Baby Tripp’s Birth Story

Well goodness gracious it has been awhile!  Time sure does fly once you have a baby! I thought I would give you all a baby Tripp update! Hopefully, now that things are a *little* more settled I can have posts up 1-2 per week!

Blog world meet Tripp!

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Isn’t he the sweetest! This little nugget was comfy in my belly.  Of course my Doctor was going out of town the week after I was due… so I knew that I would transfer to another in the practice when she left.  I went in Friday at [40 weeks 2 days] for my general follow up.  We did not want to induce until at least 41 weeks. My blood pressure was slightly higher than normal so she ordered a 24hr test that I would need to turn into the hospital on Monday. Went the whole weekend with no major issues [and no baby] so I went to the hospital on Monday [40 weeks and 4 days] and didn’t realize that they would also hook me up in triage while they ran blood work. I was in the clear with my test results and wasn’t having any major contractions so I then went to my Doctor for a follow up because it was her last day in the office before vacation.  We talked about the change of care plans and  I went home to wait out a baby until my next appointment [which was scheduled for Thursday].

I was feeling crampy that afternoon, but as many pregnant women know that is totally a normal feeling. Mark came home and made dinner and I was feeling more cramps so I took a shower. When I started to blow dry my hair I became really uncomfortable [I was having to stop to *breath*] so we decided to go to the hospital. Checked into L & D triage at 9pm was checked and told I was maybe a 4. At this point I was pretty uncomfortable and was getting sick to my stomach.  I was praying they would admit me because of how uncomfortable I was feeling.  They nurse had me stay 30 mins to be monitored and then the doctor came in and said your a 5.5 time to head to L & D. It was BABY time!

As soon as we got to L & D my contractions were back to back with no break and I had back labor. An epidural was always in my plan so they did my blood work and sent for the epidural.  Ten minutes later anesthesiologist was there and the epidural was set. I felt GREAT other then I did get the shivers! The nurse came in about 30 minutes later and asked how I was feeling,  I told her I was having a weird leg pain so she decided to check me and low and behold I was complete! So she broke my water and got the room set up for delivery. We couldn’t believe how fast this was going!

The nurse had me do practice pushes [it is about 1 am] and after 3 pushes they saw the head so we needed to wait for the doctor [who was delivering next door]. Finally the doctor came in and 5 pushes later Tripp was born at 1:38am.

This was NOT what I expected! It was so fast for a “first timer”.  The nurses were AMAZING and they were so impressed at how “easy” I made it seem.  Also, thank you medical world for epidurals!

We are just so in love with our little guy! I will definitely be blogging about life with a baby so stay tuned!

Photo Credit: Music Creek Photography 

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

Pregnancy Style Recap

As my due date approaches I wanted to get a recap up of what I wore and some style tips during pregnancy.  I think one of the best pieces of advice I took was don’t be afraid to wear pre-pregnancy clothes and incorporate them into your pregnancy pieces.

There are some non-negotiable pregnancy pieces for me.  Leggings and jeans that go over the belly.  Everyone is different but I couldn’t get comfortable (in later pregnancy) with elastic/waistbands digging into my lower tummy.

Pictures and items will be list left to right, top row than bottom row.

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Outfit 1: Leggings [Old Navy], Shirt: OLD [Similar], Flip Flops [Tory Burch]

Outfit 2: Blazer [Express], Leggings [Old Navy], Cami [NikiBiki]

Outfit 3: Dress [Harper and Bay], Flip Flops [Tory Burch], Jean Jacket [Similar], Purse [Louis Vuitton]

Outfit 4: Cami [NikiBiki], Kimono:OLD [Similar],  Jeans [Jessica Simpson]

Outfit 5: Shirt [Target], Skirt: OLD [Similar], Flip Flops [Target]

Outfit 6: Dress OLD [Similar], Cardigan: OLD [Similar], Wedges: OLD [Similar]

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Outfit 1: Cami [NikiBiki], Jeans [Jessica Simpson], Purse [Louis Vuitton], Flip Flops [Tory Burch], Cardigan [Target]

Outfit 2: Cami [NikiBiki], Jeans [Jessica Simpson], Sunnies [Ray-Bans], Flip Flops [Tory Burch], Purse [Louis Vuitton], Cardigan: OLD [Similar]

Outfit 3: Jeans [Jessica Simpson], Shirt:OLD [Similar], Booties [DSW]

Outfit 4: Dress [Pinkblush], Necklace [Kendra Scott], Shoes [Nine West], Jacket: [Old] Ralph Lauren [Similar] or [Similar]

Outfit 5: Leggings [Old Navy], Leather Jacket: Similar [Forever 21], Purse [Tory Burch], Shoes: OLD [Similar], Blouse: OLD [Similar]

Outfit 6: Cami [NikiBiki], Sandals: OLD [Similar], Jeans [Jessica Simpson], Cardigan [Target], Sunnies [Ray-Bans]

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Outfit 1: Jeans [Jessica Simpson], Bootie Wedges [Target], Cardigan [Target], Shirt [Target]

Outfit 2: Jeans [Jessica Simpson], Plaid Shirt: OLD [Similar], Shirt [Target]

Outfit 3: Leggings [Old Navy], Cami [NikiBiki], Bootie Wedges [Target], Cardigan [Motherhood Maternity]

Outfit 4: Jeans [Jessica Simpson], Boots [Justin], Blouse: OLD [Similar]

Outfit 5: Dress [Badgley Mischka]

Outfit 6: Cami [NikiBiki], Jeans [Jessica Simpson], Booties [DSW], Cadigan: OLD [Similar]

