Saturday, February 22, 2014

Packing For The Hospital! In Depth with Maternity/Nursing Haul!!

In case you missed it!!!

Hi guys!! I finally edited this video and no matter how much I tried to cut it down, I just couldn't. This being my 3rd trip to the hospital I feel like I really have some good advice for what to bring!! I'm an overpacker by nature, but I think in this case it's ok :) I give you all possible needs as well as what the hospital will provide for you.
The most important thing to know is that you are already paying for everything in that room down to the last diaper (for $2.25!!!). I looked at my medical bill last time and was shocked!! So take everything they give you in that dang bassinets! A lot of things in there are:
Diapers
Wipes
Tissues
Baby Onesies, T's, hats
Baby shampoo/wash
Ointment
Stuff for Mom! Pads, lidocane spray for your down there parts! Underwear, Perennial wash bottle!!!
Take it all! It's yours :)  And ask for more when you leave lol

Other than that, here is the list I used to pack with.
Click on any of the items for links of where to buy!

  • Birth Plan
  • Insurance Card/Hospital paperwork.
  • Bathrobe
  • Slippers - Non Skid
  •  Bathing Suit
  • Couple pairs of socks
  • Magazines/Books 
  • Toiletries: Face wipes
  • Baby wipes
  • Face lotion
  • Some makeup
  • Hand Sanitizer!
  • Lip balm
  • Hair bands
  • Dry Shampoo - Batiste is my fav!
  • Extra Pillow and blankets
  • Cell phone/charger
  • Laptop/charger      
  • Massager
  • Boppy/Nursing Pillow  

Postpartum

For Your Partner
  • Money for parking and change for vending machines.
  • A few basic toiletries, such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant. 
  • Toiletry kit (Walmart Travel Section)
  • A change of clothes: Shirt, Shorts, Sweat Pants and Sweater. It can get really cold in the room if Mama needs the AC on!!!
  • Pillow/Cozy Blanket
  • Some snacks and something to read during the early stages.
  • A camera/video camera and film or tape or a memory card and batteries.
  • A bathing suit. If your partner wants to take a bath or shower during labor, you may want to jump in with her.

For your baby
  • An infant car seat.
  • A going-home outfit
  • Diaper bag
  • A receiving blanket
  • A pair of socks or booties
If I have forgotten anything please let me know!!!
xoxoxo
Amanda



Monday, February 17, 2014

37 Week Pregnancy Vlog: Mucus Plug and Other Gross Stuff!


I made it to 37 weeks (yay!) - Barely lol.
I am seriously only hanging on by a thread. Both of my girls got sick for a couple of weeks and so of course me and Ian got sick too. Thankfully I think it's on it's way out, but it left a really nasty cough that hurts so much every time I cough. Not only in my throat, but down stairs too!!
A few days ago I started spotting red blood. Then, yesterday my mucus plug came out. It was huge! BLEH! The red spotting concerned me because it was pretty continuous but I called my Dr and they assured me that as long as it's not soaking up pads like a period then I'm ok. I'm not cramping at all, so hopefully it's just my cervix softening and getting ready for labor! It's not unlike me to go early. I was almost 2 weeks early with Kiyoko and 1 week early with Kaya. Both times my water broke, so hopefully that will happen again. I also just finished filming my packing for the hospital video, so now I have most of my stuff together. I just need to make a list of last minute things to grab (things that are still in use).
We finally made a dent in getting the baby's space together. We wiped out the rest of our registry pretty much. Let me know if you guys want a baby room tour! I'm also trying to figure out what to do with this channel once baby is born. Do you guys want to see more vlogs once the baby comes? Any particular topics? I'd love your input.
Well hopefully (or not) I will update next week and let you know what's going on. My packing for the hospital video should be up within a day or two. It's like 40 minutes, so I have to edit it down...or maybe not :p I have a lot of useful information with this being my 3rd trip to the hospital I think!
Hope you guys are all doing well.
Talk soon :) xoxoxo
Amanda