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Being a Mom-Month 1

Ciera Dastrup

MY LOOK: Dress-Fledgeling//Shoes-MattBernson//Bag-Baginc//Jacket-TartCollections(similarHERE)

MARLOES LOOK: Dress-GapBaby//Bow-CypressGrey

Hello, first off let me just say thank you to all my followers & whoever is reading this! Means so much to me, and I LOVE you guys!!!!! Okay, I cannot believe my baby is 6 weeks old, these first 6 weeks have flown by and I am getting freaked out and want time to slow down! I still haven't shared my birth story either.....so I am going to share that with you below! Its not to exciting, but for those of you that are expecting, sometimes it's nice to read others experiences to prepare you for your own.

BIRTH STORY:

I currently live in Albuquerque, New Mexico with my husband. We moved here last March for my husbands job and have ZERO family here. When I found out I was pregnant and due right around Christmas, I decided that I would just fly up to Utah (where I am from and my family lives) to deliver my baby. Also, my husbands aunt who lives in Utah happens to be an OBGYN, so I thought it would be awesome to have her deliver our baby there anyway! I flew up to Utah for every prenatal visit, and flew up twenty days before my due date (just in case). My husband, Colten, flew up with me and went to our 37 1/2 week prenatal visit. Well, during that visit our aunt (our OBGYN) told me I was already dilated to a 2, and 60% effaced which was crazy at 37 weeks! Colten had planned to fly back to Albuquerque, so he wouldn't miss so much work, but he was caught off guard that i was so close to delivering! He left anyway, and our aunt decided it would be best for me to have an induction date, because I was progressing so fast, and so that Colten could plan on a time to fly down and not miss our child's birth!!!! I felt much better knowing a date, but also because I was progressing so fast the baby could have come any day before that! 

The day approached, and we went into the hosptial on the 14th that night around 7pm to start the Pitocin, that would slowly progress me more into labor. I was SO nervous on the way to the hospital. I had very few contractions before I got there, and the ones I did have were very faint, and not painful whatsoever! We checked into our room, and they started me on the Pitocin, and I slowly started having more contractions, yet they still weren't painful or very strong. My aunt came in, and decided it was time to break my water. I was nervous for this, because my sister had told me that it was one of the most painful things, and they basically stick what looks like a crochet needle up there to do it. She broke my water, and although it was painful, it wasn't as bad as I expected. They told me the contractions would start to become stronger and more painful, but since I hadn't had any pain whatsoever I told them I would hold off before getting my epidural. I stood up after they broke my water, and I felt the rush of water go down my leg! Weirdest feeling EVER! Literally moments after my water broke, I felt the first VERY PAINFUL contraction. It was terrible, and after three of those, I asked for the epidural to take away the pain. Our epidural dr. (can't remember what they're called hahah) came in and he was AWESOME. He explained everything to me, and the sensations I would be feeling as he was doing everything. I'll be honest I felt no pain from the epidural, mostly because I had strong painful contractions during it that overpowered every other sensation i could have felt. I was shaking so bad during them, that my sweet nurse held my hand and brushed my hair. Once he finished with the epidural, he told me to wait 20 minutes, and if I still felt pain to let him know. After 20 minutes I was still feeling the contractions, so he came back and gave me an extra dose. After that I was in paradise. I chatted with my husband, ate ice chips, and felt amazing!!! They would tell me I was having a contraction by looking at the monitor, but I couldn't feel a thing haha! My husband slept, and I got an hour in maybe, but although I felt no pain, I was so scared for the actual 'giving birth' part. I couldn't stop thinking about it.....

