I am a serial over planner and I am okay with it. I am now 31 weeks and I took this weekend to pack my hospital bag! I have been itching to do it and feel relieved that it is one less thing I'll have to worry about. As a first time mom, I have received mountains of advice on what I should pack, what they wish they would've left, and so on. This is a time that is so specific to you, so pack what you feel you will need at the hospital! I didn't want to pack a whole bunch because that's more stuff we have to carry back home with Baby S in tow. Here are my essentials!
- mini toiletries
-hairbrush and hair ties
- nursing night gown
- delivery/nursing robe c/o Pink Blush Maternity
- tank top
- nursing bra
- lounge pants c/o Pink Blush Maternity
- slippers and socks
- going home outfit
for the stay:
- baby book (to capture hand and foot prints!)
- phone charger
- camera and charger
- washable nipple pads
Here is a free downloadable checklist that you can use to pack your hospital bag! You can download it here:
Downloadable Hospital Bag Checklist for Mom
When did you/ are you packing your hospital bag? I would love to hear what your essentials are!
Long time, no blog! We have been gone a lot and it left little chance for me to update the blog. BUT, I am back with the reason why I was absent, so hopefully all is forgiven. This weekend we made our way down to Texas to have our (second) baby shower! My mom planned the entire thing, went all out, and we had a great time. Her baby shower theme was nautical, which proved to be a challenge to make it girly and not all blues. My mom pretty much nailed it. If you are planning a nautical themed shower, or just love looking at baby shower ideas, keep reading.
Location and Food
The shower was held at a hotel, which happens to be the same one we had my 16th birthday in, so it was cool to make more memories there! We started setting up in the afternoon, and my mom had everything nautical themed in some way. We had different finger foods like sandwiches, fruit, and cheese, and my mom got creative with displaying them! She combined gold fish and potato chips to be "fish and chips", cut a bell pepper to be an octopus, and added eyes to the chicken sandwiches to look like crabs, and added bobbers to the drink to float on the top and make it look like the ocean.
We also have a signature "guest book" style where people sign an object, instead of a guest book. My mom found this cute navy anchor and had markers ready for guests to sign their names, so this anchor can later be displayed up in her room! It's such a cute idea and I love that it's displayed instead of lost and packed away in a book somewhere.
The cake was my absolute favorite and I LOVE how it turned out!!! We also added nautical themed pink and blue cupcake toppers and displayed them around the cake.
Overall we had an amazing time at the party and we got to see everyone! I decided to do a co-ed baby shower, which isn't very traditional, but I wanted my husband and my dad to be included, and also have it family focused since we don't get to see them often. My grandpa told us that this is the first baby shower he's ever been to, so there's a first time for everything haha! We played games that everyone could participate in.
We played a pass the pacifier, where you use straws in your mouth to pass the pacifier within your group. It was such a challenge!
You then put a balloon in your shirt and a ping pong ball between your legs. You have to waddle over to a jar to drop the ping pong in it and not drop it. I didn't participate in this one, but it was hilarious to watch my friends and family waddle.
A dad game was next, where dad's had to write down what excuses they had for not changing the diaper. My husband then read them out loud and it was so comical to hear what the dad's came up with, and probably have used!
Before the party, my mom had me measure my belly with a string to see how big I am. The guests later had to cut a string to guess how big they thought I was and there were several that were so close to being accurate and it was such a simple, but fun party game.
I didn't think my life would change too drastically while pregnant... Boy was I wrong! I have noticed a lot of changes going on, and it's not just this growing belly. I have found some pregnancy essentials that are key to surviving these 9 months of this new life.
This is the best oil ever. I rub this on my belly and anywhere I think (and now have) stretch marks would appear. We bought this while on our cruise when I was just 6 weeks along and was told it was great for stretch marks and during the prenatal period. This is a part of my night routine now and I feel like it's helped big time in preventing stretch marks.
Another must have oil! Even with summer upon us, my skin has been very dry and coconut oil has been a great rejuvenator. I take about a scoopful and lotion it into my legs and arms to hydrate them. Also, I am totally missing out on that shiny hair during pregnancy myth so I apply this to my ends right before my shower and then wash as usual.
If you are struggling with finding good prenatal vitamins, I highly recommend these! I tried some given to me by my doctor, and also bought these giant capsule ones that were impossible to swallow. I was kind of leery switching over to gummies, but I found these had a lot of nutrients packed in them and made me feel better. The flavor of these are super tolerable and almost yummy ha!
Two words: pregnancy. pants. I'll admit caving and purchasing pregnancy shorts was hard at first but once I slipped them on they were life changing! No more were the days of tight pants and lines on my sides. My sweet friend recently gave me her maternity jeans, which couldn't have come at a better time because my leggings no longer fit me and I've been stuck in my few pairs of maternity shorts. If you are on the fence and growing out of your pants, take the leap and invest in a few maternity bottoms!
