Jaclyn Hill Morphe Palette

As a Thank You for everyone who has subscribed to me on my blog I’m doing a give away of one of my favorite palettes right now! This Palette is so pigmented and has such a great array of colors that it’s the perfect travel Palette! I hope you love it as much as I do!

 

Enter the Give Away!

My Amazon Baby Finds & Must Haves!

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#1 Pure Enrichment Humidifier – This is amazing and great especially as the colder months are approaching. Many people including myself find the air to be a little more dry and that can be hard on your baby. You might notice stuffy noses and coughing. This is/will be your holy grail to solving the problem!

#2 Baby Beanies! – Its the perfect statement add on to your little hipsters outfit. Plus it will help keep your little one warm when the weather is brisk out.

#3 Fisher Price Play Gym –  This thing is money! My little guy loves this so much! He is starting to hit the toys and can grab them if he gets a lucky swing. He also loves to lay and watch himself in the mirror above! Plus side is the music is pretty awesome too, not annoying like some.

#4 Dr. Browns Bottles – OKAY, now THESE are AWESOME! We struggled for a long time with my son on formula and bottles. He had what we thought was really bad reflux, someone had suggested these to try and I will tell you now that we will never look back. My son used to throw up what seemed like half his bottle after feedings and now he has happy burps with none to little spit up! He is a totally different baby now!

#5 Carseat Canopy – These are perfect for those rainy or windy days when baby needs a little extra protection! I love the print on this too! People always ask where I found this when are out and about.

#6 Fisher Price Sit Me Up Positioning Seat –  We just started using this and so far its a winner! My son likes to see the world around him and this is perfect for that, plus it helps with teaching them how to hold their heads up!

#7 Pacifier Clips – Now some people love these and some don’t but I’m someone that does. Its nice to not loose and have to buy new pacifiers all the time. You can clip them to their car seats, clothes, blankets etc!

Our First Baby Free Get Away!

You guys, we finally did it! It was hard but, we did it! If the title of this post doesn’t explain what we did then let me just tell ya. We spent our first night ever away from Roman since he’s been born. Trust me, it wasn’t easy but I can honestly say it felt wonderful. I think sometimes as parents you just need some time together or away to get a little piece of “you” back. No stress of “pumping and dumping,” just enjoying that one (or two or three, whatever you please) awesome glass of beer, wine, sangria, whatever you fancy! You know what I’m talking about! Enjoying each other’s time without having to “share” it, just soaking each other up. We not only got to soak in some alone time but we also got to join some fellow Coloradans (is that what you would call them?) at Red Rocks to see Incubus.

Now Roman is only 2 1/2 months old so believe me it was hard to leave him but he got to stay with my mother & father who spoiled him so Much I’m sure he was sad to come back home! But, Let’s all be real, grandparents are the best! They spoil you with so much love and cuddles, I remember always wanting to stay with my Nana & Grandma so much that I would actually fake sick sometimes so that they had to keep me during the day while my parents worked!

Back to our adventure. We LOVE Incubus and we knew we had to go see them because they were also playing at our favorite venue, Red Rocks. We saw Dirty Heads there two years before and instantly fell in love with the place! So not only did we get a win with 1. Who was playing, 2. The Venue, we also got to eat at our favorite breakfast place in Denver (we also go to the Boulder location as well)! SNOOZE A.M.! If you have not had the guilty pleasure of trying this place do yourself a favor and do so! We ate at the Union Station location which is so cool, there are the cutest little shops inside there. Some are coffee shops, pop up bars, flower boutiques, book stores etc.! I love the Pig Train coffee bar inside there, so yummy!

Our trip was literally a drive up one day drive back the next but it was so great to spend some quality time with my husband. I can’t wait for our next short & sweet adventure!

