July 2019 | A Pretty Penny

Baby Girl's Nursery Reveal...

I am beyond excited to finally reveal baby girl's nursery! It has been so fun creating this little space for this little girl. I have always dreamed about putting together a nursery and what it would be like when we did, but it turned out even better than I imagined. 

When we found out we were having a girl I instantly started planning the nursery. I knew I wanted it to look like a little girls nursery, but I didn't want it to be overly pink or covered in flowers. I also knew I wanted an accent wall. Once I laid my eyes on this gorgeous "Sandie Mural" wallpaper from Anewall (c/o), I instantly knew this had to go in baby girl's nursery. It provides the perfect subtle pinks and yellows that inspired every other aspect of her nursery.


Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree - World Market (I found it on Facebook Marketplace)

Faux Gold Potted Plant - Target


As you may have noticed we updated the shelves in the nursery after we photographed the "nursery reveal", so I took a few updated photos that included the cute wooden camera and book on the shelf. It is my favorite little corner, and where I'm going to be spending a lot of my time I'm sure.

Rose Gold Basket - gift

We also wanted a little more storage space in baby girl's closet, since all she had was one shelf and space for hangers. While we were planning out the nursery I pinned tons of inspiration images for adding storage. I loved the idea of turning these Kallax shelves into extra storage in her closet. It was such an easy DIY as well!

We found some shelves on Facebook Marketplace (I am obsessed with finding great deals on there), purchased the drawer inserts along with the square baskets for storage, new knobs, and voilĂ ! We are have cute extra storage for baby girl. I put bows, pacifiers, teethers and her pants in the drawers. It is perfect for what we need and I love that we can adjust it as needed!

Since we took pictures we have definitely added clothes to the closet as well as these darling baby closet dividers  and they come in handy! I love having every separated by month so I don't forget to put her in an outfit before she grows out of it.



What's In My Hospital Bag...

Since I am a first time mom and have never had to pack a hospital bag before, I may have overpacked, but I was so glad to have all of your suggestions! I also read about 1,000 hospital bag checklists before I decided to make my own. 

After our preterm labor scare I really wanted to hop on getting our hospital bags packed because we had no idea when this little lady would decide to make her debut. I didn't want to be throwing all these last minute items into a bag at 3:00 am if my water broke. So I read all the lists and recommendations so I knew exactly what to bring. I tried to pack minimally, but have enough so I'll be comfortable while at the hospital. 
I will say, after spending a weekend in the hospital for preterm labor, you realize the things you wish you had! So here we are! Bags are packed and ready to go! Now we just need her to be ready to come out.

So here is everything I am taking in my hospital bag! I am also sharing what I am packing for baby girl, and a list for husband as well!

TIP: Keep a list on your phone and mark off what you've already packed. So if you end up having to grab a few things in the middle of the night you will know exactly what is missing from your bag.
Duffle bag: I am using my Fawn Design "The Weekender" bag (c/o) and it is literally the perfect size for everything I need. I also love that it has so many pockets and storage within the bag to fit all my essentials.

ID, wallet & insurance card: since this is something I use on the daily, it will be something I make sure to grab before we head out the door, but I think it is probably one of the more important items to add to your list. Especially if you aren't already pre-registered at the hospital.

Nursing friendly dress/go home outfit: I purchased 2 nursing friendly "house dresses" that are absolutely so comfortable. After giving birth I knew I wanted something that would be comfortable, nursing friendly, still fit my body, great for pictures, and comfortable to go home in. I purchased this black dress from Amazon, and this pink dress from Brickyard Buffalo

Nursing friendly pajamas/robe: a lot of people recommended to bring a robe. Since they are comfortable and are very nursing friendly. I originally purchased this robe for the hospital, but got this one at my baby shower. I also purchased these pajamas that were recommended by a friend. I know you probably only need about 2 outfits, but I wanted to bring a couple extra things if I changed my mind for pictures, or if I got something on them.

Nursing bra: all I know is I am sure I am going to be sore, so I wanted something that was supportive, comfortable, but not super tight for the first few days. So I bought a blush, and black nursing bra from Target.

