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    Hospital Bag Necessities

    Pregnant Woman

    Last pregnancy I was headed in to be induced. My plan was to deliver vaginally but after 12 hours of a failed induction I had to get an emergency c-section. This time around we scheduled a c-section so I know what to expect and have a good idea at what I need. Most of what I’m going to list are great for both moms who will deliver naturally and by c-section. Let me start off by saying that between your needs, your husband’s needs and your baby’s needs you’ll probably have more than one “hospital bag” (depending on how big your bag is). Lol.

    I received this roomy and cute diaper bag from Jujube. They have a huge selection of diaper bags with different styles, colors, and uses. I got the Be Prepared Diaper Bag (The Queen of The Nile) style. This one is perfect for moms who have two little ones. The room, pockets, and convenience of this bag will blow your mind. I also love that this diaper bag is 100% washable. You can literally throw it in the washer and have it as shiny and new as the first time you used it!

    What I’m Packing For Myself:

    • A Long and Soft Robe. This was a huge use at my last stay because not only was I comfortable but I had something easy to slip on while doing my daily walks to the nursery or whenever I had visitors.
    • Fluffy Socks With Grips. These work well because hospital floors are so cold and slippery. Plus Fluffy socks are always fun!
    • Nursing Gowns. I actually never packed these the first time around but I was gifted them at the hospital by family. They are a total life saver for breastfeeding moms. I had the gowns that clip and unclip making it easy for breastfeeding time.
    • C-Section Waist Band. I know that is one thing I needed last time. Since my wound was so sensitive to touch this is a must because it helps relieve pressure of your clothing on your wound.
    • Breast Pads. When your milk finally comes in it comes in full force…literally. lol. Aside from it being uncomfortable the leaking part was always such an annoyance. Slipping breast pads into my bra or nursing gown helped SO much and It made for less laundry!
    • Manual Breast Pump. Do not waste the space of bringing in your huge breast pump to the hospital! Your milk probably won’t come in until a day or two after delivering. I was given a manual breast pump at the hospital and it helped so much when I was engourged. I also got a head start on saving my breast milk! These things are easy, small, and handy at your short hospital stay!
    • Feeding and Poop Log. Of course for the baby! lol. I got myself one of these last time and it was such a relief having it. The nurses are hardcore about keeping a log of when your baby poops, pees, and eats. It’s also helpful for yourself so you have an idea of when to you will feed the your baby next and which breast to use. This goes on past the hospital stay. I used my log for 2 months last time.
    • Chapstick. Whether you’re pushing the baby out naturally or laying on the operation table your lips will end up dry either way! I was so happy to pack chapstick last time because I couldn’t tell you the amount of times I used it!
    • Toiletries. I brought my own last time and was so glad I did. The hospital shampoo and conditioner is very watered down so it was nice to have my own. I also brought my own tooth brush, toothpaste, face wash, deodorant, and makeup!
    • 1-2 Outfits. One outfit just incase you take family photos at the hospital and a comfortable outfit for the day you leave! I will be bringing high wasted leggings so it won’t be uncomfortable with my C- Section wound.
    • Your Favorite Snacks. Because let’s face it hospital food is never the best. lol. I packed some of my favorite granola bars, candy, crackers, and some drinks! (this also is nice for when your husband stays too!)
    • Camera. I mean your phone could work too but I’m a photographer at heart so I will be bringing my camera to capture some special newborn moments.
    • iPad. This was nice because my husband and I were able to watch some shows, and play some games to make time go by.

    What I’m Packing For The Baby:

    • Pacifiers. The hospital will provide you with them but I didn’t care for the kind they offered with Isaiah. So this time I am bringing my own.
    • Pamper’s Sensitive Wipes. The hospital we delivered at didn’t have actual baby wipes. Just small cloths that you would have to wet before using. This time we are packing wipes to save us the time and hassle. Pamper’s sensitive wipes are all we ever used with Isaiah because he has sensitive skin. We will be using the same for Annabelle.
    • Dr.Smith’s Diaper Spray. Oh my goodness was this the best thing ever once we discovered it! The hospital doesn’t have actual diaper cream from what I can remember and when we did use diaper cream it was always such a mess. This diaper spray leaves your hands clean and your baby’s butt soft and refreshed! I totally recommend this for any mom out there!
    • Hand Sanitizer Wipes. These are convenient and easy for when you have guests! It’s always so nerve wracking when someone else holds your new fragile baby. You want to ask to see if those are clean clothes they are wearing and if they took a shower that day, you want them to load up on hand sanitizer..but trust me as long as your baby isn’t kissed or touched without clean hands it will be fine:) These wipes fit into any pocket and are easy to hand out!
    • Car Seat Carrier. This is an obvious one but just remember to really understand how it works and how your baby needs to be strapped in. The hospital is not allowed to tell you anything when it comes to putting your baby in a carrier/carseat.
    • Swaddles. Oh how I wished I had one before the first few weeks of having Isaiah. The nurses make it look so easy when they swaddle up your baby. Let me tell you..it most certainly is not! lol. My husband and I always failed at it. Isaiah loved to be tightly swaddled as do most newborns. After purchasing a swaddle we were able to easily swaddle up Isaiah!
    • 1-2 Outfits. If you plan on having the hospital photographer take photos your baby will have a cute outfit on in the photos. Also, don’t forget a going home outfit suited right for the weather. Annabelle is a winter baby so we will have to bring a warm onesie, blanket, hat, mittens,and a carseat cover!