Blushing Fall Beauties 

So when we think of Fall we normally think maroon, burgundy, brown, yellow, orange, etc am I right? While I LOVE those colors (because again I’m basic when it comes to fall) people also over look one of the prettiest and softest colors of fall, Blush! You will find this color all over right now and for many great reasons! It compliments almost any skin tone and it’s the new nude! It goes with almost any outfit and can be used as a “soft” pop of color for those who are leery of being bold (it’s okay)! If you checked out my last post you saw some of my Fall items I’m loving and have ordered. Here are a couple others I’m crushing on as well!

Grab this Blush cardigan and these Blush sneakers

Fall Must Have Round Up!

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1 –> BP Rib Trim Cardigan in Burgundy

2 –> BP Chenille Funnel Neck Sweater

3 –> Chenille Blouson Cardigan

4 –> Free People Swim Too Deep Turtleneck

5 –> Alexis Bow Mule in Burgundy

6 –> Starfire Baublebar Earrings

7 –> Kambry Perforated Bootie

8 –> Sampson Block Heel Bootie

9 –> Alexis Stud Knotted Mule  (I LOOOOOOVE THESE!!)

10 –> Free People Saturday Morning Cardigan (I Bought this and the Chenille cardigan in Pink and mustard yellow… Lets just say I will be living in these this Fall!)

 

Hello Fall! Ughhhh how you have been long awaited. There is just something so wonderful about cozy cardigans, fluffy scarves, booties, hot coffee, the leaves changing, and the brisk breezes of Fall weather. However, here in Kansas we haven’t quite been so fortunate to have that just yet except, for the early morning hours. You know, like  sweater weather right when you wake up but then by noon you deeply regret it and its back to tank top weather. Fall, you are playing us so hard! But, that doesn’t mean we can’t get a head start on fall essentials, am I right? I am so Basic when it comes to Fall, and I am A-OKAY with that! If you are curious about the sizing on the cardigans I ordered a small and they are slightly oversized which I like. If you like a more fitted cardigan I would go ahead and size down. Im pretty excited for these fall picks and I have a feeling they’re going to sell out fast!

 

Roman’s Birth Story

Hey everyone!

Sooooo it’s been a while! While I am sorry I am also not, I have been wrapped up in the beauty of motherhood and have been soaking up and enjoying every second, minute, hour, and day of it! I thought I would jump on here while Rome is taking his short afternoon nap and share with you our wonderful and hectic story of Roman’s big arrival.

3:32 AM- I wake up to contractions that had felt much different than the typical Braxton hicks contractions. Now if you know me, I had TONS of Braxton Hicks! I had ourselves a couple this could be it moments that weren’t actually IT! Haha! I knew these were different because they were super painful (they actually gave me the shakes and sweats). I wake up Kevin and go into the bathroom and call out on call nurse and she advises me to head to Labor and Delivery.

3:57 AM- We arrive to L&D and get checked in. Doctor comes in and checks me, only dilated to a 2, so he has us get comfortable and tells us rest up and that he will be back in an hour to check on my progression.

5:00 AM- No progression.. still at 2 but still having painful contractions. Doctor again tells us he will return in an hour.

6:00 AM- 3cm dilated! But he called it a “possible” 3 so I started losing hope.. and I knew in my gut that this was Labor. He tries to reassure me it was false Labor and still has us stick around for another hour.

7:00 AM- 3cm and he calls it a “sure” 3 this time but I’m still not progressing quick enough and still tries to argue it’s false Labor.. says he will return in an hour AGAIN.

8:00 AM- Doctor decides to send us home. He says I probably won’t be looking to go into labor in the next 24 hours but that I should be meeting our little guy in a day or two for sure. We get our hospital bag rounded up, I change back into my clothes and we leave the hospital. On the way home we grab some breakfast to go since Kevin has to be to work at 9AM. We get home around 8:30 Kevin gives me a kiss goodbye and tells me if I need anything to give him a call and he’s there! (Such a great guy!)

