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Dear Son (What I Want You To Know)

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Dear Son,

Dad and I are trying are best, but we don’t know everything.

I want to give you the world, but it’s fine line of learning to be independent and just taking care of you.

I love how big you are getting, but I miss my snuggly newborn some days.

I love that you sleep (most nights) through the night, but it doesn’t mean I don’t check on you at least 20 times a night.

Every day you learn something new and amaze me with your energy.

You make my soul, my heart and my brain smile. I love you more than any words can describe.

I want what is best for you, but I understand that I have to let you fall sometimes.

When I get upset or stressed, please know it will pass.

The nights you need a little extra time being rocked to sleep are my favorite.

I now understand how my mom felt when she tried to shower, put on her makeup or pee with an audience.

You’re curiosity amazes me.

You are loved more than you will ever realize.

I want you to know it’s okay to be yourself and not care what anyone thinks of you.

You can do anything you dream of. I will support whatever your choices are.

You’re lack of fear inspires me to let go of my own inhibitions. 

Know that your dad and I will always stand behind you. You have our full support – always.

Our Organized Baby Dresser

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I love organization. Something about not having to think when trying to find something, just puts me at ease.  I have to be honest though, I’m not a perfectly organized person.  Just ask J anytime I’m trying to find my phone or car keys.  Don’t get me started on my debit card – I can never find that! 

Here’s my favorite ways to be organized:

My closet, for instance, is color coordinated. You open the doors and will see all the blues together, blacks together, reds together and so on. It’s pretty. Makes getting dressed easier in the morning since my most recent-worn items aren’t in the front. I can grab and go without thinking, “when was the last time I wore this top?”

My monthly bill system is organized perfectly for me.  Paid bills in one folder, need to pay in another, our check register is on Google Sheets and updated on a daily basis.  I also have a budget binder with a debt tracking sheet and monthly bill tracker.

The junk drawer in the kitchen is another story. It’s actually two small-sized drawers because I out grew one drawer. It’s on my to-tackle list, but it just hasn’t been a priority yet. You’re better off not even trying to find anything in those drawers. It would take forever and you’d probably make a mess just digging.

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Why I wanted an organized baby dresser.

With Baby here early and all of my plans for his arrival thrown around, I was really glad I had his nursery organized. I worked hard on getting the dresser perfect a few weeks before he arrived. I wanted to make sure it was functional and easy to use. Especially since it has a dual purpose of dresser and changing table.

I wanted diapers and changing products close-by without over taking the top of the dresser. I wanted burp cloths and frequently used items at arm’s reach that way I could keep a hand on him at all times while he’s on the changing pad.

Once the organizational plan was ready, then it was easy to follow-through with it. Now when laundry is done or diapers are purchased they have a home. Which means no piling or putting things off until later, which I am the queen of (hence the junk drawers).

How to Organize Your Baby's Dresser

The first thing to start with is the perfect dresser.  I received mine as a Christmas present from my parents.  Originally it was going to be my dresser and my old one was going to become the baby’s.  However, that didn’t happen.  Being super pregnant by the time we finished the nursery left me no motivation to switch dressers and move them all over the house.  So instead the baby got the new dresser.  I think it works out better.  The drawers are a bit deeper, which means they can hold more baby clothes.  Especially right now with his clothes being so tiny, they don’t hang very well.  I found this dress, a nouvelle dresser that is similar at Wal-Mart that is right on budget for a inexpensive nursery makeover.  

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Top Drawers:

Miscellaneous hospital papers and keepsakes that will end up in Baby’s memory book is in one drawer.  The other drawer holds his diapers and wipes.  That way when we’re changing his diaper, we don’t have to stretch or bend to reach a new diaper.  Plus it keeps the clutter on top of the dresser to a minimal.

Upper Middle Drawers:

I keep the most used items in the next two drawers so I can reach them without having to bend if he’s on the changing pad.  I placed all of his bibs, burp cloths, receiving blankets in one drawer.  The other one holds his current-sized onsies and socks.  We also put his swaddles in this drawer.  He isn’t a big fan of the swaddle now that he’s a bit older.  It’s still nice to have in arms reach, but we don’t use them as much anymore.

