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Post Baby Weight Loss Journey

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Has it really been since May since I last blogged?! I never knew how hard it would be to juggle life with a newborn until I had one. I promise to fill you in on life lately but right now I’m going to talk about what a lot of people have been asking me about lately…. My weight loss. The photos below are still a bit embarrassing to me because I still have more to lose and tone up my body. But I’m proud of how far I’ve come in 4 short months.

Once I was cleared to workout 8 weeks postpartum, I started off by cleaning up my diet and working out everyday. I did 2 rounds of Insanity Max 30. Man, was it HARD!! By that time I hadn’t worked out in almost a year. I lost about 15lbs in 60 days. Towards the end of the 60 days I was starting to stall. I needed to lose a total of 30lbs to get to my pre-pregnancy weight, ya’ll!! I needed to do something more. Something better with my diet. I was chatting with my talented makeup artist/stylist friend Lindsey Thorne one day because I had noticed how much weight she had lost after having her son. I asked what her secret was! She told me it wasn’t a secret at all; that it was a lifestyle change! She had started back at the beginning of the year on a nutritional cleanse and it completely transformed not only the weight but her energy level, her outlook on nutrition, and it’s made her feel overall amazing. I was hooked, I had to start immediately! And when I did, this new lifestyle of an alkaline diet and releasing nasty toxins at a cellular level completely changed me. The weight started to finally come off again, I felt energetic, I slept better (which was amazing for me because I’ve always been a light sleeper and when I had Vivian I became an even lighter sleeper. I think my brain was on high alert!), and I didn’t crave high caloric foods and alcohol like I used to.

The gist of this nutritional cleanse is simple. You begin by loading your body with optimal nutrition in order to allow the body to do what it needs to do – which is cleanse out toxins. Once toxicity is out, you can once again free your body to perform in optimal capacity in everything (including weight loss). The system is one that really is about making the body alkaline, reducing inflammation and boosting the immune system.

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The system is so easy and guess what?! You get to EAT!! I have 2 meal replacement shakes a day, a 400-600 calorie meal, 2 snacks in between and half my body weight in water. It’s literally THAT easy. With the 30 day system you have 4 cleanse days. The cellular cleanse is notfast for your body… but a way to absorb the nutrients, allow your digestive system to rest and to rid the toxins and replenish your cells!  It is about putting the essential nutrition back into your body. The cleanse and shake days create the cornerstone of continuous, ongoing good health!

So here I am, 15lbs lighter and many inches lost after starting Isagenix. I’m still continuing my weight loss journey so I will be here, cleansing and ridding my body of those awful toxins I put into it while I was pregnant. image1-9

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As I continue with Isagenix, I workout everyday. I mix it up at home with different DVD workouts. My favorites are 21 Day Fix Extreme, Pure Barre, and Yoga. I never thought I would love yoga because of it’s slower pace but with all of my added energy, I am able to appreciate it more.

Now through Sunday September 20th, if you want to sign up and be a part of an amazing community of “cheerleaders” doing the same thing as you, your $29 membership fee is waived! Email me at casey@peachesandglitter.com for more information. I would love to help you on your weight loss journey or even if you just want to feel better!

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I’ll end this with words I’ve lived by since my baby girl came into the world!

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Xoxo

Where Has The Time Gone?!

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I feel like a horrible person. I thought that I would for sure have plenty of time to blog since I stay at home with Vivian during the week. Boy, was I WRONG! It’s truly amazing how much time and attention infants need! Not to mention I went back to work when she was 7 weeks old. It’s definitely been a big struggle to get into a groove on the weekend getting Vivian ready early in the morning, dropping her off at Nana and Papa’s, picking her back up, and getting everything ready to do it all over again the next day. Peaches & Glitter blog is my ‘safe place’ so I like to be honest. It’s been very hard for me. With my husbands schedule, I’m basically like a single mom. So working on top of that has pushed me over the anxiety edge a few times. I give MAD props to single, full-time working mothers! I know this is just a phase and it’ll all work out.

