Eat Drink & Be Mary: 2018


Cole's Newborn Pictures

As soon as Thomas and I found out we were pregnant I knew I'd want to get newborn pictures done.  It's such a fleeting time that I knew would pass by all too quickly, and I want these tiny features and sweet snuggly moments captured so we can remember them forever.  

After some searching on Instagram, I came across Markie Walden Photography and fell in love with her photography style.  And needless to say she did not disappoint.  


Cole: words softest grey sleeper {similar}

my favorite picture ever

and one of Mimi since she was there helping us out
Y'all I'm o b s e s s e d with every. single. one of these pictures.  Can you blame me?  
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Hospital Bag - What You Really Need

Y'all asked to see what I packed in our hospital bags and then an update of what we actually used.  And the time is here.  I have to say I am overall really pleased with what I packed.  I knew I over packed, but honestly don't regret it..I'll probably adjust a little the next go around BUT - again - I'd rather have over packed then have forgotten something.  

Also, it may be good to keep in mind that we ended up staying 2 nights due to some events that happened during delivery so that plays a factor into this all as well.

So let's hop right into it.  Below is a list of what I packed in my bag and it Cole's diaper bag and I'll break it down to what I used/didn't use and if I forgot or wished I had brought anything else.


  • 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
  • my own towel
  • toiletries/make up bag
  • camera + iPad
  • 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
  • boppy
  • robe
  • slippers
  • "if you can read this bring me wine" no skid socks 
  • cheap flip flops for the shower
  • water bottle


Alright, so I marked everything that I didn't use above.  That being said, I definitely think slippers/non-skid socks would be fantastic to keeping your feet warm and not falling I just totally forgot I even brought them until I was packing everything up to leave. 

Also, cheap flip flops I also forgot I brought when I went to shower..mainly because standing and moving was quite the struggle at the time and hey I lived despite the germs that may have been in that shower #ohwell. 

I thought I'd love a robe for easy nursing when visitors were there, but nursing tanks were really where its at. 

And they brought me HUGE waters with the. best. ice. for our entire stay so although I had a super cute water bottle there really was just no need for it.  


Everything not marked out I used in the hospital, but some items ended up being much more essential than others.  My absolute favorites that I will 100% be bringing next go around are: 

+ nursing tanks and leggings  -- I lived in these.  Appropriate for guests and still easy access to the boob.  And leggings because comfy, duh.  

+ nursing pads -- I wasn't quite to the level of leaking that I am now, however, I found my nipples would stick to my tank top if I wasn't wearing them.  ouch.

+ boppy -- So I know this is usually used for nursing BUT I found this to be the second BEST thing we brought.  Why?  Well, sweet Cole was not into his plastic box for sleeping in at the hospital, and I was pretty freaked out to sleep with him in my hospital bed.  So I'd pull the boppy up around me like you would for nursing and I'd hold him on that while I dosed between feedings.  I honestly hardly slept at all but it gave me peace of mind knowing if I did nod off there he would go rolling off anywhere.  Thomas also, used the boppy for a pillow (the pillow they had for him sucked) part of the time.

+ 10ft charger cord - Thomas and I both used this and it could reach from the wall to my hospital bed.  MUST. HAVE.  The end.

+ Cardigans and loose tees were good for going home but next time I'll probably only bring one of each instead of having options like I did this time.

+snacks were key inbetween the meals they gave me (which were actually pretty dang good) and the food my parents brought me..because hello breastfeeding #givemeallthefood

Lastly, I packed pads and depends because I didn't know which I'd use.  Obviously the hospital had the mesh panties and pads for me to use while I was there.  So next time I don't plan on bringing the pads, and while I didn't use the depends at the hospital I did wear them going home and are so perfect for post-partum once I got home.


[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


+ extra outfits - So given our sweet boy was 8lb4oz at birth (7lb13oz when we left) we obviously did not use the premie outfit and ended up not using the 0-3m ones either, but I don't regret bringing them at all.  They are all so tiny they hardly took any room and I would've been really bummed if we didn't have anything that fit him.

+ nursing cover - I ended up not using this, however, I did use the large personalized blanket to cover up when family members were visiting so I can see this being a good asset to have

+ diapers and wipes - I mentioned in the original post I knew they'd have these at the hospital but threw them in so I'd be ready for future use.

his poor little hat is SO SO big 


+ personalized blanket and hat - We used these everyday (wed-fri) we were there.  Cole loved being swaddled and hated being cold so the blanket worked out perfect.  And like I mentioned above I also used the blanket to cover up while nursing if we had visitors. 

Also, we accidentally shrunk the hat when washing it beforehand and our little dude had such a tiny head it fit him perfectly and was the only hat I brought that fit.  

+ coming home outfit - This really is up in the air for me.  I loved having a special outfit to bring him home in and will probably keep it forever.  BUT he was covered up in his blanket so much you probably wouldn't have even noticed it.  Bascially, I'm glad I ended up choosing an outfit from Old Navy and not spending an arm and a leg on some custom outfit.



+ soap/washcloth - Although I remembered my own towel I forgot soap and a washcloth - or maybe I assumed they'd have some.  But they don't.  Luckily, my parents brought it to me the next day when I was ready to shower.

+ stuff for Thomas - I also mentioned this in the original post, but when I suggested Thomas pack a small bag or add stuff to mine he didn't want to.  And although, his sister ended up bringing him a change of clothes for the next day it would've been nice for him to already have them and not have to wear his work uniform the first day/night.  (this could've been because we had to stay an extra night though)  I also wish we would've brought a pillow from home for him.  I didn't mind the pillows they had for me - and I had two - but Thomas only had one and it was pretty maybe next time?


And that's it folks.  I know that was a lot to read and take in, but I really wanted to make sure I was detailed and in depth enough for all you curious, first time moms packing your bags or if its just been a while.  I'm thinking this post will come in handy for me in the future when I'm bound to have forgotten how I felt the first go around #mombrain.  

Keep in mind, that of course this is just worked for me and my preferences and that we did end up staying an extra night.  But I hope this post was helpful for all of you that requested it.  And just for fun, if you have done this before leave a comment with your must have items for your hospital stay.  

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Jackson Cole | ONE WEEK

It's March 28th and our sweet boy is ALREADY a week old.   So cliche, BUT I can hardly believe it's already been a week and yet it feels like he's always been a part of our family.  Y'all this week has been everything I've ever dreamed of and more..sure there's been a lot less sleep but there's been a lot more smiles, laughter and the cutest squeaks and stretches and all the baby goodness.  I'm in heaven y'all.  

Since this first week has been full of so much change (GOOD CHANGE!) I wanted to share a little update, but after this I only plan on doing monthly updates.  

side note: this week is the last of the chalkboards (doin' it for the chatbook -- anyone else have and LOVE them?) but it turned out to be a pretty cute photo opp. with some pretty cute pictures.  

ALSO, can we talk about how in shock I am that he came 4 days early!  The entire first half of my pregnancy-if not longer-I swore he'd be late (the 31st to be exact because there is a full moon that night).  Then as the end drew near I started to think he might come early.  Partly out of hope and partly because I got nervous that I wouldn't be ready and needed to do ALL. THE. THINGS.  Starting around 38 weeks, I began to say to Thomas maybe we'll have a baby tonight! and definitely was more uncomfortable and wondered if I was seeing signs of early labor.  Then Tuesday night, was the first time I thought maybe he won't come tonight and specifically remember texting Thomas that (he was on shift) and that it probably meant he would.  And sure enough he did!!  p.s. still working on writing his birth story

always throwing up that middle finger

SIZE:  Our sweet boy was born 8 lbs 4 oz (ouch!) and when we left he was 7 lbs 13 oz.  When we went for our first doctor's appointment at 5 days old he was 7 lbs and 13.5 oz.
Cole is wearing newborn clothes and diapers.

BREASTFEEDING: Speaking of Cole's size..when we went to the doctor he was SO pleased with Cole's weight..which made my mama heart so happy.  The doctor said his weight is "amazing" for a breastfed baby since they typically lose 10% of their weight and that would've put him more at 7lb7oz.  
He's been breastfeeding like a champ since the moment he was born and homebody doesn't miss a meal.  He typically goes an hour and a half to two hours between feedings for about 20-25 min, but just recently has started making 3 hour stretches but is eating more like 30 min. each time.

SLEEP: He's also a pretty good sleeper.  I feel like its hard to tell so soon, but he basically sleeps and wakes up to eat.  Usually after his morning feeding (9/10 am) he will usually stay awake for a solid 20 minutes.

first day home -- 3/23

LOVES: Cole L O V E S being swaddled.  I'm talking as soon as you start that first fold he's instantly calmer.  He also loves to be bounced..specifically when we hold him horizontally with his head in one hand and his bum in the other.  

HATES: Being cold!  Which means every diaper/clothing change is quite the screaming fest.  But can you really blame him for disliking get undressed all the time. ;)

MILESTONES: first outing to the doctor's office 3/26, first sponge bath, newborn pictures 3/28

off to Cole's first doctor appointment

PLACES HE'S BEEN: doctor's office

PERSONALITY: His personality so far seems to be very sweet and calm, only crying when he's hungry or cold.  BUT I'm interested to see how it'll develop as he gets older.

WHO HE LOOKS LIKE: He most definitely has his daddy's nose and ears, and possibly my lips.  At first, in the hospital, I wasn't so sure who he looked like, but as each day passes we agree he looks more and more like his daddy.  And thats what almost everyone says when they see him.  During my pregnancy I was hoping for a mini Thomas, and it seems that wish is coming true.  OH and he was born with brown hair, but everyday its getting lighter and lighter...we might be getting a little ginger after all.
daddy's mini me

  • he snorts when he cries
  • when he gets really excited/frustrated when I'm starting to feed him he will start to bang his head against me (kinda like bobbing for apples, haha) over and over and then scrunch his nose
  • at night when he gets the hiccups he squeaks and sounds like a little mouse.  oddly enough when he has the hiccups during the day he doesn't squeak
  • his forehead wrinkles (like in the first pictures)..literally my favorite expression he makes and has since day 1

hands down my favorite picture so far

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