Lower Middle Drawers:

I do get into these drawers a lot, but usually when he’s in his crib or if J is around.  I put his sheets and waterproof mattress protectors in one drawer. His towels and washcloths are in the other drawer.

Bottom Drawers:

Here is where I placed any clothes that are too big right now.  I have them organized by sizes so when he grows into them I can just move them up to the other drawer.  

How do you have your baby’s dresser organized?

I also have plenty of room in his closet for hanging clothes, but he was so little at birth that most of his onsies wouldn’t fit on the baby hangers.  He’ll eventually grow into needing clothes hung up, but we’re not there yet.

Our Little Boy’s Birth Story

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I feel like it’s been months and months since I’ve logged on to write a new post. You see, I’m a planner and I had planned on having our little boy on or really close to his due date. I had all these posts scheduled or just needing finishing touches so it would seem like I wasn’t missing a beat. But this little guy had other plans. He arrived 3 weeks early.

Yep, I had a preemie, something I never thought would happen.

Here’s the story of our little Baby Denton. A lot of our friends don’t even know all the details about his birth or how he was admitted to the NICU at 5 days old. But I’m finally strong enough to talk about it without breaking down in tears. Here’s his birth story…

The start of labor.

On Thursday morning I woke up around 1am thinking I had wet myself. I went to the bathroom so confused. I had heard of women having leaky bladders, but I hadn’t experienced this at all. I thought it was odd that it hit so fast in the middle of the night. I cleaned myself up and went back to bed. Within 30 minutes, I felt it again. Then again 20 minutes later. Finally I decided not to go back to bed. I googled what was going on, which is something I tried not to do the whole pregnancy because Dr. Google can really freak me out!

It sounded like my water had broke from what I had read. I wasn’t having any contractions and felt fine other than slowly leaking fluid. At 8am I called the doctor’s office and was told to come on in. The nurse was telling me that about 99% of the time women think their waters have broke, but in reality it’s just urine and nothing to worry about. The nurse practitioner came in and took one of those Ph papers to test it and it instantly turned bright blue – amniotic fluid.

The doctor had me go to the hospital to check myself in – today was the day our baby was coming! I called J and told him, called my sister, my mom and dad and my best friends. Luckily I had packed our hospital bags the weekend before so that was one worry off my mind.

J and I got to the hospital at the same time and I was taken up to the labor and delivery floor. I hadn’t dilated any and my contractions were weak and far, far apart. They decided to give me a low dosage of pitocin and monitor the baby closely. Every time I would have a contraction, his heart rate would dip a bit. I was told that it wasn’t a concern since they were timed with the contractions.

The delivery.

Flash forward 24 hours and I was barely dilated to a 7am and every time they tried to increase the pitocin through the night, Baby D’s heart rate would dip. So they had to back off of the medicine. The doctor came in around 11am on Friday morning and said that if the heart rate dips too much after a contract that would be a concern he might be under distress.

I understood what he meant and decided to just get comfortable for a long day. Then I had a big contraction and his heart dropped a lot afterwards. I was scared. The doctor came right in and said it was probably time for a c-section. Within seconds I was signing forms and being told what to expect.

I started crying. Not because I was scared, but because it was happening so fast. Really fast. I knew I would be okay with a c-section, I knew it was probably the best option for our baby to be delivered healthy and I knew I was in the best hands. It was just overwhelming.

Within 12 minutes of the doctor coming in, our baby was born.

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He was a healthy baby. He was little since he was 3 weeks early, but he was healthy. We found out why his heart rate was dipping during each contraction – there was a true knot in the umbilical cord. A true knot is not just a twisted cord, but it’s when the cord is actually knotted and cannot be undone. So every time I had a contraction his supply was being cut off.

So scary! After talking with the doctor that if I would have declined the c-section to keep trying, our little boy may not have made it. I still cry thinking about it.

The first doctor’s appointment.

