Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Mia Claire Cruzan

We welcomed our newest member of the family last week, our little surprise baby, Mia Claire Cruzan. She has been such a good baby since her arrival last Wednesday.  In honor of her one week birthday tomorrow I thought I would share her birth story!

All of our kids abandoned the 40 week pregnancy plan and have all arrived around 37 weeks. Levi waited the longest, at 37 weeks and 4 days. Since 35 weeks I started preparing the hospital bag and getting things sorted for little Mia's arrival. At my 36 weeks doctor appointment I brought up that I was having mild contractions so he went ahead and checked to see what my cervix was doing. Sure enough I was 3 cm dilated. Dr. Robinson didn't think I would make it through the weekend so I came into the office three more times that week but there was no change.

On Saturday I reached 37 weeks and my next appointment was on May 15th (Monday). Surely, I was more dilated.  There was some change but I was still 3 cm. Feeling a bit discouraged we scheduled our next appointment for Friday.

On Tuesday around 2:00 pm I was walking around the office and started to feel contractions. Nothing that hurt but enough to make me pay attention. I felt a couple more so I decided to start timing them. They were around 5-7 minutes apart so everyone in the office convinced me to leave and head to the hospital.

I called my doctor and he instructed us to come to the office so they could put me on the fetal monitor. We had to do some juggling because we needed someone to pick Levi up from daycare and the girls were home sick so we had to drop them off too! It was pretty hectic for a moment and all the while the contractions are still 5-7 minutes apart.

3:45: We finally get to the doctor's office and the monitor shows I am having contractions. He checks for dilation and I'm 5 cm! He says "It's a good day to head to the hospital!" Wow, it's time!

5:00: We get settled in to our Labor and Delivery room. I get that wonderful thing called the epidural and we wait.

6:00: We start Pitocin to get the party rolling along

7:00-10:00: The nurses come in and out because the baby keeps falling off the monitor and her heart rate keeps dipping. It worries me but they assure me everything is fine and it's just the position I'm laying in so we try a few different positions. I never had to do this with any of my other kiddos so it was interesting because my legs were completely numb so these positions felt so weird.

Around 11:00 the doctor comes to check on me again and things are getting close!

We have reached midnight and it looks like May 17th will be her birthday!!

The doctor checks me one final time and alerts us the baby is on the way!

I am able to feel when my contractions are happening so I know when to push. It took only about 10 minutes for Mia to arrive! She is perfect!!

Mia Claire is born May 17, 2017 at 12:21 am weighing 7 lbs. 8 oz and is 19.5 inches long. She has a full head of hair and we immediately fall in love with her chubby cheeks!


Ava and Lily were able to meet their sister while I was at the hospital. They have been so excited to meet her and have been fighting non-stop since we have been home on who can hold her.

I was worried about Levi because he is so attached to momma, but he loves the baby. He calls her his baby and gives her so many kisses a day!

Mia has been such a good baby. She rarely cries and she's nursing like a champ. So far we have been adjusting to new routines. I am anxious to move into our new home in a couple of weeks and getting settled before school starts for the girls.

I have to extend a big thanks to my mother-in-law, Patty, for helping with Randy (our dog) and with the girls. My sister was awesome too. She took care of Levi while we were in the hospital. I'm so lucky to have such great support. Noah has been super dad. We have been figuring out this new dynamic together and I couldn't ask for a better partner.

We are so in love with baby Mia. Thanks to everyone for all the sweet comments!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

New Beauty Products

I love to try out new beauty products. Recently, I teamed up with Dove and TRESemme to share my thoughts on a few new products.

I just cut my hair and have been curling/styling it a lot more. I got to try out TRESemme's Extra Hold Hair Spray and I love the way my hair moves. It holds my curls while still allowing movement. It's the perfect amount of hold without feeling sticky.

TRESemme also sent over their Keratin Smooth Shine Serum. I thought it would make my fine hair greasy, but it does the total opposite. The non-greasy formula transforms dry hair into silky smooth tresses. I think it's great for those who using the blow dryer every day. I also use it for all my fly-aways too and it works great.

Another great product I was able to try was Dove's Invisible Dry Spray. I'm usually a deodorant stick gal but I was excited to try something different. I honestly love it. Not only does it keep me dry but it leaves no white marks and smells good too. My only suggestion is to spray it on in an open room because it can be a bit suffocating with the bathroom door closed.

I think out of all the products I've had to try my favorite would be Dove's new Shower Foam Wash. The body wash is super light weight and smells so fresh. It's gentle enough to use on my kids and my skin feels so great after each use. If you haven't tried it I highly recommend you give it a try!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Embroidered Peplum

There's not much that fits over this belly anymore. I think this adorable embroidered peplum top from She In barely fits but I had to show you guys!

The polka dot details and the lightweight material makes this top easy to wear even in the summer. I love the embroidered design and I can see myself pairing it with some cute denim shorts and wedges once the baby is born! It would make a cute outfit for Cinco de Mayo for sure!

I paired it here with some gaucho pants and my favorite flatforms.

I also found a similar top in a sleeveless option too!

It's Friday, I'm in Love

Oh, man am I glad it's Friday. It feels like summer out and I'm already so hot! I am so happy I won't have to summer through the entire summer being pregnant. The baby will be arriving soon hopefully!

Anyways, wanted to drop in a share my Friday faves with you! I've been seeing so many Bauble Bar dupes and these are a steal for $12! They come in lots of colors too so check it out!

Also loving floral with leopard lately and I'm digging these wide leg pants and block heels! I'm ready to lose the belly so I can fit into regular clothes. You may have noticed I haven't posted many OOTD photos on Instagram lately and it's because I've been living in the same mix of maternity clothes lol! It will go back to regular scheduled outfits soon!

Which of this week's favorites make your list?

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