Thursday, February 26, 2015

Packing The Hospital Bag.

The nursery is done and now the hospital bag just needs to be packed. I remember last time we went through this process, I brought way too much stuff. We had two bags and then a food bag. It was a little ridiculous and we didn't even touch most of the food I had brought like the 3 cans of soup I got "just in case". #firsttimer.  In preparation of the hospital this time, I have really tried to simplify and only bring what we absolutely need.  Here's what I'm bringing for the big day. 

For Mom: 

  • Insurance information, hospital forms, and pediatrician information. 
  • 1 flannel shirts that are easy to throw on and make nursing easier. 
  • 1 zip-up hoodie in case the hospital is chilly at night. I'll be bringing this one
  • 1 sports bra and 1 nursing bra. 
  • 1 nursing tank. I love these
  • Comfortable underwear.
  • Socks with traction for walking the halls or just keeping warm.
  • Going home outfit. I'm hoping that its warm and I can throw on a maxi dress with a cardigan because I know trying to figure out what size pants that will fit me will be tricky and annoying. 
  • Flipflops for the shower. 
  • Cell phone and charger.
  • Camera and charger. 

Travel Size Toiletries: 

  • Yes to Carrots Gentle Cleansing Wipes: I hate not being able to wash my face or at least clean up a bit, especially if I'm going to be laboring for hours, so these will be a great and easy way to remove grim, make-up and sweat. 
  • Coconut Milk Shampoo and Conditioner: I really like this OGX brand because its sulfate-free and I love the smell. Plus, with the weather being so dry-or maybe its just me-I need something that moisturizes. 
  • Dove go fresh Cucumber & Green Tea Bodywash: Smells good and again, is gentle and moisturizing, which is what I'm in desperate need of this winter. 
  • Deep Action Cream Cleanser: I just love this product. 
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Razor.
  • Make-up bag. 
  • Hairbrush and hairdryer

For the babe. 

  • Carseat. We are using Sawyer's britax
  • Going home outfit. I got bought him a little monogramed outfit from this cute etsy store
  • A second outfit.
  • Mittens and hat. 
  • Swaddle blanket. We are using Sawyer's old Aden + Anais. 
  • My breast friend. Oh my gosh, am I bringing this. I hated using the boppy and found it completely useless when breastfeeding. I'm a true believer/lover of the breastfriend and won't be going back. And PS-this would be a great gift for any new Mom.

For Husband:

  • Extra pair of clothes.
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • Snacks. 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Taking Stock.

Sawyer's first snowman.
Making: Time for friends, husband, and Sawyer before baby. I know that once this little one gets here, I'll be housebound for a bit, so I'm trying to soak up these last few days and moments before life hands as us an all new normal. 

Cooking: Blue Apron meals! I started doing Blue Apron about a month ago because I hate wasting food and making last minute grocery store runs. Blue Apron gives us just the right amount of food and a little left over for lunch the next day. Plus, I'm a huge wimp and hate going out in the cold. 

Drinking: Water, water, water. 

Reading: What Alice Forgot and I'm loving it.

Wanting: Warmer weather, but isn't everybody?

Looking: Forward to meeting the little dude. 

Playing: and dancing with Sawyer. I think the biggest blessing about playing and re-playing Ed Sheeran's hit, Thinking Out Loud, is that yesterday, Sawyer came up to me and sang, "Maybe we found love right where we are." And there goes my heart. :) 

Wasting: Time reading.

Wishing: For one more date night before baby. 

Enjoying: Life in this moment and trying to take everything in before we move on to our new reality. 

Liking: This piko shirt. I bought it in hopes that it'll be a good postpartum/breastfeeding shirt. Plus, you can't beat the price. 

Wondering: When little man will make this debut. 

Loving: Sawyer and Z's snowman and the father/son bonding time they have when they go out to shovel snow. Sawyer loves being with his Papa and I love seeing the relationship that they have. 

Hoping: For a wonderful spring and summer.

Wearing: normal clothes again! I'm still daydreaming about everything I'll buy once baby comes. Goodbye baby bump and hello new spring and summer apparel! 

Following: Mad Men. Z and I just started watching an episode a night and are really loving it. 

Noticing: How precious Sawyer is and how proud he makes me. 