For almost 2 weeks now I’ve started my workouts and new diet. I’m not following a specific diet, just eating healthy. I’m not the type of person who can stick to a strict diet. That’s when I cheat and give up. And giving up is not an option because I have about 20lbs to lose to get to my pre-pregnancy size and then ANOTHER 10lbs to get to where I feel best about myself. I invested in ‘Insanity Max 30’ DVD’s and have absolutely loved it!! Last week I lost 3 pounds! So it’s definitely working! It was hard when Vivian was about 5 weeks, I all of sudden had this horrible pain in my right hip. It got to the point where I could barely walk. I went to the chiropractor and found out that as my pelvis was shrinking back down after pregnancy it shrunk back crooked so one leg was higher than the other and I developed sciatica. I can’t tell you how painful it was. Carrying around Vivian definitely didn’t help it heal but after 3 long weeks of many chiropractor visits and massages (a major bonus!), I’m finally back to normal with very little pain.

Since babies change and grow so fast, I can only promise to blog maybe once or twice a week. I miss it so much! But like I said, its crazy how much time and attention babies need. And honestly, I don’t want to miss a milestone for anything! I love being this little girls mommy. From things I read and talking to other moms, she’s a dream baby! She’s so calm (most of the time!) and content. For my first post back in over a month I thought that I would share a short survey on Vivian! She turned 2 months old on April 17th. I can’t believe it’s been now 9 weeks already! I hope you enjoy learning a little bit about my pride and joy and some candid photos from the past 8 weeks! I’ll be back next week with a fun prom inspired blog post since it’s prom season!!!

How old: 9 weeks

Weight: 10 pounds 13 ounces. She’s in the 50th percentile for weight.

Height: She is now 23 1/2 inches long which is the 75th percentile. This surprised me because her mommy and daddy are SHORT!

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Milestones: Smiling, cooing, discovering her hands and feet, reaching for toys, grabbing toys (this has only happened a handful of times), holding her head up during tummy time, and my favorite, sleeping through the night!!! When I was pregnant I read the book ‘On How To Become Babywise’ and have been following it since I brought her home from the hospital. I recommend it to anyone and everyone! If any new mommies have any questions or need advice, I happy to help! Sleep is VERY important to me! Hehe.

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Eating: As you all know from this post I have suffered from clinical depression since I was young. I thought since I was okay during my pregnancy that I would be okay once we brought Vivian home. But postpartum hit me HARD. As much as I wanted to breastfeed, I knew my mental frame of mind was more important so I could take care of my daughter and be there 110%. So I went back on my medication and stopped breastfeeding when she was 2 weeks old. I’ve had her on Baby’s Only Organic formula ever since. Little miss Vivian is a spitter-upper! I have to always have a bib on her! Her doctor said it’s completely normal and that she should grow out of it around 6 months. I thought maybe it was the formula but no, she just spits up! I never thought I’d do so much laundry in my life!!

Sleeping: We put her down for bed at 7:30pm, wake her for a “dream feed” at 10:30pm, and she sleeps until we wake her in the morning at 7:30am! I worked long and hard to get her on a good schedule and get her sleeping through the night. A dream feed is a feeding where you basically feed them while they’re asleep. I tried not waking her too much but she never took a full bottle. So I finally started waking her enough to where she would get in a full feeding. I know she’ll have the ability to sleep 12 hours by 12 weeks old so what I’ve been doing is pushing her dream feed time up 10 minutes at a time every couple of days. That feeding is now at 10:10pm and she’s still sleeping until 7:30am! Once I get to about 8:30-9pm, and she’s sleeping until morning then I’ll drop it. My sweet girl has no clue the blessing she has given me for her ability to sleep well! Now naps on the other hand need a little bit of work! They were great when she was a few weeks old but around 7-8 weeks, she hasn’t napped well at all! Next week we’ll start getting into a better nap routine!

Favorite moment: Everyday there is a new favorite moment! I love my bedtime routine with her. We take her upstairs, keep the lights low, we give her a bath (she LOVES bath time!), give her a lotion massage, dress her in her pj’s, feed her in the comfy glider and read her a book. I swaddle her and say a prayer with her and shower her with kisses before putting her in her crib. It’s become my favorite time of the day.

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Worst moment: This past Tuesday she had her 2 month checkup and had her first shots. She was a champ and just cried during the shots but fell right to sleep. But when we got home, she had a bit of a fever and wasn’t feeling well so needed mommy and daddy cuddles all day along with some baby Tylenol. Thank God the next day she was feeling much better!

Looking forward to: Everyday with her! It will be nice when she stops spitting up so much so she won’t have to wear a bib all day!

