what to pack in a hospital bag

What to Pack in a Hospital Bag - 1Just like our diaper bag, figuring out what to pack in a hospital bag as newbie parents seemed like an overwhelming responsibility at first. After consulting many online lists, as well as my sister (don’t forget the snacks!), I think that we now have a pretty good idea as to what we will need. Here is what we will be taking to the hospital:

What to Pack in a Hospital Bag - 3My Bag

Birthing outfit
Socks
Toiletries
Bathing suit
Pyjamas
Nursing bra
Underwear
Breast pads
Cellphone
Cellphone charger
Camera
Hospital forms
Birth plan
Diagrams of various positions
ID
Health card
Credit card
Going home outfit

What to Pack in a Hospital Bag - 6My Husband’s Bag

Going home outfit
Pyjamas
Cellphone
Cellphone charger
Magazines
Snacks
Wallet

What to Pack in a Hospital Bag - 4Baby Bag

Newborn outfit
Going home outfit
Diaper bag
Nursing pillow
Coat and hat

Extra

Cooler
Ice cream pail
Car seat

What to Pack in a Hospital Bag - 2We are bringing a cooler and ice cream pail in order to transport my placenta. It has to be kept over ice until it can be encapsulated. As for our baby, we were given the same outfit that my husband went home in from the hospital just over 30 years ago. We plan to bring him/her home in it. Here’s hoping that it will fit!

What were some of the essentials that you needed at the hospital whilst in labour?

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Emory

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38 weeks

38 Weeks PregnantNot much longer! With my now weekly doctor appointments, it seems like my whole life is already revolving around baby. I love it.

IMG_3356At my 37 week check-up, I had quite a few tests done. My doctor had also requested that I have my fourth ultrasound to confirm that Poppy’s head was down. She and another doctor had tried to feel for the positioning of the baby, but they couldn’t be certain due to the location of my placenta. In the end, all is still well.

38 Weeks - 6My 38 week check-up was much more routine. Aside from some embarrassing hiccups, the heart rate was strong and they could even feel a little foot trying to push its way out. Only 1 week and 4 days remaining!

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my winter maternity photography

Winter Maternity Shoot - 20.1Winter Maternity Shoot - 1Ladies and gentlemen, I am so happy to finally be revealing my maternity pictures to all of you! My inspiration came from these photographs, as well as this photo shoot. I love outdoor photography, and was specifically wanting to convey the beauty of the snow on the landscape. I find that most winter landscapes appear so elegant and fragile, and I wanted that sense of delicacy and to be incorporated into my maternity pictures. I hope that you can also get a sense of that.

Winter Maternity Shoot - 15.1Winter Maternity Shoot - 18Winter Maternity Shoot - 8Winter Maternity Shoot - 9Winter Maternity Shoot - 10Winter Maternity Shoot - 19Here I am pictured at 7.5 months in my pregnancy. Have a lovely week, everyone. Happy Family Day, Canada!

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our stroller and car seat

Peg Perego Car Seat and StrollerWhen it came to choosing a brand of stroller, I had always wanted one with a bassinet option. I remember pushing my niece around in one when she was a newborn. I loved being able to walk and see her face, and to know when she fell asleep, rather than guessing with an outward facing stroller. With that in mind, we chose the Book Pop-Up Stroller by Peg-Perego.

PEG-62MF53DX53_AThe stroller itself comes with a bassinet and chassis seat. One additional perk with the bassinet is that it is approved for overnight sleeping. That means we will not have to purchase a playpen if we stay the night somewhere. We selected the Atmosphere colour option.

Peg Perego Car Seat and Stroller - 2Here is more information on the Book Pop-Up. You can also watch the instructional video by clicking here.

Premium Chassis Can fold inward “like a book” with just one hand.
Folding Bassinet Bassinet Pop-Up has a unique folding and opening feature; can fold while attached to the chassis.
Reversible The seat Pop-Up can be switched to face parent or the world ahead.
Travel System Travel System-compatible with a Primo Viaggio infant car seat. Accepts car seat directly on to chassis.
Easy Close Innovative design allows for quick, easy and compact fold in BOTH rear and forward facing positions.
Soft Ride Large polyurethane wheels with ball bearings and suspension allow for 360 degree agility, less effort in pushing and more comfort for baby.
Recline The Seat Pop-Up offers a recline comfort not by simply tilting the seat, but by widening the angle between the seat and backrest.
One-Piece Handlebar Allows for easy push with just one hand.
“Prima Classe” Handlebar Adjustable handlebar is outfitted in our “Prima Classe” material; can be modified to fit each parent’s height preferences.
Remote Front Swivel Control Allows parents to swivel or straighten wheels without having to bend over and touch front wheels.
Bumper Bar Front bumper bar hinges open for easy access to child. Outfitted in “Prima Classe” material.
Basket Large, practical and easy-loading storage basket that holds all of the necessities.
Large Hood Keep your baby protected with the large hood that includes a UV protected visor and a mesh insert that provides extra ventilation.
Fashion Forward Upholstered with a variety of fashionable collections, in materials that will keep child comfortable.
Made in Italy All Peg Perego baby products are Made in Italy. From concept, to creation, every step in the process is performed by Peg Perego and no one else.

