Wednesday, July 20, 2016

What I Actually Used From My Hospital Bag


I had planned to publish a "What's in my hospital bag" post before Bennett arrived and never actually got around to it. I'm so glad I'm posting this now after I had him because I can actually share exactly what I used (and didn't use) from my bag. I definitely think I over packed a bit, but of course it's better to be safe than sorry. 

|| FOR ME ||
First, since I knew I was having another c section, I packed mostly night gowns instead of shorts or pants because they were just more comfortable for recovery. This sleep shirt (I have it in black) is so soft and is perfect for nursing moms as well since it buttons down. As soon as we got to our room after the recovery room, I changed into these PJs just to feel more comfortable. 

I also got a ton of use out of the 2 robes I brought. I love this one from this etsy shop (they also have non maternity robes) because it has a fun, floral pattern and is so soft and light weight. I also used this plain black one from Target a lot as well. 

Since it felt like I was nursing non-stop, I wore this nursing night gown a lot as well as this nursing tank and these nursing bras.

I also packed a few 'forgiving' shift style dresses to wear for the ride home. I packed a few options so I could try them on and decide which would be best (be the most comfortable). One good thing about having a baby in the summer is that you can wear flowy dresses after baby! I ended up wearing a comfy tee shirt style dress (similar style here) for the ride home. 

Other items that I used were:
flip flops (for walking around and for in the shower)
+ make up/toiletries/hair dryer/straightener
+ chap stick and hand lotion
+ iphone + charger
Nikon DSLR camera with 50 mm lens and charger
+ hair ties, clips and bobby pins (I wore my hair up a lot because I was sooo hot the whole time. I was literally drenched with sweat almost every night. The nurses said it was due to my hormones trying to regulate)


|| FOR BABY ||

I definitely brought too many outfits for Bennett to wear forgetting that they mostly are in the little half t shirts and swaddles for the first week or so of life while they still have the umbilical cord attached to their belly button. I also didn't really have the energy to wrestle him into too many outfits, so I actually only changed him into one outfit which was his going home outfit. 

I did however, use the extra swaddle blankets I brought (which are included in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!) and actually wish I would have brought more! I loved posting his birth announcement photo with his personalized swaddle blanket form Jennifer Ann Style.  

I also loved dressing him in his little going home outfit, booties and personalized cap for his first car ride. 

Other items I used for baby B:
+ burp cloths (used these a lot)
+ beanies/caps
+ baby socks
+ fuzzy baby blanket (I used this propped under him for nursing a lot!)
+ pacifiers


I also wanted to give you a list of what I took from the hospital:

+ diapers
+ wipes
+ nasal aspirator
+ beanie
+ baby shirts
+ Vaseline and gauze
+ hospital underwear (I asked for extra pairs)
+ pads
+ abdominal binder

Honestly, take as much as you can get! You will be sad when those hospital underwear run out, because regular underwear just isn't as comfortable.



And there you have it! 

Mamas, was there anything that I didn't list that you used while in the hospital?

Friday, July 15, 2016

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

Oh, hi! Just coming out of my newborn/new mother sleepy haze to bring you my picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! Since I have a Nordstrom debit card, I was able to get early access to the sale. I love having the debit card because I get all the perks and rewards, but don't feel guilty about opening another credit card. I highly recommend signing up if you love to shop at Nordstrom like me! I mean, free shipping and returns is reason enough to shop online!


Below are some of my favorite sale items:



I was on a shopping freeze for a month before Bennett was born, so I am so ready to start buying normal, non-maternity clothes again! The anniversary sale is a great time to stock up on items for fall and to splurge on designer pieces you've had your eye on.

I am lusting over this Tory Burch bag which is now over 30% off! I also have my eye on this kate spade watch and these nike tennis shoes.

Are you going to take advantage of the Anniversary Sale?

PS - Did you order anything good from Amazon Prime Day? I ended up getting 3 big boxes of diapers for 30% off! Wish I could have got something more exciting though...sigh...

Happy weekend and happy shopping!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Life With 2 So Far...


