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Traveling with Baby Checklist – Free Printable

Free Printable Baby Packing Checklist

Packing for your first trip with a little one can be daunting. We took a week and a half long trip to California with Marlow when she was two months old to get out of the Arizona heat, and I’m pretty sure I was making lists before she was even born then started packing about two weeks before we went. I was so scared I was going to forget something important. But, no need to stress! I realized if I forgot something, we could just pick it up while we were out on our trip. California happens to have CVS and Target… so, there really wasn’t any reason for me to panic. I think we picked up a Dishwasher Basket some Honest Diapers and Wipes and some Baby Wash while we were on our trip, but I had everything else.

So, what do you actually need while traveling with a newborn? Of course, it depends on where you’re going and what the weather will be like, but I came up with a basic list to follow whenever we go on a trip and I thought I’d share it with you. We take a lot of road trips back and forth to San Diego and Laguna Beach. I went to college in San Diego and Matt grew up in Laguna Beach where his family still lives. We’re pretty lucky to have such incredible places to visit whenever we want, and thankfully it’s only about a 6 hour drive either place. This weekend we are planning on going to Laguna Beach for a baby shower and to stay with Matt’s family. Marlow is getting a little cousin in December! So, I’m looking forward to the shower and we’ll also be taking a ton of hand-me-downs for Marlow’s little girl cousin that she has outgrown.

Printable Infant Packing Checklist

So, back to what I’m packing for the little. Babies come with a lot of crap. We usually take our dog with us when we drive places too, so our car is typically packed at all times. These are the true essentials that we need, plus a few extras that I find helpful. Feel free to print this list and come back to this post whenever you take a trip to print another one. When you’re a new mom, anything to help you remember everything and keep things straight is a huge help!

In the Suitcase:

  1. Clothing
  2. Toiletries
  3. Feeding
  4. Miscellaneous

In the Diaper Bag:

Gear:

Extras:

-CLICK HERE TO PRINT THE CHECKLIST-

Free Download - Printable Traveling with Baby Checklist

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Maternity Fashion – The Best Maternity Clothing Stores

Maternity Fashion - The Best Maternity Clothing Stores to help you define your Maternity Style

Maternity Fashion is so easy right now. There are SO many options out there for stylish Maternity Clothes. Gone are the days of covering yourself with a dress that could double as a circus tent. We are lucky enough to have jeans available in all of our favorite non-pregnancy brands, styles that are actually STYLISH that don’t look like Maternitywear, and even activewear that will last throughout our entire pregnancy! My mom reminds me everyday that her options were limited to a few dresses she made her self back in the 70’s and 80’s. I will admit that being pregnant these days is a lot easier, and fashion-friendly, than it was back then.

My maternity style has been pretty laid back and easy. I work out at least three  days a week, and tend to just wear my maternity activewear on those days. I did have a few events where it was necessary to find a dress or a work-appropriate outfit to wear. I was lucky enough to receive quite a few maternity hand-me-downs from my sister-in-law, but I did manage to (of course) find some great stores that offer fashionable Maternity clothes that won’t break the bank. These are my favorite Maternity Fashion sources, and some of my favorite styles:

1. Asos.com, H&M – My favorites! Fashion-friendly Maternity Styles that won’t break the bank.


2. Old Navy – Great for Maternity Activewear

3. Destination Maternity & Pea in the Pod – Great source for Maternity Jeans and high fashion brands that offer maternity lines.

4. Asos.com, Nordstrom.com – Dresses and Special Event Maternity Clothing

5. Stitch Fix, Le Tote – Stylish Maternity Clothing Subscription Services if you don’t have time to shop or want someone to dress your bump for you. Easy peasy and oh so stylish!
 

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Third Trimester Pregnancy Pain: What They Don’t Tell You

Third Trimester Pregnancy Pain - What they might not tell you.

I have mentioned before that I have had a pretty easy pregnancy. I have felt mostly ok throughout the entire process, minus first trimester nausea and skin problems. But, I can honestly say I was in no way prepared for the pain and surprises that come with the third trimester. Can we say OUCH?! I know everything I am feeling is completely normal and every pain is actually a good sign that baby is progressing how she should, but I just wasn’t prepared to be quite this miserable. So, in hopes of helping other preggers out there that are in their third trimester and wondering what the hell is happening to them, here are a few things that I have experienced during my third trimester that were unexpected, but are perfectly normal.

1. Vagina Lightning

Exactly what it sounds like. Also lovingly called “Crotch Lightning”, this searing pain feels as if there is lightning shooting out of your lady bits. Pleasant, right?! This was the third trimester pregnancy pain that I was least prepared for. It didn’t happen to me until the baby dropped the day I turned 35 weeks, so if your baby doesn’t drop until labor you MIGHT get lucky and miss out on this one. But, I have a feeling you’ll experience it at least once in your pregnancy when baby decides to turn her head while it’s pressed up against your bladder. It’s a good sign that baby’s head is down and it could mean your cervix is ready to dilate or has already begun. But, the pain is enough to stop you in your tracks and grab yourself à la Michael Jackson. Just try not to scare those around you when it happens, and good luck explaining why you just grabbed your crotch in public.

2. Pelvic Pain

I figured there would be some pain in my pelvis at some point considering there is something the size of a watermelon wanting to force it’s way through, but I had no idea it would be so debilitating. This is another third trimester pain you might get lucky and miss out on, but around 80% of women will experience pelvic pain in pregnancy. Since my sweet little darling dropped into my pelvis, I have hardly been able to walk. I feel like I’ve run a marathon from my hips down. This kind of pelvic pain in your third trimester is usually caused by the hormone relaxin which is helping your body prepare itself for that watermelon to have an easier time passing through. The relaxin is living up to its name and relaxing the ligaments and joints in your body, which will make it easier for baby to pass through the birth canal. So, it’s a great sign that your body is doing it’s job in preparing for labor, but man does it hurt! If the pain is unbearable bring it up to your doctor, and they can lead you in a direction to relieve your pain. Pelvic Support Belts and warm baths are also known to help.

3. Constipation

You thought the first two trimesters were bad? Wait until your third when your uterus has officially taken over your body and pushed your intestines into a cramped and crumpled mess somewhere to the side of your abdomen. This makes it very difficult for anything to pass through on any sort of ‘regular’ schedule. Also, the added pressure of the baby on your digestive system can cause those lovely pregnancy visitors called hemorrhoids. Everyone’s favorite! So, between your hormones, hemorrhoids and that iron supplement your doctor may have put you on, good luck with this third trimester pain in the ass… literally. I recommend Colace Stool Softeners (DO NOT use laxatives. They could trigger contractions and cause dehydration. Please ask your doctor before using stool softeners.), Witch Hazel and Flushable Cleansing Wipes for the hemorrhoids, and a daily glass of Prune Juice (sounds gross, but it’s actually quite tasty).

4. Leg Cramps & Restless Leg Syndrome

Wasn’t expecting this one either. One night I woke up screaming, jumped out of bed with the worst charley horse I’ve ever had and scared my husband to death as he was startled awake asking if I was having contractions. These are just another unfortunate side effect of  third trimester bliss. Not only is there more blood forcing itself through your swollen legs, you just can’t seem to drink enough water no matter how hard you try. So, the more dehydrated you are, the more likely you are to experience these middle of the night visitors. Drink lots of water, take a warm bath (not hot) before bed, and if you feel one coming on, get up and walk it off.

If you’re having any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor about them and see if there is anything they suggest to relieve your pain. The good news is that these symptoms are all normal and mean your body is getting ready for the big day! The end is near!

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