Eloise's Big Sister Gift Basket

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Today marks three weeks since little Nicholas was born on a sunny November day. We are feeling a little tired at times, but the newborn cuddles are totally worth it. I still can't believe our little family is finally complete and we have TWO kids! My heart is so full :)

Before Nico joined us we did a lot of brainstorming on how we could make this transition easier for Eloise and decided to start off with a gift exchange. We got Eloise a bunny to gift to her little brother when she visited the hospital and Nico "got her" a gift basket as a big sister gift. We included a few things that would allow her to take care of her dolls the way we care for the baby:
Out of all of the things in the crib the Playdoh was her favorite thing. It kept her entertained the two days she visited us at the hospital. Overall I'd say the gift was a big success in getting her excited about the new baby. She has been slowly warming up to him and she's quick to let us know if Nicholas is crying or upset. She's a great big sister and I know it will only get better as they get older. 

Hope your holiday prep is going smoothly!

xx, Nicole 

Nine Months

Thursday, November 18, 2021

We made it! To say this pregnancy flew by it's an understatement. I can't believe how quickly time goes by when you are excited about an arrival.  I am both grateful to my body and relieved to soon give birth and not experience the aches that have taken over these last few weeks. We cannot wait to welcome our darling boy who's coming to complete our family. 

Hope to share the happy news with you soon. Until then, stay safe and have a wonderful end to your week. 

xx, Nicole 

What I Packed In My Hospital Bag

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

As a Type A person, planning ahead is my absolute jam.  I've had my hospital bag packed since week 32 of this pregnancy. No sign of delivery any time soon {I have a scheduled C-Section} but I still wanted to be prepared just in case. 

This is my second time around packing this bag so I learned a few things I need to leave behind and others to make sure I bring to the hospital with me. My packing list is divided into four different sections: 

Mama - Items I will need to make my recovery easier. 
Room - Making our stay more comfortable by adding a few things to my bag. 
Baby - They need very little, but it's all so important. 
Extras - Not necessary but we are including this time around. 

My weekender bag is from Minnow Swim and super roomy. 

Cotton Robe - One that is not too thick {I remember sweating and being super hot for days after my first baby was born} but needing a robe all day to make it easier to breastfeed. Bringing my new LAKE Pajamas stripe robe that is super soft. 

Slip-On Slippers - Easiest shoe to wear during your hospital stay. You'll need it to walk those hallways to help you speed your recovery. 

Plastic Flip Flops - You'll want to shower and preferably NOT touch that floor. 

Nursing Bra - I packed one for each day. I prefer the sleeping ones for hospital stays. Feels like you're not wearing anything. 

Pajamas - After the fresh shower I mentioned above there is nothing like soft clean pajamas you brought from home. 

Comfy Underwear - Packing my biggest cotton panties since I'll be swollen and looking pregnant during my stay {and a few days after}. 

Toiletries - I bring everything with me, from shampoo, conditioner and body wash to skin care. I will also bring a bit of make up and hair ties; and the usual toothbrush, deodorant, chapstick, etc. 

Going Home Outfit - This this around I am packing maternity clothes still {learned my lesson last time}. Comfortable joggers, a tank top and soft cardigan. 

Reusable Nursing Pads - Perfect for keeping me dry.

IPad and Charger - Need it to update insurance claims, check email, social media, entertainment etc. It also doubles as a sound machine at night. 

IPhone and Long Charger - Always keep this on my bedside table, the long charging cable is a MUST since you'll be in bed most of the time. 

Snacks - We did a Trader Joe's run this morning. Hospitals do have cafeterias and vending machines but there's nothing like having your favorites available in the room. We are bringing popcorn, chips, pretzels, trail mix, granola bars, chocolate, cookies and dried fruit. 

Large Yeti Cup- I remember drinking SO MUCH WATER during my stay and being really annoyed that it would warm up quickly. This time I am bringing my trusted Yeti cup to ensure it stays cool as long as possible. 

Carseat - Number one thing on the list. Base should be installed in your car and ready to go. 

Going Home Outfit - Bring something weather appropriate. I packed two different beanies this time, one small and one that is a bit bigger.

Blanket - We are having a winter baby and need to make sure he's warm on his way home. 

Baby Book - Bringing a baby book to get a set of hand and footprints done in the delivery room. 

Big Sister Basket - We created a little basket for Eloise that will be given to her from the baby. Can't wait to see her little face!

Breast Pump - Bringing it to the hospital to make sure we learn how to use the new model I got this time around. 

And that is pretty much all we packed. Hoping for a short hospital stay so I can come home and enjoy my babies in my cozy home. 

Until next time!
xx, Nicole 

Must-Haves For Baby Number Two

Monday, November 1, 2021

One of the many joys of having a second baby is being far more relaxed while making preparations. We were so lucky to get everything we needed for Eloise before she was born so we didn't have to buy much this time around. I did make a few purchases because I wanted some updated items for our baby. While there is nothing wrong with boys wearing/using pink, I was really looking forward to getting lots of blue in since it's one of my favorite colors. So here's some of the things we purchased:

1. Uppa Baby Vista 2 Double Stroller in Declan {Oatmeal Color}
This was one of the first purchases we made. I wanted a double stroller that was somewhat light. When Eloise was born I bought the Bugaboo Donkey {which is beautiful by the way} but could not handle the weight so I ended up getting rid of it. This time around I did a lot of research and decided on the Uppa Baby. So far it has been great! Love the height of the stroller and all the storage space. Looking forward to using it as a double once baby arrives. 

2. Little Giraffe Luxe Baby Blanket
Found this brand at Nordstrom while shopping for a travel blanket for Eloise. The size and weight are PERFECT. They are so warm and soft and I feel like they get better with each wash. We got the dusty pink color for Eloise and the Cornflower Blue for baby. Would make a great holiday gift too!

4. Avent Natural Baby Bottle Blue
We used Avent for Eloise and loved them. So easy to clean and store and loved the different sizes and nipples they had available. We added some blue bottles to our stash just for fun. 

5. Dock-A-Tot Cover
This was easily one of our most used baby items. We had Eloise in it until she could no longer fit. It was her favorite spot to nap. I wanted an updated cover and found this gorgeous blue floral from their collaboration with Morris & Co. I loved every print they had and wish I could get them all.

6. Nursery Caddy Tote
We will be doing sink baths for the foreseeable future so this caddy is very handy in keeping things organized and accessible.
7. Noodle & Boo Newborn Hair & Body Wash
Love the smell of Noodle & Boo, it's probably my favorite shampoo brand. Could not help myself and had to get a couple bottles for baby.

8. Bibs Baby Pacifier
This brand has the best colors and sizes for pacifiers. Eloise was not a huge fan so I am hoping baby boy will actually like them so I can get all of the colors {mom nerd-alert, I know haha}.

9. Aden + Anais Swaddle Blankets
We love swaddle blankets! Added a few to our collections with these adorable animal prints that are both masculine and sweet at the same time.

Aside from boy clothing this is pretty much all we have gotten for the baby. I can't believe we are only a couple weeks away!

Stay tuned for a few more blog posts before I go away for a few weeks to attend to my newborn.

All the best,

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