What’s In My Hospital Bag

We’re officially less than a week away from baby girl’s due date next Tuesday and this time around I’m just a little late on the whole hospital bag packing. But with our toddler having the flu this month, things on my to-do list in regards to preparing for baby #2 got put on hold for a little bit. I did the majority of packing about two weeks out, but have a few last minute things to grab when it’s actually time to go (make sure you have a list ready!).

Since this will be my second time around I thought I could provide a list with things I know were helpful during my first delivery, recovery, and hospital stay. The average length for a hospital here in Texas are 2 nights for a vaginal delivery, three for a c-section. Here is what im packing for me, baby, and other helpful things during your recovery (will link some favorites/ items I’m bringing):

For mom:

  • loose fitted, button up pj’s
  • light robe
  • flip flops/ slippers
  • dark underwear (size up)
  • nursing bra, nursing pads
  • nursing top
  • cozy cardigan or button down flannel
  • joggers/ sweat pants
  • warm socks
  • going home outfit (maternity)
  • make up/ toiletry bag:
    • essential make up products
    • shampoo, conditioner, body wash
    • tooth brush, tooth paste
    • dry shampoo
    • make up remover wipes
    • body lotion
    • lip balm
    • nipple balm
    • hair ties
    • deodorant
    • razor

For Dad:

  • Toiletries
  • change of clothes
  • pj’s
  • snacks

For Baby:

Other:

  • nursing pillow
  • nursing cover
  • burp clothes
  • prenatal vitamins
  • lactation cookies or tea
  • snacks
  • heating pad
  • camera
  • phone charger
  • book, magazine, tablet, laptop
  • sleep mask
  • extra pillow
  • large towel
  • maxi pads
  • pain relieving spray
  • perineal cold pack
  • medicated pads (with witch hazel)
  • glasses/ contacts

I hope my list can help provide some guidance and help for any first time moms, or partners. If you have any additional items you recommend bringing I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

Also hoping my next post will be post baby and the little lady will hurry up and get here already. It’s funny how you’re pregnant for so many months, weeks and those last few days you feel so close to giving up (as if it were an option to quit lol). But any other soon to be mama’s hang in there, you’re almost there. Just think of your reward of holding your sweet little bundle of joy! You’ve made it so far and your body is designed to guide you through this journey of bringing your baby into this world!

xoxo, Lisa

 

Ikea Gladom Hack

I love myself a good Ikea hack and haven’t really made the move to create my own. I’ve probably been to our local Ikea three times in the last two months to shop for things for the nursery and little bits and pieces for our living room after taking down our Christmas decor. One of the pieces I saw the first time going was this pretty basic and simple GLADOM tray side table for under $15!! What a steal! Back home I went on Pinterest to get some inspiration but only found super simple hacks like spray paining the whole table. I decided to add another fun element to create an even more sophisticated look: marble contact paper!

Here are the steps and some pictures:

Ikea Hack Gladom

Materials:

1x white GLADOM tray table from Ikea

Rust-Oleum metallic gold spray paint  from your local Home Depot, Lowes, Wal-Mart etc.

Marble contact paper

Scissors or X-acto knife

Smoothing tool/ credit card

Scotch adhesive protective dots

Instructions:

  • Assemble tray table following directions on how to put it together (assembly instructions)
  • Spray paint table and tray wearing gloves and mouth protector on a piece of carton or similar, best outside because of fumes, and let dry
  • measure tray size and copy onto contact paper
  • cut out the circle and carefully transfer contact paper to the outside/ bottom part of the tray, use your smoothing tool or a credit card to get rig of any bubbles.
  • Also when ordering the self-adhesive contact paper the length cover the entire tray (17 1/2 “)
  • this step is optional but I just felt safer adding protective clear dots to the inside of the top part of the poles of the table so the tray would be safe in place
  • put tray back on table and voila – you’re finishes with your one of a kind chic gold and marble side table for under $25!

