Dock a Tot love

I have had quite a few people ask about her sleeping patterns and what we have been doing. We felt like when we got home form the hospital she was to little to fit in the Snoo sleep sack, so we had her sleep on our bed, in her Dock a Tot. It also helped me when I had to get up with her because of her reflux. Now that we are figuring that out I feel much more comfortable with her in the Snoo. 

For the Dock a Tot we use it for naps, when she is hanging out, and we also use it for sleeping like I mentioned above. I plan to travel with it and I think it will be so nice because she will be used to the item she has already been sleeping in. 

I would totally recommend to get an extra cover if you can and the carrying bag for the Dock a Tot for travel and for when your other one is super dirty because that does happen for sure. 

The link is here for the Dock a Tot and I hope you love yours! I would love to hear your experience with it as well! 

The dress I am wearing in this post is from Roolee and I love love all their dresses! Make sure to check them out! 

Hospital Bag- Little Rooney Lowe

I had this all ready to go and then I went into labor 2 weeks early! Glad I had my bags packed and had done a lot of searching around for what to bring! Now I can tell you what I actually used an didn't! 

Keep in mind we spent a week in the hospital so we had more then normal. I will try to separate what additional items we brought.

In this shot above I have our Boppy and our diaper bag from Fawn Design. 

Fawn Design Diaper Bag: I love this bag. The only thing I would say to get in addition is some dividers for the inside to easily find items, but I bought one from a QVC line, and can't find the name now, but it has made a huge difference. They price around $160 but I will tell you they hold up, they are durable, rain proof, and they carry a lot of stuff. Before I got pregnant I used it for my travel bag a lot. I brought it to Ireland and Spain in April and it was perfect. It has messenger straps and it has a backpack strap. 

BoppyNow I am not sure about this yet. I brought it thinking it would help but I felt way more comfortable just holding her in my arms. Granted she is 5 pounds so the older she gets I might like it more but for now I am kinda eh on it. 

Her bunny is the stuffed animal we are using as her growth measurer and also as her best friend and sleep friend! :) This bunny is from Jelly Cat and they are so darling. 

It's funny how you think you have it all worked out then your baby is born and you realize you will be in the hospital for a week, and it's not really the way you thought it was going to go! 

In this top photo this is all that we brought for baby girl, well and more, but a glance at least. 

Binkie:  We are using the nature sutten binkie. It has been so good, she does prefer one of the nippled types over the other so I can't use the round nipples but I am not sure if that is cause she started on one, or just likes the other cause it's easier to fit in her mouth! 

So some of this stuff I didn't use as much realistically. 

We chose to wait to bathe her until day 5 because I wanted the vernix to really sink into her skin, but she had an IV in her head so they took it out and her hair needed to be washed. So we are using the Tubby Todd soap and lotion, which is organic and her skin has done great with. We are also using the dream cream, and I used it a tiny bit on her face and legs where she got a rash and it was gone a day later. I love love how gentle it is and helpful it has been

She currently only really fits into her Loved Baby onesies that are the preemie size cause she is so tiny, so I am glad I had those. but I also had bigger onesies in case she was huge ha. 

We've worn tons of kimonos as well from Gerber, they fit her best right now as well. I do have another band Luvable that I got on Amazon but they are a tiny to big on her. 

We love our Top Knots turbans so much. It is just her thing :) She loves wearing them! Okay really, she looks so cute in them so we are rolling with it. She had an IV in her head for the first couple days of life so I had her in a turban a lot to help hide it. I knew people would freak out if they saw it, so it was a nice cover up! :) 

We also brought her Dock a Tot. She loved lounging in it, and I really loved having it at the hospital so that I didn't feel like I was always having to have her in my hands (which I did anyways for the most part ha), but it was nice for breaks for us. 

We brought tons of swaddles which was perfect because for the most part she lived in the swaddles and naked for the first week. We love our Copper Pearl, KB Cute Designs, and Mebie baby swaddles so much! They were so nice to have and different textures to see what worked best for her. 

We love love the brush we got for her hair! It is by Haakaa USA brush. We love love it. it's so soft and she loves to have her hair brushed! 

Now for the things I brought for me! Lets start with the the headphones. I brought these to labor with to help me stay focused. Well I had a baby within 5 hours of my water breaking so they weren't needed. But I think if you are going unmedicated it would be a great idea. 

My Promptly Journal to update things from her birth, which we totally ddid because we have so much time and I am so glad we did so we don't forget all those feelings. It's a journal that follows them til they are 18 years old. It has been a favorite of mine during my pregnancy to use. 

My robe is from a friend of mine Karim, she is the best and got this for me in Mexico. I brought 3 robes and used them all. I loved having them for feeding. 

Dwell and Slumber dresses were some of my favorites to have and wear while we were in the hospital. I wore one the night my milk came in and it totally made it so I couldn't wear it again but now that I am home and it's washed it's amazing. 

Tubby Todd Niple Salve, was a major favorite. It helped my nipples adapt the first few days and she didn't mind it at all. I will totally use that again

Frida Mom Cleaner was amazing as well! It kept me feeling refreshed  :) I won't go into detail! 

I got lots of questions about my bra I wore during labor and it was from Free People. I really liked it and it was the perfect amount of coverage but still let me not feel super hot with layers. 

The breast pads I got from amazon, and they are HEAVEN! They block my milk from leaking all over my clothes and my nursing bras. I am obsessed with them and already bought an extra pack. 

If you have any questions feel free to ask, but this gives you the gist of everything I brought. We of course had more but this is at least an idea! We did bring our own pillows which made a huge difference, so keep that in mind! 



Week 37- The final week :)

What a week! Looking back now, it's crazy to think this was my last week of pregnancy.  Sunday we took it pretty easy and just hung out around the house. We went to dinner at my mom's house and the rest of the day just relaxed. Monday I had a doctor appointment and found out I was dilated to a 2 1/2 so we were moving steadily. We joked that it would be great to just have her this weekend so we could make sure we didn't have her when he was out of town. My doctor will be gone over the day that I was actually due. 

That evening, Trent and I went early to the Rio Tinto stadium to watch our favorite soccer team Manchester United. Trent had joked for weeks that I just couldn't go into labor before then, and luckily I didn't. I felt proud that I was able to hold it together. We had hoped that Wayne Rooney wouldn't have been transferred by then, but he had already signed with Everton and so the chance of us meeting him and telling him his name inspired our daughters name, was now not a choice. Nevertheless, it was an incredible game and experience getting to watch them in our home city. To expand a bit on the above statement, Trent's favorite player is Wayne Rooney. He one day joked about naming our daughter Rooney and while I laughed at first, I then realized how much I really loved the name. So it stuck and now we have our baby Rooney girl. We were so excited because a picture we posted at the game got reposted by the Manchester United official Facebook account. New goal is to somehow get Wayne Rooney to see a post from us and realize he was some good inspiration and send us some more jerseys! :) 

Tuesday I spent getting things together around the house and editing. I was really trying to be on top of organizing and preparing in case she came soon. Wednesday was the same thing, pretty mellow overall. I had a shoot that night with some good friends, and then went up to Albion Basin to meet Tracy Layne for some photos and I am so happy we did. They were some of my favorites and the last ones before baby girl came. There is a full blog post of them one post back also! :) 

Thursday was my final day of jobs and I was so anxious about going into labor before I worked them. I jokingly told people that I wanted to do all that I could so that it would put me into labor. Well looks like working a hard day with babies really paid off for me! That night we had bunco, and it was a great night and the weather could not have been better. 

Friday we went out to the movie Dunkirk with our friends Cortney and Kevin. I had her take a photo of me and Trent and kept saying you never know if this will be the last one of us, and yet once again it was! So shouldn't' he take one with me whenever I want now?? That day I had spent a few hours at my friend Tracy's and I am so glad now that I took some time to relax and spend time with friends before the weekend. Saturday we cleaned all day long. We organized our basement and got DI stuff set out, and really did a deep clean. I was so so tired that day and remembered thinking I felt so pregnant. She probably had been dropping all day prepping for that night. We went to dinner with our friends Bri and Jan and had such a good dinner, and then went to the REAL game. Trent has a video of me walking and I look sooooo pregnant. I was waddling so bad, and the heat made me feel like I kept having contractions. I had probably started labor earlier that day without realizing. That night my water broke and the rest is history. Our little Rooney joined us and we could not be happier. We are so excited for the life we have ahead of us. 

Baby size : Small watermelon 

weight gain: 130 pounds 

belly size : 39 inches 

Sleep: peeing every hour, and lots of rolling from her. I took lots of naps this week. 

Cravings: pasta, water 

Feeling: tired for sure! I feel like a broken record but I'm just super tired ha! I am feeling more patient with everything though and wanting her to come when she is ready! Also happy she is here now! :) 

Peak moment: Going into labor! Hello baby! 



37 Weeks Albion Basin

My dear friend Tracy had me meet her up at Albion Basin for a few last minute shots and good thing we did, because I gave birth about 4 days later. These images reflect so much of how I felt through pregnancy. Happy, elated, and proud to carry her. Just wanted to have them blogged so I never forget!