Wow. My last month and a half has been amazing, stressful, miraculous and frustrating all in one. Claire Alaina was born July 20th via emergency c-section. I made it to 35 weeks in my pregnancy and welcomed my little premie. What a beautiful gift she is! She came out with her feet hooked up over her shoulders so I am convinced she will be really into yoga or something, that girl is bendy! With all the horror stories we heard about her brain and kidney functions, we are very hopeful and proud of how far she has come in her short 5 weeks. She is missing a part of her brain called the corpus callosum and we are very optimistic (as is our wonderful neurosurgeon) that she will have minimal delays from it. Many adults may have it missing and not even know unless they get in an accident and have a scan. So anyway, with everything we see, her outcome looks great! Only thing is she is still in the NICU working on feeding issues. She is trying hard, showing progress but sometimes doesn’t finish all of her bottle so the doctors want to keep her there until she is more consistent. It has been heartbreaking having our month old baby still in the hospital but in the grand scheme of things we know this will one day be a distant memory. She is so pretty, sweet and already very girly. I can’t wait for mommy/daughter shopping and spa trips! Since I am barely ever home now and once Claire gets to come home with us I will be super busy with her, I’ve made the tough decision to end my run at Swish-Style for good. Thank you all for making my time as a blogger extremely rewarding. I learned so much from fellow bloggers, enjoyed reading your comments and had a blast exploring my interest in beauty and fashion. It will be fun to tell Claire one day how her mommy once was obsessed with buying new makeup to review, stalked the shoe sales at Nordtrom and shared it all with strangers on the internet. I wish you all the best!
I thought I better update you all again (meaning the three people that might still check this thing!) So, I’ve been in the hospital since last Thursday. My amniotic fluid went even lower and they admitted me for safety reasons. It has not been fun and I am even more of aÂ nervous wreck now! Just when I think I have a handle on at home bed rest, my pregnancy takes a new turn. The doctors are saying that I will deliver between 35-36 weeks so that only gives us about 10 or so days before baby Claire will be here. i have to be honest, I am terrified. We went on a tour of the NICU and it breaks my heart that we won’t be able to bring her home for awhile and my brand new baby will have to have surgeries. i don’t know how I’ll get through all of this but I have no choice but to remain faithful and hopeful no matter what happens. Thank you everyone for your encouragement, prayers and support over the past 3 months. I never thought my first pregnancy would be like this and I have no idea why this is happening, but I know I’ve already learned a lot about theÂ value of companionship, kind words and a helping hand. Soon our precious daughter will be with us and our lives will never be the same. I am embracing this change and I’m already filled with a love I’ve never felt before. More soon, I promise.
Hi everyone. I just wanted to give you an update on what’s been going on with me and some more details. As of last Wednesday, I’ve been placed on strict bed rest because my amniotic fluid levels are very low. So far they are stable but still yet to go up so I have to stay laying on my sides until they rise. I get them checked again this Friday. As long as they don’t decrease, I can keep myself out of the hospital. This is all very scary to me and I am very worried about Claire’s development but my perinatalogist reminds me to stay positive and there is lots of time for things to improve. As for Claire, one of her kidneys is totally blocked and not draining into her bladder. She will probably lose function of it before she is born. She also has mild enlargement of some ventricles in her brain. Which most likely means nothing but there is a chance it could signal developmental delays. This is all a lot to process and remain faithful through for me. It is really only through my dependence on God that I am not a complete emotional wreck by now. Our friends and family have been truly amazing. And my husband is my biggest comfort. He’s been taking care of me and the house, keeping me laughing, attempting to cook for the first time in his life and being the best friend in the world to me. He is going to be an awesome daddy. Anyway, i can’t wait for the day I get to meet our baby girl and all of this is a memory. it’s been a tough ride but we’re still hanging on.
Dearest readers, I just want to let you know that Swish-Style will be on a bit of a hiatus. We received some tough news yesterday regarding our baby girl at a specialized ultrasound and it is difficult right now for me to write about fun and frivolous things. The only thing that matters to me right now is her, it’s all I’m thinking about. So that means I’m in no mood for fashion, beauty and style until my heart gets over the hump. I truly am trying to trust and believe that everything will be okay come August but it’s a struggle. If you have the time, I would appreciate your prayers for baby Claire and please understand that I hope to be back to posting soon. I’ll try to have some guest bloggers lined up in the meantime and I hope you’ll stay my faithful readers.
Since my belly is now growing daily and I can’t wear regular clothes anymore, I am in a fashion funk. I usually love doing posts on cute styles I find online or in the stores but I literally have zero interest in clothes shopping since I can only buy from the maternity section now! If you have an interest in being a guest blogger on Swish-Style (whether you currently blog or not), send me a message on my contact page. I’d love to hear from you and publish your ideas!
Two beauty products I am dying to try right now are the new Stila Summer Eye Shadow Palette and the Erase Paste from Benefit. The eye shadow compact has six gorgeous, perfect-for-the-beach tones that would be beautiful day or night. I adore Stila’s shadows for their great pigmentation and lasting formula. I currently use Stila’s Kitten shadow everyday as a base color. I also am a big fan of Benefit’s classic concealer, Bo-ing, so I am curious to see how this one differs. The description says it is brightening, I am wondering if that is the only difference? I plan on picking up these two new products on my next Sephora jaunt (and we know those are pretty frequent!) Look for reviews in the future and let me know if you’ve already tried either one!
GIRL!!! Adrian and I are over the moon happy. She was moving around and kicking me like crazy on the ultrasound monitor. What a little show off! It was a wonderful day yesterday, we spent the afternoon registering for the baby showers and went out to dinner at our favorite cafe to celebrate. I can’t believe in August she will be here with us! Today, I am in full blown nursery planning mode. Here’s a pic of the crib bedding that I love. I ordered some fabric swatches to confirm. What do you all think?
This is so random and weird but I thought I would share. I have become obsessed with making Italian sodas for the last week. I mean crazy obsessed! I will probably gain five pounds at my next OB appointment just in liquid volume. I hold the baby totally responsible since it has hijacked my hormones and taste buds. In case you have never experienced the divine goodness of an Italian soda, I will share! Go to a store like Cost Plus World Market (or any specialty market) and buy a big ‘ol bottle of flavored Torani syrup. My pick is cherry. Then buy some club soda and heavy whipping cream at the grocery store. Fill a glass with ice. Pour club soda into the glass until about 3/4 full. Then add enough syrup until there is like half an inch left in the glass. Add a good dollop of cream and stir. It is pure joy! I already finished my bottle of syrup, need to make a run to the store ASAP. So your homework, dear readers, is to make your own at su casa this weekend and let me know how much you love it! (PS. I would add some images but my WordPress app is still being funky. Ugh.)
The new picks are up (click on the link to the right)! I’m still getting used to this new formatting on my blog editor and boy is it annoying. I hope you’re all having great weeks so far, I am in eager anticipation of finding out my baby’s gender this coming Monday! I am so excited and I can’t wait to share the news with all my readers!