My Night Time Skin Care Routine

Happy Tuesday!

For anyone that follows my instagram (@kyndelelizabeth, follow me!) you probably saw my quick video of me doing my night time routine. I know it was a little fast and it was hard to see all of the products so I am going to link them below for you guys!

Right when I walk in the door at night from work I run upstairs and do this routine. Having a clean/fresh face is SO important to me. Sometimes I mix it up and add/remove things from this routine but this is normally my go to. It takes me about 3 minutes… so you have NO excuse to not have your own skin care routine.

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I start with removing my makeup with the clinque take the day off balm. This removes ALL my makeup in about two seconds. I love that it isn’t harsh. Click here to purchase your own.

Second I wash my face. I switch back and forth with face washes periodically depending on whats going on with my face. For instance, right now my face is SO sensitive and is very red from it being so cold. So I am using a very calming face wash with aloe in it to help with that. The one I am using is by the brand M.A.D. I love their skin care products! I also use their day time lotion for wrinkles and love it! My dermatologist recommended this to me for my skin.  Click Here to buy the same one!

Third I will use a nighttime serum from Drunk Elephant. If you have been following me you know that I am all about this stuff. It is the Glycolic night serum. It is very pricey but I only use a TINY dab. A little goes a long way. This helps with my texture and helps remove the dullness of my skin. Click Here to get this amazing product!

Fourth I will use ANOTHER serum. I recently discovered this and I am OBSESSED. It is from Trader Joes and is $10… I can’t say enough good things about this. It makes my skin feel like silk.. It has resveratrol and Vitamin C in it. This will help with anti aging as well which is a bonus! I couldn’t find it to link but just go to your local Trader Joes to pick it up.

Fifth I will apply my eye cream. Sometimes I use more than one but on a daily basis I ALWAYS use this one. It is by Rodan + Fields and it is a brightening eye cream. It helps with brightening your under eye. *A tip I recommend is to always use your wedding finger to apply your eye cream as it is the most delicate. Dab it on rather than rubbing it! If you are interested in purchasing your own let me know and I can order one for you.

Lastly I will apply my moisturizer. Again I use one from Rodan + Fields. I like how thick it is and how it makes my skin look and feel. It sinks into my skin and keeps my dry skin from feeling patchy at night. If you want to purchase this one please let me know and I will order it for you!

I know I know you’re thinking why so many steps.. but I promise you it is so worth it. You want to prevent wrinkles, fine lines, and dryness before it occurs. This is why I am so passionate about skin care.

If you have questions or want to know more about my day time routine then let me know!

XO,

Kyn

 

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My Favorite Skin Care Products (Post Birth)

Happy Wednesday!

While I was pregnant my skin care routine definitely changed a little bit. If you didn’t know, you can’t really use anything while your pregnant… Barely anything is pregnancy safe so I couldn’t use a lot of my favorite products.

So I am excited to be using some of my go to items again!

My skin is fairly dry and really sensitive. I always get nervous trying out new products because I get scared I will get a rash of some sort. I have a very red undertone so I try to use products that will help with that as well.

As some of you know, I use and sell Rodan + Fields. I honestly wouldn’t post about it if I didn’t truly love it and think it works. I can go on and on about the company and what they are all about but I will only do so if you want to know more. (reach out to me and I would be HAPPY to share with you) I am actually hosting an event next Thursday if you are curious as to how it can help your skin. There is a product for ALL skin types (acne, sensitive skin, dark spots, fine lines, dry skin.. you name it and I have something that will work perfectly for you)

Anyway, I use a lot of their products but these are some of my favorites that I use on a daily basis.

My Face wash: I use the redefine regimen. This helps with my aging process… never too early to start. I will be honest. On a regular basis I only use the face wash, the toner, and the night cream. I HATE using SPF on my face… whatever the brand it is I always break out in hives. So I don’t use the SPF portion of the regimen.

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My 1st Nightly Serum: About every other night I use R+F Active Hydration Serum. It really helps with the dry patches on my face. I get really dry around my nose and above my lips so I tend to apply the majority of it there. However, I do apply a thin layer every where else on my face. The smell of this is AMAZING so I love applying this at night.