Bennett: I can't believe this little snuggle bug has been with us for almost 2 weeks! He is such a good baby! He got a healthy report at his one week appointment. He was down to 6 lbs 8 oz (7 oz from his birth weight) but, the pediatrician ensured us that it was in the normal range for the first week. We go back on Wednesday for his 2 week appointment and I'm hoping he has surpassed his birth weight. He has been BF'ing like a champ so I hope he's gained weight! I am so relieved that breastfeeding is working out this time. I still do pump once or twice a day just to be able to start storing some for the future, but baby B has not had to use bottles yet.

He has also been sleeping really well at night (*knock on wood*). The first week while we were at the hospital and a few nights after we got home, he was cluster feeding at night and would be up from 8pm - 2am. After talking to the pediatrician about it, we realized it was happening because he was so sleepy during the day and wouldn't wake very easily for feedings. He wasn't getting full feedings during the day, so then when he did wake up in the evenings, he wanted to feed all night. Now, I have him on a pretty good schedule of waking up at 6:30am to feed him, then I wake him up every 3 hours for feedings. I've been keeping him downstairs during the day with all the noises and light so he's more awake. I try to get the last feeding in around 9pm, I turn the lights low in our bedroom, swaddle and rock him to sleep after the last feeding and put him in the Dock-A-Tot (full review post on this soon!) on our bed. He's been sleeping until about 1:30-2am, then again from about 2:30am-6:30am! I will take it!!

We also moved Bennett's glider and changing dresser in our bedroom for convenience sake while he is sleeping with us at night. I had originally thought I would just sleep in his nursery for the first month or so before we transition him to the crib. But, once we got home from the hospital I realized that I would still need help at night with diaper changes so we could minimized the amount of times I get in and out of bed. I guess I kind of forgot about the recovery part! I am hoping to transition him to his crib around 6 weeks like we did with Camden. That age seemed to be the sweet spot for the transition.

Also, I realized I never wrote about where Bennett's name came from! It was on our short list for a long time and one that Bill actually brought up. I was loving the name Beckett, but saw a lot of Becketts being born recently and started thinking it might be one of those names you think is unique and then become popular (like Camden ;) ). Whenever we brought up the 2 names to family members, they always loved Bennett more. So, we went with it! I'm so glad we did! He's definitely a Bennett! His middle name, David, is after my grandfather and my brother's first name is David (but, he goes by Kyle his middle name).

Camden: If there's one thing I wish I could change about this whole transition to having 2 under 2, it would be to have the ability to pick Camden up and play with him more. We have been so lucky to have the help of our parents over the past few weeks. Camden's grandmas have been getting up with him, feeding him, changing his diapers, playing with him during the day, giving him baths and putting him to bed. They have been so wonderful! But, I can tell when I try to play with him during the day he is resentful that I am not spending as much time with him. He has been acting out a bit more than usual, which I know is most likely normal behavior for a toddler his age (19 months) especially with all the change that has been going on for the last few weeks. I know he probably won't even remember this time, but I can't help but to feel major mom guilt. It's really the only thing I've been really upset about since B arrived.

Camden is interested in Bennett when someone is holding him. He will come over and point to him and say 'baby!' We are working on teaching the word 'gentle' when he's around Bennett so he's not tempted to grab at him. He loves to point out Bennett's nose, eyes, ears, etc and then points to the same part on his face. It's so cute! We also tell him to give the baby a kiss and he leans his head on Bennett and says 'mwah!' It's the cutest thing ever! We were able to get a few good photos of the 4 of us since we got home from the hospital, but I haven't gotten a good one of just the 2 boys yet. Trying to figure out how to accomplish that one without Bennett losing an eye or a meltdown from Camden...

(on 4th of July, Bennett's due date! Don't mind how tired I look or our messy kitchen in the background...)

(Always wanting to touch the baby!)