Nursing pads: I know the hospital provides you with basically everything you could ever want and need when it comes to postpartum things, but I am bringing one pair of nursing pads with me, just incase.

Slippers: I bought this cute pink pair from Target because I am not a huge slipper wear-er at home. I didn't want to be walking around barefoot through the hospital, or even back and forth from the bathroom. So I got a pair of slipper so I wouldn't have to wear socks 24/7.

Flip flops: I ended up grabbing an old pair of flip flops, but you are definitely going to want to bring some sort of shoes to shower in.

Toiletries: one thing I missed while we stayed in the hospital for a couple nights during preterm labor was washing my hair. Granted it was up in a messy bun the whole time, but there is nothing like washing the day off. Since we are planning on doing photos the next day I also wanted to make sure I looked presentable. So I made sure to go grab some travel size shampoo and conditioner! As well as my favorite travel size dry shampoo and hair spray.

Here are some other toiletries/necessities I am packing as well: deodorant, my favorite face wash, my Mia 2 to wash my face, face toner, chapstick (because I've heard your lips get reallll dry), lotion, extra pair of contacts, contact case, travel sized contact solution, q tips, toothbrush, toothpaste.

Face wipes: these get their own line because I swear by these! I use these face wipes to take my makeup off every single night and I love them. I am sure after who knows how many hours of labor, I am going to be exhausted. So using these face wipes to wipe my face clean is going to feel like heaven!

Hair brush & elastics: no matter where we travel the Wet Brush will always be my favorite! I also love these Goody elastics and I always keep these on hand from Target!

Curling iron, straightener & hair dryer: If we weren't going to take pictures the next day I probably wouldn't be bringing these 3 items, but since we are, I want to do my hair. I am not sure if hospitals have hair dryers...but I am going to bring my own anyway. As well as my T3 Micro wand (I use the 1 inch wand) and straightener.

Makeup for pictures: ...or if you are wanting to freshen up. I am packing my basics in a travel sized make up bag so I can feel and look presentable for hospital photos. After that I am good with a little concealer and brows!

Phone charger with a LONG cord: since we are going to be in constant contact with family, friends, and I'm sure social media after awhile, we will need to keep our phones charged. Make sure to invest in a long cord since the outlets are sometimes inconveniently located. Plus, you have to stay charged so you can snap all the photos of your new little babe!

Plastic bag for dirty clothes: Whenever we travel I always bring some sort of bag to put my dirty clothes in so they don't get mixed with everything else in my bag. Since we are only going to be there for a couple nights I just packed a plastic grocery bag.

Own pillow: let me tell you one thing...hospital pillows are NOT comfortable. Plus, they are plastic which makes your face sweat halfway through the night, even though the pillowcase they put on it. That is one thing I desperately missed last time we were in the hospital. So I am going to bring my own pillow so I can get as much good rest as I can while we are there. I promise, it is so worth it.

Camera/camera charger: this might not make it onto everyone's list, but since we have a nice camera and lens I am wanting to bring it to take photos. (this will most likely go into Colin's bag)

Nursing cover: just in case family comes over when it is time to feed, and I feel comfortable enough to have them in the room, I can just pop this nursing cover from Copper Pearl on.
Since the hospital provides you with most everything for baby and you while you are in the hospital, I am packing pretty minimal for baby girl.

Carseat: obviously this won't be going in your hospital bag, but they won't let you leave unless you have one. We have the Uppababy Mesa carset in the color Jake. We can't wait to see baby girl in it!

2-3 outfits/pjs: I am bringing 3 outfits for baby girl. 1 outfit from Lou Lou and Company for pictures, 1 outfit from Solly Baby to go home in, and 1 outfit from Mebie Baby if I change my mind. I have heard they are in a diaper most of the time for skin to skin, so I am not planning on her being in the outfits the whole time.

2-3 swaddles: since she will mostly be in a diaper for skin to skin, I am bringing 3 swaddles and extra bows! Babies look so dang cute all wrapped up so I am bringing a couple of my favorite! I love this floral print from Mebie Baby, this other floral print from Lou Lou and Company, and this neutral one from Copper Pearl.

