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My Scary Labor & Delivery Story | LYLAS VIDEO!

My labor & delivery of my first baby was a breeze! I labored for 6 hours, pushed for 45 minutes and had an epidural less than half way through! Pretty much a pregnant woman’s dream, or at least it was for me! So naturally, I assumed my second baby’s labor & delivery would be somewhat similar. Well boy oh boy was I wrong! Apparently Lorenzo had other plans in mind; like trying to make his grand entrance into the world in the Hospital lobby. True story.

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What’s In My Hospital Bag | Plus Video!

Just like other first time moms, I had no idea what I was doing when it came to most things baby related. This included packing my hospital bag for my labor and delivery stay. When I tell you I packed enough for a small vacation, your girl ain’t lying! I had to dig through all the extra crap I packed in my family sized suitcase, I mean, bag, just to get to what I really needed; the basic essentials! So using my first mistakes as lessons learned, I now feel like I have exactly what I need in my hospital bag for my 2nd attempt at being a new mommy.

Hospital Bag – For Baby

While in the hospital, baby really isn’t going to need much, besides all the newborn snuggles in the world of course! If your hospital is anything like mine, they provide you with almost everything you need: diapers, wipes, formula, pacifier, blankets, etc.. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t still bring them a few things. I packed two cute swaddle blankets that have a matching hat to wrap baby boy in for his grand announcement photo. (Not that this is necessary, but c’mon, I’m a blogger and have been planning out this picture for weeks now!) I also threw in 3 different footed pj’s in new born size with THE CUTEST prints on them. Although, I know baby will be swaddled the majority of our hospital stay. And I’ll just pick from one of those for his going home outfit!

Hospital Bag – For Mommy

As far as items for momma bear, I tried to pack just the essentials. Well, for the most part anyway. I did throw in some nail polish and basic makeup items, which some may not consider to be an essential right after giving birth, but I am hoping to not look so much like a mommy monster this time around!

Cosmetics

  • Toothbrush & Paste.
  • Shampoo & Conditioner & Body Wash.
  • Body Lotion & Face Lotion.
  • Chapstick! (Extremely important girlfriend!).
  • Hairbrush & Hair Ties/Head Bands & Hair Spray.
  • Deodorant.
  • Prenatal Vitamins (You’re going to want to keep taking these even after you give birth!).
  • Makeup & Nail Polish – I’m a dreamer, okay? 😉

Clothes

  • Going home outfit – take your biggest and most comfortable maxi dress. Trust me on this one.
  • 2 outfits – loose fitting and comfortable. I have roll over yoga shorts that I will keep unrolled up&over my belly, and loose fitting high-waisted capri pants. Both paired with a baggy t-shirt provided by my Fiancé’s side of the closet.
  • Adjustable sports bras. (You’re going to be swollen).
  • Large, unattractive underwear. (If you don’t want to wear the mommy diapers the hospital will provide).
  • Socks.

Snacks

  • Pop-Tarts
  • Special K Bars
  • Fruit Gummies
  • Pretty much anything you typically like to snack on. You know, for when you’re waiting on baby daddy to bring you your gourmet take out!

For your viewing pleasure, I have also filmed all of this exciting information for you and posted it on our YouTube Channel. Yay! You can watch that below <3

Because we have Ellie, our 2 1/2 year old, daddy will be staying at home with her during the nights of my hospital stay. Therefore, he gets nothing in my hospital bag! Ha. I am so excited to bring this baby boy into our lives, and can’t wait to share him with you all! Stay tuned.

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Surviving Pregnancy – Must Have Products & Tips

Let me start this post off by saying, everything I thought I knew about pregnancy was a lie. I mean, isn’t it supposed to be all ice cream cravings and glowing auras? Ha. Biggest lie since the dawn of civilization. And you know what the worst part is? The women of the generations before us have continued these pregnancy myths so well, that when we experience it for the first time ourselves, we feel like we’re lost in this twilight zone as to why this is so hard! Because pregnancy is downright hard. And exhausting. And uncomfortable. And…. okay, I’ll stop talking about myself (j/k, but not really). However, with this being my second pregnancy, I feel confident that I have sorted through all the ‘mommy must have’ fluff and figured out exactly what I need to essentially – Survive Pregnancy.

1. Stretch Marks, Itching, Burning

All those adjectives above are going to be used interchangeably when you talk about your ever-growing belly. And boobs. No one ever mentions the boob part – but they grow and stretch just as much as that baby bump! I’ve tried everything under the sun to rid myself of that itchy feeling, but what I have found that tackles all the stretching issues is – coconut oil!

