Things I’m grateful for: a beautiful, healthy, snuggly warm baby girl.
Adam and his sweet, caring, nurturing love for his new baby sister, and his mama. Today he randomly turned to ask me, how are you feeling mama?
Lake’s singing. Last night Lake was having a hard time going to sleep with everyone else in the house still awake. So I laid in bed with her and we sang every song she knows. Twice. Her little voice touches my heart in such a way. After a few days of relying on Alex whenever she needed anything, it was really nice when she asked me to lay down and sing with her.
Adam and Lake’s team. They have grown so close, and you can see them appreciating their friendship during this time of crazy transition. They were off to school together this week and I couldn’t help but tear up with pride over this incredible bond they have formed. They truly do have each other’s backs and love each other as only siblings can.
My team. I am so hyper aware of Adam and Lake’s feeling right now. I might have even bought them a box of Count Chocula at the store today to bring home as a surprise. And of course there is also a hungry newborn to take care of. But I’m feeling ok with it all right now, like I might actually be able to handle this. Because of my team. My parents who are staying with us, making my favorite meals, bringing me coffee in bed in the morning, loving up my kids. My friends who are bring me my favorite snacks and sending love and support all day through texts, calls and emails. I feel it all. And it’s giving me the strength to be able to give everything I have to my 3 little ones.
My husband. And his thoughtful gifts, his baby rocking in the middle of the night, his patience with the toddlers and his overflowing love for our tiny Poppy. His support for all 4 of us is unwavering.
After many weeks of procrastination, I finally packed my bags for the hospital! We had an external version scheduled yesterday (which ultimately was cancelled since baby girl turned on her own) and it forced me to be prepared in case she decided to make an appearance. Here’s what’s in my bag, I also have a separate diaper bag packed for baby since we won’t need her things right away.
- A comfortable nursing bra. Find one that is good to sleep in and provides easy access for nursing. My favorites are always from Target. I have splurged on higher end brands in the past only to be disappointed in the long run. You also may want to throw in a couple pairs of very large undies in case you don’t like the mesh underwear the hospital provides. I happen to love the crazy mesh underwear, they are super soft and stretchy, but many moms don’t share my enthusiasm for disposable underwear!
- Milkmaid Tea I love Earth Mama Angel Baby but there are a handful of great options. If you plan to breastfeed it’s smart to do everything in your power to get your milk to come in as soon as possible. This tea has always helped my milk supply so I start drinking it almost immediately after my babies are born to start speeding up the milk production process. Plus it’s yummy and cozy to have a warm cup of tea in bed.
- Zoe Organics Belly Butter This super rich belly butter that I used throughout my pregnancy to prevent stretch marks also has ingredients to help your skin regain it’s elasticity after you deliver. And trust me, you are going to want all the elasticity you can get. Also, your first shower after delivery will be the best shower of your life and it’s nice to have some of your favorite products with you to make it even more luxurious.
- A pretty robe. I love this one from Plum Pretty Sugar. Everyone will tell you not to bring anything you don’t want ruined. But my philosophy is that all clothes can be washed and it’s nice to feel pretty if you will be having visitors or photos taken during your hospital stay. You don’t need to be dolled up every day all day, but there may be times when you want to have the option of feeling cute. This goes for makeup as well. I have a small bag of just a few necessities, some lip gloss, tinted moisturizer, blush, and dry shampoo for my hair. It may not ever get touched but I like having the option.
- A phone charger, or two or three if your husband also needs one and you are also bringing an ipad or ipod. There is often a lot of down time during your stay and you will constantly be sending photos and calling friends and family.
- Speakers for your phone or ipod. Make a great playlist ahead of time or find your favorite streaming stations. I always loved having nice calming, chill music to help me relax during labor.
- Comfy shoes. I love having my Minnetonka Slippers in the hospital. They are roomy and easy to slip on and off as you get in and out of bed. Also, the hallways are often cold in the hospital so I prefer a soft warm shoe for walking the halls during labor and recovery.
- Personal touches from home. I made sure to pack photos of Adam and Lake so I can always look over at their cute faces. I know I am going to miss them dearly while I’m at the hospital. These prints are from my favorite print shop Artifact Uprising.
- A keepsake from my dearest friends. At my baby sprinkle my friends each strung a few beads to make a lariat to keep with me in the hospital. It is meant to be a reminder that they are thinking of me and sending love and support. Isn’t that so lovely??
- An outfit to wear home. You will still look pregnant (at least 5-6 months) so don’t even thing about grabbing those pre-pregnancy skinny jeans. Keep it simple, loose and comfortable with easy access for breastfeeding.