Our Hospital Bag(s)

Now that Crosby is over a month old, I figured it was high time to share what we packed in our hospital bags.
I mentioned that I intentionally did not pack a lot this time around.
We brought way too much during Kenley’s birth and while our hospital stay was much longer,
we didn’t use or need half of what we brought.


For mommy:

Nursing gown + robe
Fuzzy socks
Nursing tank + yoga capris + hoodie
Coming home dress (maternity)
Flip flops
Lanolin cream

I lived in my fuzzy socks. It was freezing in the hospital and they were so comfy and warm!


I was planning on wearing home a maxi dress that I brought, but opted for the yoga capris, nursing tank, and hoodie.
I had no desire to look cute a mere thirty-some hours after giving birth. Luckily, the dress didn’t take up too much room.
This time around, I did end up wearing my nightgown and robe that I brought from home, unlike last time.
Recovery wise, I felt so much better this time around, so after I showered, I definitely wanted to get into my own clothes.
The lanolin cream is a MUST HAVE in your bag (and in life for the first two weeks).
For what it’s worth, I also have learned that the Medela brand is better than the Lansinoh brand.

For daddy:


Greg literally had the clothes on his body. When he was getting dressed for the hospital,
he grabbed the jeans I had packed for him out of the bag, so he didn’t even have a change of clothes other than the hoodie.
I think a pair of pajama pants would have been helpful since he slept in his jeans, but he didn’t mind.

For baby:

Two nightgowns (with mittens)
Two aden + anais swaddle blankets
Gender specific coming home outfits (two since we didn’t know the gender)
Infant car seat

I had completely forgotten to pack a little hat and headband in the bag, so that was on the list for my mom to bring with her.
Luckily, we got an adorable hat from the nursery nurse after his bath, and we didn’t end up needing a headband.
My mom also brought baby finger nail clippers, but we didn’t use them in the hospital either.
I nail clippers or baby nail files are both good to have.


Contacts + glasses
Makeup remover wipes
Tinted moisturizer & powder
Hair product
Toothbrushes + toothpaste


Two iPhones + chargers
iPad + charger
DSLR camera + charger
Books for Kenley (present from the baby)
Thank you gifts for nurses


I really wish I would have done little gifts last time around. The nurses were so appreciative of them,
just as we were so appreciative of our nurses!

Other than our cell phone chargers, we didn’t use the iPad charger or my camera battery charger,
but I would definitely pack them again, just in case we were there for longer than expected.

I had every intention of bringing my breast pump and Boppy pillow to leave in the car,
but in the rush to get out of the house after my water broke, those did not make it.
The good news is that I would not have used either, so I’m glad we didn’t bring them.

Another thing that I forgot from last time was the amount of stuff that you bring home from the hospital.
Other than baby, we also brought home all the diapers and free stuff we could get our hands on.
Not to mention tons and tons of paperwork and any gifts you receive.
I would recommend leaving a little space in your bag (or bringing an extra bag)
to haul home all that kind of stuff.

There you have it!
Anything I forgot?

39 Weeks [Round Two]

39 weeks and 2 days.
Hopefully this will be my last pregnancy update,
but who really knows? This baby is on their own schedule!
It’s hard for me to believe that we’re still five days away from our due date.
I feel like I have been pregnant for…ev…er.
It doesn’t help that I had convinced myself that I was further along this entire time.
This baby sure showed me!

Our bags are packed and ready to go.
I made a point to pack significantly less this time. Two small bags, max.
After we’re back and settled, I’ll share what I used/didn’t use/wish I would have brought.
Here is a peek at the coming home outfits we’re bringing.


I have had a random burst of energy the last day or so, getting things done around the house.
This includes making thin mint puppy chow to satisfy my intense craving for sweets.
And why stop there? We also made chex mix!

