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What to pack in your hospital bag when having a baby

June 2, 2014
What to pack in your hospital bag when having a baby


Here is my compilation of items I brought (and items I wish I brought,) to the hospital when I was in labor. I recommend having it packed up one month before you are due.  I would also recommend bringing two gift baskets: one for your labor and delivery nurses, AND one for your postpartum nurses (I totally forgot one for them….next time.)  Coming from a nurse, we really appreciate it, and a little bit goes a long way!  I will do another post on what I put in my basket.

For Mom

*Nursing top- This will come in handy when you have visitors, or when you no longer want to wear the designer gown provided by your hospital.  Be sure that your top is a bit larger than your pregnancy bust size. In my experience, when my milk came in my breasts got considerably larger, it was miraculous.

*Makeup- I know that this will be the last thing on your mind, but hear me out.  Everyone will know that you have been in labor for 3600 hours before you had your baby.  You don’t need to LOOK like you’ve been in labor all night for your guests and all the pictures that will be taken!  I brought my makeup bag and had my sister come in 5 minutes before everyone else to help me put on makeup, and I am so glad I did!  Looking back at all those pictures I don’t look like I was up all night vomiting, having diarrhea and the worst pain of my life.

*Boppy Original Nursing Pillow – Mom, this is for you, not your baby.  I had never had a hemorrhoid in my life so I was completely blindsided.  Hermee, the hemmorhoid paid me a nice little visit after the delivery of my little man.  If I had known, I would have brought the Boppy to sit on while conversing with my guests.  Instead, I had no idea and was cautiously trying to sit on the side of my butt to avoid putting any pressure on Hermee.

*Toiletries- don’t forget a toothbrush, toothpaste, your favorite shampoo, conditioner, soap and CHAPSTICK.  If you’re like me, after labor your mouth feels like the sahara desert. I was stoked I brought some chapstick to help moisten those suckers.

*Nursing Bra- What I suggest you look for in choosing a good nursing bra: super comfortable material, you can unclip or pull it down in half a second, no underwire (can be uncomfortable and possibly cause plugged milk ducts,) and has a little give (for when you get super engorged.)

*Robe- In case you don’t want to flaunt your 5 month-pregnant-looking-postpartum body, I would highly suggest bringing a robe.  I was shocked at how much my stomach resembled a waterbed after birth, no big deal, it’s just that I didn’t want to strut my stuff all over the hallways.

*Loose bottoms- Because there is nothing tight or constricting that you want to wear on your bottom half for months after you have a baby! Loose, Comfy, and dark (there will probably be lots of bleeding for awhile.)  I recommend loose pajama bottoms or a loose, long, flowy skirt.

*Comfy shoes- I should have brought my awesome slippers. Even though I hardly walked while in the hospital, those steps would have been much more comfortable had I brought my favorite pair.

*Belly Band- I started to wear mine as soon as possible since I still looked pregnant after giving birth.  It helped considerably!

For Bebe

*Cute outfit for the bebe (or two)-I was pleasantly surprised that the hospital I delivered at provided a photography service.  I was able to get him photographed in my favorite newborn onesie.

*Britax B-Safe Infant Car Seat- Because they won’t let you leave the hospital without one!

For Dad

*Snacks- Because it’s ok for dad’s to eat just because you can’t!  They need energy to deal with your pleasant self throughout labor (and you never know how long that can take.)  I went to Target and loaded up on a bunch of my husbands favorite snacks.  It would be a bummer if you went into labor in the middle of the night and the cafeteria at the hospital is closed. Therefore, bring food so your man is energized!

*Canon Rebel T5i Digital SLR Camera- So he can document everything (almost.)  I am so glad I brought my camera. Feel free to ask every visitor to take a different family picture of you and your little one. Can’t have enough of those. Apparently when you get a new baby you get a new camera (or at least we did after budgeting for one.)  We got a really good deal on a Canon Rebel t5i.

*Phone and camera chargers- Do not forget these!!!! My phone was ready to die right after I got to the hospital because I had been timing my contractions all night. Glad we brought the chargers.

*Clothes and toiletries- So dad doesn’t look like he’s been up all night cleaning your vomit off the bathroom floor (this won’t happen to everyone, I just happened to be a lucky recipient, love you honey!!)

What you don’t need

*Underwear- You don’t need to get your new granny panties dirty right off the bat, the hospitals provide disposable mesh underwear.  Use theirs.

