December 29, 2017

Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018

As the year comes to an end I've been thinking about all the things that have happened in these last 365 days. This year has been one of HUGE life changes, tears, laughter, lots of miles on our car, and definitely a lot of love.

We started the year off with a 3,651 miles road trip to our new home in Washington. That was the most intense trip I have ever been on in my whole life. Poor Caleb drove the gigantic box truck all across the U.S.
Finally though we made it and settled into our cute little part of the world.

Our whole world changed though on January 31st when we discovered we were going to have a baby! After a year and a half of praying for little one it was happening!

And to make things sweeter, we were having a little girl!

The days between finding out we were expecting to July were mostly filled with endless days of nausea and vomiting. I barely left the bed, lived off of gatorade and pretzels, and lost 40+ lbs. It got so bad I ended up in the hospital in mid-July.

Finally after a practically a whole year of preparing, we welcomed our sweet one into the world on October 10th, 2017. Labor was fast and easy, but unbelievable. To think the lord gave us this girl to love and watch grow. I couldn't believe this was my life.

 In November, both families came up to visit us and meet Isla. We hadn't seen them since last Christmas so it was a blessing to get a few days with them. I absolutely loved watching my parents with Isla. Too cute!

Now here we are at the end of December. About to embark on a whole 'nother year of adventure and changes. I can't wait to share it with y'all again.


December 26, 2017

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Happy Tuesday! Did you have a good Christmas? This was Caleb's and my first Christmas without any family around. We thought Caleb would have to work through it (that's the military for ya), but his supervisors were so sweet to let him have the day off! So on Christmas Eve we headed off to explore a nearby beach by us. We've been here for almost a year and yet I had no idea this place was so close. To make things even better, when we left the house it started to snow; our first snow of the season!
Walking through the woods was like a dream! It was so quiet, the only sound we could hear was snow hitting the ground and our footsteps crunching against the dirt. It's a bit of a hike down to the beach. The views on our way there were amazing.
We were hoping to see some sort of sea creatures when we finally made it to the beach, but there wasn't anything but shells. To be honest if I was a starfish I'd want to stay off of the cold beach too!
We could barely see the ocean's waters with the fog. It's so crazy how there was no fog anywhere except for right where the water started. It just seemed like this whole spot was out of a storybook.

Isla slept through the whole thing, all bundled up against me in the baby carrier.  It was the most magical Christmas Eve. All I could think about was how blessed I was to be surrounded in such a beautiful place with my loves. I can't believe this life is mine.


December 23, 2017

2 Months Old | Isla Makai

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weight | 11 lbs and 2 oz
height | 25 inches 
sleep | Only really naps if she's being held, but at night she'll just latch on while we're both sleeping, so I never really have to fully wake up which is nice
eating | Every 2 hrs. She's an eater
likes | christmas lights, bath time, being on her playmat and getting her picture taken
dislikes | wet diapers and not being held for longer than 30 minutes
favorite moment | Overall, just seeing her personality come out more and more
milestones | she can roll over belly to back. Starting to roll back to belly, and is holding her head up a lot. Talks like crazy and responds to sights and sounds.
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It's a little late, but I was waiting for her doctor's appointment to get all her measurements. She's growing into this goofy, sweet thing and I love her like crazy. It seems like these days are flying by.

December 5, 2017

Kids Holiday Gift Guide | Ultimate Guide for All Ages

I don't know about you, but kids are the best to shop for. What screams Christmas gift more than a new toy?! I've tried to include a wide variety of ages in this guide; from the littlest one to preteen. Hopefully you can find something in here for a kiddo on your Christmas list.
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4 TO 6
7 TO 12

November 22, 2017

For Him | Holiday Gift Guide 2017

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It's here! The first gift guide of the 2017 holiday season! I don't know about you, but I've always found the men in my life the absolute hardest to shop for. Everytime I ask I'm usually met with an "I don't know" or "I don't care." So I figured why not start with them. 

All the items on this list have been husband approved, so hopefully you're able to find something that's perfect for your guy.


November 12, 2017

One Month of Bliss | Isla Makai did we get here so fast!? It feels like just the other day we brought this little one home. But at the same time I can't picture what life was like without her.

