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What’s in my Hospital Bag? 

Seeing as this is my third time in the delivery room, I’ve learned by now what to pack and not pack in my hospital bag since having Venom 4.5 years ago. While my due date (which is Friday!) is super close I have yet to pack my hospital bag this time. I have prepped few things that if for some reason things were to quickly start I can grab this is my what’s in my bag video.

The bag itself is a custom Brooke Van Gory Expedient Weekender. It’s amazingly well made and while there was a bit of a wait to have it made, it was well worth it. The print is a old Hollywood monster movie print. It has 2 large pockets on the outside as well as 2 elastic side pockets. Inside there is a zippered pocket and 4 large pockets as well. It’s super roomy and fits all of our must have items when out and about.

Toiletries: I picked up smaller travel bottles for my soap, shampoo and conditioner from target so that I can leave the large bottles at home. I used my silhouette to make some simple vinyl labels for them. Also in my toiletry bag is a travel toothbrush and paste, mouthwash, dry shampoo (for quick wash before family starts snapping photos), a sample size Kat Von D tattoo liner, EOS Chapstick, breastpads, deodorant and Dermoplast (seriously amazing stuff and worth having for after birth! Your hospital may have some for you so just ask if you forget but it can be found at CVS, Walgreens or Walmart).

Baby: For the most part I know I won’t have to worry about to much for the baby as the hospital has everything I need. I do pack 1-2 out fits in newborn and 0-3m size so that I know I will have a going home outfit to fit. I normally go home with more for the babies that I came in with. It is also nice to bring the boppy since I will be nursing it comes in handy to  rest my arms.

Me: for me I keep it simple. Included are a nursing bra or 2, underwear I don’t care about (though I do totally take advantage of the disposable pairs that the hospitals offer. I usually take several home with me. ),camis or easy to nurse in tops, sweatpants and socks. I don’t go all Duchess Kate with my going home outfit. I keep it comfortable. I also plan to take my tablet, charger and my cellphone so that I can alert the masses that the little one is here. My cell doubles as my camera, which auto backups to My Google Drive. Finally, I pack my planner and pen case so that I can fill out all the forms and paper work that happens. It’s also a safe spot to keep all that important documents so that they don’t get lost.

Pro tip: you may want to check out your hospital before hand to see if they have wifi and what there vending/food situation is so you know if you need change for those or a wireless air card. My hospital has vending machines that take credit cards as well as several dining choices. 

Daddy’s bag:  In our house, Daddy packs his own bag usually right before we head out to the hospital. His includes his PC for a way to watch movies or play a game, a change of clothing, his toothbrush and deodorant, phone, charger and headphones. We live super close to the hospital so we both know he can run home if needed.

I hope that you find this helpful when facing what to pack in your hospital bag. Remember it’s all about what works for you and your delivery. It’s always best to check with your hospital to see what they offer to you. Please feel free to subscribe to my blog and channel to stay up to date on all my blogs and videos!

52 in 52 weeks

I saw this on a blog(bluebird) last year and thought that I would give it a go this year as a fun and creative way to show progression of all of us. So once a week I am going to be posting photos of the girls and us as a family.

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Maternity Fashion:22 week bump.

I’m not sure why but this never posted weirdness. So here it is better late than

This time around I’ve been working with what I have available in mine and Mr. Sailors closet. I do plan on finding some long sleeve tops but have yet to find any that are $15 for a plain long sleeve tee. Super ridiculous for something so simple. I’m thing it may come down to me making them an I did find a patter/tute but I’m not sure I want to go that route just yet.

Anyhoo, style has been about comfort an warmth. It’s colder here than I’ve experienced in a while so bundling up is a most somedays. I’ve snagged a sweater and hoodie for the Mr. I have jeans from Venom’s pregnancy that I’ve been wearing some but can still fit most of my jeans with the use of my tummy bands (I made those last pregnancy too. ) or the rubber bad trick. I have been working on a pant extender but haven’t gotten it just how I want it just yet. Other staples are:

Dresses: Empire waist dresses or even Blouses are nice for being able to grow with you. I prefer Maxi length as there comes a time when I dont want to/ can’t shave my legs so they hide them.

Elastic Waisted skirts- They are super comfortable and non constricting which is a must. I also have a few Maxi skirts.

Cardigans- For bundling. They are easy to take on and off when hot flashes hit.

Tights or knee highs- for under skirts and dresses.

Layering with a tank & wool sweater w/Maternity jeans

Hair accessories- most days I’m to tired from being up all night with Venom that I dot want to go full glam Momma mode, bows and headbands add just the right extra so it doesn’t seem like I’ve over slept and not done anything all day. (All of my bows and head bands I’ve made myself. Bows and headbands can be found in my shop or by contacting me, if your looking for some.)

Belly bands or tanks.- for days I do wear jeans I usually pair them with an undershirt so that the unbuttoned part of the zip doesn’t show. They are handy for postpartum nursing in public too! You can find them pretty cheap right now due to it being Winter here in the Northern Hemisphere.

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2 Years.

Two years ago today I was sitting in the hospital waiting room, Playing on this very netbook, waiting for my very first nephew to be born. Its crazy to thing of how much he’s grown, changed and accomplished in those 2 years. AND Oh my how they’ve flown by. I can’t believe my little SunShine is 2…

Happy Birthday Bubby!! Aunt K. Loves you!!!

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2011 A Recap.

