Birth Photos

On May 28, 2014 at 11:27 a.m. we welcomed Eden Katherine Wascom into the world. She was 20 3/4″ and weighed 7lbs8oz.

 

I don’t have time at this second to write out my birth story, but it was pretty spectacular. It was definitely the hardest thing I’ve ever done until a few days later when we brought baby Eden girl home. 🙂

 

Also, happy first Father’s Day to my precious husband, Andrew. He has not only been so sweet with our baby girl, but did an amazing job to help me achieve the birth I wanted.

 

Enjoy these birth photos by the talented Renee Pierce.

 

 

 

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Pregnancy-safe Product Reviews {aluminum-free deodorant}

So in my search for a paraben-free, aluminum-free deodorant, my first stop was here:

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I really like the very, very light but clean smell of this deodorant. It felt really good and cool on application, and it dried pretty quickly. It’s not powdery like most deodorants but more like a hardened gel. It’s cloudy clear. It didn’t irritate my underarms at all, and I’m pretty sensitive after shaving.

However… it did very little to… hide body odor. I’m not a super stinky, super sweaty girl, so I was surprised that I didn’t react to this well. Let’s just say, I had to come up with a Plan B, FAST.

I found Plan B after reading lots of reviews and forums.

Liquid Rock

The smell is light but good. It’s a liquid roll-on, so that took some getting used to, but it doesn’t even phase me now. For the first two weeks I wore this, I had an itchy reaction to it. Like I said before, I’m pretty sensitive so this didn’t surprise me. For some reason, I no longer have the same itchy reaction when I apply. I LOVE THIS DEODORANT. I bought a 6-pack off of amazon. One tip, though, let this dry completely before getting dressed.

I hope you enjoy this product as much as I do!

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Pregnancy update {mommy body struggle}

I thought, “pregnancy will be so freeing.” I was looking forward to not having to stress over dessert and not count calories or at least not feel guilty about that second serving.

I’d heard and I’d read, don’t believe the lie that “you’re eating for two,” because you really only need a few 100 extra calories a day. Yes, tell that to your brain that plans breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner upon waking up each day and sometimes can’t imagine facing a day without Raising Cane’s french fries.

Here I am at 25 weeks, anticipating Friday’s weigh-in (aka, doctor’s visit), dwelling on those photos I saw of myself last week, remembering the words of a neighbor “you’re not due until May?,” and discovering my first, small stretch mark. I can’t help but be terrified by what the next 15 weeks has for me, and I can’t help but hope that maybe it will just be 13…

Consider me in total panic mode. I don’t want to wish any of this pregnancy away! I mean, most of us only get to do this a few times in our lives, and I’m surely not feeling ready for this baby to come. But seriously, 15 more weeks to get huger!? {Yes, huger.}

I can’t help but feel regret over the king cakes, french fries, brownies and chips I’ve indulged in.

I’ve gained weight at an acceptable rate (11 lbs total at 22 weeks), but I can’t help but anticipate this Friday’s visit with guilt and regret. I can’t help but kick myself for not having time to drop that 10 lbs before we got pregnant. I can’t help but be plagued with the thought that “you’ll probably fail your glucose test and be putting your baby at risk.” And “well, thanks to gestational diabetes, you may have ended your chances at a natural labor and birth.”

These thoughts race through my mind and at 1:45 a.m. They have no where to go but to explode from my eyes, nose and mouth. I wail. I choke. I sweat. This breakdown is not pretty. {My poor, poor husband.}

The regret is heavy and the feeling is helpless. “What have I done?”

My husband encourages me with a “we’ll do better this week” promise. His words mean a lot, especially at 2 a.m., but I can’t help but feel that it’s too late.

I didn’t anticipate the struggle with body image, but I should have. I should have been prepared for this life-long battle to rear its ugly head while I’m in the middle of making new life. I should’ve anticipated that satan would visit me this very weekend after the beautiful experience of if:gathering.

I should’ve known. I should’ve been ready.

I should’ve been praying all along for God’s protection over me from satan’s attacks. Why wasn’t I? But I will now. And I’ll pray that over you too, mama-to-be.

We can’t let him steal this joy.

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Pregnancy update {21 weeks}

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Today makes 21 weeks!

Baby officially has a name: Eden Katherine.

Our baby is the size of a spaghetti squash today!

We’re over the halfway point which makes me anxious. So much to do, so little time.

I’ve been feeling more movement, especially after king cake. 😉 I still think I could be feeling more if my placenta wasn’t sitting on top, blocking the pokes and prods. I should be feeling more as baby is around 1 lb now!

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m still very hungry, but I’m not STARVING like I have been for the last 3 or 4 weeks. I’m nervous for my next doctor’s appointment Monday. Feels like a Weight Watcher’s meeting sometimes.

Pray for us as we begin to mentally and spiritually prepare to be parents. I know this pregnancy thing is the easy part.

💗

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January 14, 2014 · 9:54 am

Pregnancy update {19 weeks}

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Happy New Year! 2013 was good to us and we can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store. God has truly given us more than we deserve.

