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My Birth Story - All Natural No Epidural - Florida Hospital For Women

Beyond excited to bring you the last post on my Maternity and Delivery journey series:
My Birth Story - All Natural No Epidural - In partnership with Florida Hospital For Women.



Where do I start? ...

To say it was the most amazing and blessed day of our lives it's an understatement.
I have imagined this day since I was a little girl and used to play with my dolls. Once that day finally became a reality, I couldn't do anything else but thank God for giving me the honor and privilege of being Sebastian's mommy.

Such an indescribable emotion when I saw his little eyes looking at me and feeling safe in my arms. I would not change that feeling for anything on earth.

Everything began the early morning of Friday May 25, 2018 at around 3:00 am. At that time I got up to go on one of my bathroom runs for the night and I noticed I was feeling some kind of "gas" cramps. I had not had a bowel movement since the day before (I've experienced constipation during most of the pregnancy, which is pretty common for some women), so for that reason I thought the cramps were due to the constipation. Right around 8-9 am, the cramps were still there and they were pretty constant every 30-20 minutes. At that point I started to suspect and realize it wasn't really gas, but contractions. At around 1:00 pm the contractions were felt every 10 minutes, so I called my husband at work and told him it might be the day.

I was pretty scared because I had turned 37 weeks exactly that Friday, so I did't anticipate he was going to come that early. Ironically that day I was also preparing myself to film "What's in my hospital bag" video right after work. My husband arrived home at around 5:30 pm and at that point I still wanted to film the video, so I started to prepare the filming equipment and doing my makeup (My contractions were every 6-7 minutes). From that moment on, the contractions started to intensify and now went down to every 4-5 minutes. Soon after that, I called triage at Florida Hospital For Women and inquire if we should get going which they said yes. I had so many emotions mixed up at that time! We were so excited because we wanted to meet Sebastian, but I was afraid at the same time because I was not prepared for him to come that early. Around 6:30 pm we started packing everything and we were out on our way to the hospital by around 7:00 pm.



During our ride the contractions surely intensified so much! They were longer and more painful. At that time I was still set on not having an epidural and my wishes for an all-natural birth were strongly desired. Once we arrived at the hospital we stopped by Triage and the evaluation started within just a few minutes. The evaluation lasted for about 20 minutes or so and sure enough I was 4 cm dilated! I was admitted right away and from there the adventure had just begun.

One of the birth wishes I had was to be able to be in the water during labor (Originally I wanted a water birth at home, but during the Hospital Tour we learned there were rooms with tubs and jetted showers available at Florida Hospital For Women). Unfortunately, I was not able to get a room with a tub since it was already taken. However, all the other labor rooms have jetted showers like I mentioned so I was able to use it at any given time during labor. It was around 10:46 pm when I entered the shower and I stay there for quite some time. At that time the contractions were very strong, but being in the water did help me so much in order to manage the pain. After a while the contractions started to increase and intensify even more. Within two hours I reached 8 cm dilated. That was the point where I thought I was not going to be able to handle it. Thoughts of quitting came and went through my head. I started praying and talking to God so He could give me strength. All I wanted was for my baby to be okay.




As the hours went by, the pain was sharp and long-lasting. The truth is that not using anesthesia is tough. Some people can’t handle those pain levels. From the beginning I was set on not using any type of anesthesia. However, as time passed and the pain increased I was thinking and re-thinking my decision. At around 1:00 am I was still 8 cm dilated and my water had not broken yet. That’s when we decided for the nurse/midwife to break my water. Not much after my water was broken, we reached 9 cm dilated. Here is where things started to get a bit complicated for me. Unfortunately, I was dehydrated so I had to stay in bed getting fluids by vein and could not walk or do the exercises we learned in the Prenatal Classes. Staying in bed was probably what bothered me the most. I could not concentrate in anything else but the pain, which is not ideal when not having an epidural.