Its crazy to think that this year is coming to an end. seems like it was just the beginning of the year. Time flies when  your having fun, or sleepless nights…lol. This past year has been super crazy, busy and fun. In the past year I celebrated my 1st anniversary with my amazing husband, Gave birth to my Spidey baby, Have been breast feeding for 9 months now, Moved from FL to TX, Launched a new part of my business (Baby Button), cut off all my hair, became more organized, bought a new car, started blogging more(again), started doing tutorials, survived my first PCS. Its crazy to think of everything that’s happened this past year. its been a busy year that’s for sure.

I know that this next year will be just as busy and crazy.  I know for sure that this next year holds a 1st birthday party for Venom and her Best friend Meatball, Mr. Salior and I’s 2nd Anniversary, a few more PCS’s, More tutorial’s (I already have a few in the works), a new blog layout (thats in the works too), New Achievement list, and so much more.

I really want to say thank you to my readers that have read, commented and stuck around for the last year. I have a lot of awesome things planned out for this next year and I hope you’ll stick around for it. Please don’t be shy either, I love reading your comments (well, not the spam ones) and hearing your ideas and input so please continue to do so. see ya’ll next year!

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Exciting news!

I wrote this a bit ago and just realized this was still in my drafts folder. Eep, sorry about that.

I’ve got exciting news, We’re moving to Texas. Mr. Sailor got approved for the PMT school. So that means we’re making our first major move. I’m excited but dreading the heat. I’m hoping that since we well only be there through the fall-spring(Winter tho the rest of the country…) months that the heat will be bearable. This also means that Venom and I will need lots more dresses and skirts. I have a few in the works but she is cutting teeth so she is needing snuggled a bit more now.

Speaking of Venom, she’s almost 4 months old….. (holy crap where’d the time go??) She is already sleeping through the night. She is about to roll over, she can roll completely on to her side, she just needs to hook her leg over. She babbles and sticks her tongue out. She also has become a complete Poppa’s girl. She loves her daddy and loves to smile and talk to him. She also has a new Companion to play with, Bruce Wayne, our new male kitten who is about as old as she is. He loves to sleep next to her… which I dont care for. (don’t worry he’s not allowed in her room unsupervised.) but he does think her toys are his.. Harley Quinn still likes to watch Venom from a distance and check on her when she cries.

In business related news, I now have a store front directly on my Facebook page. This means that you can shop right there without having to leave the page. I’ve been doing quite a bit of revamping and redecorating. You’ll see that there is a new logo, tags, catergories and so forth. I’m adding a baby gear line. I plan on offering diaper bags, cloth diapers(which I’m looking for testers for!), clothing and more.

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Break Time Over!!

I’m Back…. I’ve taken a much need hiatus to be able to enjoy Venom. I feel human again and I’m slowly getting back in to a routine. Venom is pretty much on a schedule now so that helps me. She’s growing more and more each day. I’m constantly amazed by the thing she does daily. I’ve got several new things that I’m hoping to get pictures of and listed in the coming week so stay tuned…
TTFN
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Introducing, Miss Venom.

You may or may not have noticed that I have been MIA for the last few week or so. That is due to Venom. She was born on April 2nd at 2:51 AM. After 3 days of Labor, 21hours of which were spent in the hospital. I had a natural and easy birth just like I wanted. My water broke all on its own and no medical assistance was needed.

So please excuse me as I take time to enjoy my new baby and transition in to motherhood. You may see a few changes happening to the look and layout. I’ll try to be back soon!

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Weekly Venom Update- 34 weeks

So another week has come and Gone. I can’t wait for this adventure to be over. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had a great pregnancy. I’m just ready to meet my little girl already but I know its best she stay in there a little longer. From what I’ve read online she should be rapidly gaining weight and length. She should be about the size of a Cantaloupe. Today, err well tonight, I have my lactation class. Then next Saturday I have a Labor class. I’m looking forward to both. These past few days have been bad on my allergies. Since the seasons are changing again paired with pregnancy induced fluid production, I cant seem to clear my head of any and all sinus congestion. I go to the doctor next Wednesday so I plan on talking to her about it then. my zyrtec just isn’t cutting it these days.

Venom is still active as ever. Its fun to lay back and watch my stomach twitch and ripple from her movements. She received her care package from her grandma the other day. I loved the senimentalness of it. She now owns an Alf  (you know the late 80’s/90’s alien show, if not click here) just like her Poppa did as a child. He even ordered all 4 season of the show off of Amazon so that they can watch it together. Also included in her package was a new outfit, more Hello Kitty material for me to make her some more dresses and diapers, a hair bow from Her Aunt and the Eric Carle book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, she even got a stuffed Very Hungry Caterpillar. I loved Eric Carle book as a little girl. ( Well, I actually just liked books in general and I still do.) My not so little sister also sent her a package of clothes. I’ve washed almost everything of her’s so far. I just have to wash her bedding and Diapers (which I’m still waiting on my Kawaii covers. They should be here tomorrow at the latest.) Then I need to sort through all of it and start packing bags. >.<

See no belly button or stretch marks.

There haven’t been to many changes since last week. I’m sure my bump has grown slightly but I don’t notice it. My belly button is still slightly flat and my stomach is still stretch mark free thanks to my not so secret weapon. (No, Palmers is not paying me to endorse there lotion, it just works for me and I like it.) Its seriously amazing stuff. This is my second bottle.

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