Thursday, June 26, 2014

Pregnancy Update!

 *Be forewarned I am open and candid about my pregnancy:)

A week ago I had a huge scare. I had significant vaginal bleeding, and as you can imagine I freaked out! I immediately paged my husband, and told him what was happening. He told me to call my OB right away ( I was already dialing at that point!). Honey bun made it home within 15 minutes and we headed straight to her office. At this point, I was running through all the possibilities. And I was really worried, but just wanted to know that our baby was okay.

Once we got to the clinic, I was seen right away and my OB had the ultrasound machine set-up. I was so frazzled, and really had no clue what might be happening. If you've read Gabriel's birth story, my entire pregnancy was very uneventful with him, thankfully. Up to my natural med-free birth. As I laid there I couldn't help but think about that, and I just wanted to see our baby on the screen! I was gelled up and after a few movements I was able to see our little one. The good news was that baby was super active and moving around! I can already tell, this one has lots of energy too! I was so excited to see all the movement, and hopefully receive more  good news that all was well in there. 

My OB immediately calmed my fears and told me that our baby looks great. Baby was about 10 oz and growing steady (little chunker is measuring ahead already). And she was able to get some great views. But at one point she stopped and told me she knew why I was bleeding. She pointed at my placenta on the screen and told me that is was positioned in the front, and curving under my cervix. This was called a "placenta previa." I heard of the condition before with my amazing sis. It was several years back, but I knew all that she had to endure during her pregnancy. She was put on more than a month of bedrest, and delivered my sweet nephew early at 36 weeks. 

I immediately shared my concerns with my OB and I told her that I had a "feeling" for quite a few weeks that my placenta was in the front. I told honey bun a few times, and he always told me it was pretty rare (and that it was me being kooky with my feelings haha!). However, he admitted then that I was right on haha! I told my OB that from what I know about placenta previa's, one of the worse case scenarios is that I would need an emergency C-Section to deliver. The first thing my OB told me was, "but I don't want to give you a C-Section Keila!" I laughed out loud! I love my OB! She has really gotten to know me and my desires to deliver med-free again.  Another concern with placenta previa's is how far below the placenta is located and where the cord lies. All of these affect the way that baby grows, and whether or not I will deliver earlier than expected. However, she soothed my fears and told me that she really believes it might "lift". Meaning that as baby gets bigger, the placenta will be lifted up, and I could possibly still have a vaginal delivery. 

I'm currently on a few restrictions, no lifting or carrying things (which is hard with our nugget Gabriel!), no strenuous excersize, no hanky panky haha or straining. And if I have another bleeding episode I have to be seen immediately and that could mean bedrest. Ah! As you can imagine, it has been a rather trying past few days. I am used to running around with our little guy, working out and really doing things at a fast pace. Shifting the way I do things has probably been the most difficult. Secondly, not allowing my mind to go down the negativity lane and Dr.Google everything. Many of you guys already know, googleing is the worst idea! I am really thankful I have honey bun to help me on the day-to-day when he comes home. I also have my family that are taking trips down to help me, and have offered to stay with me if I end up on bedrest. I am so thankful for them, I could not ask for a more loving and supporting family. 

My OB was also able to see the sex..... It's.... A..... Will be continued ;) We have a follow-up ultrasound in a couple of days, and I'll let you all know then :) She was pretty sure she got a good look, and so did I! But she wanted us to have a better view with the fancier machine. 

As for now, I am taking everything day by day. Staying positive. Hoping for the absolute best. But above all, finding peace regardless in which way our baby makes their grand appearance. What matters most is that both baby and I are alive and healthy in the end. I am looking forward to our next ultrasound, and I hope we get good views of everything.

Send us your positive thoughts, vibes and prayers- we'll take every single one we can get!


Sunday, June 22, 2014

Week #ootd in review!

Hello, lovelies! I'm posting my outfits of the day (ootd) from the past week. I usually post the details on Instagram but thought it would be a good idea to post a review on here also ;) I hope your week has been fabulous!

Happy Sunday!

                Floral skirt old Target | Similar | Top thrifted | Similar
   Striped maxi skirt worn as dress | similar | Chambray top | similar 

          Yellow top Banana Republic | similar | Printed Pants Banana Republic | Similar 
                Tank Target | similar | Floral jeans Target | Similar

Top Macy's | Similar | Leggings | Forever 21 | Heels Shoedazzle | Similar

Monday, June 16, 2014

Fave links and things!

Hey loves! I know I'm a few days late for my fave links and things but it was Father's Day weekend and honey bun was able to get off early from his rotation! (So I get a pass hehe) I hope you all had a great weekend with all the Dad's (and Dad figures) in your life. 

Without any further delay here's what I've been obsessing over this past week!

1. On the left- As you know maxis are so versatile in the summer- and especially during pregnancy! This one is an old one from White House Black Market but here's a similar one. And the top is Liz Lange Maternity for Target- perfect coral color!

2. And this oh-so-yummy French Onion soup recipe I came across. So good! I followed the instructions exactly. I used yellow onion in the recipe and all fresh herbs instead of dry seasonings.
3. I've also wanted to hit up all of the Farmer's Markets in the area this summer- so this is for my local peeps ;) The West Allis Farmer's Market is fantastic! I love their herbs and flowers here. I'm hoping to head over to the downtown market this weekend!

