Happy Hump Day, everyone! I hope you're having a great week! We're just trudging along with your typical newborn stuff. As soon as you think you've got things figured out...something changes! Kai went through his first growth spurt a couple days ago and wow, it was a tough long day and night. The next day was pretty wonderful though because he slept sooo well! However, today is Caleb's first day back at work, and I'm a little nervous for it. Thankfully my mother in law is still visiting and isn't leaving until this afternoon, so I still have one last day of help. Tomorrow though, Kai and I are on our own and it's going to be an interesting day, but we'll get through it just fine!
So last month I was only able to get through one book since the end of the month was pretty crazy with giving birth to Kai. But the one book that I did finish was a really good one and here are my thoughts...
Capital Gaines -Chip Gaines
I really enjoy reading autobiographies and motivational books, and Capital Gaines was basically a hybrid of these two kinds of non-fiction books. Chip told lots of stories about his past and how his experiences helped mold him in to being the successful business man, boss, and father that he is today. He was honest about everything that goes on with Fixer Upper and Magnolia and how it's not all bows and rainbows yet he still keeps the tone of the book upbeat and motivating.
This book wasn't what I expected it to be but I really loved it. I looked forward to reading it every day and every time I would sit down to read it, it motivated me to be the best version of myself in all areas of life. I laughed a lot while reading it, which is to be expected because I think Chip is hilarious on Fixer Upper. I also really loved the way he spoke about Joanna throughout the book. The love he has for his wife makes my heart swell. I love their partnership and it's so motivating for my own marriage. I am definitely going to miss Fixer Upper when it ends after this season, but hopefully Chip and Joanna will continue to put out great things in this world like Capital Gaines. I highly recommend reading this book, especially if you are in a funk and need a good read to kick start some motivation in your life!
You can buy Capital Gaines on Amazon.
I am currently reading Bringing Up Bébé by Pamela Druckerman and I'm almost done with it! I will definitely share my thoughts on it next month in my book review for February with all of you. What are you currently reading? Leave me a comment below!
Hello friends, it's been awhile! I've been on a short hiatus from writing on here because we finally had our baby! Kai joined us on January 24th, which was his due date! He was 8 lbs and 20 inches at birth and just absolutely perfect. Today I'm going to share with you Kai's birth story...and here's how it goes.
I woke up just before 7 am on the 24th to Caleb getting ready for work and had a strange feeling. I decided to just get out of bed and start my morning a little early and went to the bathroom. As soon as I got in there, my water broke! It was the strangest thing and would not stop gushing. Caleb was just about to put his shoes on to leave when I told him to stop and that it was go time. I finally was able to gather myself, call my doctor who told me it was time to go to the hospital, and called my parents to tell my mom not to go to work either. I made myself a small cup of coffee and let Caleb gather our stuff up to go to the hospital. We said goodbye to Wrigley and were off!
Thankfully our hospital is only 10 minutes away. We decided to stop at Panera to grab bagels since I wouldn't be able to eat once I was admitted in to the hospital. I waited in the car but within minutes Caleb was back and told me he forgot his wallet! After using my card to buy the bagels we had to drive back to our house to get his wallet because he obviously needed his ID. This ended up being a good thing though because I was able to eat my bagel during the drive.
We finally made it to the hospital and they were going to start me out in triage, but once the nurse saw how much water I had leaked she said we could skip it and go straight to a labor and delivery room. I was already 4 cm dilated when they first checked me! The contractions were manageable but building. My parents arrived soon after to keep us company and then the wait began.
After about an hour the contractions started getting more and more painful. My doctors were at the hospital already for other births and the one came to check on me. I was 5 cm dilated, and she told me if I wanted an epidural, now would be the time, I decided to get it. I wanted to be able to rest and save strength for pushing. It really wasn't as bad as I had imagined. I could still wiggle my toes and I could still feel some of the contractions but they weren't painful. I progressed at about 1 cm per hour.
