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My Ten Hospital Bag Essentials for Labor and Delivery

August 27, 2019

I just did a search on my own site for “hospital bag” and found the post I wrote when I was pregnant with Owen. Isn’t it funny to look back and see how our writing has changed over the course of four years? Publishing a post like this wouldn’t likely happen these days, but regardless, the right stuff was mostly in the post and my hospital bag. There are definitely some updates I’m making this time around so I figured I would share. Here’s what I’m packing: 

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HOSPITAL BAG ESSENTIALS

September 14, 2015

Below is my list of everything I have packed for the hospital. The cute stuff is in the picture, and the rest is below. Also, I have two bags packed. Am I alone in this? I’m sure I’m over prepared, but after reading the list on thebump.com and asking all my pals my list got longer and longer. Here is what’s in my bag(s) currently:

2-3 pairs of non-slip socks

My favorite water bottle

2 nursing bras & plenty of nursing pads

Chapstick

Toiletries

Hair brush

Eye glasses

Hair ties

Hard candy

Pen & paper

Snacks

Lanolin

Light reading

Mrs. Meyers air freshener

Iphone & charger (Spotify ready to go for music.)

Going home clothes

Towel

Hair dryer & straightener

Heavy flow pads

Maternity underware

Night gown

Breast pump & bottles

Pajamas for zack

For baby:

Car seat

Welcome home outfit

Blankets

Photo by amy frances.

Nursing-Friendly & Postpartum Approved Fashion with Everlane

November 26, 2019

Just over a year ago I shared a post about celebrating differences in friendship, life and style with Leah (my same pal you see here). At that time I was Owen’s mom, June was just an exciting idea, neither of us were expecting either of these babies and our bodies looked a little different than they do now. We sported Everlane and as my due date with June approached this summer I found myself daydreaming a bit about slipping back into those threads again and again. I knew it was unrealistic to pack them in my hospital bag (duh!), but on more realistic days those daydreams probably looked a little something like this.

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Taking Care of Mom

September 4, 2015

This last month of pregnancy has been the hardest for me to relax. I feel like there’s so much to do and so much I wanna do before the baby is here and before our lives change completely. whether it’s setting up the nursery, getting quality time in with my husband, getting as much work done as possible, or checking and re-checking my lists to make sure I haven’t forgot anything, this last month can feel overwhelming. But, we all know that this is probably the time you should be taking it the easiest on your body. Below are five simple methods either I have practiced myself or other mamas have suggested to make this last month a little lighter for anyone who is trying to be a hero in their third trimester. All of which can be done from home. Little secret; we’re all gonna be heroes when we give birth, no one will remember if we forgot our three pairs of socks in the hospital bag!

1. Read something that is not pregnancy related. Find a comfy spot, put your feet up, and enjoy some quiet time. If you’re anything like me sometimes putting a timer on your phone is the best way to really soak up even 30 minutes where you aren’t distracted with anything else in addition to giving your body a rest. Your to do list can wait 30 minutes. I promise.

2. Prenatal Yoga Podcast. This is a great, free, 20 minute, prenatal yoga podcast that you can do at home at any time of the day. I have taken yoga on and off for the past ten years, all different types of yoga in the studio and at home. These podcasts from yoga download seem to be the best for a quick, at home workout. this particular one gives you slides of all the poses, so even if you aren’t super experienced with yoga this podcast should be relatively easy to follow along with. At this point in my pregnancy I honestly prefer doing yoga at home over going to the studio. I know that my swollen feet, and sloth pace are completely normal in the third trimester, but I feel the most comfortable practicing at home. Hah! I’m sure some of you understand.

3. essential oils. A good friend of mine, Trisha, sells essential oils. This is a little bit of an investment, but if you feel like it’s something you and your household would benefit from they have some incredible oils that are geared specifically towards relaxation and stress relief. Some are even known to help with leg cramping and other sore muscles. I don’t know about you guys, but towards the end of the second trimester i had leg cramps like no other. They have seemed to mellow out, but I wish I would have known about something like this when i was in the heat of those issues. Learn more here.

