Monday, February 25, 2013

Baby Must Haves :: Hospital Edition

Hello, world!  It's been just over two weeks, and I'm slowing emerging from the fog that belongs to every sleep-deprived new parent.  Right now, my blessed MIL is here, which ups my time spent sleeping quite considerably.  It's fabulous.  That's pretty much the sole reason I have enough brain cells functioning to be able to write coherently.  Or whatever passes for "coherence" here at G&M Things.

Baby girl is doing peachy.  She spends most of her time "swelled like a tick" as her daddy puts it.  Girlfriend puts a new spin on the label "good eater", as she gained over 2x the recommended weight her first week home...  Some of you have asked for the birth story, and I'll probably write it, just for posterity, but not today.  Today is just a quick how-do-you-do and a short list of things that moms-to-be might want to have handy when they go to the hospital.

It struck me, a few days after getting our gal home, that we had prepared SO MUCH, and yet were still so unprepared.  I don't think having this list would have changed things, but I love a good list, and so here it is - my "What I wish/am glad I had at the hospital" in the "under $100 category".  I've seen some lists of "New Mother Must-haves" whose individual items cost more than my car payment.  This is not one of those lists.  Its a modest little list, but it's my list and I love it.

Tervis Tumbler.
Get you a nice big cup, preferably one with insulating capabilities.
And snag a straw or two to put in it.

Madela Lanolin
You nursing mommies out there, this is the stuff.
Other brands don't compare.
I'm just saying.
If you need to know why, feel free to email me and I can explain :)
Yes, the name of this little wrap says something about "sexy".
I'm not recommending it for it's "sexiness", however.
My baby girl loved to be skin-on-skin, and a wrap like this makes it easy.
I also rocked the gown all 3 days I was there, so don't be ashamed to do that, either!

A dear friend sent us these swaddling blankets.
Baby girl loved being wrapped in them, and they were much more attractive than the hospital ones.

And that's it.  You really don't need much.  A shirt or two for yourself, a blanket for the babe, and a few comforts.  Order some food in, sleep when you can, and revel.  Revel revel revel and take bunches of pictures.  Hand off the camera to others, and let them snap away as well.  It was a few days after we got home that I finally saw the pictures Handsome had taken, and I love them!

Off to snuggle my babe!
<3 M.


  1. Ooh okay so I am definitely going to check out that wrap and the cream. I'm a cheapskate, so I'm really glad you put this list together!!

    1. The cream is 100% worth it, promise!

  2. Being a mother is the happiest thing that a mother as well as the family wishes for. Since you have babies dealing with these great lists of baby products is a must for you. With your new baby creeping in you will have to arrange everything required for the baby dealings too. Enjoy the mother life .


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