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I feel like I have a much better grasp this time around on what I really need to take with me to the hospital. With Maddox (you can see what I packed here) I feel like I over did it because I was a first time mom without a clue!

Now I've packed a little more minimally and included things I didn't the first time, but I wished I had. Most importantly, pack items that will make YOU feel comfortable and at peace to make birth and the rest of your hospital stay as lovely as possible.

Now I just need Baby Girl to get this show on the road!!! Her due date is Friday! 

Also, I am planning on having another vaginal delivery so you may need other necessities for a c-section. Keep that in mind, but the hospital does provide you with quite a bit that you need for post birth self care. Make sure to ask your nurses for extras to take home.

For me
  • robe
  • socks
  • $1 flip flops 
  • comfy clothes
  • coming home outfit
  • nursing bras
  • nursing pads
  • disposable granny panties (I swear these are the worst part, but come in handy!)
  • toiletries (makeup remover wipes, lip balm, hair ties, shamp/cond, body wash, deodorant, toothbrush/paste, minimal makeup and my ride or die, rosehip oil spray! I get so dry in the hospital I used this spray to perk myself up a bit).  
  • ipad
  • bluetooth speaker
  • chargers
  • snacks. With Maddox I had back labor and contractions for 19 hours before they finally broke my water. Snacks come in handy (lara bars, crackers, trail mix) and your favorite candies (gum, chewy candies)
  • mini bottle of champagne (this is a celebration y'all!)
For Jon
  • his toiletries
  • pillow
  • change of clothes
  • pj's
  • slippers
For Baby Girl
  • swaddle blankets
  • paci
  • diapers/wipes
  • onesies
  • socks/hat
  • bows!!!!!!!!
  • coming home outfit
  • coming home blanket
  • car seat
  • insurance/hospital paperwork
  • birth plan
  • nurses gifts. This is what I gave last year with Maddox and the ladies loved it! This year I plan on taking homemade cookies (since I'm a professional cookie baker now) in cute little boxes I found in the Target dollar section many moons ago. I have the dough frozen into balls, ready to be baked!

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

I'm not going to bore you with the whole, "I took time off blogging because... life." speal and I'll just jump into today's post. I will say, it feels amazing to be inspired to type a post out. I blame it on my kitchen reno we completed in two days! That wasn't the plan... but our countertop install happened late and we had to push it to make sure it was finished before baby girl arrived. Good thing she seems to be cozy and going no where fast right now. I'll have a kitchen reveal for you later, for now a yummy recipe!

So like every other white girl in America I am so stoked for Fall. It's my favorite season! The clothes, the recipes, pumpkin everything, the bright blue sky and crisp air. Something about it makes my heart skip a beat and I know I'm not alone. Fall officially begins September 22nd so I'm not jumping ahead too quickly.

Yesterday I ran to Dunkin Donuts before a solo shopping trip to snag my first pumpkin spice latte of the season and they.were.out. #notcool When I woke up today it's all I could think about so I decided to make my own and I even went all out and made homemade whipped cream to throw on top because... why not? #gobigorgohome

I snagged this recipe off Pinterest and it is easy-peesy! You probably have everything you need waiting for you in your cabinet right now aside from the heavy whipping cream to make your own whipped cream. Store bought will do just fine :)

Oh! And don't forget to pin it so you can come back to it time and time again!

Pre-Baby Overhaul Shopping

See outfit details in yesterdays post
It's BABY MONTH! I can't believe our little girl is due to be here in 23 days! You can expect to see quite a few "preparing for baby" posts coming up as I scramble to get the last minute details done. And I promise I am working on a nursery reveal. The picture taking has been a pain in my you know what...

So I told you yesterday I was excited for this post and I truly am! I was so giddy about going on this shopping trip, loading up, unloading, putting away and then sitting here to tell you all about it! I'm a nerd y'all. I love organization, planning, preparing at it's finest! And let me tell you, it feels really good to have all the "basics" stocked at our house so I don't have to worry about a think when baby girl gets here.

That's why I did this. I didn't want to worry about running out of something we use regularly and having to manage getting two under two out the door in the early stages. Or bothering my husband to pick it up on his way home from work. So I highly recommend making this trip even though it's a lot of pre-thought and preparation I promise it will be worth it when you have that little one at home and you cringe at the thought of getting dressed, packing a diaper bag and getting out the door for something little.

This was an all day affair I warn you, but Jon and I had so much fun together doing it. Oh married life... making fun out of the mundane, grown up chores! I dropped off Maddox with his MiMi and we started shopping at SAMs around 11am I think and it took us just over an hour to get it all. Not to mention it took me a few hours once we got home to unload and put it all away neatly. That also could be because I cleaned out each cabinet before putting it all away to make sure I had everything organized. And honestly I had to make space for all of it.

This entire trip cost us about $346.45 total, but it's all things that won't expire and that we use daily. If you can't afford to do it all at once I recommend keeping a master list (I'm sharing below) in your purse and occasionally add a few things to your cart each time you go shopping and check it off.

Oh and wear comfortable shoes when you go shop! I learned the hard way!

Daily Necessities:
- paper towels
- toilet paper
- cotton-balls / q-tips
- shampoo / conditioner
- body wash
- face wash
- razors / shaving cream
- deodorant
- toothbrushes / toothpaste
- extras of all make-up (foundation, concealer, mascara)
- make-up remover wipes (because what sleep deprived mom wants to wash her face?)
- trash bags
- ziploc bags / freezer bags
- foil / seran wrap
- dishwasher pods
- dish soap
- laundry detergent / fabric softener
- baby motrin / adult ibprofen
- vitamins
- diapers / wipes
- pump hand sanitizer
- dog food / treats

For mama post-baby:
- witch hazel pads
- dermophlast
- panty liners
- nursing pads
- gel packs

I plan on doing a grocery shopping haul and making freezer meals to stock up (stay tuned), but I went ahead and purchased a few things in bulk that would last in our pantry for quick snacks or extras we use regularly.
- dry cereal
- snack bars (Lara bars, kind bars)
- chips
- mac n' cheese for Maddox
- oatmeal
- gatorade
- Bai drinks (flavored water)
- coffee / filters

These are just the items we purchased, but of course you would tailor this to your family's needs and necessities. Happy shopping!