We were discharged on Sunday and had our first pediatrician appointment on Wednesday. I went to the first doctor’s appointment thinking everything was going to be okay, but it wasn’t.

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He had lost 16% of his birth rate, he was yellow and super dehydrated.

The NICU stay.

We were rushed to the NICU over an hour away. He was quickly admitted and hooked up to all of these monitors. I was a mess. I couldn’t stop crying. Here was my precious baby boy hooked to all of these machines.

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I learned that breastfeeding was working for us. He wasn’t getting the nutrients he needed and we needed to supplement.

But God is good and he rebounded so fast. His levels normalized within no time. They were able to remove the bilirubin lights on Friday and they warned me that he might go back a few steps without being under the light, but he didn’t. His numbers actually improved! They removed the feeding tube Friday, too since he had 7 meals eating on his own without needing the tube.

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The hospital was so great and had a lactation specialist come talk to me. She helped me try to breastfeed, which wasn’t easy. Then helped me pump. I wasn’t getting but an 3 ounces a day from pumping. My milk is jacked up!

I never left his side – I slept in the NICU, I showered there and ate in the cafeteria. I would break down anytime I had to leave his room. I was so worried about our little guy.

We were lucky – he was lucky and had God looking over him. It could have been worse. He only needing a feeding tube for a short time and bilirubin lights – that was it. He was discharged on Saturday afternoon. He has been thriving ever since!


Now fast forward and he’ll be a month old in 3 days. We still can’t breastfeed and my milk supply has just continued to drop. Now I don’t even get an ounce a day. I’m taking herbs, drinking teas, drinking lots of water, but still nothing. I’m not giving up though. Every little bit of breastmilk helps and is good for him.



At first I was sad about supplementing with formula, but I realized that as long as our baby is growing and staying healthy that’s all that matters. I can’t punish myself for something I can’t control. I don’t want to be judge by these breastfeeding nazis because I tried. My son is gaining weight, he’s healthy and happy – that is what’s important.

Let’s Be Friends

The nursery is complete and we’re ready for this little boy to make his arrival.  I cannot wait to see what this little boy looks like, to hold him, count his fingers and his toes, and to just be a mother.  It’s been a long 9 months – part of me is so excited to see this journey end, but another part of me will miss the little kicks into my ribs.

Baby boy is so loved and he hasn’t even graced us with his presence yet.

The little boy is due within the next week or so, I would love to share my journey as a new-mom with you. I have a feeling that I won’t be around much on the blog for a few weeks.

Don’t worry I do have a few posts scheduled already, but there won’t be much news on his birth until I get back into a routine.

If you want to follow along with me on my journey to motherhood then follow me on Instagram.  It’s going to be an exciting next couple of weeks and I can’t wait to share a piece of it with you.

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How to Plan for Maternity Leave at Your Work

How to Plan for Maternity Leave at Work

Maternity leave is an important topic to talk about.

Your employer may offer something completely different than your friend’s employer.  Yet, what is the right way to prepare for it?  You want to make sure your job is being done correctly while you’re gone (no matter how long that might be) and your boss wants to make sure there is a chaotic mess left for when you’re gone.

In my job I wear many different hats. One moment I’m the Marketing Director, deciding on emails, facebook campaigns, letters, planning client appreciation events, calling prospective clients, and reaching out to new clients.  The next moment I’m the financial planning assistant, completing paperwork, handling maintenance on clients’ accounts, meeting with new clients, and answering questions. Then  my final hat for the day could be the Sales Director, managing contact with current clients, preparing client touches about any focus we are working on, and so on.

My day can be all over the place and it can be overwhelming at times. But I love it. I love not knowing where my day is going to take me and to know that I can be doing a variety of different tasks. However, it doesn’t make it so easy for when I’m going to be gone. It can be tricky trying to explain to a fellow co-worker how they can help me out. I decided my maternity leave will be easy to follow and nothing would get overlooked. Summers might seem slow in an accounting office, but it’s not for me. That’s when I work on all of my marketing pieces for the entire year, start sending out touches and kick start marketing campaigns. It’s a busy season for me.