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Outfit 1: Cami [NikiBiki], Jeans [Jessica Simpson], Cardigan [Target], Booties [DSW], Scarf [Similar]

Outfit 2: Leggings [Old Navy], Vest [MarleyLilly], Flannel Plaid Shirt [Walmart], Shoes: OLD [Similar]

Outfit 3: Leggings [Old Navy], Blazer: OLD [Similar], Heels: OLD [Similar], Tee: OLD [Similar]

Outfit 4: Leggings [Old Navy], Scarf [Similar], Leather Jacket: Similar [Forever 21], Sweater [Target], Bootie Wedges [Target]

Outfit 5: Leggings [Old Navy], Vest [MarleyLilly], Blouse [Walmart], Flats: OLD [Similar]

Outfit 6: Leggings [Old Navy], Cami [NikiBiki], Flats: OLD [Similar]. Cardigan [Target], Scarf [Similar]

XOXO, Gabbing Ginger

Versatile [pregnancy] Style

Style and function is something that I have been looking for when I enter the new mom world.  Harper and Bay came across on my instagram account and I fell in love!

This dress not only works now during my pregnancy days but it has cute zippers to make breast feeding easy! I will probably even wear it when I am out of those seasons of life!  I have heard over and over again from my mom friends that finding clothes that make breast feeding easy can be hard to find… Especially dresses! These are seriously so perfect and Harper and Bay carries great on trend styles!

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**In the top right picture you can see one of the TINY zipper pulls to unzip.  It zips between the light pink and dark pink**

PS I can’t wait to repost on this dress after baby Tripp makes his debut!

Dress [Harper and Bay]

Flip Flops [Tory Burch]

Jean Jacket [Similar]

Purse [Louis Vuitton]

XOXO- Gabbing Ginger

 

Pink Blush OOTD & Giveaway

Fashion during pregnancy has been quite the learning experience.  One shop that I have been eyeing since early in my pregnancy is Pinkblush. I LOVE that their clothes are items that I would be drawn to pregnant or not.  Everything is so fresh and up to date with trends.

I am thrilled to say I have partnered with Pinkblush Maternity  for a $75 giftcard giveaway!  Check out my favorite dress from Pinkblush and see rules below for how to enter for your chance to win!

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This dress is so comfy.  Perfect for a baby shower, date night, or running errands around town.  You can dress it up or dress it down.  This color is so flattering on all different skin tones and hair colors! This dress is super easy to style… just throw on an accent necklace and some pumps and you are good to go!

Dress [Pinkblush]

Necklace [Kendra Scott]

Shoes [Nine West]

Jacket: [Old] Ralph Lauren [Similar] or [Similar]

How to enter:

  1. Follow my Instagram
  2.  “Like” the original contest photo
  3. Tag two friends in the comments section

Contest ends 4/6 and winner will be announced 4/8.  See below for official rules.

CONTEST RULES

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

 

 

Fixing those “bra-blems”

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE clothes.  I think it is so fun to be able to express individual personality through what we wear.  However, most of us think a lot about what people see outwardly and not what is underneath.

Undergarments are SO important for the fit of clothes.  More importantly bras can change the way the top half of your outfit looks.  Being a larger chested lady that is fairly petite it can be a real struggle to find a good fitting bra.   Every body type is different and it is hard to know what bra works best for your body. UHMMM and can we just say pregnancy has not helped with this situation!?!!!

I know most of you can relate to how frustrating “bra-blems” can be. And I think all of us women can agree that these issues can make you want to rip off your bra the moment you walk in the door at the end of a long day!

With the help of ThirdLove we can solve most ladies “bra-blems”! Their “Fit Finder” is wonderful and really specializes with your body type AND the types of bras you like, so you can find the best bra for YOU!  CLICK HERE to view all of the bras they carry!

ThirdLove has also given me this great “quick fix” guide that can help improve bras that you already own! I truly believe that a good foundation builds a great outfit and you have to start with a good fitting bra! A good fitting bra can help with back issues, confidence, shoulder and neck pain and just overall daily comfort; so treat yourself to something that will make your everyday life a little bit better!

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Check them out and let me know what you think!

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

YSL Touche Éclat Neutralizer Review

Hi loves!

I received the YSL Touche Éclat Neutralizer  in bisque to try [thanks Influenster)!

In recent months [thanks pregnancy] I have struggled to cover up the dark circles under my eyes.  This neutralizers goes on very smooth. Does not feel heavy and doesn’t cake on.

It works well with other makeup I already use and really does hide my dark circles.  I am really loving how lightweight the product feels and how easy it is to use! See below for a before [ekkkkk no makeup] and after.

 

 

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

An Open Letter to Every Kid Who Has Lost a Parent

This applies even for losing a parent as a young adult. ❤

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Originally posted by The Odyssey Online. Written by Lauren Seago Written by Lauren Seago, reposted with her kind permission. Originally appeared on The Odyssey

A letter to tackle different aspects of losing a parent.

Dear Sweet Child,

First off, I just wanted to start by saying you are strong, even when it feels like the world is crumbling beneath your feet.

Secondly, I wanted to say how sorry I am for the loss of your parent in your most crucial years of needing love and words of encouragement. A piece of your world was stripped away from you, and that will never be replaced. Which I know personally, stings so deep.

As you continue to grow throughout your life, I wanted to address some aspects that I have learned on my own are not the easiest to conquer; that in most cases people do not understand.

1. It’s okay to cry, on the real: Forget those people who tell…

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