Walmart Infant Baby Box

A few weeks ago I wrote about Walmart’s Baby Box Set. They send you three different gift boxes- one for prenatal, one for a baby, and one for a toddler. Each box contains samples and costs only the five dollars for shipping. Last week I received the second box, my infant box. It contained the following samples and coupons: 
Samples:

  • Arm & Hammer Sensitive Laundry Detergent (2.25 fl oz)
  • Aveeno Baby Lotion (1 fl oz)
  • Aveeno Lotion (1 fl oz)
  • Huggies Travel Wipes pack (8 count)
  • Mam Anti-colic bottle 
  • 1 Huggies Diaper (size newborn)

Coupons :

  • $3 off huggies diapers 
  • $1 off Arm & Hammer Sensitive Laundry Detergent 
  • $3 off Pure Bliss formula by Similac 
  • $2.50 off of Lysol 

We are already fans of Aveeno so I liked the samples! However, I don’t think we will end up using the bottle because I breastfeed and the few times we have used a bottle she likes the Phillips brand. So it was cool, but in this box’s case probably not worth the five dollars it cost to ship. I could have just bought an actual bottle of lotion! That said, I do love getting mail though, so not a total waste haha.  
I can’t wait to see what the third and final box contains!! 

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Packing Our Birth Go Bag

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Looking back on my pregnancy, packing our birth bag(s) was so exciting!! I had packed baby Enolia’s weeks in advance, but I had put off packing mine for a while.

When I initially started I wasn’t exactly sure what to bring.  So over the months when anyone gave me a suggestion or I thought of something- I added it to my list. I wanted to include the most repeatedly given advice for anyone else who may want some insight! The following list is the final product:



    Mom:

  • Gown for birthing (optional, if you’re in a traditional hospital you will have a gown provided)
  • Coming home outfit (loose pants or dress)
  • Robe
  • Slippers
  • Face wash
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Brush
  • Contact case and contact solution
  • Hair ties
  • Shampoo & conditioner (mini)
  • Socks (several people suggested compression socks)
  • Granny panties
  • Pads
  • Distractions (book, music, iPad, etc)
  • Nursing pads
  • Nursing cream
  • Nursing bra
  • Dry shampoo
  • Chapstick
  • Gum
  • Essential oils
  • Massage oil

Baby:

  • Coming home outfit
  • Baby onsie
  • Pacifier
  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Blanket/swaddler x 2
  • Burp cloth
  • Car seat
  • Mittens

Dad:

  • Sweatshirt
  • Snacks – Gatorade & food
  • iPad/book (I thought this was a weird recommendation. However, they said afterwards when mom is sleeping and dad can’t he will appreciate it).
  • Toothbrush
  • Pillow (we didn’t need one because they gave us a ton, but some hospital births may)
  • Electronic chargers
  • Extra shirt
  • Deodorant

Miscellaneous:

  • Birth plan
  • Insurance card
  • License
  • Wallets
  • Camera & charger
  • Baby book (footprint)

 

We ended up packing all of the little one’s stuff in her diaper bag- it’s a gorgeous Kate Spade bag (see a similar bag here). Then we packed all of our stuff in a duffel. The only thing I wish I had done differently is that I packed the bags to the brim. So then when we were trying to leave it was impossible to fit all of the gifts and such in the bags! So I would bring an extra bag or leave some space. Let me know if any of you have any other suggestions you think I should add! I hope you have as much fun packing as I ended up having.

 

 

Enfamil 

A little while ago I talked about how when I first found out I was pregnant that I made a TON of accounts with companies promising great advice, coupons, and free samples. I already talked about one, Similac, but I also signed up with a company called Enfamil. I found out I was pregnant the first day or two of October, and then I made this account sometime in mid October! I wasted no time.  However, I literally didn’t recieve anything via the mail until April 27th.  (They email me ALL the time though).
 


This sample box included $10 in Enfamil “checks” (two $5 coupons off of any Enfamil purchase over $5.00), a dozen of those coupons where you get something free but have to pay the shipping (I’ll have to do a post on that later, I’ve already tried a few!), a six pack of premade newborn formula bottles, two nipple attachments for previously mentioned prepare formula, a four pack sample of premeasured packages of infant formula, and a 12.4 oz can of their infant formula. Overall, that is a pretty generous gift box! I am excited to try this out for Nolie.  We have decided that occasionally doing formula will be great for us so that when we go out or I am gone someone else can feed her.  I’ve heard great things about Enfamil.


The premade little bottles are actually really nice.  I could see if we were having a day out or something how that could be really convenient! These are all milk and soy based, so that’s one thing I’ll have to watch- neither Michael nor I could do milk. Hopefully sweet Nolie will be able to! Anyways, even though it was months before we received anything, this was definitely a generous, completely free sample gift! Also, it’s actually good theybsont mail this out until closer to yore due date because of shelf life.  