peg-perego-primo-viaggio-4-35-infant-car-seat-onyx-58The car seat that we decided on is also by Peg-Perego. It is the Primo Viaggio 4-35 in eco-leather Licorice. Here are its specs:

SIP Adjustable Side Impact Protection easily adjusts to six different
positions with no re-threading required, even with the infant in the seat, ensuring the best and safest fit. Head panel has been developed according to EURO-NCAP test protocol.
Dual Stage Cushion System First stage cushion for infants 4 lbs and up offers extra support on newborn’s neck and bottom. Second stage cushion correctly supports growing baby. Both cushions help to keep baby’s head properly positioned and are made of our Fresco Jersey soft and
breathable fabric.
EPS Energy-absorbing Expanded Poly Styrene foam, in shell and head panel protects the infant’s head and torso from impact forces.
Fitting Straps Built-in elastic straps hold harness out of the way when
placing infant in seat..
Large Hood Adjustable and removable hood protects baby from the elements and sun with a UPF 50+ protection.
Fashion Forward The well-fitted upholstery features the best of Italian textile and tailoring tradition. Colours coordinate with Peg Perego strollers.
Travel System Compatible Can be used with Peg Perego strollers with built in adapters. Not compatible with the Skate System or the Pliko Mini stroller.
Base Includes a secure base with UAS and rounded shape bottom,
which allows for a better fit in vehicle.
“Right Tight System” Base is equipped with an innovative system which easily and securely locks the base in place for added stability with either UAS strap or vehicle’s seat belt.
Infinite Recline and Tri-Zone Level Indicator Turning knob can adjust the recline in infinite position, while the indicator allows you to precisely find the proper seat angle to follow your child’s growth.
Anti-Rebound Bar Built-in anti-rebound bar attached to base provides superior protection in case of collision.
NHTSA Certified For automobile or aircraft use, with or without included base.
Made in Italy All Peg Perego baby products are Made in Italy. From concept, to creation, every step in the process is performed by Peg Perego and no one else.

Peg Perego Car Seat and Stroller - 3Last, but not least, we also have a car seat cover that I had purchased approximately two years ago from the dollar store, of all places! Not thinking that it would fit, I placed it on the car seat this weekend. To my surprise, it went on so smoothly. Not only did we save $60 or so, but the fact that it’s grey and matches our stroller and car seats was definitely an added bonus. Finally, we hung the car seat toy that I had gotten from The Bird and Elephant Etsy store. 

Peg Perego Car Seat and Stroller_With one stroller and three seats set up and ready to go, we simply need a baby to fill them all!

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Emory

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36 weeks

36 weeks pregnant

Everything that I am wearing is available in the store. Dress : Suzy Shier // Necklace : Terrarium // Bracelet : J.Crew.

I am now at 36 weeks into my pregnancy. Here is an excerpt from What to Expect When You’re Expecting that summarizes exactly how I am feeling.

“Finally. The month you’ve been waiting for and working toward (and possibly, worrying about just a little bit) since that pregnancy test came back positive is here at last. Chances are you’re at once very ready (To hold that baby! To see my toes again! To sleep on my stomach!) and not ready at all. Yet despite the inevitable flurry of activity (more practitioner appointments, a layette to shop for, projects to finish at work, paint colours to pick for baby’s room), you may find that the ninth month seems like the longest month of all. Except, of course, if you don’t deliver by your due date. In that case, alas, it’s the tenth month that’s the longest.”

I find myself talking to my baby more and more, mostly about how I wish that he/she would come out already. I did not really start feeling pregnant until the beginning of last month. From struggling to breathe, to painful heartburn, to sore hips, to the lack of sleep, to a heavy belly, to that metallic taste, to people finally recognizing that I am pregnant, I am now “over” feeling this way. The hardest part is seeing the crib, swing, change table, and more set up and ready to go, but not having anyone to put in it just yet. I want to meet little Poppy so badly, but also know that I should cherish my remaining days of freedom. I am enjoying spending that one night a week alone with my husband to do as we please. Oh, how our lives are about to change!

Get ready, everyone. I know that I am.

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Emory

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