Packing An Overnight Bag

A lot of people have said to me I am so overwhelmed because I am anxious for my baby but nervous at the same time. How will this process go, what should I bring for my hospital stay. That right there is the million dollar question. Everyone is different and so you wants may be different but your necessities will remain the same.

What Will I Need

I know what you thinking well what would you need exactly, what is an absolute necessity when it comes to Labor and Delivery. Don’t worry I am going to help you so that you aren’t one of those moms who buys everything. It almost puts me in the mind of the Luvs commercial you know “baby one and then baby two”. Okay but enough about that here’s what you will absolutely need.

Baby

  • Swaddle
  • Hat
  • Car Seat & Base
  • Blanket
  • 1st Day Home Outfit
  • Footed Sleepers

Swaddle

This is a blanket but not just any blanket, this is the blanket that moms absolutely love. Why is this you may ask? It allows you to cuddle your baby without physically doing it. The blanket allows your baby to feel as though he\she is still in your arms. (The cuddle method but without mom)

Hat

The hat is to keep the babies head warm obviously but also food for thought how do you think your baby would feel without one. Generally your hospital may even provide you with the colorful knit hats.

Car Seat & Base

This is of the upmost importance because your baby cannot travel let alone leave the hospital without one. The car seat and the base provides you child comfort while protecting your baby as well. Be very careful when it comes to your travel system you want safety so I encourage you to read reviews. Here are a couple of safe and affordable choices for Mom.

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Blanket

A blanket to keep your baby warm aside from his\her spanking new get up

1st Day Home

Yes, moms this is the best part aside from having your little one, dressing them up. We as moms get over the moon excited when we go baby shopping, I mean come on you get to dress up a little you that seems like loads of fun. A lot of people seem to think that this is not important but it is, we want our little ones to look there best for there arrival home to meet the family.

Footed Sleepers

These are moms best friend because who wants to deal with those pesky socks, and you want to ensure that your child is warm all around. We want to prevent having a sick baby.


What about mom?

  • Essential papers
  • Comfy Socks
  • Robe (Optional)
  • Outfit
  • Comfy Shoes
  • Nursing Bra
  • Breast Pads
  • Nipple Cram (Breastfeeding)
  • Snacks
  • Slippers
  • Heating Pad

Essential papers

When you get to the hospital you still will have to be checked in prior to being seen. You will need you demographics such as you id, insurance card, and anything else they may require for you.

Comfy socks

We all love that warm snug feeling on our feet when we are cold or just to simply utilize for movement. These are a must after you have your little one those warm socks will become your best friends.

Robe

This is not an absolute must but some moms prefer to have robes when getting up out of the bed, and some woman don’t. This is exclusively up to you as to whether or not you need this.

Outfit

Now after being in the hospital for days and days after delivering your little one you will be confined to your pj’s for a period of time, you will want to get out of them asap. So this is where you outfit comes into play this is your comfy I had a baby clothes, and trust me you will need this unless your traveling with Pj.

Comfy Shoes

After you have a baby sometimes your feet will hurt especially if you gained a little fluid due to your baby. You are going to walk around in comfy shoes that will really support you foot.

Nursing Bra

Nursing bra’s are mainly for my mama’s that breastfeed and word to the wise moms I would get a bra that benefits you. Amazon has some good choices and you can check the reviews but do you research you want stability,comfort, and access.

Breast Pads

These bad boys are worth every penny they prevent your breast from leaking, I mean who wants a messed up blouse. Think of it this way which is cheaper yet efficient, which way will cost you more money, right so we are on the same page.

Nipple Cream

This provides you with comfort for your girls, breastfeeding can be hard on a mother. Trust me you are going to want this. There are a different variety of items so check the kind that is a preference for you.

Here Are Some Good Choices

Snacks

We all get hungry during our overnight stay in the hospital and sometimes we have no patience. Waiting on a nurse can be tedious but some moms prefer this, having snacks on hand will cure those late night cravings.

Slippers

These are a neccessity being as though you will be traveling from you bed to the bathroom more frequently over a period of time of your stay. Walking on the bare floor can be cold and disgusting having slippers on hand can be very beneficial.

Heating Pad

We all need a little heat from time to time especially afters we have a baby our bodies will be moving around causing discomfort. Having a heating pad can give you comfort if you don’t like taking medicine, or if you are simply cold.