Twelve Things To Do Before Your Baby is Born:

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In the months leading up to the arrival of our sweet Nolie I read hundreds of Pinterest and blog posts about things to do before your baby arrived. Looking back on it, here are a few of my favorites that I found most helpful!

Install the car seat: I just assumed you buckled it in. However, it is actually recommended that you have someone who is certified do it! That may sound daunting, but it’s actually really easy. There was someone certified at our birth center who just came out to our car with us after one of our birthing classes and installed it. You can also reach out to your local police department. There should be someone on staff who is designated to do this! Lastly, you can always ask your hospital if they can perform this service, some do.

Find a pediatrician: When we started this process some of the best advice was to look for someone who fits into our lives and philosophies. Some things we considered included distance from our house, if our insurance accepted them, if they made house calls, if there was an after hours option already established, etc. We were also told that you can request to interview doctors! It’s actually more common than you would think. Lastly, our care provider suggested that we decide how we felt on vaccinations and to make sure our pediatrician was of agreement!

Birthing classes: There are so so many types of birth classes. It’s important to find one that fits what you are wanting to get out of your birth! Also, I loved that we were able to take a newborn care class, as well as a breastfeeding class. One thing I wish we had taken the time to do would have been the infant CPR class. We just ran out of time! However, Soph took it and she loved it.

Buy a waterproof mattress pad: All i’m going to say is that you don’t know when your water is going to break, but if it happens while you’re in bed you don’t want to have to deal with cleaning up sheets and your mattress when there are other things at hand!

Buy a baby book: This is something you may want to do before the baby gets here. That way during the last month you have something to distract yourself! I also wanted to be able to bring it to the birth center with us so they could put her cute little newborn footprint in it! You can click here to see what baby book company I am IN LOVE with).

Prewash your baby’s clothes: Not only will this give you something to do while nesting, but it’s also super practical! Babies skin is very sensitive and this helps to make sure nothing irritates her.

Make freezer meals: Everyone’s birth is different and everyone’s recovery is different. However, it cannot hurt to have a few remade, frozen dinners in the freezer. That way you don’t have to feel dependent on anyone, but you also don’t have to try and make a complex meal while nursing your newborn!! If you type “freezer meals” into Pinterest you will have so many great options!!

Clean out a memory card for your camera: During my last month I found an old memory card (actually, it had all of our pictures from London and Paris!!) and uploaded everything onto our external hard drive. Then I was able to delete everything on the memory card. Even though I knew there was no way we would need that much space, it still felt good to know that if we were up for it, we could take as many pictures and videos that we desired! (We actually did take a ton of pictures of her). 

Stock up on essentials: This was such a great idea! I saw so many different people’s ideas of what was most important to stock up on. However, I liked the idea of non perishable food items, toilet paper, diapers, wipes, dish soap, laundry detergent, nursing pads, pads, shampoo, conditioner, and deodorant. That way you never find yourself out! I knew that if we had run out, obviously Michael could just go after work if I didn’t feel up to going out with Nolie. However, I wanted him to be able to come home and relax! I don’t want him to be working hard all day and then coming home to a long Honey-Do list.

((Also, if you want to know how I stocked up on diapers and saved literally hundreds of dollars, click here!!)

Take some maternity pictures: Soph and I spent an afternoon doing these, but I wish I had remembered to do more before Nolie came, but with Michael!! I kept meaning to, but I put it off and put it off until the last week or two. At that point I could barely walk and I was the size of an elephant. IF I could go back, I would have done a really thought out session with Michael at the end of my second or very beginning of my third trimester. I still felt like I was able to stand for more than ten minutes and I wasn’t quite as bloated (everywhere) as towards the end.

Mani/Pedi: There are so many reasons to do this. However, I will just say that one, it will help you relax as your nerves go crazy waiting. Two, while everyone is really just going to want to see and take pictures of the baby, don’t forget that a lot of those pictures are going to include your hands! You don’t need your chewed up, half painted nails immortalized. Lastly, my cousin put it perfectly. She told me that I was about to push a very large baby out of my body. Statistically, you will also push out everything else down there. You will be covered in sweat, tears, and who knows what else. There is a HIGH probability that you’re not going to feel incredibly pretty or feminine. However, a good manicure gives you one thing to look down at and say, “oh yeah, I have something together today.”

Make Postpartum “Padsicles”: If you are able to have a vaginal birth- naturally or not- you are going to want these. You can google dozens of different tutorials! I waited until it was too late (baby girl was three weeks early) and I wish I had made them sooner! 

 

I hope these twelve ideas are helpful to you! Feel free to comment below any ideas you would add!

