Pack Your Bags

Baby on Board

I am now just under 6 weeks away from my due date, and the anticipation is building as we can’t wait to meet little Hadley! My daughter Tylyn will be 16 months when her sister is born, which made me reluctant to have a baby shower this time around. We certainly do not want our friends and family to feel like we are just mooching off of them for gifts. But my friend and sister insisted on throwing a “sprinkle” < apparently the name of a baby shower for a second baby. This weekend, we will be celebrating little Hadley in the beautiful sunshine and 80 degree weather!

Maybe the celebration for my little H will be as sunny as this sunshine inspired theme.

Being that the “sprinkle” is just a few days away, it has me feeling a little more stressed (in a good and anxious way) about having baby #2. I know there are so many things for us to do before she comes, but I don’t know what all of those things are! So, today I am attempting to put together a list of all of the Glamorous and not so glamorous things that need to be done in preparation for our new little love!

1. Pack my bags… Everything is different the second time around. When I was pregnant with Tylyn, I had all of the time in the world to think about my pregnancy and day dream about meeting our little babe. So, it was only natural that I had read all of the books and lists, and knew exactly what I needed way before I needed to know it. My hospital bags were packed at least 8 weeks before my due date and no necessity was forgotten. And as I am not getting closer to the labor and time in the hospital, I should once again start to pack my bags. Here are some things I know I must have again:
· Headband – I wore a big pink headband with a big pink bow through my entire labor with Tylyn. And although I look like a swollen wildebeest in all of my labor pictures, the only think distracting from my giant face is my pretty headband. Plus it was good at holding my hear back and keeping some of the sweat off my face.
· Furry Socks – Another great luxury. If all I get to glam up my “open in the back” hospital gown is a pink headband and a pair of fuzzy pink socks then I am going ALL IN!
· Toiletries – deodorant, toothbrush, tooth paste, hair brush, body soap, little shampoo and conditioner bottles and of course my make up! Once the labor was all said and done, and I finally was able to take a bath, I was very thankful that I brought my own toiletries rather than having to use the generic soap that the hospital had to offer. Birthing a baby takes a major toll on your body – obviously, so smelling good in the aftermath is really at the top of my list! And being able to put a little make up on truly made me feel 100 times more beautiful even if in reality it only helped my appearance a mere 10%.
· Nursing Bras – Having these in the hospital bags, makes it a little less awkward to nurse while you have visitors, doctors and nurses coming and going from your room all day. All modesty goes out the window when you become a nursing mommy!
· Nursing Pads and other pads
· Outfit to wear home – for some reason, I packed several sweat pants and t-shirts, thinking I was going to be changing my clothes often throughout my hospital stay. In reality, the only time I put on real clothes was just before I was discharged. So, this time, I am going to find myself a discharge outfit that is just as cute as what we will be bringing baby home in- maybe matching…?
· Baby Outfit/ Big Sister Outfit – I am so excited to have 2 little girls close in age, mostly so I can dress them alike. So I will be going shopping to find the perfect matching outfits for the girls to wear when we leave the hospital. Maybe something donning the titles of “Big Sis” and “Little Sis”. The hunt is on.
· Camera/Cell phone/chargers – Some of the best footage we have of our daughter’s birth is on my husbands iphone. We watch it often to remind us what a perfect day it was!
· Dad’s Bag – Change of clothes, snacks, water bottle,

This diagram is the perfect reminder of must haves!

2. Pregnancy Photo’s, Infant Pictures and Birth Announcements: I have been scouring Pinterest for some of the best baby related birth announcements and infant photo’s and have found a few shots I must recreate.

Family Hand Portrait! So sweet.

Peaceful new born pic of LOVE 🙂

Sister love 

If I do do a pregnancy portrait or 2 it will be like this.

Or like this.

I adore this picture and must recreate it with Hadley.

And lastly this precious photo op!

3. Get a big girl car seat for Tylyn
4. Get a new bouncer and baby bath seat: Last summer, when Tylyn was an infant, my husband and I were traveling around the US with her and before we made our final voyage home, we downsized from some of the many baby items that we had been traveling with. In hindsight we shouldn’t have donated these must have items, but we honestly weren’t thinking we would have another infant again so soon. Live and learn…
5. Reread Babywise! The principles are so ingrained in my mind, but a refresher is not only a good idea, but the perfect was to ease some of my anxieties about having an infant again (and this time with the added challenge of a toddler by my side).
6. Nesting
a. Hang Up photo’s and ready baby’s bed/area- As we live in a basement, we have to be extra creative about the sleeping arrangement and layout of all baby’s things in our “home”. Tylyn is still sleeping in her crib, and we will keep her there at least until Hadley is 6 months. This means, Hadley, like her big sis, will get to spend the first 6 months of her life sleeping in first, the Moses basket, and then the pack-n-play! I will also have to rearrange everything to give both girls their own space, on opposite sides of the room (so as to hopefully not disturb each other’s sleep schedules). As part of this mini reno, I desperately need to hang up some photo’s that are currently just lying in a box.
b. Hang Curtains
c. Paint chest of drawers

Of course there are lots of other things I am not even thinking about. But tackling this list should keep me plenty busy for a week or 2!