Hours flew by, and my nurse came in to check my progress, and told me it was TIME! Ahhh, my aunt came in and gently got me into position to push. Colten from the beginning of my pregnancy always told me he wanted to stay up by my face the entire time, and not look 'down there' because he thought it would freak/gross him out! But right when our aunt came in to tell us to start pushing, he grabbed my leg, and was ready to help! I was super surprised, and honestly it made me love him even more! I pushed for about 45 minutes, when she said that the baby was almost out! Pushing was exhausting, but I felt zero pain the entire time. I could feel pressure and tugging (sorry if TMI), but zero pain....thats why I love modern medicine guys. Then after a couple big pushes, she was HERE!!!! I was so exhausted by this point, that I didn't feel like what was happening was even real. It was beyond emotional, and I just wanted to sleep and hold my baby!!! We had one hour of skin on skin, before they took her to weigh and measure her! That first day was nuts, you are just given this little human to take care of, and your emotions are all over the place! Anyway, there is my birth story! Totally not exciting, but beautiful and awesome nonetheless! Marlow Wyn Hudson, 7 lbs 5 oz, and 19 inches long! :)

Month 1:

Since my birth story was pretty long, Ill keep this somewhat short and sweet. Being a mom for that first week after her birth was tough. I had a bit of the baby blues, and just didn't feel like myself at all. Even though I post pictures now with my striking stomach, it did NOT look like that in the first week. I felt pretty nasty, and I was in a lot of pain and felt over all uncomfortable. Marloe was sleeping pretty well for the first 3 days when we came home from the hospital, but then she got a little cold, which was scary and disrupted her sleep (and mine). It's crazy how fast I just fell in love with her, and couldn't believe I had lived without her! Me and Colten spent Christmas and New Years with her there in Utah. I loved being around family, but I was so ready to get home to our house, and get settled and into a routine. Everyday she is learning or doing something new. She has started smiling like crazy, and is a definite mommas girl. (Although she loves her dad very much, and smiles the most for him). She is getting so chubby, and already doesn't fit in anything newborn, which is so sad :( She is a little spoiled diva, and has to be held, so doing daily tasks is difficult, unless I put her in my Solly Baby Wrap! She loves taking baths and showers, and hates getting dressed....which sucks, because I love dressing her in cute outfits....even though she gets them dirty 5 seconds later! Anyway, being a mom is awesome, my husband is already talking about baby number 2! He is crazy, and we are definitely gunna wait on that haha! Maybe in 2 years! 

One thing I don't love, is how hard it is to find cute nurse friendly clothes! I stumbled upon a company called Fledgeling, and got this adorable nursing dress! I wore it to church on Sunday, and it is soo very convenient! I love how it is dark colored as well...for those baby spit ups, or leaky breasts! (Sorry if TMI haha). Anyway, if you're looking for cute nursing bras, clothing, or baby clothes check them out! 

 

 

Owlet Baby Monitor

Ciera Dastrup

I am your typical first time mom with a newborn....aka, TOTALLY over protective and constantly worried over the slightest of things. I google everything that I am unsure about, and am always waking up in the night making sure my baby girl is breathing! Us moms can't help but (over) worry, its instinctual. Fortunately I found something that gives me peace if mind, the Owlet Baby Monitor!!! This monitor goes on your babies left foot, and monitors their oxygen level & heart rate while they sleep! It connects to your phone through their app, and you can check on your baby anywhere!!!! I love the technology of this monitor, and how easy it is to use. I highly recommend it for not only first time moms, but all moms (or dads) out there! Learn more about it HERE!!

Use my special promo link for $20 off your monitor! Click this link HERE and the offer will already be applied at checkout YAY!

Downtown hangin' with Marloe Wyn

Ciera Dastrup

I LOVE being a mom! I love having that constant little buddy with me wherever I go, and I especially love dressing her in cute outfits, and topping them off with cute bows! We went to downtown Nob Hill in ABQ, and visited a yummy juice bar and just walked the streets getting some sun and fresh air! Its so tempting to just stay inside in bed all day with the baby, because getting your baby ready to go is already SO tough, let alone getting time to get ready yourself. But you end up feeling so much better when you just get up and out of the house, I know I do anyway! I have my mom here this weekend, and that has helped a lot!!!! I have finally been able to get some laundry done, and she even bought some cleaning supplies to help me clean my bathrooms.....because I really can't imagine having time to do that right now with the baby! (Usually I wrap her up in my SollyWrap when I clean the house, and I don't feel comfortable using harsh cleaning chemicals around her!) I also am SHOCKED at the amount of bras I go through haha! I am constantly changing them because they get covered in milk!!!!!! I have like ten nursing bras, and I could honestly use ten more lol! Also I have been using this Louis Vuitton as my diaper bag! Not only is it cute, but actually works perfect as a diaper bag as well! I love changing my bags around, and my diaper bag is no different! Use code CIERA40 for $40 OFF your purchase of $200 or more WWW.THELADYBAG.COM!