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Viva’s Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil goes on so well and really gives you that deep moisturizing feeling long after applied. I also love the smell of it – it’s not that overpowering coconut smell like you just stepped off a tropical island (although I wish I had). And depending on how itchy you’re feeling at that moment, you can rub a little or a lot. Now, because it is an oil, it’s going to feel more ‘oily’ versus lotion-y when applied. But I really find this oil helps quench my skins thirst, rather than temporarily soothing it like a lotion does. I have been lucky and have not had any stretch marks with either pregnancy. TIP: I like to shower before bed and apply this all over my belly, boobs, and hips right after. I oil up, throw my Fiancé’s baggy t-shirt on and hit the sheets!

2. Oily Hair

Yup, you can count on pregnancy to change more about your body than just its size. The first change we’ll tackle is excess oil production, specifically in your hair.  I already have fine hair that produces too much oil. (Probably because I wash it so much, but I have to when it gets oily so quickly – see my dilemma?) Anyways, when I am pregnant, my hair goes into overdrive on producing oils for whatever reason; yay me. To combat this I grab my FAVORITE dry shampoo every morning.

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Batiste’s Dry Shampoo is the ONLY dry shampoo that I have ever tried that I have zero complaints about. Ever. And best of all, it’s one of the cheapest I’ve ever tried as well! It sprays out as a light powder and goes on so evenly. It does come out white, which is perfect for my light blonde hair, BUT don’t think they forgot about you non-blonde haired girls! This brand offers many different variations, including one for light brown, dark brown, red, and even different scents. Their website even has a cool product finder tool that helps you locate the best product for you based on your hair color and style preferences. TIP: Part your hair behind one ear, spray product in the part from a foots distance, and then move the part an inch or two up and spray again. Continue this until you have worked your way all the way over your head to the other ear. Rough it up with your fingers, let sit, and then brush it through. Voila!

3. Sweat

Next up on the list of things your body will start to do is – body oder. You know the old saying that pregnant women have such a beautiful glow? Yeah, that’s just light reflecting off of our sweat. We’re not glowing; we’re SWEATING. Whether it’s from the raging hormones pumping through our bodies, the increase in our body’s temperature, or our significant other getting on our last nerve – we just sweat. So first things first, throw out your dainty girly deodorant and get you a tool more fit for the job – Mens deodorant!

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Old Spice’s Bearglove is strong enough to fight off the hormone stink, while also not smelling like your dad’s old date night cologne. I specifically get only this scent though, so I can’t speak about not smelling like your dad with any other. Plus, this one is an antiperspirant and deodorant combo – take that funky smelling armpits! TIP: Apply an even coat to both under…. i’m kidding. It’s deodorant. Do your thang!

4. Sleep – Or Trying To Anyways

Getting a good nights sleep is SO hard when you are pregnant. Especially the further along you are. Your hips are either aching or falling asleep, you have to pee again, or you just flat out cannot get comfortable! For me, a pregnancy pillow has been a LIFE. SAVER. Specifically, this one: The PharMeDoc Full Body Pregnancy Pillow.

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This pillow is large enough that I can wrap it up through my legs and fully encase my body, or stretch it out to have a large opening, you know, for when I roll out of the bed at night. I love how easily the cover comes off and on; it has a long running zipper down the side. I do prefer a slightly firmer pillow and this one meets that preference without being rock hard and heavy. It allows me to rest my head and one leg at an even level, helping distribute my new lovely weight. Also, the price is comparable to all the others on the market, including the well known ‘Snoogle’ pillow. TIP: Make your bed with your pregnancy pillow already under the sheet and blanket. This makes crawling into bed at the end of an exhausting day so much easier!

5. My Secret Weapon – Under Eye Cream

Piggy-backing on the sleep topic above – when you’re not getting enough sleep, your face will definitely show it. For me, that means dark under-eye circles! I get them easily, and I get them fast (again, yay me!). Because I can’t always find time to apply my favorite concealer before running out the door, I like to prevent and lighten these raccoon eyes the best I can. That is where my secret weapon comes in!

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The illuminating eye cream by e.l.f is a game changer. This little baby packs a big punch – infused with jojoba, vitamin E, cucumber AND antioxidants like shea butter and green tea. Hello hydration and goodbye dark circles! The cream glides on your skin and absorbs in perfectly. Tip: Apply this fresh out of the shower as well. Your pores and under eye area will thank you!