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My 2nd Nightly Serum: My all time favorite serum is by the brand: Drunk Elephant. The product is called the T.L.C Framboos Glycolic Night Serum. I have been using this stuff for 2 years now. I had to stop using it while I was pregnant but the day I came home from the hospital I drenched my skin in it. This product has helped so much with the texture and redness of my skin. It also helps with collagen production to plump the skin. It is definitely not the cheapest product… but it is worth every penny and lasts a LONG time. I highly highly recommend this product and brand if you have problem/sensitive skin. (I have used all of their products and love them all but due to the price I only keep this product on hand at all times.)

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My Favorite Facial/Body Mist: I absolutely love this facial mist from Mario Badescu. It is a rose water spray. I like this because it has aloe inside of the mist. This helps with texture on my face as well as my body. Right after I gave birth I broke out in the craziest rash all over my face and body. I would spray this all over myself and notice a difference within minutes. It is cooling, smells good and its only $12… Such a steal. I even carry this in my purse to spritz my face with during the day.

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My Favorite Under Eye Cream: I have tried a lot of different eye creams and have never really seen a huge difference until I found R+F’s active hydration bright eye complex. I dot this right under my eyes, so basically from my pupil to the outer edges of my eye. It is supposed to be used for right under your eyes, not all around your eye. (see below for my favorite all over eye cream.) How I know this stuff truly works is because it has already helped erase my dark spots that I got under my eyes. During pregnancy sometimes women will get melasma, they are just dark spots on your face. I got two large spots right under each of my eyes. Concealer didn’t even help hide them. During my pregnancy I was kind of lazy and didn’t always apply it but ever since I had Liam I have religiously put this on and my dark spots are basically non existent now. It really does brighten up your under eyes, its incredible!

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My Favorite All Over Eye Cream: Clinique all about eyes has been my go to eye cream for years now. I apply it all around my eyes. So basically from the tops of my eye brows all around towards the pupil. I feel as if it just sinks into my skin and keeps me very hydrated. Which helps with my dry skin and I think it helps prevent wrinkles. I use this almost every night and love the way it makes me eye area feel. Its pretty reasonably priced and lasts a very long time.

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My Favorite Daytime Lotion: When I was pregnant I had to find a pregnancy safe day time lotion. I wanted something that was think and that would last all day under my makeup and not make me look extra dry. I found the brand Ren clean skin care. They use natural ingredients and have great skin care options. I personally love using their Global protection day cream. So in the morning I will wash my face with the redefine face wash and use the toner in the regimen and then I will put this lotion all over my face.

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My Favorite Lash Enhancer: I have tried false lashes, I have tried every volumizing mascara on the market, I have tried lash extensions but I couldn’t find anything to my standards until I found Lash Boost from R+F. I rave about this product because it truly works REALLY well. You will start seeing results after 4-6 weeks. So yes, it does take some time. Your lashes aren’t going to grow over night but after about 6 weeks you will wonder where those beautiful lashes came from. I used to put about 3-4 coats of mascara on after I curled my lashes. Now, I curl them and use one coat of mascara. If you choose to try anything from R+F I recommend this product, I promise you will not regret it.

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I have always been super religious about my skin care routine. I love the feeling of having fresh ‘make up free’ skin. I will never go to bed with makeup still on my face. I always always have to wash my face and do my routine. Yes sometimes I get lazy and don’t use every single one of these products but you can bet I will always wash my face at night and every single morning. I have tried a TON of face care products over the years and have found these to be my all time favorites. I hope you enjoyed this post! I wanna know what products you guys use and what your favorites are, let me know!

**You can order Rodan and Fields from me personally. Anyone that reads this post and decides that they want to try something from the company (or try one of my favorite products) I will be giving away free samples & you will also get a special discount. Text me or reach out on my social media outlets for more information!

XO, Kyn

The Husband Tag

Happy Wednesday!

I thought it would be fun to do the husband tag with Chandler. Basically you just ask your significant other a few questions about your relationship and about you personally to see what they have to say.