    What I’m Packing For The Husband:

    • Air Mattress. We thought the hospital chair (that turned into a bed) would be ok but it made for a rough stay for my husband. He had some serious back issues going on so this time we are bringing a small air mattress to make it easier on him.
    • Snacks and Energy Drinks. As I stated above for what I was packing myself, same goes for my husband! Throw in some of his favorite snacks and drinks..especially energy drinks because those will be needed. lol.
    • Comfortable Clothes. Just to make the stay more relaxing. It’s important for your husband to be comfortable as well.
    • Toiletries. Because obviously just like you, he will be needing some body care as well! lol.
    • iPad/ Laptop. Perfect for playing games, and watching tv when bored.
  • Baby Drama, Lovely Products

    Must Have Products For You And Your Baby!

    I’m definitely preparing differently then I did with Isaiah. The nice thing after already having a baby is that you know exactly what you need and what you don’t need! I know every baby is different so there are a few things I’m going to wait on until Annabelle makes her appearance.

    I’ve received a few products for when she arrives and I’m super excited about them!

    DockATot sent me their dockatot deluxe for babies along with the adorable hanging toys. This I know will be worth while. When Isaiah was a baby there were times I wanted to take a nap or watch a movie and have him be right next to me. With the docatot you can easily bring it anywhere with you, its easily washable, completely safe and the reviews state that both babies and mamas love them! I’m seriously so excited about this product!

     

     

     

    I also received a lavender colored swaddle from The Ollie World. First let me tell you that this swaddle came in the most adorable little box that can be reused for keepsakes, jewelry or anything you want! Aside from that, this swaddle is not only super soft but it’s easy to work with. I remember when we had isaiah we would watch the delivery nurses swaddle him up with a blanket so easily..we never got that down and it sucked because isaiah slept best when he was swaddled. So I cannot wait to Swaddle Annabelle up in this!

     

     

     

     

    I also received a baby carrier from LILLEbaby. I did try out a few other baby carriers after Isaiah was born but they were never comfortable for me or him. Baby carriers are supposed to make things easier. This baby carrier from Lille Baby not only has great reviews to prove they are one of the best but I tested it out and cannot wait to put Annabelle in it! The baby carrier allows you to wear your baby 6 different ways! The material is SO soft and they have many colors to chose from! I got midnight blue so my both my husband and I could wear it! lol. Plus now that I will be having 2 under two for 7 months I’m sure I’ll be doing most of my time wearing Annabelle!

     

     

     

    Another product I received was a Binxy Baby shopping cart hammock! I cannot express how excited I am for this! One of the many things that I dread is bringing a baby(s) shopping with me! There is so much to bring and worry about when all you need to do is run in and grab what you need! But now I can shop and enjoy. These shopping cart hammocks fit in any cart and are completely safe! Not only can you put your baby in it, but the baby carrier also fits in it as well! They have a variety of styles. I got the “Full Bloom” flower one for Annabelle!

     

     

     

    Joovy sent me their “Caboose Too Ultralight Graphite Double Stroller”. I had a hard time trying to find a decent one and I am so happy to say this is a great stroller for two under two! This stroller allows you to also put your baby carrier safely on it while your toddler sits in the back seat. When the baby gets older you could ditch the baby carrier and have them go in both seats! One of my favorite things about this stroller is that its not a wide one. I know shopping and going to events is tough with a stroller let alone two babies- one stroller. So this makes it simple and fun for all!

     

     

     

    Another cute product I received was the Coobella Inspired Diapers! They are a thoughtful, one of a kind gift that helps care for a precious newborn but SPEAKS to Mom! Each Coobella specialty diaper is printed with a heartwarming and encouraging message for Mom during changing time. Instead of Mom looking at a cartoon or random designs, why not uplifting messages?! Messages letting her know that “You CAN do this!” And “You WILL survive sleep deprivation!” Messages that encourage her to “Trust Your Instincts” and affirm that indeed “You are an awesome Mom.” The essence behind Coobella is to truly give that special Mom the things she needs most: diapers (of course!), with an added touch of inspiration and laughter…. one diaper change at a time!

     

     

    Another item I received was the Beaba Baby Food Cook! It not only steams but also grinds food perfectly! I wish I would have done more baby food making when Isaiah was a baby but now that I’m finally a stay at home mom I’m going to stick with it this time! This Beaba Cook is a life changer. They make it simple and fast! It is also easy to clean! Plus I won’t have to worry about what goes into jar foods at the grocery store or the high prices because I’ll be making baby food from my own kitchen!

