I feel like I've told this story a million times, but I'll repeat it again anyways... At one of our craft shows recently a little boy (maybe 3-4 years old) came up to our booth and started talking to me. He asked me if I liked snakes and I replied "Oh, yes, they are very slithery!" and he giggled. He asked if I liked spiders and I said "Oh, yes, they have lots of legs and they run really fast" and he giggled again. Of course I was lying to him, but the look on his face each time was absolutely hilarious. Before leaving our booth he pointed wildly at one of our fake display succulents and shouted "Can I buy that for my mom?!?" His mom looked so embarrassed, but it made my heart absolutely melt. Then he ran into the next booth with his mom and from across the way pointed to his chest and yelled "NIPPLES!!".
When we first found out that we were pregnant again I started creating pinterest wish boards, one for a girl and one for a boy. My little girl one was LONG and full of dresses and leggings and cute little things I could dress a little girl in and play with her with. My little boy one wasn't quite as long. I started to worry that I wouldn't be as excited about having another little boy, if that were to be the case. So I started searching for even more little boy things, trying to pump myself up.
But it wasn't until meeting that little boy at the Barn Sale that I realized that being a mom to two little boys was going to be really fun! Do I still want a little girl someday? Sure. Will it be the end of the world if we don't? Absolutely not. Because my heart can still be absolutely filled with the goofy, loving nature of little boys. We found out on Monday that our newest little baby is going to be a little boy, and we are pretty stinking excited! I've already started building him a little "nursery" in the corner of our room and I am so excited for Emmet to have a little brother!
It has been a crazy 14 weeks over here, I suppose more like 10 since we found out four weeks in, but you get the idea. I have never known tired like I experienced these past few weeks. I thought I was tired when I was pregnant with Emmet, but I didn't have a toddler to chase around! It definitely makes a huge difference. Emmet and I have made the most of my sluggish body though and have snuggled and watched movies and played "quietly" around the house. I've started feeling better though, and while I am still tired a lot of the time I have been way more capable of getting things done for the shop, for Emmet, and for the new baby!
We are SO excited for the new little person that will be joining our lives in April! I can't wait to snuggle a little newborn again and see which of us he or she looks more like! We've already started rearranging the house (even though we realize it is way too early) and getting ready for their arrival. Slowly but surely we'll get there! We're excited, we're terrified (two kids?!), and we are so in love already.
I had my bags packed and ready to go as soon as we hit the third trimester. I knew I was being a little bit silly getting ready that early, but in my mind it felt so much better to be ready just in case he had decided to come early! Each week went by and I was glad that he was getting more time to prepare for the world but I was also getting pretty anxious to meet him! I kept stuffing more and more things into our hospital bag and checking my list 1000 times to make sure we had everything.
In the end I used almost nothing that I had packed and prepared so long in advance... so I thought I would share our hospital bag- the edited version.. the things that we actually used.
In My Hospital Bag:
-A Bag to Store all of Your Items In- We wanted to find a bag that would work as a hospital bag for now (without using my only travel bag) and then double as a travel bag for the baby later on. I found this adorable striped bag (similar) from Target that I just love and I am pretty sure will do just the trick! I love all of the weekender bags from Target, it would be hard to go wrong!
-Some posts I read mentioned bringing a change of clothes for the extra days in the hospital....underwear, robe, etc. I had all of these packed but the truth is I never used them! I was perfectly happy wearing the robes that they provided. I would recommend bringing a pair of socks though! Dave had to keep putting them on my feet and taking them off by request as I had hot and cold flashes while in labor. He is such a good guy!
-Nursing Bras/Pads- I found these nursing sleep bras at Target that are super comfortable. They came in a pack of two so I was able to wear one for the months leading up to it and pack the other! I also found these nursing pads at target, I liked that they were reusable so I could feel a little less wasteful (I know I will feel super wasteful here soon using disposable diapers... I'm just not brave enough)
-Nipple Cream (I ended up needing prescription cream!)
-Slippers- While I loved the idea of bringing my favorite slippers from home(similar), I saved some space by packing/wearing shoes that would be comfortable enough to wear around the hospital AND that would work to wear to and from the hospital, so I packed these moccasins from Minnetonka. Other than getting two the hospital and leaving though I really only wore them the one time I ran out of my room to find our nurse for a picture. I didn't leave the room other than that and actually got lost trying to find my way back in again!
-Clothes to Wear Home-I just brought a comfy nursing tank top and some yoga pants as well as a pair of Plain Black Cotton Undies and a normal sized pads (the ones they give you in the hospital are crazy huge!)
-Make-Up/Toiletries- Chapstick, Dry Shampoo, Hair Accessories, Shampoo/Conditioner, Face wash, Soap, Make-up bag, Glasses/Extra Contacts, Make-up Remover Wipes
-Going Home Outfit-We are bringing two; one in newborn and one in 0-3 month just in case. Our newborn outfit was thrifted and our 0-3 month is from Briley Studios and Baby Sprouts Co
-Swaddles-We just put this over him on the way home... otherwise we used the hospitals swaddles!