Becoming a mom is a huge deal, feeling secure that you have everything you need for your big day that gives you a sense of comfort and security. So being prepared is you best best to give yourself a peace of mind.

Breastfeeding Yes or No?

This has always been a great debate as to whether a mother should breast feed her child or the alternative way formula. Although there is nothing awrong with formula, In fact this is what I chose for my daughters. It wasn’t so much my choice a I had no choice in the matter I couldn’t produce milk. In some cases this may be the underlying issue or maybe some moms just want what they want.

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In This Blog You Will Find:

  • What is Breastfeeding?
  • Should I Breastfeed Yes or No?
  • What Are The Benefits of Breastfeeding?
  • Disadvantages of Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding

The name says it all but what exactly is breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding, also referred to as nursing, is the feeding of babies not to exclude young children with milk from a woman’s breast. 

Is Breastfeeding Right For ME?

Breastfeeding is a choice in which moms make because studies have shown that babies who are breastfed tend to be healthier and smarter. Many health organization prefer that babies are breastfed as newborns. Breast milk should only be given for up to 6 months but moms have the choice to breastfeed until they make the decision to stop. (Although this is not recommended). The longer you baby breastfeeds the harder it will be to get them to switch to a bottle.

Benefits of Breastfeeding.

The benefits for breastfeeding are of great importance this is what makes moms make the choice as to whether they should stick to the natural way or introduce your baby to formula. I must say that I do believe that babies do benefit from breastfeeding more but then again all babies are different.

Advantages

As Well As:

  • Protects against allergies and eczema
  • Less stomach aches, constipation, diarrhea,
  • Reduces the risk of viruses, infections
  • Lessens the risk of SIDS.

Advantages Cont…

  • When you breastfeed it provides your baby with a wide variety of developmental and health benefits
  • It has been discovered that woman who breastfeed tends to recover from childbirth quicker than women who choose not to breastfeed. (Breastfeeding benefits are reducing the risk of ovarian and breast cancer.
  • Convenient how you can supply your baby with milk at the correct temperature for consumption. No need for those pesky bottles that take forever to make you have everything on hand literally.
  • You can feed you baby pumped milk

Breastfeeding for Mommy and Me

But don’t worry it only gets better from here trust . The advantages are just as great when it comes to building a bond with your baby by just breastfeeding. https://pin.it/jehjvxyhdfgtbj

Are There Any Disadvantages?

Of course there are always disadvantages but does that bad outweigh the good in this case maybe not let’s take a look at the disadvantages of breastfeeding.

But First Something People Don’t Tell You

Breastfeeding Can Be Painful

-Mom

In some cases you will have to deal with some of the uncomfortable common effects that comes with  breastfeeding. These include things like breast engorgement, plugged milk ducts, and sore nipples. If you can overcome this then you are good to go.

This is not to scare you off or to make you feel uncomfortable, this is to prepare you for what is to come. Check this out (Remedies for Breastfeeding)

Disadvantages

  • Clingy
  • Breastfeeding Can Be Painful
  • Your Partner is Helpless
  • Can Be Difficult In The Beginning
  • You Have To Stay Healthy

Clingy

When you start breastfeeding you cant stop you have to keep pushing through and now you child has their hearts set on it. Never letting go so that officially makes you an on call mom. You have to always be nearby in case you little one wakes up and wants a feeding. In the beginning this can be very tedious being as though you have to feed every 3 hours vs. 6.

Breastfeeding Can Be Painful

When you breast feed sometimes your breast become engorged and you nipples will become very tender, this could cause a great deal of discomfort.

Helpless Partner

Being as though your partner lacks that special thing when it comes to feeding time don’t be discouraged, breastfeeding in a sense is a mothers way of bonding. There are other ways in which the partners can help. Check out this nifty blog for dads and breastfeeding.

Can Be Difficult In The Beginning

In beginning with everything going on and the changes that your body is enduring,your body is tired and exhausted it can be hard to breastfeed. Some babies are not able to latch on immediately and after a while of trying you may get discouraged.

Live Healthy

You have to constantly keep asking yourself is this healthy for my baby. Literally, think of it as what you eat you baby eat. I mean you wouldn’t feed you baby a big mac right? Clean eating is also an option to keep you on the right path.