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The accessories on top of the table are also all from Ikea and are linke here: two-tone vase, tropical leaves, boxes with lid set of 3

Let me know if you enjoy this Ikea hack and I can’t wait to finish up Baby girl’s nursery to show you guys where the table found it’s place in her room!

Happy Monday and have a great week!

xoxo, Lisa

 

 

International Travel With A Toddler

Sounds scary, I know and  now imagine flying with your one year-old by yourself! I can’t tell you how many nights before our departure I had been laying in bed thinking how I was going to survive those 10 hours stuck on a plane with my quite active baby. I had spent time reading other posts and with great relief I can now share my own successful story about our international travel with my toddler and hope you can find my tips and tricks useful if you have an upcoming trip!

The reason for another trip by myself to Germany from Dallas, TX was a family reunion/ trip for my grandparents 80th birthday last year and I’m so glad my husband encouraged me to go. The first time I took Luca was when he was only 5 months old and he slept a whole lot more than now. But honestly it went better than back in October! Here are seven tips that made the traveling so much easier for me, Luca and everyone else on the plane 🙂

  1. Snacks: The power of food is incredible! At the time of the flight some of his favorite foods were (cut) grapes, strawberries, pouches, and puffs. I found it helpful to place snacks in this Munchkin snack cup which make it more interesting getting food out and helps with food spillage! Anything that would occupy Luca for even 5 minutes is a win!
  2. Fly over night: I know, some flights are set for day or night but if possible choose a flight in the late afternoon! We departed a little after 4 pm and spend about 2 1/2 hours playing, snacking, eating dinner, getting “bed-ready”  and going to sleep at the usual bed time. We got very lucky with having two extra seats next to use so Luca slept for a good 5 hours and only woke up an hour before landing. I actually got to eat dinner in peace and watch a movie!
  3. Window seat: We actually didn’t get to sit by the window but I know he was so interested in seeing what was going on outside the plane. It worked out well for us sitting in the middle with two extra seats but that’s not the norm. I had booked his ticket as a “lap child” which you are able to do until your child is two years old and was worried I’d be stuck with him on my lap for the whole ride (which did happen on the way back home). But if you are on a full plane having the window and the view as a distraction can be helpful!
  4. Blanket fort: As mentioned before on the plane ride home we didn’t get so lucky and were stuck in the middle row in the very center seat, and I thought this is never going to work out! Luca is usually very active and loves crawling, scooting around and can’t get enough from walking alongside me. But when it was time for his nap and everything around us was still bright, noisy and cramped it was a good option to hold a blanket over us to create a calmer and darker environment. And lucky enough we had two successful naps on my lap during a 10 hour flight that left at 11 am.
  5. Night time routine: Another trick that worked out really well for our over night flight was keeping our regular bed routine. Leaving at 4.15 pm left us with exactly 3 hours before bedtime. We played, snacked, and had dinner, and then “got ready for bed”. We went to the lavatory, changed into Pj’s, brushed teeth and back in our seat I nursed him and he fell right asleep. I held him a little longer than usually to make sure he was deep asleep and moved him on the empty seats next to us.
  6. Favorite lovey/ stuffed animal: That’s probably a no-brainer but being in a new environment with lots of new noises, people and smells can be difficult for the little ones, so bringing something familiar like a stuffed animal, favorite toys, or loveys can comfort them.
  7. Child friendly music, TV show or game on iPad/iPhone: This is my last point because I only wanted to have that option as “if nothing else helps” and emergency. We don’t allow any screen time on the TV or phone but I was willing to make an exception if there were to be a meltdown. Luckily we didn’t even use my phone at all on the way to Europe, only going back to the States he watched the first part of a Curious George and sort of played with the apps. What was helpful were these LilGadgets headphones for children and the following apps: Little Fox, Bloom Tunes, and My First Words available in the App Store.

