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12 Things I Didn't Do With Pregnancy #2 That I'm Definitely Doing This Time

I realize that ever pregnancy is different and maybe that’s why I bowed out of doing so many of the fun things that people get to do with their pregnancies.  This time around though, I’m all for cute and fun and sentimental.  Here are a few things I didn’t do with my last pregnancy that I’m definitely doing this time.

What I packed in my hospital bag, what I actually used, and what I wish I had included

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Hello everyone.  Well, our little one is currently two months old and we were recently asked about the hospital bag and its contents.  I looked back at the blog and realized I wrote a draft post, but never posted it about what I was packing this time around.  Well, I reviewed that post today and decided to share what I packed, what I actually used, and some things I wish I had.  Hope it helps someone and happy reading.

I'm not ready! (Nesting)

I haven't written in a while.  Truth be told, I've been tired and haven't felt like writing.  I'm still working and when I get home, I would much rather sleep than write.  Still...I'm late in update.

Today, I woke up to a flooded bathroom and dirty toilet water everywhere.  This is on the day that I have two meetings scheduled and a lot of prep work before maternity leave starts on Friday.  There was no way I would make them.  So I asked someone to cover for me and spent my morning with bleach, Clorox wipes, Pine-sol, and elbow grease.  That led to an extreme case of nesting.  I mean it was horrible.  Horrible.  I cleaned the bathroom then went through the kitchen.  I've been rearranging stuff.  It's a mess.

My three year old comes to me after I overdid it and was sitting in the living room chair only to tell me that the baby will be here soon. Specifically, she says "the baby wants to come out".  Um no, little one.  I have way too much to do for that.

The hospital bag is packed and in the car.  I do have to pack some snacks and make sure my charger, phone, and tablet are ready to go, but other than that, it's ready.  Still, I am not ready to have this baby.

Truthfully, I'm nervous about it.  I'm older, more out of shape (acknowledged), and I'm just nervous.  What if this one is more complicated?

I haven't discussed this with my husband yet.  But I'm nervous this go round.  My first pregnancy was so easy.  It was a decade ago.  I felt great.  This time.  Not so much.  I'm sleepy.  I'm not being able move as quickly as I was before.  I gained 30 pounds with the first pregnancy.  I'm pushing 37 this time around.

I hope this time I can have a quick recovery.

We'll see.

Baby shower surprise!

DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand.

 In one of my previous posts, I’d shared how I was looking forward to seeing my family, but was disappointed because it didn’t look like we were going to have a shower for the baby. I reiterated that I wasn’t thinking about gifts, but thought it would be cool to celebrate this amazing blessing with family and I wondered if we would ever get a chance to celebrate our pregnancy in our #TTC world. Imagine my surprise when I popped into NJ with S. to visit my paternal family this weekend and found a beautiful surprise shower had been planned!

My awesome and amazing siblings were the planners. That’s three sisters and one brother. Their spouses, my in-loves, also helped as well as my bonus mother. I seriously had no idea. I had an inkling something was going on because Dad kept asking what time I was planning to come, but I was not expecting such a sweet surprise!


Since we won’t know what Baby will be until delivery day, the family with a neutral pastel theme. Light yellows, greens, pinks, blues. It was beautiful.


They decided to all wear a beautiful palette of yellows and that just made everything come together so well. In addition to a beautiful job inside and outside with d├ęcor, the food was very yummy. My dad is a guru on the grill. He woke up early and grilled ribs and hamburgers. My bonus mother made an amazing rice and shrimp dish and a macaroni salad. My sister made shrimp kabobs. She also made chicken. We had tons of beverages and snacks. It was just family and it was amazing.

My beautiful sister T, was the game hostess. We had to guess the flavor of the baby food. Oh my yuckiness, lol! It’s hard to imagine how much babies love this stuff. This was evident by our three year old who wanted to try and then proceeded to demolish the sample off my spoon! She loved it LOL. My sister in love ended up guessing correctly in round one (apples and pears) and my brother (her husband) guessed correctly in round two. This makes a lot of sense because my niece is almost two. They are familiar with the flavors lol.

The men disappeared and the ladies ended up opening gifts lol. It was the first time some of my brother in loves got to spend time with my husband and they were having a ball. We allowed them their fun and opened onesies and diapers, wipes, shirts, gift cards, and so much more. It was all appreciated so very much!

We gathered everyone in the kitchen and cut the very yummy, very tasty vanilla shortcake with banana cream. It was so good. My sister was a bit annoyed because she’d ordered strawberry and banana and only received the banana. I told her it was so good that I didn’t care and would never have known had not she mentioned it. Seriously, guys, it was delicious.

After the cakes, gift opening and seconds (or thirds), we sat around chitchatting for another couple of hours and then it was time to go. I seriously can’t say enough about how beautiful and thoughtful everything was. It was one of the best trips to visit my family ever! I can’t thank them enough for loving me and for celebrating our family addition.

Here are some additional pictures for you!