June 29, 2016

What I Got For My 26th Birthday

So this post is super late! My birthday was way back on June 8th but I really just didn't have the time to get this post together. Its funny, you really don't realize what little time you'll have to yourself once you have a newborn.

Oh well! Better late than never. And as always this post isn't meant to be braggy (is that a word?) I just enjoy reading these types of posts and I know there are others out there who are just as nosy as I am!

This year I just couldn't think of anything I wanted. Normally I'd have a few ideas I could throw out there but not this year. With that being said, I was super happy with everything I did receive!


























Orange and white striped throw blanket. This was actually the one thing I did ask for. I just told Craig I wanted a new blanket and he did very well choosing one! I love having blankets handy next to the couch. This has become mine and Lux's favorite blanket to cuddle up in.
























Skechers. These are probably the comfiest sneakers I've ever owned. They have the gogamat soles and it feels like you're walking on air. I was in such desperate need for new sneakers. The only pair of shoes I had, I busted the backs right out of them while I was pregnant because my feet became so swollen. I wish I were joking...


























Annabelle. I love a good, scary movie. Another one to add to the collection.


























Essie nail polish. l to r- Off Tropic, After School Boy Blazer, Sexy Divide, Mojito Madness, Repstyle


























Clothes. Old Navy knitted vest and Hurley sweatpants.





























Rug. Seems like an odd birthday gift but I went and got this myself with some birthday money. I really wanted a rug for under our table because I honestly hate the kitchen floor in our apartment and I want to cover it as much as I can! I found this one at Walmart.

So I realized I forgot to take a photo of one other gift. I also picked out a new purse while at Walmart. Its not my usual style but I really liked the color so I got it!

Hope you enjoyed this post!

QUESTION OF THE DAY
DO YOU FIND IT HARDER CHOOSING GIFTS AS YOU GET OLDER?

June 26, 2016

10 Things I'm Thankful For


I've been feeling rather grateful lately. I'm at a point in my life where I'm just...happy. Plain and simple. And it feels really good. What makes me feel even better is writing out everything I'm thankful for. Here they are:

01. MY LUX AND HER BEING HEALTHY AND HAPPY

02. FEELING HEALED AFTER BIRTH A LITTLE MORE EACH DAY

03. REALIZING JUST HOW MUCH AMAZING SUPPORT WE HAVE FROM FAMILY

04. CRAIG AND HIS CONSTANT LOVE AND STABILITY HE PROVIDES FOR ME

05. HAVING A DECENT NIGHTS SLEEP

06. WARM, BEAUTIFUL WEATHER

07. TAKING SOME TIME OUT FOR A RELAXING BATH

08. HAVING VERY LITTLE STRESS IN MY LIFE AT THE MOMENT

09. FEELING RE-INSPIRED IN REGARDS TO MY BLOG

10. NETFLIX- BECAUSE I WOULD PROBABLY FALL ASLEEP DURING OUR EARLY MORNING FEEDINGS IF I DIDN'T HAVE SHOWS TO BINGE WATCH :)

What are you most thankful for?


June 24, 2016

Live Clean Favorites | Mom, Dad & Baby

You all know by now that Live Clean is my favorite brand. What I haven't talked about before is the fact that in our household, we all use Live Clean!































This is my current favorite shampoo & conditioner (you can probably tell by my now empty shampoo bottle!). It smells SO good and makes my hair feel so nice. I won't go into too much detail about this one because I've already talked all about this one before. You can read about it here!

