As I'm sure you've probably guessed by now, yesterday Miss Isla turned 1 month old. Her last month has been filled with so many wonderful moments. I want to just bottle this all up and savor her this little forever.
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weight | As of yesterday's appointment she weighs 8lbs 3 oz! That's 21 ounce up from 2 weeks ago. She's gonna chunk up before we know it!
height | They didn't measure her at this appointment, but at 2 weeks she was 21 1/2 inches
sleep | She gives us about 1 big 4-5 hour stretch at night, and then wakes up every 2-3 hours after that until she's ready for the day. I'm starting to notice more of routine with her naps which is nice
eating | This girl loves to eat. She'll be on the boob whenever she gets the chance. 
likes | cuddles with mama and daddy, nature sounds, being outdoors, and bath time
dislikes | being laid down for too long. Thank God for our baby wrap
favorite moment | How can I choose just one?! If I had too I'd say the moment when we both wake up and seeing her sweet face smiling at mine.
milestones | She's smiling more and more. Making sweet coos and you can tell she's actually starting to "see" the world. She's also SO strong! Those legs and neck muscles are working hard. She also met grandparent's for the first time last week! It was so nice having my parent's close again. 
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I love her more and more each day and can't believe God blessed us with such an amazing little girl. As much as I want her to stay this tiny forever, me and Caleb are also looking forward to watching her grow. 


October 28, 2017

Day at the Pumpkin Patch | Life Lately

 My absolute favorite part of the fall season, aside from fashion, is taking a trip to the pumpkin patch! Nothing really feels more autumnal than this, does it? We had been waiting for Isla to be born before we went, so last tuesday we finally made it out.

The farm we went to was so adorable. There was a corn maze, hay maze, a petting zoo, a huge trampoline, yummy treats to snack on, and of course a self-pick pumpkin patch.
Caleb's favorite part is the corn maze, which I had never done before. Well it definitely lived up to it's expectations, because we were in the baby for over an hour. Caleb had to pull out the map and navigate us out. 

Isla slept in the carrier the entire time. She loves to be as close to me or her daddy as she can be. We also got there right around sunset which made everything extra glowy and golden. So pretty! Made everything a little dream like.

We each picked out pumpkins to carve. Caleb chose a green one so that he can make a Shrek pumpkin. Mine's the traditional, round one cause ya know... #basic. We even picked a sweet baby pumpkin for Isla.

 Also how cute are these animals!
Obviously I had to make Caleb and the baby stand by this sign. Although I think it's off by like 6 inches, but hey they're still cute! 
Celebrating the season with this little one is already so much fun. It'll be great coming back here as Isla gets bigger and watching her grow.

Have y'all had a chance to explore a pumpkin patch this year? What are you planning on carving into your pumpkins? 


October 20, 2017

Maple Holistics' Tea Tree Oil Shampoo | Products Im Loving

Recently, Maple Holistics' reached out to me to try one of their shampoos! I'm a huge fan of using products with as natural ingredients as possible. That's why I was super excited to try this brand out. Not only are their products made of natural ingredients, but they are also cruelty free! Score!!
I was sent their tea tree oil shampoo. Tea tree oil has so many benefits; from healing acne, improving dandruff, encouraging hair growth, and reducing hair loss. 

The shampoo itself smells good, without being overpowering which I was afraid it might be. I've been using it for the last 2 weeks now. After the first use my hair honestly felt squeaky clean and stronger. Since then I've also noticed I can go longer between washes without my hair feeling oily. As a new mom this has been awesome since there isn't exactly a ton of time to wash my hair.
My husband has been using the shampoo as well. He has thick, oily hair and tends to struggle with dandruff. So when he heard about the potential benefits of tea tree oil, he was in on trying it too! His hair has been less oily as well, as well as noticed less dandruff which is a total plus.

At less than $9 the shampoo is a little pricey compared to drugstore shampoos, but I would say if you're really struggling with oily hair or dandruff than it's worth it. 

There are so many other amazing products on the site from shampoo, conditioner, oils, and serums. Plus they come in multiple essential oils depending on your needs/preference. 

The best part is you have the opportunity to try it for yourself with their free samples program! All you have to do is fill out a quick form, select your product of choice and you're good to go!

Let me know if y'all give this brand a try!


October 15, 2017

Isla's Birth Story

3 days before my due date I woke up as I normally would; wobble out of bed, throw up, then grab breakfast from kitchen. Nothing seemed different until I (TMI) went to the bathroom and noticed part of the mucus plug. Now I  already lost most of it 3 days before so I didn't really think much of it. This time however there was a bit of blood. I had remembered all these women's stories of a "bloody show," so I wandered back into the bedroom where Caleb was sleeping.
"Not quite sure, but I think baby might come today," I told him. I was hoping so badly I was right, but a lot of me felt I was just looking for signs that weren't really there.

 We kept going about our day as normal, watching Gotham on Netflix and cuddling before he went to work. My back and stomach had a dull ache, which majority of me said was just part of pregnancy. I had been having off and on aches for the last few days, so I wasn't sure if these aches were just like the previous days. Around 9pm my husband left for work and I noticed more blood. Cramping was still there, but didn't exactly feel painful or in any pattern.

I kept texting my mom and husband telling them about it; trying to figure out what each little ache and twinge meant. Around 10:00pm they started to get a little stronger so I tried timing every time I felt what felt like a gas pain. The timing was super inconsistent. Some 10 minutes apart, then 3, then 45, then 12. I could tell something was happening, but it wasn't exactly like I'd imagined either. My husband and I were texting the entire time. The process was honestly frustrating. Was I making it up? What is it really suppose to feel like? I didn't really "know" and was afraid it was all for nothing. Would she be here in 24 hours or was she still days away. I wanted so badly for Caleb to come home just for emotional support. Instead I passed the time with Gilmore Girls and fueling myself on Skittles. 
Around 4am is when things changed! The cramps would come, making me squirm to try to combat the intensity.  I started texting my husband a pig emoji every time it hurt with them coming every 10 to 15 minutes now. I was starting to get anxious. My husband was stuck at work until 8am. I remember at 5:30am just crying, wanting Caleb so bad, but not wanting to get him in trouble if it all turned out to be nothing. I got up to pee, more blood, then up came the chips. The next 3 hours were the worst. I tried to sleep, waking up every 15 minutes to run to the bathroom, throw up, and try to stretch the pain away. Finally around 8:00 am Caleb came home. and we headed to the hospital.

The car ride there I remember staring at the clock trying to time the pain. 
It almost worked as a distraction.
We arrived there at 9am and went straight to labor and delivery. My husband told the nurses, "I think she's in labor."
They sent him down to registration and sent me to a room. I changed into a gown and a nurse came into check me.

I was a 2 almost 3 I think. I can't really remember.  Between the complete lack of sleep and the pain it all was a daze. They monitored my contractions and baby's heart rate. I just laid in bed breathing through the contractions, listening to Isla's heartbeat, and occasionally throwing up.The nurse came back and said she'd like to check if she accidentally broke my waters. 20 minutes later she came back and said "Well you're staying! Your water's broke." I was so relieved to know that I wasn't going to be sent home. My baby was coming soon!

At 9:45 am they called my OB/GYN who checked me again. I was a definite 3 now. She wanted to monitor my contractions internally. Oh this part hurt! I was contracting, her hands were shoved however far up me, plus the IUPC going inside me. My husband said he was kind of mad watching because I looked like I was in so much pain. I just kept reminding myself:
 "Once this is done you're going to get the epidural. You'll stop being in pain. Just a little while longer."
Shortly after the anesthesiologist came in. My heart was racing afraid it'd hurt, but kept reminding myself again "a little more pain and it'll all be better." They had me sit on the edge of the bed, pushed a table in front my me and my husband standing in front of that.  I hugged a pillow while my husband hugged me. They cleaned my back off and then came the part everyone said hurt the worst, the numbing injection. To my surprise  felt like nothing to me. No worse than pricking your finger on a thumbtack.

At this point my husband's head was slightly digging into the top of mine. I tried to tap him off and then next thing I know I see him in the arms of one of the nurses passed out! I couldn't see much else due to the anesthesiologist still in my back but I hear them lower him to the floor. A nurse says "nice catch!," and someone rushed off to get him juice. My nurse came over and started comforting me in place of Caleb. Then a 2nd nurse grabs my phone and takes a picture of the whole situation. She said this is something we'll definitely want to remember.
Next thing I know I'm laying back down into bed with Caleb back up by my side. Slowly the pain all went away and my legs turned tingly. I was finally able to relax. I quickly fell into sleep and Caleb did too on the pull out couch. We slept from 11:00 am until 1:30pm. I only woke up to get checked again at noon where I was a 4. I think they gave me pitocin to try to speed up contractions at one point but I can't remember when.

At 2:00 pm the nurse came back into check me one more time. My whole body was shaking so badly it almost hurt. The nurse said I could be reaching transition and that's why I was shaking so bad. Last time we had talked they didn't think she'd be coming soon, so it was to every one's surprise when she check and said "There's no cervix left! Get ready to push mama! We're calling your doctor."

