Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Hospital bag

The first rule for your hospital bag - Start packing it in advance! You'll probably should start at least 3 weeks before your due date simply because you never know when your baby will decide to be born and you don't want to pack the bag and count your contractions at the same time:) Moreover, it turned out to be not the easiest thing to accomplish especially if you are not a planning person (which I am definitely not)) 
So let's start

  • For Yourself
    • Nightgown or Pj's (PJ with buttons will work great for breastfeeding!)
    • Slippers
    • Nursing bras/tops
    • Nursing pads
    • Nice Clothes for discharge
And Explanation - After giving birth hospitals will provide you with their nightgown. Someone might like it- I preferred my own PJ from home (Their breastfeeding nightgown had holes through which you are suppose to breastfeed....well they were located somewhere around my belly button so weird=)) And I am pretty tall.
Nursing bra - You will probably want to wear your bra all the time (at night as well) to avoid leaking or stretch marks. Nursing pads - you'll need if your milk comes soon.You will not need your underwear- Hospitals will provide you with gigandous pads and disposable undies(they might look ugly, but that's what you need))). And you want to look good on your discharge photos,right? So remember - take some nice flattering dress or tunic. You will still have a bump like you're 6 months pregnant, and it is likely that you still won't be able to fit into your prepregnancy jeans so don't take them.
  • If your Husband or Boyfriend will stay with you - take clothes for him considering 2 day stay.
  • Toiletries
    • Hair brush
    • Razor
    • Makeup (Lip Balm!!!!)
    • toothpaste,toothbrush
    • Deodorant
    • Shampoo,conditioner
    • Hairbands (take a couple))
    • Shower gel
Everything is pretty self-explanatory I assume)) Hospitals may provide you with things like shower gel or shampoo, but I felt comfortable using my own. If you are planning on taking pictures in the hospital (I bet you are) then you'll definitely need makeup so don't forget it. During the contractions, you'll have to breath hard so your lips are going to be very dry, so lip balm is a must have. 

  • General
    • Insurance card
    • Wallet
    • ID
    • Notepad+pen
    • Eyeglasses (If you wear lenses)
    • Camera (check if the card is in it and probably take one extra just in case)+charger
    • Laptop+charger
    • Cell phone+charger
    • Cash 
    • Snacks
    • Hard candies 
Explanation: You'll need your ID and insurance information. It depends on a hospital but it is useful to have cash on you (we had to pay for hubby's food and it was cash only). You'll need a notepad of some kind if you'd like to write down your memories for baby's book. You can become hungry - they are probably won't allow you to eat during contractions and you are going to work hard so it is likely that you will be very hungry after delivery. However, you have to stay in a birth suits for the next 2 hours -still without food, so it will be nice to have some healthy snacks with you (we brought granola bars and they were all gone pretty fast)))

And the most exciting part
  • For the Baby
    • Car seat installed (must have)
    • Cute clothes for going home
    • 2-3 onesies
    • Hat
    • Mittens
    • Socks
    • Receiving blanket
    • Card for footprints
You must have a car seat installed so take care of it in advance. Hospitals will provide you with both diapers and wipes - you don't need to bring those. Hospitals will also provide you with blankets and shirts for the baby. Of course you can use your own clothes from the beginning, but I suggest to give those shirts a try! For us they turned out to be very convenient to use especially at night when you don't want to disturb your baby while changing his diaper. So the first thing I did when I got home - I asked my husband to go to Carters and buy the same shirts. 2 months later I still love them. Mittens were a must have for me because it turned out babies can be born with pretty long nails, and nurses won't trim them in the hospital. Otherwise guess what? that cute face will be all scratched up within hours!
Nurses will take footprints of your little one right after birth for the birth certificate. You can also give them an extra piece of paper or index card and ask for the copy for your baby book.

The pdf version of the hospital bag checklist will be available shortly.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Before-After. Bathroom

I just realized that I never showed you the before-after series I've done with our house remodeling!
First thing first - Bathroom!
We have only 1 bathroom in our house and when we just bought was a horrifying place to be honest. We've spent a long time trying to change it to what it looks like now. It was our first experience in remodeling ever, and we had to do everything with our hands. We hired contractors only for the things that could be dangerous - electrics and plumbing. All the rest - by ourselves.
Amazing experience)

So let's start with BEFORE

and 2 doors on each side - one that leads to the nursery and the other one to the kitchen. THE STUPIDEST POSITIONING EVER!Plus you could touch opposite walls at the same time) 
Carpet on the floor in combination with the wallpaper...oh...Long story short: it's not the place you would wanna be in)

Can you imagine how surprised we were when we found THE WINDOW...behind tile,drywall and ugly wooden paneling?

We had to live in the bathroom at this stage for a while due to all the moving in process - not the most pleasant thing,but still much better than before.
 And yes of course we decided to leave that awesome window!Replaced it with a new obscure glass one, and now we have tons of natural light which probably saves us a good $$$ on the electric bill. Even though it was kind of weird to take the shower right in front of the window)(Can't see anything btw, checked several times))

The only things that were added in the past year and a half are the tile we brought from our honeymoon in Spain and the towel rack from World Market (It was SO much pain to find a perfect towel rack!!!)

Well to be honest, It is still hard for us to believe that we did this! It turned up amazing both visually and functionally.