Newly found wisdom? The love I have for this tiny little girl is unreal…. <3

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Xoxo

Our Birth Story

It makes me laugh out loud knowing that mine and my husbands last date night as just a family of two was spent at Waffle House and going to see ’50 Shades of Grey’!

It was Sunday morning, February 15th, and I had gotten up out of bed. I did my morning ritual (waddle my pregnant butt to the bathroom to pee). As I was walking back into the bedroom I noticed a little leak. So I ran back to the toilet and then the small gush happened! I went downstairs to my unexpected husband and laughed, “Um, my water just broke.” His response was classic: “What?! Are you serious?! Are you serious?!” I called my doctor to make sure it was okay to head to the hospital. She said to head on over! But first, I naturally did what any other makeup artist would do, I did my hair and makeup so I looked presentable when I finally got to meet my daughter (Yea, that didn’t happen but you’ll see why soon!).

We arrived at the hospital around 1pm. I was starting to have mild contractions about 5 minutes apart. They weren’t painful so I was feeling excited! We got checked in and was told after I was checked that my water had, in fact, broken. I was only 1 centimeter dilated so I was put on pitocin to get things moving along. Hours went by and the nurses had to keep elevating my pitocin drip because my cervix wasn’t dilating. Finally sometime between 8pm and 9pm that night the doctor came in and had a plan of action. She wanted to insert a Foley catheter to help my cervix dilate and take me off of the pitocin until 5am the next morning. I won’t go into much detail of the catheter but I will say that I would not wish that pain on my worst enemy. It was the worst thing I’ve ever felt in my life. Poor Matt had no clue what to do except hold my hand in horror! Once it was inserted, I was allowed to eat one last meal. Little did I know at the time that it would be well over another 24 hours before I would be eating again. I tried as best as I could to sleep until my 5am wakeup call to find out how much I had dilated. I found out I got up to 4 centimeters. Not great, but progress.

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I decided to go ahead and get the epidural that morning around 11am. The contractions were still bearable but I was told by multiple mama’s to go ahead and get it before they got intense. When the anesthesiologist came in and had me lay in the fetal position on my side, I remember thinking it was a little strange because I thought I was suppose to lean over on the side of the bed. For the next few hours, I would have my cervix checked every 2 hours or so and I would slowly be dilating a centimeter here and there. My parents came by as well as my best friend Lauren and Vivian’s future bestie Chloe came by to visit. I thought it was bizarre because all moms that have had an epidural said that I would feel an immediate relief. I never did. I was still feeling my contractions. I let the nurses know and they told me I’d have to have a new one inserted. I wasn’t looking forward to it because I honestly thought the first one hurt quite a bit. When a different anesthesiologist came in and had me sit on the side of the bed, I was so relieved. That epidural was exactly how it should’ve been from the beginning! He must have thought I was nuts because all I could do was thank him over and over again!

Around 10pm Monday night, I was getting so discouraged and was completely worn out. I had been in labor for 36 hours by that point. My blood pressure was good and stable and so was Vivian’s heart rate. So my doctor checked me around 11pm and I was up to 9 centimeters and 80% effaced. She came back in around 1:45am-2am TUESDAY morning and checked me one final time. I hadn’t progressed any. She simply asked if I could still keep going or was I done. I told her I was done. I wanted a c-section. Within 30 minutes I was wheeled off into the operating room and given a heavier dose of the epidural to get me fully numb from the waist down.

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All I could do was shake. I was so nervous to be cut open but so happy to finally deliver my sweet girl. Matt was then escorted into the room before “things got real”. He was my hero. He rubbed my head and just told me how much he loved me and how great I was doing. Finally, the doctor spoke up and told me that I would feel a lot of pressure and that they were taking her out. The pressure was no joke! At 2:47am Tuesday February 17th I heard the sweetest sound I’ve ever heard in my life… My baby girl let out a cry. Matt and I just cried together and laughed! I could barely see her because of how I was draped and where she was so I asked Matt to go be with her. After finally cleaning her up and getting her checked out Matt brought her over to me. She was the most beautiful and perfect little thing I’d ever laid eyes on. All 7lbs 1oz of her!

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Vivi meeting Nana for the first time!

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I love this picture of these two!

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Proud Papa!

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Meeting her new BFF Chloe! She was so gentle!

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My mom always told me that I wouldn’t understand the love she has for me until I have my own child. And now I do. I really do!

Xoxo

She’s Here!!!