Waiting for baby + major sweets cravings = thin mint puppy chow. #39weeks


I have been 1 cm for the past two and a half weeks which is less than exciting.
Braxton Hicks contractions are strong and frequent, but regular contractions are sporadic.
My feet have been SO swollen the last week and I can only wear flip flops.
If the intense groin pain I’m having is any indication of labor, then I’d say I’ll deliver soon,
but I don’t think that’s the case. Other signs of labor are nonexistent.


Here are a few tidbits of our pregnancy journey.

What I could have not lived without:

Peanut butter
Sparkling water
Decaf coffee
Coconut oil
Lots of pillows
Tervis Tumbler water bottle

What I will not miss:

Maternity clothes
Groin and pelvic pain
Gaining weight
Frequent trips to the bathroom

What I will miss:

Feeling this squirmy baby inside of me
I hope this is something I will never forget

What I am looking forward to:

Having a beer
Sleeping flat on my back
Being able to see my feet
Losing weight
Wearing my wedding rings
Being able to get out of bed with little to no effort
Trying hot yoga


And most importantly, holding this baby in our arms!

38 Weeks [Round Two]

Just two weeks shy of our due date
and I thought for sure we would have had this baby by now.
That shows how much I know, especially considering my doctor told me
yesterday that haven’t made much progress and he doesn’t expect anything
to happen any time soon… so, we wait.


Overall, I am feeling pretty good.
The heartburn has completely disappeared in the past two weeks,
probably because this baby has dropped, even though I have felt low for a while.
I am still having pelvic and groin pain when baby moves just in the right spot,
but I have been sleeping a lot better too.
I am definitely not complaining, but I don’t think labor is right around the corner.
The Braxton Hicks contractions, however, are still frequent, strong, and somewhat painful.

I am measuring at 38 weeks and didn’t gain any weight from last week to this one.
The baby’s heart rate is still in the 130s, but I’m trying not to associate that with my gender guess.

Random cravings I have had recently include slurpees from 7-11 and Skittles.
I could have eaten Skittles and Chipotle every day this pregnancy, but I have refrained.

We have gotten some things done around the house in the last couple of weeks.
One of my biggest concerns was getting both of our cars cleaned inside & out.
I know that is really random, but it was really stressing me out.
Thankfully, that is done and it looks like we have two brand new vehicles.
The car seat has also been installed, so we’re good to come home from the hospital.



Items on the agenda include celebrating a second birthday, a prenatal massage,
picking up a couple more items for the hospital, and a haircut.
I’ll be working through next week or until the baby comes, whichever happens first.

36 Weeks [Round Two]

It’s October!!! The best month of the year, and the month we have another baby!
(Do you hear that baby, this month!)

It’s been a rough couple of weeks and I don’t anticipate that changing.
Let me quickly run down the third trimester pregnancy symptoms that have been going on here:

Foods are quickly making their way out of our dinner rotation,
Mexican and BBQ to name a few. After a great night celebrating a friend’s birthday,
filled with Mexican food and fried ice cream, I was paying for it around 2am.
I learned my lesson. I’m starting to be more aware about what I’m eating.

Lots of pain
Specifically in my lower back, pelvis, groin, and tailbone.
This baby knows exactly the right spot to hit to send sharp pains everywhere
and stop me in my tracks.

Uncomfortable sleeping
I have been sleeping at a slight incline for a couple months now
because I am a total back sleeper. I cannot lay on my side because I wake
up a couple hours later and my hips are throbbing.
Last time, I honestly had no problem sleeping (even though I thought I did at the time),
this time has been way worse. I’m sure the heartburn doesn’t help,
but I just can’t get comfortable, or every time my bladder is full,
I have a Braxton Hicks contraction. And… without fail, I wake up between 5:50-5:59am
EVERY SINGLE DAY…. when my alarm goes off at 6:00am. How annoying is that?

There are some other not pleasant things happening,
which I am hoping are signs that labor is not far away.
But, I am also not going to get my hopes up… and I’ll spare you the details.

