First Trimester

You guys are seriously amazing! Thank you so much for all your love, support, and kind words!! When I found out I was pregnant, I was so excited. Rico was in Arizona working and I was in Pennsylvania so Cayde was technically the first to know. I called Rico immediately after and told him the exciting news!

How did I know I was pregnant? I had the same symptoms that I had with Cayde this time around. Only for the first few weeks though! My face broke out with acne and I couldn’t drink alcohol, even a sip of wine made me sick. I was in Flordia drinking a margarita when I got sick with Cayde. That was the first sign. This time I was drinking one glass of wine and got sick. The look and smell of alcohol makes me nauseated, still! Gosh how times have changed since my college days! Then my face started slowly breaking out and the exhaustion hit.

With Cayde I was sick to the point I had to go to ER because I couldn’t even keep water down let alone food. This time I was just nauseated. As soon as the second trimester hit for this baby, the nausea was gone. Hopefully it stays that way. I am able to eat whatever I am feeling unlike I could with Cayde. When they say every pregnancy is different, it is TRUE! I waited so long to announce to everyone I was pregnant because I didn’t even feel pregnant. Besides the acne, soreness of the breasts, and bloating from 6 weeks on, I didn’t feel pregnant.

It was around Christmas that we officially found out. My family and I took a trip to visit my sister in New York and I remember thinking that whole car ride, “Don’t vomit.” Gosh that was a rough 6 hour car ride. I made it through but I felt so bad. I could barely eat and just wanted to stay in bed. I wasn’t my usual happy, outgoing self. I knew then I needed to take a test.

After multiple doctor visits and hearing that heartbeat, I knew we were having a baby! Gosh we are so blessed.

So far we have a healthy, happy baby. We are getting Cayde prepared the best we can. He is such a lover and a snuggler so I am not worried. We know it will be exhausting and not easy, but we are so ready. Almost. We just need to find a house. No biggie. 🤣 Cayde is already so independent that the only thing left is to potty train. We will start that when he is ready. I will continue to update you all on this journey. I haven’t been on stories much because we are literally in the middle of nowhere outside Columbus, Ohio. I rarely have service unless I am connected to WiFi. I am not complaining. We are actually enjoying the countryside and seeing how farmers do it all.

Much love! XOXO

Special Surprise!!

We have some really exciting news to share with you all and you can probably guess what it is already by my pictures! Baby G number 2 is arriving this summer!! 👶🏼 We are over the moon excited!!

This baby is already so loved but gosh having two babies under 2?! Cayde is going to be the best big brother ever. He is so loving and the best snuggler. So I am not worried. Nervous? Anxious? Yes! Rico and I have the support from our family and closest friends that we know we will be just fine. I am so excited to take you guys on this journey with me!

Let me just say I am so glad you all know! It was so hard to keep it a secret and not being able to take and post pictures…it was a struggle. I will be doing a blog post on my gender reveal so stay tuned for that.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask! I will share the answers on a blog post or on my Instagram stories. Rico and I so excited to share this news and even more excited to take you all on this journey. I had “morning” sickness (more like all day and night sickness) during my first trimester. So far my second trimester has been no sickness. ❤️

I added a realistic photo of me trying to get a picture with Cayde standing, holding my hand. The only way he would was with food! He is definitely my son!

Motherhood

My Must Haves for Baby’s First Year

Now that Cayde is ten months old I feel like I know what a baby needs and well does not need. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of “awesome looking” baby items out there. We just chose the simple route when buying items for Cayde. I should say the baby items we added to our registry.

In the beginning, I would wish I had this or I wish I had that, but in the long run I did not NEED any of those items that I WISHED for. So I made a list of all the items we needed, had, and used ALOT!

Prior to having Cayde, I would be on Pinterest and google researching what I did and did not need for a newborn. Yes. I even googled what baby items were pointless for baby. I quickly realized every baby, every parent is different. You may not need the Rock ‘n Play because your baby dislikes it but we needed it. So this is just a guide to help you if you are expecting or know someone that is. Here goes!

1. Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper. This thing was a life saver. We used it with Cayde since the first day we brought him home. He preferred this over a swing. He loved that thing! It was so easy to transport to my parents house when they would watch him.

2. Fridababy NoseFrida Nasal Aspirator. Okay the bulb thing they give you at the hospital and the beginning grooming kits for babies….I felt like I was damaging his poor nose every time I used that!! The snotsucker is so easy to use and Cayde doesn’t mind it at all! At first I thought the idea was gross and so did Rico. Don’t judge before you try it. Also, you will be using this until your child is able to blow their nose on their own. So worth the price tag.

3. Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Sling ‘n Seat. We have used this since his very first bath at home. At 10 months old we still use this. He has always loved bath tub and I do believe this tub has helped with that. When we travel for more than a week we bring this tub with us. He just sits in there and plays till his heart is content. The newborn sling was perfect for Rico and I to learn how to properly bathe Cayde.

4. Fuzzy Hooded Towel. I mean you don’t want their little noggins to get cold after a bath! I got his during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and he still loves it. I put his in the dryer right before he gets out of the tub so it’s all warm for him! I just really love these because they wash so well and hold their quality. Plus they are so cute and soft.

5. Munchkin 3pack Waterproof Changing Pad Liners. I keep one in my car, next to my bed in a basket, and in the living room. These were so easy to clean. For the first month, I did not change him in his room every time. I was healing and these were perfect to keep discretely in the house. We travel so much so these are perfect to travel with. Throw them in the washer and dryer and pack them away. Whoever invented these…genius!

6. Sound Machine. This is a must for everyone especially if you travel. We have a travel sound machine that I keep in the car too. It doesn’t last as long and is not loud like his other one but it does what it needs to do. Caydes first night at home we used a sound machine. At first it was only at night and as he got older and switched to 2-3 naps a day we started using the sound machine for naps as well. It helps Rico and I fall asleep faster too. So it’s a win win for everyone! We are about to purchase this sound machine as it has good reviews and my best friend loves it. It is so loud which is the only thing we don’t like about the one we have now.

7. Diaper Pail. I knew I did not want to be taking the trash out every day due to stinky diapers so we used this every day. Whenever we are home we use the pail and it honestly holds more diapers than you think. When we are traveling we use the diaper bag dispenser that are lavender scented. I keep one in my car and in the diaper bag at all times.

8. Fisher-Price Kick ‘n Play Piano Gym. They say to start doing tummy time the first day you are home with your little one. So we did. Cayde loved this gym. He would kick and grab the items hanging…so cute. Writing all this makes me sad actually. Now he is walking and seeing the world at all angles now. He used this for a good 6 months…until he started crawling and wanting to see the world.

9. 4moms Spout Cover. My best friend got us this at my baby shower and we loved it! It works as a spout cover for when they start playing in the water to protect them from hitting their head and as a temperature reader. Best of both worlds!

10. LILLEbaby Baby Carrier. I research a ton before choosing the right carrier for us. The reviews are awesome and many of my friends has this carrier and they love it. I just wished I would have had this since he was born. It would of made cooking and cleaning a lot easier if I would of had this sooner. I was unsure if I would even use a carrier but I have grown to appreciate it. It gives us a lot of freedom and Cayde loves being snuggled close to us.

11. Baby Monitor. We only used ours a handful of times but it came in handy when we did use it. It was a sense of security knowing Cayde was okay. I wish I would have brought it with us traveling because I am always opening the door and checking in on him.

12. Car Seat Mirror. This is also a sense of security knowing I could always see Cayde when I looked in my rear view mirror. This is a total must have item for the car.

13. Soft, Cuddly Blankets. Any soft blankets you find soft, buy! Personally I have a weakness for cute, soft blankets. Of course I would be the same towards my son. He has so many but this one was the one I used to cuddle him up with in the Rock ‘n Play. Cayde liked to be swaddled for the first week and that was it. So any time someone was watching him sleep, he would be wrapped in a soft, cuddly blanket.

14. Fridababy NoseFrida Wipes. Okay! These just might be the best invention ever. Teething causes runny noses. They have the Vick’s smell to them, which is perfect for when your little one has a runny, stuffy nose. I just may use them on myself the next time I get sick. These are hard to find so keep these on hand at all times. They are also cost effective but so worth it.

Then of course these items go without saying.

1. Car Seat. Read reviews.

2. Stroller. Test ride them out! We chose a jogging stroller since I like to either walk or run every day. Then we got an umbrella stroller for those short trips. I actually got that on a weekend trip to New York and got it at Babies R Us before they closed. We are now looking at getting just a simple compact stroller for travel. I would love to bring our jogging stroller but it takes up way too much room.

3. Diapers and Wipes. We use two kinds of wipes. When we brought Cayde home, we used Pampers Sensitive and now we alternate between Pampers Pure and Noodle & Boo.  If Target is out of the pure wipes use Pampers Sensitive. We also love the Noodle & Boo wipes. Cayde has sensitive skin and he has never had a problem with either brand. The Noodle & Boo wipes are slightly bigger so we prefer those.

4. Now for that cute little bum we use Honest All Purpose Ointment and A&D Diaper Rash Ointment. If you didn’t know this now you do…teething causes diaper rash. Cayde got his first diaper rash when he got his FIRST tooth! Like what?! We alternate between brands and they clear it up literally overnight.