Recovery: The recovery part has been a bit more difficult this time around. For some reason, I don't remember it being too bad with Camden? But then, we lived in a smaller, ranch style home with no stairs and I didn't have a toddler to worry about! I'm still a bit sore, but it's gotten so much better over the last few weeks. The nurses gave me an abdominal binder which helps to support the area around my incision and I really think it's helped tremendously. There were a few days that I realized I had pushed my self too much going up and down the stairs, walking around too much, etc. At night I would be so sore, so I would try to take it easy the next morning. Bill has been really helpful with diaper changes at night and during the day after I'm done feeding Bennett so I don't have to get up.

I have my follow up appointment tomorrow, so I'm hoping everything is healing correctly and I will feel back to normal soon!

Thankful for: Help from our families! Bill and I got so lucky with our parents. They have been so helpful over the past few weeks with this whole transition and I don't know what I would have done without them! If there's one piece of advice I would give to those having their first, second, third baby is to take the help!! Don't try to be independent and think you can do it all on your own. It truly does take a village!

Now I will bombard you with photos from the past few weeks at home:

(This is pretty much what I lived in for the first few days at home. I love this robe from this etsy shop)



(On 4th of July, baby B's due date!)

(My first glass of wine in almost 10 months! Rosé of course!)

(Before my first solo trip out of the house to Target! This dress is so great for post baby! Taken from Snapchat, username: LindsayRumple)

 (soaking up all the newborn snuggles!)



I have been loving dressing Bennett in all Camden's hand me downs!

That's all I have for now! I promise to get back to a normal blogging schedule very soon!

(read Bennett's birth story here)

Monday, July 4, 2016

Welcome, Bennett!

(personalized swaddle blanket from here)

And just like that... He's here!

Bennett David Rumple was born on June 28th at 8:43am. He was 6 pounds, 15 ounces and 20.25 inches long. He was a pound heavier and almost 3 inches taller than his brother was! But, he had a few more weeks in my belly than Cam did. Most importantly, he was perfectly healthy! Praise the Lord!

We are slowly coming out of the newborn cocoon we've been in over the past week. I have to say I don't know what we would have done with out both of our parents (Bennett's grandparents) help! Especially with watching Camden while we were at the hospital and continuing to help with him while we are home and I am recuperating from the c section. Honestly, it really does take a village... especially when there are toddlers and newborns involved!

Here's a quick recap of our time at the hospital last week...

(The morning before going to the hospital)

My c section was scheduled for 8:15 am Tuesday morning. We had to arrive 2 hours early to check in and get ready. Needless to say I didn't get a great night's sleep the night before and you can totally tell on my face in the photo above!

Driving to the hospital and sitting in the triage room before surgery I was filled to the brim with nerves. I pretty much knew what to expect since I had had a c section with Camden, but I was still so nervous about what could potentially go wrong. After they got my IV in (which was one of the worst parts, I swear!) and got me all ready for surgery, we still had about an hour to just sit there! It was torture! My doctor and the anesthesiologist came in to talk to us and that helped a lot with my nerves.  

Finally, at about 8:10 the nurses walked me into the OR and prepped me for my spinal. The spinal was pretty rough (not gonna lie) and I think it took her a few times to get it right (they numb the area first, but you can still feel pressure). Once it was in, they laid me down for surgery. The spinal kicked in pretty quickly and I could feel my legs and my whole lower half start to get very numb and heavy. The anesthesiologist was so great and stayed by my side the whole time just talking me through what was happening before Bill was allowed in the room. Once I was prepped for surgery and the curtain was up, they brought Bill in. My tactic to not think about what was going on was to stare at Bill and talk about what Bennett was going to look like, what Camden was doing right now, what we plan to do when we get home from the hospital... Basically, any random subject that would keep my mind off what was going on behind the curtain. I couldn't feel any pain, but I could feel some pressure and slight tugging here and there. 

Then, all of a sudden... we heard a cry! "It's a boy!" was yelled (even though we already knew, it's always nice to be reassured!).

They cleaned him up a bit and brought him over the curtain so we could see him! Immediately, I thought he looked very similar to Cam did when he was born! But, of course all squishy little newborns look similar. I just remember seeing his cute little nose like Camden's.