I hope you find this post helpful for an upcoming trip! Let me know if you have anymore tips and tricks we have another trip coming up in July with my husband’s family. Hope everyone has an amazing weekend!

xoxo, Lisa

5 Tips on Being Confident in Your Skin Post Baby

I cannot believe Luca’s 1st birthday is creeping up so much faster than I can handle it and with that it’s been almost a year for my body to recover from carrying an 8lbs 2oz baby plus placenta, extra water etc etc… I had gained a total 34 lbs. before giving birth and even though I’m still young I knew it would take some work to get back to where I was pre-pregnancy. First and foremost, I have to say I am blessed with my momma’s great genes and basically didn’t get any stretchmarks during pregnancy. I also rubbed a lot of oil all over my belly trying to trick my skin into thinking massaging it will help. Additionally, I tried to stay active throughout even if it was just walks with my dog, anything that got my heart going. SO, with all that said here are a few of my tips on how to get back where you can feel like yourself again no matter if it’s your old self or a new and improved self, anything where you are comfortable AND confident!

  1. “The weight takes 9 months to go on, it’s OK if it takes 9 months to lose it” this amazing advice was of course given by my mother and when she told me that, I was thinking oh mother I will be back in shape in a hot second… right. You get really excited in the first week losing about half of your weight because, duh the baby is out, together with all the blood and water weight but then there’s still the uterus trying to go back to its original size and you remember the weekly ice cream runs to your neighborhood super market. And after a while I was coming around thinking it might be a while longer to get to where I wanted to be. So, give yourself TIME!
  2. Supportive partner: I am one of the lucky individuals that married a guy who continually told me that I looked great even when I really felt otherwise. It helped me so much knowing my spouse loves me no matter what and appreciates my body for hosting and growing a tiny human. Even though no partner would hopefully body shame you, but not hearing anything positive can hurt just the same. So, to all the baby daddies out there show your spouse/ baby mama how much you respect and love her for giving you the best gift in life.
  3. Fashion: fake it ‘til you make it! Wearing the right clothes for your postpartum body will do wonders! Everyone knows there are different styles for different bodies when it comes to fashion but you may not know it when you’re left with what feels like a stranger’s body after birth. My usual somewhat smaller self didn’t know how to dress a 20 lbs. heavier body and it took quite some trial and error to figure out what looked flattering and what didn’t. I felt really stressed out when I couldn’t fit back into my old clothes anymore. But until you do choose some loose fitted tops, re-wear some of your maternity items in the beginning and above all be patient with yourself.
  4. Active lifestyle: Just the way it helps to stay active during pregnancy, it obviously helps when you’re trying to lose your baby weight. And I’m not saying go run 5 miles and spent an hour a day in the gym, because who has the time and the energy? But for me it helped tremendously to go on walks. Even just 30 minutes every day made me feel refreshed and brightened up my mood and my spirits. I was never much of a jogger but incorporating some light jogging and ab training at home (YouTube to the rescue) worked wonders. Having a fellow mom-friend or girlfriend is a bonus (dogs count too 😉)
  5. Breastfeeding: I can’t stress this last and most important point enough. I hear about so many women who either are unaware of all the amazing benefits, not just for baby but also for you, or choose not to breastfeed because of aesthetic reasons (according to Dallas Child magazine only 6% of Texas moms report to breastfeed exclusively for the first 6 months). But let’s be honest: I too would like for my boobs to be small and perky again but that is just a small sacrifice for me to give the best nature can offer for my baby. I know it is a hot topic but which mother wouldn’t want the best for her child? And I am not talking about women who can’t produce enough milk. And I know there have been so many times in particular in the beginning where it felt incredibly weird and stressful, after all it’s something you’ve never done before. But despite a clogged duct, and returning to work part-time after 8 weeks, there was never a moment where I didn’t think it wasn’t worth it (I am still nursing now at 10 ½ months and working three times a week). Besides the advantages for the baby, it’s been the most helpful to losing those last stubborn pounds. I even have to be careful now to eat enough to not go under my original weight. And again, it is not all about the weight but about how you feel, but the closeness, the special bond to my son and my body confidence wouldn’t be the same without breastfeeding.

I hope after reading this some soon-to be moms and new moms will at least inform themselves about the incredibly positive things nursing does and I hope no matter what size you are post baby you are able to love the body that has brought new life to this world!

xoxo, Lisa