4. Try to eat a healthy snack. From everything I’ve read and know it is important to try to do your best to eat healthy while pregnant and at any other point in your life really. Healthy food is proven to help reduce stress, and contribute to the growth of a healthy baby, but if you’ve been following along with me for even a week you know not everything I consume is “healthy”. Pregnancy cravings are real and I love food too much to completely sign off on sweets for nine months. In my opinion, and I am not a professional, it is all about balance. you can find a million and one opinions out there on the internet, most of them would attack every word I’m saying. but, what I have found is best for me is to listen to my body. If I’m hungry for a snack I try not to go for sweets, I try to eat something a little more substantial first (fruits, vegetables, protein, whole grains). Then if I’m still craving that piece of pie I eat it. I said it. I eat it! I know, so wild, but really guys, sometimes you deserve a bowl of ice cream or a piece of pie, or both. and sometimes that’s all I needed to feel relaxed.

5. Take a cat nap. Sounds simple right? I, at least, in this last trimester have got such a spirt of energy. I know everyone is different, but I started off slow and over the course of my pregnancy I feel like my body is preparing me for motherhood, especially early motherhood. I am up almost every 2-3 hours in the night, and really don’t sleep for more than cumulative 6 hours a night. Then all day I’m going, going, going since I am still working and getting ready for this baby to arrive. Sometimes all I need is to slow down for a small chunk of time and rest my head. So just like my first option. Set a timer. Remove all distractions and get comfy. Take a nap! You’re carrying a baby and you deserve it. Even if it’s just 30 minutes.

If you guys have any relaxing activities that have been helpful during pregnancy I would love to hear them. Feel free to share them in the comments below!

Photo by amy frances.

Inspiring Spaces

June 6, 2016

Christoph Kaiser was our landlord back in 2010 when Zack and I first moved to downtown Phoenix. The three houses he owns on Pierce Street opened doors to over ten rental spaces in the small, artist-friendly Garfield District. There’s the space we lived in: a craftsman bungalow-turned-duplex with an apartment in the attic space above and down the street, another renovated bungalow where he rented rooms and a similar attic space apartment. In my backyard, Christoph took an old silo and turned it into a living space (the finished product was featured in Dwell) and in the backyard of the other home was an Airstream trailer converted into a living space as well.

But the photos you see here aren’t from either of those spaces. These photos are from his personal home – the “Big House” as we called it – where he now lives with his wife Shauna and her father Allen. To give you a little back story: before we moved into the duplex, I met Christoph at the Big House where a friend of mine was living at the time. I’ve always had a knack for home design and what not, but this, this was the first space I walked in to where it truly clicked for me. At this time, my experience with well-designed homes was that they were not meant for enjoyment; they were meant to be kept immaculate and featured in design magazines. But as I walked into Christoph’s home, I felt uniquely at ease and comfortable. You could drink a can of PBR on his pristine vintage couch without fear of spilling or creating a ring on his table. It was the first time that good design and true hospitality went hand-in-hand for me.

Despite being incredibly happy in Brooklyn, I’m fairly positive that if Zack and I were told this home was available we would pack our bags and move in a heartbeat. What’s so special about the properties Christoph owns is that they are their own little community, we called it “Christoph-town”. We gathered at his home for family dinners, set up our own block parties on our street, watched special events in his living room and as tenants moved in and out: we developed relationships, found jobs through one another and created a unique sense of home. We were in our early twenties and Zack was finishing up his degree at ASU at the time, and while we were adults, we still enjoyed the extended home that is and was “Christoph-town”.