Socks: I packed 2-3 pairs to keep her little feet warm when she isn't in an outfit

Mittens: I am bring 2 pair from Lou Lou and Company. They have my favorite prints!

Bows: I am bring a few extra bows for when she is just in a swaddle and diaper.

Pacifier: if you are planning to use other binkys or pacifiers besides the ones they have at the hospital I would recommend bringing at least one. I am bring one Bibs pacifier, and one Ryan & Rose pacifier

Pacifier clip: I am bringing this one from Madeline's Box and this one from Ryan & Rose
1-2 extra outfits: depending on how long you stay be prepared with an extra outfit. Include a nice outfit, or something to go with your fresh 48 or any pictures you take the next couple days

Pajamas: dad's bed is not very comfortable, so make sure to bring some comfy clothes to sleep in to try and be as comfortable as you can

Own pillow: like I said, the bed dad is going to be sleeping on is not comfortable, so bringing your own pillow would be a nice touch to try to stay as comfortable as possible while in the hospital.

Toiletries: hair products, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, anything else you might need

Baseball hat: if you're dealing with second day hair or haven't had a chance to shower just yet

Zip-up jacket for skin to skin: this is a great option if you are around other people or don't want to throw a blanket over you

Extra socks & underwear: pretty self explanatory...

Computer/Ipad: you can put on a movie, tv show or something else if you have a few hours until it is time to push. It would be a great way to waste some time if mom is comfortable with an epidural. You can pop on a movie and both watch! 

Snacks for money for vending machine/cafeteria: during labor mom isn't able to eat "real" food, but I'm sure dad will be hungry. So make sure to either bring some snacks, or have money ready to go grab something to eat

HDMI cable and adapter: my husband is super techy, so he is planning on bringing these just incase he can hook up his laptop/Ipad to the tv if we want to watch a movie

Bluetooth speaker: many people recommended this!

Hydroflask/water bottle: Colin brought his own water bottle last time and it was an absolute lifesaver!  You all know I am obsessed with my Hydroflask.
I hope this listed helped you in some way and gave you a little insight as to what I am taking to the hospital! I would love to do an updated post about what I actually used and needed! 



Maternity Photos + Our Preterm Labor Scare...

Location: Alpine Poppy Fields / Dress: ASOS / Photographer: Ashley + Alexis Photo

Let's start by talking about these gorgeous maternity photos before we dive into all the crazy preterm labor stuff. We got these photos taken about a week and a half before the whole preterm labor thing went down. My good friend Ashley, from Ashley + Alexis Photo took them and they honestly couldn't have turned out more perfect! I was 32 weeks pregnant at the time and felt giant and like a total mess. This is honestly the most I had gotten ready in weeks, because who has the energy for that when you are growing a tiny human?? Anyway, I will absolutely cherish these photos forever! I can't wait to look back and remember when baby girl was in my belly kicking away.
Alright, Let's talk about preterm labor. It honestly was never something that ever crossed my mind when I thought about my own pregnancy. My mom had normal pregnancies and they were super mild. I had a very normal pregnancy and a very mild pregnancy. Yes, I got nauseous during my first trimester like most women do, but I wasn't throwing up every day which I have been super grateful for.

So when I was 33 weeks and started experiencing preterm labor symptoms I almost wasn't sure what to do! In my mind I was worried I wasn't going to even be dilated by 38 weeks. I really didn't want to go over because the last few weeks of pregnancy are rough as it is. I had talked to my doctor about even possibly getting induced at 39 weeks if everything looked good, because having everything planned out and controlled sounded good to me! Let's just say the past couple weeks have been totally unexpected and a little crazy!
Friday, June 28, 2019, I woke up just like any other Friday and started to get ready for work. Colin had already left for the day and I started to feel a little funny. As I was going about my normal morning routine my back started really hurting, and it was more than just your average pregnancy back pain. I also started to experience cramping, just like really bad period cramps, which I obviously haven't had for the past 8 months. At first I didn't think anything of it, but then I started getting contractions along with the back pain and cramps. These contractions were a lot stronger than the average Braxton Hicks and made me really hot. 