Now on to the more fun stuff…

My last appointment was at 35 weeks, baby’s head is down,
but is not low, so I’ve been bouncing on my exercise ball,
encouraging him or her to go ahead make their way down.
I have had one real contraction and lots of Braxton Hicks contractions.
At one point, I was worried I wouldn’t remember what contractions felt like…
oh, I remember. No worries there.
I’m still feeling a good amount of movement (and hiccups), but I think
baby G2 is staying in the same spot.

I feel like I have a very long to-do list still, and I’m not sure how.
Every time I have crossed something off, I feel like I’m writing two more things down.
Greg and I are worried about very different things, which is probably a good thing,
but also annoying at the same time because I think my worries are more important,
even though they probably are not.

The car seat has sat on our floor for the last two weeks, but it will be installed soon.
Our hospital bags are out, and I’ve added a few more items to them,
but they are no where close to being done.
I purchased some new feeding and pumping supplies, which prompted me
to drag out all the old stuff to toss and start sterilizing the new stuff.
These are items I hope we don’t need right away, but I can’t imagine taking the time to
sterilize things when we have a newborn and a toddler running around, so I’m doing them now.

Finally, I have taken pictures of the nursery and will be sharing it tomorrow!
Thanks for being patient!


The time has come. Cast your vote.
Blue or pink?
What do you think?

34 Weeks [Round Two]

I am still standing by the fact that this third trimester is moving by pretty slowly,
but I’m also trying to enjoy it as much as possible as this will probably be
the last time I will feel a wiggly baby inside of me. However, it’s not easy some days.

At 34 weeks, I feel very much like I did around 37 or 38 weeks last time.
I have had that all too familiar “the baby is going to fall out” feeling,
and I still have six weeks to go! Braxton Hicks contractions continue,
literally, right now as I type this. They have again woken me up a few times,
but it’s nothing more at this point (thank goodness).
My feet are hurting more and more.
I am not swelling (yet) like I did last time, but my feet just ache at the end of the day.
I am starting to have lower back and tailbone pain,
so I’ve broken out my exercise ball to sit and bounce on. It helps while I’m sitting there,
but then it’s right back at it again. I will really start to use it as we get closer to delivery.
My rings still fit, depending on the day, but more often I can wear them all day,
which, to me, means I’m not that swollen. Woo hoo.


Now on to the fun stuff… yoga is awesome. I really enjoy it, and I feel really good the next day.
If I could go twice a week, I totally would, but the class is only offered on Monday evenings.
It’s really a great way to begin the week.

We have registered at the hospital, so they are expecting us whenever the time comes.
At my appointment last week I asked when we should think about that
and the nurse said that most do it around 28 weeks and after, so I figured it was time.

I have washed all of our new baby clothes
and the ones I’ve pulled out from Kenley’s stash that I know we will probably use.
It’s not much right now, but it’s plenty to get us through
and I have vowed to myself (and my husband) that I won’t buy any more baby clothes.
I, however, have no idea what he or she will be wearing home from the hospital,
so I may need to buy just one or two more things.

We have also washed and assembled some baby gear and we may install the car seat soon.
I know it seems crazy early for that, but I would rather it sit in the car than on the floor.

I have laid out a total of two items that will be going to the hospital with us… I consider this a good start.

The room is coming along beautifully. We got so much done this weekend,
and we may even be at a stopping point until the baby comes.
I am excited to share with you where we are and what I’m thinking in terms of gender specific color.