9:15 AM: Ring Ring! “BABE MY WATER JUST BROKE!” Kevin speeds home, our hospital bag is still in the car and we head BACK to L&D. Now they never tell you that your water keeps breaking.. it’s a constant leak.. and walking through a hospital looking like you’re peeing yourself is not a pretty look! Ha! We check in AGAIN and get into a room very quickly! Now I’m not gonna lie it felt good to see the doctor again and give him a little “I told you so” look hahaha! It’s funny how well you really know your body!

Now from here on out all the time started to blur together my contractions got pretty strong really quick. I was ready for my epidural around 11:15am because my contractions had become so strong I couldn’t stop shaking uncontrollably.

We get the anisthesiologist in the room to do the epidural but things just aren’t working. He tries the first time and hits a vein so he has to take it out and re-do it. Goes in for a second attempt and what do you ya know.. misses again.. so third times the charm right? He gets the epidural in and runs a little test dose of fentanyl, instantly i feel higher than a fucking kite! So he had missed again.. as I’m looser than a damn goose they call for another anesthesiologist to come in and attempt a 4th try. They have me lay on my side with my knees To my chest and tu-duhhhhhh! It’s finally in correctly and I’m feeling numb and high! Win win right!?

Now the problem we started encountering was I wasn’t progressing at all as far as dilating goes so they went ahead and called in for some petossin. But before they can give it to me Roman’s heart rate starts dropping. They turn me on my other side and again his heart rate drops. Other side, same thing. While the nurses kept their shit together calmly (which I greatly appreciate) they tell me they can’t give me the petossin because it could cause more harm then good at this point and bring my OB in. He gives me the option to wait it out a little longer or to go ahead with an emergency c-section. While I wanted to choose the c-section he tells me Kevin can’t be in there with me and I instantly rule that out as long as possible!

Hour goes by and still nothing but Rome’s heart beat dropping anytime I lay on my side. So they decide to put me on my hands and knees rocking from front to front and side to side… keep in mind I am NUMB and can’t feel a thing.

A couple hours go by and I’m finally making progression!! AND Roman’s heart rate hadnt dropped since I had been on my hands and knees so the doctors knew there was a cord around his neck. I got to a 6 and they kept me rocking for another hour. My nurse was about to be off her shift and came in to check one last time and I had progressed to an 8. She introduced Kevin and I to the new nurse that would be on with us and proceeded to put me back on hands and knees. (After all that I was thinking I better have some damn abs and killer thighs after this baby from all the rocking)!

It hadn’t even been 10 minutes and the new nurse comes back and checks me again and quickly asks “you ready to have a baby!?” Of course Kevin and I were so excited and we are like YES YES!!!!! Now the best part!? My nurse who had been off the clock stayed to help me deliver. She was absolutely amazing and seriously the best ever!!!

We spent 40 minutes pushing and around 8:37pm after 17 hours of labor our beautiful little boy arrived into the word! I can’t tell you how happy I am that we decided to wait it out and avoid the c-section! The rest I have chosen to keep to us as our special moments with him afterwards. We love you so much Roman Alexander Lyda!


You are the best thing to ever happen to us!


Born 8:37 pm, 7lbs 5oz, 19.5 inches long.

Maternity Pictures 


So where to begin!? I am absolutely IN LOVE with how our pictures turned out! I could not be happier. Thank you so much Elly Bean Photography for capturing these moments! You seriously work magic!

For anyone looking for a maternity photographer I HIGHLY recommend her! She is so kind and personable! I am a slightly awkward person when it comes to having pictures taken and she made everything feel so easy and natural. Elly was also very helpful in guiding us on what to do or what looks great, she even kept in mind that I had a “favorite” side for pictures! I know silly but little details like that always make me feel great because I feel confident in certain camera angles.

We can’t wait to use her again for Roman’s newborn pictures! I’m so excited to see what she will come up with! Thank you again so much Elly!!!

Xoxo,

Danielle