packing our hospital bags

Wednesday, December 23, 2015


it's that time! well actually, i'm a little late (especially considering we had a false alarm at the hospital last week!) but hey, at least i am getting them packed, right? after lugging three full bags with us, among other things, to the hospital when my water broke with lorelai, i desperately tried to simplify what we would need this time around. i still have a very vivid visual of brian running through the hospital doors, after he dropped me off and parked, with a big bag in each hand and one strapped on his back as my water spilled all over the hospital lobby. oh dear, first time parents syndrome. it helped me a lot this time to remember how much i appreciated little comforts of home during our stay and how many other things sat in our bags untouched, so i am hopeful that my packing list is a little more simplified and on point with what we will need and want this time. below is a list of pretty much everything that we have packed and ready to go, including links to our favorite goodies for both baby and mama during this newborn/postpartum stage.


for baby's bag:
- lily jade co bag
- a cozy, warm blanket
- a couple of muslin swaddle blankets
- a paci
- solly wrap (to use for baby wearing + as a nursing cover)
- a couple of outfits (some knit jumpers, some footie pants and little kimono shirts and some festive holiday sleepers)
- teeny white socks
- scratch mittens
- a hat (the same one that lorelai wore home from the hospital)
- several bonnets (because baby bonnets make my heart explode into tiny pieces)
- butt balm + baby lotion
- a few prefold gerber cloth diapers (for burp cloths)
- approved car seat + car seat cover
- a few teeny diapers + wipes
- baby book (same one that we have for lorelai)


for mama's bag:
- tote bag from the jones market
- a hospital gown (because the ones they give you are just awful; i love the story behind james fox co)
- a comfy robe
- slippers
- a couple pairs of wool socks
-toiletries (hair ties, bobby pins, toothbrush, dry shampoo, deodorant, hair brush, moisturizer, lip salve, shampoo, conditioner, soap, body balm, face towelettes, makeup, contact solution, glasses, always pads, etc)
- nipple butter
- loose fitting tops
- a big, comfy sweater
- leggings + yoga pants
- many pairs of underwear
- nursing bras + tanks
- button down pjs
- nursing pads (i like the cloth, washable ones)
- boppy pillow
- pillow from home
- coconut oil
- hot water bottle
- laptop + charger
- camera + charger
- a family photo for by my bed (there is just something special about having one actually printed with me)
- oily birth kit + diffuser

for lorelai's bag:
- travel crib
- clothes + pajamas
- her bunny + blankie
- paci (and backup pacis)
- sippy cup
- diapers + wipes
- butt balm
- hair brush
- sound machine
- snacks
-toothbrush + toothpaste
- first aid kit (tylenol, ibuprofen, syringes, thermometer, neosporin, bandaids, owie roller bottle essential oils blend, tummygize essential oil)
- ipad
- a couple of favorite books + toys
- frozen stickers (that i threw in as a surprise)
- recordable story book (i got this one and recorded my voice reading it to her her so that mama can still read her a bed time story every night. please don't ask me how much i cried while doing this...)
- a family photo for her too (she loves pointing us all out in photographs)

my oily birth kit:
- peace & calming (for diffusing in our room)
- gentle baby (i plan to diffuse this during our initial bonding time together)
- lemon (to drink with water for swelling)
- joy (for my wrists and over my heart to combat baby blues and a general mood booster)
- fennel (to take with a spoonful of honey for boosting milk supply)
- geranium (for healing)
- peppermint (for nausea)
- V6 (for diluting, massaging)
- thieves (for killing germs)
- valor (for aches & pains)
- tranquil roll on (for calming)
- stress away roll on (enough said)
- deep relief roll on (for everything)
- ningxia red (for energy)


it still seems surreal that in less than a week we will have another baby in our family. i'm having a hard time wrapping my mind around what that will be like and also so, so curious what this new little one will be like. we can't wait to meet you baby!

baby bub no. TWO

Saturday, December 5, 2015

what a whirlwind this pregnancy has been. so much so that my updates have been few and far between. and now here we are, getting ready to meet this sweet babe because i am almost full term! i wish you could see my eyes bugging out of my head when i type that. we will meet our newest family member in three weeks. THREE WEEKS.


while many of my symptoms this pregnancy are very much the same as they were with lorelai, this pregnancy itself has been very different. for one, i don't have as much time to spend dwelling on every little symptom, milestone or new development. not that it isn't just as exciting (it is!), but i am usually retrieving items that my toddler threw into the toilet instead and by the time she goes to bed at night and i prepare for the day ahead, my head can't hit the pillow fast enough. needless to say, i am much, much more tired this pregnancy (who knew that was even possible?)