Live Clean has recently come out with a men's line of products and I think its awesome! Craig just used to use whatever shampoo I was using at the moment but now he gets to use these great smelling men's shampoos while still reaping all of the amazing benefits the live clean shampoos are known for! He's currently trying out the 2 in 1 shampoo and I must say I'm loving the way his hair smells and looks lately. Since these are new, here's a little bit of info on them:

Live Clean Mens Classic Clean Shampoo & Live Clean 2 in 1

-Developed with certified organic tea tree oil, peppermint extract and jojoba oil to help combat flakes and oil while improving scalp health

- 98% plant derived

- Free of  parabens, SLS/sulfates, petroleum, dye, DEA, silicone, phthalate and phosphates

-Pure vegan

-Never tested on animals

-Biodegradable ingredients



































Naturally, given my love of Live Clean, I knew I waned to use the Live Clean baby products on Lux. Every time we give her a bath we use this Soothing Oatmeal Relief tearless baby wash made with colloidal oatmeal and chamomile. It smells so, so nice!

Everyday we use the Calming Bedtime baby lotion (even when its not bedtime!) Its made with lavender, jasmine and vanilla to calm, relax and comfort the baby. I'm not sure if it actually does that or not but I do know it smells amazing. Lux also had really bad peeling skin for a while after she was born and I know using this stuff everyday really helped with taking it away.

I've just received a bunch of other Live Clean baby products that I can't wait to try out on Lux! I'll share them with you all once we test them out :)

So those are the products we like to use on a daily basis! Let me know what products you and your family enjoy using!


*Live Clean Mens Classic Clean shampoo and 2 in 1 shampoo were sent for review. 


June 21, 2016

BABY OOTD | Little Wazowski




























Mike Wazowski sleeper / Winners

How cute is this little sleeper?! I found this at Winners a couple of months before Lux was born and I couldn't resist buying it. It was a total steal too- I think I only paid like $7.00 for it!

It's newborn but its made pretty big so it was just swimming on her when she was first born so I'm super excited that it finally fits!

June 17, 2016

Welcome To The New Blog!

I did it! After much thought I finally changed the name of my blog. I was growing tired of the name "Lose The Road" for quite some time now. I just didn't feel like it fit my life anymore. I was wanting to change it for the longest time but I had no idea what I wanted to change it to.

As I'm sure you've noticed, the new name of my blog is Life After Lux.

Pretty self explanatory really.

I felt disconnected from my blog for a while and since having Lux I felt that disconnection even more. I couldn't relate to Lose the Road anymore.

You go through a lot of changes after having a baby. Not only does your life change but you change as a person. Everything feels like it changes really.

This is my life now. My life after having Lux. It seems fitting to me to change my blog name to this.

I'm super excited to see what life has in store for me and I can't wait to share this journey with all of you.

I'm hoping to get working on some new content really soon and for those who might be wondering things will still be pretty much the same around here content wise. I mean of course I'll have a lot more posts regarding the baby and whatnot but I'll still be posting about other topics as well :)

Hope you like the new name and look and I hope you all have a great weekend!!

June 16, 2016

Blog Re-launch

Sooo...

I've been thinking a lot about a blog make-over. I don't just mean changing the layout like I've done so many times before. I'm thinking something bigger. Like a whole new blog name as well.

I just feel like "Lose the Road" doesn't really fit anymore, ya know? Actually, I haven't liked that blog name for quite some time but never had any idea what I wanted to change it to. Until now that is.

So there will be quite a few changes around here pretty soon! Keep an eye out :)

June 14, 2016

My Labour & Delivery Story

In one of my previous posts I mentioned that I'd like to write about my labour and delivery. I know all of my posts lately have involved Lux but hey, that's my life now! I'll get back to writing other posts soon. I'm always interested in reading about other peoples labour and delivery stories because every one is so different but similar all at the same time.

As most of you long-term readers know, I always keep this space very real. Very honest. So that's what I intend to do with this post. I'll be getting into all of the nitty gritty details so if that's not something you want to be reading today, I suggest clicking off now! For the rest of you who are curious as to how it all went down...here we go!

I woke up on May 31st around 3:30 am with pains that I knew were different than the braxton hicks I was feeling a couple of days beforehand. The pain didn't hurt exactly. It was just uncomfortable. These pains kept up for a few hours so by 8:00 am we decided to go to the hospital.

