Wednesday, April 23, 2014

What's In My Hospital Bag?

If you've ever given birth, odds are pretty good you received a handful of "packing lists" from your mom friends that include all of the essentials for your hospital stay. As a first timer, I had absolutely no clue what I would need for the hospital so I relied on my mommy friends to help me pack (shout out to LRT for the most thorough and helpful packing list ever). Who knows if I'll need or use all of these items but I'd rather over pack than under pack!
Soooo, what's in my bag?
Hospital Bag Packing List
For Mom
  • Pajamas: Button up front shirts for easy nursing
  • Robe, Slippers & Socks
  • Yoga Pants (Maternity)
  • High Brief Granny Panties: Make sure to get a size bigger than you normally wear. 
  • Maxi Pads: The hospital will provide mesh undies with extra thick pads (and send you home with extras). If the mesh panties aren't your thing, a less bulky option is Always Overnight Ultra Pads with Wings (offer good protection but isn't too thick).
  • Go Home Outfit
  • Nursing Sleep Bras: Go with the kind that come in small/medium/large sizes and wait to buy actual nursing bras until your milk comes in because your cup size will change. 
  • Nursing Tanks
  • Pillow: Don't use a white pillow case so your pillow doesn't get stolen by the hospital.
  • Toiletries: Lotion, Makeup & Wipes, Shampoo, Body Wash, Face Wash, Blow Dryer, Toothbrush, Deodorant, etc.
  • Nursing Pads & Lanolin
  • Chapstick, Gum, Hard Candies, Hand Lotion, Hair Ties/Bobby Pins: Have nearby for during labor.
For Dad
  • Slippers
  • Pillow, Sheets & Blanket: Again, make sure you don't bring a white pillow case so his pillow doesn't get stolen by the hospital.
  • Comfortable Clothes
  • Toiletries
For Baby
  •  My Brest Friend Nursing Pillow: The nurses will show you how to nurse with the pillow you are going to use at home.
  • Baby Blanket/Swaddling Blanket: Use the hospital blankets for swaddling so you don't get yours dirty. Then use your nice blankets for pictures in the hospital and for the car seat on the way home.
  • Go Home Outfit.: Of course you need one cute outfit for bringing baby home in! No need to bring lots of extra clothes for the hospital stay - the nurses are already familiar with the hospital onesies and it makes for less laundry once you get home.
  • Accessories: Bring any beanies, bows, mittens, hat, socks, etc.
  • Bottle: If you have to start pumping in the hospital, having the bottle you plan to use at home is helpful (especially if you plan to breastfeed) so the lactation nurses can show you how to "deep latch" a bottle nipple so baby has a smooth transition from bottle to nipple.
  • Soothie/Wabbanub Pacifier
  • Toiletries: If you plan to use any special lotions, bring them. Otherwise the hospital uses Johnson & Johnson (not recommended by pediatricians for newborn's delicate skin).
  • Car Seat
  • Wallet: Make sure to have your drivers license, insurance cards, etc.
  • List of People to Call
  • Camera & Charger
  • iPad & Charger
  • Docking Station: Nice to have music during labor so it's not super quiet.
  • DVDs, Magazines, Journal, etc.
  • Snacks and Water: Gatorade, Trail Mix, Pita Chips, Goldfish, etc.
  • Nurse Treats: To thank your nurses for taking care of you! 
For our nurse treats I tied "Thank you for helping with our little peanut" tags on peanut M&Ms. If you have extra time to spare before going into labor to make "thank you gifts," I highly recommend it! All of my nurse friends have told me how much it means to them to be it automatically makes you one of their favorite patients, right?
Am I missing anything? What were some of the most useful items you packed for the hospital?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Week 38 Bumpdate

How far along: 38 weeks...but feeling more like 200 weeks pregnant.

Baby Size: A watermelon {20 inches, 7 lbs}!

Weight gain: 30 lbs...according to the docs scale.

Maternity clothes: So ready to be done with maternity clothes!

Stretch marks: We'll see post baby...
Sleep: GREAT! I am so thankful for these restful nights. Matt told me over the weekend that he is counting down the days until the Bump Nest goes to the attic.
Gender: Caroline Grace Marcellino!

Movement: Yes, but a totally different kind. Instead of punches and kicks, she stretches out, moves to one side of my belly (making it look extremely lopsided) and sticks her little booty out all the time. My belly constantly looks like it's changing shape.

Best moment this week: Celebrating our first (and last) Easter as a family of two.
Looking forward to: Our doctor's appointment today to find out if we've made any progress and my last prenatal massage from the package that Matt bought me many months ago.

Food cravings: Still on the pineapple kick...
  Anything making you queasy or sick: No.
Labor Signs: Last week we found out I am only 1/2 cm dilated. Today we'll find out if we've made any further progress. I really want to hold out until at least May 1st, only because May is one of my favorite months. That sounds silly, but I really would love a May 1st birthday for Caroline!
What I miss: Not having abdomen pain.
Symptoms: The symptom I complained about last week, abdomen pain, is still here and is worse than ever. I have officially turned into the whiniest person but this pain is absolutely awful (and I've had lots of weird pains throughout the pregnancy that I could tolerate)! After reaching my breaking point last week, Matt called the doctor and learned that my upper abdomen muscles are literally tearing apart at this point and that is what's causing the pain. I am using a heat pack right under my bra line now (and on my back still) and also taking Tylenol. The doc says the pain won't really go away until delivery and that this pain is common in first pregnancies.
Nursery: Complete! You can find all of the details {here}! And since I am out of "projects" now I decided to make little treats this past weekend for our hospital nurses. After all, who doesn't want to be the nurses' favorite patient?
Belly Button in or out? Out.