After laying down for about 15 minutes everything started to subside and I started to feel better. I was able to finish getting ready for the day and head out to work. At the time I honestly didn't really think much of it or even jump to preterm labor because I was only 33 weeks and 5 days. I went to work that morning and stayed till about 4:30. During that time I had a couple contractions, but nothing different than any other day.
When I got home from work that Friday I started to straighten up the house a little bit since Colin's parents were planning to stay the night because they had an early flight the next morning. It wasn't anything major, I started a light load of laundry, folded some laundry and put stuff away on the counter. After a little while all of my earlier symptoms started to come back, but even worse. Back pain and cramps started to get real severe and contractions started to get more frequent. As I was having contractions it was almost all I could do to breathe through them, and I thought to myself, "if this is anything like labor....it is going to suck." Thank goodness for epidurals, amiright?

So I went downstairs, grabbed my water bottle and laid on the couch to try and make myself more comfortable. Colin came home while I was laying on the couch and was a little worried. I decided to make a call to the on call physician since it was after hours. He recommended I come in to the hospital to get checked out, but honestly, I didn't want to be one of those first time mom's who freak out over everything...So I decided to wait another hour to see if my contractions would stop. They didn't.

Colin's parents came over and we were just talking about their upcoming trip. I had been tracking my contractions the whole time and they got to be 3 minutes apart. So I finally told Colin we should probably head to the hospital to get checked out. In both our minds we were just going to go in, get checked out, they might give me some meds to stop contractions and then they would send us on our way. At least that's what the internet lead us to believe.
So we got to the hospital, they admitted us, and started to check everything out. The nurse checked my cervix and told me that I was dilated to a 3 and 80% effaced. I was honestly shocked! Colin and I had been going on long walks every night because my doctor thought I might not be dilated until later in pregnancy, but here I was at a 3! So they started to hook me up to IV's, take blood work, give me a steroid shot to help baby girls lungs develop more, and run some tests. Let me tell you, I am a wimp when it comes to blood and needles and feel like that part was almost worse than contractions/preterm labor. It took 3 tries in 3 different places to finally place an IV and by the time it was over I was chugging sprite, Colin was fanning me with a piece of paper as fast as he could, and I had almost passed out. (haha)

After they got me all hooked up to everything and gave me some meds to help slow contractions, they started talking about what was to come next. They said since I was laboring and not quite 34 weeks they wanted to transfer me to IMC because their NICU is better equipped to handle babies that are under 34 weeks. They thought there was a possibility I might deliver since my contractions were about 2 minutes apart. So they had called and ambulance and it was on its way over.

The on call physician came in and also talked to us. He said, "I'm so glad you decided to come in! If you are planning on working you're done. Your life is about to change. Since you're laboring there is a possibility you might deliver this weekend...." and so on. 

After they left I turned to Colin and said, "We can't have a baby! We literally have NOTHING. We aren't ready." Then I repeated that over and over in my mind. I thought we were just coming in for a check up, so the only things I brought with me were my phone and wallet. I didn't have a hospital bag packed, we hadn't had any baby showers. It was a weird place to be in, because I was planning on having 6 more weeks to get everything ready for baby and prepare mentally.
So the ambulance finally arrived about a half hour later. Before they loaded me up they wanted to check my cervix to see if there had been any changes (It had been about an hour and a half since the last time I had been checked). The same nurse checked me and said, "you're at a 5 and 90% effaced." She explained to the EMT's the I was a 3 and 80% an hour and a half previous. Then they said, "Since you are progressing so fast I think we need to life flight you to IMC." WHAT???? Immediately all I could see was dollar sign after dollar sign...and this video.

They called the helicopter and it had just landed at IMC. By the time it got ready again and landed at Riverton it would be 20 minutes later, which would be the same amount of time it would take to ride in the ambulance. So luckily they just took me by ambulance (thank goodness). 