Check This Out

Is Breastfeeding Right For You

Breastfeeding is not for everyone and it’s not something that you just dive into without doing your research and I’m here to help you. The decision is yours and no matter what you choose we are behind you the whole way.

Zoiis Labor and Delivery Story

My Story…

Surviving My Pregnancy…

When I first found that I would become a mom again I was ecstatic on the outside but scared and nervous on the inside which to me is a common feeling. Mainly because it had been years since my husband and I had a child and now we were starting over. Although I didn’t have the most common symptoms woman have I would have to say that my pregnancy was fairly easy. I did have this weird thing though where I would wake up like in the early a.m. Mom’s I’m talking about maybe 2, 3 a.m, not getting any sleep and being a mom by day. I thought maybe it just was the pregnancy that was making this happen. Sure enough it was after I had my daughter my sleeping pattern went back to normal.

Weird Right?

Shifting Into Reality.

Around this time was when it really kicked in and I said to myself “I’ve got this I’m going to be a mom and rock this thing”.So we started moving in full gear to get ready for the baby. To see a person inside of you makes time itself stand still and for that moment your just frozen with joy and the comfort of knowing your little one will be here soon.

Name Games.

Okay when it comes to names I feel like my husbands name picking is off the wall. Prior to having my third daughter, we had 2 daughters prior. Our first daughters name was Zuri, I chose this name because it meant “beautiful” and I thought it was beautiful for a girl different and unique. Now this was before the name Zuri had blown up and become a popular baby girl name. When we had our second daughter and we were trying to find names, I was told that no matter boy or girl they had to have the same letter name. So for instance if I had a daughter named amelia, my second daughters name would have to be anna. The A’s are the obeservational focus here.

So anyway we went back and forth about baby names for a while all starting with yes, you know what the letter “Z”. We did narrow it down to about 3 names and I was determined to get my name through the cracks. “Zanovia, Zara, Zoey”, my husband wasn’t a fan of Zanovia and so we moved on.

We’re down to 2 Zara and Zoey and then I ask my sister in law what would be a good name. She’s like really into that sort of stuff she strives to be different in her own way. So she says she call me back and when she does she says Zanai. Where did that name come from it was her name and a Z in the front it was cool yet subtle it. My husband loved it and so goodbye Zara, and Zoey hello Zanai.

I know it can be confusing and it seems odd but when we got the news that we were having a girl I stuck with the decision to name her yet another “Z”. I finally gave in and let my husband name her with a twist of mine. Zoii with double II’s its simply different but a surprise.

Going Into Labor?

This was a normal day when I got up and went about my normal day. I got the kids up for daycare and school, I got ready for work and out the door we went. I got to work early and I was in a good mood and then later on I had starting having these pains. I wasn’t really sure what the pains were from but I pushed through until I could anymore. My seat was in the front of the building and my managers were all the way in the back.

Imagine that!

I managed to walk all the way to a coworkers cubicle and I was talking to her and she asked me if I was okay. I generally have a high tolerance for pain and so the pains would come and go and so I replied with a “Yes”. That’s when it happened, that contraction so painful it stopped me in mid conversation. Now my anxiety is kicking and I’m like oh my god I think i’m in Labor!

My managers come rushing and they were so awesome they made sure I was comfortable until my husband came. We finally get to the hospital and my mind is racing by the minute. Now were in the room thinking maybe it’s a false alarm, i get the exam.

Your 4 cm Dialated and She’s Coming!

Welcome Baby Zoii!

In less than 4 hours in what felt like forever I finally gave birth to my 3 daughter a beautiful baby girl. I seems like it was just yesterday when I looked at her for the first time. I relive that warm beautiful feeling every time I look at her.

Time To Go Home.

Baby Zoii got to come home after anxiously awaiting her arrival

Now I’m going to be a gentle in what I say but I cannot tell you how ready I was to get out of the hospital. I was starting to feel that I had been there for forever and I was ready to take my baby home to introduce her to the family. Being a 3x mom I had seen enough hospitals and I was so over the hospital food. So when I was asked are you ready to go I asked the nurse if she had a pen so that I could sign my paper work for discharge.

And So We Were Headed For Home!

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