*Pads- The hospitals do a great coldpack/pad/witch hazel/benzocaine combo.  They will provide the most comfortable and dreamy pads your heart could desire.

*Diapers- The hospitals will provide diapers during your stay.  They will even give you an in-depth tutorial on diaper changing.

*Pacifier- I know there are mixed feelings on pacifiers, but know that if your child is going to need one, they will provide one.  My hospital had the “soothies” brand.  My little man only used it during his circumcision and he took to that brand quite well.

Thanks for stopping by!

Please let me know if there is any must-have’s you would add to this list!!

This post was not sponsored, all these opinions are my own ;)

Hospital moments

May 22, 2014

Adjusting to life with a newborn has been the most challenging and amazing thing I’ve ever done. This little guy has changed my life in so many unimaginable ways.  My goal has been to try to savor every moment and to take as many pictures as I possibly can.  I don’t think you can take too many pictures of your child.

I haven’t consistently posted around here for a long time.  Not sure where I’m going with this blog. One thing I know is that there will be alot more pictures of my little man, apologies in advance.  Here are some more of my favorite pictures from our time in the hospital:





































There will be more to come. Sorry I’m not sorry ;)

Thanks for stopping by!

Meet My Little Man

April 2, 2014

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything around here.  The past 2 and a half weeks have been all consuming after the birth of my son.  He’s so much more than I ever could have imagined in the best way possible. We didn’t end up naming him Diego….I know, what a bummer. Here are some pictures that were taken in the hospital the day after he was born:



Newborn pictures


Newborn Pictures


Newborn pictures


Newborn pictures


Newborn pictures


Newborn pictures

Questions for you:  Searching around for some type of mutual fund account for our little man…..any suggestions?





Valentine’s Day Dessert Ideas and the Contest Winner

February 8, 2014

Good morning everyone!  Sorry, my morning has been a little crazy, I’m getting ready for a baby shower and running late as usual!

Here are some ideas for Valentine’s Day desserts:

Valentine's Day 1st recipe found here for Valentine’s Day Panna Cota

2nd recipe found here for chocolate chip cheesecake brownies.

The winner for the contest $25 Target gift card:

Joy Cramer

Please email me at

Have a great Saturday!

$25 Target Giveaway, Turning Junk into a New Oven and Tips For A Succesful Garage Sale

January 31, 2014

I’m giving away a $25 Target gift card ;)  The contest is open until next Friday, 2/7 at 1159pm.  The winner will be drawn at random and will be announced on Saturday morning: 2/8. Here are the different ways to be entered, each line item you complete is another entry:

1. Like my facebook page.

2. Share a link to one of my blog posts on your facebook page.

3. Follow me on Pinterest.

4. Pin one of my blog posts.

5. Follow this blog via email.

6. Follow me on Instagram at Nurse_Frugal

Samsung Oven

 We had junk, and lots of it.  My husband and I got in the habit of hanging on to anything we didn’t use anymore in hopes of selling it in a garage sale.  That day came and went, and omg…..people LOVED our stuff!!!!!

Despite the fact that it is a LOT of work to have a garage sale, it was quite worth it.  Disclaimer: If you are 8.5 months pregnant, try to do the prep work the 2 days leading up to the sale. Do not start at 900pm the night before when an alter ego named Bruhilda might come out and make an appearance, you’ll recognize her: cranky, irritable and quite frightening.

People came, they finagled our prices, and we sold almost everything. We made $913!!!!!!! That was about $500 more than I thought we were going to make.  I think what made us so successful was the location of our signs, the cheap prices of our goods, and our cheerful spirits of course! Here’s the bummer: the money is gone!  In Spanish we would say: ya se fue.

Our oven was circling the drain until it finally died a few nights before the sale.  The night of the sale my husband and I headed over to Lowe’s with our garage sale cash. We spent about an hour looking at all the different ovens, but they all seemed so………expensive.  We really liked the Samsung ovens they had on display, they were a little out of our price range.  I asked the salesman if they had any blackbox specials or any returned ovens that they would sell for a discounted price.  A few minutes later he came back out with a Samsung oven that was more expensive than the ones we were looking at. He said “This one was bought, never delivered or installed. The person just changed their mind. It’s a new oven minus the box it came in.”  It was still wrapped in plastic. It retailed for $1299 and he was asking $900.  I asked if he would take $850, he came back with $875…….SOLD!!!!!  Here are some things we learned about having a garage sale:

1. Have great signs at great locations!  Think neon. I went to Michaels and bought one bottle of black kids washable paint and 10 posterboards in various neon colors: green, orange and pink. I wrote “garage sale” and our address in the paint and my husband put them at the 10 nearest major street corners near our area. A few minutes after they were posted people started pouring in.