One of the best decisions I was to plan for maternity leave at work. I can’t tell you how much of a stress reliever it is to know your work will be taken care of and you won’t have a huge pile when you return.

I wanted to share some helpful tips so you can be ready to leave your work to take care of you and baby. No matter how long your maternity leave is or how short, these tips will work for you.

It’s important to have a plan in place well before the baby is due. You never know if your little one will be making their debut early or not. It’s best to be prepared for the unexpected.

Know Who Will Be Wearing Your Hats.

The first thing you want to do is know who will be covering you. Is it one person or are multiple people going to be splitting your duties? Either way you need to know. I think it’s easier if one person covers because then all of your to-dos and instructions and thoughts are just passed to one individual. However, that may not be feasible. At most offices your cover will already have a full-time job with their own work that needs to get done.

If you have multiple people covering for you then you need to talk to your supervisor or office manager to determine who is going to take care of what. Which parts of your job is person A and person B going to cover.

For me I had two people covering for me. One covered all of my marketing duties while the other covered my financial planning and sales director tasks. I wasn’t too worried about the financial planning side, mainly because she’s been doing it for years and is the person who trained me. So I knew she had it! She could do that job in her sleep!

The marketing pieces were a bit more worrisome for me. I have created a few strategies, mailings, and so on over the past year that all need to be kicked off while I would be gone. So I wanted to make sure they went out without any problems.

Here’s what you do after you figure out how your job will be split:

Write down everything that will need to be done 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after your scheduled maternity leave (just to be safe, remember?). I used an Excel spreadsheet to write down all of my tasks so I could update it as things changed.

Write it all out.

Next, create any procedures that aren’t already made. For me, scheduling our company’s blog posts was something only I have ever done. So I had to create written procedures with clear directions so my replacement could handle. I had to be very, very specific. But that’s okay. You need to be with procedures.

Treat a procedure as if someone off the street was coming in to handle that specific task. You want them to be easy to follow, clear and to the point.

Be specific.

Give specific deadlines. If someone is trying to do their job and yours then you need to give them specific deadlines so they can get it done. Also, you need to give them an idea of how long the task will take them. Keep in mind they don’t do this every day so it may take them longer.

“Mail newsletters on May 27th.” That is a specific deadline.
“Mail newsletters by end of May.” That is not.

The reason you want to give a specific deadline and an idea of how long each task will take is so they can plan the appropriate amount of time to get it done. For me I have marketing letters, emails and touches going out constantly. If something is off a week then I can become annoying to clients and prospects because they are getting touched too often. So I’m very picky about the dates anything goes out. I want to make sure we don’t send anything too close together causing someone to opt-out because they think we send too much information.

Go over everything with your replacement. Schedule an hour or so to go over all of your tasks. Make sure they understand what is expected of them and how to get help if they need it.

Make a copy to give to their supervisor so they will help make sure things are running smoothly.

The next step is very optional, but I am a Type A person so it’s what worked best for me. I took all of the tasks, mailings, blog posts, appointments to be scheduled, etc. and put a note in my Google calendar. That way I could make sure things were getting done at the end of the week with a simple email.

Make it accessible.

Finally, make a folder of all the notes, procedures and daily to-do list that you will be given. That way if you need to add to it, it’s easily accessible. I also liked the idea of having it ready to go just in case I went into labor prematurely and wasn’t going to be there as late as I wanted or thought.

If it’s okay to call you or email you while you’re gone, then let them know. I don’t mind a text, call or email. If I’m busy with baby then I simply won’t answer. However, I would much rather be asked a question before something is done then to learn it wasn’t done the way I wanted.

What did you do to plan for maternity leave?

Why You Should Compare Your Baby’s Health Insurance – How We Saved $1,000 a Year!

Why You Should Compare Your Baby's Health Insurance

Months before our son was born J and I were already thinking of his health insurance. Being first-time parents, we really didn’t know what all we needed to do. We had a ton of questions –

When does the baby’s insurance start?
When do we need to sign up for it?
Should be under my employer, J’s employer or under his own plan?
What all would it cover?
What would be the monthly premium cost?
What should the deductible be?

