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Hospital Bag Checklist - First Time Mom Edition

Alright I asked y'all on instagram if you wanted me to share what all I've packed in my + baby T's hospital bags or wait until after I share my thoughts then and the poll was 50/50.  AND a lot of y'all messaged me saying you were interested in both the before and after.  So here we are, part 1 of our hospital bags.
Before packing our bags, I did a lot of "research."    And by that I mean, I used a checklist on my nurture app, asked for your input on instagram, read blog posts and talked to my friends that are already mommies.  And below is what I feel confident and comfortable bringing to the hospital.
Disclaimer: I am more than aware that I have probably over packed (I know this from reading all the minimalist packing posts I've read) BUT I would much much rather have more than we need than wish I would've brought something and didn't or forgot it.
Last thing before diving right in - I have linked things where I could if you're interested in the specifics.  ENJOY!

  • black maternity leggings (these and these are my faves) + loose pajama pants
  • loose tshirts - I've heard black and loose are key for post-delivery
  • nursing tanks + bras
  • nursing pads
  • cardigans
  • robe
  • slippers
  • "if you can read this bring me wine" no skid socks  -- fitting for the occasion
  • cheap flip flops for the shower
  • my own towel
  • toiletries/make up bag
  • camera + iPod
  • all the chargers (camera and phone with a 10ft cord)
  • baby book
  • large pads and depends (I've heard depends are like THE. BOMB. so we shall see?)
  • snacks
  • water bottle

I plan on bringing the boppy as well, and should probably just go ahead and stick it in the car too.  Also, I know there's a lot of suggestion for the husband to have a bag, but Thomas insists he doesn't need to pack one and he'll grab a extra pair of clothes at the time if he feels like it so there's that... haha.

[shop my diaper bag here]
  • Coming Home Outfit and Hat (in newborn and 0-3m just in case)
  • extra outfit in both sizes just in case as well -- I was suggested to me that we bring footless outfits due to the foot bracelets baby wears while in the hospital
  • premie outfit -- I really doubt he'll wear this considering 3 weeks ago he was measure 6lbs9oz but again just in case.  Plus, I don't want to unpack the bag at this point.
  • Personalized Baby Blanket and Hat
  • Baby mittens and socks
  • Pacis - although I'm not so sure how early I want to introduce them yet
  • burp cloths
  • nursing cover -- I won this in a giveaway and probably won't use it but plan on keeping it in the diaper bag anyways
  • diapers and wipes -- again the hospital should have these for us, but I plan on just keeping them in the bag

And considering I am officially 39 weeks as of yesterday, yes our bags are already in my car along with the car seat (eek!).  But some of the things need to be packed up at the last minute, so I have a list on my phone to remember to grab those items quickly.
That's a wrap folks.  My hospital bag and little mans, all ready to go.  Anything you think I should add?  Happy Monday...oh and happy maternity leave to me!!!
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Baby T Weeks 37-38

Due Date | March 25 

My guess this whole pregnancy was that he'd come late, specifically the 31st.  BUTTT in a effort to be completely real with y'all (and myself when I look back on this) I definitely wouldn't mind if he came any day now.  And I never thought I'd wish he'd come before 40 weeks, but it's real life ya know...

Size | According to the apps he is approx. the size of a spaghetti squash, but it also says he might weight almost 7 lbs..and according to our growth scan 2 weeks ago he was pretty close to 7 lbs then so who really knows at this point.  

Gender | It's a BOY! {see our gender reveal here}

Name | Jackson "Cole" Timmerman

Symptoms |  Swollen feet/ankles are here to stay, under my ribs hurts depending on his position, "lightening" and A LOT of pressure really low down...ow!

Cravings |  ice ice baby.

Hormones |  same old, same old...I can't believe we're getting so close!

Weight |   +37  total so far (+2 this past week) and the sound of that kills me, BUT  the doctor is still okay with it, I'm healthy and Baby T is healthy so that's all that really matters.

Clothing |  This past weekend I found 2 pairs of maternity pants from my SIL (go figure this late in the game) and have been wearing them to work.  Other than that I'm just ready to be on maternity leave so I can live in whatever sweatpants and leggings still fit at this point.

Sleep | I'm still sleeping pretty good besides all the peeing.  I did catch a cramp in both of my calves last night that straight up sucked!  

Nursery |  If you've been following along on Instagram (@maryjean_xo) I've been sharing updates here and there.  I have a couple projects I hope to work on this weekend, but nothing major.  I just can't wait until there's a little baby in that nursery.  eek!

Purchases | Just a couple clothes I've found on sale and some Easter books.  Oh, and some snacks to take with us to the hospital.

Fun Fact | At 38, Cole's hair and eyes both have color.  And I'm dying to know what he's going to look like.

