Meet My Little Fighter, Jon Crosswell

Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine that my life would change as much and as fast as it has in the last several months. On June 1st, I was blessed to give birth to my baby boy, Jon. He was six weeks early and spent 16 days in the NICU. My water broke on May 30. I didn’t really know what was happening until I drove myself to the hospital where they examined me and ultimately admitted me. I was not prepared at all. The day prior I was busy coordinating my maternity shoot (which never happened). I didn’t even have my hospital bag packed. Nevertheless, those things eventually became so unimportant as I found myself in the hospital room ready to give birth. I was blessed with great medical care and nurses. My entire labor and delivery took about five hours. What came afterwards though would prove to be even more challenging. Once I was discharged from the hospital, I left without my baby which was very hard to do. Luckily, I live four minutes from the hospital so I traveled back and forth every day for sixteen days to see and feed my preemie. I pushed through this time with minimal sleep and barely ate. I never had time to let my body recuperate. In retrospect, it’s amazing to see how strong my physical body was and is. I was able bounce back quickly after delivery. I was able to walk, drive and move into a new house with very little pain. I had one goal in mind, to get my baby healthy enough to progress through his time in the NICU with flying colors, which he did. He rocked the NICU like a boss. Now he’s home and is a healthy 8 lbs. 3 ounces (almost double his birth weight). I feel so lucky and blessed to have the help of my parents, family and daddy.

Soon I have to go back to work, back to normal life. It’s a bittersweet feeling. I’m sure I will have loads of daily “mom guilt.” As I move forward, I will put my trust in God and the universe to do its thing. One lesson I learned through all of this…you can plan all day and night, but there are some things you cannot control, so let go…once you do, something magical always happens. Here’s to motherhood! I’m looking forward to this new chapter in my life, meeting and making new mommy friends and mostly caring for my new baby boy, who I can’t stop staring at.

Sweeter Than a Box of Chocolates, I’m Already In Love ?

It’s been a while since my last post. My life has been a whirlwind since my last trip to NYC. I feel blessed and grateful to announce that I am expecting a baby boy due this summer! I am only now just coming to the realization of this amazing gift and I couldn’t be more excited.

Lots of changes are taking place in my life, from changes in my body to changes in my life. It’s a welcome journey and can’t wait until he gets here. So yes, I will still be reviewing beauty products and attending events here in Vegas and hopefully NYC, but now I have an added a new category to my blog – mommy hood. It’s an entirely new playing field for me so I’ve been reading books, scouring the Internet and tapping into my mommy gal pals and bloggers for insight and tips.

The first book I purchased as soon as I found out I was pregnant was Yeah Baby! By Jillian Michaels. I’m about halfway through and I must say it is truly eye-opening in its perspective about becoming a modern mama, mastering pregnancy, having a healthy baby and bouncing back better than ever. I can easily get overwhelmed with the abundance of pregnancy information out there so starting with this book has helped me stay calm and cool. In addition to this, I’ve substituted my boot camp classes with prenatal yoga classes to help me stay active and flexible.

I’ve been trying to eat organic and healthy and just being aware of what I’m consuming. No junk food or caffeine. I must say, I feel fabulous! I do need a little help with maternity fashion but I’m getting better at it, or at least I’d like to this so.

So I’m still here and I plan to get back into blogging whether its about beauty or baby stuff. Oh and we are still thinking of names, we don’t even have runner-ups at the point but I have faith we will find the perfect one for him. My heart is full. Happy Valentine’s Day!