Too many questions. Luckily, our office has a wonderful insurance lady that I’ve known for awhile. I was able to ask all of my questions to her. So helpful!

Here’s what I would recommend to any new parents:

Ask your HR officer or office manager what the monthly premium cost would be to add your new baby to your plan. Then ask for the details – deductible, what all is covered, etc. They should be able to tell you or find out for you.

Next, have your spouse do the same thing. That way you can compare.

When we did this we found out J’s insurance would be almost double the monthly cost when compared to my office’s insurance.

Finally, talk to an independent insurance agent and have them run a quote for you. They can compare different insurance companies to find a good deal and a plan that will fit you.

Once you have all of the information then you will be able to make an informed decision. Don’t blindly add your newborn to you or your spouse’s plan without doing the work.

You could be costing yourself an extra $1,000 a year!  That’s how much more our insurance cost would have been by adding our son to J’s plan.

We decided on the best plan that fit us, our baby and our budget. We not only looked at the monthly cost, but also the benefits of each plan. How much were the co-pays going to be, what was the in-network and out-of-network deductibles.

If our little one needed prescriptions, we wanted to know the cost we needed to cover.

We also wanted to make sure the pediatrician we wanted was in our network. That way we wouldn’t have to worry about the extra cost.

There are so many aspects to health insurance outside of the monthly cost. So you need to ask around, do your homework and not be afraid to make a decision. You aren’t going to hurt anyone’s feelings by selecting one plan over another.

We ended up saving over $1,000 a year, how much could you save?

Make sure you compare your baby’s health insurance to see what the best options are.

We also didn’t know when to add him to my plan.  After talking with my employer’s insurance agent, we found out that we just need to email her or call her once the baby is here.  She was clear that we could wait until we got home from the hospital since it would probably be the last thing on our minds that day.  That was a relief!

My Pregnancy Must Haves

My Pregnancy must-haves.  I wanted to compile my go-to favorites for when I was pregnant. Now that our little boy is here, it’s nice to think back about that time in my life. Yes, it wasn’t that long ago but it felt like it was a lifetime ago now that I have a newborn at home.

I struggled at the beginning of my pregnancy with being nauseated almost every day and suffering from mind numbing migraines.  I actually had a few other scares at the very beginning, but those quickly passed thanks to my doctor putting me on some medicine.

I was one of those oh-so lucky ladies whose feelings of being nauseated and migraines continued through most of my pregnancy.  As I got closer to the end – I’d say about 5 months along, my heartburn kicked in.  I actually didn’t know what it was at first.  I’ve apparently never had heartburn before so this was a whole new experience for me.

There are so many symptoms that come along with being pregnant …. nausea, fatigue, headaches, aches, leg cramps, back pain, grumpiness, blah feeling about my looks, and dry skin.

I developed a sort of system to deal with my pregnancy symptoms and what to do to handle when I was hungry, or should I say hangry.  I want to share those with you.

Here are my pregnancy must haves:

Prenatal Multivitamin – these are a must.  After talking with my doctor, he didn’t have one brand he recommend over another.  He simply told me to find one that didn’t make me sick and go with it.

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Life Savers hard candy – I’m a huge, huge fan of hard candy.  It reminds me of being a little girl going to church and getting to have a few pieces each Sunday.  These really helped curve my nausea.  It was something flavorful to take my mind off of my sick stomach.

Tylenol – I used Tylenol quite a bit at the beginning.  When I say quite a bit, maybe like 3 a week.  I wasn’t a huge fan of putting medicine in my body while pregnant.  Actually, I’m not a fan even when I’m not pregnant.  But sometimes I had to.  If I would not treat my headaches then they would quickly turn into migraines.  It go so bad that for almost a whole week I wasn’t able to fully function.  J had me call the doctor he prescribed a medicine that had Tylenol, caffeine and something else.  It really kicked my headaches and was totally safe while pregnant.  One little pill and within 20 minutes my headache was lifted.  I still tried hard not to take too many of them.  I know they are totally safe and I have nothing against taking medicine, but I try to stay clear of most medicines because a Tylenol can make me sleepy.  Now this one the doctor gave me had caffeine, so it was so much the sleepy part, but I still tried to avoid it.