Baby G2 is still very active and the poor things has the hiccups at least once a day, sometimes more.
My doctor thinks (s)he is head down, but he’ll continue to monitor the position at each appointment.
I still don’t know how it’s possible because baby seems to be all over the place, but I’ll take his word.
I don’t have much of an update from my 33 week appointment.
We were chatting away while he measured my belly so I have no idea if I’m ahead or not,
all he said was “good” and we moved right along. He was also very vague about baby’s heart rate,
which gives me nothing to go on. He said it was between 130-140 bpm, good.
I guess no news is good news, so I’ll take it!

my weekend in photos

Touchdown! Ready for the game!! #Hoosiers #iufb

if only the hoosiers could have stopped a few of them from happening on saturday.


greg and i were excited to get out of the house on saturday night
since maggi & greg were in town. they were a little bit delayed because of the weather,
so we stopped to get some treats to enjoy while we waited in the cell lot.
we both commented on how great it was to just sit and talk, even if we were just sitting in the car.


so excited to see this face!
we enjoyed dinner, drinks, football, and frozen yogurt down on idrive.


during nap times, greg worked on our master bathroom.
we’re trying to cross as many house projects off the list as possible in the next 7 weeks.


kenley had her first swim lesson this morning!


daddy told her early in the day that we were going to eat popcorn & watch football.
she talked about it all day. she loves her popcorn.


i did a load of tiny baby clothes. oh so tiny.

I literally bought every pumpkin flavored item in Target today.... I'm really trying to make it feel like fall!

even though it felt like 110* yesterday, i bought everything pumpkin flavored at target today.
i’m really trying to make it feel like fall here people.


i’m feeling very pregnant today.
the wedding rings are off and i took a nap with my feet propped up since they were already swelling by noon.
and that is a look of pure exhaustion.
just trying to keep it real here.
oh, and this is a sneak peek of our guest bathroom downstairs,
i’ll hopefully be sharing it soon.


how was your weekend??

32 Weeks [Round Two]

I feel like we’ve reached another slow part of this pregnancy.
While I can’t believe we are at 32 weeks, I am physically feeling like we are much later.
Surprisingly, I don’t feel as big as I did last time around. It is mostly the late pregnancy symptoms that
I’m sure will not let up any time soon. I already have a decrease in appetite,
which is somewhat depressing since mama loves to eat.
I eat Tums daily, sometimes more than once.
I feel like this baby could be here in the next four to six weeks, not eight.

At my 31 week appointment last week, I was measuring at 32 weeks,
so we’re back ahead one week. Next week I’m sure will be something different.
Baby G2’s heartbeat was low at 125bpm. I’m very anxious to see if it will
still vary from appointment to appointment, or if it will stay low.
Then, will the heartbeat be a real indicator of if it’s a boy or girl?!
I’m starting to get anxious to know who this squirmy baby is!

With Kenley, I felt Braxton Hicks contractions starting around 20 weeks,
I wasn’t sure what they were at first, but I felt them the entire second half of my pregnancy.
I expected to feel them this time too, but wow, are they different.
They are MUCH more frequent and sometimes painful.
The day before my baby shower, I was actually getting nervous and
started to time them. They weren’t as frequent as I thought, but they were
very unpleasant. So much so that I was relieved to walk in and see my mom
at my house. I told her that I felt like I was going to go into labor that weekend.
I obviously did not, and my doc says he’s not surprised that they are painful.
It’s a common misconception that BH contractions are painless, and again,
it’s common to have symptoms earlier & stronger the second time around.
The real concern is if I start having contractions that are consistent,
and we have a while before those start, I’m sure.

I’m still wearing my wedding rings, which shows that I am not as swollen
this time around. I couldn’t keep them on past 30 weeks last time,
but I’m not sure how much longer I will be able to wear them.


I feel like I am carrying much lower this time.
I don’t think it’s possible that I’ve already “dropped”, I just think
this is where the baby is hanging out… and that I probably don’t have any ab muscles
left to keep baby up any further. Awesome, right?
I had to buy a couple layering tanks (I love these from Old Navy) that are long
because some of my shirts are actually already too short.
I may be graduating to dresses in the next couple of weeks.