As we reached 3:00 I was still 9 cm dilated and that’s the point where I “quit”. I told my husband I wanted an epidural, I could not bear the pain anymore. My husband and I had made an agreement in regards to the epidural. The agreement consisted in him denying the epidural and remind me why I didn’t want one, in case I asked for it. As soon as he did that I pretty much yelled at him and told him he was not helping me (poor thing, he went through a lot of mistreatment from me that night, lol). 


The nurses came and checked on me but I was still dehydrated. If I wanted an epidural at that point, I would had to wait a little bit more to get more fluids in and then wait for the epidural process to get started (put in a catheter, etc.) The nurses recommend it was not worth it then since I was so close to 10. We decided to keep waiting but I was so tired and cranky. That is the moment where I didn’t want anyone to touch me or talk to me anymore (I had a few people in the room as part of my support system. My parents, my sister, my pastors, and some friends). Another hour passed by and the pain was almost unbearable. I was still in bed and moving from one side to the other. Finally at around 6:00 am I reached 10 cm and the transition phase had just started. 

A few minutes later one of the nurses came in to check on me, made a call, and said: "Hey, she's crowning". What a relief! We were finally at the end and about the receive the biggest blessing of our lives! We started a set of pushes right away, but we had some trouble here. Baby's head would show up at every push, but went right back in again. That's when they realized baby Sebastian was wrapped by the cord. 


I have to highlight the extraordinary job done by the nurses and midwife at Florida Hospital for Women! They really tried to avoid a c-section and made everything possible for a natural birth. After some time of pushing and trying different techniques the grand moment finally arrived. Sebastian Matteo was born at 7:05 am!


I am so thankful to God first, and everyone who helped me through this painful but most beautiful moment of our lives.   


The recovery process was seamless and every single member of Florida Hospital for Women was very helpful. Especially the nurses who took care and checked on us constantly. In my case I had a very positive experience and felt very secured at all times.  Our adventure as new parents has just begun, but I feel very confident with all the tools and education that was provided by their staff.  

You can watch the entire Video VLOG below!



Mom and Dad Newborn Photoshoot

"Hold him a little longer
Rock him a little more
Tell him another story
(You've only told him four)
Let him sleep on your shoulder
Rejoice in his happy smile
He is only a little boy
For such a little while"

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Our prince! He was 3 weeks old here

Sesión Fotográfica con Mamá y Papá
Nuestro Muñequito Hermoso! Aquí tenía 3 Semanas de nacido 

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Kérastase Nutritive Hair Care Collection for dry hair

If you currently have Dry to Severely Dry hair you must to try the Kérastase Nutritive Hair Care Collection.

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DISCLAIMER: I received these products for review purposes. However, my opinion is always based on my own personal experience with the product/service and it will never be influenced by a company.

About The Product:

Our hair care collection for dry to severely dry hair replenishes and restores hair’s surface.

Bain Satin 1
Exceptional hair nutrition shampoo for normal to slightly dry hair.
Price: $30.00
Gentle shampoo that cleanses the hair while providing optimal fiber nutrition for Normal to Slightly Dry Hair.

How to use: Apply a quarter size amount of Bain Satin 1 to wet hair and scalp, massage head using palms of hands, emulsify and rinse thoroughly.

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Masquintense Fine
Exceptionally concentrated nourishing hair treatment for extremely sensitized, dry hair.
Price: 
$17-$53
Nourishing treatment for intense nutrition, for dry hair and extremely sensitized hair, for fine hair.

How to use: Apply a quarter-size amount of Masquintense Fine to wet hair throughout mid-lengths and ends and massage through. Leave on for 5-10 minutes and rinse thoroughly.

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Nectar Thermique
Leave-in treatment for hair nourishment.
Price: $17-$37
85% LESS BREAKAGE from Blowdry*. Nourishes the hair fiber. Smooths away dull and rough hair surfaces for an intense shine. Excellent leave-in care.

How to use: Apply a quarter size amount of Nectar Thermique blowdry primer to towel-dried hair. Detangle with a comb, but do not rinse. Blowdry, then heat style as usual to achieve desired look

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Lait Vital
Incredibly light, exceptional hair nutrition care for normal to dry hair.
Price: $17-$34
Restores moisture, nutrition and shine. Optimal nutrition from mid-lengths to ends without weighing it down. Leaves hair supple and free-flowing for ease of styling.