MARLOES LOOK:

Onsie/Fledgeling//Bow/CypressGreyCo//HaremPants/TroisBeauxBebes//Moccs/

MY LOOK:

LaceTop/BodenUsa//Pants/JoesJeans//Heels/BodenUsa//LouisVuitton/TheLadyBag

Nursery Registry - Babies''R''Us

Ciera Dastrup

Having a new baby is A LOT of work! Being prepared is key! That’s why my husband and I went straight to Babies’’R’’Us to register for our new baby so we could make sure we got everything we needed!! Since this was our first bundle of joy we had zero clue as to what we actually wanted, but fortunately Babies”R”Us had category experts there that helped us get registered for all the must have gear! I was so excited after leaving the store, and felt confident in the decisions we made!

 

 

Overtime a friend bought us something from our registry and at Babies“R”Us, you can earn up to 10% back on registry purchases made from family and friends. The 10% coupon really helped so that we could buy everything left over that we didn’t get from our baby shower! You receive it 6-8 weeks prior to your expected arrival date, just in time for the baby! One of our favorite item’s we got from our registry is our ‘hudson’ Babyletto crib! It is modern, and it grows with your growing baby!

 

Now baby Marloe is set with an awesome nursery filled with everything she needs & more!!! I highly recommend registering at Babies’’R’’Us to all my pregnant friends! They also have a fun filled Baby Registry party on January 16th to help start your baby registry. Awesome games, raffles prizes, giveaways and more!

 

This post is sponsored by Babies’’R’'Us

 

*All Babies”R”Us will be hyperlinked to toysr.us/BabyRegistry

 

YTC Hospital Bag

Ciera Dastrup

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FINALLY got my hospital bag packed and put together! I'll be leaving from NM, to UT on Sunday and staying there with my family until I have the baby! AHH!!! Things are seriously getting more and more real every single day! Anyway, here is my hospital bag line up (plus a few things not pictured). PS. I am obsessed with those DoTerra Oils that I get from my girl Courtney Clegg! They are life savers, and i can't wait to soothe my baby with the baby blend oils!

BABY MAMA Essentials

Ciera Dastrup

Hi BABES!!!! Here is my go-to 'running errands' outfit, consisting of comfy black leggings, a cute top, some tennis shoes, and ALWAYS Starbucks Cool Lime Refresher! :) So I am nearing the end of this pregnancy, and for the last couple of months I have been putting together a list of items that are definite BABY MAMA must haves for you and your newborn! These are items I have myself, and would recommend to any mom! This is just round one, and will be putting together another short list soon! :) Let me know if I should be trying anything else, or if you have any other maternity/new mom/newborn item reccomendations!

1. Pump Strap: So I have been around lots of nursing mamas. One complaint I heard a lot was that when trying to pump, the pump itself wouldn't stay onto their breasts. I even have a friend who cute holes into her sports bras to fit the pumps in so they wouldn't fall off! The Pump Strap is designed to keep your breast pump in place to make for a quicker, smoother pumping experience! I can't wait to try it out, and let you guys know my full review!

2. Solly Baby Wrap: These baby wearing wraps are so cute! I have two, a grey, and maroon one! I have heard nothing but great things about them, and so many moms have been telling me how much they adore them! The material is so soft, and they are great quality! Also baby wearing is known to burn calories!!! WHAT?! Free hands, happy baby, and burning those extra calories!

3. Infanteenie Beenie: The cutest, newborn hospital beenies I have laid my eyes on!! I already have a few of them packed in my hospital bag for my babies arrival! They are made with super soft hospital grade material allowing parents to keep the traditional nursery look, but with added style!!!