I’m sorry I’ve been MIA the past week or so. As you can see, I’ve been a little busy! 😉 Meet Vivian Grace Lombardi. Born February 17th, 2015 at 2:47am. 7lbs 1oz and 19 and a half inches long. I am in pure heaven with our little girl. I promise to be back on the blog in the next week or so! Being a new mommy is no joke so we are just trying to settle in at home and once we get into a good groove, I’ll be sharing LOTS of pictures and her ever so long birth story!

Thank you to everyone for all of the sweet words and support since she was born. It means the world to Matt and I. And now, let me introduce my daughter, little Vivi!

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I’m Ready… Or Am I?

In exactly 10 days from today, my baby girl is due to arrive. As February 19th approaches, I get more and more terrified. Not because I’m about to push out a human being out of my vagina but because my life is about to drastically change forever. Ever since I can remember I’ve always felt like my main purpose in life is to be a mom. To have my own family is all I’ve ever wanted. But now that it’s almost here, I’m terrified. I’m 32 years old so why do I feel like this? Is this feeling normal? Do other first time moms get this anxiety? Shouldn’t I be in a constant state of excitement to meet my sweet girl?!

All in all, we are ready for Vivian to come home. Everything is in it’s place. My husband, God bless him, is so excited and calm. But here I am, a nervous wreck! On the outside I’m ready. But on the inside, am I?

* What if my breast milk doesn’t come in?

* What if my sweet girl isn’t a happy baby?

* What if she grows up to hate me?!

* Will I literally go crazy the first few weeks when I’m sleep deprived?!

* Will I ever have a good nights sleep again?!

* Will I ever be able to be selfish again? And if so, does that make me a bad person?!

* What if I don’t make my husband proud?

* What if I can’t do it all?

Little Vivi has been incredibly active in my belly the past couple of weeks and I’m mesmerized by it! Those are the times that fear and anxiety go away. I’m all of a sudden filled with a love I’ve never felt before. All for this little miracle that I’m about to meet in less than 2 weeks. Watching her stretch and dance in my belly makes me daydream about the wonderful times. The wonderment of who she’ll look like, the first smiles and giggles, the first steps, the first words, the family vacations, the snuggles, the dressing up, the daddy-daughter dates, and most importantly the love that is going to burst out of my heart every time I look at that perfect little girl my husband and I made.

So to answer my own question, am I ready? I don’t think one can ever be truly ready for such a change. But deep down I know I’ll survive and do the absolute best I can. And I know that the the very first time my daughter and I lock eyes, those selfish fears will go away…..

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Xoxo

38 Weeks Pregnancy Survey

I’m so sorry that I’ve been MIA this week! I’ve had a rough, exhausting week. I’m still not 100% (and I don’t think I will be until Vivian arrives) but I wanted to write at the very least, one post this week. *sigh*

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I celebrated with a super yummy mocktail!

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What a great weekend I had this past week! I spent it with my husband of ONE year celebrating in Uptown Charlotte at Chima Brazilian Steakhouse. We also stayed the night at a hotel so it felt like we were away somewhere. Since moving to Charlotte back in 1986, that was my first time staying uptown! Isn’t that crazy?! Matt and I spent our anniversary (Super Bowl Sunday) decked out in our Patriots attire with our good friends. Matt was convinced I’d go into labor during the game but thank God, I didn’t! What an AWESOME ending! And I felt so proud because the team that my husband lives and breathes for won the Super Bowl for the 4th time on OUR wedding anniversary! It was the perfect ending to our day.

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We busted out the top of our wedding cake and I must say, it was just as delicious as it was one year ago!

Week: 38 weeks!

Total weight gain: 50 POUNDS!! I swear a lot of it is water weight because I’m literally swollen everywhere now.

Maternity Clothes/Baby Clothes: Gosh no!! I have 2 more weeks or less so buying clothes is the last thing on my mind.

Stretch Marks: No new ones thank goodness.

Sleep: What’s that?! I’ve broken out all over my body in a pregnancy rash (PUPPP – Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy) so I’ve been miserable. I’ve been taking Benadryl the past couple of days and it’s helped with the itching but I’ve been so drowsy and sleepy that I sleep pretty much all day and I’m awake all night.

Miss Anything? I miss everything that was so easy pre-pregnancy. Being able to jump out of bed, off the couch, or simply getting out of the car. I miss the ability to cross my legs, smile super big (my face is so swollen and puffy), and be able to sit comfortably for longer than 5 minutes at a time. And most of all I miss being able to hold “it” if I have to pee!

