Hospital packing list baby #2!

Hello friends! I know I have written this before with my first baby but I wanted to write an updated one for the second time around. Keep in mind it is always a good idea to ask your doctor what you need to pack. My hospital is really awesome and provides almost everything needed, I’m sure yours does too. No need to over pack!

  • Alright so you obviously need a duffle bag or small suitcase to pack everything into! I use this one I have from Lucky Brand.
  • In my bag I have packed a cute plaid shirt to go home in. It is a maternity shirt that buttons. I wanted to make sure I had something that fit, made me feel put together, and was breastfeeding friendly. You probably won’t leave the hospital looking like you did before you ever got pregnant so plan for a pooch still.
  • Granny panties. Really you just need some full coverage, comfy panties that can hold large pads during recovery.
    I picked up this belly binder from amazon. Only 13$! This will help shrink your uterus and get your tummy back to its original size. As soon as I am in recovery I plan on putting this bad boy on!
    A comfy nursing bra that can be slept in. I found mine on amazon for so cheap!
    This time I packed some tall compression socks because last time my feet, ankles, and legs got soo swollen. It was very painful and looked horrendous. And hospitals are cold so better to be prepared lol.
  • I packed a set of pajamas that button up so I can be comfy in my own clothes after the IV’s come out and I get that first shower! Plus the buttons allow easy access for breastfeeding.
  • Lastly for myself I packed toiletries: toothbrush and toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, hairbrush, skincare, light makeup, hair ties and my glasses.

Your hospital should provide giant pads, pain relief, ice packs, sitz bath, dermoplast, witch hazel pads… mine did, I literally didn’t need to bring anything, they even had mesh undies to wear. Some people hate them but I am all for not ruining anything of my own, use the hospitals! My hospital also fed me really well and the food was good so there was no need for bringing snacks!

For Baby:

  • I packed 2 outfits- one in newborn size and one 0-3m. Along with the outfits I packed matching bows. I know there will be lots of pictures!
  • I packed a swaddle for pictures and a thin muslin blanket for coming home.
  • Car seat

Other than clothes and a car seat you really have no need to pack other items. The hospital will have diapers, wipes, baby wash and lotion, anything you will need. And you get to bring all the extras home!

Extras:

  • Phone and phone charger
  • Camera
  • Donut pillow- giving birth makes it feel like your tail bone is broken. At least it did for me. I got a pillow specially for my poor bum.
  • Pillow- with your own unique case
  • Clothes for dad- if your husband or SO is anything like mine, make him pack his own bag! My husband over packs so much and it drives me crazy!

You can always keep some extras in your car if you really think you’ll need them.

Boxycharm After Glow: Feb 2019

Hey friends! It’s that time again! I just got my boxy box in and I wanna unbox it with you!!

First I got a Too Faced Better than sex mascara. This mascara is amazing!! I have loved it for years and I’m so glad to have a fresh one. Retails for 24$

Next I got the Pretty Vulgar shimmering swan highlight. This highlight gives a natural, beautiful glow to the face but can be built up. It’s so pretty! Retail is 32$

Up next everyone got the Touch In Sol no poreblem primer. This primer is so soft and silky and blurs any skin issues you may have. Retails for 18$

I also received the Farmacy Clean Bee ultra gentle facial cleanser. This cleanser is formulated with naturally derived ingredients and soothe and hydrate skin while deep cleaning the skin. Retails for 22$

Lastly I received a Trestique prime and glaze lip crayon. This lip duo features a primer on one end and a shiny color glaze on the other. I’m excited to try this out since I don’t do shiny lips often. Retails for 25$

If you added that up you see I got 121$ worth of products! That’s 100$ over what I pay! Such a great deal and a much better box than I’ve received in the past!

Till next time!

Xoxo erin

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New Year, New Me?!

Such a cheesy saying I know. But a new year typically marks the start of changes we want to make. Whether we want to be more confident, thinner, more fit, less debt.. and so on. Today I am 28w4d pregnant. Fully in my third trimester and ready for everything this year is going to bring me.

Today I started the 30 days to healthy living (30dhl) challenge and I honestly couldn’t be more excited. I plan on sharing a little more of my pregnancy journey as well as my fitness and nutrition journey. I know this will be a huge year.