4. Trompe.co Paci Clips: Pretty braided pacifier clips for your baby! They make them in the cutest colors! I adore these clips, and they would look cute hooked onto any baby outfit. 

5. Bellifly Pillow: This pillow is a LIFE SAVER. It can be used in a number of ways, and is so comfortable. Here are some awesome ways to use it:

  • Doubled up between your knees to relieve hip/pelvic strain.  This position is also particularly useful postpartum, as your body attempts to bounce back to its “new” normal.
  • One side under your belly and one side between your knees.  The middle will stretch as you change positions throughout the night! (And lets face it, pregnancy and sleep DO NOT go hand and hand. So this really helps you to get a restful nights sleep).
  • Use it as a back rest!  Since it’s so portable and compact, you can take it with you for traveling! (I travel a lot, and took this on my last flight and it helped so much! I usually get so restless and uncomfortable, but I felt so much better this time around. 

6. Petunia Pickle Bottom Diaper Bag: These diaper bags are HIGH QUALITY. Seriously, I may or may not use mine as a purse already....because its just so darn cute! The bags have so many compartments to put all the little day to day necessities you need in there, and in an organized way! Ill be doing a full post soon featuring this cute diaper bag, and the one I specifically have!

7. Bambo Nature diapers: I know the importance of knowing what materials are used to make certain products! These diapers are:
· Guaranteed Skin-Friendly – No Dangerous Chemicals and or Allergens
· Guaranteed Eco-Friendly – Sustainable Resources and Less Waste
· Guaranteed Sleep-Friendly – Maximum Absorbency, Ultra-Soft, Ultra-Flexible


Spoiled Mama

Ciera Dastrup

I have been trying hard during my pregnancy to stay fit and healthy. Not only am I worried about what goes in my body, but also what I am putting on my body as well! Moisturizing during pregnancy (and in general) is VERY important. Your skin is stretching and can constantly feel dry and itchy! I recently came across a company called Spoiled Mama, and boy does their name ring true! I LOVE their pregnancy skin care products!  They help with keeping your growing belly hydrated, they're a pregnancy stretch mark treatment, and you can see the difference in your skin instantly! I have nearly used all of the products I have of theirs until almost empty!!! Their Belly Butter and stretch mark oil are some of my favorites (and most used lol). I currently am 6 1/2 months pregnant with no stretch marks, and I know that Spoiled Mama Brand is definitely a factor in that! See below for the products I HIGHLY recommend and love along with a little coupon code!

Yours Truly Ciera Exclusive - 15% off all orders!

Code: YTCLUV15

Valid until: 10/6/2015

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6 Month Maternity Shoot

Ciera Dastrup

I can't believe I am already 27 weeks pregnant!!!!!!!!! Where the heck has time gone? That is just 2 1/2 months away from meeting our little girl. I just want December to come already...Anyway, I did this fun mountainy/Fall shoot with the talented photographer Liz Keith! She and I met up for a quick 45 minute shoot while I was up in Utah. I wore this stunning Free People dress, and some Sam Edelman booties. Lately all I like wearing are dresses, or leggings....I can only imagine how much worse its going to get as my belly gets bigger and bigger! Also, I am in the process of planning my nursery, and deciding what to get in my hospital bag...I'm so nervous to give birth, like I have nightmares at night about it, then I feel the baby kick and I know it'll be all worth it.

Hope you like these photos, and if you're looking for an awesome photographer check out (@spankybeans) on IG! 

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Top 10 Date Ideas

Ciera Dastrup

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A little while back some of my Instagram followers asked for a post on mine and my husbands favorite date night activities! So I decided to share our top 10 with all of you! Enjoy, and be sure to let me know if you have any other questions!

