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My due date with our baby #2 was set for Wednesday, September 17, 2014.  But in talking with the doctor and the way I was progressing (3-4cm by the 38th week), we decided to schedule an induction for Monday, September 15, 2014.  However, scheduling an induction at this hospital wasn’t as simple as saying be here on a certain day at a certain time, but I had to be put on a waitlist and it really depended on how busy the hospital was at the time.  So even though I knew of this “date”, it wasn’t certain.  I got a call Sunday night saying I was still on the waitlist and be ready anytime from 7AM to the afternoon to come in at a moment’s notice.

So on the morning of September 15, 2014, my parents, husband, son and I went about our day getting ready, preparing breakfast, etc.  We were in the middle of eating breakfast when I got the call, the call that said to come in for the induction pretty much right away.  Marvin and I scrambled to get everything ready, said goodbye to Austin as his grandparents took him to daycare and were on our way to the hospital.

We checked in around 9:30AM, they checked my vitals at 10:00AM and were going to get an IV going for pitocin.  Apparently I am a hard stick because the first nurse couldn’t find my vein (the same thing happened with Austin too!) and the second nurse came in and got it in around 10:30AM.  The doctor came in and decided to break my water at 10:35AM (I was 4cm dilated / 80% effaced at that point).  I started to feel some very minor contractions and asked for an epidural immediately.  :)  The anesthesiologist came in around 11:00AM and gave it to me and my body legs and bottom half of body slowly started to go numb.  The doctor came back in at 12:15AM to check on me and I had progressed to 10cm and he goes, we’re ready to have a baby!  Let me stop and say that with Austin, this process of getting to a 10cm took many many hours and we were in total shock how quick this one went.  I gave 4 good pushes and at 12:47PM, our little princess Vivian was born!  :)

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When she came out, she gave out a little cry (not as loud as Austin) and she was just perfect.  Marvin got to cut the umbilical cord again and she was cleaned off a bit and then put in my arms to hold.  She weighed 6 lbs and 9 oz and was 19 inches long, a little smaller than Austin but that’s to be expected with a girl and her gestational age.

After an hour we were moved to our new room, they put me on a stretcher instead of having me get up because with Austin I had fainted when I got up, so we didn’t want to risk any fainting this time around.  We let all our family and friends know about the good news and then immediately the feedings and naps started.

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That evening my parents brought big brother Austin to come visit us and that was the best!  Austin was a little shy at first and wouldn’t really go close to Vivian but eventually he warmed up to her and was trying to give her the blankie “Flora” that he had gotten for her.  Vivian also gave Austin a few gifts as well as people were telling me that gift exchange between siblings is very important!

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The next couple of the days in the hospital were spent healing, getting to know our baby girl Vivian, and trying to get that breastfeeding going.

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I am so happy to now be a mother of a son and a daughter!  I can’t wait for them to grow up and for their sibling bond to really form and develop.  I am excited to create amazing memories with these two beautiful children of mine and for now, we’ll just say our family is complete.  :)  As for recovery, I am quite swollen in the feet and all over really and my belly is still huge, hope it goes down soon though.  And now, really, I need to go take a nap before Vivian wakes up again for another feeding!  I’ll may be a little sporadic on the blog during these next few weeks but I hope you understand why!  You can find me on Instagram for often updates as well!

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There are so many things that I love about Fall weather and dressing the part that I had to do one last bump post with Fall colors!  Browns, oranges, golden yellow… with a fun pop of blue, my little guy and I didn’t mean to coordinate that day, but it just happened to work out.  ;)  Taking daily walks (with outfit pictures sprinkled in sometimes) after dinner had become a daily routine and since we have my parents here to help, we don’t need to stop that routine with Austin even though baby #2 is here!  I do hear that Fall doesn’t last long in Utah and that Winter and snow will be here before we know it, eeks!!

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So yea, I told my husband “Take a picture of my backpack”… and then little Austin goes, “Daddy, take a picture of my back”.  So there ya have it.

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For all those expecting mamas out there, I just needed to point out two things.  You need to get a pair of Preggo Leggings (or maybe one in every color) to take you through Fall… these leggings fit over any size maternity belly and are SUPER soft!  They’ve got staple solid colors that will go with so many outfits!  Also, I just recently discovered Lily Jade Designer Diaper Bags and am in LOVE.  My Madeline Bag can be worn 3 ways (over shoulder, crossbody and as a backpack) and I am totally stoked about it (two ways shown above).  Since the backpack trend is totally in now and being hands free is the best thing ever for a Mama, I was so happy to get my first diaper bag/backpack of the season!  The inside has a ton of compartments to fill with baby bottles, toys, snacks, diapers, wipes, etc. and the quality is top notch!