How to use: Apply a quarter size amount of Lait Vital to wet hair distributing evenly throughout mid-lengths and ends. Leave on for 2-3 minutes and rinse thoroughly.

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My Opinion:

This collection not only smells amazing, but it is without exaggeration one of the best lines I have used for dry hair. These work to restore moisture, provide nutrition and shine. I started seeing phenomenal results right after the first use. Even the shampoo is so moisturizing!
These products are truly professional grade and fulfill all the product claims. Totally recommend them! 

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Check them out on www.kerastase-usa.com/nutritive


Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Weightless Foundation and Primer Plus Mattifier

My new go-to Foundation!

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*Para ver esta publicación en Español, usa el botón del traductor de Google* 

DISCLAIMER: I received these products for review purposes. However, my opinion is always based on my own personal experience with the product/service and it will never be influenced by a company.

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About the product:

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Weightless Foundation

A 16-hour wear, full-coverage foundation with a natural, multidimensional matte finish that's comfortable, breathable and weightless.

Price: $46

"Ideal for those with normal to oily skin types.

Why it's different: Created through a high-speed cold fusion process, this ultrafine, silky emulsion features a potent combination of wear-extending ingredients, oil-control actives and true-to-skin pigments. Incredibly smooth and blendable, it glides on with a second-skin feel and natural, multidimensional matte coverage. Tried and tested in extreme heat and humidity, this 16-hour formula is waterproof and sweat-and-humidity resistant. The treated skin-true pigments suspended in an emollient gel base float on skin, reflecting light to enhance skin's natural contours and dimension. It instantly conceals redness, discoloration and pores with full, natural coverage.

Research results:

In a four-week consumer study with 101 participants:

- 93% felt it immediately minimized the look of pores.

- 92% said their skin looked more even-toned throughout the day.

- 96% said it immediately left their skin looking shine-free.

- 84% felt it left their skin feeling hydrated.

- 91% said their skin looked fresh throughout the day.

- 81% said the foundation stood up to all their activities.

How to use: Apply to clean, moisturized skin with a sponge or the brush of your choice (such as a foundation or full-coverage face brush)."

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Bobbi Brown Primer Plus Mattifier

A fresh, lightweight face primer that refreshes and smoothes skin for makeup application, leaving a cool, breathable finish.

Price: $38.00

"Why it's different: It extends the quality of your foundation's wear while controlling oil, blurring pores and helping to keep skin's moisture level balance. Skin is left matte, never flat. Special powder technology absorbs oil and reduces the appearance of pores while sodium hyaluronate helps keep skin's moisture level balanced.

How to use: After cleansing and moisturizing, smooth the primer onto skin, avoiding the eye area. Use before applying your foundation.

1.35 oz.
Paraben-free; sulfate-free; phthalate-free; mineral oil-free
Vegan
Made in Italy"

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My Opinion:

I usually stay away from matte foundations because they dry me out. This is one of the very few full coverage and matte finish foundations that doesn’t! It is lightweight, breathable, and has a beautiful multi-dimensional matte finish. 
•Controls oil and shine without stripping hydration. 
•16-Hour wear 
•Full Coverage

#BobbiBrown 

Available at Nordstrom.com
http://bit.ly/2AbrFcO

DockATot Deluxe Plus Dock Carrara Marble

Baby Sebastian Matteo feeling so comfy on his DockATot!

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DISCLAIMER: I received this product for review purposes. However, my opinion is always based on my own personal experience with the product/service and it will never be influenced by a company.

A few months ago I talked about the DockATot as part of my Baby registry must-haves, and 
now that baby is here I can honestly confirm how much we love it! 

About the product:

"The Deluxe+ dock is the ultimate docking station for your baby ages 0-8 months old or 5-22Ibs. Multifunctional and multitasking, the Dockatot™ Deluxe+ offers a safe and comfy spot that lets baby rest, lounge, play, cuddle, do tummy time and get diaper changes. Deluxe+ docks are lightweight and portable, allowing for easy travel. Additional covers are available for purchase to match your mood, room and style.