  1. Pinterest DIY Date- We love scrolling through Pinterest DIY boards and finding a fun craft or project to do! For example a few months back we found a DIY for a succulent planter/vase. We wrote down the items we needed and took off the store. We had a lot of fun painting the glasses vases together and planting our new plants. We put the plants in our room, and it was fun taking care of them together! There are SO many DIY projects out there, that I am sure each couple will be able to find something fun to work on whether big or small. Check out PINTEREST for some fun ones!
  2. Dinner & Dessert Date- Going out is always fun! But me and my husband LOVE staying in and cooking together. We find recipes online, and one of us makes dessert while the other makes dinner. We first head to the store together to pick up ingredients! (No frozen foods or pre-made desserts! Make your dinners from scratch it's more fun and tastes way better). We then head home and whip up dinner/dessert. It's a fun experimenting with different recipes and trying new stuff out!
  3. Hike & Lunch- We love going on hikes together, and just being outdoors together in general.  We'll plan a fun hike for the weekend (usually a Saturday), and if its a bit of a drive we will pack snacks for the distance! Being in the car alone together is the perfect time to talk and connect, I love all of our fun conversations we have while driving. We go on our hike, and afterwards we love finding little cafes or restaurants to stop on the way home to get lunch! If you don't want to eat out, then you can pack a lunch to eat on the hike or on the drive home! 
  4. Movie Night in- This is one of our favorite things to do! Whether we cooked dinner at home or went out, we love when the night ends on our comfy couch with blankets, treats, and a good movie! Pick a movie you BOTH want to watch, get treats or make a dessert and make the night about cuddling and enjoying each other's company! You can even start a new TV series on Netflix and have a brand new show you both haven't seen to enjoy! It can be YOUR show, and your night-in can consist of a couple episodes. 
  5. Game Night with Friends- Games are so fun, and are even better with friends! Invite another couple over and plan a game night. Get bowls and fill them with different snacks and treats! You will be laughing hard all night playing games, and it's good for your relationship to spend time with other couples! 
  6. Fitness Classes- Go find a Groupon for a local fitness class, and sign you and your husband up for a class together! Or if you're a member at a gym that offers gym classes, that's even better! You will be burning calories, and spending time together. The best part is afterwards you can take a bath or shower together, and give each other massages! 
  7. Going on a Drive- Drives are fun, especially if you have no destination in mind! Drive somewhere together, and stop and fun places along the way! I love little cafes, and coffee shops! You can try out places you never would have thought of before. If you see something scenic, just get out and explore, take pictures, and get back on the road. End the night with finding a place for dinner! Don't go to your run of the mill dinner place! Find something new, hole in the wall restaurants are usually the best!
  8. Overnight Camping Trip- Don't have a lot of time for a camping trip? Go just one night, and make it as simple as possible when it comes to packing! If you have a truck or bigger car make a bed in the back and drive somewhere as close or as far as you want! Pack pre-made sandwiches and snacks for your little adventure! (Just remember to pack food that doesn't require heating or being cooked!) Pack a book to read together, or even a podcast to listen to! Leave your phones at home, and spend time off the grid for just one night! Colten and I haven't tried this yet, but it's definitely on our list! 
  9. Shopping Date- Go to the mall together and go your separate ways to buy each other something. Decide on an amount beforehand (I suggest $10-$50) and try to buy something special your partner will love! Also put a time limit on it, so you're not shopping forever. Meet back together and head home! Give your gifts to each other and explain why you felt the person would like what you got them! Something fun to add is giving the person 3 details of something you currently want. For example if you have been dying to get a dark blue shirt to match a skirt you have then you would write down; Dark Blue, Shirt, Short sleeved. Your partner will have to scour the mall finding what you want! And it makes it a little more challenging!
  10. Go to a Park- I am not referring to a park with swings, and slides I am talking about Zoos, aquariums, museums, gardens, and so on! These can be so fun, and you can experience something fun or new you've never seen together. Plan a day out of it, and spend time laughing, taking pictures, and talking about the interesting things you saw.

All Photos Copyrighted and Taken by Mike Kemp




Wedding Day Preview

Ciera Dastrup

I have been dying to get my hands on some of our wedding day photos! I finally received some and decided to share a few of them with you all! (Just some of my favorites so far) Anyway, here is a little "sneak preview" until I do a bigger post on the full wedding day story with more pictures! 

Preview:

 


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