Monday, September 01, 2014

Share a #LushBomb

Hey Loves

I'm sure you guys heard about and even participated in the #shareacoke campaign. We'll I'm starting my own with selfish intentions lol I recently stopped by the LUSH cosmetics store located within Macy's in Lenox Mall. If you follow me on IG at Lipstickmama2boys you would have seen that I picked up Ultabland, OceanSalt and a few bath-bombs. I have since fallen head over heels in love with the Phoenix Rising bomb and how befitting of course for me to adore that one right. Seriously it feels like a little slice of heaven at the end of the day. I wish I could take a long bath soaking with one everyday but until then I figured if any of my kind friends and family members were wondering what to buy a mom after giving birth my pick would be one or a gazillion of these little gems.

If you've ever read the LUSH We Believe statement on our bags or here on our website, you may remember the bit that says, "We believe in the right to make mistakes, lose everything and start again." This Bath Bomb is a tribute to our belief that great things can rise out of the ashes, just like the mythical Phoenix. Royal purple and gold-dusted, with a cinnamon stick in the center, this gorgeous bomb sinks to the bottom of the tub when you toss it in, and slowly rises up, fizzing out a spicy apple and cinnamon scent.


  • Spicy and fruity: The Phoenix has a refreshing orangey twist to lift your spirits.
  • Baby, it's cold outside:Perfect for warming up in the tub on a crisp autumn or winter night.
  • Sparkling cinnamon fizz: The spicy scent of cinnamon is excellent for stimulating tired minds and bodies.

Doesn't my last bomb look lonely :) Purchase them online here or in store. 

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Birth Plan {The Second Time Around}

Your birth plan is essentially your preference as to how you want to manage your labor pain. With the birth of my first son I was all about making lists and checking it twice. The second time around seems to be a bit more relaxed for me. I'm not sure if it's because this is not my first time at the rodeo or if I'm just over being pregnant right now and ready to have this baby. This time I printed one sheet, which I really need to make copies of, but essentially my preferences haven't wavered at all. I still want to do a natural, vaginal birth if possible. My first born was a full 2 weeks late and I ended up having to be induced to get the party started. I am hoping and praying that this one comes earlier than his due date and that the labor kicks into gear on it's own so that I can avoid an induction all together but we shall see. One thing I have chosen to do differently is my placenta encapsulation. I am actually really excited about this part of the after birth experience and can't wait to share my story with you all. I still want to have skin to skin contact immediately after delivery and for any and all tests to be performed in my room without the baby being taken to the nursery unnecessarily. I kept Phoenix in my room the entire time, it just seemed scary to me to have him carted off to the nursery and be kept away from me so soon. I couldn't imagine doing that with this one either. Lastly, of course I plan to nurse my son and wish to do so immediately after birth. Below are some of the things to consider discussing with your medical team regarding your birth plan, of course as with anything else in life writing a list does not guarantee that is how things will go. Here is a free template you can use for your birthplan.

When you arrive at the hospital, a nurse or doctor evaluates you to see how far your labor has progressed. You may be asked to walk around a bit or even to return home for a while before being admitted.
Once you're admitted, the hospital may allow you to invite family and friends to be with you, bring in comfort objects (such as photographs, flowers, or pillows) or food and drink for your support team, play music, dim the lights, and move around as you need to for comfort. If you plan to have the birth photographed or filmed, ask ahead of time what the hospital's policy is. Not all hospitals allow it.
To allow you to move around as you choose during labor, most hospitals won't routinely start an IV when you're admitted. (You'll be encouraged to drink clear liquids to stay hydrated.)
Most hospitals no longer order enemas or shave you before delivery.
You may want to ask about the hospital's policy on fetal monitoring. Your baby will likely be monitored externally for 20 or 30 minutes when you're admitted. If your baby's heart rate is reassuring, you may only need to be intermittently monitored after that. Not being tied to a monitor allows you to move about more easily during labor. (And some hospitals have wireless monitors, so patients can walk around while being continuously monitored.)
Discuss your preferences for pain management with your healthcare provider. If you're trying for an unmedicated birth, you may plan to work with a support team or use various labor props. (You may want to ask your provider what kinds of props you're allowed to bring with you and which ones the hospital can provide. These may include a shower, tub, birthing ball, birthing stool, squatting bar, and so on.)  If you prefer to use pain medication or have an epidural, it's a good idea to discuss your options ahead of time.
If your labor stops progressing, your medical team may recommend interventions such as breaking your amniotic sac or augmenting your labor with oxytocin (Pitocin).
When it's time to push, your medical team may coach you on when and how to bear down. Another option may be to follow your body's natural urges and push when and how you feel is right for you.
Most hospitals don't routinely perform episiotomies. However, in some situations your provider may recommend one.
If an assisted delivery is required, your provider will use a vacuum device or forceps to help your baby out of the birth canal.
If you end up having a c-section, it's likely that you'll be awake and your support person will be able stay with you. In rare cases, you'll need general anesthesia and your support person will be asked to wait outside the operating room.
After a vaginal delivery, the baby is placed on you and covered with a warm blanket. The umbilical cord is clamped in two places and cut between the two clamps. Let your provider know if your support person wants to do the cutting.
If you've chosen to bank your baby's cord blood, the blood will be collected at this time. (You'll need to arrange for this process several weeks in advance.)
Unless your baby needs special medical care, you can usually ask for all procedures and tests to be done while your baby is in the room with you. Some procedures (such as bathing and measuring) can be delayed for an hour to give you a chance to feed and bond with your baby.
Whether you choose to breastfeed or formula-feed, you can begin whenever you and your baby are ready. If you're nursing, let your medical team know if you'd like a lactation consultant to help you get started.
Consider whether you want your baby to have a pacifier and let the hospital staff know your feelings.
Most hospitals encourage you to be with your baby as much as possible during your stay. They tend to support "rooming in" – rather than keeping the baby in the nursery – to promote bonding. Ask about your hospital's policy on this if you have any questions. Source

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