4. I like to cultivate a culture of gratefulness in my daily living. Sometimes it can be difficult to think positive when you're having a not-so positive day. But realizing how much we truly have is such a gift! I read this the other day and thought it had some great points! 10 Things Happy People Do

And that's it for today :) I hope everyone's week is off to a fantastic start! 


Sunday, June 15, 2014

DIY: Multi-colored Maxi Maternity Dress

Hi lovelies!

I don't consider myself to be extra-crafty, or a seamstress by any means! But I love trying out new things, and challenging myself with new projects. I stumbled across an extremely gorgeous and talented mommy-to-be on IG that makes her own maternity dresses, and I was so inspired to finish a few sewing projects I already started. This maxi dress was one of them. I didn't use a pattern, instead I went off a non-maternity maxi I already had and a top that I really loved. I then made a pattern of my own. 

However, I am linking you up to this pattern that can be tweaked and used to make a similar dress! A pattern is not set in stone- you can switch it up, lengthen or shorten and make it your own. I purchased quite a bit of this fabric a few months ago from my favorite online fabric retailer. I went to check if it was available but it's since then been sold out. However, there are tons of other great multi-colored prints you can work with. I encourage you to try it- you might surprise yourself with what you can do! Don't forget to have fun!


Monday, June 09, 2014

Wisconsin Parks

I may be a bit biased, but Wisconsin has the most beautiful parks! And they are everywhere around the state. What I love most is that the majority are very accessible and so family friendly. We have quite a few trails and parks in this area. This weekend we were in Hart And Hoyt park, and I couldn't help but take lots of pictures of our Gabriel. If you're from the area (and don't already know) the pools and trails are so beautiful at these two. It was also great to have honey bun home for a bit!

I hope your week is off to a great start! 


Friday, June 06, 2014

Fave links and things!

Hello loves! It's Friday ,woo hoo! So you know what that means: fave links and things ;) Otherwise it's just a regular day for me haha! I've got a mix of links that I've been obsessing and/or watching over and over again.


I am loving yellow for summer! And found these lovely items! 

1. I love Zoya Nailpolish- it's vegan, no formaldehyde, and it's pretty much amazing. I love this yellow: Darcy (who happens to be my fave character in Pride in Prejudice swoon! teehee)

2. I just ordered this yellow mesh tote- so perfect for the beach, pool you name it! And it's only $6!

3. Love this basic yellow maternity top from Loft- casual and breezy!

4. I am obsessed over this yellow braided belt- so cute! And it's on sale at GAP :)


5. It was "World Environment Day" yesterday! Learn more about it here, and what you can do to nurture and preserve our planet for generations to come! 

6. This was Gabriel yesterday! We went to the Art Museum and walked around the Lakeshore with a group of our friends, and it was such a great day! 

7. This last link is very difficult to watch, however, the faith of these parents is heartbreaking and inspiring. They are facing such a huge tragedy and somehow find strength in their loss. The way that they talk through their story and share their insight goes beyond my understanding. And that is the definition of divine peace to me. I hope you watch it- they also have a link where you can donate to the family during this time. Davis Family Fund

I hope you have an amazing weekend! 


Thursday, June 05, 2014

Mellow Yellow

Hello loves! On Instagram I've joined a monthly fashion challenge with Sandae @CurvyGirlontheRun, where we follow a set of themes for every day in June by using the hashtag: #joyfuljunestyle. It really makes picking out outfits for the day much easier, and it's so fun to get creative with my wardrobe! If you don't follow me on Instagram, I hope you check it out (link is on the sidebar). I post more outfits on there as well! 

I was so excited for today's theme, because it was "mellow yellow". And I have been in search for a yellow maxi for quite some time! I finally found this gorgeous dress at Target (only availableonline) and it comes in a few great colors for summer. It's the perfect casual maxi. I was able to go to the museum with flats, then head to my honey bun's research presentation in the afternoon and add some wedges. What I love most about it is that it also works as a maternity dress! A real win-win ;) And how gorgeous is that neck line?! I hope you are having a great day and can enjoy the outdoors for a bit! 


Yellow Maxi dress | Target online

Monday, June 02, 2014

Milwaukee Zoo

It was Gabriel's first visit to the Milwaukee County Zoo this weekend! And he loved every second of it. His favorite exhibition were the monkey's. And we were even able to see the new baby monkey that was born there. Although we missed Papi (internal medicine rotation is a beast!) we still had fun walking around and oohhing and ahhing over all of the animals! We were even able to meet up with a friend, who has a baby boy around Gabriel's age. It's always so nice to catch up with a fellow momma!

A word of advice, weekends are so crowded! If you can go during the week, I'd say go for it. It wasn't too hard to navigate around the people, but sometimes it took a while longer to get a good view because of the crowds. Otherwise, we love this place and can't wait to go back with honey bun :)

Pointing at e v e r y t h i n g !

baby monkey!

sweet friends xo

random nice person took a pic of us

The Giraffes were my faves! So amazing!

Have a great week loves!