My Birth Story – Part One

baby story

I’ve been meaning to write out my birth story for a while, before I forget all of the details.

It really starts November 6th at approximately 5:00 in the morning.  I started having contractions, and I thought they were real because I could feel them (I had been having braxton hicks before that, but nothing that was painful or anything, I’d just notice that my stomach was contracting).  I also thought they were real because I had been resting when they started, and I had been told that resting makes them go away if they’re not real contractions.  I was SO excited that it was starting because it was my dream to go into labour early in the morning and have the baby at like 5:00pm.  That didn’t happen though.  After labouring for a while, I decided that I should try to get some sleep so I would be well rested for birth.  So I went back to bed, and when I woke up the contractions were totally gone.

All that day I was really tired.  I had big plans to do laundry and get some stuff done, but I really didn’t feel up to it and lazed the day away.

At 1:00am on November 7th, I started having contractions again.  I was in and out of the bed, making sure it was really happening and not false labour like the previous day.  After about an hour, it felt like they were getting closer together and more intense, so I woke my husband up.  I hadn’t been keeping track of the contractions, but now that he was awake he was able to.

So we kept track of the contractions for a couple of hours.  The idea is that they need to be 5 minutes apart, and one minute long, and for that to go on for at least an hour before going into the hospital.   By the time it got to that point and we called our Doula to come meet us, it was almost 5am.  We got to the hospital around 5-5:30am.

At the hospital, they checked me and said I was 4-5 cm dilated and probably 75% effaced.  They let you into a room when you’re 5 cm dilated, so we went to the labouring room to hopefully get to that point.  After a while of being in there, I went back for them to check me again, and unfortunately lay down on the bed so they could do it.  They had me attached to a monitor to keep track of baby’s heartbeat and to track contractions.  The bad part about that was that when I got into the bed, the contractions started slowing down.  They weren’t as bad as they had been either, they had gotten less intense.  The nurse helping us said that the only thing she could do at this point was put me on morphine for pain (which I felt was unnecessary, since it wasn’t that painful) or send me home.  So we went back home.

We got home at around 9am.  I was feeling a little disappointed that I wasn’t giving birth just yet, but I was happy to be able to be at home.  We were able to have some rest between 9am and 11am.  I then laboured at home for what felt like foreverrr before I was finally ready to go back to the hospital!

More to come ;)

xoxo,
Alysa

Dressember Week 1!

The first week of Dressember is over, and I’ve managed to wear a different dress every day. AND I’ve managed to actually get dressed every day!! It might not have been first thing in the morning, or even in the morning at all.. but the fact that I’ve been getting dressed is pretty big, especially on days where we don’t leave the house.

Here is my first week of Dressember:

December 1:

dressember 1

dress & shirt: thrifted

December 2:

 

 

dressember 2

dress: thrifted

December 3:

 

dressember 3

dress: gift // tights: H&M

December 4:

dress: American Apparel
I didn’t get a chance to take a picture of myself in it before Autumn had an accident all over it.  The perks of being a mama ;)

December 5:

 

dressember 5

dress: Plato’s Closet

December 6:

 

 

dressember 6
dress: thrifted // tights: FredFlare.com

December 7:
dressember 7
dress: Sammydress.com // shirt: thrifted // scarf: gift // hairband: Forever 21

It was a pretty great week!

If you feel so inclined, you can donate to the cause on my donation page here!

Apparently modern slavery is up 23% from last year, which means that millions of people are stuck in slavery.  The International Justice Mission, and Dressember, would like to put a stop to that.  Please really think about donating.  Every dollar helps!

xoxo,
Alysa

Happy Day!

I swear I fall more and more in love with this little girl every day.  I’m missing sleep, I’m missing meals, I’m never ever by myself… but I’m so happy right now!!

Here are some other things making me happy this week:

~ As a large group, Dressember fundraisers have raised over $100K so far! I’m so happy to be able to be part of such a great community.  Click here to donate!  I’ve been wearing a dress every single day this month, and will continue to for the rest of the month.. as it gets colder and as much as I’d like to put on some pants.  The added challenge here is that I’m breastfeeding, so I have to pick dresses that will help with that.  It means that I’m a little bit more limited in what I currently own.  Anything you can give would be a great help!