Designed with love in Sweden and made in Europe. All materials used are breathable, washable and hypoallergenic. DockATot™ offers excellent air-permeability. All filling materials are sourced from world-leading suppliers with hygienic and non-toxic properties."

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My opinion:

Once I was able to try it with the baby, I quickly confirmed how convenient and versatile it is; Just as the claims state. Most importantly, I love that baby is so comfortable every time I place him inside.

As far as maintenance, it is very easy to wash and put back together. We have had to wash it multiple times by now and it has kept its shape so nicely.

I also love that is great for traveling. We have pretty much taken our DockATot everywhere we go because we also use it inside the stroller's bassinet (so baby feels more cozy).

As I mentioned on my previous review, the quality is just superb. From the packaging, to the functionality, materials, and design, the DockATot Deluxe Plus Dock is a must have for your baby!

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So is it worth the $195+ (depending on the style) price tag? Absolutely yes!
You will not regret getting this lounger and will certainly get so much use out of it!

You can get yours HERE

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Box of Style Summer 2018 California Edition by Rachel Zoe - Best Women's Box

Over $400 worth of luxury products exclusively curated by Rachel Zoe for only $99.99!

This is the Box of Style Summer 2018 California Edition

Box of Style is a seasonal Luxury subscription box curated by The Zoe Report, the online style destination from stylist, designer and editor-in-chief Rachel Zoe. Each Box of Style is anchored by an exclusive seasonal collab and includes at least 5 full-size items valued at over $400 and it is delivered 4 times a year.

Special message from Rachel:

“Each item can be mixed and matched with your existing wardrobe, styled for day or night and will look equally glamorous in your hometown or an exotic locale. We hope you love your summer glam as much as we do!” –– Rachel Zoe



Each season, the box contains at least 5 statement staples (fashion, beauty and lifestyle) to elevate your everyday look

$99.99 quarterly or $349.99 annually

Use code Vivi25 to get $25 off a subscription (Offer for new subscribers)
Get yours HERE

What makes this box special is that Rachel has tapped into her exclusive network to bring members the most coveted brands and items each season.

Each edition includes at least 1 item designed exclusively for Box of Style

Brands in past boxes include Dylanlex, Helena Quinn, Alexis Bittar, Mara Hoffman, Miansai, Topshop, Cluse watches, La Mer, Luv AJ, Tatcha, Sunday Riley, GiGI New York, Oribe, Kopari among others!





Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Glow Moisturizer, retail value: $65

“My skin never can be hydrated enough. This product is one of my latest obsessions—I apply it a few times a day for an instant refresh and an immediate glow.” — Rachel Zoe




Choice Item: Skova Travel Towel,​ ​retail value: $58

Members choose between ‘Bellini’ or ‘Aperol’.

“I always entertain poolside, and I love decorating lounge chairs with vibrant towels. For relaxing on the beach or in the park, I think bigger is better, so we made sure these are sized for a picnic. Plus the print is so beautiful.” — Rachel Zoe


For Love and Lemons Loop Fringe Earrings, retail value: $63

“My obsession with fringe is no secret, and I love how these are playful enough for day but glam enough for evening. They’re from For Love & Lemons’ new jewelry line and we’re so excited to introduce them to our members.” — Rachel Zoe





Exclusive Bindya Lace-Up Cover-Up, retail value: $115

“I wanted to include this cover-up because it can go everywhere and looks chic on everyone. I adore all white in the summer, and the lace-up neckline and pom-pom details make this feel so special.” — Rachel Zoe




Exclusive: Rachel Zoe for Box of Style Straw Bag, ​retail value: $99

“This optic black-and-white straw tote reminds me of summer in St. Tropez. Black and white is so timeless, it looks chic no matter what. This style is roomy enough to fit all your essentials—you can carry it all summer.” — Rachel Zoe



Check it out HERE!


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