So they loaded me all up while Colin ran home to grab some stuff for our stay in the hospital. If you have ever wanted to ride in an ambulance I am here to tell you that it is nothing glamorous. It is very uncomfortable and I literally felt every bump, which made my contractions that much worse.
Once we arrived at IMC they put me in a room and hooked me up to a ton of monitors and got caught up on the situation. They checked my cervix there and the doctor said I was 4 cm dilated (the number might be a little different depending on who is checking you). After reiterating what the doctors said about possibly delivering they said they would do everything to make me comfortable and try to get contractions to stop.

By this time it was between 10:00-11:00pm. My parents and Colin's parents came to check on us and see what was going on. After a little while they left and our nurse said we should be fine to eat. So Colin ran to grab us some food because we didn't eat dinner and we were STARVING. If you have the opportunity to eat hospital cafeteria food, DO IT. It's delicious. 

After eating dinner, then started one of the longest nights of my life. They had to check on me every few hours and also run antibiotics through the IV in my hand. It took about a half hour to run the full antibiotics and it BURNED the entire time. Luckily we had the best nurse and she got me heated blankets to wrap around it to help. 
That night I got about a total of 45 minutes of sleep. Between getting checked every few hours, taking more meds, getting up to pee, labor pains, and trying to sleep in the most uncomfortable hospital bed, I was exhausted the next morning. I also was hooked up to everything possible and had to call for help every time I needed to go to the bathroom. I had a baby monitor and contraction monitor hooked up to my belly the whole night that they had to constantly adjust every time I turned over, and they also put these boots on my feet that helped with blood flow. They would put pressure on my legs every few minutes and made a ton of noise. I don't know why I didn't just stay up and watch movies all night.

By the next morning my cute nurse said we had got my contractions from happening every 1-2 minutes to every 7 minutes. Which was music to our ears! So they were going to move us to the floor above to monitor us. The other thing that was music to my ears was that I didn't have to be hooked up to the baby monitor and contraction monitor!! (woo hoo). 

So all of Saturday wasn't too bad! Just really boring. We watched some Netflix, took a couple naps, and had some friends and family visit. This whole weekend we were oh so grateful for friends and family. 

I'll be honest, we were a little bummed that we didn't get to leave the hospital with a baby. We went through all the emotions while we were in the hospital. We were in shock and disbelief, denial that we might be having a baby, and then finally came to terms with the fact we might be leaving the hospital parents and that it would all work out. Finally we got a little excited, because we talked about what it would be like to have her there. Even though we were a little bummed, we are so glad and grateful that she gets to cook in there a little longer!
We were hoping to be out of there by Saturday night, but they had to give me another steroid shot for baby girl at 9:00 pm and wanted to keep us for one more night of observation. That night my family was at Taylorsville Dayzz, and watched the fireworks. Since I literally had been in bed all day they got me a wheelchair and we were able to go watch the fireworks from a window. By the time the fireworks we had ended I started getting back pain and a few contractions again.

I told our nurse and she kept an eye on it all night. Since they were happening off and on and only every 10 minutes they weren't super concerned. Luckily this hospital bed was a little more comfortable, plus I wasn't hooked up to anything. So I was able to sleep for a total of 3 hours! The next morning we ate breakfast, they checked everything and by late Sunday morning said we would be good to go home! 

They told us that I would need to be on modified bedrest until baby girl arrives. I would be fine to walk around the house, use stairs, but no extra physical activity, heavy lifting or exerting myself. They also gave us medication to take home to help stop my contractions further.

We went home and basically slept the whole day away as well as the next! It took a couple days for me to finally start to feel normal and my body to stop freaking out, but since then I have been doing great and holding pretty steady. Luckily my work has been super awesome and I have been able to work from home as well during my modified bed rest.
We have had 2 appointments with my doctor since our preterm labor scare to see where we are at. 2 weeks ago was our follow up appointment. Our doctor said I was holding steady at 4cm and 80% effaced, but baby was definitely low. This past week was our second appointment and I am now dilated to 5cm and 90% effaced! She also said baby girl is SUPER low and I have a bulging water bag (which basically means my water is bulging and could break at any time.)

My doctor thinks baby girl should be here very soon! We can't wait to meet this little chick who seems to already be a handful!
*if there are any spelling errors, or grammatical errors we can blame it on my pregnancy brain!