5 Crucial Items to Pack in Your Hospital Bag

First off, let me start by saying that I am currently putting off packing my bag for the twins arrival because I am a creature of habit and I usually wear the same hand full of clothes over and over and I really, really don’t want to be living out of a bag for the next couple of weeks. But when I do finally bite the bullet and pack, here are five things that I will not be forgetting and if you are soon to be packing your hospital bag, please don’t forget these crucial items! They will make what is sure to be an uncomfortable stay, a little more bearable. Also this post contains affiliate links so make sure you check them out!

1. Your Pillow! Have you ever seen a hospital pillow? It’s sad really, it’s so thin and puny. Just trust me, PACK YOUR OWN. Here is my all time favorite pillow and yes it’s a cooling pillow😍

Reversible Memory Foam Cooling Pillow 

2. A Gown. I’m not really a gown person, I prefer shorts and a t shirt but there is a pretty good chance you aren’t going to want anything with a fitted waist band anywhere near your body for a while, especially the day after giving birth. And if you have a c-section, I’m sure you’d rather die than put on pants. Check out this super comfy nursing gown!

Baby Be Mine 3 In 1 Labor/delivery/Nursing Hospital Gown Maternity
3. Entertainment. Whatever it is you do in your spare time, bring it because there is a possibility that you will be laying in a bed awaiting the grand entrance of your little bundle of joy for hours on end. Then again, maybe not but it’s always better to be prepared. I had playing cards and thankfully so. I was in labor for 22 hours, 17 of which I was confined to the bed. Sudoku puzzles and word searches are also great so make sure to grab some here!

Ultimate Mind Games: With Over 400 Puzzles (Puzzle Books)
4. Toilet Paper. Okay, I know what you’re thinking but just hear me out. After giving birth you don’t want anything near the area but that doesn’t change the fact that you will still have to use the bathroom. Hospital toilet paper is like the most thin, roughest toilet paper ever and that’s definitely not what I want right after I push out a whole tiny human. I’m super picky with toilet paper so this is my brand of choice.

Charmin Ultra Soft Mega Roll Toilet Paper, 24 Count

5. Fan. I am a needy sleeper. It has to be cool, dark and I have to have noise. (And I complain about my child being a needy sleeper, she gets it honest🙄) Now, at home I sleep with a big box fan and a ceiling fan. Obviously these things are not sensible, however they do make smaller fans that would be the perfect size for a hospital room and you best believe this go around, I will take one! This fan is our favorite considering how lightweight it is!

Mainstays 20″ Box Fan, Black

These are the things I will definitely be packing on my second go around but I am always interested in know what other mamas can’t live without during child birth.

What are some things you pack in your hospital bag? Make sure to comment because I may be forgetting something important. After all, I’m currently suffering from pregnancy brain… BAD!

Can’t wait to hear from you mamas💕

The twins FINALLY have Names💙

As many of you know, my husband and I are expecting twins! We are approaching the 32 week mark and it seems as if time has flown by. My pregnancy has been filled with a ton of doctors appointments here with my regular OB, a Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist, and a Fetal Cardiologist. We have been going to a doctors office at least once a week since October. How annoying right?

Although that’s is what’s best for these boys! They are what’s called Monochorionic-Diamniotic (Mono-Di) which means they have separate sacs but they share one placenta which puts them at high risk for TTTS. Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome is when one twin takes more nutrients than the other and causes uneven growth. Luckily, the boys have been within 1% of each other and have weighed in at almost exactly the same every two weeks! They are growing great and we are hoping to have a normal delivery here with our regular OB (because Dr. Borders is simply the bomb).

Everything with this pregnancy is going great except for the fact that we have struggled to settle on names for these two stinkers. However, I think we can finally say that we have decided! We like unique names and we want all our babies to have special, uncommon names so with that being said….

In approximately 4 (ish) weeks we will welcome MEMPHIS and NASHVILLE Smith!

We haven’t fully decided on middle names because choosing first names has been nothing short of agonizing, (I really don’t know why we struggled so much this time) but at least we will be able to call them by name instead of Baby A and Baby B. Which is simply a relief! A huge weight lifted💙

We are still on the lookout for middle names so comment or email us with your suggestions💙 We would love to hear what you would pair with these two unique names!

Baby Shower Shenanigans

So from the moment we were told that we were having twins I haven’t been able to think about much more than just that. We are having TWO babies at ONE time. We would need doubles of a lot of things and we had just recovered from having our first baby!

Just kidding, but seriously, how are we going to afford TWO at one time? I just hoped and prayed that everything we needed would just fall out of the sky. HaHa!

Well it definitely didn’t just fall into our laps but we have been extremely blessed with amazing family and friends who recently showered our little family with tons of gifts for the boys! We are so grateful for all the things we received and we absolutely cannot wait to use everything when the boys arrive.

Clothes, Bath supplies, changing pads, blankets, car mirrors, boppies, tons of diapers and wipes, and MUCH more! We could never thank everyone enough. I understand that it’s flu season and there are so many things that are pulling people in a thousand different directions but I wanted to say a very special thank you to everyone who took the time out of their busy schedules to spend a little time with us.

Here are a few pictures of the shower and some of the great things we got!

Prodromal Labor and How I Cope

Prodromal labor is another word for pre-labor and consists of some early signs that labor might be near. It begins much like traditional labor but doesn’t result in birth.

