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Friday, September 23, 2016

Golden Toes












Good Morning! :) 

Ok, guys I have a hard time with flats. I honestly don't think I own more than 3 pairs... I'm 5'2 so I usually try wear some type of heel to make me look normal size. Haha! Also, it's hard for me to find flats that are comfortable I almost always get blisters with flats. But these Talaria Flats are AMAZING. Literally one of the most comfortable shoes I've ever worn. They are so soft and stretchy, yet they still support my foot and I don't feel like I'm walking directly on the ground. They also come in a variety of colors ALL so cute! The best part is they fold into each other so they can fit perfectly into your purse if you want change into them later. Check out their website Talaria Flats! :) I hope you all have a great weekend! 

(PS. I'm wearing the far right black jeans. But also LOVE the other two)

XOXO






Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Newborn Must-Have's

Good morning :)

As a first time mom I'm pretty clueless about everything. When I was registering for our baby shower I was so overwhelmed, it was way more difficult than I anticipated. There are so many options and opinions out there for what you "need" for your baby. All of us want to feel prepared for when these babies come into the world, but I had no idea where to even start. So, I made a list of things that I have really worked for us... Especially things that I have used like CRAZY these past 6 weeks. There may be somethings on this list that might not work for you and your family, but hopefully it will help you and your baby shopping process! If you have any baby favorites to share, I'd love for you to leave them in a comment below. I love hearing what works for other moms! I hope you all are having a great week :)

P.S. There are also some pics of my little chubbers using these products ;) 

-Binky: Wubbanub--When I first saw these I thought they were adorable but then thought "what's the difference between that and a regular binky?" Well, I love the weight of this binky. With how often Emmett pops that thing out of his mouth it has hardly ever dropped on the floor.  Seriously, I can count on my hand how many times it's actually fallen out of his mouth. I've never lost it and Emmett hugs it like crazy... Which is probably the cutest thing I've ever seen <3




He loved the wubbanub right away ;)

-Baby Clothes: Sleepers, mittens, onesies- I feel like you can never have enough of these!


-A traveling system: I love having our traveling system. Especially, since we've been traveling so much during Emmett's first month it's awesome not having to take him out of the carseat when we're going from place to place. I love that the carseat locks right into the stroller. We decided on the Uppa Baby Vista Traveling System with Uppa Baby Mesa carseat, mainly because of the 2 baby capability. But it also came with a bassinet & it has a piggy back attachment. Uppa baby is the lightest/easiest stroller & carseat we tested out so that was a major plus! But we also really liked the Baby Jogger system.




Emmett's first walk ;)


(He had a blowout and I forgot an extra onesie... #momfail)

-Nursing tank top & bras: If you're going to be breastfeeding or pumping these will just make your life so much easier. I live in these!


-Bottles: Specifically COMO TOMO bottles- With Emmett I am nursing and pumping, I would say it's about 70/30 breastfeeding/pumping. I wasn't sure where to even start with bottles but I had a friend recommend these to me & she swore by them. My son will really take any type of bottle/nipple so that really wasn't a problem for us but I have noticed that this bottle gives him the least amount of gas and spit up. Also, they are so easy to clean and I love that.


-Nipple Cream: I'm all about this Nipple Cream. I got a few smaller samples from the hospital and had to restock about a week after. My first week of breast feeding was rough. I was SO sensitive, but I feel like the nipple cream made it tolerable. I still experience some rawness/soreness but this has definitely been a lifesaver.  


-Electric Pump: I feel like if you're going to be pumping at all, you're going to want to get an electric pump. I got one from our insurance which works great, it's the Ameda brand (on the right side.) I love that it has the little holders for the pumping bottles, because if you've ever spilt your milk you know its the worst thing ever. If my insurance didn't cover for a pump I probably would have invested a little more in a portable pump because I pump so often. I love this Medela brand down below (left side)


-Carseat cover: I love these because they dual as nursing covers! It's one less thing I have to worry about when I'm out!


-Diaper Bag: I had a few in mind before I decided on the bag I ended up going with. I felt the traveling system and diaper bag were hardest for me to decide on just because there are so many great and different options. I have the Lily Jade Meggan Bag in black canvas and I'm OBSESSED! It can be carried as a cross body, on the shoulder, and even as a backpack. The straps are so comfortable too! I wanted to make sure I got the option for my diaper bag to be carried on my back because I love being handsfree. Not only is it amazing quality but it is SO cute... Even when my husband carries it! ;) 



 

-Swaddle: There are a few swaddles that I like. I like the aiden and anais swaddles because they are so soft and lightweight, which worked great with my summer baby. We also use these thermal swaddles which I like because they are stretchy and much smaller. But my favorite one of all is The Ollie Swaddle. It's heaven sent. I got it when Emmett was almost 2 weeks old and I use it all the time. I love the stretchy material and all of the colors are so soft and pretty. We especially use it for nighttime sleep because it is SO incredibly fast and easy. Because when you're changing a poopy diaper at 4AM, the last thing ya want to do is take forever swaddling your baby and dealing with a tangled blanket. 



-Co-sleeper/ bassinet: What I've learned in this month of being a parent is I should never say never. Wyatt and I said we would "never" co-sleep. Well... that was short lived. We started out with this co-sleeper which is basically a smaller pack and play that pulls up to the bed. I totally love it! But have since switched to the DOCKATOT and it works amazing for us. If you have me on snapchat you probably see Emmett in it ALL THE TIME. It's safe for co-sleeping and I can literally take it anywhere and set him in it and he usually just chills. 



-Disposable Nipple Pads: When my milk first came in it was nuts. Literally everywhere. All the time. It has since slowed down but I still need to make sure I have these in all day or I have seriously embarrassing leakage... haha! I find these disposable pads are a lot more absorbent than the reusable ones.  

-Changing pad: This is probably so basic but I almost forgot to get one of these before he came! I got it literally a day before he was born and I was so glad I did. He's a wiggly worm and I love that it has a buckle to keep him safely strapped!



-Owlet: I'm sure you all have heard about it, it's everywhere and rightly so. I really can't say enough about this item. This is what gives us peace of mind when we go to sleep. It monitors your baby's oxygen level and heart rate. There is no price on the safety of your baby and this has been one of our best purchases. It also has a conjoining app so you can see how they are doing from anywhere, which is amazing! It literally is a lifesaver.




-Wrap: I didn't get one of these until Emmett was about 3 weeks old and it really should have been one of my essential items. I was so intimidated by wrapping my baby because I had seen them before and they looked extremely complicated. Well, I had enough people tell me they were awesome so I gave in and got one. It really took me what feels like a few hundred tries but since I've figured it out I swear by it. I love feeling that close to Emmett and being completely hands free. Plus the fact that he just falls right asleep in it is AMAZING :)





XOXO

Friday, September 9, 2016

Lip Sense Lipstick

Hey ladies! 
So, I'm sure you've been seeing and hearing about Lip Sense all over the place. It has blow up this past year and there's a reason why. It's AWESOME! I'm all about lip color/stick, I rarely ever leave my house without something on my lips. This stuff is my go to when I don't want to mess around with reapplying! It lasts 18 hrs, I actually wore this color the previous night and just touched up the gloss not even the color. It really is smear proof, rub proof, and kiss proof! I kiss my baby all day with this sheer berry color and none of it gets on my sons newborn skin. They have SO many colors, literally every color you can imagine. You can even create your own shade by layering different shades. Tauni Alexander is my go to girl, shoot her a message from a link down below and she'll hook you up :)

Instagram: Tauni Alexander 




Tuesday, September 6, 2016

1 Month Old

Emmett turned 1 month today! 

We've had our sweet baby boy for a whole month :) Wyatt and I were talking the other day about how it already feels like he's been with us forever. A lot has happened this past month. We had Emmett blessed at Wyatt's home ward the 2nd Sunday after he was born and he slept through the whole thing. At his 2 week check up he had weighed 10.7 lbs and was 22 1/2 in long. Ever since my milk came in about 4 days after he was born, Emmett has been a really good sleeper and eater. He sleeps for about 4/5 hours at a time and eats anywhere between 6-8 ounces. At first it freaked me out because everything I read said he was "supposed" to be waking up every 2 hrs and eating around 1-3 ounces. I would feel engorged and try to wake him up every two hours at first but then I felt like I was over feeding him because he was still eating a ton at those feedings. So I stopped and just followed his 4 hr cycle he had going on. I was so relieved when the doctor said it's nothing to worry about and that I should let him eat and sleep how he wants because he's gaining weight and staying healthy. I guess the only downside to that is I miss him when he sleeps. 

We moved from California back to Utah about 2 weeks ago, so we traveled about 10 hours with Emmett. He was great, we only stopped 2 times. Which was less than we stopped on our way to California when I was in my 3rd trimester haha! Emmett has been noticing when we smile at him and has been smiling back at us. Every time he wakes up it's with a huge smile, that's how I know he's actually waking up instead of wiggling around. He loves hymns, his arms out of his swaddles, his wubbanubs, cuddling with mom and dad, sleeping, and EATING! He's not a fan of baths or lotion. We started tummy time with him after his 2 week check up. We're just trying to enjoy ever minute of this newborn stage but to be honest we have NO idea what were doing. We just try our best and pray a lot. Every day feels like a success and we are just so grateful to have him in our lives.






Friday, August 19, 2016

Emmett's Birth Story

Emmett Wyatt Padgett was born August 6, 2016 at 10:25 AM. Weighing 8 lbs 11 oz and 20 1/2 in' long.

I had been terrified of labor ever since we found out I was pregnant. I loved being pregnant, loved the thought of being a mother, and loved our son. I just couldn't imagine being in pain. And up until the last 3 weeks of my pregnancy I hadn't experienced any physical pain. But by then my body was finally starting to hurt/ache and peeing every 5 mins was getting really old. So at my 40 week appt when they told me we could schedule an induction date I was SO happy. We scheduled it for August 5th and that whole week leading up I tried everything I could to further move along the process. Literally everything. But he wasn't budging... Haha.

The day before my induction I was only dilated to 2cm, so they decided to place a balloon in my cervix over night to help me dilate. After I had that placed, I started to get more mild contractions that lasted through the night. I could barely sleep that night because I was so excited. We woke up pretty early the next day because they wanted us there at 6AM.

We grabbed breakfast at Denny's and headed to the hospital. We got there around 6:30AM and it was pretty packed. They told us they had an emergency C-section so they had us wait in the waiting room for a while. We finally got settled into a room around 9AM a nurse told us to stay and hang out and within the next few hours or so the doctor and midwife would be in. They came in around noon and did a check up. They said they wanted to wait a few hours to give the balloon a little more time to come out, because that would have meant that my body would have dilated to a 4 "on it's own." I came in having some light contractions but nothing consecutive so around 3PM the doctor and midwife came back in and to check the balloons progress, it basically came out on it's own which was good which meant I was 4cm dilated.

I started to get some more intense contractions after they removed the balloon and up until then I was still afraid of the epidural. Originally I had planned on getting an epidural but when we finally got there the thought of having one scared me so when they would come in and ask if I wanted it I kept saying no because the pain didn't outweigh my fear yet... I got to 5 cm and they told me it takes about an hour to get the whole process going and in my back. They hadn't broken my water yet, and I wasn't sure when they were going to be back, so I decided to get it then. 

The epidural was amazing. I was having contraction through the process so when it finally got through me it was like I was in a dream! :) I was surprised how painless it was especially compared to the contractions. I had that done around 6PM and right after I had that done they broke my water. I obviously didn't feel that just the warm gush, it just felt like I peed my pants. That's when they stared me on pitocin. I was stoked because that meant they were finally getting me started! Then around 9PM they checked me and I was 7cm. The nurse decided to lower my pitocin at that time because she said that I was progressing "too quickly" (which I didn't understand), it totally slowed down my labor. I got extremely discouraged when she came in around 5AM and she said I was still about a 7. 

She then upped my pitocin to where it was before. After a few hours around 8:30 AM the same nurse came in and said I was only 8cm. I couldn't believe it, over the past hour I could feel a LOT more pressure down there. She left the room and I was so emotional, I was venting to Wyatt about how frustrated I was with my body. I couldn't understand how after 3 more hours I still wasn't progressing when I had felt that much pressure. I hadn't seen a midwife at that point for almost 8 hrs, which was also frustrating. Seeing how upset I was Wyatt left the room and told the nurse that I wanted to see the midwife. About 15/20 mins after he did that the midwife came in and said I was 10cm dilated, 100% effaced, and at a 1 station. I was so relieved because I knew I was further along. I felt like that was a lesson in trusting my instincts a little more. As a first time mom you don't know what to expect or what to believe or how your body works, but I was just really glad that not only I but Wyatt trusted my instincts in that moment. 

So because I was at a 1 station they had me wait a little while Emmett made his head down. They had me do like "practice pushing" for 20 mins with a nurse to get used it and move him closer to 3/4. It was then I noticed how swollen I had gotten. I didn't swell my entire pregnancy, but now my whole left foot and face were totally swollen. They said it was because of the amount of fluids they were pumping through my body, it was nuts! Haha! My epidural numbed the entire left side of my back, up to my shoulder so it was really hard for me to sit up by myself. Knowing this I stopped pressing the epidural around 6AM because I wanted to be able to sit up by myself up for labor. Doing those practice pushes were kind of difficult because I was SO incredibly numb. But finally the midwife came in and said I was ready to go. I don't remember how long it all took me because I was so "in the zone."

Around this time the pressure was getting really intense, my epidural was wearing off and it freaked me out a little. I could literally feel Emmett crowning. I was telling the midwife I could feel the stretching and burning and she just said "push through the pain it he's almost here."I kept thinking I should have pressed the epidural just ONE MORE time... Ah! Haha! 

But I remember looking over at my husband and he was tearing up, I didn't fully understand why he was sad. But I told him I had to really focus right then. He just looked at me and said "okay babe, I'm just so proud of you" and gave me a kiss. It gave me this rush of energy to just push. I was so incredibly grateful to be going through this experience with him. He motivates me in ways he'll never know <3 

Shortly after that, the midwife told me to look down, and I saw them pulling the rest of Emmett out of me. It was the craziest experience ever. I took one look at him and it was like he had been with us all along. They put him on my chest and it felt so good. He was all slimy and covered in weird white stuff but I couldn't stop kissing him. His body was so warm. His hands looked so big! Haha! I kept thinking what a miracle this all has been, and how grateful I was for our Father in Heaven for blessing our family. 

Emmett is 2 weeks old tomorrow and we are still getting the hang of things. I'll be doing a postpartum post and 1 month update in a couple weeks :) I hope you all have had an awesome week! 
















Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy 4th of July & 37 Week Update





Pregnancy Update

His Size: Honeydew Melon

Weight Gain: 22 lbs

Symptoms: So tired. So so so tired. It might be because I haven't been able to sleep through the night, but I never knew someone could sleep so much! I guess I might as well sleep as much while I can :) Still haven't had any swelling in my feet/legs yet. Although I've definitely had hip pain and some "period cramps" this past weekend which were not fun. My lower back gets sore every now and then but nothing like the the ache I get in my hips.

Cravings: Everything? Can that be a thing? Haha! Last week I ate ice cream almost everyday :) 

Movement: Pretty much the same. They have been waking me up at night though. It's weird how much stronger they get as the due date gets closer and closer. The other night I was having a dream that he was running in my tummy and I woke up to these deep kicks in my ribs. They were so far up there it felt like he could have touched my heart... literally hahah

Weird Moment/s: This might be TMI... but I've some consistent lactation since I was about 28 weeks pregnant. When it first happened I was completely freaked out. My doc reassured me it was normal but that doesn't make it any less weird.

Best Moment/s: We had a baby shower last weekend and it fell on mine and Wyatt's 1 year anniversary. It was like deja vu having a lot of the same people together in the same place, but now to celebrate our son. We brought home all this baby stuff and it all just felt more real. The thought of it all is too big to think about sometimes & makes me really emotional. But we are so grateful for all of the love and support we've had. Our baby boy is already so loved <3

I hope you all are enjoying your extended weekend! Have a fun and safe 4th of July :)

XOXO