~ 30 Signs You’re A New Mom – these are so accurate! I love it :)

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My friend posted this on my wall. I LOVE it!!

Have a lovely week!

xoxo,
Alysa

KISS InstaWave review!


KISS InstaWave

 

I am so excited to be able to share this with you!  I was able to review the Kiss InstaWave hair curler recently, and I gotta say.. I really like it!  It’s super easy to use, and it takes no time at all to do.  I have naturally poker straight hair, hair that is so straight that by the time I finish curling my hair, the side I started on is straight again.  I’m always looking for new ways to curl my hair, and make it stay curly.  I LOVE curly hair.  The Kiss InstaWave is PERFECT for that.  It’s a fully automatic, tangle-free curler that creates beautiful curls.  It can easily be used with both hands, and you can curl hair going left or right with the Curl Dial.  It automatically shuts off after 90 minutes, and it has two heat settings.

Here is how it’s used:
KISS InstaWave
Hold InstaWave vertical

KISS InstaWave

Simply place section of hair on InstaWave curling rod and turn left or right with the button.  The InstaWave will automatically catch and curl the hair!
Then, hold for 5-10 seconds… or longer if you’d like tighter curls.

KISS InstaWave

Pull InstaWave straight down to reveal curls

KISS InstaWave

Pros:
I love how easy it was to use.  It didn’t tangle, and it didn’t feel like my hair was being pulled out.  It was super gentle and still effective.  Plus, I always find when I’m using a regular hair curler that my arm gets tired from having to twist and turn it the whole time.  My arms did not get tired.  It also didn’t take very much time at all, which was super great.

Cons:
Mine made a soft but high-pitched noise when it was plugged in.  It was a little unnerving to have that sound happening right next to my ear.  I enjoyed using it, but the noise made me a little nervous so I did more beachy waves.

Overall, I really like it!  It’s easy to use and fast to use! It won’t take me an hour to curl my hair anymore, and that’s so great!

To find out more information, head to their website here!

xoxo,
Alysa

Disclaimer: I received this product from BrandBacker and KISS Hair Appliances to review, all the opinions stated above are my own.

happy December!

I can’t believe that it’s already December! This past month especially has just flown by.  On Sunday I will have a one month old. What??!! That seems hard to believe, but it’s true.  It’s been a pretty hectic month, but what they say is true.. the days are long, but the years are short.  Or at least, this month has felt super short anyway ;)

I am excited it’s December because we’re going to get our Christmas tree soon!  We’re getting a real one this year, so we waited until December to put anything up.  I’m so excited to decorate and put up lights and stuff.  I love Christmas!  I’ve been listening to Christmas music almost non-stop (with some 1989 breaks) and I’m just so excited for it.

here are some other things making me happy this week:

It’s Dressember again!  I am participating in Dressember this year, and I have a team as well.  It’s going to be so much fun to be able to get dressed up every day this December.  I am not picking out four dresses and just wearing those, like I did last year, though.  My plan is to try to find dresses that I can wear while easily breastfeeding.  That is the extra challenge I have this year.  A lot of the dresses that I have do not make for breastfeeding with ease, and that is very important to what I wear right now.  My team page is here, and my personal page is here!  I would be extremely grateful to all who donate <3

This article is so helpful for picking dresses that aid in breastfeeding!  I am so glad that I found that.

This great article about why babies wake up when you put them down.  It makes so much sense, and gives me an excuse to cuddle my girl even closer!

This video is awesome! I love Michael Buble’s Christmas album!!

Hope you have a lovely week!

xoxo,
Alysa

My last maternity outfit!

fall maternity style

dress: sammydress.com // shoes: Target // collared shirt: Bluenotes // scarf: gift //

fall maternity style

 

These pictures were taken two days before Autumn was born, and the last official outfit photos that I’ve taken in a while.  It’s been pretty hectic around here lately (duh) and there are many days where I pretty much stay in my pajamas.  Otherwise, I’ve been living in leggings.
I’m looking forward to a time where I can get dressed every day, and then I can start sharing the pictures again.
I have about two weeks left in school. I have one more paper to finish writing and then two final exams and then I’m done with school forever! I’m so excited to be done. Then I can focus on Christmas and this precious little angel! This year is ending in a way that is hectic but I’m loving it. This girl gives me so much joy, even when I’m up all night with her.

