most of my appointments and so I was relieved to see her as I was suffering through each contraction even though there was nothing she could do.  Then at one point they took my hospital gown off and I exclaimed "I didn't know I'd be showing off my bra- I'm wearing a granny bra!"

She and Christian stood by my bed and just watched as I screamed.  It was unbearable.  My contractions were so close together that I'd breathe scream through one and then it would be over and literally 10 seconds later my eyes would bulge and I'd grimace, feeling the onset of  another.  Even Cheri said "Holy shit these are on top of each other."  A few minutes later I noticed they were chatting and then Christian came over to me (I'd previously told him to stay away and not touch me!) and said that there wouldn't be an epidural.  I honestly didn't have a huge reaction.  I just wanted the pain to end.

 Cheri checked me in between contractions and I was fully dilated.  Then Christian panicked that he left the baby book in the car and said he was gong to run to get it.  Cheri said no way, there's no time!

She said let's push this baby out- instead of screaming, start pushing.  (I had some anxiety about not knowing how to push after pushing unsuccessfully during my first delivery.)   But I pushed a few times and then she told me to stop (so i wouldn't tear) and then one more push and she held up a teeny little baby.  I pushed for 3 minutes!  And immediately the pain was gone, just like when Carter was born.

From my first contraction to his birth it was just under 2 hours!

He looked so tiny- I thought he'd be 5 pounds!  Christian cut the cord and they laid him on my chest and he immediately peed (on my granny bra.)  He just stared at me and I felt such a sense of relief to have my healthy baby in my arms.

I delivered the placenta (which in comparison to delivering a baby was nothing, yet still unpleasant to have them pushing on your stomach.) and we joked about eating it!

I had to get one stitch and since I didn't have an epidural I got local anesthesia.  Then within an hour I walked to go the bathroom. It was so surreal and crazy to think that I'd just given birth and was already walking by myself!

During our stay there I kept remarking about how familiar the smells were- just like when Carter was born.  Only this time I was calm & happy- trying to take everything in.

Although I wouldn't necessarily have chosen this way for Reid to be born- this was obviously how it was meant to be.

And just like last time I've forgotten the pain...I remember the screaming- but somehow our minds block out the memory of the pain.

On November 22, 2014 at 11:38pm our little Reid Alexander came into the world and now our family is complete.

(Click here for Carter's birth story- a very different, but equally painful story!)