Just a little back story on Chandler and I…

We met in 7th grade at our middle school. Throughout high school we hung out in the same friend groups and stayed pretty close. (I will try and find some photos of us together in high school and link them below.. pretty fun to look back on) I went away to school and we kind of fell out of touch. We would say a quick hello here and there but obviously didn’t see each other since I lived in Oregon. We started talking pretty regularly Spring of 2013. When I came home for good Summer of 2013 we re connected. Right when summer started we started hanging out together and going to parties with one another. That is pretty much when I would say our relationship started. We didn’t fully commit until January or 2014. We have been together ever since. We got engaged July of 2017.

Below are the questions and his answers… I pretty much typed word for word of what he said. Enjoy!

XO,

Kyn

1.    How and where did we meet? We met at school in 7th grade

2.    How and where was our first date? First date was Starfish in Laguna Beach on Valentines day

3.    Where was our first kiss and how was it? At my house… I don’t remember how it was (clearly we were under the influence, I mean were still together so I’m assuming it was good)    

4.    How did you know I was the One? I really liked how selfless you were after I got into my car accident in March of 2014. (Chandler got into a terrible car accident. His friend was driving at about 120 MPH and they crashed into a light pole and the car caught on fire. They were both lucky to walk away with only a few scrapes. The police said they were lucky to even be alive)

5.    How long have we been together? Relationship & marriage. 5 years

6.    What is one thing you love about me? You are really funny (I mean personally I agree with that)

7.    Children? How many do you want? 2 (we will see how raising Liam goes…)

8.   What is my favorite color? Purple (correct)

9.   What is my favorite food? Ice Cream (semi correct… I love anything that is sweet)

10.   What is my favorite sports team? “I would hope you say the Cowboys but you’d probably say the stupid Beavers or something” (I don’t really have a favorite sports team, I would say Cowboys just because Chandler loves them)

11.   What is my favorite TV show? Friends (no brainer… everyone should know that)

12.   What food do I not like? “Oh gosh… onions… good sushi…” (true… I will eat onions but not the way Chandler eats onions…)

13.   What is my favorite type of sandwich? “a big one…” (k)

14.   If I could eat one thing everyday what would it be? “ummm I would have to say pizza…” I gave him a look and he said “no I take that back” and changed his mind to Greek yogurt and granola (better but not what I would have said)

15.   What is my eye color? “Hazelish Blueish…” (I mean I would say my eyes vary between Green and Blue)

16.   Who is my best friend? “What the fu*k, Im your best friend obviously” (true)

17.   Did I play any sports? “Volleyball, soccer for 1 game, and basketball” (also true, I played soccer for probably one game, scored a goal in the other teams goal and then cried and didn’t want to play anymore)

18.   If you baked me a cake what kind would I like? “oooo funfetti” (totally true)

19.   What is one unique talent I have? “hmmmm youre a really good singer” (so sweet, I actually really like to sing)

20.   Weird habits of each other? “your weird habits? I got a lot… you put carmax on your lips every night before you go to sleep, you will use a utensil after setting it in the sink and its contaminated… (personally I don’t think thats weird… If I set the fork in the sink for a second and then rinse it off I think its good to go… right?)

21.   What is my favorite restaurant? “in n out but that doesn’t count so I will say Bamboo Bistro or Peppinos” (ding ding ding)

22.   What can I spend hours doing? “shopping…” really

23.   Who was the one to say I love you first? And where was it? “me, I made you touch your toes to my toes and then I said I love you” (I mean there was more to the story but this is basically the gist of it)

24.   What is your most repeated phrase or sentence? “its giving me anxiety…” (lol I do say that a lot but I truthfully do battle with anxiety and allow myself to get worked up over silly things)

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Our first date at Starfish

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The day we made things official

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The last day of Highschool

These were just a few photos I found from FB that I found to be kind of funny!

Battling an Eating Disorder…

Happy Monday!

The topic of my past eating disorder was highly requested. I’m sure a lot of people were aware that I had an eating disorder but I have never openly talked about it. If someone were to ask me about it I would briefly answer their questions and then change the subject. During the time of my eating disorder it was the darkest and loneliest period  of my whole entire life.

Ever since I was a little girl I have always been aware of my appearance and my body image. Living in Orange County where everyone cares about what they look like and being “skinny” is the most important thing, it really took a toll on me. In high school I knew a few girls that were battling an eating disorder. At that time I couldn’t wrap my head around why someone would put them selves through that. I thought it was so silly and didn’t realize that it was a serious disease.