back in july we had our 20 week ultrasound and were thrilled to see our tiny babe wiggling away on the screen. we were lucky to get to spend some extra screen time with him or her while the doctors checked the baby's heart for any abnormalities. thankfully, this baby's heart is healthy and we only have a 5-10% chance of a heart defect developing later in pregnancy. lorelai received these same percentages during pregnancy and she is just perfectly healthy, which helped us to cope with these heightened chances this time around.


and surprise, we managed to remain team green during the ultrasound and are keeping the baby's gender a surprise yet again! we hmmm'd and hawww'd a bit this time about whether we would like to find out the baby's gender or not, but ultimately decided that we like to be surprised and so we will be! what a happy little christmas present we will have waiting for us.

cravings have been pretty consistent with my first pregnancy as well... chocolate milk is always a big contender. a lot of mexican food and of course doughnuts. SOURDOUGH BREAD. you know, the necessities. my biggest craving by far this pregnancy has been pie. seriously, any damn kind of pie and i am all over it. apple. buttermilk. chicken pot pie. crisps and cobblers will do in a pinch too, but man, PIE. all the pie. and this time i find myself craving coffee often which i didn't at all while pregnant with lorelai. this time i cut out caffeine in the first trimester, but once the second trimester rolled around i allowed myself a cup or two in the mornings and boy, let me tell you how absolutely delicious each drop has been. heaven on earth.


these days i will cry at literally anything and easily drink my weight in water. coincidentally, i pee at least four times a night and usually wake up my family with my grunts as i try to (unsuccessfully) slip out of bed each time. i've also been experiencing a lot of braxton hicks contractions this pregnancy. more than i remember when pregnant with lorelai, but maybe i just didn't know what they were then. on multiple occasions i have had to lay down and slather myself with lavender oil just to calm them. no bueno.

i have pretty much narrowed down baby's super active times, which is usually early morning and late at night, so it seems we are definitely on track for some sleep deprivation in our future. baby kicks are easily my favorite thing about pregnancy (but also my least favorite when baby is quiet and worry settles in). i distinctly remember these feelings when lorelai was in there too because i swear i have never felt more beautiful than when my body is growing a baby. all the swelling and bloating and skin flare-ups aside, it is just so humbling to experience a life inside of you that you are solely sustaining, simply because your body knows how to. i swear, i will never take it for granted.


as we prepare our hearts and our home for our new arrival, we have much left to do and haven't been nearly as prepared as we were the first time around (see earlier blurb about retrieving items from toilet). on our to-do list: 1/ working on transitioning lorelai to her big girl bed. i really don't want her to feel kicked out of her crib, but we are struggling because she still loves her crib so much. her new bed is all set up, but we still mostly just play in it and read books. 

2/ there are a few things left on our shopping list, but mostly it is nice to have all of the basics already. of course we will need new teeny, tiny pacifiers and diapers, which we have slowly started collecting. a stroller attachment to turn our current ride into a double (oh boy). more swaddles and blankets, because you always need more swaddles and blankets. and we got a sweet little bouncer that i would like to try this time in hopes of replacing the gigantic swing we had for lorelai that takes up half of our living space. a couple of sweet little outfits and rattles made their way home too because every babe deserves some special things of their very own. 


3/ we still have some rearranging and organizing to do in the nursery too. we love our babies to sleep in our room in the beginning, but eventually we will have a shared nursery for our littles, which is very exciting and feels special to me (as i hope it will to them). eventually we will outgrow our little home, but for now i can't imagine bringing our new baby home to anywhere else but here. i love organizing their teeny, tiny newborn things amongst lorelai's collection of dresses and books and creating a special and magical place for them to explore together. 


oh sweet baby, we are so anxious to meet you and snuggle you and adore you.

confession: i have three diaper bags

Monday, November 30, 2015

well, technically i have four because i still have this one from lorelai's newborn days. i don't use it anymore, but can't seem to part with it for sentimental reasons.

for those of you out there who are even mildly interested, this is why i have three "diaper" bags. i've always been sort of a bag lay so this should really come as no surprise.

1 | the madewell transport tote aka love of my life. i bought this bag when i was pregnant with lorelai under the conditions that it would be my sole diaper/mama bag (my husband was with me when i made said purchase, clearly). after i admired its beauty for several months after purchasing, i convinced myself that i should start carrying it now (months before lorelai was due to arrive) because leather is better when it's a little worn, right? (you can see where this is going). while i did use this bag as a diaper bag of sorts, it has always served me much better as just my bag. yes, i'll throw a few baby necessities and diapers in it on my way out the door on the weekends, but for the most part i just couldn't resist carrying this every day so it became my very well loved tote bag.