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Maternity dress pants – these were a huge life saver for me.  I even shared a post on where I got my favorite maternity pieces.  Working at an accounting firm during tax season while pregnant meant I had to be presentable.  So I found some great pieces that really lasted me.

Leggings and tunics – this was my weekend / week night staple.  I even pulled it off at work a few times.  I just wore my normal leggings, no need for maternity ones for this girl!  I could really pull together a decent outfit without much effort.  So nice for those days I was barely moving.

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Tums – I tried for a long time to not take Tums, but they are safe and my heartburn was awful.  I finally caved and started popping them.  I tried to not take more than 2 a day and I would actually suck on them.  I like the taste of Tums, so it wasn’t too bad.  But I felt like it lasted longer and really helped the moment they hit my tongue.

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Pregnancy pillow – I ended up not using this as much, just because it’s so big.  But it does work great for those that don’t have to share their bed with three dogs. HA!  I purchased this one on Amazon and it really helped cradle my growing bump.  Plus you can twist it to help you have a back support while you’re watching TV in bed.  At the beginning I used it under my legs more than anything.  It really helped with my leg cramps during the night!

What are your go-to pregnancy must haves?

How to Score a Free Breast Pump

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How to Score a FREE Breast Pump

Now that the baby is almost here, the anxiety of being a parent is setting in.  I’m sure I’m not the only first-time mom that feels this way.  I’m not worried about the delivery mainly because I will be in a hospital and know that I can trust God to make sure me and the baby are okay.  However, I am starting to freak out about leaving the hospital.  I’m going to be a mom.  It’s a scary thought!

Deep down I know I will be a great mom and can’t wait to meet my little boy.  But I just want to make sure we have our bases covered.  After having some amazing baby showers, we really did get most of what we need or what we think we’ll need.  One thing still puzzled me … a breast pump.  I really had no experience with them and didn’t know what to look for or what to avoid.  Luckily I had a few friends recently have a baby and they were a huge help.  I had even heard that some insurance will cover the cost of a breast pump, too.

I love a good deal and do you know what’s better than a good deal?

When you can get something for FREE!

So I decided to checkout the possibility of getting a free pump.  Because breast pumps aren’t cheap! They can range anywhere from $150 to $300 depending on the brand, style and gear you get to go with it. That’s a hard pill to swallow when you’re pregnant and the cost of diapers, wipes, clothes, and everything else is starting to sink in.  Now I want to share…

How to score a free breast pump with just a few clicks:

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I really wanted a Medela breast pump after talking to a few people. First, it was a brand I recognized and second, I heard good things about them. So I went to their website where they have a handy look up to see if your insurance covers the cost of a breast pump.

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You enter in the name of your insurance carrier and the state you live in. Then it will take you to suppliers. I clicked on the first one I saw because again, I recognized the name and I tend to overthink things a bit. So it was just easier to go with the first.

For me the first on the list was Aeroflow Breastpumps. You can go to their website and see if you qualify through insurance.  The whole process is really easy. Seriously!

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I filled out my contact information and insurance information. The next day I received an email letting me know which pumps I qualified for.  There were some that were free and some that I could upgrade to for a discounted price. I decided to stick to the 100% free since this was my first-time and I had no idea about any of these.

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They even sent me a few free storage bottles, too!  So excited about that freebie!

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Tip: I would do some research on the different pumps that are offered to you.  That way you can really know the benefits about each one before making a decision.  You may decide it’s worth upgrading to a different pump or doing a breast pump package.  

Tip: When you register for your baby shower, go ahead and add some accessories that fit your free breast pump. I added some medela freezer bags, breastmilk bottle, sterilizer and other goodies.

