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Welcome to my world of being a follower of Jesus, wife & mom, Certified Personal Trainer, Pre/Postnatal Fitness Specialist, Young Living essential oils fanatic, holiday junkie, home decor lover and your Preggercise coach!

Filtering by Category: Prepping for Baby

Nursery's: Beau & Ellie

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One of the most precious parts about having a baby for me has been preparing their rooms. All the anticipation of waiting on that little nugget to cook, at least I had these fun projects to help pass the time. Building a nursery is kind of a funny thing though. I know for myself, I always feel a lot of pressure to get everything done and completed before the baby is born. Mainly because once the baby is born there isn't much time for anything other than feeding, changing and helping baby go to sleep (usually on you). But reality is, this little kiddo isn't going to be spending much time in there anyway in those first couple months. Nevertheless, it can be a really fun process if you make it that way. Plus, to have a finished product feels amazing in any project. 

So here is what I have done for both Beau and Ellie's rooms. I am by no means an interior designer or a crafty DIY know it all. They are still in the making with pictures being updated and little touches here and there but I did have a blast putting these kiddos rooms together with lots of love. After all, I will soon have little say on things they want hung on their walls or clothes for back to school. 

Beau's Rustic Burnt Orange, Gray & Yellow Nursery

For Beau's room the main focus is obviously on that gorgeous wood finished wall. My husband DJ and my brother-in-law Michael spent about 11 hours one day staining, cutting and playing tetrus to get that wall perfectly put together. It was exactly what I had in mind!

For the wood, we found pallets in a dumpster behind an industrial park and also went to Home Depot and cleared out their clearance wood pile and bought various colors of wood stains to give it the great differentiating color ($70). Add to that, we painted the ceiling and about a foot down the wall gray "Castlerock" and the remaining wall a light (lighter than I liked) "Sheepskin" yellow paint by Dunn-Edwards. 

I found the crib (Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib) off of Amazon which was gifted to us by my awesome in-laws, Susan & Don (on-sale for $350). The sheets and crib skirt are also from Amazon by American Baby ($14.99 - $23). The faux sheepskin rug is from IKEA ($12.99). I used the painted "S" from decorations from our wedding. I still need to replace this with a "B" but I figured we could still feature our last name, right?! I eventually found the white bull wall mount at Home Goods to go beside the "S".

I spray painted the burnt orange dresser from my own childhood room which functions great as a changing table. The white tree lamp is from Home Goods (clearance $29). I found the shelf and vintage books at a local thrift store ($15). I also reused some other decorations from our wedding over the white dresser which is tucked into the half closet that had the doors and shelves removed. The tic-tac-toe is made out of clear plastic frames from Walmart and I simply painted the "X's" and "O's" with black paint ($18). Most of the other little decorations, frames or fixtures were found at thrift stores, yard sales or found in other parts of the house. I try very hard to use what we have in designing these rooms.

Ellie's Artsy Coral, Teal & Gold Nursery

Ellie's room had previously been DJ's office and when we moved in to our house he had decided he wanted this teal blue "Fizzle" paint color by Sherwin-Williams. Little did we know it would be perfect now for Ellie's room with the coral and teal accents. 

My dad was just in the process of redesigning their master bedroom so he offered to give us the beautiful dresser and nightstand which we repainted in "Desert Coral" by Behr. I also painted the hardware to add to the gold accents in the room. I used Rust-Oleum gold spray paint for the furniture hardware, mason jars, IKEA book shelves and reading lamp. The changing table was found at Kid-to-Kid resale store and painted it in the "Desert Coral" paint.  

I found the large black frames ($10 each), tree artwork ($12), artificial flowers ($12 total) and wooden "E" ($2) in the clearance section at Michael's. The silver lamp is from last year's Junk In the Truck festival ($20). The reading lamp is from Good-Will which I repainted and put a new shade on it from Home Goods ($15 total). All artwork above her crib is from Home Goods ($12.99 - $59.99). 

Again, I found Ellie's crib on Amazon (Fisher-Price Riley 3-in-1 Convertible Crib - $239). Her sheets and crib skirt are by Oliver B Diamond off of Amazon ($17 - $29).  The glider and ottoman was used in Beau's room and now is in Ellie's which is from Babies R Us (KACY Collection Madison Glider & Ottman in Ash - on sale for $500). The black and white striped rug is from Crate & Barrel ($149 -- used wedding gift cards! woohoo!).

Birth Plan: 101

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We have the hospital bag packed and we are ready to go. Since it is round two for us, our bag is a lot smaller than it was last time. I've got the comfy P.J.'s that are breastfeeding friendly, light robe, yoga pants, slippers and socks, maternity going home outfit and toiletries. The great part about giving birth in the hospital is all the post-delivery "goodies" they provide such as witch-hazel pads, epi-foam, maxi-pads, spritz bottle, and the glamorous disposable underwear. Not sexy but comfortable and they are disposable so you aren't ruining your own underwear if you happen to soak through your pad. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, you will soon. 

