Halloween 2018



I'm definitely behind on sharing our Halloween fun but I'm actually quite impressed with how much we accomplished while having a brand new baby.  We got to the pumpkin patch to pick out pumpkins and enjoy fair food and carnival rides.  We carved pumpkins, decorated a haunted house, attended a Fall Festival and I made it to both school parties.  We spent Halloween with great friends and even dressed up in a family costume.  We love celebrating all holidays and so glad we still got to enjoy this Halloween season.  






























Jackson's Birth Story




Baby boy is closer to two months than birth so I figure it is time to finally share how he entered the world.  As I've shared before we always said we wanted three children but to ask us again after two.  It wasn't too long after Madison was born that Kevin said he was ready for a third.  I on the other hand was absolutely not ready and needed some time.  Last year I started feeling the urge and was pushed over the edge when my best friend got pregnant with her third.  It took us a little longer than it did with the girls so by the time I got pregnant I realized how much I really wanted a third baby.  Even when I was completely overwhelmed with the girls I never felt "done" and our family didn't feel quite complete.  So we were all very excited when we found out that a third baby would be joining our family.  Finding out it was a boy was a complete shock and even until his birth it felt surreal.


Introducing Older Siblings to a Newborn




There's two and half years between my girls so when Emily was born she didn't have a full understanding of what it meant to be getting a little sister.  However, now the girls are four and half and almost seven so they have a firmer grasp of a baby brother coming into the picture.  Even though they are older and can better comprehend, a new baby is still life altering for any child and perhaps even greater when your little ones are older.

Post Baby Wear

This post is sponsored by Cuddl Duds but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.


My older, third baby post body is not exactly bouncing back as quickly as it did with the girls but I'm trying to cut myself some slack.  As soon as I'm all healed up I'm dying to get back to High Fitness but in the meantime I'm having to find other ways to get a bit of exercise.  Since Jackson is too young to take to the gym daycare I'm taking him on walks.  Luckily the weather is perfect for outdoor walking and it allows me to take family walks with my mini-me's.  The girls received these strollers from Joovy and they couldn't wait to walk their babies while I walked mine.




Since the weather is cooling off and Fall is in the air I needed to find some new gear that was comfy, and cozy.  Cuddl Duds offers warm, cozy yet stylish pieces that are perfect for layering which is great for Fall and Winter months.  Anyone who knows me knows that I am always cold so layering is a must!  This long sleeve Henley tee is like a thermal and super soft which I love.  It's lightweight so it works great on its own or under a wrap.  The wrap is the softest fleece material and couldn't get more cozy.  However, it runs big and is not that flattering.  The jogger pants again are so comfy but the material is very thin so for my post-baby body it makes me a little self conscious. 


Jackson Jeffrey's Nursery Reveal




When I was pregnant with Emily I was over the moon excited to design and decorate her nursery and it was just perfect.  Then when I was having another girl I couldn't justify changing the nursery even though by that time I was pretty tired of the decor.  When we found out we were pregnant with number three I assumed it was going to be a girl and I kept thinking oh boy 7+ years with this same decor, yuck!  So it was yet another reason to be so excited about having a boy!  He surely couldn't have a pink room so I started from scratch.

Newborn Must-Haves


This being my third baby I feel like I've really narrowed down what is essential and what's not.  I've rounded up everything that I love and sharing my must-haves with you.  My greatest tip is don't fall into all the marketing and buy everything under the sun.  Babies can get by with just a few things.  They mostly need nourishment and love!  The rest of the stuff is to make all of our lives a little bit easier.

What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag




When packing your hospital bag I recommend keeping it light and simple.  As someone who has done this before you don't need a lot to get by.  I've looked at a lot of lists on Pinterest and can't believe how extensive they are.  Not only do you not need everything under the sun but keep in mind your husband or another family member can run home and grab something for you.  It's not like you're traveling by plane to deliver a baby.

One of my biggest recommendations is button sleep shirts.  I bought a pajama set my first delivery and found that it wasn't great for recovery (I'll spare you details).  A button up sleep shirt is great for nursing and for those pesky nurses checks.  You also don't have to worry about ruining pants.  A robe and slippers are great for walking around.  I found my maternity robe at PinkBlush Maternity.  I love the floral print and how light weight the material is yet it's not cheap feeling.  I wanted something blue since I'm having a boy but yet still feminine.  This robe checks all the boxes and I just love it.  My shift dress that I'm wearing above is also from PinkBlush and my favorite part is the ruffle detail on the sleeve.  I picked this up because I knew it would work during my third trimester as well as for my post-partum body which of course is a weird, in-between size.  It's also perfect to pack as a going home outfit.


I've packed a nursing bra and a pumping bra in my hospital bag which I found from Cake Maternity.  You literally can't survive without nursing bras and I'm very excited about these two new finds.  I'm most excited to try out the hands free pumping bra but it also is great as a nursing sports bra.  It's very comfortable and easy to maneuver for feeding.

I'm used to dressing up little girls to the nines so I'm going to have to probably hold myself back with little man.  But don't worry there will be no frills at all.  However, I still couldn't help myself in finding him the cutest little outfits for the hospital.  I have a personalized footed outfit with matching beanie and blanket from Jennifer Ann and a navy and grey swaddle set from Khloe & Kinley.  The Khloe & Kinley set has a matching headband for me and bows for the girls; I mean can we get any cuter?!?!  I also picked up a newborn beanie and name tag from Infanteenie Beenie.

Take your favorite snacks since hospital food is never fabulous.  In addition to food for yourself bring items for the staff.  I've always brought care packages for the nurses and make it known that they can share it with colleagues.  This is to get on their good side and hope for the best care.

Since this is my third baby I have some recommendations on what not to bring.  Use the hospital and get a lot of your items from them.  Not only is it less packing but hey you are paying them a fortune to be there so get your money's worth!  Ask for diapers (extra to go home as well), burp cloths, Lanolin cream, breast pump parts, breast pads, wipes, Dermoplast, pads and anything else they will give you.  Speaking of pads I CAN NOT wear those mesh panties with the "diaper" they provide you.  I almost choked when that's what they offered with my first delivery.  Luckily I said no thanks and found out they have normal pads to use instead which I paired with granny panties I bought specifically for post-partum recovery.  I've brought my DSLR camera in the past but I'm not packing it this time.  I have an iPhone 8 Plus which takes great photos plus I'm having a professional photographer come to take Fresh 48 photos.  If you can't live without electronics than bring your laptop or iPad but it's on my list to leave home.  I found in the past that I didn't have any free time to play on them between visitors, nursing the baby and doctors and nurses coming in for checks.




Let's not forget the bag that you have to put everything in.  For each of my deliveries I've ordered a personalized bag for the baby so they can have a travel bag for future use.  You know my love for Thirty-One Gifts so I of course got this Retro Metro Weekender Bag from them.  It's lightweight which I find important for a travel bag.  I also love the option of arm straps or a crossbody long strap.  I picked up a coordinating bag for my toiletries called the Ditty Dot Glamour Case which has a clear  interior pocket.  I'm just a tad obsessed with anything from Gigi New York and snagged the All In One bag for my makeup.  Most of you also know my obsession for personalization so adding my initials was a must!  Make sure that you pack your bag ahead of time so you're not scrambling and stressing once you go into labor.  


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