-Hat, Mittens, Socks-We brought a hat that I bought from Thred Up but it was originally from Gap. I also LOVE LOVE LOVE these adorable little hats from on Lola and Stella Etsy and these baby mittens from 8 AM Apparel on Etsy. Emmet's fingernails were so long when he was born so he actually wore his mittens right away!
-Car Seat- We got the Nuna Pipa Car seat from Nordstrom.
-Lovie/Photo Props- While bringing photography props to the hospital and taking up valuable space in the hospital bag may seem to be/actually be ridiculous, I love the idea of having cute pictures from our time at the hospital. I love this post (the hello my name is sticker... I melt) of hospital photos, this post with 5 tips for taking newborn photos, and this post (the photos they took are adorable). Isn't his owl from Hazel Village the cutest ever? I plan to get one of their adorable creatures for each of Dave and I's kids.
-Several posts also mentioned that you could bring something to do, so I had my Darling Magazine packed just in case. ! I never reached for the extra items that I packed to read/do though because I was either having crazy back to back contractions or holding my sweet boy and entertaining guests.
Resources: (these are the lists that I sorted through to figure out what worked for me! Happy Reading!)
-Katie Did What
-The Wise Baby
-Little Baby Garvin
-The Sweetest Occasion
Here we are at 39 weeks plus 1 day. Dave and I got lunch at Mojo's this morning and I got stopped by a woman who asked me how far along I was, to which I was able to reply with just, "Friday." This little booger is due in just a few short days and we could not be more excited! I've had my last day of work, we've gone to our last birthing class, his room is basically done, and we are finishing up fixing up the last few things on the house. Even though I have been prepping like crazy, I cannot believe this is phase of my life is almost over and a brand new one is just beginning! While I am more than ready to have him in the world and to relieve myself of all of these crazy symptoms that go along with pregnancy, I am treasuring these last few days of having our little guy curled up with me always. My pregnant belly may be large, in the way, and prevent me from sleeping in my favorite position, but it is really special because it holds my little guy nice and close! I'm so grateful that my sweet friend Sara, the one who just got married, was sweet enough to go out with me to take pictures of my belly one last time! I will remember carrying this little guy always and I'm so glad I will have pictures to go along with those memories.
At the end of August Dave and I found out that we were expecting our first baby! I took a test after school one day and texted Dave to come home right away. Usually, Dave takes his time getting home when I beckon him, but he knew that I might test and he was home in seconds. It was such a sweet moment to share just the two of us, standing there in our living room so excited but in complete disbelief! We were so excited we couldn't hold it in. We were able to tell Dave's family in person because we were already spending time with them all that weekend and we called my family to tell them on the phone. It was such a fun weekend of sharing our news and dreaming of the months to come.
After a grueling 6 weeks of holding our secret in, we finally had our first appointment and were able to start telling people! Dave and I sat nervously in the doctor's office as they herded us around to our various stopping points in the office and we met our doctor for the first time. It was so fun to get to see our little baby bounce around on the ultrasound and hear his little heartbeat for the first time. Announcing was just as fun! It was so nice to be able to finally share with all of our family and friends our exciting news.
At the beginning of December, after many routine appointments, we finally had our 20 week ultrasound scan to make sure our little baby was growing correctly and of course, to find out if it was a boy or a girl. Dave and I were so excited to find out! We would have been so happy either way, but finding out that our baby was a sweet little boy was so much fun! I went home and ordered some plastic dinosaurs right away and we called our families to share the fun news.
At the end of December we lost our puppy, Professor, which was really heartbreaking and hard-and still is. I had always dreamed of Professor and our little guy snuggling and taking naps together and sadly won't get to experience this. While it breaks my heart to have lost him and that the baby won't ever get to meet him I'm so glad I had Professor there the day I felt our little man's first kick. It was such a special moment.
In January my sweet friend Sara and I went out and took some maternity pictures. We took advantage of some really oddly nice weather for January and went around all over Newton taking pictures. It was so much fun to take a day to just enjoy and document this pregnancy. I'll always love having these pictures to show our little guy someday.
In February and March we were lucky enough to have two baby showers thrown by friends and family; one at school with all of my wonderful fellow teachers, and one thrown by my amazing mother and sister in laws. We are so blessed to have such generous and loving people in our lives. We were showered with gifts and love for out little guy and are starting to actually feel ready because of it! In March we also finished up our little guy's room. I just love how it turned out!
This last month is going to be a whirlwind of getting things finished up and ready and preparing to meet our little guy! I can't believe that we only have 30 days until this little man is due to be in our arms. I'm hoping for 30 days of rest, relaxation, and finishing touches. I can't wait to hold him in my arms. May 6 here we come!