In the next few weeks, I hope to have gotten the nursery in some sort of order,
and maybe even share a few pictures!
As well as get started on packing our hospital bag… per Greg’s request.
Somehow, i have completely forgotten everything about labor & delivery,
so if you have suggestions for what to pack in our bag, let me know!

my weekend in photos

i originally thought that this weekend was going to be pretty boring
because we had nothing planned and was actually looking forward to it.
but, it turned out to be quite the opposite and i didn’t take nearly enough pictures to prove it.


i got home from work on friday and my lifelong bff and mom were at my house.
i could not believe it. we spent friday night catching up and chatting,
then headed out saturday morning for breakfast at keke’s (our favorite).


after a much-needed long nap, we headed down to our friend’s house to see what they were up to.
i gave my mom and lisa the hardest time about bringing their purses since were only going five houses down.
much to my (obvious) surprise, they had other plans for us.

Such a fun afternoon celebrating baby G2, thanks to my sweet friends! @mjenkinson501 @sallysarahdsgn @lindseyh876

my sweet friends threw me a surprise sprinkle to celebrate baby G2.
i literally could not have been more surprised. they pulled it together perfectly.
(more pictures and details to come)


it wouldn’t be a weekend with my mom if were didn’t do some shopping.
the girls headed out for an afternoon at the mall
before we had to say goodbye to mee-maw and lisa.

Savoring the last little bit of an unexpectedly awesome weekend.

i’ve been savoring every last second of this unexpectedly awesome weekend
and eating as many cupcakes as i want.


needless to say, this weekend rocked.
how was your weekend?

30 Weeks [Round Two]

30 weeks down, 10 to go! Again, I’m not sure how that is possible.

Here is some evidence of our squirmy baby.
I am surprised that the movement is on the left side in the video
because this baby loves to camp out on the right side constantly.
With the constant movement, it’s hard to tell what position baby G2 is in right now.

I am feeling pretty good, but I am starting to feel the third trimester.
I have been carrying Tums with me everywhere I go to help with the
random spurts of nauseous, upset stomach, and heartburn.
This did not happen until way later last time but my doc is not surprised
because he says it’s normal to feel everything earlier and more severe the second time around.

Braxton Hicks contractions have been in full force. I have them every day,
sometimes all throughout the day. At one point they actually woke me up while sleeping.
Not exciting.

Also, after I shared my little theory with you last time,
I went in for my 29 week checkup and I’m measuring right at 29 weeks.
Apparently, I had a little bit of a growth spurt before my 27 week appointment
that has evened itself out, so I am not hopeful of the miscalculation of my due date.
I’m also trying to get into the mindset that there is a chance that we
could have a November baby… Only time will tell though!

On to the fun news…
We have decided on names! This is a huge relief because we were struggling
to find a name for a baby girl for weeks and weeks.
We are so excited… I said I want to have a boy and a girl now because I love them both so much.
Not happening though. What will this little baby be?!

Nursery progress is still going very slow. We know what we need to do,
it’s just actually doing it that’s the problem.
I am intentionally leaving things unfinished with the hopes of adding
some gender specific items in the room, so I know it won’t be perfect
before baby G2 gets here, but it’ll be pretty close.

Our other house projects are coming along nicely,
which is giving me more peace of mind. Hopefully, I’ll be sharing them soon!
I still need to make a pretty big to-do list of everything we need
to accomplish over the next 10 weeks. We also have a little girl’s
birthday coming up too that we are getting excited about!


Until next time…

my love for photography


this moment is why i love photography.
we were watching mickey mouse clubhouse, like we do often in our house,
and snuggling together on the futon in the playroom.
she had no idea how sweet she was being and probably just thought
my growing belly is becoming the perfect armrest.
she was even oblivious to how squirmy the baby was being at that moment.
but, she melted my heart.
i am often guilty about worrying about having my phone with me at all times,
but i’m sure glad i grabbed it before we headed upstairs.
the picture isn’t great quality and i even filtered it through instagram,
but i will cherish it and that moment.

happy weekend everyone!