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My Hospital bag as a second time Mum

 

I felt a bit lost the first time I went to hospital for the birth of my son. I hadn’t fully discovered Pinterest at that point and the blogs I read were so varied in what you should and shouldn’t take that I just didn’t know what to do.

As a second time Mum and someone who has gone through both a natural birth and a caesarean for other reasons, I feel a lot more clued up this time as to what is and isn’t necessary for both baby and myself.

What I will be taking for my Baby boy

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  1. Baby Swadlle from Swaddle up This swaddle allows baby to sleep with his arms above his head which is how both myself and Oliver sleep.
  2.  Going home outfits – These are outfits for when we take our little man home and undoubtedly will take photos of him and also for when people visit as it’s always nice for baby to be in a nice outfit for all those first family photos
  3. 4 Long sleeve pyjamas from Zara and Next which are first size. Oliver never got to wear this size. He was already 56cm when he was born but as this little one will be arriving earlier and is currently 48cm I will need these.
  4. 3 long sleeve bodies from H&M
  5. 2 first size leggings The hospital here supplies all in one pyjamas for at least two changes a day so technically you don’t have to bring any clothes at all if you don’t want too.
  6. 2 cardigans These are for leaving the hospital, with a spare for spit up.
  7. 5 pairs of baby socks
  8. 1 pair of newborn booties
  9. 1 baby towel A personal preference for bath time
  10. Baby receiving blanket I have a beautiful blanket that doesn’t appear in this photo that was my own blanket as a baby, but Oliver insisted he wanted this one as it is so soft!
  11. 4 short sleeve bodies to go under the pyjamas at night
  12. Baby wipes These are a must! You’ll notice I am not taking nappies, this is because the hospital provides these so I will only take 3 or 4 with me for when we leave the hospital to go home.
  13. Newborn dummy Absolutely not planning on using this unless it is totally necessary as it is so hard to get a baby  to give up a dummy- believe me I have been there
  14. Muslins- Very useful whether breat or bottle feeding
  15. Baby body moisturiser
  16. Tommee Tipee Closer to Nature Newborn Bottle for our journey home
  17. Carton of Formula Milk

Ask your Doctor or Hospital what they will and won’t provide in case you are not sure. For example ask whether they have milk and bottles if you aren’t planning on breastfeeding and whether they have nappies etc although you may still want to take your own.

What I will be taking for Mummy

 

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Hospital Bag for mum (2)

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This has been the biggest difference between what I packed the first time and the second time.

  1. 6 pairs of knickers I am willing to throw away. Whether you are having a natural birth or a caesarean you will be bleeding ALOT afterwards and although the hospital will provide you with pads (use them, they are way better than the ones you buy in the supermarket) you may well need to throw this underwear away afterwards. Don’t take your best underwear
  2. Breast feeding Bra– I am not planning on breast feeding this time but I never say never so I will be taking this anyway. Lots of different choices and brands here at ASOS
  3. Breast feeding pads – Just in case, these are for any leaks.
  4. Nightdress– This is to wear after giving birth as I wanted something that wasn´t a hospital gown to sleep in, but it needs to be a dress as the day after giving birth, the Gynaecologist is constantly checking you down there to look at swelling/bleeding/stitches.
  5. Dressing gown and slippers– Hospitals can be cold so this is for extra warmth and for moving around the hospital.
  6. Stretchy leggings, vest top and jumper– This is an extra outfit for when visitors come and you don´t want to be in a nightdress but need something comfy.
  7. Hospital outfit- As in what I will wear to the hospital and home. You may need two depending on whether your water has broken or not before you leave home. Some people will suggest maternity clothes. I just chose something stretchy for coming home as your stomach won´t go straight back to pre-pregnancy but for some women like myself, you don´t have enough pooch afterwards to warrant full blown maternity trousers.
  8. Post partum Body– Literally what it says, this squidges everything back in to the right place and I will wear this or a belly band after giving birth until I feel my tummy is going back to it´s normal place! I like these types of belts or these.
  9. Things not shown– My kindle and a charger– days can be long in a hospital. Take something to do, whether it´s a book or whatever keeps you entertained. So important so don´t forget.
  10. My phone and charger.
  11. Passport or Identity card- they won´t let you take baby home here until you have shown it.
  12. Portable hair dryer– Just incase they don´t have one.
  13. Makeup bag– you often have a lovely pasty color after giving birth!
  14. Glasses or contact lenses
  15. Snacks- I was seriously hungry after giving birth but didn´t want any of the things they had in the canteen. This time I will be preparing some healthy snacks to take with me.
  16. Water – Ofcourse there is water at a hospital but I drink a lot and that way I´m not constantly calling the nurses.
  17. Baby Car Seat
  18. Toiletry Bag

1. I will be taking dry shampooAussie Miracle – you don´t always feel like washing and drying your hair after labor or can´t after a caesarean.

2. Redken shampoo and conditioner sachets– ask your hairdresser for some sample sachets.

3. Toothbrush and toothpaste for myself, husband and son.

4.Deoderant

5.Makeup remover and cotton pads

6.Razor

7. Travel size Shower gel and stretch mark moisturiser (3 for 2 at Boots)

8. Stretch mark oil – It´s important not to neglect this after giving birth as stretch marks can appear when you lose weight as well as gain it.