Once I got to 9+cm I stalled slightly. There was a slight piece of my cervix left around the outside that just wouldn't open up, so my doctor had me do some practice pushes to help push it out of the way. That worked and I was finally at 10 cm! I started doing regular pushes every 2 minutes with my contractions. I felt a little frustrated that I couldn't tell if I was doing it right since I was numb but the nurse told me I was doing fine. They kept checking my progress and it just wasn't much. My doctor came to see my progress and noticed my tailbone was very prominent and curves up inside of me. Well, that caused Kai to get stuck, His poor little head wouldn't budge past it even after 2 hours of pushing. I decided to take a small break to regain some energy and get some fluids in me. I started pushing again after about a 45 minute break but it didn't feel like much was happening. At that point my doctor told me I could keep trying because he is doing fine and not under stress, however, I started getting a fever from being dehydrated and that could be passed on to Kai, which really worried me. My choices were to either keep pushing or have a c-section. I was completely exhausted and was at the point of needing oxygen to help me breath because I was so out of breath. I told my doctor I would try for another 45 minutes until 10pm and if there was no progress then I would have a c-section. She said okay and went off to help another women deliver her baby. I tried my absolute hardest for those 45 minutes, but I was losing hope of birthing him vaginally. It was close to 10 pm, and I'm not going to lie I was ready to give up. I was going to tell her to do the c-section if there was no progress, and I'm not going to lie...it shattered my heart. My doctor came back to check on me and she told me that I was almost past the point where he needed to be for it to be much easier for me but not quite there. I asked her if there was anything we could try and do to get him out vaginally before calling it and having a c-section. She told me we could try a vacuum or forceps. I told her "okay, let's do that then." She ultimately decided forceps was the better choice for the situation but that I could only do two contractions with them and if nothing was happening then I'd definitely have to have a c-section. I agreed and they started to prep the forceps. Two other women who were patients of my doctor were also delivering at the same time so she went to help them during the preparations so I got another hour break. I actually fell asleep during that break and when I woke up my doctor wanted to check me one more time to make sure the forceps were possible. When she checked me I lost some more fluid and she said with determination, it's go time, we can do it! So she inserted the forceps and they hurt so much, but I was willing to do anything to birth Kai vaginally. I pushed as hard as I could with the first contraction, but it didn't seem like much was happening. We waited for the next contraction to come I knew it was now or never and I pushed harder than I ever thought possible. The forceps slipped and everyone in the room was cheering me on saying "he's coming!!! push!!!" and I just kept pushing and all of a sudden this huge relief happened and Kai was born at 11:46pm. I just started crying and thanking everyone in the room for helping me, especially my doctor, nurse, and Caleb. They placed Kai on my chest and it was the most amazing moment of my entire life. I'm crying just thinking about it now.
After a few minutes they took him to check his weight and length and my doctor kept working on me. She easily got my placenta out but I tore internally and externally and had to get stitches. I could actually hear it on my last couple pushes popping but I didn't even care. Kai was healthy and safe and that's all that mattered to me.
I can honestly say, too, I truly believe God answered our prayers that Caleb and I said together during the pushing breaks is what made Kai's birth possible vaginally. I want to thank all of you though for your well wishes and prayers during my entire pregnancy and these first couple weeks of Kai's life. We love you all so very much and can't wait to share this next phase of life with you all!
Our little one will be joining our family so soon and we absolutely can't wait! We took these photos with our dear friend Brandie who is the owner and photographer at Bourbon Oak Tree Photography. They are photographs we will truly cherish forever as we can reflect back on this magical time of growing our family. We can't wait to call you an official member of the Cabrera Crew, Nugget! We'll see you very very soon!
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All photos were photographed and edited by Bourbon Oak Tree Photography. Thank you Brandie for these amazing images!
Drybar Sake Bomb Shampoo | Drybar Sake Bomb Conditioner | Drybar Velvet Hammer Hydrating Control Cream | Drybar Prep Rally Detangler
Hi there, friends! If you had a long weekend, I hope it was a nice and relaxing one, and if you had to work yesterday, I hope your week is going well! I was one of the lucky bunch to have the day off yesterday but I actually really needed it. I have some kind of cold/sinus thing going on that hit me real hard on Sunday. I haven't been sick this whole pregnancy and now of course when I'm about ready to go in to labor I catch something. I've done nothing but rest and drink a bunch of fluids the last two days though and it seems to be gradually getting better. Prior to Sunday though we had a fun weekend with having some friends over at our house for dinner on both Friday and Saturday. It's so weird to think the next time we'll see them is when we have our baby! Life is about to change immensely but we seriously can't wait.
I wanted to share with you all today the hair products I've been using for a couple years now that really help keep my hair hydrated, especially in the harsh Chicago winters. I have naturally curly hair and even though I don't produce much oil, my hair is never brittle or dry. I attribute this all to the hair products I use from Drybar. I made the switch the Drybar products about two years ago and haven't looked back. I started out slowly with just using the shampoo and conditioner you see and have gradually started a whole collection of hair products from them! Today though I'm just going to share with you the four products I use when washing my hair, which I do about every 2 to 3 days.