Movement: All. The. Time. But I can’t complain. I love to watch my belly and try to picture what position she’s in and which part of her body I’m seeing. Sometimes she’ll stretch really big and it gets uncomfortable so what I’ll do is lean over and “ssshh” to her until she stops. Ya’ll, it works!!!

Food Cravings: I haven’t really “craved” anything the past couple of weeks. Since Vivian is at full capacity, I can eat only a little bit at a time.

Gender: I think you all know by now!

Labor Signs: I still have Braxton Hicks on and off. But they aren’t painful so my doctor told me not to worry about them. At my checkup this past Tuesday she said that my cervix has thinned out a lot and she could feel her head! But I’m still not dilated so I’m not expecting baby girl to come this week. =(

Symptoms: Swelling all over and acid reflux.

Mood/Hormonal “Episodes”: I literally almost cried when the Patriots intercepted the ball at the end of the game on Sunday! But other than that, not really.

Looking Forward To: Meeting Vivian!

Xoxo

A Super Bowl Anniversary!

One year. ONE year! I’ve been with Matt for 8 years now but this year has been the sweetest of them all. February 1, 2015 we’ll be spending our one year anniversary cheering on the Patriots in the Super Bowl! Honestly, I can’t think of anything else I’d rather be doing on Sunday. It’s US. It’s what we do! People may not understand it, and that’s okay. We’re unique. We’re US.

 

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To my husband, you’re the most wonderful human being I know. You’re my best friend, my love, my life, my everything. I love you more today than the day I married you. I can’t wait to spend this next year watching you become a daddy. Our daughter is the luckiest little girl in the world to have you as her father. I love you! Now onto the important stuff…… GO PATS!!!!

*I thought I’d share a little outfit of choice that I’d be wearing if I didn’t have our daughter cooking in my belly! I hope everyone has a GREAT Super Bowl Sunday! Ours will be one for the books!

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One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven

Xoxo

36 Weeks Pregnancy Survey

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Baby girl has DEFINITELY dropped! You can see in the background we’ve already packed our hospital bags!

Week: 36 weeks!

Total weight gain: I’ve only gained a pound since last week so I believe the grand total is 45lbs…..Oh boy!

Maternity Clothes/Baby Clothes: Surprisingly no and no. Vivian has a ton of clothes now and since I’ve gotten so big, I pretty much wear the same 5 articles of clothing all the time. My signature staples are my black leggings, my Under Armour long sleeve T’s (wearing one above. They aren’t maternity but stretch well and are so comfortable!), Tom’s, and Soma nursing bras. Sexy huh?!

Stretch Marks: These puppies won’t fade until after I deliver. I’ve grown to just accept the things I can not change…..

Sleep: Well, Vivian has definitely dropped in the past few days so it’s a lot easier to breath and sleeping has gotten a little better. I still wake up every couple of hours to pee but I’m able to fall back to sleep pretty quickly.

Miss Anything? Exercising! God, I never thought I’d say that but I do! And I miss a good, fruity martini!

Movement: I believe she’s running out of room in my belly because I can feel everything! Literally everything! She even has woken me up a few times with all of the rolling and stretching!

Food Cravings: Donuts!!! I made Matt stop at Dunkin Donuts on his way home from work 2 nights in a row this week!

Gender: I think you all know by now!

Labor Signs: I’m having Braxton Hicks on and off. They’ve actually started to have a dull, achy feeling so I’m assuming my body is almost ready. Yay!! Matt and I took a childbirth class at the hospital I’ll be delivering at this past Saturday and it helped me feel a little more prepared for what to really expect. But I’m such a hypochondriac with this pregnancy that I still always have the thought, “Is this it?!”

Symptoms: Swelling hands, feet, and nose. And of course, exhaustion.

Mood/Hormonal “Episodes”: Nope, thank goodness!

Looking Forward To: Still can’t wait to spend the weekend with my husband on our first wedding anniversary! He better have something good planned! 😉

Xoxo

35 Weeks Pregnancy Survey

Happy Monday and MLK day! I vow right here and now to finish my weekly surveys until Vivian arrives! This trimester is hard because I go from feeling great and getting things done to feeling awful and resting all day. But I miss my surveys and people ask about them all the time so here we go….. =)

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Vivian’s nursery is pretty much done. I want to add a few knick knacks here and there but most of that will come with time!

Week: 35 weeks!

Total weight gain: Ugh, I think I’m up about 44lbs now. I won’t say 45lbs because at my last doctors appointment I had surprisingly lost a pound! It’s funny because she was genuinely concerned but I was secretly doing a celebratory dance!

Maternity Clothes/Baby Clothes: I bought Vivi a few more Carter’s Sleep & Play’s at Kohls because I know the first few months she’ll live in those. Not to mention they’re super easy! I figure as long as she has a cute headband to match, mama will be happy!

Stretch Marks: Those ugly, purple monsters are still there. I’m applying lots of cocoa butter and oils on everyday. And so far they haven’t gotten any worse. My mom did get me some Mama Mio Goodbye Stretch Marks Cream that is packed in my hospital bag so I can start using it as soon as I deliver! I could start using them now but I know I’ll need it more than ever when my body starts shrinking back down….. Hopefully!

Sleep: Besides the every 2 hour bathroom wakeup calls, sleep has gotten somewhat better. It’s hard to relieve the pressure on my back but I can at least go back to sleep pretty quickly. My body is just worn down. 5 more weeks, 5 more weeks, 5 more weeks!!!

Miss Anything? A good nights sleep. And I can’t believe I’m saying this but I miss being active and working out. Mainly because I see how huge I’m getting and all I want to do is shrink!

Movement: Let’s just say I think that we have a future dancer in our hands! Here’s a small video of what I mean: Go Vivian, GO!!

Food Cravings: Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches….. Yum!

Gender: I think you all know by now!

Labor Signs: A little over a week ago I spent a few hours in Labor & Delivery with contractions that were about 5 minutes apart and lower abdominal pain. It was just a bad case of Braxton Hicks but I’d rather be safe than sorry. I wasn’t dilated at all so that was good!

Symptoms: Sciatica, pregnancy waddle, insomnia, exhaustion, swelling everywhere….. Oh boy!

Mood/Hormonal “Episodes”: Not too bad! I did have another laughing until I cried episodes. Not as bad as the first time but it was still pretty funny. Matt was around for this one and he just stared at me in disbelief!

Looking Forward To: I can’t believe it, but mine and Matt’s first wedding anniversary is coming up February 1st. I’m looking forward to spending the weekend with him not having a care in the world. Lord only knows when our next “romantic” weekend will happen! And of course we’ll be spending the final hours of our anniversary watching the Patriots in the Super Bowl!!! All I have to say is they better win so the day isn’t completely ruined! 😉 GO PATS!!!

Xoxo

What’s in Our Diaper Bag?

I’ve been scouring the internet trying to decipher what I need to pack in Vivian’s diaper bag for our hospital stay. After hours of research and lots of packing, unpacking, and repacking I finally have everything I think we’ll need for the hospital and bringing her home. Have I overpacked? More than likely! But I’ve been an over-packer my entire life. My motto is, “it’s better to be safe than sorry”! Since I’ve stuffed the bag to the brim I’ve broken up everything into sections so you can see everything!

My dear husband bought me the most amazing diaper bag for Christmas. He got me the gray Olivia bag by Storksak. The bag isn’t too big but has limitless compartments and depth to hold anything and everything you need for your little one! I wanted this particular bag because it’s made out of nylon. Easy to clean and durable! It comes with a changing pad, insulated bottle holder, “makeup case”, and built-in stroller hooks.

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Diapering & Grooming

 

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1. Travel Wipe Case $14.99 – I bought this precious wipe case from Laura Lee Designs on Etsy. I wanted something cute to put her Huggies Natural Care Wipes into for on-the-go!

2. Travel Hand Sanitizer $1.29 – Not much needing to be explained here!

3. Pampers Swaddlers (Price varies) – Most of the diapers I have stocked up on so far are Pampers and Honest Company. I decided to pack about 6 of these diapers because I know most hospitals use Pampers as well. I know more than likely I won’t be using any of my own diapers while at the hospital but it’s like I said, it’s better to be safe than sorry!

4. Soft Bristle Brush & Comb $4.99 – If my daughter is anything like her mama, she won’t have much use for these the first couple of months. I was born completely bald!! Let’s just hope she has hair like her daddy!

5. Triple Paste $8.88 – With so many brands out there, it’s hard to know which ones are the best! Especially for covering their delicate baby parts! Thank God for my best friend Lauren for showing me what has worked well for her daughter. You can read about our baby registering experience here.