It wasn’t until my first year of college that I developed an eating disorder. To this day I still don’t know why I decided to go to the toilet one day and throw up my meal. I think it was a mix of being in a different state away from home, not being familiar with my surroundings, trying to fit in and make new friends, trying to impress certain people, I really don’t know. But I remember the night vividly. I was getting ready to go to my sorority for Monday night dinner and I had just had snacked on a box of Cheese its and I decided that I would go into the bathroom and try and throw it up. It was super difficult but it made me feel amazing afterwards. At that point I knew I found something that I wanted to do every single time I ate…

I lived in a dorm, but it was a suite so I didn’t have to use a public restroom. My roommate and I shared one restroom with 4 other girls. It wasn’t until a few months where I felt comfortable using public restrooms where someone else could walk in.

At first I thought it was a fun little game. I would eat WHATEVER I wanted because I thought I could just get rid of it afterwards. My whole entire life revolved around how I was going to be able to get rid of my meal after I ate. It made me a completely awful person. I never had substance in my body so I was never fully myself. I would leave dinners early, I wouldn’t go out to eat with friends if I knew there wasn’t a bathroom around, I wouldn’t want to go to my sorority to eat because I knew there were so many girls around that it would be impossible for me to rid of my food, I slept a lot because I was so tired from having no nutrients in my body, I always had acid reflux so it made it so hard to work out or do anything. I lost a lot of friends and I felt like I was a terrible person. I never felt comfortable telling anyone that I was battling with Bulimia..

I remember coming home for Spring break my Freshman year and having dinner at my parents house for the first time since I developed an eating disorder. I knew I had to tell my mom because I knew she would find out some way or another. When I told her it was awful. I felt as if I had failed her as a daughter… She immediately turned to google to see what being bulimic really meant, she asked what she did as a mom to bring this on, she cried. It was really hard to see because this eating disorder wasn’t something I wanted for myself but at this point I was so far gone that there was no way I could just stop.

I went back to school and it was something we just kind of didn’t talk about. I lied about it a lot and would tell her I was doing good and that I wasn’t doing it. That was a lie. It got worse day by day.

When I was a Sophomore, that was my lowest point. I had stopped gorging myself with food and I started becoming aware of what I would put in my body. I was now doing it to lose weight and to be as skinny as possible. My daily meal would basically consist of this: For breakfast I would have a cup of coffee and eat a Cliff Bar as I walked to classes. Once I sat down for class I waited about 5 minutes for all the classes in the building to get started and I would go to the bathroom and throw up that coffee and Cliff Bar. For Lunch I would have some vegetables, I would have some carrots or maybe a hard boiled egg and a ton of water. (I would always drink a ton of water to make it easier for the food to come back up.) Of course after my small lunch I would throw that up. And for dinner I would have another protein bar, usually a promax bar and some water. I would throw that up and then I would immediately go to the gym after that. I would run on the treadmill and workout for over an hour and then I would sit in the sauna. When I would get home I would take 2 laxatives at night.

I would try and schedule my classes around times where I would have a meal. For instance in the morning I would try and do an 8/8:30 class and then a 12 class and then a 5/6 class. This way I wouldn’t have to worry about having a meal.

My eating disorder took over my life. At one point my weight had gone down to 98 pounds… When I look back at photos I was SO skinny. However, I didn’t see it at that time. I still felt fat.

Anyway… this continued on until the end of my Sophomore year. I knew secretly that I couldn’t go on like this and I needed to come home. Rather than saying “mom I need to come home my eating disorder is taking over my life and I’m scared I’m going to die,” I made up excuses that I hated school and didn’t want to live in Oregon anymore. Which was far from the truth. I wasn’t happy there because of my eating disorder. I know if I didn’t battle with it, it would have been the best experience ever. It makes me sad to think that I didn’t get to fully experience college because of my eating disorder.

When I got home it stayed the same for a bit. It made it harder to get sick after every meal as I was under my parents supervision. My mom would monitor what I was eating and what I was doing after a meal. There were times I would find ways to get rid of my food. For instance after dinner RIGHT after we ate I would go for a “run” and I would run to a public bathroom in the area and get sick… disgusting right?