Best Moment of The Week |  My parents came down to help us get ready for Baby T and were such an awesome help.  We did ALL the baby laundry, made freezer meals and just spent time together.  They are the best!

Looking Forward To |  Maternity leave starts Friday after school...woohoo!!  I can't wait for some time just me and Thomas, time to do some last minute cleaining/organizing, AND most of all resting.

Next Apt. | March 21st

Pregnancy Posts || 

Baby T arriving 2018                           Gender Reveal                      Weeks 33-34
First Trimester Recap                           Weeks 21-23                         Weeks 35-36
Week 14                                                Weeks 24-25
Week 16                                                Weeks 26-27
Weeks 18 & 19                                     Weeks 28-30
Week 20                                                Weeks 31-32

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Maternity Pictures

Although it's very obvious this blog has taken a back seat lately, I still want to keep track of big life moments for our little family here.  Even if it's not the MOST consistent for the time being.  So bare with me..

Anyways, today I'm sharing our Maternity Pictures and I am OVER THE MOON with how they turned out.  We had them done in NC (where I grew up) by a girl I went to high school with: Courtney Brown Photography. I was 31 weeks at the time, and am so glad I chose to do them then, because the double chin (although it made a couple appearances in these pictures) has made a full-time appearance on my face now.  

I've already ordered some of these pictures to hang in Cole's nursery, and honestly I know I LOVE having these to look back on after this pregnancy passes us by.  

Enough words, here are the pictures...

Happy hump day friends.  Now I'm off to go to my 37 week appointment. 
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Baby T Weeks 35-36

Due Date | March 25 BUT my guess is our little one will make their appearance March 31st..although I have started worrying what if he comes early?!

Size | At our appointment today the doctor said he's measuring 6lbs 9oz and in the 52%.  

Gender | It's a BOY! {see our gender reveal here}

Name | Jackson "Cole" Timmerman

Symptoms |  back pain is still rough and so is this pain I've been getting at the bottom of my right rib cage -- this is where his feet are so I'm thinking they're hitting a nerve or something.  Oh and swelling has begun -- but it's to be expected teaching on my feet for 7-8 hours a poor cankles.


Cravings |  Nothing has changed here.  Still craving ice EVERY. DAY.  Oh and I found out you can get entire BAGS of ice for free from Zaxbys so now I only go by once a week to get a bag to last me.  #winning

Hormones |  I'm starting to get more emotional, especially thinking about when Cole will be here and when Thomas talks about him/what he's looking forward to in the future.

Weight |  +1 pound since my last appointment (thank God!), putting me at +31 total.  

Clothing |  No update here.

Sleep | The pregnancy pillow that Thomas bought me for Christmas is still coming in clutch.  BUT these past two days have been rough and I have a feeling we're going down hill from here.  The pain under my rib cage really hurts throughout the night waking me up so I have to turn over.  And my back has started to hurt too.  Ironic, because I was just telling my in-laws how sleeping has been great for me and where I'm most comfortable....bummer.

Nursery |  If you've been following along on Instagram (@maryjean_xo) I've been sharing updates here and here.  But if not: the dresser is set up,  the cube is painted and set up/organized, I have both of the closet organizers filled up, and the rugs came in the mail.  


So plans for this next week are: set up the second dresser, lay the rugs down, get the blinds/curtains set up, and a couple DIY projects -- EEK!

{See the plans I have for his Safari Nursery in this post}

Purchases | I bought a personalized blanket for the hospital and fingers crossed it comes in in time, but if not we'll obviously use it at home too.  During President's Day Weekend Old Navy was having an awesome deal and I got him a bathing suit considering we're going for a week with each of our families this year AND my in-laws have a pool.  Other than that, really there's not much more purchasing going on because everything is really ready to go.

Fun Fact | At 36 weeks, all of Cole's major organs are functioning - except his lungs - and the only major system that is still developing is his digestive system.

Best Moment of The Week | Getting to see our little man on the ultrasound today.  She even switched over to 4D for a little bit for us to see his incredibly squishy cheeks and lips.  He is measuring right on track and his heart rate is 144bpm.  I also had the Group B Strep Test done and had my cervix checked (holy ow!) and am still "high and thick" which is to be expected.  

Looking Forward To |  My parents are coming this weekend to help me finish getting everything ready.  We have plans for lots of laundry, organizing and making freezer meals.  And now our appointments are EVERY. WEEK.  

Next Apt. | March 7th

Pregnancy Posts || 

Baby T arriving 2018                           Gender Reveal                      Weeks 33-34
First Trimester Recap                           Weeks 21-23
Week 14                                                Weeks 24-25
Week 16                                                Weeks 26-27
Weeks 18 & 19                                     Weeks 28-30
Week 20                                                Weeks 31-32
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