The rest of the surgery took about 20 minutes or so. While they were finishing, they checked all of Bennett's vitals and let us know he was all healthy. They swaddled him up and brought him over for Bill to hold. Bill then held his cute little face against mine and it was the best moment! Of course, I started crying right away! (Unfortunately, at this particular hospital there are no pictures allowed in the OR)

After they were done with the surgery, we headed to recovery. Once we were there, I was able to do skin to skin with him and start breastfeeding. Bennett actually latched pretty quickly, which was quite the opposite with his brother. We were in recovery for 2 hours before heading to our permanent room. The time in recovery was so relaxing and a great way for Bill and I to spend quality time with our new baby, just the three of us. 



My recovery and stay at the hospital was pretty similar to what I remember with Camden. The nurses had me get out of bed only 8 hours after my surgery. The first time out of bed is always the worst, but it got better each time. The only visitors we had were both our parents and Camden. I was so excited to see Camden's reaction to meeting his little brother. I didn't want to make him jealous right away, so we had Bennett in the hospital basinet instead of me holding him when Camden came in the room. 



(Our first picture as a family of 4!)

 I think Camden kind of knew what was going on, but was a little confused on why mommy was in bed and couldn't hold him. Cam kept pointing to Bennett and saying 'baby!'  which was adorable. I tried to teach him to say Bennett, which he is pretty close to mimicking now!

We stayed in the hospital until Friday morning. The rest of our stay pretty much consisted of working on breastfeeding (which is going great I'm so thankful to report), baby snuggling and resting. 

(the best post baby/hospital stay PJs here)


Bill was so great the entire time and pretty much did everything else for Bennett besides feeding him since I wasn't really able to get out of bed too often. He handled all the diaper changes, helped with burping him and changing his swaddles, etc. He is such a great dad and I am so lucky to have him as my partner!



By the time Friday rolled around, we were so ready to bring baby Bennett home and start our new adventure as a family of four!

Of course, I had to get Bennett all dressed up for the ride home...



(Bennett's personalized beanie is from this etsy shop)


Welcome to the world, Bennett! You are so loved already!!


Can't believe baby B will be one week tomorrow!! 

I'm still working on a good schedule for finding the time to blog, but I'm hoping to post another update by the end of the week. Hope you all had a happy 4th of July weekend!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Soaking Up the Moments...

The last moments of being a family of 3 that is...

My parents came in town Thursday night and Camden has been in Grandma and Grandpa spoiling heaven ever since. I also felt so spoiled by my parents and husband over the weekend. My mom basically took care of Camden and Bill was busy with all the house chores and even cleaned out my car for me (which was so needed!). I even was able to sneak out of the house for a bit to get a pedicure and gel manicure (I forgot how wonderful these gel manicures are!). My mom also cooked a few nights and Bill grilled some hamburgers and veggies one night. My Dad, unfortunately, pulled a muscle in his neck so he wasn't able to play with Camden as much as he would have liked to, but hopefully he is on the mend and will start to feel better in the next day or so. 

It was so hot this weekend, that we spent most of the time indoors playing. My parents did play with Cam outside here and there, but for a short time. They took him on a trip to the grocery store and on a few walks as well. My mom brought a big bag of fun toys and activities to keep Camden busy over the next week. Did I mention she's the best?!

I also just got a new 50mm lens for my Nikon D5100. Why did I wait so long to purchase one of these?! I'm so glad I got it before baby 2 is here! I got mine second hand from a friend but you can also purchase the same one on Amazon if you have a Nikon dslr camera.

I'm still learning the ins and outs of shooting in manual, but I think I'm starting to get the hang of it. Here are a few images I was able to capture this weekend...










Can I tell you how difficult it is to take photos of a toddler? Half of the pictures I took were blurry because this boy does not stay still for a second!

So, tomorrow is the big day! My c section is scheduled pretty early in the morning which I'm thankful for since I can't eat or drink anything starting at midnight tonight. And the simple fact that I will be so extremely anxious, nervous and excited all at the same time until we get into the OR. I'm just praying everything goes smoothly and that we end up with a healthy baby boy! Please say a little prayer for us if you think of it tomorrow morning!