Nolie’s Baby Book 

// baby booties: Target (by Carter’s– see similar owl pair here ) // crib sheet: Little Unicorn 
Well, I’ve finished my last final and now all there is to do is wait on this beautiful baby girl to come! I seriously can not wait… I am so impatient! One thing I have been working on to pass the time is her baby book. Even though I usually love making Shutterfly photobooks, I wanted something a little more hands on. I searched and searched until I discovered a company called Lucy Darling. I am OBSESSED with it! I ordered the cutest baby book ever. It was hard to choose one, but in the end I chose the “Lucy Darling Little Artist Memory Book.” It’s beyond precious and covered in flowers, which I love. Also, you just write and fill in pictures, I don’t have to buy tons of paper or glue (which I really really love).
The company also sells things like closet dividers, swaddling blankets, and other gifts. You should seriously check out their website or Instagram feed- it’s precious!
Anyways, it has been so fun filling out all the little sections. For example, there is a family tree, a place to write a letter, a section for “the world today” (things like price of gas, popular songs, etc), and more! It also is making this so much more real! I just can’t believe it. We are down to the last month and it feels crazy!

The Southern of Nashville

Last weekend Michael, Steph, Virginia, and I went and had brunch downtown. Michael has been begging try out the brunch at The Southern. I am really not a breakfast girl so i’ve been putting it off. However, with two other breakfast lovers in the house that weekend I decided it was finally time to try it! Michael was of course, beyond happy.

The Southern is located on Third Ave South. I was worried about parking (I really hate parking downtown), but there is complimentary valet for customers! That was so smart of them. It made it so convenient! Another convenience factor is you can make reservations ahead of time, so no wait line. (I seriously would make a reservation if you can! We saw a ton of people waiting for tables).

The atmosphere itself was cute. I loved the decor and the waitstaff was incredibly friendly for 10am. We all ordered a variety of things from the brunch menu so that everyone could try each other’s food. Michael tried the Steak and Biscuit Benedict, I ordered the Hot Cakes, and then we also got an appetizer called S.O.S.- Two buttermilk biscuits with country ham gravy. Steph and Gia ordered Chocolate Chip Hot Cakes to split, then Gia got the Southern Fried Egg Sandwich, and Steph got Crab Cake Hash. Everyone seemed to love everything. I know my Hot Cakes were fabulous… I literally scrapped the plate clean!


The wait wasn’t too bad either. The only less than great thing was the bathrooms. They have the weirdest sinks ever! There is no basin, it’s just like a slightly tilted piece of marble. I understand the concept. The water is just supposed to run to the back of the marble where there is a drain. However, really just water and soap is flying everywhere. Also, I’m so short and my belly is so huge that I was having to press up against the counter to reach the faucet, getting my shirt seriously wet. Stylish in theory, but not the most functional sink i’ve ever seen.

Overall, I would definitely recommend trying it! I’ve had lunch there before and it was fabulous, but I have a feeling Michael will want to go back for brunch soon!

Honest Company Prenatal Vitamins

Two weeks ago I switched prenatal vitamins. I decided to try a brand that I absolutely LOVE for everything else.  I started using the Honest Company’s all organic prenatal vitamin. My old ones made me unbearably nauseous. Plus, once I saw the brand I was very excited. If you read my blog you know how much I love the Honest Company (click here to read about their free sample and here to see my dedication to their diapers). I’ve been taking these every night, sometimes with dinner sometimes later, and I haven’t been sick at all. I am so impressed.  The only possible downside would be if you have a hard time swallowing pills… these are GIANT.


One thing I LOVE about this prenatal is that it has folate (vitamin B9).  So to clarify, when you’re pregnant the doctors constantly remind you to get your folic acid in.  Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate.  (Which, some people suggest is causing cancer). Folate is naturally found in foods like say spinach or liver (ew to both). So I’m over the moon that this is a better version!

Here is the list of daily values of the different components of the vitamin, based on the recommended amounts for pregnant and lactating women.

  • Vitamin A – 50%
  • Vitamin C – 100%
  • Vitamin D – 350%
  • Vitamin E – 100%
  • Vitamin K – NA, daily value not established Thiamin – 100%
  • Riboflavin – 100%
  • Nacinamide – 100%
  • Vitamin B6 – 1200%
  • Folate – 81%
  • Vitamin B12 – 100%
  • Biotin – 100%
  • Pantothenic – 100%
  • Calcium – 15%
  • Iron – 150%
  • Iodine – 133%
  • Magnesium – 11%
  • Zinc – 100%
  • Selenium – NA, daily value not established
  • Copper – 50%
  • Manganese – NA, daily value not established
  • Chromium – NA, daily value not established
  • Molybdenum – NA, daily value not established

The pills also include their Prenatal Wellness Blend that consists of the following:

  • Organic ginger powder extract
  • Organic spirulina (whole plant) powder
  • Marshmallow (root) powder
  • Plum (fruit) powder

If you’re not impressed then i’m shocked!! I love that these are so chalked full of goodness.  (In comparison, my old prenatal only contained ten of the things listed above). 

You can buy these several different places.  They are available at Target, Amazon, the Honest website, and a dozen other locations.
 

 I am so excited that I decided to try these!(: