Wednesday, December 19, 2018

What Do I Take to the Hospital?

So this post is going to be short, sweet, and light on pictures 😂.
We took everything we could have thought about taking to the hospital. And you don't need to. Here is what we took, and USED!

1. Really long charger cord for your phone. The beds are like 5 feet off of the wall. Plus you want to be able to use your phone while it charges since you're basically away for 72 hours. THIS is the one we bought. Works great!



2. Robes. I took two, and I wore two. I am so glad I did! I labored sans meds for a LONG time (like 27 hours long). While I labored, we walked the halls. I was able to wear a robe for some modesty, warmth, and comfort. This is similar to the one I wore. I was also ready to toss it incase it got gross. 

For after L&D, I got a cute robe to wear in the hospital. This made it easy to wear a nursing tank under it, and be able to cover up for company/warmth. It made me feel a little bit more put together and less like an exhausted hot mess. This is similar to the one I wore.


3. Your own pillow. This was seriously the best. I am a picky sleeper, and my pillow was a life saver. If you're searching for a new pillow, check THIS one out. It is seriously THE BEST!



4. A water bottle. We filled this up and used it constantly. Just take one you have at home, or check this one out

5. Your own shampoo/conditioner/body wash. Take whatever you have at home. The hospital stuff kinda stinks. 

6. Slippers- I used these A LOT, and then threw them away when we left. Because hospital germs. 


What we did not use:
  • Bluetooth speaker
  • Nursing pillow
  • A whole bunch of clothes
  • Baby clothes or blankets- we just used one going home outfit

That's it! Those are the things we used the most, and least! What did you take that you were glad?!





Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Teacher Gifts

What do I get my kid's teacher for Christmas?
I get asked this question all the time!


And let me preface this by saying, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO GET YOUR KID'S TEACHER A GIFT! It is so kind and sweet, but not necessary.
For those of you who are overachievers and want to treat your teachers with a gift here are a few things to think about:
1. How well do you know your child's teacher? Do you know what they like/dislike?
2. What does your child know about their teacher? You would be surprised how well your child knows their teacher! We spend all day together and learn a lot about each others preferences and dislikes.
3. Think about things that are appropriate!

Now... onto the fun stuff!

1. Starbucks (or other local coffee shop) gift card.
 
This is #1. Most teachers love coffee. Or tea. Or both. Or sweets, muffins, breakfast sandwiches, tumblers, etc...Coffee shop coffee is expensive, and I don't know if you know this or not, but teaching doesn't pay much. Treating your child's teacher to a latte on you will certainly warm their heart.

2. Target or Amazon Gift Card
 
I mean. Do I need to explain this? and $10 will do. Any gift is so so kind and thoughtful. Plus, this will let the teacher either purchase something for themself, or something for the classroom.

3. Anything off of this teacher wish list.
These are all items that teachers use day in and day out. We can always use more classroom supplies, and this way these items don't need to come out of the teacher's pocket. We buy so much for our classroom and students, any little bit helps!

4. A book to donate to the classroom library.
Classrooms can always use more books! I have never heard a teacher say, "I have too many books." It's just not possible. Not sure where to start? HERE is a great list to get you started.

5. Gift card for a manicure/pedicure!
What a great way to say treat yourself! These are always SO SO nice! Mani/pedis are luxuries in the teacher world- because hello $$$$. But, even $20 towards one helps soften the blow!

AND THE BEST THING YOU CAN GIVE YOUR CHILD'S TEACHER...
Something your child made or wanted to get for us. Like I said before, your kids know us better than we think. We love thoughtful things and want to let your child express their love!

Here is a a list of things to NOT buy your child's teacher:

  • Alcohol- yes, it's funny, but not appropriate. Some teachers don't drink, and then it's just a waste. 
  • Another coffee cup (unless it's a nice thermos). We have plenty. 
  • Religious specific items. Not all teachers are religious, or celebrate the same holidays that you do. 
  • Ornaments- see above
  • Cheesy gifts that even you know will end up in the garbage- that's just wasting your money and we don't want you to do that. 
Please know that teachers in no way expect gifts, and are thankful for any gifts they do receive! I hope this list helps guide you along on your holiday blunders! 