     

     

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  • Baby Drama, Mom Life

    Dear Children of Mine

    Dear Son and Daughter,

    The world is a messed up place. It may seem that anywhere you go or any TV station you turn on only shows hate, vulgarity, or terror. It’s difficult to enter into this society without it seemingly trying to demoralize you… trying to rob all the good in you. And although that may be discouraging, remember you are a light to this world. You can make a change. You can be the good amidst evil. Remain faithful to your morals, relationships, and good works.

    Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. – Romans 12:2

    For each of you, I knew the moment I saw your heartbeat on the ultrasound monitor at just 6 weeks, that you were something special. I knew since then that you were going to live a life of significance. Please don’t feel the need to compare yourself to others. You are wonderfully made.

    I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. – Psalms 139:14

    Life is by all means not easy. The enemy will try to wear you down and times may come where you do not feel good enough. You may feel drained, burnt out, or left with no passion. We are all put through many seasons in life. Remember, God allows things to happen – good and bad – and you will grow from both. Don’t absorb the hurt and pain because that will consume you, but keep chasing the desires of your heart. God knows everything you have been through, everything you’re going through now, and everything you face ahead.

    …be content with what you have, for he has said, I will never leave you nor forsake you. So we can confidently say, The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me? – Hebrews 13:5-6

    Children, remember you are never alone. Aside from your family who loved you even before you were born remember that God is with you always. What I’ve learned countless times is that when you seek Him, His presence is with you no matter what you’ve done, no matter what lies you’ve been told. He is with you… always.

    What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? – Romans 8:31

    There are many wolves disguising as sheep in the world. It’s unfortunate but sometimes you will find out the hard way. Please understand that because someone labels themselves as something, or because they go places, or do certain things, that it doesn’t define who they really are. I’ve been to plenty of “churches” and I’ve been friends with many “Christians” (who put on a good act) long enough to learn that the truth is always revealed... sooner or later. Focus on the good and God will do the rest.

    Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. – Matthew 7:15

    Please understand that God hates sin but continues to always love the sinner. Remember that sin is sin. There is no sin greater than the other. Please understand that you will sin as everyone does but what matters is how we learn from it and that we repent from it. What matters is that we don’t place others below or above us because of it.

    Do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?-Romans 2:4

    Sometimes people will be upright nasty. They will try to belittle you. They may treat you like you’re nothing. They may throw you around as if you are trash. But please remember you are not what they make you out to be. Your first instinct will be to lash back, but love your enemy, as hard as it may be. Pray they find peace in their lives to where they don’t have to take out their own hurt on others.

    You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.-Matthew 5:43-44

    You are meant to be here. God knew you before you existed. He knows your past and future. He knew when you would take your first breath and he knows when you will take your last. He hears your laughs and he hears your cries. When you think you want something and you don’t receive it, understand that maybe it’s because you will eventually get something that is so much better for you. God is paving your path. There will be bumps in the road, but He is there at each one.

    For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.- Jeremiah 29:11

    I love you, dear children of mine,

    Your mama.

  • Baby Drama, Mom Life

    A Twenty-Some Mom and Wife

    Many people my age right now have an endless amount of energy and free time on their hands. Many people my age probably look at me like I’m some sort of crazy.

    Things change when you get married young, and even more so when you have children young. You don’t live at a dorm in college and you don’t stay out all night at the bars. You have new worries and you have new prioritiesproviding for your children and family.

    I received a lot of smart remarks when I got married at 19. Some people assume when you marry young you marry for certain things, or that you were just too crazy in love to see the reality of things. But to be honest even though I was only 19 years young I felt like I was 25 with what I knew I wanted in life. It wasn’t questionable, it was certain. Maybe it baffled people because you don’t see that often. But here we are 4 years and going strong.

    When I  had my son I was very fearful that this tiny human now depended it’s life on me. I never imagined myself having kids this young. As a 23 year old I haven’t experienced much in life yet but I did experience the best thing to ever happen in my life..having children. Because of that I get to love my babies a little bit longer.

    After having a baby your friends might not connect with you like how they once did. And yes, at times it will be difficult and sometimes in those rough moments you’ll miss those carefree days… but then you look at your baby’s sweet face and remember that they are the best thing to ever happen to you.

    If you would have told me at age 17 I would be married 4 years, have a 1 year old son and pregnant with my second child at age 23 I probably would have laughed in disbelief. I’m glad God guided me through this life the way he did. I’m blessed to be a young wife and mother. It changed me for the better, it made me stronger. Motherhood made me realize whats important in life. It has motivated me to do more good in my life, and I wouldn’t change a thing.

    Dress by: Pinkblush

     

  • Baby Drama

    A Baby’s Personality

    It’s so fun watching your baby grow the first year(and I’m sure each year). But the first year they discover their voices, and realize they can use their hands and feet! Isaiah loves to randomly scream and grunt which is always fun when in public 😉 I feel like he will grow up to be stubborn and yet very sensitive. This kid has always loved to smile even since day one. I remember being in the recovery room after having him and seeing him share a few smiles. Nothing beat that precious moment. I know watching them grow up is bittersweet but I am looking forward to watching him grow up to be a little person.