9. Birth Plan or any paper work you may need.

10. Insurance Card and purse.

I hope this has been helpful to some of you. Not long to go now Ladies!

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Making Valentine’s Day special: Gifts for kids and Parents and some ideas to spice up your evening

I love celebrating just about any holiday and Valentine’s Day is no different.
I try and make Valentine’s Day something for the whole family,so Oliver makes a craft for his Daddy, we do something Valentine’s orientated as a family and I try to do something special for my Husband.
He isn’t a big romantic so I tend to get him a practical gift from me. Check out these ideas

Practical Valentines Day gifts for men


valentines gifts for men they'll love

From left to right: Whisker comb from Uncommon Goods, Waterproof bluetooth Shower speaker on Amazon  I-phone car mounts available in most online gadget stores and Amazon.

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Juice pack H2pro, R2D2 phone charger, Ok the glasses one is more for me as I´m constantly them haha, and for the Whisky Man in your life how about these whisky stones?

Ofcourse when it comes to Oliver I try and do something crafty and home-made which his Daddy always appreciates . I also try to make the gift practical, like cute photos of Oliver and Daddy for a frame or some Art work we can put on the walls.

This year we made some Art for our new bedroom hallway

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Kids Valentines craft footprint and handprint.jpgTo do something family orientated I try and organise a family picnic, or usually do something food related- we are foodies in this house.

This year as I can barely walk around, I chose to make these really simple Jam filled Hearts from the Sweetest Occasion which are always a hit.

Heart Shaped Pie Pops - 14 Valentine’s Day Treats to Make for Your Loved Ones:

I will also be making this for breakfast as it has become a tradition in our house

Cute & Easy Valentines Day Breakfast Sandwich recipe | repinned by www.whenangelscook.com:

When it comes to something special for Nacho and I, we can´t always get a night out (can I see hands raised, exhausted Parents and no babysitter.) So with Nacho not being much of a romantic, I try and do something cute for when he wakes up, like this idea

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I also think it´s important to try and keep the spark alive in a relationship, so what better excuse than Valentine´s Day?

I am in LOVE with the Lingerie from MKHnue. They have some amazing Bodies, Bras and Pants and there can´t be a husband in the world who wouldn´t appreciate this gift. Plus, you can feel great it in, and lets be honest Mummas, there´s not THAT many days when we feel sexy right? Cue baby spit up.

Sexy Lingerie

Total crush on this brand

So there you have it, whether it´s a family Valentine’s day, (see more ideas here on an earlier post) or a special night for two,(more ideas here on an earlier and my most popular post) make sure that your Valentine´s Day is memorable for everyone this year!

For some Valentine´s outfit ideas check out this post

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Valentine’s Day outfit ideas for a Romantic Dinner

I love any excuse to get dressed up, and with Valentine´s Day just around the corner I get all excited about the prospect of choosing THAT outfit and spending some well earned time with my husband.

Ofcourse, this year our situation is a bit complicated. I’m over 36 weeks pregnant, with a trapped nerve and so I have had way too much time to swoon over the romantic night I would love to have with Hubby and of course, outfit ideas.

I thought I´d share some of those ideas with you Ladies, especially for those of you planning on a romantic date with your partner.

I´m a huge fan of the West Coast Style and sitting here at home listening to Lana Del Rey I took some outfit inspo from the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco.

Can you believe these views?

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The lobby of the Hotel is pretty spectacular and gave me some inspiration for the Lana Del Rey feel I’ve got going on this Valentine´s.

Valentines day outfit ideas

Maxi Cape dress from Asos and Ruffle Bandeau Maxi Dress also available at Asos

I love the pastel prints used in the Lobby so I carried this through to my colour choice for the dresses. I think a pastel pink or rose Gold is so understated glamour and lends itself to a setting like this.

 The Fairmont has this amazing Tropical- themed area to dine in if you were looking for something more relaxed, which is what I´m feeling this Year. The great thing about these dresses is that they lend themselves to either formal or relaxed settings.

Can you imagine it? Pina Coladas, tropical atmosphere and West Coast style. So not jealous of you San Francisco Mummas.

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Tonga bar at the  Fairmont Hotel / Black tassel Heels River Island and Steve Madden heels 

 

I would team the cape dress up with some Black suede tassel heels that continue the West Coast vibe and add that relaxed feel to the dress without losing glamour. You could also wear the nude Steve Madden heel, which goes with anything and again is understated glamour.

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STEAL>Blush Patent Leather Clutch Nordstrom, SPLURGE> Jimmy Choo ‘Large Maia’ STEAL>Metallic Envelope Clutch Nordstrom SPLURGE>Alexander McQueen skull clutch also at Nordstrom

Don’t worry, I’ve got your accessories covered too

Finish off the look with some Bobbi Brown Beach Oil, Light contouring and Beach Effect waves

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So there you have it ladies, some ideas to wow your man this Valentine´s and a great excuse to get your warm weather vibe on early and feel extra special this Valentine´s Day because lets face it, we have earned it!

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