My Outfit Details:

Top c/o Conversation Pieces
Scarf c/o Conversation Pieces
Leggings c/o Preggo Leggings
Bag c/o Lily Jade
Shoes: Blowfish Shoes

Little Guy Outfit Details:

Top: H&M
Pants: FabKids
Shoes: Zara

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LBMD – Little Black Maternity Dress… get it?  :)  I think I coined a new term.  I love this dress so much because of the hem, the fabric, the softness and the fact that it shows off my bump belly without being too tight around my belly.  I almost struggled styling it as the possibilities are endless, but I decided to kind of do a nod towards Fall fashion (hat and scarf) while it is still Summer weather outside.  You can never go wrong with black, red, leopard and neutrals, am I right?

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Hehe, this time little man loved running back and forth and kept asking to get his picture taken too.  :D  Then after about 5 sprints, he said he was “tired and done”. Hehe love him.

Outfit Details:

Dress c/o Soon Maternity
Shoes: Zara (old)
Bag: Kate Spade
Hat: Ruche

P.S. For those that follow me on Instagram, you will know that I am without my bump anymore!  Baby girl Vivian was born on September 15 and we are so in love!  I have a few outfits left with the bump for the blog and then I will try and find some time to post more pictures of baby girl and write about her birth story!  For now, I am just enjoying snuggling with her!

October 3, 2014 marks Lee National Denim Day.  What is that you ask?  Lee National Denim Day is a fundraiser created by Lee Jeans where participants donate $5 or more in exchange for wearing jeans to work.  Since its inception in 1996, Lee National Denim Day participants have raised more than $91 million for the fight against breast cancer and with your help, we hope to add even more to that total.  Funds will support the American Cancer Society and their breast cancer programs and services.  Lucky for those who work at my company, we can wear jeans every day!  And now that I work from home a couple days a week (at least), I can technically wear PJs, but I like to get dressed up in jeans and as well.

A couple years back I attended a Lee Blogger Summit at their headquarters in KC.  Ever since then, I have been hooked on Lee Jeans, whether it was their denim, their work pants, their shorts, their crops…  They are constantly innovating and coming out with new styles and even my little man (2 years old) has a few pair of sturdy Lee Jeans as well!  Anyways, in honor of the upcoming Lee National Denim Day, I have put together 3 looks that incorporate Lee Denim that are great for the office or even going out!

Look #1 – Pair a dress with a denim jacket
Lee Denim Look 1

Dress | Lee Denim Jacket | Lipstick | Necklace | Shoes | Bag

Look #2 – Pair straight jeans with a blazer and bright flats

Lee Denim Day Look 2

Blazer | Bag | Lee Straight Leg Denim | Tank | Necklace | Flats

 Look #3 – Pair skinny jeans with a patterned top and knee high boots

Lee Denim Look 3Blouse | Bag | Lee Skinny Leg Denim | Necklace | Ring | Boots

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This giveaway ends on 9/22/14 at 11:59MST and is open to U.S. residents only. Good luck!

A few weeks ago, I was sent some products by City Cosmetics to try out!  I hadn’t heard of the brand before so was excited to see what the line had to offer and what it could do for my face!  :)  Although most of these products need to be used daily and for many weeks to see good results, I tried these products over 2 weeks and these are my thoughts…

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City Lash – Since I currently have eyelash extensions, I didn’t get a chance to try this out yet., but the reviews on their website are great and I can’t wait to try it out!  My eyelashes are teeny tiny short little thangs and anything to make them grow longer and fuller, I will give it a shot!

 Pore Minimizing Primer – I just started using this and am already starting to notice a difference.  I apply it before makeup and it helps to shrink the appearance of pores and fine lines.

Illuminating Dark Spot Corrector – Underneath the makeup, I have lots of dark spots, sun spots, etc. that have developed over the years.  I tried this daily for two weeks on one specific spot on my face and I swear it’s fading!!

City Lips – This is City Cosmetic’s most popular product and has been ranked as the top lip plumping treatment on the market by Good Housekeeping magazine, ABC-7 news, and has been featured in Elle, Glamour, Vogue, and many more beauty, fashion and lifestyle publications.  It provides instant fullness, definition, hydration AND long-lasting plumping benefits by stimulating new collagen development.  It increases lip volume up to 3mm and will extend the longevity of your lipstick! That’s because it acts as a sealant underneath your lipstick it will help lock in the shade, and if you use it on top, it creates a barrier that protects your color.  The average “instant” lip plump will last four to six hours, but with frequent use CITY Lips provides long term and continuous results.

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Here’s my before/after picture with City Lips clear gloss, the after was taken about 5 minutes later and it’s subtle, but I can already see fuller lips (and the gloss is pretty too)!  I’m continuing to use this product and excited to see how much more full my lips can be after daily use!

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**This post was sponsored by City Cosmetics but all pictures and opinions expressed are my own.