I was shocked and started to get so excited as we waited for the doctor. The nurses began bringing the supplies into the room. I quickly called my parents to tell them I'll be pushing soon.
However,  I was still shaking so they checked my temperature. It was 102.  The baby was starting to get antsy with a heart rate up around 180. The doctor's didn't seem terribly concerned, but just said we need to get this baby out soon. They slapped an oxygen mask on me which helped so much with the shaking and throughout the delivery.

At 2:30 I started pushing, with each contraction baring down 3 times. I could feel the pressure in my stomach when the contraction started, signalling me to take a deep breath and push with all my might. I counted through them.

"Inhale! 1, 2, 3, 4...10! Deep breath in and 1,2 3, 4..."

The more I pushed the more pressure I could feel in my pelvis. It honestly made me so happy feeling it, knowing that was my baby. She was getting closer. 
This continued for about an hour before the doctor grabbed a vacuum to help her out. Babies heart rate was rising more and they were concerned for her temperature as well. About 10 more contractions and then I saw her.
3:40 pm
They pulled her out of me, her body covered in vernix all tiny and pink. I couldn't believe it. All I could think was "She's mine. That's my baby." I looked at Caleb as if to say "Can you believe this?" 

It all felt surreal her being there with me actually TOUCHING her. My 2nd thoughts were how tiny she was, followed by "I can't believe I practically starved her for weeks due to hyperemesis." 
She had a temperature of 100.4 I think. They had me hold her close so her temperature would equal out. All the nurses started cleaning the room up and by 4 o'clock it was just us 3.

Isla, Caleb & Me.

It all happened so fast. Not even the doctors/nurses though it'd happen as fast as it did. But it did , and she is here, and I am absolutely so incredibly in love with her.

Everyday since has been the best days of my life. I feel so blessed to be her mother and be able to raise this sweet girl with such an amazing man as my husband. 

October 11, 2017

Hello Isla Makai

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We welcomed Isla Makai Herron into the world on
October 10,2017 at 03:40 pm
6lbs 12 oz and 19 1/2 inches of sweetness

Birth story to come soon.

September 25, 2017

Fall Wardrobe Must Haves | All Under $100

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Ahhh autumn is here! I've been so excited to break out the scarves and denim for months now! Finally the weather here in Washington has cooled down, so I get to break out the pieces I love. Here's just a few pieces that I'm excited to rock this season. The best part is they are all under $100!


September 22, 2017

37 Weeks Pregnant | Bump Update

Woah we've made it to term! Although she still has 3 weeks left until her guess date, she could technically come any day now! The baby countdown is on! Both Caleb and I were born at 37 weeks so we'll see if she decided to be a little early too. 

She's head down and ready to go based off ultrasounds. I've definitely been feeling a lot more pressure/back pain as a result. My bump has gotten HUGE. I kinda love it though, despite all the stretch marks it's given me.

Yesterday we went to a giant bi-annual consignment sale and picked up a bunch of cute pieces for her. Other than maybe bottles(which I'm not in a rush to buy) we've bought everything for Miss Isla we wanted to. All that's left on my "to do list" is to clean the house and stock up on some basics/food for the first couple of weeks with her.

Overall I'm so excited though! The whole family can't wait to meet her. I'm especially excite for when my parents and in-laws fly/drive up here to meet her too. 
Not much longer now...

How far along? 37 weeks + 1 day
Total weight gain: Still at -14 from my pre-pregnancy. My roll of 1 lb a week stopped about two weeks ago. Oh well....
Maternity clothes? The stretchier the better at this point. I need more maternity jeans, but at the same time we're so close to the end what's the point of buying more?
Stretch marks? They're popping up everywhere lately. So many on my hips and my lower belly. I'm trying to not hate it, but let's be real...they're not cute.
Sleep: Normal :)
Best moment: Feeling/Seeing her roll around in my tummy. Finally completing the ever so long baby shopping list.
Miss anything? I really wish I could fit in some of my old clothes :(
Movement: Lots of rolls and kicks
Food cravings: Key lime yogurt and apples
Anything making you queasy or sick: I'm always nauseous, but it's definitely better and better each week
Gender: Girl
Labor signs: If I'm on my feet for longer than 10 minutes I get super crampy, back pains. Also lightning crotch is real haha. My body is getting ready, I can tell.
Symptoms: Heartburn and cramping
Belly button in or out? It's halfies. The top is out, but the bottom is in
Wedding rings on or off?  On
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy!
Looking forward to: Her birth!