Step 1: Sake Bomb Shampoo & Conditioner
The first step in my hair washing routine is obviously in the shower with my shampoo and conditioner. I use their Sake Bomb products as they are meant for nourishment and hydration. I have really thick hair but I try not to use too much of each because like any shampoo and conditioner, it can really weigh down your hair. I put about a quarter size amount of shampoo in my hand and lather it just in to my scalp. I let the water rinsing the shampoo out get the rest of my hair. I've done this technique for years and I've noticed that it also helps preserve the hydration if you aren't saturating the whole strand with shampoo. Next I take about the same amount of conditioner and apply it to the bottom half of my hair and then rub any excess in to the top and my scalp. I've found that if I don't add any conditioner to the top half that it will be frizzy but if I add too much then I'll have no volume. So this trick is a nice medium to combat the battle between frizz and limpness. I let the conditioner sit in my hair for about 30 seconds and then rinse it out.
Step 2: Prep Rally Detangler
After I get out of the shower but before I brush my hair, I spray a good amount of Drybar's Prep Rally detangler spray on my hair. This is my newest addition in to my regimen. I've had my eye on this product for quite some time now but never pulled the trigger and bought it. This past Christmas though, Caleb got me a Drybar set and this travel size came in it! I've added it in to my hair routine and it really does help. My hair is way less tangly and doesn't break when I finally do go to brush it out. I'd also like to add that I use Drybar's Lemon Drop detangler hair brush for double the non-breakage. I've used the Lemon Drop hairbrush for a couple years now, too, and can attest to it being another big factor on keeping my hair in tip top shape.
Step 3: Velvet Hammer Hydrating Control Cream
My final step when washing my hair is applying Drybar's Velvet Hammer hydrating control cream. I let my hair dry a little bit in a towel while I do my skincare routine and then let it down and apply this cream. I brush out my hair one more time then once again put about a quarter size of the cream in to the palm of my hand and apply it to the bottom half of my wet hair. I run my fingers through the strands with it and that's it.
I almost always let my hair air dry unless I'm in a big rush or am giving myself a blow out. I usually always shower at night, too, so I will let my hair air dry while I read a book or watch some Netflix. But that is all I do for keeping my hair hydrated! It's a really simple process and I feel like with how short and simple it is, it is going to transition so well in to me becoming a mom. I can be quick about washing my hair but also not have to sacrifice all the work I've put in to keeping it nice and hydrated the last couple of years!
What are some of your hair secrets? I love hearing what works for all of you, too! Please leave me a comment below with what your favorite techniques and products are!
Better late than never, right!? Ok so I know we took this vacation quite awhile ago, but now that I have my MacBook and I can actually edit photos with the quality they deserve I started re-doing our shots from our PNW adventure last summer and they are just too good not to share with all of you! Especially since we won't be traveling anywhere until fall this year, I thought I'd slowly share our travel story from this vacation with you all on here. So, let me start from the beginning...
In summer 2017, we took our big annual vacation and this time we chose Portland, OR and Seattle, WA! I have been to both cities in the past with my best friend who lives in Portland, but Caleb has never been. We visited with my best friend Ashlyn and took Caleb to all of our favorite spots as well as tried out some new ones! We spent 2 days in Portland, drove up to Seattle and spent 4 days there, and then drove back down to Portland where we spent another day and a half. For the sake of not making this post be a novel, I'm just going to share the Portland part with you today. Please forgive the lack of photos, too, we really took this time to enjoy spending time with each other and Ashlyn and I was also in my first trimester...so as you can imagine I was really concentrated on surviving and enjoying each day to the best of my ability!
We arrived in to Portland really late at night and did my favorite ritual that Ashlyn and I have when I first get to Portland...we went to Jack in the Box! This is one of those fast food places that we don't have in the Chicago area but we really love it, so we we're excited to grab some burgers, tacos, and egg rolls after our long flight.