It wasn’t until I met Chandler and started dating him for a few months that I stopped my eating disorder. (Around March of 2014, this was about 7ish months after coming home from Oregon) I think I realized that I wasn’t gaining anything from it. He helped me realize that I didn’t need to be 98 pounds to be loved by him. I thank him so much because I truthfully think it was because of him that I was able to stop my eating disorder. I don’t know where I would be today if it wasn’t for him. Probably rehab, in the hospital or dead, who knows…

There were times I tried to stop and it just didn’t work out. But there was one day I remember that I just woke up and decided I didn’t want to do it anymore and I wanted to enjoy my life. I started off by having SUPER small meals just so I felt comfortable keeping it in, then I gradually worked up to a normal appetite.

Don’t get me wrong, to this day I still have slip ups and go down that dark path again but I am always able to snap out of it and realize that it doesn’t have to be that way.

I have always wanted to talk to girls who struggle with the same thing. I want women and men to realize that there is a better alternative than an eating disorder and that you CAN over come it.

If you are going through this or know someone that may be going through this then reach out to me. It would make me so happy to share my story and share how I over came this darkness.

Thank you for reading!

XO,

Kyn

The Truth About Postpartum Baby Blues

Happy Wednesday!

I got an overwhelming amount of people ask me to write about baby blues/postpartum depression. This post is going to be very real and very honest, so buckle up!

While being pregnant you hear about postpartum depression/baby blues ALOT but you don’t necessarily think it will happen to you. I surely didn’t think it would happen to me. I understood that I would most likely be emotional but I didn’t realize how badly it would affect me.

Before leaving the hospital with your newborn the nurses make you take a quiz which is all about your feelings. At this point the “baby blues” hadn’t kicked in yet. I was over the moon excited with Liam and was so excited to get home. I filled out the quiz basically saying that I was good to go and I had no unhappy thoughts at all. (if you were to complete the quiz saying you were unhappy they don’t let you leave…)

We got home and that day was great and that night wasn’t bad. The baby blues didn’t hit me until his second night at home with us, his fourth day being alive. I was in SO much pain from my milk coming in that I was miserable. With my boobs being so engorged it made it almost impossible for Liam to feed, so to say that night was a struggle is an understatement. Chandler and I probably got 1 hour of sleep… Liam cried endlessly and I didn’t understand why. I would cry and ask Chandler what was wrong with him and I would repeat “I can’t do this…” I felt so hopeless and I dreaded what the future held for us.

If Liam were to even stir in the night, I would tell myself I can’t do this. If his arm came out of his swaddle I would cry and hand him to Chandler to fix it. This lasted for almost two weeks.

Every day has been a struggle… however, it’s getting better day by day.

In the morning is when I am the happiest and feel most confident. I am excited to start a new day with Liam. By 5 o’clock is when my mood instantly change. A wave of exhaustion hits me and I become really emotional. I feel 100% alone… which is so silly considering I have the cutest baby and puppy by my side all day. At this point in the day I start feeling trapped inside my own body. I don’t feel myself… I feel physically and emotionally drained.

There have been multiple times where I have asked myself why I thought I was ready to have a baby. There have been times where I tell myself that I am unfit to be a mother. There have been times where I ask myself what I am supposed to do with this little human.

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Every single day gets better. As I get myself and Liam into a routine it has gotten easier. Liam is such an angel baby. He never cries… (unless he is hungry or has gas that wakes him up.) I pray, all day everyday. I ask for a positive attitude and I ask God to help me trust him that he wouldn’t put something in my life that I couldn’t handle. Chandlers support and kind words help me tremendously. Getting out of the house at night for 20 minutes to walk the dog helps me. Watching a show or eating dinner with Chandler helps me. Having my mom come over in the afternoon just to talk to helps me. There are so many things that helped me and continue to help me figure out this new journey of life.

Although this transition is hard and unfamiliar to me I know that it will pass and I will get back to normal. It is comforting to know that other woman experience the same thing and that these feelings are 100% normal. 1 out of 7 women experience postpartum depression and baby blues. However, a lot of women don’t talk about it because they feel guilty or they feel wrong for having these feelings. Writing and talking about my feelings have helped me a lot. I can truthfully say that I am excited for what the future holds and it doesn’t scare me any longer. (Yes I may have some emotional days but nothing like the first two weeks of his life.)