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To All of the Moms I Judged Before I Became One – I’m Sorry.

Five years ago, an unmarried and kid-less me, along with my then fiancé Nick, decided to go out for a late dinner on a Friday night. I remember it was around early December, cold, and at least 8 o’clock when we arrived to a trendy, semi-upscale restaurant and put our names on their waitlist to be seated. As we walked over to the waiting area, I noticed a small family taking up just about every seat. I looked at Nick and most likely, rolled my eyes – I thought, “It’s late, cold, and completely unnecessary to have your young children (three all who looked to be under the age of five) out at a busy adult restaurant – why are they here?!

As we sat and waited for our names to be called, I bit my tongue as I watched two of the three young children run up and down the small waiting area, and the youngest one, still a baby, fuss as his mother rocked him. “Absolute chaos! My kids will never behave like that.” I said to myself.

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Aside from judging moms in public, I frequently evaluated all my friends on social media who had babies.

“You co-sleep with your toddler?!”

“Your ONE year old is eating BACON!?”

“Who gives their toddler McDonald’s – you’re SO lazy!”

Clearly, younger me, who only had herself to worry about, was not the most sought after person for parenting advice. Who the hell was I to judge anyone for their parenting choices?! I was young, naïve, ignorant, and in for a huge awakening just five short years later.

So, to the mom who probably just needed a break from being outnumbered and under-caffeinated in the house all day with three small monsters – I deeply apologize and wish I could’ve rocked your infant for you.

To my real-life friends who I silently judged on Facebook and deemed you a careless, inattentive parent – I’m sorry. I am greatly remorseful for my ignorance.

Why was I such a judgmental b*tch? 

Well, what have I learned? Hindsight is 20/20 and karma is real.

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Currently, in 2017, I’m a stay at home mom with two girls both under the age of two whose nineteen-month-old has co-slept with us since she was a little over a year, operates an Ipad better than me, and hasn’t died from having McDonald’s a couple of times a month.

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As a family of four, we regularly go out to dinner after 6 pm and most times, I’m lucky if my toddler only has one meltdown.

Most times, especially if we’re at a trendy, semi-upscale restaurant, I can feel the death stares from my kid-less peers and I want to tell them that I KNOW what they’re thinking. I want to say that I was in their shoes just a few years ago and that for most of them, their time is coming. One day soon, their child(ren) will be knocking their silverware off the table while they unreasonably scream at you for offering them a french fry.

But this time, I promise you, I won’t judge – I will voluntarily pick up that silverware for you and smile because we’re all in this together.

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My Pregnancy Favorites + Tips

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1. Vaseline Cocoa Radiant Body Gel || 2. Soap & Glory Flake Away Body Polish || 3. Stamped Gold Bar Personalized Necklace || 4. Spanx – Power Mama

1. Every mama, including this one, will tell you how important it is to lotion every part of your stretching body. I swear by the Vaseline Cocoa Body Gel. It’s SO moisturizing and soothing, and I definitely think it helped me not develop any intense stretch marks.

2. My nausea kept me FAR away from any perfume. In fact, the only time I didn’t mind fragrance was in the shower and towards the end of my pregnancy, the shower was one of the only places I felt completely relaxed. First of all, the Soap & Glory Body Polish smells AMAZING – the brown sugar and peach seed will make your entire bathroom smell like a Yankee Candle. Second of all, your body and skin go through so many weird changes during pregnancy that exfoliating (especially towards the end) is extremely soothing and euphoric.

3. My very first personalized purchase associated with baby Bailey was this gold bar necklace stamped with a ‘G’. For how affordable it is, it’s definitely been worn countless times and I still get many compliments.

4. The Spanx Power Mama shorts won’t slim you but it will give you great support. I bought these for my baby shower but wore them under just about everything whenever I had to stand for a long period of time.

Besides those four favorites, I’d recommend:

  • Investing in a dehumidifier before baby – for mama’s rest.
  • Downloading the ‘Sleep Pillow’ app from the Apple App Store and using it for mama and baby. Trust me – a portable noise machine will be a life saver.
  • Ginger Ale and Saltines help with nausea but personally, my appetite saver was peanut butter crackers – specifically the orange ones that come in a pack of six that you usually see in a vending machine.
  • I definitely overpacked for the hospital but the one thing I’m SO glad I had was breast cream – I used Medela Tender Care Lanolin.

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