Packing for baby #3! :)

Motherhood

Packing for baby has been one of my favourite moments of pregnancy! Since this is our last piece to the puzzle- I’m adding in a couple more keepsake items like a take me home outfit from Little Lush Boutique for the new baby and a matching ensemble for Ella. 🙂 Also, this amazing new diaper bag from Lily Jade. What I love most about this bag is that the inside liner comes out for easy cleaning!! I cant tell you how handy this will be when my milk or formula leaks in to my bag -it happens more than I’d like. Its also light weight and super stylish. I’m in love! 🙂 !!

Below are the basics, you can add or remove some of the comfort measures but I feel they are great to have on hand as you never know what you may like/dislike during labor.

Here is what I’ve packed in my hospital bag:

Health card & medical insurance card
Paper work from my care provider
Birth Plan
Nightgown & T-shirt for labor
Slippers & Flip Flops
Socks
Robe
Massage & Heating Pads
Bikini for the shower or bathtub
Picture of my family to use as a focal point
Flameless candles for relaxation
Lip balm
Tennis ball for low back massage during labor
Change for vending machine & snacks for my labor coach
Loose and comfortable clothing for when I leave the hospital
Towel
Toiletries
3 comfortable pairs of underwear – NO THONGS
Nursing Bra
Nipple Cream
Breast Pads
Maternity Pads- The hospital will also provide you with these
Hair elastic
Cell phone and charger
iPod with speaker
Digital camera and extra battery
and here is what I’ve packed for our baby girl …

Sleep Belt- Not a necessity but I highly recommend them and I use the Sleep Belt in my Lamaze Childbirth Education Classes. They are great for hands free skin-to-skin support for mom and baby! (Learn more at http://www.sleepbelt.net)
Hats (2)
Onesies (2-3)
Sleepers (2-3)
Socks (2)
Mits (2)
Receiving blanket (2)
Winter blanket
Newborn diapers- The hospital will also have these on hand
Baby wipes
Burp cloth
Baby Lotion

As a Childbirth Educator, I tell my parents-to-be to start packing for baby about 4 weeks before your expected due date, but if you are a planner and simply excited about your baby like I am then there is no harm in packing a little early! 🙂

 

Special Moments

Food, Motherhood


This pregnancy has been very good to me. I have no complaints, no worries and I feel very thankful for that as it has allowed me to really enjoy my kids while we wait for the new babys arrival. I’ve tried to make the last couple of months even more special giving Ella and Owen their individual time with Mom and thinking/doing all sorts of things that I know would make them happy including: Mont Tremblant, one on one days that end with sundaes and making special days like Valentines Day (photos above) extra special.

As I enjoy the last little bit of being a Mom to only these two I’m nervous but also so incredibly excited for our new babys arrival. In the last little while we have created a big girl room for Ella, added a few new touches to the nursery and Owens room, and are now in the works of redecorating our master bedroom as a little treat for Rick and I.

I think we are ready for your baby number 3. 🙂 We cant wait to meet you and for your to be cuddled and loved by our family.

 

***Valentines Day Party Decor From: Paper & Parties****

https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/shoppaperandparties

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Our trip to Mont Tremblant

Motherhood, Travel

This may be the most photos I’ve uploaded to a blog post yet!  So many great pictures, so many beautiful memories of our vacation at Mont Tremblant!

Looking back at the photos of my family I appreciate, even more, the time that we had together at this breathtaking place. Even though I am seven months pregnant and couldn’t partake in some of the activities, it was just as fun to see the enjoyment on the faces of my boys as I sat cozy by the outdoor fires.

On the night we arrived, we ate at The Pizzeria and dove into some delicious desserts. This restaurant is a great spot to bring the family. It was absolutely kid/baby friendly. Rick and I had also been there on our own and had loved their pizza! Just as good on our second visit, we found the crust to be thin and savoury and loaded with delicious, meaty toppings.

One of Owen’s requests were to go back to the Fairmont Hotel for their breakfast buffet so we made that a priority. It did not disappoint! What a beautiful array of foods!—everything from local to imported cheeses, fresh baked pastries, and a wide selection of fresh, ripe fruits. While there were other hot and cold dishes to sample, a chef was also waiting to make omelettes, waffles, and a favourite of mine—Egg’s Benedict.

Accepting the invitation to pamper myself, I decided to give myself an extra treat and make a day of it at the Fairmont. I spent my afternoon at the Spa De Tremblant while the boys did some skiing. The Relaxing Prenatal Massage I selected was followed by a warm tea in their lounge and as I looked out from the spa to the incredible views, I was in total peace and comfort.

We enjoyed every minute at the Mont Tremblant Village. Our days were filled with activities that took us splashing around in the Aquacenter and “escaping” out of the Escape room. I watched my boys take to the slopes skiing, skate under bright blue skies and tube over fresh, white, snow.

Most of our nights ended by the hot tub back at our hotel. We stayed at Lodge De La Montagne. It was the first time that we had stayed there and we loved it! It was the perfect location and the boys liked it because it was right beside the ski rentals. The indoor-outdoor hot tubs were really great and our room was like a condo. We felt at home.

Here is some other great info that I came to learn while staying in The Village:

When Flying

  • More accessible than ever with Porter flying from Toronto Billy Bishop and Air Canada frying from Toronto Pearson
  • Unique Log cabin airport only 45 mins from Tremblant Resort with available shuttle service
  • Ski free when flying in Tremblant
  • 2 free weekday lift tickets when you fly into Tremblant during the week.
  • Kids aged 2 to 12 fly free when accompanied by a paying adult on Porter and Air Canada flights

During School Breaks

  • 5 days of skiing for $119 for kids aged 6 to 17
  • Weekends included
  • 1 week of ski lessons for kids for kids aged 3 to 12
  • 4 full days with same instructor from Monday to Thursday
  • Priority access to the lifts
  • Healthy lunch boxes
  • A photo souvenir
  • Flaik GPS tracking system included

Lodging

  • Great lodging variety with 1900 units in 13 different hotels, 5 of which being renowned banners (Westin Resort & Spa Tremblant, Holiday Inn Express, Marriott Residence Inn, Homewood  Suites by Hilton, Fairmont Tremblant)
  • Kids 17 and under stay free if accompanied by an adult
  • Tremblant privileges program for guests lodging in a Tremblant participating hotel
  • Free access to First Tracks
  • Free skate loan
  • Free sliding evenings

Activities & Entertainment during school breaks

  • Fun games at Place St-Bernard in the afternoon

Great variety of non-ski activities for everybody

Outside

  • Dogsledding
  • Sleigh Rides
  • Snowshoe and Fondue Tour
  • Fireman Snowshoe Tour
  • Tree to Tree adventure
  • Cross country skiing
  • Alpine Touring
  • Ice Climbing
  • Fatbike
  • Helicopter rides

Inside

  • La Source Aquaclub
  • Studio Créatif
  • Univers Toutou ( Build a bear )
  • T-Bar
  • Mission Liberté

Mont Tremblant as quickly become a favourite place to visit for my family and I am already dropping hints to my husband that we go back for March Break ☺ Such a beautiful place to take time for us and to make memories for a lifetime!

Thank you for having us back @montremblant !