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December 31, 2013 · 8:54 pm

Pregnancy Update {16 weeks}

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This week our baby is the size of a turnip or about 5 inches long. Andrew says it looks like the biggest turnip in the world! {He thinks he’s sooo funny!}

By 9 p.m. I feel like my belly just can’t get any bigger. It’s also hard as a rock at night.

Still waiting to feel some movement, hopefully soon.

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December 12, 2013 · 10:39 pm

Pregnancy Update {14 weeks}

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I promise not to overwhelm the blog with bathroom selfies but want to document my progress. {After all, we only get to do this a few times!}

I popped out between 12 and 13 weeks and the trend seems to continue, just a couple days shy of the 15 week mark.

Amazingly, I had only gained 2 lbs at the doctor last week {2 lbs overall} so I’m feeling GREAT about that. Thank goodness the visit was before Thanksgiving. 😉

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December 3, 2013 · 8:34 am

Pregnancy Preppers {how we got pregnant}

Well, if you’ve read this post and this one, too, you know we didn’t take this getting pregnant thing lightly.

I used the Ovuline app to track EVERYTHING and the Clearblue Digital Ovulation Test to confirm what I thought  was happening.

I participated in this study from January to July 2013. I was told I would most likely have trouble conceiving and if I hadn’t conceived within three months after being off the pill, I would need to come back for medication.

The first month (August) was a complete wash. My cycle was all off, starting 7 days early, and never giving my body a chance to ovulate.

{Guys, this might be a good time to stop reading.}

September was a different story. I got CLEAR signs of ovulation, even before I received a positive ovulation test.

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While in August I saw very little change in my cervical fluid, September 4, 5 and 6 brought me super stretchy egg whites. {All of you TTC know the joy this brings!}

We took advantage of those few days and on September 16 we got our first positive pregnancy test(s) (11 dpo, days past ovulation).

Tip: You’re looking for the “faint” blue vertical line within the circle.

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And because my husband didn’t trust me that “faint” meant positive…

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So I had to document the rest of the day, our first day as “parents.” We walked the dog.

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I took another one at 15 dpo, just to make sure it was still there (and darker).

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And, of course, the obligatory big sister picture. {She was thrilled.}

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I have more to share about our journey since September, so check back again soon!

{from a growing heart…and belly}

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From a growing heart…and belly!

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We’re SO excited to announce that we’re expecting!

We feel so blessed and thankful for this chance to participate in one of God’s greatest miracles.

I don’t take a day, night of nausea, sore hips, weepiness, ANYTHING for granted.

We’re looking forward to May, and I’m looking forward to sharing more of this journey with you.

{From a growing heart…and belly}

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Pregnancy-safe Product Reviews {Juice Beauty}

Thanks to Juice Beauty, I’m having a lot of fun with my blog and my beauty routine!
{See the facebook Post by Juice Beauty about my first Pregnancy Preppers blog post.}
I made the switch to Juice Beauty products almost two month ago, and I don’t think I’ll ever look back.
The first product I started using was the Juice Beauty Perfecting Foundation. Of course, if you know me, you know I’m an ivory kind of girl.
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The folks at ULTA were helpful in finding the perfect match for my skin tone- very fair. 🙂
What I love about this product:
  • The ingredients.
  • How light weight it is.
  • The packaging and bottling {love all of Juice Beauty’s packaging}.
  • The fact that I didn’t have a massive breakout when I made the switch.

What took some getting used to:

  • While it’s definitely a foundation, it’s water-based and was a lighter coverage than I was using previously.

So, what’s a good foundation without a good loose powder?

The best match for me was the Refining Finishing Powder in ivory. {I know, shocker, right?}

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There’s nothing I don’t like about this powder. It covers well, spreads lightly and secures the foundation as it should.

My most recent purchase is the SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Moisturizer. {Again, in ivory.}

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I have grown to love this moisturizer.

Note that it covers more like a sunscreen than a moisturizer. It’s thick and creamy with the slightest bit of tint that leaves my face a little white until it absorbs a minute or two later.

What I love about this product:

  • Fantastic coverage. I cannot say enough about the coverage. From the beach to the pool, this sunscreen/moisturizer rocked Destin, FL.

What took some getting used to:

  • The smell. It smells really herby and a lot like an Aveda hair salon. It took me a few days to get used to it, and now I don’t even notice a thing.

Now to my favorite product, the SPF 8 Lip Moisturizers. {The name just doesn’t do these little guys justice.}

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What I love about this product:

  • Options! Love the three-color option. I don’t wear lipstick EVER so am really enjoying this hint of tint. “Joy” is great for day wear. “Playful” I sometimes rock at work or in the evenings. “Naturally Clear” I reapply all day and night.
  • Great feel.
  • Great smell.
  • SPF 8!

What took some getting used to:

  • Don’t be discouraged if it takes you 71 cranks before the stick starts rising for your first use. You also have to apply a bit more pressure than you think you do. {Just ask my husband.}
  • I find that “Naturally Clear” is a little drier than the other two sticks. It takes a few applications before you work off that top, drier section.
I am thrilled with my new, healthy choices in beauty products and am LOVING Juice Beauty.
{Reminder, if you haven’t checked out the ratings on your current beauty products, visit the Environmental Work Group’s SkinDeep Cosmetic Database to review.}

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