Xoxo,
Alysa

Makeup by One Direction: Review + Giveaway


makeup by one direction

I’m so excited to be able to share more of Makeup by One Direction with you! Since the first sets were so popular, they brought out even more (and smaller ones, too).  This time I was lucky enough to be able to review the Liquilights Glow Gloss set and the Rock Me Nail Varnish set.

Here is what I think:

Pros:
The colours are amazing, I love how vibrant and fun they are.  AND there is glitter nail polish and just pots of glitter you can decorate your nails with.  It’s amazing and I’m so excited I can use it whenever I want.  I would definitely recommend that to anyone who loves glitter (which, who doesn’t?? ;) )

The formula is pretty great as well, and I love the concept of the UV Reactive Colour-changing aspect of the lip gloss.  Here are the three colours I got:

 

 

makeup by one direction

Orange = Kiss You
Pink = Taken
Poppy = Through The Dark

I love how they name each colour after a One Direction song.  It’s so great!

Cons:
Nothing that I could see right off the bat, honestly.  I love how much fun this collection is, and how bright.  I can’t think of anything I don’t like about these two sets.

Find out more about the new Makeup by One Direction on their Facebook Page!

Want to win your own set?  Click HERE and enter to win!  Good Luck!!

xoxo,
Alysa

Disclaimer: I received this collection c/o Brandbacker and Markwins to review.  All the opinions presented here are my own.

 

Happy Day!

Happy Monday Tuesday Wednesday(!!) everyone! Hope you had a lovely weekend! We had a weekend, that’s for sure! A weekend filled with nursing and diapers and baby cuddles (and *some* sleep) ;)  It’s been a rollercoaster, that’s for sure.. but I am loving this.  It’s a lot of work, and it’s very hard at times.. but I look at her little face and it’s all worth it.  She’s the love of my life and I want to give her everything.

Here are other things making me happy this week

My fave etsy shop ever, Tiny Tangerines, is back open again for the holidays!! Her stuff is amazing.

These super cute Disney inspired costumes a mom made for her child for going to Disney.  I want some but in my size ;)

REALLY excited about that!! It’ll be fun to bring Autumn to see that.. at the Strollers and Stars movie thing they have where babies are welcome to go anyway ;)

Have a great rest of the week!

xoxo,
Alysa

It’s a Girl!

I am so excited to be able to come back and say that we had our baby and it’s a girl!

Her name is Autumn Laurine, and she was born November 7th (right on her due date) at 9:07pm.  I will share my birth story another time, but I thought I’d get back into the swing of things with this and make the official announcement here :)

It’s been a pretty good first week.  Lots of ups and downs, but we’re slowly figuring out this whole parenting thing! Could use a bit more sleep though ;)

xoxo,
Alysa

I’m about to be a bad friend (and it may have started already)

I think I’m about to be a bad friend, and there’s not too much I can do about it.

I’m already sending responses to text messages at the slowest rate of my life… but if I leave my phone in the other room, I can’t hear it go off and I can’t run to answer it if it’s ringing.  I move so slowly that there’s almost no point in getting up in the first place because I know I’ll miss it.

As of right now, the baby is overdue and could come at anytime.  I’m usually a planner, and I like to have things planned out in advance… but I can’t do that right now.  I don’t know for sure if I can come to something that’s happening in two days from now because I don’t know if I’ll be giving birth, at the hospital after giving birth, or recovering at home from giving birth.  Or, too tired to get dressed, much less go out to a public place with other people there.  I want to go to these events that people invite me to on facebook… but if it starts after 9:00 at night, I know I’ll be way too tired and no fun.

So, for both the way this is probably going to get worse after the baby comes, and for how it’s been the last couple of months: Friends, I’m sorry for being such a bad friend.  Hopefully a cute little one will make up for it??

xoxo,
Alysa