Tuesday, July 29, 2014

My Hospital Bag

Since we head to the hospital tonight at 730p -  I figured this post would be fitting for today. I have asked all my closest friends and pinterested the heck out of what to bring to the hospital, and I think I finally have my bag packed for the last time. 

Here is my version (being a first time mom) of what's in my hospital bag. 


For Kingston:

- Two sleepers that open at the bottom with coordinating hats and socks
(I like these because they have the sleeves that fold over to cover their hands which means no need for gloves.) 

- Going home outfit with coordinating socks 
(an outfit that allows for his legs to be free so he can be easily buckled into his carseat)

- light weight blanket

(not pictured)

-burp cloth

-nail file


For Me:

- Oversized sleep t-shirt to change into after we move to our postpartum room
(I read that they are still checking everything down there often and want easy access to your hooha and tummy. I've read a lot of people like robes for this reason but I like the idea of a t-shirt better.) 

- Larger than normal panties
(Some people swear by the mesh panties the hospital gives you, but if for some reason I don't like them - these will help me feel a little more normal and can be thrown away after) 

- Jacket, slippers, socks and flip flops 

- Going home outfit 
(yoga pants and an oversized t-shirt) 

- Regular nursing bra & a nursing sports bra
(I plan to wear the regular nursing bra during labor and then it can easily be removed when the time comes to put him on my chest.)

- Festive drink tumbler

- Travel shampoo, conditioner, body wash and toothbrush 

- Headband, makeup bag, deodorant and comb 
(not pictured)

- Lanolin cream 
(I was told to put it on as soon as possible for prevention purposes - but to ask your nurse first for some. Basically this is a just in case item.)

Extra items:

- Notebook to write questions, birth story in, etc. 

- Mat board for guests to sign 
(This goes to a shadow box that we will keep all the stuff from the hospital in.) 

- Birth certificate information, insurance card, card stock (For them to do his footprints on. This way if they mess up I can have them redone and then I'll just paste them in the baby book) and folder to house all the extra papers we get

- Boppy, extra bag (for gifts or all the hospital goodies they say to take home with you), phone charger, snack bag for CT (gum, nutrigrain bars, etc), vending machine money 
(not pictured)  


What do you think? I am notorious for being an over packer . . . so I'm sure I have way more stuff then is necessary. I've also only packed for your regular 24 hour hospital stay - so if we end up having to stay longer, I'll have CT run home for some extra clothes. 

Do you think I am missing anything? 
Is there anything you wish you would have packed that you didn't? 

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{Guest Post} - - Daily Reflections as Mothers

Today I'm back over at Leslyn's with a second guest post - daily reflections as mothers. If you missed my first post, labor pains deserve a present, you can find it here.

Leslyn and I share a mutual bff and we were able to officially meet last summer at our friends wedding. Before then - I was just a creeper that hung around her little space in this world wide web and acted like I knew her. What a fun weekend I had getting to know such a lovely lady! 

Little did I know that we would have so much in common: 
 A love for the Lord. 
Super attractive husbands. 
Long hair that we chopped off into bobs. 
Infertility problems. 

Crazy enough though, the Lord decided to answer our prayers and we both ended up getting pregnant with little boys - due two weeks apart . . . 

Check it out! 

Monday, July 28, 2014

40 Weeks - DUE DAY!

How far along: 40 Weeks -- WE MADE IT! 
Food Comparison: Small Pumpkin
Weight gain: +25 lbs 
Maternity clothes: Yes. 
Stretch marks: So many. 
Belly button in or out: Out. 
Sleep: Sleep has actually been okay this past week. 
Best moment last week: Only working 3 days last week and having a long week to prepare for his arrival. 
Worst moment last week: Walking, walking and trying a ton of things to make Mr. Kingston come and he doesn't want to. 
Miss anything: Some, but I'm going to enjoy these last few days of having a baby growing inside me -- so no I don't miss anything. 
Movement: He is still moving but I can definitely tell he is running out of room. 
 Cravings: Drinks. 
Queasy or sick: No. I just feel like a baby is falling out of me. 
Looking forward to: Meeting Kingston.   
Labor Progression: Same as last week - softening and about a 1cm. We go in tomorrow night to start the process of his birth! He should be here with us 7/30/14. 
Prayer Request: Please Lord let me have a safe/uncomplicated delivery with the birth of a healthy baby boy. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

5 on Friday

1. I would say TGIF . . . but my Friday started on Wednesday and my weekend lasts until November. Oh the joys of maternity leave! Everyone says it goes by so fast but I hope it's the longest 3 months of my life. 

2. We went out to a birthday dinner last night to a Mexican restaurant and everyone was ordering margaritas on national tequila day. I swear I'm not a lush but this summer heat has me really craving a nice frosty drink. Plus, Pinterest hasn't been helping either. 

Frozen Margarita

Sour Lightening 

Strawberry Milkshake
all via

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3. Nesting is in full swing around these parts these days. I even have the hubby in on it. We have went through our closets and uploaded everything to about 5 different buy/sell/trade groups on Facebook to try and get rid of this stuff. Feels good to purge this clutter we no longer need/wear and in return earn a little extra cash. 

4. I'm officially SO huge that when my husband stands besides me - he looks like he weighs less then me. Such a sad day. 

(Nursery tour coming soon!)

5. I can't wait for fall shows to start back up again. 
I confess ... I'm a TV junky. Scandal. Grey's Anatomy. Betrayal. I've also seen a good trailer for How To Get Away with Murder. Thursday TV has and will always be my favorite 

Hope ya'll have a good weekend and please be thinking about me. Hopefully by this time next week we will have a baby home with us! 

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