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~ Olivia Nicole’s Birth Story ~

Olivia Nicole's Birth Story

Hey guys! Today marks a whole week since I had my baby girl Olivia. I’m still in shock. I can’t believe that she’s mine and looking at her makes me instantly happy. You know what else I’m in shock about? How long it’s taking me to recover from the C-section I had to have because she was breech.

Olivia Nicole's Birth Story

Olivia had been doing flips for the last two months of my pregnancy and I was convinced she’d do one final flip before delivery, but she remained breech all the way ’till the end. I was little nervous about having a C-section, yet part of me naively thought that it would be easier on me. I was so so so wrong!

Olivia Nicole's Birth Story

The whole process wasn’t that bad, the only reason recovery was a lot longer than it should have because I bled a lot during the surgery and within 30 minutes of getting back to my room I developed a hematoma and started bleeding from the incision.

Olivia Nicole's Birth Story

Olivia Nicole's Birth Story

By Friday night I was able to easily feed Olivia but I was still stuck in bed. The hematoma I developed slowed down the entire recovery process and even with all the meds I was on, the pain was pretty bad and I could barely eat or sleep. The only thing that kept me happy was that the boy came to visit and I had Olivia right by my side.

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Olivia Nicole's Birth Story

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Joseph meeting his little sister for the first time.

Last night was the first time since I got home that I was able to actually lay down and sleep. I was still in quite a bit of pain, but we’re finally settling into a routine. This C-section threw me off a bit, but I’m beyond happy with my baby girl.

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Olivia Nicole's Birth Story

 


~ Kevel Mommy Review – A Pregnancy & Post-Pregnancy Must Have! ~

Pregnancy clothes nowadays can be hit or miss. You’ll find some stylish but pricey, affordable but cheap quality but the bottom line is being comfy and getting the most out of every dollar you spend is always the most important because you’re only going to be wearing them for nine months. Its products like Kevel Mommy that does exactly that, it maximizes the clothes you have without sacrificing a bit of comfort. Kevel Mommy is a small, mighty device that safely secures your zipper AND expands your waistline for the beginning stages, post- pregnancy and anyone who has a pair of pants that are snug or even just have a zipper that won’t cooperate, it’s handy to have in hand pregnant or not.

Kevel Mommy

This fashion break-through was designed by Rachel Kearl, the design was born out of her own frustration over no longer fitting into her favorite designer jeans. After experimenting with a hair tie to give her a little extra room in those slightly snug faves, the idea morphed and progressed into a more effective prototype and the ultimate fashion savior—Kevel’s Perfect Fit—made its debut. Today, because one size doesn’t fit all, Kevel has developed three versions of its original design to help battle those sneaky “shrinking” waistbands, including Kevel Mommy .

Kevel Mommy Review - A Pregnancy & Post-Pregnancy Must Have!

I’ve seen tons of pregnant women use the old hair band trick on their pants, but are left struggling with the zipper. This eliminates all the fuss and does all the work during pregnancy and after pregnancy on those days where you feel like you can’t find a thing to wear. It’s a household must for under $20 and it comes with a few to ensure you’ll always have the right fit.

For more info visit – Kevel.com


I have been compensated by Glucerna for this post; however, I am sharing my own thoughts. All opinions are my own. #SteadyIsExciting

~ How I’m Dealing With My Gestational Diabetes Diagnosis + Egg White Omelette Recipe ~

How I'm Dealing With My Gestational Diabetes Diagnosis + Egg White Omelette Recipe

Wondering why things have been a bit quiet around here? Well, right before Christmas I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. I decided at that moment to take a step back and focus on my health. Being told you have gestational diabetes is a little scary. It’s especially overwhelming when you’re headed into the holidays where everyone is eating cookies and yummy desserts. I met with a dietician the week of Christmas and I dove right into my new way of eating low carb and smaller, more frequent portions. I also started to check my sugar levels four, sometimes five times a day. I saw immediate results in my sugar levels but I also started to lose weight and had to start adding some extra calories. The good news is that because I was able to control my sugar levels with my diet alone, I did not need medication.

How I'm Dealing With My Gestational Diabetes Diagnosis + Egg White Omelette Recipe

Being diagnosed with gestational diabetes also means that I’m at a higher risk of developing diabetes later on in life and the chance of preeclampsia reoccurring are now more likely. It’s definitely not something I want to play around with, so it’s recipes like this easy to make Egg White Omelette and snacks like these delicious Glucerna Oatmeal Raisin Mini Snack Bars that I bought at Target (scroll down to see Target’s Cartwheel offer) that will help me manage my diabetes. It will also help to manage my hunger on the go, which is super important for a busy mom like me. See full omelette recipe below.

How I'm Dealing With My Gestational Diabetes Diagnosis + Egg White Omelette Recipe

Since I am trying to keep my gestational diabetes under control, it’s extremely important for me to have frequent meals and snacks, which is something I was not doing before. I would always go too many hours without eating. Glucerna Mini Snack Nutrition Bars help manage my blood sugar while I’m on the go with the kids and while I work. Each flavor has CARBSTEADY®, which includes slowly digestible carbohydrates designed to help minimize blood sugar spikes.

With 23% of Hispanics having diabetes in the United States, I plan on staying focused on my health and kicking this diabetes to the curb once I have my baby girl. The plan is to share here the easy ways that I’m managing my diet, weight, and overall lifestyle so that others can see that all it takes is a little dedication to keep your health on track.

Egg White Omelette Ingredients:

How I'm Dealing With My Gestational Diabetes Diagnosis + Egg White Omelette Recipe

3 egg whites
1 cup chopped vegetables (onions, peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms)
1 oz shredded reduced-fat cheese
1 tsp. olive oil

Instructions:

In a nonstick skillet, sauté green peppers, onions, and mushrooms in olive oil until tender.

How I'm Dealing With My Gestational Diabetes Diagnosis + Egg White Omelette Recipe

Add egg whites and cook until set. Flip and cook until completely set. Add cheese, fold, and transfer to plate.

How I'm Dealing With My Gestational Diabetes Diagnosis + Egg White Omelette Recipe

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This is a sponsored post by Fiber One. All opinions are 100% my own.

~ Satisfying My Sweet Tooth With Fiber One Snack Bars ~

I have a major sweet tooth and it kicked into overdrive when I was pregnant with Joseph!

I wanted just about anything that had sugar on it. Normally, I would just buy myself sugar-free snacks, but I knew that it wouldn’t be good for me or for the baby. I tried to find tons of different ways to try and satisfy my sweet tooth. For the most part, I was successful in resisting the urge to eat sweets.

However, at times when I just had to cave in, I found a friend in Fiber One bars. My mom has a been a huge fan of Fiber One for years and starts her day with the Fiber One Oats & Peanut Butter bars to help keep her regular.

Satisfying My Sweet Tooth With Fiber One Snack Bars

I never even thought of giving them a try until I saw all the yummy indulgent-looking Fiber One bars at Walmart. I went through tons of boxes of their Oats & Chocolate Bars and sometimes even their Protein Cookie & Cream Bars during my pregnancy because it satisfied my sweet toot. Also not to sound gross, but they helped prevent pregnancy constipation, which was something else that I battled throughout the entire pregnancy. It was not fun!

Satisfying My Sweet Tooth With Fiber One Snack Bars

Despite eating a ton of vegetables and drinking a ton of water, it wasn’t enough. I would still find myself miserable and uncomfortable. I cannot even begin to describe to you how much better I felt once I added a few Fiber One products into my diet. Since it had such a tremendous affect on my digestive health, I figured I would kill two birds with one stone and try out their other tasty products.

I tried their Fiber One soft chew chocolate chunk cookies. These became an instant hit with everyone in my house. Fiber is a must in anyone’s diet and this was a perfect way to add 20 percent of the daily value per serving with only 4.5 grams of fat. It eliminated my sweet tooth guilt, kept me regular, and because of the fiber, it kept me satisfied longer. Now that to me is a win-win!

Satisfying My Sweet Tooth With Fiber One Snack Bars

Fast forward to one year after I had Joseph and I still continue to buy the same Fiber One items I ate during my pregnancy. It keeps me fueled for my long busy days with work and five boys. Fiber One can be found in most grocery stores cookie and cereal aisles.

Check out their website where you’ll find all of their products and tons of yummy recipes!