If you have experienced baby blues or postpartum depression then you know how I felt. If you are currently experiencing this then talk to someone about it, let your feelings out! I promise it will make you feel better, even if its just temporary. If you have any questions or want to know more about my experience with this, ask me!

What do you want to hear about next, let me know!

XO,
Kyn

 

I Had a BABY & This is my Labor Story!

Happy Monday!

It has been over a year since I have done a blog post… A LOT has happened within this year. Chandler and I had a baby boy! Liam James Kelley was welcomed into the world on July 31, 2018. Tomorrow marks two weeks with the sweetest boy on the planet!

I got a TON of requests for my labor story… I will spare the gross details and stick to just the basics.

Lets rewind about 9 1/2 months to November 26th. This was the day we found out that we were pregnant. So many emotions flooded our minds. We were excited yet so scared for what the future held. Over the next 9 months we realized how blessed we were to be bringing a beautiful boy into the world.

Being pregnant was a wonderful experience. I miss my bump already! If you want to know more about my pregnancy let me know, I would be happy to do a post on it.

Okay, so lets fast forward to July 25th. I started noticing some decrease in movements in my belly so my Dr. had me go to the Hospital and do some testing, they call it a non stress test. Basically what they did was hooked me up to a machine and listen to Liam’s heartbeat. On that day they noticed that he was having some variables in his heartbeat. They suspected that he would bump up against the umbilical cord causing his heart rate to drop super quickly and then rise back up. It wasn’t drastic enough to keep me so they had me go home and come back the next day to see if it happened again.

I came back the next day and it happened once more. However, they still sent me home and told me to come back the next day. It was emotionally draining to sit there and have someone tell me that “there are variables in your babies heart beat..” I know that if it was anything MAJOR they wouldn’t have let me leave but it was still upsetting. Went back the next day and the testing turned out fine. They told me to come back after the weekend.

That Saturday, July 28th around 3pm we were relaxing and I started noticing my stomach contracting. I had been having braxton hicks contractions for a few months now so I thought they were just getting stronger. This time was different. I started timing them, every 3-4 minutes I would get a contraction. They didn’t hurt… so I was so confused what everyone was talking about when they said it would be excruciating pain. I waited about 2 hours and then we decided to go to the hospital just to make sure everything was okay.

We arrived at the hospital and they made us wait for a room to open, about 45 minutes… Once we got in the room they checked to see how far dilated I was. I was about 3 1/2 cm. They told me that in order to check me in to delivery I had to be over 4 cm. So the nurse told me to walk around for an hour and see if my contraction pains got worse. So Chandler and I walked around the delivery ward for an hour… The most walking I had done all pregnancy. After the hour, she checked me again and I didn’t progress at all so she told me to go home that I wasn’t having a baby that night. I left feeling so discouraged and so frustrated.

I was determined to get him out. The next two days I did all the “go into labor” tricks… I drank raspberry leaf tea, we walked and walked, I bounced on a yoga ball, I ate pineapple, I did nipple stimulation and we had lots of sex (sorry mom and dad.) Monday, July 30th, around 10:30 pm I was watching Friends and I started having some cramps. They felt like period cramps. Very uncomfortable but manageable. I didn’t really feel my stomach contracting I just felt pain. I decided to get up, take a shower and move around a little bit to see if it went away. I tried to doze off but the pain was keeping me up. I was so nervous to wake Chandler up because I didn’t want it to be a false alarm again.

I waited about 2 hours before waking him up. At this point I knew these were contractions and I knew I was in labor. I woke him up and we quickly got all of our stuff together and got out the door. We got to the hospital at around 1 am. As we were walking into the hospital I felt my water break. It just felt like I peed myself. I was wearing sweats so it wasn’t like a puddle formed under me or anything. We got up to the maternity ward and they checked me in and started monitoring my contractions while they ordered the epidural. At this point my pain level was about a 6 out of 10.