Something I keep forgetting to mention in my pregnancy updates, is how I've been experiencing heartburn. I had been feeling a really bad burning sensation in the back of my throat which I did not know was heartburn! I have been experiencing it since around 22 weeks and was advised by other mamas to get tums. These work so quickly and have been a purse essential for me because of how frequently heartburn comes up. If you want to hear more pregnancy updates, I just uploaded my 26 week video! Time is flying with this pregnancy and I'm so anxious to meet our little girl!
Gender reveals are the reason I get up in the morning. Okay, totally kidding but I LOVE seeing the creative ways parents have been announcing their newest family member! While there are so many ways you can announce this special moment, I have found 8 creative gender reveals that will make your announcement stand out.
If you are planning on announcing soon and are still stuck on how to do it, check out these creative ways expecting parents have announced and revealed!
Team Pink or Blue
This is how we announced we are having a GIRL! My husband told me when we first found out I was pregnant, that I have full control of announcing the baby, and he gets to choose how we announce the gender. We are huge Utah Jazz fans and had a custom made jazz jersey made to announce our little one! The back has her name and her jersey number. We teased our family and friends by first showing it in black and white and having them guess. This is a great and creative way to incorporate you and your husband's favorite team, revealing if it's team pink or blue!
We also were featured on Utah Jazz's instagram page, so that pretty much made our day too!
Involving older siblings can be such a fun twist as opposed to just the two of you, and can really show your family's personality! Elisa M. had the creative idea of having her boys blast her with the color of what their new sibling will be.
Smoke Bomb Surprise
This is probably the most on trend gender reveal at the moment, but seriously it's so cute, how could it not be?! Ambrel D. and her mister were smoked with their little one's announcement and that color is just gorgeous! This could be a fun twist and having your family members find out before you and surprise you as well as the rest of the party. I personally didn't have the self control to be surprised, but if you can do it I would find a friend or two you trust with the secret and be shocked with everyone else.
If you are more of a simple gal and don't want to go over the top, a minimalist announcement may be for you! Emily C. shared her little boy's gender by adding a bow tie and prince crown to a flat lay of her baby. Such a simple yet impactful photo, and can be customized for either gender and your personal style and taste!
What's more thrilling then being splattered with paint on the beach? Such a fun surprise while getting a little messy! Trust a friend or family member to splatter you with paint and get splattered! You can find out more on this from Pinterest!
Don't want it to just be you two enjoying all the fun? Involve the whole family! You can get creative by using a covered jar and having everyone throw the revealed powder, or switch it out for silly string. This one is super fun and the options are limitless, and the whole family can enjoy the fun and surprise together.
Reveal the baby's gender with some colored confetti and crack open the pinata to reveal the surprise! You can find out how to make this yourself here.
Want to announce during a certain holiday? This is the perfect way to do so! Eggs for Easter, pumpkin for Halloween, small present for Christmas, etc. This one you can get super creative with and it will surely stand out and make the holiday so memorable!
So I am basically smuggling a small watermelon at this point. I am 24 weeks (in normal people terms, 6 months) along and I am just getting bigger and bigger! I have been loving flowy, loose clothing for this pregnancy not only because it looks cute with the bump, but also for major comfort! We just had a doctor's appointment yesterday and she is weighing at a whopping one pound nine ounces. During our first anatomy scan, it was hard for the technician to see a few things so they had us do a redo... Which I'm totally okay with because that means we got to walk away with more pictures of baby girl and see her precious face!
I am loving every second of this pregnancy and I feel like my outfits are so much cuter now as crazy as that sounds. I adore the look of graphic tees paired with flowy, maxi skirts it has the perfect balance of care-free yet put togetherness I love. Also tying shirts up over the belly is a helpful way to show you are pregnant and not like you just ate a few too many slices of pizza. (Totally did, but now I have an excuse!)
Also, I never thought I would be able to find a romper fit this belly! I love rompers for the summertime and I'm so happy I found one that has plenty of room to grow. J and I had a date night to celebrate me finishing my Pharmacy Technician program. I love getting dressed up for our date nights together, and throwing on a printed romper is an easy way to look cute with minimal effort.
My current cravings are: water (yes, still iced cold!), applesauce, Cran Grape juice, milk, and chocolate. I've gained 15 pounds since getting pregnant, which totally makes sense because I'm so weak when it comes to eating! haha The nurse wasn't worried and said I am gaining a perfect amount, but still future Amy is cursing me now for all the sweets I'll have to work off.
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