2 | because i only had a brown diaper bag, i needed a black one too, right? i fell in love with the design of fawn design's bags and the ability to wear them as both a cross body bag and a backpack. it is very roomy and serves us well when we aren't going to be home for a while or when i'm just feeling the black. 


3 | the piece a la resistance... my lily jade bag. this baby is the luxury ride. i instantly fell in love with its organized pockets and fun, red interior. it's impossible to just throw things in there and not find them for days (guilty) because there are just so many areas to contain all of your belongings, which i love and crave in a diaper bag. this baby can fit everything we need, no problem. i'm talking wallets, cell phones, keys, calendar, journal, pens, randoms, diapers, wipes, butt balm, paci's, snacks, oils, lotion, lipsticks and other random makeup, cell chargers, headphones, checkbooks, books and more. yes, more. these are just all of the designated pockets in my bag, you guys. i have pockets for all of these things. it's mind blowing really.


being the avid researcher that i am, especially when it comes to baby gear, i know that i appreciated posts like this when i was expecting my first, so i hope that my random muses about gorgeous leather and organized compartments has thrilled someone out there as much as it does me. happy lugging, mamas.

running wild

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


some days, for no reason at all, we all just need to run a little wild. lorelai longs to stretch her legs while we chase her and the fresh air brings a clear mind to everyone. how easily i forget just how necessary moments like this are. when life is crazy and the to-do list never ends and i may even snap at brian when he says we just need some air. but of course, he is so, so right.

[bag: lily jade | bonnet: petite soul | dress: old navy]

lorelai, the bulldog

Sunday, November 1, 2015

for years and years we dressed up our beloved dog for halloween like most parents dress up their children, so it's only appropriate that now we dress up our child like our dog.


lola loves pumpkin seeds, but not the goop | caramel apples are a new favorite | trick or treating is fun, but exhausting | mama loved sneaking most of her candy | hocus pocus on repeat | she is terrified of polar bears in costume (even when said polar bears are her papa) 


^^ oh what a difference that a year makes.^

babymoon with a baby

Thursday, October 29, 2015

we went on the sweetest little getaway this fall as a babymoon of sorts. we rented a tiny little cabin on a lake that came with a real cracking fireplace and kayaks for exploring. the timing of our trip could not have been better. i was just entering the third trimester and still feeling that heaven-like second trimester glow. we arrived to a couple of 70+ degree, sunny days and spent them fishing and chasing fireflies at night. then the cold front moved in and we happily bundled up for some early morning kayak rides on the lake, coffee sipping on the deck while the leaves fell all around us, snuggling up to read and roasting marshmallows in the fireplace after dinner. we slept in, marathoned the office episodes, cooked meals together, explored cozy nearby diners, ate more apple pie than you can possibly imagine and even visited nearly lake geneva for a day of exploring. it was such a simple and relaxing week away, which is exactly what we wanted. the only obligations that we had were what activities to do that day (if any) and what to eat for lunch. we made memories in that little house that i will cherish. some last, little adventures as a family of three.


all the fall things

Friday, October 2, 2015

i don't know about you, but we have been having some serious dreamy fall weather here in the midwest and it has been G L O R I O U S. i am so giddy about it. we've busted out all the fall candles, favorite sweaters and scarves and pumpkiny things. mums welcome us home on the front porch and pumpkins have all but taken over our stoop.

snuggling up by the fireplace while sipping a hot mug of tea. sliding around the chilled hardwood floors in thick, cozy wool socks. listening to a crackling record and reading an old book. you've got mail viewings on repeat and leaf collections hand-picked by a curious toddler strewn about the house. and there is something just so special about being pregnant in the fall. slouchy sweaters accented by my protruding baby belly and stealing tastes of the soup for dinner out of the crockpot all dang day. it just doesn't get any better than that.

holy moly, do i love this season.

i couldn't resist a little roundup of some of my very favorite fall things because fall is just toooooo good.

[bag: elizabeth in brandy by lily jade; stroller: uppababy vista]

ankle boots and clogs galore | collection of jones market necklaces | blanket scarves | slouchy sweaters | favorite fall oils like clove and orange diffusing throughout the house | throw blankets | all the books | leaf collecting | converse high tops (until my feet swell) | big, roomy bags | our little fake fireplace | teeny, tiny knitted baby sweaters | walks in the crunchy leaves | coffee | coffee | coffee | cardigans | my favorite sam edelman boots | buttermilk pies | pot pies | any pies, really | visits to the library | strolls through the neighborhood | sleeping with the window cracked open and cuddling so close under the covers | white pumpkins | moccasins | hot apple cider | cozy slippers | apple picking | pumpkin spice lattes | wool socks | slow cooker dinners | warm candles




i couldn't possibly love this season anymore. fall bucket list, consider yourself complete.

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