Fall Staples

Cardigan | Top | Jeans

Happy Monday & baby week!! Yes it is a little warm for jeans and cardigans in Houston but its never too early to stock up on some fall staples! I know I have mentioned Express is one of my go-tos for denim so I picked up a pair over the weekend a long with a couple other things. I really went for fall staples that I will be able to wear and pair with throughout the next couple months. I like that these jeans come in short with frayed ankles, I think it makes them really flattering. Also these cardigan is the perfect color for fall. It’s a nice light knit material and the hood adds a little extra. I also included some of the other pieces I grabbed below!

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Whats In My Hospital Bag

I asked y’all the other day what were some of your hospital musts so I am going to share a list of what I am packing + some of your ideas! You can decide for yourself what will work best for you and hopefully this will give you some ideas! You can find the post with the full suggestions here!

As far as what we are packing everything in, I think we decided on just one giant check in roller bag. We started packing in duffles and think it would be annoying to carry 2 duffles and the babies diaper bag so why not put them all in wheels and make it as easy as possible! I also will link the exact products I am taking but again you can just use this list as reference!

For Mama

For Baby

For Dad

  • 2 outfits
  • Undies, Socks, Etc
  • Tooth brush
  • Deodorant
  • Overnight bag
  • Ted bought this speaker for music jams & white noise maker

Misc

  • Chargers – long cords were HIGHLY requested
  • Portables
  • Computer to watch tv shoes – other people recommended a fire stick to plug into the hospital tv
  • Snacks
  • Gum
  • Jolly Ranchers or Mint to suck on
  • Camera – we have our iPhones but we also got the sprocket
  • File folder for paper work
  • Car seat

*A lot of y’all said the hospital will give you extra supplies like mesh undies, padsicles, any meds, diapers, etc so you won’t need to go overboard and pack too much! Y’all also mentioned that you can take some of these supplies home so be sure to leave some room in your suitcase!

I feel like thats it for me! Again you can decide for yourself what works and doesn’t work. I have always and will always be an over packer and will just feel way better over packing so that is my plan! Some mamas go to the hospital with nothing so really it’s all in your hands!

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Black Slip Dress

Dress | Shoes

Made a trip to Walmart for some last-minute things for baby and ended up with a couple things that weren’t on the list. I don’t know about yall but this happens to me a little too often lol. These finds were just too good to pass up though! I grabbed this black slip dress and added a belt and a pop of print with the shoes. The booties are also a great find for under $50 and super comfortable! This outfit is perfect for fall but you can also wear right now, even in this Houston heat. I just sized up for the bump to an L but would say tts otherwise. I feel like I have been all about shopping Walmart Fashion lately since I can find on-trend pieces at such great prices. I know I won’t be able to wear these pieces much longer since the baby could come any day now so these affordable finds are perfect! Here are a couple of other things I loved below!

Dress

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My Pregnancy Musts

I wanted to share some pregnancy musts that I probably would not have been able to live without during the last 9-10 months. I didn’t realize how much I didn’t know about pregnancy and what to expect lol! I was so excited to be pregnant during the summer so I can just wear dresses but didn’t realize how much I would swell because of the heat. You win some and loose some! Below are some of my amazon orders that saved me!

My Prego Musts

  • Prego Pillow: I refused to purchase one the first few months and honestly didn’t really need one without a bump but now, I can’t imagine a nights sleep with out it! Actually around 30 weeks I was sleeping at a hotel without one and woke up SO tired and in so much pain. I ordered one originally from a friends recommendation but it was MASSIVE. It took over the entire bed, it was bigger than me so I couldn’t properly snuggle it right, and I felt like the material was itchy. I then ordered this one off of a whim and can’t live without it! I also am a big fan of the velvet cover!
  • Compression Socks: I had NO idea compression socks were a thing until I started flying and noticing I started to swell. I either mentioned it to y’all over on IG or somewhere and so many people recommended compressions! They squeeze your feet, ankles and legs super tight. Being prego during the summer in this Texas heat is NO freaking joke. I’ve already gone about 2.5 shoe sizes bigger lolol super shocked and hope they come back! At least 10s are always discounted so I have been justifying it that way to buy new pairs of shoes lol! These compression socks help with the swelling along with a bunch of ice packs and elevated feet lol
  • Silicon ring: along with swollen feet come swollen hands. My wedding ring no longer was fitting so I got a cheap one off of amazon and love it! Ted actually wears a silicon band as his wedding band 365 days of the year lol more function-able and easier to replace!
  • Facial Sunscreen: This helped with malasma that came about during my second trimester. I never really took the steps to wear sunscreen unless it was already in another product before pregnancy. I then started to notice a major difference in using this product! I never had malasma before so one day I just woke up thinking I just didn’t take my make up off properly the night before. Little did I know lol! I also have learned during this pregnancy that my skin has been SUPER dehydrating so lots of this Vitamin E serum and moisturizer. Other than that, I would check with your doctor about skin care!
  • Belly band: My friend Hollie told me about this little gem since she was walking the other
  • Maternity belt: During the end, my back has taken a toll from all the weight. This belly belt helps with the support and I can always tell a difference when I wear it.
  • Prenatals: These are super important to take! I get this question quit a bit so thought I would link them for y’all! I also was taking care / of prenantals but I just ran out of them so I bought this bottle.
  • Water Jug: I have been using the hospital one but before that I was using this one! Keeping hydrated is so important!
  • Belly Butter & Coco Butter
  • Epsom Salt: I try to soak in the bath with this to help with muscle relief 1-2x a week!

Clothes

  • Robe / Blanket / *Cardigan: I have become a material SNOB during this pregnancy and only want soft things on me so barefoot dreams has been my go to. I am taking this blanket and cardigan (on sale) to the hospital. First thing I do every morning is wake up and either put on this robe or cardigan.
  • Intimates: walking around the house or going to bed again I have been so picky about material so I sleep with this little bralette! I have so many of them now! Also have been wearing this pj set since Friday bc its so soft from Amazon!
  • Maternity Leggings
  • Jeans: I tried to avoid jeans my entire pregnancy since it was spring and summer. Getting jeans on in the Houston heat was hard lol. But I did find the Good American maternity jeans that I liked along with these maternity shorts!
  • Tanks
  • Bandage Dresses
  • House Shoes
  • Birkens: ummm didn’t realize how much my feet would sweat and I was always hot. I also bought these cheap silicon ones from Amazon that I will run errands in and pack for the hospital shower!

Yalls Prego Musts / I asked y’all what were yall’s prego musts on this IG post so below I will share a few top answers!

Help with Labor // I am by no means an expert (hello first child) but I have done research and talked to ladies about what has helped them with labor. To each its own and these are pretty much old tales but thought I would share this interesting list! Again consult with your doctor!

  • Bouncy Ball
  • Dates: about 5-8 a day
  • Primrose Oil Pills
  • Raspberry Tea
  • Eggplant Parm
  • Walking
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