Wedding rings on or off? On and no swelling at all.

Mood: Ready and a bit whiny (sorry, Matt).

Workouts: Walking seems to help my abdomen pains so we've been trying to be diligent with our neighborhood strolls after work this past week. Also starting a serious squat routine in hopes that it will shorten my labor.
Prayer for Caroline: 
Dear Lord, I thank You from the bottom of my heart for giving me this baby. Only You know the exact minute Caroline will be born. Please help me to be patient and get through this time of waiting. I am so anxious to see her and hold her in my arms that I can barely wait another day. Please be close to me and surround me with Your love and presence at the birth. Help the labor go smoothly and the birth to go just right. Thank you, Lord, for Your great love. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Be strong and courageous. Don't be terrified or afraid. For it is the Lord your God who goes with you; He will not leave you or forsake you. He will be with you. Do not be afraid or discouraged. - Deuteronomy 31:6,8
 Twelve / Thirteen / Fourteen
Fifteen / Sixteen / Seventeen
Eighteen / Nineteen / Twenty
 Twenty-One / Twenty-Two / Twenty-Three
 Twenty-Four / Twenty-Five / Twenty-Six
Twenty-Seven / Twenty-Eight / Twenty-Nine 
Thirty / Thirty-One / Thirty-Two
 Thirty-Three / Thirty-Four / Thirty-Five
 Thirty-Six / Thirty-Seven / Thirty-Eight

Monday, April 21, 2014

Caroline's Nursery

The nursery is officially ready for Caroline's arrival! For months we've been perfecting this little space and we are so happy with how it turned out. I absolutely love everything about this room. It's cozy, calm and beautiful - the perfect place to rock a little babe to sleep in.
For the crib we chose the Kendall Low-Profile Fixed Gate Crib from Pottery Barn. It's gender neutral, classic style sold me right away. But the best part? The "low profile" model is 4" shorter than a traditional crib, making it the perfect design for petite parents like us. Between my mom and my sister, we luckily didn't have to purchase anything related to the crib which was a huge help.
Our rocker was our biggest splurge for the nursery and we knew it would be so we cut back in other decor areas to adjust for this spend. I really wanted a comfortable chair that didn't scream "baby nursery" so we could use it forever. The Wingback Convertible Rocker from Pottery Barn was exactly what we were looking. After babies, this chair can be converted to a traditional armchair by installing stationary feet. It's also super comfortable and big enough to comfortably fit two kids and plus mommy or daddy for story time. The day our chair arrived I cried. It was the first time I felt like things were getting "real" as I sat in our rocker thinking about how soon I would have our baby in my arms.
I wanted to keep the room very bright and neutral so we chose simple white curtains instead of a colored or patterned set and added a second rod for some lace! We may add roll down blackout shades if this room doesn't get dark enough during nap time.
We decided to use glass knobs throughout the room on the dresser, side table and curtain tie backs. I love them so much.
The bookshelves have been one of my favorite projects to date. We picked up 4 spice racks from Ikea and spray painted them white. I love how Matt placed them low enough for Caroline to reach her books once she's mobile.
For one of our baby showers our guests were asked to bring a signed book in lieu of a card which made filling our bookshelves so great. We now have the best book collection for Caroline's arrival.
 We also decided to add more storage to Caroline's closet by building cubbies and installing a second rod for clothes. You can read about our closet makeover {here}!
 {lots and lots of beautiful dresses!}
We had the hardest time picking out only two pictures from our maternity shoot for these frames.
For my diaper bag, I decided to go with the Logan Square Stevie Baby Bag from Kate Spade. Another Black Friday steal, I scored my bag 70% off!

The dresser, oh the dresser! I can't believe how quickly {and affordable} this project came together. For the full story, {click here}
I have a little bit of space left on the shelf for a few more decorative things. I'm planning to frame Caroline's hospital beanie once she's home.
I love Caroline's hospital go-home outfit so much that I keep it out on her changing table so I can admire it when I'm in her nursery.
 Onesies, swaddling blankets, sleep & plays and sleep sacks...all ready for Caroline's arrival home!
Wall Stencil: Royal Design Studios Wonderment Trellis Stencil 
Wall Color: Unknown, painted by previous owner
Crib: PBK Kendall Low-Profile Fixed Gate Crib
Crib Bedding: PBK Fairy Toile Bedding Set & PBK Ruffle Collection Nursery Bedding
Mobile: PBK Harper Lamb Mobile
Framed Prints: Handmade Gift
 Chair: PBK Wingback Convertible Rocker
Pillow: PBK Luxury Soft Pillow & PBK Ruffle Decorative Sham
Ottoman: Threshold Diamond Print Pouf
Side Table: Sasha Accent Table w/ World Market Clear Crackled Glass Knob 
Lamp: Already had.
Rug: Land of Nod Ribbon Cutting Rug 
 Window Treatment: RE White Window Panels (Target); Sheer Lace Curtains, Rod, Curtain Rod Holder, Wall/Ceiling Bracket, Finials (Ikea); Door Knob Curtain Tie-Backs (Urban Outfitters) 
Bookshelves: Ikea Spice Racks spray painted white
Closet Baskets: TJ Maxx Homegoods
White 8x10 Frames: Ikea Sondrum Frame
Door Decal: Open Heart Creations Custom Decal
Baby Bag: Kate Spade Logan Square Stevie Baby Bag
Dresser: Reinvented Charlotte
Hamper: PBK Light Pink Gingham Hamper
Mirror: Hobby Lobby Round Beveled Craft Mirror
Wall Shelf: Amazon Wall Shelf
Wooden Cross: Hobby Lobby, painted pink

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