I was concerned because I wasn't feeling the baby move a whole lot that day so when they took me up to the assessment room (yes, they have a place where they "assess" your labour and they decide if you should be admitted to the hospital or not- regardless of pain) they hooked me up to the machine that tracks the baby's heartbeat and my contractions. Thankfully the baby was okay. Its normal for them to move less at the end because one, they have very little room and two, they're getting ready to come into the world. But note that if you feel absolutely no movement from them over the course of an hour- get to a hospital.

So the nurse checked my cervix and I was only maybe half a centimetre dilated. I was pretty bummed because I thought things were actually moving along. I had to stay a bit longer though just so they could continue watching the baby's heartbeat. A doctor then came in to see me and when she checked my cervix- which by the way really hurts when you're having contractions- she decided she would do a sweep. A sweep is when she uses her fingers to scrape away some of the membrane around your cervix in hopes to jump start labour. It hurt, I bled- but it worked. Within a half an hour I was dilated to 3 cm.

At this time she told us to leave and take a walk for about an hour or two to see if that would speed things along. I got some food because I was starving by this time and they told me to eat now because I wouldn't be allowed to eat once I was admitted. We came back after two hours and when I was checked again I was still only 3 cm dilated. I was then sent home.

I remember feeling angry that I was sent home because my contractions were already hurting, I didn't want to be at home when they got worse. And boy did they ever. It didn't take long before they started coming on stronger. I decided to get a hot bath because people say it helps ease the pain- uhhh, nope. Not for me anyway. Pretty soon my contractions were coming on really strong and only about 5 minutes apart. There were definitely some tears by this point. Labour pains were unlike anything I've ever experienced before. I can't even describe what it feels like. I thought with all of the pains I've endured over the years regarding my digestive system that I would be able to handle labour pains no problem. Well, I proved myself wrong. These pains were a million times worse.

Around 7 pm it was time to head back to the hospital. Luckily for me I was now 5 cm dilated which meant I would be admitted.

My whole plan was to do it all naturally. No epidural, no pain meds. Well let me tell you, the second the nurse said I was admitted I asked how soon can I have the epidural! I near cried with joy when she said she could have the anaesthesiologist there within minutes.

I was wheeled down to the delivery room and began getting prepped for the epidural. I was really nervous because they said it would be real uncomfortable getting the needle to freeze the area- I didn't know how much more pain I could take. Honestly, the whole epidural process was a piece of cake. I barely even felt it compared to the contractions I was feeling. It was like instant relief. I couldn't believe how fast it worked. It was really the best choice I made because the rest of my labour was so much more relaxed.


























The rest of my labour moved along slowly but surely and finally my water broke. I can't remember the exact time but it was sometime early in the morning on June 1st. I was then hooked up to oxytocin which is used to speed up labour.

Finally, at 5:50 am I was 10 cm dilated and was able to start pushing. With the epidural, the pushing didn't hurt at all.

There was a slight issue during my delivery. The baby was face up instead of face down. Apparently a few things can go wrong when this happens- a really hard labour, baby can become distressed, increased chance of the cord becoming wrapped around their necks. It was pretty scary. After pushing for a bit they decided it would be best if they assisted the baby by either forceps or the vacuum. As soon as I heard them say forceps I was determined to get my baby out on my own. I had heard way too many horror stories about baby's skulls being crushed and I didn't want anything to happen to my baby. They decided to set up the vacuum instead of forceps. While they were setting it up I pushed and pushed with all my might. I needed to get the baby out.

Within minutes that baby's head was popping out! The doctors were saying oh! maybe we don't need the vacuum, push! push! So I did. And out she came.

One of the few times I've actually felt proud of myself.


She was perfect. My body on the other hand, was not. Because she was born face up, I tore really bad. I only pushed for a half an hour total. My delivery was super quick considering the circumstances. The stitching process lasted 45 minutes! That's how bad it was. They said I needed stitches in layers where as normally there's a single slit they cut that needs to be stitched. 

