Eventhough this was a long weekend, it feels like it went by way too fast. It was really nice to have Chris home for three days to help out...going from one kid to two has been an adjustment for all of us, which is only compounded by the lack of sleep. 
(we laugh when we think back to when we brought Bennett home, because it seemed like the end of the world to us. Looking back on it after bringing Buckley home with a needy toddler, going from zero to one was a cake walk!)

And this is what we did this weekend:

I tried out this tutorial for a mermaid tail braid:
 we finally got around to taking this:
 Ember played trains and cars:
 we went on a walk and saw this:
 Chris made breakfast Sunday morning:
(he even baked the muffins!)
 hung out with the buck:
(he's still figuring out how to focus his eyes, I think it's so cute)
 we took naps:
 Abi came to take Buckley's newborn pictures:
(I can't wait to see them!)
 sneak peek of our diy baby announcement:
 and lastnight we met up with Craig, Lauren and Fern for dinner at Dickie Jo's:
(good food, good friends, and amazing 90's music for Lauren and I to sing loudly/obnoxiously to...we knew we were soulmates during TLC's Waterfalls)

Have a great short week friends!
So I was going to do a weekend in review post but I'd rather nap while the boys are sleeping so I'm just going to slap a bunch of pictures up on the 'ol blog.
(I know that's what you guys want anyways)

Bennett aka Tarzan (he always does this when he sleeps in a tank top) decided that Buckley wanted his "toy":

 Buckley pretty much sleeps all the time right now:

  first trip to the photobooth:

I can't believe this little dude is going to be two weeks old tomorrow!
Happy Wednesday!

Obviously I'm not a first time mom, but when it came to packing our bags for the hospital I had no idea what to pack. Yes, I've done this before but I feel just as clueless as the first time around.

There were a few things I specifically remember being helpful, but beyond that I felt pretty lost. 
I even scoured the internet trying to find any comprehensive "what to pack" lists. I didn't really find any one list that I felt was super helpful so I figured I'd make my own and share it with you guys. Hopefully other soon-to-be-mamas will find it helpful!

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This is the last of the three "packing your hospital bags" posts. 

Diaper Bag: All the things baby needs during your stay.

What you need in your diaper bag will vary depending on what time of year your baby will be born in. It's also a good idea to check with your doctor to see what items your hospital supplies you with. Some hospitals provide everything for the baby, and others provide squat. I was surprised to see a pack of newborn diapers, wipes and newborn "soothie" binkies provided for us last time. 

  1. The bag. This is obvious...moving on.
  2. Nursing cover. It will take you a while to get the hang of things (you will be awkward and fumbly) unless you want your plethora of visitors to see your girls, a cover is a good idea.
  3. Nursing paraphanalia. Nursing pads, soothies, breast shells, etc. Your milk will most likely not come in while you are at the hospital, but it's always good to be prepared.
  4. Nail clippers, scissors and a file. Babies are usually born with long fingernails, so to keep them from scratching themselves bring an assortment of nail tools because newborn nails are tough to cut so you may need a few different ones to get the job done.
  5. Diaper changing pad. Newborns won't need many diaper changes in their first couple of days, but you definitely will want something to put under them when you do change them, because it will most likely be taking place where one of you sleep and there is a good chance it will get quite messy!
  6. Sensitive wipes. Bennett had very sensitive skin in the beginning so I'm bringing my own baby wipes for sensitive skin. Look for unscented!
  7. Burp cloth. Once again, your milk supply will most likely not be established yet, which means that baby won't be getting enough to even spit up but a good burp cloth is your best friend and it doesn't hurt to be prepared.
  8. Calendula cream (or some other natural ointment for baby). For irritated spots, baby acne, dry skin, eczema, etc. This stuff is awesome.
  9. A couple kinds of binkies (you never know what they will like). My lactation consultant stressed that nipple confusion wasn't real and that binkies are actually a good thing because they help your baby establish the sucking reflex that is so important in breastfeeding. They also help you keep your sanity when you feel like you're going to rip your hair out. You aren't a failure if you newborn uses a binky, embrace it. Bennett took a binkie from his first day and never had any problems with getting confused (even when we threw bottles into the mix a month or two later). He also had no problems with being too attached to it, and got rid of it cold turkey once he turned 10 months old. Lifesaver I tell you! These are my favorite ones (hello it has a cap to keep it clean, and they are clear so they won't obstruct pictures!)
  10. Hats and socks. Newborns aren't able to regulate their body temperature so it's good to pack a few of these things.
  11. A toy. No your baby won't be into playing with it, but it good for eye stimulation and at the very least cute photo ops.
  12. Newborn clothes. You would think that 0-3 would incorporate newborns, but for some reason that's not how it works. Bennett was 8lbs 8oz. and stayed in newborn clothes for at least a week or two.
  13. A sweater. This is mostly for the ride home and the split second they will be outside. I'm sure they would be fine if you just covered them with a blanket, but you need to start being an overly protective parent sometime right?!
  14. Gowns. These are priceless in the first few weeks. Newborns sleep a lot, and poop a lot which means that you don't want to be waking them up all the time to change them. In a gown you just simply lift it up while they are still sleeping...genius!
So that's it for my "what to pack" list! 
Mamas-feel free to add any items or suggestions you have for your diaper bag.

This is the 2nd post in a 3 part series...to read 'part 1- the delivery bag' click here.

Obviously I'm not a first time mom, but when it came to packing our bags for the hospital I had no idea what to pack. Yes, I've done this before but I feel just as clueless as the first time around. 

There were a few things I specifically remember being helpful, but beyond that I felt pretty lost. 
I even scoured the internet trying to find any comprehensive "what to pack" lists. I didn't really find any one list that I felt was super helpful so I figured I'd make my own and share it with you guys. Hopefully other soon-to-be-mamas will find it helpful!

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Overnight Bag: This bag contains what you would typically take on an overnight trip.
 (with some fun postpartum items thrown into the mix)

  1. Toiletries. Lotion and face moisurizer (hospital air tends to be dry). Contact solution, contacts case, glasses (not good things to forget for either you or your hubby), a razor (you can finally reach your legs to shave them!), some fancy shampoo and conditioner (once again, pamper yourself a little!)...I'm packing samples to save a little space.
  2. Hair stuff. You will be taking a lot of very important pictures during your stay, so you may want your hair to look somewhat decent. I'm also packing my shower cap and some dry shampoo.
  3. Postpartum goodies. You may or may not be aware of the fact that after you push a baby out, you bleed. A lot. For weeks. Tampons are a no-go, so giant pads it is (the hospital will most likely provide you with some while you are there along with some sweet mesh underwear) but you may want to bring some of your choosing in case you don't like the options. Speaking of underwear, pack a couple pairs that you don't mind throwing away in case you don't like the mesh ones. 
  4. Bella Bands. You will look like you're about 6 months pregnant for at least a few days, except that your belly will look/feel like jello. Don't fret...these bands will make you feel a little more secure and it just feels better to have something tight on your stomach.
  5. Nursing bras. Bring a sleep bra and one that has a little more substance to it. Your girls will be sticking out more than normal, which is always awkward when you have a constant flow of visitors wanting to take loads of pictures. 
  6. Clothing for you. Bring an assortment of maternity clothes and stretchy, normal clothes. You'll want a mixture of comfy clothes and maybe an outfit that's a little less scrub-like since you'll have guests most of the time. Don't forget pajamas!
  7. Clothing for hubby. In addition to his regular clothes, he may want to pack something to lounge in. Don't forget his pajamas as well.
  8. Long tank tops. (hopefully the ones mentioned hereThese are easy to pull down without getting stretched out for breastfeeding. You'll wear these underneath the tops I mention in #9.
  9. Looser-fitting tops. You may be a little self-concious about your post baby body (though you will be rejoicing that you are no longer a giant prego). Loose shirts will hide your jello belly, but will be easy to pull up for feedings. I went out and bought a couple new shirts and am really looking forward to wearing them. After wearing the same thing for months on end, it will be nice to put on something new.
  10. Pants. Both comfy and normal...you most likely will not be able to fit in your pre-pregnancy jeans for a few weeks. You'll probably just want to bring whatever you were the most comfortable in during your pregnancy.
  11. Brown-nosing treats for your recovery nurses. You may or may not be transfered to a new room after delivery, though you probably will get a whole new set of nurses after the shift change. Spoil them so they spoil you!

I hope you guys found this list at least somewhat helpful!

Mamas- feel free to add any items or suggestions you couldn't live without during your hospital stay in the comments!

Obviously I'm not a first time mom, but when it came to packing our bags for the hospital I had no idea what to pack. Yes, I've done this before but I feel just as clueless as the first time around.

There were a few things I specifically remember being helpful, but beyond that I felt pretty lost. 
I even scoured the internet trying to find any comprehensive "what to pack" lists. I didn't really find any one list that I felt was super helpful so I figured I'd make my own and share it with you guys. Hopefully other soon-to-be-mamas will find it useful!

(*I realize that if you are delivering at a birthing center or are having a scheduled c-section your bags may look different than mine, but these posts will at least give you a starting off point if you feel as clueless as I did.)
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I have three different bags packed for three specific purposes; the delivery bag, the overnight bag and the diaper bag...this first post is focusing on the most difficult to pack, yet probably the most important...

The Delivery Bag: Grab this bag first when you head into the hospital. It has your essentials for delivery in case your labor is going by quickly. 
(if it's going slowly, your hubby will most likely have a chance to grab the other bags, 
but no need to complicate your arrival with a bunch of luggage.)

  1.  Comfy tank and shorts. I don't mind wearing the hospital gown while I'm in labor because I know that if I were wearing something of my own, I would just end up throwing it away. Birthing a baby is not a clean process! I plan on wearing a tank under my gown this time mostly because I want to try to labor in the tub for a while, which may be a little awkward in a full on birthday suit (you have to walk down the hall to get to the tub). I'm also bringing some comfy shorts to change into afterwards.
  2. Comfort items for labor. When I was in labor with Bennett, my body was extremely hot and the only things that made me feel somewhat comfortable were a cold washcloth on my neck/forehead and being sprayed with cold water...this time I've also included a soft washcloth from home and a mini travel spray bottle. I also packed a dorky neck cooler (the gel beads expand when placed in water and really help to keep you cool). Other comfort items include chapstick, hair ties, head bands and bobby pins, a toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant, and makeup remover wipes. You may want to include some easy-to-apply eye shadow and mascara for a quick touch up after the baby comes out. You most likely won't even care what you look like, but it doesn't hurt to have some primping supplies just in case. These are, after all, some of the most important pictures you'll ever take!
  3. A towel and flip flops from home. The hospital towels are definitely not the softest, nor are they the biggest. Why not be a little more comfortable after pushing out a baby? You will probably be walking around a lot, and hospital floors are probably not the cleanest...even if you don't wear the flip flops during labor you may want to use them as shower shoes. Maybe I'm a little OCD about my feet being dirty? 
  4. A neck pillow. I was in labor for 25 hours with Bennett, so this neck pillow was a life saver. You should get one while you're prego anyways, it's been the only way for me to get comfortable these last few weeks.
  5. If you already have a little one at home, you've probably been worried about how your oldest is going to take to the new baby. I figured it wouldn't hurt to have Bennett pick out a small gift to give the baby (he even colored a picture for him on the wrapping paper). I'm hoping this will help B to realize that his baby brother isn't so bad after all.
  6. I've heard bringing a treat for the nurses is a good way to ensure top notch care. I'm not above brown-nosing, especially if it could mean a recovery room that's bigger than a closet!
  7. Chargers of all kinds. Phones and cameras will all be working overtime, and therefore will probably run out of juice at the most inopportune time. If you have a laptop, you may want to bring that with you as well...a lot of hospitals have free wifi!
  8. A cute and cozy blanket for once the little one is all cleaned up. You'll be wanting a lot of skin to skin contact in the beginning so he/she will most likely just be in a diaper. When it comes time to share your little bundle, wrap him/her up and get ready for paparazzi. 
  9. Baby book (not that you will have time/energy to fill it out) but it's a good idea to bring it so you can get the baby's sweet little hand and footprints while the nurses are doing them for the birth certificate. This time around I'm bringing a piece of folded cardstock and will have them put the prints on the inside then fold it closed so they won't smudge. Once I get home I'll dust them with cornstarch (to avoid any possible smudging in the future) and cut them out for the baby book.
  10. A waterbottle or cup with a straw. I'm pretty sure the hospital has cups/straws for you but for some reason I just really like having my own.
  11. Snacks, treats, clear fluids and candies and gum. You may or may not be able to eat during labor, but your hubby will probably get hungry for sure. I was able to bring clear fluids to drink during labor last time and it was nice to have something other than water. Oh and don't forget to eat as much hospital crunchy/pellet ice as you can during your stay. It's SO good, though I may be a little obsessed with ice right now. I've already let Chris know that I'd like a cup full of the cold/crunchy goodness once we arrive.
I hope you guys found this list at least somewhat helpful!

Mamas- feel free to add any items or suggestions you couldn't live without during delivery in the comments!
Buckley arrived Thursday night and we've been busy loving on him and Bennett.

I just wanted to post a few pictures so you guys don't think I'm still pregnant!
(PTL for that.)

  Buckley Spencer
8lbs. 4oz.

no, this isn't what I looked like after the birth:
(this was when I felt/looked human again after a night of sleep and a shower)

fresh out of the oven:
(he was born as the sun set and we had an amazing view of it out our window!)

 my boys:

So in love, but trying to adjust with a toddler is a bit more challenging than it was the first time around.
I prepared a series on packing your hospital bags and what you need/don't need and I'll start them tomorrow, but I just wanted to share our good news!
...and we're still waiting on little brother's arrival, though it will be this week one way or the other.
(apparently I make too nice of a home...or my boys are just very stubborn)

Onto our weekend...

We noticed that the IKEA couch we have had our eye on was being discontinued, and there were only 5 left at our local store, so we giddily headed over and ended up getting an awesome deal on it!

Sidenote: there's nothing more American than ketchup and mustard, but IKEA has the cutest ketchup and mustard ever:
(I wanted to buy a bunch of them just to decorate my kitchen with!)
and here's the new couch! 
We are replacing the ugly IKEA feet with some midcentury inspired ones to make it look doubly awesome, just like this one
The feet have been stained and they will go on tonight!
(I'll be sure to post an after picture)
On Thursday, B and I walked around the neighborhood for almost 2 hours.
I had some random contractions but nothing too exciting unfortunately.
I found this picture of my grandpa in 1959. 
How awesome is that mustache:
Friday night my friend Lindsey pampered me at her salon before date night.
I got a much needed refresh on my color and she made my hair all pretty and curly-like:
The finished product:
(my hair never holds curl when it's straightened, but Lindsey made it happen!)
We went to Tasty 'n Sons for dinner and it was as awesome as ever.
We tried this coffee soda and it was so good!
The food...
grilled asparagus with an egg:
the special, meatball sub:
the cheesesteak sandwich with amazing fries:
the hubs:
For dinner Saturday night we went over to Craig and Lauren's.
In honor of Cinco de Mayo, Lauren made some awesome fajitas and we stopped and grabbed a buttload of horchata on our way over. 
So good:
Our Sunday morning breakfast:
(Have I ever mentioned that I somehow am horrible at making breakfast foods? Chris happily takes on the breakfast role in this household, which of course always includes an espresso of some sort. I'm pretty lucky.)
After breakfast, I put on my new shoes so we could walk this baby out:
(No baby, but we got in some good exercise and playtime at the park while soaking up some sun)
Almost to the park, and excited to play with his new soccer ball:

Lastnight we went to church and just relaxed a bit before heading to bed.

I can safely say that this was our last weekend as a family of 3 and it was a good one, but we are ready to add little brother into the mix!

Thanks for rubbing it in...

As if being a watermelon wasn't bad enough, 
now that I'm "past my due date" he has turned into a pumpkin!

Oh joy!   

I have a series all ready to go once little brother gets here all about packing your hospital bags and what you actually need. I assume I won't be blogging much, so I tried to plan ahead...we'll see how this goes.  I might just revert to cute baby pictures, because really who doesn't like those?! 

Happy Friday Friends!
Yep...I'm still with child. 
We've tried everything in the book to get him out and I can tell you that nothing works.  My "due date" is tomorrow so it's not like he's even late yet...I need to remember that God's timing is perfect and there is absolutely nothing I can do to change the very second that this sweet boy will be born! 

This last weekend we stayed quite busy...

I've been really trying to keep up on laundry so we won't have a giant pile to do when we get back from the hospital.
Bennett helped me with the folding:
(fyi: that's a reusable swim diaper on his head, not a pair of granny panties)
 B also chose an interesting outfit for puzzling-it-up:
 Friday morning he brought me breakfast in bed:
 Friday evening we grabbed some tasty treats at Sonic:
Saturday morning was my friend's baby shower at Mother's where I had an amazing breakfast:
(cornbread biscuits and gravy with over-easy eggs, potatoes and a vanilla latte. mmm.)
While my food settled, I got crafty and made a card for the wedding we were going to later that day:
 Finished product:
 Chris and Bubs at the wedding:
 The decor was the cutest:
 and the space was amazing:
Chris and B outside the venue:

Totally unrelated to the wedding, but sleeping comfortably during the end of pregnancy is next to impossible.
I realized how ridiculous our bed looked the other night when I was getting it ready:
(Can you tell which side is mine?)
 Also, I love peeking into Bennett's room at night to see how he fell asleep.
Last night he fell asleep with his bible in his hands:
(Love that boy)

Happy Tuesday Friends!