What’s in My Hospital Bag (Free Checklist)

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What to Pack in Your Labor and Delivery Hospital Bag

It’s getting close.  The time for Baby Boy Rines to make his debut.  To say I’m excited would be an understatement.  I just can’t wait to meet this little one!  

The closer and closer I get the more glad I am to be prepared.  I have my hospital bag packed and ready to go.  I actually have it in my car so that way it’s with me no matter where I am.  You never know when he’s going to be ready so I figured it would be smart just to go ahead and put it in there.  

I’ve been talking with all of my mommy friends about what’s the best pieces to put in the hospital bag.  I’ve compiled a great checklist and would love to share it with you.  

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Even Maggie wanted to get in on the packing!

Here’s what I have in my hospital bag:

  • lanolin
  • nursing pads
  • light robe that opens in the front – I love this one from walmart!
  • nursing bras
  • pump bra
  • breast pump
  • change of clothes – I wanted to stay comfortable and I knew that I would not immediately fit back into my pre-pregnancy clothes.  So I packed a few yoga pants and comfortable t-shirts
  • cardigan
  • maxi pads
  • warm socks
  • hair ties
  • contact lens and solution
  • glasses
  • phone charger
  • camera, battery and battery charger
  • playlist on my phone
  • toiletries
  • flip flops
  • slip on shoes

I also packed a smaller bag for the baby and here’s what I have in there:

  • outfit to go home in
  • sleepers
  • sleep sack
  • breast feeding pillow
  • hat
  • mittens
  • packed diaper bag (see the checklist for what’s in our diaper bag)
  • swaddle
  • pacifier
  • Carseat (it’s actually already installed in our car)

hospital bag

Don’t forget about the man in your life!  I’ve heard those labor rooms can get pretty chilly.  Not to mention the amount of time labor can last, so I packed a few items for J in my hospital bag, too.  

Here’s what J has in the hospital bag:

  • change for the vending machine
  • snacks
  • fleece jacket
  • change of clothes (you never know if he’s going to be able to leave and if it lasts over 24 hours then he’s going to want clean clothes)
  • snacks
  • phone charger
  • iPad and charger

Labor and Delivery Hospital Bag Checklist

I created a FREE downloadable checklist for you to use while your packing your labor and delivery hospital bag.

Our Two Baby Showers

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The last two weekends have been amazing for J, myself and our little boy!  Our families are seriously the best.  My sister and best friend threw me a shower in our hometown for my side of the family and our friends.  Then the very next weekend my sister-in-law and mother-in-law threw us another shower for J’s side of the family and our friends in St. Louis.

We walked away knowing one thing is certain – this boy is sure going to be spoiled!

We were so incredibly lucky to receive all of our big gifts.  Now we just have to finish putting everything away and getting things out of boxes.  J put the crib together on Sunday while I was working on cleaning bottles and organizing the kitchen to give the baby’s stuff a little room.
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One of J’s coworker’s and his wife got us one of the most practical gifts that I would never have thought of.  I mean, it’s so simple but I think it’s going to be a staple in all of my baby shower gifts from now on…. newborn laundry detergent.


I was able to wash all of the blankets, onsies, socks, everything the very next day.  I didn’t have to wait until I ran to the store.  They are washed, dried and put away.  It was perfect!  I never even thought of it before.

Then the very next weekend my Mother-in-Law and Sister-in-Law threw Baby Boy another great shower.  We received so many goodies and as soon as we made the drive home I had J cutting tags and putting things together.  I was too excited to not put everything away in its place.

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I guess they know my love of anything sweet. My MIL made my favorite cupcakes, red velvet and they matched the blue and silver colors of the decorations.  My SIL made a homemade ice cream cake… what!? Soo good!  I may have had a little bit of both.  They had a station setup to decorate a bib for Baby Boy, too.  I didn’t get any snaps of everyone decorating, but I am excited with how they turned out.  It was so smart and now the little one will have plenty of bibs to get him by.

I wanted to share a few pictures from both showers.  I had the best time celebrating little Baby Rines with everyone.