Our first full day was filled with just exploring the city since it was Caleb's first time. We hit up the famous Voodoo Doughnuts and Stumptown Coffee for breakfast, did some shopping at Powell's City of Books, and then went to a new spot for me for lunch, Pine State Market. The cool thing about this market is that it is basically like a dining hall. There are a bunch of small restaurant stands inside and you can get so many different kinds of foods! They have Korean BBQ, burgers, hot dogs, ramen...you get the picture. Caleb got the ramen, I got a burger, and Ashlyn got a jumbo hot dog. The best part about this is we all got to share and try a little bit of everything! We also grabbed some soft serve ice cream from the Wiz Bang Bar stand, which is Salt & Straw's only soft serve location in Portland. Hands down the best ice cream you will ever have! After stuffing ourselves crazy, we drove over to the Alphabet District (which is my favorite neighborhood in PDX) and did some shopping. I love this area because there is a great mix of one of a kind boutiques as well as some well known favorite stores. Our favorite store in the area though is called The Meadow. It is a salt, bitters, and chocolate shop and is owned by Mark Bitterman. If you've ever dappled with higher end salt, his name probably rings a bell. So as you can imagine with Caleb being the amazing cook that he is...he was in absolute heaven. We walked out with a bunch of salt, chocolate, and a pink salt block! We then took a nice afternoon break for this preggo lady, freshened up, and headed out to dinner at a new spot for me, Pok Pok. They serve authentic Thai food and it was so delicious. We suggest getting the fish sauce wings and Kaeng Hang Leg, which is sweet pork belly. We then walked over to get more Salt & Straw ice cream because we promised Caleb it would be at least a daily occurrence. I got a scoop of a seasonal option but Ashlyn and Caleb both got pints, so we could have it whenever we wanted at Ashlyn's apartment!
Our second full day was an amazing one to say the least. We started the day out at Pine State Biscuits for a great breakfast. This is one of our all time favorite places in Portland, and we have to go every time I visit! We then headed out to the Columbia River Gorge where we did a full day of hiking. We started out at the Crown Point Vista House, which is a great overlook of the Columbia River. We then did a 2 mile hike to the Upper Falls, a 1 mile hike to Bridal Veil Falls, and a half mile hike to Multnomah Falls. All three hikes we're fairly easy...at least easy enough for a 12 week pregnant lady! You can access all three trail heads off of Historic Highway 30. After our nice long day of hiking, we headed back in to the city where we had dinner at our favorite Portland restaurant, Radar. Ashlyn and I discovered Radar on our first visit out there before she moved to Portland, and we fell so in love with this restaurant. We hyped it up a bunch, but Caleb agreed at the end that it is some of the best food you will ever have. Our favorite dishes are the braised brisket and smoked pork shoulder. My mouth is watering right now just typing about them!
The following morning was a quick one in terms of our time in Portland. We popped in to a cute little doughnut place called Pip's Original Doughnuts and Chai for breakfast. They serve little doughnuts, coffee, and the best chai teas. We got one of each mini doughnut with the cinnamon sugar and the Dirty Wu being our top choices. We then drove up to Seattle, which I will save that fun for a different blog post!
When we got back to Portland a few days later, we kept the doughnut train going and hit up Blue Star Donuts for our first breakfast back in PDX. I really really love the lemon poppy doughnut but the blueberry bourbon basil is a close second. We stuck around the Mississippi neighborhood of PDX after breakfast and went in to some cute shops in the area. We hit up another Meadow location and this time Caleb grabbed some bitters and I grabbed some rose cocktail syrup that I am still dying to try. Only a couple more weeks hopefully! We opted to stick around the area for lunch, too, and went to Little Big Burger, which is right next to Blue Star. My travel crew graciously took an afternoon break with me back at Ashlyn's place before heading over to the Old Town area for our Shanghai Tunnels tour later at night. This was a brand new experience for me, and I'm not going to lie I was a little nervous about it. Ghost stories aren't really my thing, but I sucked it up and went underground for the tour of the tunnels. I don't want to spoil it for anyone, but it really isn't that bad. Just watch your head! The ceilings are low and you could whack your head on many many pipes. After the tour, we went over to Cartopia, which is an awesome lot full of food trucks! We each got something different and shared just like we did at Pine Street Market. I love doing this so you get to try a little bit of everything!
Our final day our of vacation was only a half day, but we ended on quite a high note. We went out for breakfast to a place called Off the Waffle. You guys, I LOVE waffles so much. Like Leslie Knope level love waffles. This place apparently also loves the show Parks and Rec because you can get a plate called The Swanson! It was our dream breakfast. It was unfortunately time for us to head to the airport after that, but we definitely left with full hearts and bellies. We can't wait for our next visit out to the PNW with Nugget in tow!
I'll be sharing our time in Seattle and Mount Rainier National Park in separate posts. so stay tuned! Make sure you're following me on Twitter for daily ramblings and blog post announcements! Hope you all have an amazing weekend!
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