Soon after I was then sent up to my room where I would spend the next two days. Because of my "unique tearing" (that's the words the doctors chose) I was unable to pee. Which meant no leaving the hospital until I did. To make a long story and 4 catheter insertions short- I was sent home with a leave in catheter for a week. 

There's one thing no one ever tells you about having a baby. You hear all about pregnancy, you hear how hard and painful labour is. But no one ever says that after you give birth sucks big time. 

Not everyone is the same but in my case I had a ton of stitches that left me feeling like I could barely move, you bleed anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks after, I had a catheter stuck in my pee hole, my feet were still swelling and I had to take care of a newborn. It was rough at first. 

I cried just about everyday out of frustration. 

Overtime everything gets easier though. Five days after coming home I was able to have the catheter removed. About two days later my feet were finally back to normal. Even though my stitches are still uncomfortable, I can now move around a lot easier. I'm hoping to be 100% in the next two weeks. 

So that's it. That was my experience. Sorry this was such a long post! 

Hope you all have a wonderful day! :)

June 8, 2016

LIFE | My 26th Birthday + 1 Week Old

Its my birthday.

It really doesn't feel like my birthday though. Too much has been going on this past week to have things feel 'normal' at the moment. 

But its my birthday none the less. 

I'm 26 today and feeling pretty happy. I received the greatest birthday present of all one week ago and to be honest there's nothing else in this world I could want that would even come close to making me so happy. 

Although one other great thing happened today. I finally had the catheter removed from my bladder- yay- so that's awesome. (you guys weren't aware that I needed a take home catheter after giving birth. I was thinking on writing a labour and delivery post soon, if you'd be interested)

So yeah, my first birthday as a mom feels pretty amazing. 

Lux is exactly one week old today. She's getting bigger by the day! We tried breastfeeding for the first few days but she wasn't getting enough and she was really fussy at night. We decided to switch her to formula and she is so much more content now and has only been waking up once throughout the night for a feeding. 



We bathed her for the first time this past Sunday. To say she hated it would be an understatement! haha She screamed the whole time until she was back in her clothes, nice and warm. Her hair became so puffy after we washed it! Too cute.



























Well I hope you all have a wonderful day! My day involves this adorable baby and cake. Can't get much better than that :)


June 7, 2016

Farmacy Skin Dew Hydrating Essence Mist & Setting Spray


I've never used an essence mist or setting spray before so when the opportunity came for me to try this stuff out I was pretty excited. What intrigued me about this particular spray is the fact that it has naturally derived ingredients, its free of parabens, formaldehyde and artificial coloring and its not tested on animals.

That definitely makes me feel better about putting this on my face.

So this skin dew is meant to tone the skin, restore radiance and freshen makeup.

It says to spray it on your face before or after using moisturizer and then throughout the day to freshen up your makeup. I decided to spray it before applying moisturizer. It did feel nice and fresh on my face. I find it has a slight medicinal scent to it but I actually really like the smell.

When I sprayed it on my face after applying makeup I definitely noticed my face looked a little more dewy which is what this product is meant to do! So I was pleased with that. Even still, it just feels good when its sprayed on. I can definitely see me taking this around on hot summer days just to give my face a little cool spritz every now and then!

If you're interested you can find this product on the sephora website and I'm pretty sure its now available in store.

HAVE YOU EVER TRIED A SETTING SPRAY?
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE?

*This product was sent to me by the Farmacy company for review. All opinions are 100% my own.

 

June 4, 2016

Let Me Introduce You To.....

Four days overdue and she finally arrived. I am so beyond happy and excited to finally introduce this little precious bundle of mine to the world.


Guys, meet Lux Hartley Andrews.

She was born on June 1st at 6:20 am and weighed 8lbs 7oz. She's just perfect! Me and Craig are both so in love its crazy. I've never felt a love like this before.



I may be a little MIA for a few days as we adjust to this new way of life but i'll be back with more posts soon :)