Today we are just finishing up all the packing and planning for the week. Both sets of our parents are staying at our house and will be in charge of the home, Charlie our dog and Camden while we are in the hospital for the next 3 days. We are so lucky we both have parents that are so eager and willing to help out! Bill and I also plan to go out to dinner tonight as our 'last super' before baby arrives!

Like I mentioned in Friday's post, I may not be able to blog too much over the next week or so. You can follow me on Snapchat (LindsayRumple) and instagram (@lindsaykr11) for updates and the announcement of baby 2's arrival!! One more sleep until he's here!!! 

Friday, June 24, 2016

Newborn Essentials | Feeding

Oh, hey guys!
I'm still here and pregnant! This week I decided to take it easy, relax and sleep as much as possible since I know that will all be very scarce in my near future (like as of this TUESDAY!). So, even though blogging was on my to do list, I didn't get to post as often as I would have liked this week. However, I did want to at least finish out the week with another installment of my 'Newborn Essentials' series. This week it's all about feeding baby. This is geared towards newborns (0-3 months), so mostly items that help with breastfeeding and bottle feeding. 

Also, thank you all for your comments on Monday's post about becoming a SAHM. I got a ton of great advice!!


So, here are my top newborn breastfeeding/pumping/bottle feeding products:

1. Burp cloths (cloth diapers): These I used all the time with Camden, not only as burp cloths, but to lay under his head while changing him in public places, while on his play mat and bouncy seats. They definitely came in handy and I'd say we have about 20 of them since they were constantly being used! One of my friends gave me a bunch with cute patterned fabric sewn down the middle of them (here's a DIY tutorial on how to make them), which are my favorite!

2. Medela pump in style electric pump: I was lucky enough to get one of these before I had Camden for free through my insurance. It is still in great condition and I plan on using it again with baby 2. It is pretty compact and comes with a small cooler and attachments. Of course, I'm hoping to breastfeed in the beginning, but eventually pumping and storing breastmilk will come in handy when I'm ready to venture out of the house without baby or to have someone else feed him.

3. Medela pump and save bags: These were definitely used a ton since I was pumping full time with Camden for the first 5 months of his life. They are the perfect size and actually fit right on the Medela pump attachments. I would pump right into these bags, write on them the oz amount and date and store them horizontally in our freezer. I actually have a few boxes of these left over from Camden which I'm really happy about because they are not cheap!

4. Covered Goods nursing/car seat cover: This was one product that I knew I wanted to purchase for baby 2 and wished I had with Camden. I've heard great things about this product and I love that you can use it not only as a nursing cover, but also as a car seat cover, shopping cart cover and infinity scarf! I found this similar version for about $10 less on Amazon as well.

5. Medela steam sterilizing bags: We used these bags a lot for sterilizing pump parts, bottles and pacifiers. They are so easy to use and you can use each bag multiple times. I actually just bought this Dr. Brown's Microwave Steam Sterilizer which seems like it will save some time and we won't have to keep buying the bags.

6. Boon grass drying rack: We still use this for drying Camden's sippy cups and I ended up buying this bottle drying rack so we could just use it for baby 2's bottles.

7. My Brest Friend nursing pillow: With Camden, I only had the boppy pillow that was gifted to me at one of my showers. The boppy came in handy later when we used it for tummy time and for support when he started sitting up. However, it did not work for me as a nursing pillow. I am short waisted and the boppy was a bit too bulky for me. I bought this nursing pillow in hopes that it will work a bit better for breastfeeding this time around.

8. Dr. Brown's bottle warmer: This thing was used a TON with Camden since we were constantly warming breastmilk bottle from the fridge and freezer. I actually continued to warm his bottles when we transitioned to formula because I would make several bottles in the beginning of the day and just keep them in the fridge for easy access.

9. Dr. Brown's bottles: We ended up using Dr. Brown's bottles early on with Camden to help with his gas and reflux issues and just continued to use them through out the first year of his life. They have extra parts, but I do believe they helped to reduce gas and discomfort with him while bottle feeding. We will be using the same ones for baby 2!

