Tales from Nursing Moms Plus Breastfeeding Giveaway

To celebrate Breastfeeding Awareness Month, I’m teaming up with Melissa, the creator of LatchPal, to share the joys, struggles, and humors of real breastfeeding moms along with an incredible giveaway! Thank you to Melissa and other Chicagoland mommas for opening up about your experiences; hopefully you can connect with, relate to, and laugh with these women’s experiences. Looking forward to hearing your own stories in the comments.

Enter to win the giveaway below for a chance at these amazing prizes:


Hospital Bag Checklist

*Affiliate links included. When you’re nearing the end of your pregnancy, you have a million things to think about and prepare for- the last thing you need it to scramble at the last minute trying to put your hospital bag together. Even though we measure pregnancy by 40 weeks, your baby will come when she or he is ready, not according to your schedule. For my first pregnancy, I prepared my hospital bag at 35 weeks, just to be safe, and had a checklist of items I needed to add at the last minute (makeup and technology).

When my sister was pregnant with her second baby, she called me one night to go over anything she might have missed for her bag. She was still well before her due date but wanted to be prepared. Luckily she ran to the store that night, in the spirit of preparedness, and ended up going into labor the next day!

I enjoy being extremely prepared, and my hospital bag checklist may be more extensive than you need, so feel free to use it as a base guide. I’m including hospital bag lists for mom, dad, and baby as well as items you may think you need but should leave at home.

Gender Reveal Announcement

A few weeks ago, I announced my second pregnancy, giving a little update (or, bump-date, if you will) about how things are going so far.

Today, I’m 15 weeks pregnant with baby number two, and this morning we headed over to the ultrasound clinic to find out the gender. So what do you think? Boy or girl? I’ll answer the questions to some old wive’s tales first:

  • Carrying high, girl, low, boy: I’m carrying low
  • Little girls will steal your beauty: My skin & body have definitely taken a hit.
  • Heart beat under 140, boy: Baby’s heart rate has been in the high 160’s.
  • Craving sweet? Girl. Salty? Boy: I’ve been leaning towards salty.
  • Sick as a dog? Girl: If you know me, you know I’ve been extremely ill.
  • Extremely moody? Girl: I may have been sick, but I can’t say I’ve felt moody.
  • Dream of having a boy? Then you’re having a girl: Justin and I both had dreams of a boy.
  • Headaches? Then you’re having a boy: I’ve been waking up every night with headaches.