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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.


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! 



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!





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! 


Canoe Shoot

Ciera Dastrup


I am back from my honeymoon and can't wait to share all of those photos with you, along with my wedding photos! But first I want to share some of these AMAZING photos by the talented Stephanie Sunderland Photography. I have posted quite a few of these already on my social media, but there are so many great ones, that I decided to dedicate a blog post with my favorites from that shoot. Some outfit details will be at the bottom as well! Let me know what you think, and also go follow @stephaniesunderlandphotography in INSTAGRAM!




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Behind the Scenes: Provo Fashion Week

Ciera Dastrup

Hey!! I had the most fun opportunity this last weekend to model for designer Bree Lena of aBreeOriginal! I met so many awesome new friends, and seriously had the time of my life walking the runway, and participating in countless photo shoots with all my new friends! Bree's designs are beautiful and glamorous and the dress she put me in made me feel like a movie star!!! I even got to wear an awesome fur scarf, and hold a beautiful bouquet! I recommend visiting her site & checking out her cute clothes for purchase! >>> click here

ANYWAY...here are some fun shots uploaded from my camera, and taken by some of the photographer that attended the show!

HAIR: Emmas Parlour MAKEUP: Gorjessmeup 

In between shows!

Photo by: ME

Getting my makeup done before the Saturday show! This MUA was a mega babe & so sweet!

Photo by: ME

Emma doing her thing, on blogger Makenna Boley

Photo by: ME

There was a lot of social media & photo sharing going on!  Mercedes & Blogger Kristin Davis     // Photo by: ME

There was a lot of social media & photo sharing going on!

Mercedes & Blogger Kristin Davis     // Photo by: ME

Just posing in between shows on the runway, with Brit Andrus & Makenna Boley

Photo by: Dreamwithmephotography  <<<click to view her page

Hair/ makeup station...and dressing station...and mingling station. AND basically where we lived for two days

Photo by: ME

Fun in-between posing shot! // Photo by: Dreamwithmephotography

Me on the runway // Photo by: Ryan Houston Photography 

Photo by: Lcphotography

Photo by: Lcphotography

Yours Truly, Ciera


Ciera Dastrup

I am so excited to announce that I will be walking in Provo Fashion Week Fall 2014 for designer Bree Lena from aBree Original! There will be lots of other amazing designers there as well, and the show will be seated with many famous fashion and beauty bloggers! Including: Rach Parcell and Angie Wilson. You can get some tickets of your own by clicking on this link: PROVOFASHIONWEEK <<<<<

Come to the show and meet me & tons of other bloggers!

Yours Truly, Ciera