I wanted to explain the 30dhl a little bit because I realized many people had the wrong idea of what it is. First I would like to mention I have been studying health/nutrition for many years and have my master’s in public health. These aren’t just opinions, I will be stating facts. The program is not a lose weight quick fad diet, tho you can lose weight. You don’t have to work out tho physical activity will help you reach results and is always a good idea for your heart health. This program focus on detoxifying your body and teaching you how to FUEL your body with proper nutrition. Using Arbonnes products just makes it so much easier bc you only have to worry about one healthy meal a day and use the shakes to provide all the nutrition you need for the other 2 meals.

It seriously couldn’t be easier to be healthy. And as a pregnant lady I can feel so good about getting all the protein and nutrients and vitamins I need with little to no effort!

I feel the need to share this info because it seriously changes lives! Balances sugar with no spikes, no feeling hungry or depriving yourself through the day, just pure, beneficial nutrition.

If you have any questions please let me know! I get so excited about this stuff and I am so focused on helping people get healthier.

Xoxo erin

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Quick healthy delicious meal:

Turkey skillet:

1lb ground turkey

Half an onion

2 sweet potatoes

Salt and pepper

Cilantro

Directions: peel and cube up the sweet potatoes and toss in a large skillet with a little olive oil. Cook till they can be pierced with a fork. Add onion and turkey and cook till turkey is cooked through. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add cilantro to finish. Sooo easy and delicious!! And healthy!!!

Happy New Year Babes!

Hey everyone! I hope everyone had a fun, safe new year. It was my husbands birthday yesterday so we made lots of food and hung out. Simple but that seems to be the life with kids and being prego.

I’m currently 28 weeks pregnant and I can not wait for this to be over. I feel bad saying that because there are so many women who would love to be pregnant but this has been a rough one for me.

Any ways, it’s a new year and for some reason we take that as a chance to set new goals and make changes. Even tho we literally can take those steps anytime. What are your resolutions for 2018? Here are mine:

  • Survive the last couple months of this pregnancy and delivery a happy, healthy baby.
  • Focus on my health. Nutrition will be huge for me and I’ve already started this but I will be getting more intense on this point.
  • Working out WILL be a priority. I feel I let taking care of everyone else take up so much time that I neglect myself.
  • I need to learn to love my body and self. Post baby bodies are not what Victoria secret models get because most of us do not have cooks, trainers, and nannies to take care of everything. I know it will take time but I will reach a place where I’m not crying in fitting rooms, hating how I look.
  • Focus on my business and my blog and post on a better schedule
  • Lastly it is always a focus of mine to be positive and spread good vibes. Patience is key. Life is hard and we shouldn’t make it meaner and harder than it already is.

2019 is going to be a huge year. I will be having a baby, my son will be a big brother, we will be moving, selling our house and buying a new one and my husband will start a new job.

I pray only the best for 2019 for all of us 💚

Xoxo erin

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My Birth Story

You hear amazing birth stories and then you hear some horror stories. And here is mine. This is my birth experience. Everyone has a different experience but there is one thing for sure, Not one person has all the answers for a perfect birth. Do what seems right to you.

I was really blessed to have given birth at one of the top rated hospitals and it made a huge difference I think. My doctor and all the nurses were truly amazing and made me feel at home. Now leading up to the main event I really wasn’t sure what to expect but I was very calm. My doctor and I planned baby K’s birthday so I knew when everything was going to happen, which was perfect for me because I love to plan out everything. So I packed my bags (The Most Realistic Hospital Pack List) and was ready to go. Monday evening my husband drove me to the hospital and my mom came as well. I checked in and they got me set up in my room. I got hooked to my iv and started on fluids and pitocin. I ate my last meal around 9 or 10pm, wendy’s, and it was delicious. Definitely wish I would have eaten more before getting to the hospital. I then took a nap and around midnight my doctor came and broke my water. After sleeping the best I could through the night I had nurses checking in on me every so often. It is pretty nifty, you are hooked up to a machine and when you are having contractions you can’t feel you can see them!