Knowing: That I have one more month as a Mama of 1. 

Marveling: At how I'm already 36 weeks today. Time is flying! 

Thinking: About hosting book club on Thursday and Supper Club on Friday. I can't wait, but really need to get to shopping and meal-planning! 

Feeling: Tired and achy. Thank God for chiropractors because my back has been killing me throughout the last few weeks. 

Bookmarking: Winter coats. I really need a new winter coat for next year and they are all on sale now. I'm thinking about getting this one

Opening: a bottle of the honey wine that we got in Savannah last September to celebrate the arrival of baby #2. 

Giggling: over Sawyer's cute little expressions and sayings. 

Feeling: Ready. 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Valentine's Day 2015

I'm not a huge Valentine's Day person and we usually do something simple to celebrate like ordering pizza and watching a movie at home. But this year was a little different.

We didn't do anything spectacular in any sense of the word, but it differed from the rest because this year, Sawyer was really into celebrating, so we tried to think of ways to make it special for him, which in turn made it meaningful for us. And finally, I think this year was different because it hit me that it would be our last holiday as a family of three. I can't believe just next month our littlest babe will be here. I swear time seems to be speeding up.

But since it was our last holiday and I'm sentimental about that, I wanted to share and remember all the little ways in which we were able to celebrate this last Valentine's Day together.

Friday night, Z got home and Sawyer was already on a Valentine's Day high. He had received his first Valentines' from school and was so proud that that he had given his friends a treat as well. He kept exclaiming all the way home, "And then I gave them goldfishes too!"
(I found these cute and free printables here and just taped them on to mini goldfish packets.)
But when he saw Z, Sawyer said that he wanted to see the cow at Chick-fil-a, so we went and it turned out to be a lot of fun. The cow was there greeting customers at the door and Sawyer's face immediately lit up as he walked in waving and high-fiving him. They also had a pink clown there handing out balloon animals and Sawyer kept saying throughout dinner, "Look at the princess! Look at the princess" It was sweet, low-key, and perfect.

Saturday, I heated up waffles-fancy, I know-and then cut Sawyer's strawberries into hearts. I also made a "Valentine's Day" juice by adding red food coloring to his orange juice. He thought it was incredible and kept pointing out all the other hearts that he saw throughout the morning saying, "Like strawberry hearts!" 

Mid-morning, we ventured to Sugar Shack and had Sawyer pick out a little Valentine's treat. He was adamant the white doughnut with colored sprinkles was the one he wanted and we ate them right when we got in the car. We couldn't wait to get home. I mean who could when you have a doughnut with sprinkles on them?!

Saturday night, Z made salmon, sprouts, and twice-baked potatoes. I was so proud of Sawyer because he's normally incredibly picky, but he ate and tried everything. 

That night after bed and bath time, Z and I sat down and watched our wedding video. I remember that day so well and the video brought back a lot of precious memories and made me appreciate how far we've come and how well he loves us. I really couldn't ask for a better husband and friend. 

I hope you all had a wonderful and memorable weekend as well. Even if you aren't married, but are single or engaged, I just hope that Saturday you were able to eat a lot of candy and feel a lot of love. That's what I think the holiday is really all about. xo

Thursday, February 12, 2015

What I'm Reading: Big Little Lies & Banana Muffin Recipe

I just finished Big Little Lies and loved it. It was suspenseful, witty, and engaging. I literally couldn't put it down. I'd either stay up late to just finish one more chapter or skip doing errands in order to read it during Sawyer's nap time. I definitely recommend it, especially if you are looking for something that will hook you right from the start.

And while I was reading, I started to get a craving for muffins. One of the characters was always bringing muffins to her friends, so I decided to whip up a batch last night. I found this recipe on Cooking Light and really liked it. The only thing I changed was adding a teaspoon of cinnamon to the mix and then making them into muffins instead of a standard bread loaf. If you want to do that as well, I found that cooking them for 25 minutes at 350 was the perfect amount of time. 

Has anyone else read anything good lately? I think next on my list is What Alice Forgot, but would love recommendations as well. 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

If I Could Shop...