2. Price to sell: No one wants to buy your used t-shirt for $5. Price things reasonably so people will buy LOTS of your stuff.  We figured anything that didn’t get sold we would donate….might as well sell it if you can ;) I also noticed people calling other garage sellers telling them to come and check out our sale.

3. Preparation and Presentation:  Bruhilda wouldn’t have come out if I had started preparing at least a day or two ahead of time.  I would suggest using the inside of your garage to organize your stuff into different piles of interest. The morning of, all you have to do is drag your stuff out on your driveway and you are done.  Another thing I realized was: the more visible things were, the more likely they sold.  Make things look pretty: hang your clothes, display all your hats, no one likes looking through a pile of clothes on the floor.

4. Keep your non-negotiables, non-negotiable: My husband sold three of his surfboards.  Since they are of more value, we figured that we were going to hold firm on their prices because we could always sell them on craigslist.  The first few people tried to bargain us down, but eventually all our non-negotiables sold for our price!  Three surfboards and one guitar were our big ticket items. We had a table that was out that didn’t sell, we are currently listing it on Craigslist.

5. Sell until you can’t sell anymore:  We were selling stuff from 7am to about 130pm.  The last few people purchased a good amount of our stuff. I’m glad we kept it going for awhile, in that last hour and a half we made at least $150.  Get a book, a chair and hang out.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole

January 14, 2014

*1/31-Hi new friends, it looks like this post has received quite a bit of foot traffic lately, as in over 10,000 different people have visited this page!  Sweet!  This recipe is pretty awesome so I do hope you enjoy!  I thought it would be fun to host a giveaway in honor of all of my new visitors.  I’m giving away a $25 gift card to Target ;)  The contest is open until next Friday, 2/7 at 1159pm.  The winner will be drawn at random and will be announced on Saturday morning: 2/8. Here are the different ways to be entered, each line item you complete is another entry:

1. Like my facebook page.

2. Share a link to one of my blog posts on your facebook page.

3. Follow me on Pinterest.

4. Pin one of my blog posts.

5. Follow this blog via email.

6. Follow me on Instagram at Nurse_Frugal

Original post:  I have been meaning to post my favorite new recipe from the holidays: Cinnamon Roll Casserole!  I’ve made this about 4 times in the past month, and everyone loves it!!  This recipe is super easy and requires hardly any prep time. It’s perfect for a brunch, potluck or holiday breakfast!  I also like that it’s a fairly inexpensive recipe for the quantity made, it can easily be doubled and most of the ingredients you probably have at home: vanilla extract, cinnamon, sugar, nutmeg and eggs ;) I hope you enjoy!

Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole

Cinnamon roll Casserole

Adapted from here


2 cans Cinnamon rolls
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream (half & half works too)
3 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Icing from cinnamon roll packages

1. In a large glass bowl, melt butter with sugar. 

2. Beat in eggs, cream, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla.

3. Open canned cinnamon rolls, slice each cinnamon roll into fourths. Place cinnamon roll pieces into the bowl of egg mixture and toss to thoroughly coat.Then pour the pieces, coated in egg mixture, into a greased 9×12 casserole dish and spread out evenly. Use any leftover egg mixture to coat the casserole.

4. Sprinkle with pecans and then bake on 350˚ on a low rack for 35-40 minutes or until brown (I stuck a toothpick inside to determine if the casserole was ready. I like mine a little on the moist side, baked for about 35 minutes.)

5. Remove casserole from oven. Warm icing from cinnamon rolls in microwave for 15 seconds; pour evenly over bake.

Serves: 6-8

Cinnamon Roll Casserole

Thanks for stopping by!!

Showered with Love

January 10, 2014

Last night was my first baby shower!  It was a joint shower with myself and a coworker who is having a girl.  It is such a humbling thing to see how much time and thought was put into the shower.  It’s an awesome feeling to know that I have a great support system and people that already love little Baby Diego. From the homemade cookies and cake pops to the diaper cakes, homemade banners and the super generous gifts from the department; I feel beyond blessed!  Thanks to all my coworkers!!!!!


















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