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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.

practical valentines gifts for men

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

valentinesday ideas for men

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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A DIY Bat Costume for Halloween

When October starts lurking, I have two things on my mind. Firstly, my Son´s Birthday Party which he has usually already chosen the theme for (see this years Dinosaur Party here.) The second is always our annual Halloween Party, which poses the question, ´What will my son choose to dress up as this year?´

Oliver decided this year that he wanted to be a bat. Not a vampire, no because we already have that costume. He wanted to be a bat.
I scoured the Internet in search of a decent bat costume, but living in Spain, that is a seriously daunting task, and anything from Amazon cost me more to ship it from the UK than the cost of the actual costume itself.
I knew I couldn´t let Oliver down as he was so excited about his costume,  but even with all the time I had ahead of me, there wasn´t a bat costume in sight that wasn´t fleece material, and with the sun still beaming down on us here, overheating obviosuly wasn´t an option.
I decided that my best option therefore, was to make the costume myself.

Bat Wings

I bought a piece of black fabric from a local store and after folding it down the middle, I got to work stenciling the neckline, and the bat wing pattern on to the fabric using white chalk.
I wish I had pictures for this part but I really didn´t think about blogging the Costume until I had finished and realised it might come in handy for other parents.
However, I found a great tutorial on-line which goes through the exact steps I did to make the wings.

Halloween DIY Bat Costume Tutoril

DIY Halloween Bat costume tutorial

Once you have your wings, you can either leave them as they are, or you can add some lines going down the wings to make them look more bat-like and less vampire-like, which was very important for my son.

I chose to draw gold lines, using 3D glitter glue

DIY bat wing halloween costume

We´ve even got out the skull Tablecloth from my Home Range to get us in the Halloween mood!

Next up was the Bat mask, which I did manage to get photos of for a tutorial 😉

I got together my materials:

Black felt

Skin Color felt

Fabric Glue

Black Elastic

Needle and Black thread

First I downloaded a batman mask for my template like this one from cutsey crafts.

Halloween Bat costume template I knew that I didn´t want to have Batman type ears so I cut off the ears of the template and cut out the eyes. I then traced it on to the black felt using a marker pen, I used a blue one but I would recommend you use white chalk to trace, as it´s easier to see.

Template Bat mask

As you can, or possibly can´t see, with a permanent marker the outline was very faint.

I drew on to my template, two bat- like ears as well as two small vampire-like teeth to make Oliver´s bat extra scary, just as he´d asked!

DIY bat halloween costume maskUsing my skin color felt, I drew around the existing black felt bat mask ears to get an idea of their size

Bat Mask HalloweenI then drew a second line inside the bat ears I had traced on to my skin-color felt to make the inside of the bat ears. I cut the inner ear out and, checking I didn´t have any pen marks showing on the good side of the ear, I stuck them to the black felt ears using fabric glue.

DIY halloween bat mask

I then filled in the fangs with the 3-d Gold glitter glue which Oliver loved.

Using a piece of black elastic I had at home, I then measured the elastic around Olivers head, and cut to size. I sewed each end of the elastic strip on to the sides of the mask. I sewed the elastic loosely enough not to put pressure on Oliver´s head, but tight enough not to be falling off every five minutes.

DIY Halloween bat costume

DIY bat costume HalloweenI teamed Oliver´s wings and mask with some black trousers and long sleeved top and his Halloween socks 😉

Happy Halloween!

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