I got hooked up to IVs to start my fluids. I had to get special antibiotics so they had to get that started pretty quickly as well. They checked to see how far dilated I was, I was about 5 1/2 when I got there. About 30 minutes later they wheeled me back into the Labor & Delivery area. I waited for the anesthesiologist for about 15 minutes. He had me turn on my side and had me hold Chandlers hand.

He gave me two numbing shots in my lower back. (kind of painful but not bad) The most pain I experienced was having a contraction while I was on my side. That was extremely painful.  Then he gave me my epidural. I didn’t feel it at all. After that he started administrating the drip for it. He told me I would feel a shock go down my leg, I felt two. It was like someone electrocuted my leg. I screamed when they happened, the Dr laughed and said “it’s good you felt that, at least I know it’s working..” reassuring, right…. He did a few more things back there and then told me to wait 10 minutes for it to go into full effect. They rolled me back to my back and just had me wait. It kicked in fairly fast. It was the weirdest feeling not being able to feel below my waist, I hated it actually.

The nurse told me I would have to wait 4 hours before I could push, that that was usually how long it would take to get to 10 cm. (however, for me it only took about 3 1/2-4) Chandler took a nap and I laid in the dark watching Kardashian re runs at 3 in the morning. I couldn’t sleep with all the anticipation. Not to mention I had a blood pressure machine strapped to my arm that squeezed me every 30 minutes. The nurse came in quite a few times to try and get Liam moving so she could closely monitor his heart rate as he wasn’t moving around a ton.

Around 5:30 AM she came in one last time to check how far dilated I was and she said it was go time that I was about 9 1/2 cm. So I called my mom to have her come in. I wanted her to be in the room for moral support while I pushed. At 6:30 AM I started to push. Let me tell you it was not like in the movies… It was so strange. It was just the baby nurse in there pushing with me. (and of course Chandler and my mom were there each holding a leg)

I would wait for a contraction to come which I could feel the pressure of my uterus tightening I just couldn’t feel the pain. Once the contraction arrived I would breathe in and hold my breath and push as hard as I could. It was so hard for me to tell if I was pushing correctly because you can’t feel anything down there. I thought you pushed for a few minutes and the baby was out… boy was I wrong. I pushed from 6:30 until 8:15ish… It was absolutely exhausting. Although I couldn’t feel myself pushing I knew I was using every muscle in my body to get him out. At 8:15 they called in my actual Dr to come in and get him out. It took her about 20 minutes to get there. During that time I had to be very still so he wouldn’t wiggle his way back up… Once my Dr got there, the whole production started. They put the stirrups up for my feet to be in, the bright lights turned on, about 5 nurses were in there, and thats when I knew it was moments away from meeting my son.

I pushed for about 20 more minutes. Once his head was out they basically just pull him out by the shoulders. I could hear everyone in the room yelling “PUSH he is here” and I just prayed in my head that I would hear a loud cry. Once I heard him cry I felt a sense of peace that everything was okay. At 8:57AM Liam was born. They immediately laid him on my chest, only for a few moments though. Then they took him off to have Chandler cut the umbilical cord. Once that was done they laid him back on my chest for skin to skin.

It was the most emotional experience of my life. I would honestly say that my labor experience was great and fairly easy. It wasn’t as painful as I expected, I think I handled it very well. I would say that the recovery process is 10x worse then pregnancy and labor combined. I will do a post on recovery someday as well.

I am so thankful that my little boy is healthy and happy. He is adjusting so well to the outside life. We are so in love with him.

XO,

Kyn

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Beach Day Essentials

Happy Wednesday my loves!! It has been hot hot hot here in Orange County this week. Soooo I wanted to dedicate a post to my essential items I use when I have a beach day. To be honest I am more of a pool girl but I do love a good beach day.

This summer season I have been loving one piece swim suits, they’re so cute and so comfortable. I spent last weekend bikini shopping with my sister in law and I found this amazing one piece from the store Eberjey in Newport Beach. They have the CUTEST mommy and me matching suits. You need to check out their online retail store! My favorite thing to do is wear a one piece and throw on a pair of high-waist jean shorts and some flats. I always like to lather myself with a highlighter

I have linked a few of my favorites down below, click on the number and it will direct you to the site to shop the item! Follow me on instagram to follow along with me in my day to day life. Find me here: @champagneblissblog.

 

XO, Kyn

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