I've packed baby girl some warm P.J.'s, couple onsies and a going home outfit with a few cute little bows. None of these are even necessary but a girl needs to be brought into this world with a little style, right? Our hospital provides receiving blankets, long-sleeve onsie and diapers so I'm leaving those out this time. Don't forget the car seat!

For breastfeeding I've decided to bring my own nursing pillow this time. It was tough getting the hospital pillows to squash in just right last time and when you're trying so hard to get that good latch and keep your body relaxed I think this would have been a real help. I'll also be bringing my own lansolin cream and my new CoveredGoods nursing cover for when we have guests visiting. Last but not least, we will be bringing a copy of our birth plan. This is something I am fairly confident I would have overlooked in my first pregnancy had my sister-in-law not recommended we write one up. 

Why is it important to have a birth plan? Well if you are someone who has done a lot of reading, preparing and envisioning how you want your labor, delivery and post-birth to go then you'll want everyone else who is going to be a part of that process in on your vision. Nobody can read your mind and when you are in the middle of laboring the last thing you want to be doing is trying to verbally communicate this to everyone over and over again. If you are planning to give birth at a hospital I feel it is even more important to have your plan written out for the staff. I have never worked in a hospital so this is not coming from personal experience but I would think they've got a pretty routine way of doing things and if you have specific wishes that don't fit into that routine it can simply be overlooked or it may be assumed differently. This isn't the hospital staff's fault, they are just doing their job the way they know how to do it. That's why it's important to write everything down so everyone is on the same page.

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Keep in mind, just because you have something written down in your birth plan does not mean all your wishes will be granted. Write your birth plan ahead of time and talk to your doctor or midwife about it and see if you have realistic expectations. Trust your doctor and the hospital staff that they have you and your baby's best interest at heart and that they know what they are doing. Be flexible because the most important thing at the end of the day is that you and your baby are safe and healthy. 

In my birth plan, which I am happy to share with anyone who requests it, I outline each stage of labor and what my preferences are. Let's go through some ideas to think about when you are writing your birth plan. 

First-Stage Labor

  • Outline how you would like to manage pain whether it be an epidural or the use of breathing techniques, distraction, bath/shower, massage/aromatherapy, music, etc. 
  • Would you prefer for your water to break on its own or be broken artificially if not medically necessary? 
  • If inducing or augmenting labor becomes necessary, which techniques would you like to try first? Administering medication such as Pitocin or non-medicated including stripping of membranes, walking, castor oil, sex, etc.
  • Do you want to be given intravenous fluid (IV)?
  • Fetal monitoring - intermittently or continuously?

Second-Stage Labor (Transition)

  • Although episiotomies seem to be scarcely used these days, you can include whether you would prefer not to have an episiotomy unless strongly recommended by your doctor.  
  • If you are giving birth at a hospital or birthing center feel free to list the birthing equipment you would like made available to you such as a birthing tub, birthing ball, squat bar, etc. 

Pushing/Birthing

  • List ways you'd like support for an intact perineum including controlled pushing/breathing, perineal massage, warm compress in between contractions/pushing. 
  • Do you want a mirror made available to you so you can watch your progression or not?
  • Vacuum extraction or forcep use

Post-Birth

  • How quickly after delivery do you want to hold your baby?
  • Would you like to have routine Pitocin offered to you after the delivery?
  • Do you prefer to cut the cord right away or delay? 
  • Do you want to breastfeed immediately after birth? Or would you like to formula feed?
  • How would you like dad to participate? Help with cutting the cord? Help with the first bath?
  • Would you like vaccines administered to the baby or wait until you take your baby to the pediatrician?
  • How would you like visitors regulated?

Then I go into some of the unexpected events. 

Cesarean Section

  • Although it is common practice for the spouse to be in with you, you can list this as a must. Same with requesting that the baby be given to you or your spouse as soon as the baby is dried (assuming the baby is healthy). 
  • List whether you would like to have skin-to-skin time and breastfeed as soon after surgery as possible.

Sick Infant

  • If baby is taken to a different hospital you may want to include that you'd like your spouse to go with the baby.
  • Include whether you would like to provide the baby's milk if possible through bottle, dropper or tube.

Remember, each hospital and birthing center is different in their approach to certain birthing practices. Many tend to promote as much skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding on demand but its never a bad idea to have your preferences written down just to confirm these things with them. To ease anxiety, I would encourage you to take a tour of the labor and delivery unit you will be delivering at and ask a friendly nurse some of your questions. 

Here is an online birth plan template available for free (The Bump: Birth Plan Worksheet) or if you'd like to see a copy of my birth plan I will be happy to share it with you! Happy baby prepping!