Every single nurse/my doctor asked me from the moment I got to the hospital asked me what my plan was for pain management and every time I gave the response: Jesus. I was determined I could go all natural. Well Tuesday morning I began to feel the contractions come on. At first they were mild and very bearable but they jumped up about 10 notches in no time at all. I was scrunched up in a ball almost to tears. My husband felt terrible for me and felt worse that he couldn’t do anything for me. I finally got to the point where I just looked at my husband and said do something. So he called for the nurse. Haley, my nurse and angel, came and asked me if I wanted something and I told her that I didn’t want to make the decision and that I wanted her to make that decision for me. She laughed and said I’m getting an epidural. The team came in and sat me up and what I was excepting to be terrible I didn’t feel at all. And within minutes I felt like a new person. It was absolutely amazing and was a great decision. Shortly after I got my epidural Haley came in and said I think it’s time to push!

30 short minutes of pushing later I gave birth to the most beautiful little boy in the world! After he was cleaned up and I was stitched up I got to hang out and meet baby K. A couple hours later they rolled me over to a new room and I ate soooo much! I mean I went a while without eating and giving birth is extremely exhausting.

My next goal after giving birth and eating was to get my iv out. I hate them!!! My new nurse told me I had to pee 3 times and then she would take it out. I did that about as quickly as I could! I actually slept pretty well that night. Considering my husband and I were dealing with a new baby crying and not knowing what to do. The next day my husband had to go to work and family was out and about and I was pacing my room. I was yelled at every time she saw me up telling me I had to lay down. I was so antsy. Laying down was uncomfortable and I had been laying down for 2 days!

I finally got to take a shower and put real clothes on and Thursday i got to go home! I was so happy to go home and be in my own space. And that was how it went. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. I even told my doctor that I had to have my baby here if we decided to have any more children.

xoxo Erin

Milk Boosting Cookies

Every now and again you need a boost, and these will help you with just that. Whether you need a little sweet treat, protein bite, a milk supply boost, or all 3 these have got that!

I got this recipe from my sister in law and made some tweaks to it for myself.

Boobie Cookies:

In one bowl beat together:

  • 1c butter
  • 1c sugar
  • 1c brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs

Let 4tbs water and 2tbs ground flax seed sit together for 5 minutes.

In another bowl mix together:

  • 2c flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2-3 tsp cinnamon
  • 4tbs brewers yeast

Combine all of the above

then mix in:

  • 3c oats
  • 2c dark chocolate chips
  • 3tbs peanut butter

bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes

These are so good! Hope you enjoy! Let me know if you would like me to send you a PDF of the recipe (:

 

xoxo Erin

What to Expect After Birth

The scary part is giving birth right? Nope, not in my opinion. The healing afterwards is way worse. There are definitely some things you can do to make it a little better though. As I have said before, take what you can and as much as you can from the hospital!! You just pushed a bowling ball out of your hoo-ha, of course you are gonna have some pain and recovery unless you are a super model with some super powers. In that case I applaud you. Things that make things a lot easier:

  1. //ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=tf_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=mommy409-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=B002MCD16O&asins=B002MCD16O&linkId=12d2d06368122ad0a3d637161b0e3121&show_border=false&link_opens_in_new_window=false&price_color=333333&title_color=0066c0&bg_color=ffffff Dermoplast cooling spray. Emphasis on the cooling. This stuff is bomb at relieving the stinging from stitches.
  2. Tucks Medicated Pads– Witch hazel pads keeps everything cool and clean. They will probably give you a small thing of these at the hospital and if you have any issues with your bum, this will make everything better.
  3. Carex Sitz Bath– These things look ridiculous but I tell you what they feel pretty great when you can’t do a lot of scrubbing down there. Trust me it’s cheap and helps the stitches heal up.
  4. Ibuprofen- for when everything still hurts.
  5. Mom Panties- Trust me you don’t want to ruin your nice skivvies, go to wally world and get you a pack of what I call mom panties. They are comfy and necessary to hold those jumbo pads from the hospital.

These are a few necessities from my experience. It isn’t that bad. They best thing I was told to prepare myself was that your butt is going to hurt. It feels like your tailbone got broken. But everything is worth it when you have your little!!!

Leave me comments about what you thought was necessary after birth!!

xoxo Erin