I haven't been shopping since November, which has been great on my wallet, but I'm dying to wear regular clothes again and pick up a few new pieces for spring. If I could shop though, these are the pieces I'm loving:

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

A Twist on a Gender Reveal

It feels so strange to be writing about our gender reveal months later, but I wanted to write about how Z and I found out and how we celebrated before our big party.

I wanted to do something a little different than biting into a cupcake and I knew that we were going to be cutting into a cake with our families later in the month, so I decided to ask a restaurant here in DC to do signature cocktails. Blue mocktail if it was a boy and pink for a girl. I called the restaurant, Jaleo, a few days in advance to make sure they could do it and then right when we got there we handed the envelope to the manager. Since the manager was in on the gig, he was so sweet and gave us a private table away from the rest of the restaurant. It made the whole thing feel extra special and I loved being able to find out the news alone.  I remember being so anxious sitting there waiting and wondering what it was going to be. Then the moment came and this is what we got:

One was a blueberry lemonade and the other was a blueberry smash, which turned a little pink so they added blueberries on top as to not to confuse us. So we sipped and laughed and enjoyed.

I loved our experience so so much. It was just us and we were able to celebrate our upcoming addition with a nice meal and a fun drink. Just us two. I wouldn't have it any other way and think we'll do it again in the future too.

How did you find out the gender? Any fun traditions that you have? 

Saturday, January 31, 2015

February Goals.

Before I move on, here are my January goals revisited:

Friendships: Have a couple over for dinner and make a meal for a friend who just had a new baby. We had people over twice and it was great. Really focusing on friendship and community this year.

Reading: Read a new book every month with an emphasis on non-fiction books. (I find that I tend to read more fiction and I want to steer away from that and focus more on biographies, histories, and cultures.) Read   Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. Eh, it was a miss for me. 

Parenting: Have a fun getaway/outing with Sawyer. Water park day with Sawyer. Still such a fun memory

New Baby: Get a bassinet stand. Check. 

Health: Workout at least twice a week and drink only water with the exception of one cup of decaf coffee a day. (I set up google reminders for this, so hopefully I can hold myself accountable.) Gave up my cup of decaf and went with a cup of Red Raspberry tea every morning and happy to have set the google reminders to work out because I averaged 4xs a week of being able to get to the gym. Most of the time this meant just 30 minutes on the treadmill, but hey, I'm taking it. 

Spiritual: Wake up early to read a psalm every morning and write 3 things I'm grateful for in my gratitude journal. (I was so good about this in November and then it fell off the wagon. I really want to go back to this because it was such a great way to start the day and gave me a more positive outlook.) FAIL! Complete fail. I didn't even make it one day. Oops. We did make it to church every Sunday though and were able to volunteer in Sawyer's Sunday School, so little victories. 

And now, we move on.. 
(Thanks to these cold temps, I'm wishing I was back here in Miami.)
February Goals: 
February is full of trying to see friends and wrapping up work stuff. I'm hoping this month will be focused on enrichment. Doing things that will better my life and cherish this last full month baby-free. 

Friendships: Host Supper Club this month and host a big playdate. (Last month, I invited 5 girls over for a big playdate with our kiddos. It was a great starting point at really building friendships with girls that I've been wanting to get to know for over a year now. Hoping to have time to have them all over again.)

Reading: I'm hosting book club this month and picked Big Little Lies. Excited to dig in.

Husband: Reaching out to him via text during the day to tell him I love him or appreciate something about him. I really feel like I lucked out in the marriage department and want to be better at speaking out my gratitude and thankfulness daily. 

Parenting: A lot of one-on-one time with Sawyer. 

New Baby: Print artwork. My friend whose an amazing interior designer found a nursery inspiration photo for me that I absolutely fell in love with. Especially this large print of a puppy. But of course, when I found that exact print online it was over $1,000. Thankfully, my other friend whose a graphic designer made me something really similar and personalized for baby boy. Really so thankful for that. Now, I just need to find a nice print shop to get it printed and framed. 

Health: Give up sugar and continue to work out at least 2xs a week. Giving up sugar will be HARD and  I'm sure I'll fail, but I'm still going to give it my best shot. A huge reason for doing this is because I want to have increased energy and giving up sugar helps with that. No more sugar rises and crashes, so energy levels apparently stay pretty consistent all day. Plus, it helps with skin and that's a benefit too.

Spiritual: Pray more as a family. 
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