Of course, there are so many products out there to help with nursing and bottle feeding, but these were the products (and a few new ones) that I believe I will use the most this time around after my experience with Camden. 

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My parents arrived yesterday (Thursday) and will be staying for 2 weeks to help with Camden and baby 2! Bill's parents will also be here next week for baby 2's arrival! I can't believe we are going to meet him (finally) on Tuesday morning!!

I'm going to try to have a blog post up on Monday, but after that it may go a bit dark here on the blog for a week or so while we all adjust to the new addition to the family. 

Make sure to follow me on Snapchat (LindsayRumple) and instagram (@lindsaykr11) to for updates on baby 2's arrival! I can't wait to meet him and finally reveal his name! 

I hope you all have a great weekend!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Thoughts on Becoming a SAHM + Why I Blog

*First, I just wanted to give you all a quick update since my post on Friday. I had my follow up appointment Friday and my BP was normal (whoo hoo!). They still want me to try to minimize activity as much as possible, but I'm not on any restricting bed rest at this point. I have my next appointment Wednesday. Fingers crossed we are still on schedule for the c section on the 28th! Thank you all who commented with concerns and well wishes!

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Meet my new boss... He keeps me very busy, has a tight schedule with lots of over time... But, he's cute as can be! :)

My last official day of (part time) work was almost 2 weeks ago. We decided to continue taking Camden to daycare for the few weeks before baby #2 arrives just to give me a break and so that I can prepare his arrival on the 28th! Both sets of our parents will be coming in town to help with Camden and the new baby for 3 weeks (alternating weeks) which is wonderful! I remember wanting to be so independent with Camden and didn't ask for much help when he was a newborn. This time around I am taking any help I can get, especially since we will also have a toddler to take care of! Bill will also get a few weeks off of work which helps a lot. Every company should offer paternity leave!

With that said, I am nervous about when the help leaves. Most likely August will be tough since I will officially be on my own with 2 babes under 2 while Bill works during the week. As of right now, I can't imagine having the energy to do it, but of course I'm in my last few weeks of pregnancy and my energy level is so low at this point. I'm nervous about not getting any sleep (which I'm not really getting much now as it is) and then having to take care of a baby and toddler all day. I'm hoping that I have the patience of a saint!

However, I am excited to be with my babies all day everyday. I get to be a part of their learning process and we will make the best memories together. I also want to be a part of nurturing their sibling relationship. I can't wait until the boys are at the age when they can play together and like the same activities and toys. I know there will be fights and jealousy, that comes with the territory. But, it will be fun to see their relationship grow and evolve. 

I'm nervous that I will lose a sense of myself that I had even working part time. I guess it wasn't necessarily a 'career', but it was a piece of my life when I could connect with other adults (even though it was mostly via email working remotely). I was using a different part of my brain other than shapes, colors, letters, etc. It also gave me confidence and made me feel like I was contributing to our family financially. We have made a new budget going forward and of course, the first thing to go will be my miscellaneous, impulse purchases from Target and spending too much money on eating out. 

I am lucky in that I don't have to work. Bill has a great position and career that is able to support our family. Sure he has to make the occasional work trip and leave us for a night or 2, but other than that his job has been a blessing. We see his income as our family income and I am grateful that he is supportive in my decision to stay home with the kids. 

With that being said, I know I will need this little blogging space more than ever! It is my place to come and be creative, to connect with other like minded bloggers and mamas and to have a little piece of time to myself. I know that my 'me' time will be very scarce once I am home full time with 2 little ones. I am going to work out a schedule so that I can at least try to carve out an hour or so a few times a week to focus on this creative space of mine. It is still so important to me! I probably will only be able to post 2-3 times a week, but hopefully once things die down a bit and I get into more of a routine with them I can start posting 5 times per week again.

Anyways, without this post becoming too lengthy... I want to thank all my readers for sticking with me through this transitional period of life! Also, if there are any SAHM moms out there that have any advice for carving out 'me' time (especially those with 2 or more kiddos), please feel free to comment below!

Oh, and GO CAVS! (Even though I fell asleep before the game ended...oops!)