What the hell do I pack in my hospital bag?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Let me be honest I had absolutely no idea what to pack in mine or baby girls hospital bag, seriously CLUELESS. Between searching Pinterest, asking friends, and the list the hospital gave me I was going to need a whole luggage set.  Although I am usually a huge over packer I wanted to make sure that I didn't have a whole bunch of junk that I didn't need to lug home and put away after baby girl arrived. I am sure I still over packed to some extent but this is what I feel comfortable with, so here goes.

For me:

- Toiletries
- Makeup/hair supplies (throwing in last minuet)
- Maxi pads/Nursing pads
- Hemorrhoid and nipple cream
- Nursing Bra
- Two comfortable night outfits
- Going home outfit (yoga pants and top)
- Robe
- Granny Panties
- Slippers
- Flip flops

For baby:

-Two different outfits
- Paci and holder
- Swaddle blanket
- Mittens
- Socks/booties
- Boppy Pillow

Nate is in charge of grabbing all of the electronics (camera, computer, and chargers) before we leave. Hopefully he can handle that since everything else is ready to go.


Baby B's Nursery

Thursday, August 28, 2014

I will be the first to admit as soon as I found out I was pregnant I started daydreaming about what I wanted a nursery would look like. From the very beginning I knew that I didn't want the room to have a theme. You know, I didn't want there to be flowers/pink galore or baseballs on every wall. As soon as we found out we were having a baby girl I immediately had a vision where I wanted her room to be bright, happy, airy, and full of color. When I mean full of color I mean FULL of color. Also because we live in a rent house I didn't want to spend a whole lot of money on her nursery and Nate didn't want me to either.  This is where the DIY overload set in, pretty much everything you see in the room beside the crib was made or repurposed from something that we already had bringing our total expense for the nursery to literally around $130.  If you know me I pride myself on the deals that I can find or create so I am definitely proud of how her nursery turned out.

The dresser which I have had since I can remember was being used as pretty much storage in my office. Since the office is now the nursery there was no need for the storage and now makes the perfect changing table. It really is amazing what a little bit of paint can do, before this dresser just looked old and now.... well you can see. 

For her collage wall, the frames and the pennant flag I already had on hand. I created the wall art used in the frames and added an images from our maternity session also. I found a faux deer mount on etsy that was solid pink that I loved but I did not love the price tag.  So, Nate so generously gave up one of his many that he had just laying around and I bagged/taped off the antlers and spray painted it bright pink. I did not want the wood showing on the back of the mount like you typically would see in a European mount so we improvised and drilled a piece of wood with a picture hanging hook right into the back of the skull (this this isn’t going anywhere). This is probably my favorite part of the whole room. 

Of course we had to add a little silhouette of her big brother in there :) 

This chair has been in our family for a very LONG time.  For years I have been telling my mom that I wanted the chair and now was the perfect time to take it.  As a gift my grandma took the chair and had it painted and had new fabric that I had picked out put on it. Isn't it stunning!!

My Aunt is an amazing seamstress and for every baby that is born in our family she makes a quilt for them.  Like I said before I didn’t want it to be too matchy in the room so I sent her some ideas of what I like. I don’t think this is her idea of a quilt she would like to make but I am absolutely in love with it.  She also made our wedding quilt for us and surprised me and included pieces from that quilt as well as a little piece of my great grandmother and my grandpa in there. Couldn’t of imaged anything more beautiful.

I love being able to have things in her room that have meaning behind them. Pretty much everything you see up on her self is something special that was given to baby girl or has been part of my family. It is the story behind all of these things, big or small that makes it so much better than just regular decor on a shelf.

Old frame, some spray paint, sting, and clothes pins..... bam you have a headband holder.

I found a mobile almost exactly like this on easy that I wanted but didn't want to pay the price so my sister made this for me and gave it to me as part of my baby shower gift!! It is so perfect.


Baby Shower #2

Saturday, August 16, 2014

It is so amazing to me how much love Baby B has been shown and she isn’t even here yet. Baby shower #2 was just as amazing as the first one. This shower was held in Fayette at the gorgeous JJ Folly Bed and Breakfast located just outside of Fayette. I would recommend anyone to stay there while they are in town or to host any small events, you wont be disappointed I promise. It was the perfect day and Baby B and I had so many close friends and family around us. Some even traveled in from Louisiana, I felt loved for sure.  Two of my best friend Julie and Jennifer threw the shower for me and they blew I out of the water. They knew how much I loved COLOR and incorporated it into the shower as well as so many amazing details. My mother in law and sister in law also never seize to amaze me.  They create an awesome diaper cake, baby bouquets, and TONS of awesome onesies. Needless to say after leaving the shower Baby girl is more than ready to make her entrance. 

Thank you to Sybil my sister in law for helping me capture the day!

The cake was so gorgeous and tasted even better than it looked. 

Cake pops... need I say more!

The super crafty work of my mother in law and sister in law. The bouquets were made out of wash cloths and sock. The diaper cake.... well what wasn't it made out of. 

I mean the odds are in her favor :) 

Yes, we played the baby food tasting game at this shower as well. Most all of these were pretty tasty and I managed to only get 2 wrong and won the game. Look out motherhood I got this :)

Just a little of my excitement when I opened the gorgeous diaper bag that a group of my friend got me! TOTALLY SURPRISED

Thank you so very much to every single one of you amazing ladies who showed Baby B and I with so much love. I can't thank you all enough!

And thank you to these ladies (next two pics) who made my baby shower everything I could of imagined and more. I am so thankful for each one of you and don't know what I would do without you!


Free closet divider download

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Hello mommies or soon to be. I went back and fourth trying to decide if I should just purchase closest dividers or to make them myself. Well, lucky for you I decided to go ahead and make them myself as I did so many DIY's for baby girls room why stop now. This fun, full of color, and unisex design will be perfect in any baby girl or boys closet. I ordered the actually closet hangers from amazon and after shipping cost me $5.56 and arrived in just a couple of days.

(click on image to view item)

After reading some of the reviews I was a little nervous they wouldn't fit our closet rod but after getting them in they fit perfectly.  My closet has the the wooden rod and is about 4 inches in diameter so if you are close to this you should be good to go. 

To download all you have to do is click on the image below and save. From there you can print directly to some card stock and glue or modgepodge to the hangers. 


Baby Shower number 1

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Ever since we set the date for my shower in February I have been looking forward to it ever since.  I had no idea how special and thankful I would feel after going to my very first baby shower. Baby B received so many wonderful gifts I can't even being to explain how awesome all of them were. You will see some of them in my nursery post in a couple of week... be super excited for that post. My sister, best friend, and Aunt worked very hard to put this baby shower together and it all turned out absolutely perfect. Here is a little look at some of the details. 

Cake pops of course... they knew the way to my heart! 

Kirsten made these cookies for my bachelorette party and every since them I have been IN LOVE with them. I might have eaten 3....4.... or 5 of them at the baby shower. UGH they were so good I couldn't stop. 

Yes, we did the baby food tasting game and I got 3 of them correct. Not too bad if you ask me but...... do you see number 6 up there? That is the worst thing that I have ever tasted in my life. There was actually some gagging going on during this game all because of number 6. My was Tuna but it smelled and looked a lot like wet dog food. I can't remember exactly what it was but I do remember it was a mix of a whole meal including meat.... GROSS!

The favors and the bank were the most adorable things ever. I was so excited when I saw that the "guest book" was the little bank and that I would be able to display it in Baby B's room. 

A couple of fun presents... My sister had a hard time focusing the camera during present opening :) 

The guess had to tare off a piece of streamer to the length they though would fit around my belly. This game made for quite a few laughs and was not as easy as it looked. I tried it and failed big time. 

Thank you so so much to these lovely ladies for putting so much times into my shower. I couldn't of imagined it to be any better love you all so much!


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