Happy Shopping!


Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Baby Must Haves

Hey!
I know this is a teaching blog, but right now teaching isn't first on my list of things. I am on maternity leave for another month, so it's baby baby baby all day!
With so many new gadgets, tools, and toys out there, I thought I would talk about some of my favorites, and what we have found the most useful this far! We either received all of these items as gifts at our baby shower, or have purchased them ourselves.

1. The Owlet
This is something we were not sure about at first. We knew we wanted one but the first night we used we kept getting false readings and the alarm would go off. It was awful. We realized she was just too small (her weight had dipped to 5lbs 11 oz), and it just wasn't going to work. So we stopped attempting to use it and waited a couple weeks. Once she put on a little weight, we started using it again.



Now, we couldn't sleep without it. I have read too many stories about SIDS to be okay with not using it. If I can pay a couple hundred bucks for peace of mind and to know my child is okay? DONE!
Would totally buy again! You can also purchase this with your HSA!

2. Hatch Rest Sound Machine
This was something we didn't get at a shower or anything. We tried just using a fan, which is what we use as a sound machine. That worked for a couple of weeks, but then just didn't anymore.
We talked about the DOHM sound machine, but the Hatch was only a few bucks more, so we went for it. The Hatch has a ton of different sounds, and once your kid gets older you can set wake times. It's also a built in night light that you can dim or brighten to your liking, which is really nice for middle of the night feedings. It also connects to your phone over bluetooth, which is great if you're not in the room and want to change the volume. You HAVE to change a lot of the settings on the app, which is both convenient and inconvenient at the same time. Overall, this item is more of luxury item and in no way is necessary. This $15 sound machine would work just as well. 
Would maybe buy again?

We like ours. A lot. Loa has basically slept in it since day one. When we put her in her bassinet for the first time, she rolled right onto her side and looked so helpless and alone. It was just too much space. She clearly wanted to be snuggled. So we totally caved and put her in the Dock a Tot, and she has slept in it ever since. 
Now, our Dock a Tot has the marble cover. But really, they're going to spit up all over it anyways. So just get whatever cover you want. 
                 

We only use the Dock a Tot for sleeping. Now, it is not approved for sleeping, this I know. BUT Loa wears an Owlet, which makes me feel a lot better about it. 


She's just about three months now, and she is beginning to fill it in a little bit more, so we may be looking to purchase a Dock a Tot Grand here eventually. But we'll see!
Would totally use and purchase again!

This. Thing. Is. Awesome! Seriously, I cannot rave about it enough! We use it SO much! She lounges in it, plays in it, eats in it. Everything. We take it with us when we travel, or even just to head to a friend's house for the evening. 

Now, there is one like this made by Bobby, called the Boppy Lounger, but I like the Podster because it's adjustable. My six year old nephew was hanging out in it recently. 






Even the dog likes it!
LOVE this item! Would totally purchase again!

We LOVE our Solly! We use it all the time! You have to spend some time learning how to put it on, but it's awesome once you do. What I love about it is that I can put it on before we leave the house and it's not bulky to wear under a coat or a cardigan while driving or if she's not in it. 




Baby wearing for the win! Would totally purchase again!


Other items we have used a lot:

This is great for long term wear, being outside, or just wanting something a bit sturdier.



These make the best burp cloths!


Dr. Brown's Bottles

These ALWAYS come highly recommended! I exclusively pump, so these have been great for Loa!

Amazon Firestick



We don't have cable, but we do have Amazon Prime, so this was totally key in making it through those first few sleepless weeks!

Check out all these items and more on Amazon!

Baby List


What baby items have you loved, or loathed?