6. Shea Moisture Eczema Therapy Shea Butter $9.90 – I know that the nurses will help us with Vivian’s first bath and will more than likely have lotion for us to use but this stuff is heaven in a tub! It smells like, well, clean baby! I’ll be using this more if her skin gets irritated and use the Shea Moisture Healing Lotion after bath time.

 

Feeding

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1. Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags $16.99 – I’m sure I’ll be exclusively breastfeeding in the hospital but I plan on bringing my breast pump with me so they can show me the proper way to use it. It might take a few days for these 36-D’s to fill up with milk but I want to be prepared just in case!

2. Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature 9 Ounce Deco Bottles $16.99 – I bought a few different types of bottles (Medela, Avent, Dr. Brown, and Joovy) but thought I’d try these first to see if Vivian likes them. Again, I doubt I’ll need them but who cares! Are you noticing a pattern here?!

3. Hamco 10-Pack Bibs $12.99 – I received these as a present at my baby shower and thought these will be perfect for when it’s time to burp the little lady. =) I only packed two.

4. Avent Soothie Pacifiers $3.99 – I don’t need to go into detail on these. They’re self explanatory!

5. Lansinoh HPA Lanolin $9.99 – I started using Mama Mio Nipple Balm back in my first trimester because my nipples were already super sensitive from growing. I can only imagine right now what they’ll be going through when I have my daughter latched on many times a day. Lanolin is a MUST!!!

6. Ju-Ju-Be Paci Pod $9.99 – This hooks on perfectly to the inside zipper of my diaper bag. And it can hold 3-4 soothie pacifiers!

 Blankets

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1. Unfortunately you can’t purchase this gorgeous, soft blanket. It was made by a dear family friend of ours that actually used to babysit my brother and I when we were younger. It’s the perfect amount of warmth!! Vivian will be using this for a long time to come!

2. Carters 2-Pack Swaddle Blankets $14.00 – I sound like a broken record but, I’d rather be safe than sorry! I know the hospital has swaddling blankets but I wanted to bring my own just in case. I plan on swaddling Vivian from hour one! I have a Woombie here at home but won’t be bringing it because I want the nurses to teach Matt and I how to properly use a swaddle blanket!

3. Nunu Gray Bear Microfleece Blanket $12.99 – I saw these cuties when we were completing our registry and couldn’t resist! They’re so soft and something she can snuggle with when she gets a little older. It also has a loop to hold her pacifiers!

Take Home Outfit

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Vivian has a FULL closet of gorgeous clothes but I decided on this precious Little Me Cabbage Rose Outfit ($16.00) to bring her home in. We’ll be in Charlotte’s coldest month so I wanted her to be warm and snuggly but also cute!

Extra Clothes

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1. Gerber Unisex White Long Sleeved Onesies $8.90 for 3-Pack – I packed 2 of these just in case. Enough said!

2. Carters Newborn Fleece Footie in Coral $9.99 (I couldn’t find this particular one but the link is similar) – It’s going to be cold out so I want to make sure my baby girl is as warm as possible!

3. Carters Newborn Bear Footie $9.99 – I had to pack another coral outfit to match her nursery for when she gets home!

Accessories

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1. This is another precious gift that can’t be bought. My mom’s sweet cousin made this for Vivian and I absolutely ADORE it! It will go perfectly with so many of her clothes and especially the 2 footies I also packed.

2. Spasilk Burp Cloths $8.99 – These are so soft and very durable. I’m sure these will get used at the hospital!

3. Miss Giggle Buns Coral Knotted Headwrap $7.99 – I’m OBSESSED with these type of headbands for baby girls! They’re soft and can be used for many months since you tie them yourself. They can make any outfit look cute and trendy! I love Miss Giggle Buns headbands because they’re great quality and reasonably priced! You’ll be seeing Vivian in many of these!!

4. Old Navy Newborn Socks $7.94 – I love these because they’re soft, warm, and have the rubber grip on the bottom. Not that she’s going to be walking anytime soon but they’re nice to have!

And last but not least….

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While I was in the middle of taking pictures for this post, Dave crawled on top of the rug and thought he was going to take a little nap. Unfortunately he had to be woken up!

I hope this post has helped some new mama’s like myself. Let me know if I missed anything and what you packed in your diaper bag!

Xoxo

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