5. Baby wash & lotion. We used Aveeno when he was first born and then we discovered Noodle & Boo! We love the smell and it lathers so good. Cayde gets compliments on how good he smells and it is every time we use the Noodle & Boo body wash and shampoo. Every product we have tried from them we LOVE! Cayde has sensitive skin and this has never irritated his skin.

Okay! I could go on for days talking about what products Cayde loved/didn’t love. So if you have any questions please ask! I will tell you Cayde did not like swings, being swaddled, and pacifiers. He was also strictly breastfed so he never really needed a bottle. The times my mom or Rico watched Cayde we used Comotomo bottles and Cayde took them just fine. So I have no advice on bottles. Cayde went straight to drinking out of cup and then a straw. Sippy cups is not my area of expertise either. The one I do like because it doesn’t leak are these. They also come in a larger version for when your child is older.

I really hope this helps some of you who are expecting and adding things to your registry. Or if you know someone who is expecting and you need a gift for them. XO

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Beauty

My Everyday Beauty Products

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Ahhh makeup. My makeup routine has always been simple, even on date nights. A little foundation, bronzer, and mascara is the way to go! Today I am sharing my favorites with you all, my must haves! I was not blessed with natural glowy skin. I wish!!! Growing up, I have always been athletic, which caused those pesky little bumps on my face! Up until about three years ago, I started truly taking care of my skin by starting with the foundation…skincare! Now my skin is pretty even with a little redness, besides when I was pregnant (that will be a different blog post). I used to have oily skin, super oily skin up until I gave birth to my son. I now have dry skin so I am on the hunt for a new lightweight foundation. It just gives me a reason to go to Sephora to shop. My go to foundation, even when I did have acne, is the Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation. I apply my foundation with a damp beauty blender (or any cute blender I find at Target). I should say I start out by priming my skin with MAC Prep + Prime Fix +.

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This Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit is what I use to highlight my face with. You can tell this kit is my true favorite due to how beat up it is. The Hoola bronzer by Benefit Cosmetics is what I use as my bronzer. A little trick I learned from other bloggers, use your bronzer as your eyeshadow. Saves so much time! Unless I go on a trip where I cannot pack a lot, I just use the bronzer shades in the Anastasia kit. I usually use cheap makeup brushes, but I have found splurging on a few expensive ones, is the key to achieving flawless makeup. I am by no means a makeup artist at all! I have just watched so many makeup videos to learn what works for me.

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Now I always am looking for good mascaras that last and don’t flake on me. I having been loving this Lancôme Monsieur BIG mascara. I always prime my lashes with Lancôme Cils Booster XL. It makes my lashes longer for when I apply my mascara. Then last but not least, I always finish my face by applying Laura Mercier loose setting powder.

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Onto the eyes and eyebrows. I have never been good at applying eyeliner but this Marc Jacobs High-liner Gel Crayon for my eyeliner is the BEST! I got this as a sample from Sephora last year and I still have it. I do not use eyeliner everyday, only when I feel like actually doing a full face. Now that I do not have thirty minutes to do my makeup anymore, I am back to using my Dior show Brow Styler Brow Pencil. I use this to outline my brows and just fill in where needed. I always get told when I get my eyebrows threaded, wherever I go, that I have a natural shape as is to my brows. So I just get them cleaned up. My brows are dark so they do not need much filling in. This travel sized eyeshadow palette by Tarte is one my favorites. It has the perfect shades for my blue eyes. The best part, it is small enough to fit in your purse or makeup bag without taking up too much space.

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My go to lip products are shown above. You will always see these four lip products in Cayde’s diaper bag. Not kidding! They are the perfect everyday lip colors. I am obsessed with the MAC shades in ‘Creme Cup’ and ‘Luster.’ If I just want my natural lip color enhanced or I want my lipsticks to be shiny I apply Dior Lip Maximizer. It is not sticky at all. Last but not least, this Buxom Full on Lipstick in shade ‘Las Vegas’ has been a true favorite of mine ever since I can remember. All of these products are just my everyday basic products that I always use and love. My makeup bag is full of other products that I use and also love, but these are my main products that I use on the regular.

About Me

Hi! I’m Kayla, author behind this blog, Pink Lemonade. I am a twenty-something graduate of PSU, currently living in a small town in Pennsylvania. I started this blog over a year ago when I took a leap of faith and accepted a job in sales, traveling all over the United States. I kept putting off publishing this blog until I met the love of my life, Rico. The blog started out as a personal journal but once I found out I was pregnant, I wanted to document my day-to-day life as a new mom to be. After giving birth to a happy, healthy baby boy named Cayde, I am FINALLY publishing Pink Lemonade. I want this blog to be an outlet for me to express my love for fashion, travel, and my journey as a new mom.