Prodromal labor sucks. Plain and simple. It’s contractions, REAL contractions that don’t even do their job right! Like seriously? Braxton Hicks are one thing but now we have to suffer through real contractions all for nothing.

That’s right, you heard it. Some women don’t have any trouble at all but if you are like me, I had this pesky little pre-labor with my daughter and now I get to enjoy it with the twins.

When I was pregnant with Reagan, I had a small episode of preterm labor at about 24 weeks that we were fortunate enough to get stopped, Thank GOD! I was dilated to a one from this point on. At about 35-36 weeks I started having prodromal labor. It came and went every single day and I was exhausted (or so I thought). However, at this time I was simply a stay at home wife with no other children and only about 900 square feet of house to clean so I was able to rest and sleep through most of the annoying pre-labor symptoms.

Now that we are in round two… I have a one year old who has recently mastered walking (speed walking to be exact) and i’m pregnant with twins. At 29 weeks, with both boys measuring a week ahead, I am as big and uncomfortable as I was the day my water broke with my daughter (39 weeks).

For the past few days, I have started to experience the same issues. Consistent contractions, cramps, back pain and irritability. These things simply do not mix with a one year old who still doesn’t sleep through the night and usually refuses to nap during the day. So how do I cope with these annoying symptoms? Well here’s a few things I try to do since relaxing and resting are off the table with Reagan on the loose:

  1. I drink a ton of water. Water is good for everything right?
  2. I try to distract myself with light house work.
  3. I focus on playing with my little girl. After all, our time alone together is quickly approaching it’s expiration date.
  4. If my situation allows, I take a hot shower to relax my muscles and help with the back pain.
  5. Then, if I just can’t seem to shake it, I will ask my wonderful mom for help. I wouldn’t know what to do without her, she is a lifesaver!

It’s so very important to me to try and keep my complaining to a minimum because there are mothers who don’t have a chance to to make it this far and experience these late pregnancy symptoms. No matter how hard and annoying it is to go day to day with these annoying inconveniences, I would much rather have to go through each of them than have to watch my babies struggle and fight because they came too early. But hey, it wouldn’t be pregnancy if I didn’t complain a little.

Hopefully these few things can help you guys to cope and as always this is not medical advice and if you experience things you aren’t comfortable handling on your own, it is always a good idea to be checked out just in case. My motto for any pregnancy is I’d rather be safe than sorry. Just remember when experiencing these things, you are not alone. There is at least one other mama right here suffering beside you.

Do you guys have any other ways of coping with pregnancy pains? I’d love to hear them so make sure you comment and share cause we are all in this together.

Love and prayers for each of you and your sweet babes today!

Counting Down 

So here we are 9 days from our due date and we are as anxious as can be. Constantly on edge, continually thinking “If she comes today…” and all the things that come along with being in arms reach of meeting your child for the first time. 

As I stopped to think about it, I realized that I have been so wrapped up in absolutely nothing but “I hope Reagan comes today”. And I don’t apologize for my excitement because who wouldn’t be totally stoked that their life was about to be completely and totally turned upside down? But I did in fact realize that it’s almost Christmas and other people have things going on in their lives as well and I’m more than likely getting on some peoples nerves. Possibly even my husbands… 

so I decided that I was going to make a list of things for my wonderful hubby and myself to do each day to sort of pass the time. Give us something to look forward to every day instead of simply sitting around whining because our baby hasn’t made her grand entrance. So I thought each night I would share with everyone how we are managing to wait patiently (yeah, right) on our sweet Princess to arrive! 

Some nights (most nights) are simple and corny because Michael doesn’t get home until 7pm and we generally like to be in bed between 9-9:30 (laugh all you want, we simply enjoy sleeping). 

Tonight was Domino night! We enjoyed some pasta and Big Bang Theory and then Michael taught me how to play Dominos. And judge me if you want, I LOVED it! And I won which always makes for a great time! But we laughed and simply enjoyed each other’s company without any interruptions and it was just what I needed to get my mind off of everything that’s been going on. It even got my mind off of how bad my house needs to be cleaned. 

The way I see it, the cleaning can wait. I spent my evening with the man of my dreams laughing and playing like two teenagers falling in love for the first time. It’s moments like these that will always hold a special place in my heart! 

Waiting on Reagan

Dear whoever will listen to me whine,

So they say the last few weeks of pregnancy last forever… all I have to say is AMEN! 

I’m 37 weeks as of today and I have been at a 1 for 6 weeks now. On and off contractions, back pain galore and no sleep. What a great fashion statement that is considering I work in fashion/retail and it is my job to “look cute” on a daily basis. 

They tell you things to expect when you’re pregnant and I’m thankful for my What To Expect When Expecting book but it’s been telling me since day one that my feet will swell and throughout my whole pregnancy I had no swelling whatsoever then BAM… took my shoes off at the bank one day (while I was waiting) and 20 minutes later I found myself not being able to stuff what used to be my feet back into my cute little flats. Or here’s my favorite, “get all the sleep you can because you won’t get any when the baby arrives”… what do I have to say about this? BULL! I haven’t slept in daysssss. And my husband wonders why I’m ill all the time. 

Apart from this same pity party I throw myself everyday, I’m terrific and I can’t wait to see my little girl! No seriously, I cannot wait. Considering threatening my doctor when I see her tomorrow… just kidding. But how do you think she’ll feel about a bribe? 

Sincerely,

A pregnant lady having one of those days.