This home was built in 1907 and is a Grand Pyramid Cottage. The walls inside and out are double brick which Christoph loves and appreciates because they are This home was built in 1907 and is a Grand Pyramid Cottage. The walls inside and out are double brick which Christoph loves and appreciates because they are “old school SOLID.” He purchased the home in 2002 and has lived there ever since with the exception of 2012-2015 when he and his wife completed and lived in the silo house. When I asked Christoph, When I asked Christoph, “What would you change about the space?” he answered, “I do wish the home was more efficient.  Huge single pane windows bring incredible light into the house, but yield pricey electric bills.  The house is nearly 2500 square feet and has three AC units.  Someday I hope to get insulated windows.” Most furniture in the house has been designed by Christoph himself. If you're interested in one of these incredible tables you see here or any other custom pieces check his site out here.  Most furniture in the house has been designed by Christoph himself. If you’re interested in one of these incredible tables you see here or any other custom pieces check his site out here. His designs are inspired by BDDW, Charles and Ray Eames, and historic Puritan and Shaker furniture designs. Christoph and Shauna also shop at Design within Reach when they can afford it. His designs are inspired by BDDW, Charles and Ray Eames, and historic Puritan and Shaker furniture designs. Christoph and Shauna also shop at Design within Reach when they can afford it. Photographed here is the attic space of the home (my favorite part). When I met Christoph, this was his living space and these photos are reflective of that time. Recently, he has started the renovation process to make this strictly his workspace, but I really love that I was able to share it as I remember it. He mentioned to me that once the renovation process is complete the bottom of the staircase will be buried in a wall of cabinets that hinge out, but only if you know where to push. He feels as though this will keep his workspace a little more separate, but still easily accessible. Crossing my fingers I'll have the chance to share the renovation with you as well.  Photographed here is the attic space of the home (my favorite part). When I met Christoph, this was his living space and these photos are reflective of that time. Recently, he has started the renovation process to make this strictly his workspace, but I really love that I was able to share it as I remember it. He mentioned to me that once the renovation process is complete the bottom of the staircase will be buried in a wall of cabinets that hinge out, but only if you know where to push. He feels as though this will keep his workspace a little more separate, but still easily accessible. Crossing my fingers I’ll have the chance to share the renovation with you as well. As someone who works from home quite a bit I desperately understand how difficult it can be at times to see your desk from your bed. And while he is currently making strides to keep his home and work life separate, I feel as though he did an incredible job of creating a flow between his personal space and workspace in this loft.  As someone who works from home quite a bit I desperately understand how difficult it can be at times to see your desk from your bed. And while he is currently making strides to keep his home and work life separate, I feel as though he did an incredible job of creating a flow between his personal space and workspace in this loft. Christoph shared with me that he has never been able to find out too much information on the original home owner. All he knows is that it was a doctor who lived there, so if anyone out there knows the story (although he doubts anyone does) feel free reach out and fill us in. I know he would love to have a little more history.  Christoph shared with me that he has never been able to find out too much information on the original home owner. All he knows is that it was a doctor who lived there, so if anyone out there knows the story (although he doubts anyone does) feel free reach out and fill us in. I know he would love to have a little more history. The backyard is like nothing else I've see in downtown Phoenix. Overgrown in the best way possible, lots of mix-matched chairs, and plenty of space for entertaining. Most folks in the area settle with rocks and dirt for their backyard spaces so this truly is a gem.  The backyard is like nothing else I’ve see in downtown Phoenix. Overgrown in the best way possible, lots of mix-matched chairs, and plenty of space for entertaining. Most folks in the area settle with rocks and dirt for their backyard spaces so this truly is a gem. Photographed here is Christoph Kaiser himself. He is an architect and designer living in Phoenix, AZ. To shop his furniture collection, view his past and present projects and to contact him directly visit his website.  Photographed here is Christoph Kaiser himself. He is an architect and designer living in Phoenix, AZ. To shop his furniture collection, view his past and present projects and to contact him directly visit his website.


All photos provided by Christoph Kaiser.

At Home with Zack & I

August 28, 2015

Traveling is truly one of my most favorite things to do, but after a few weeks of it, and a baby on the way, I was ready to be home with Zack. Now our only event on the agenda aside from our everyday lives here in NY, is to get ready for this baby to come. By the time you are reading this, it will just be over ten days until I’m due. Wow! I have been so grateful for such a healthy pregnancy, baby, and the best partner in crime for this whole process. I truly can’t imagine having this baby with a better man, friend or husband. Just this past weekend we toured the hospital and took our birthing classes. We are getting the nursery set up, my bag packed, and picking up the rest of the odds and ends we might be missing. Although I keep thinking to myself we must be missing something! All I can keep thinking to myself is that if there is something we are missing it’s not the end of the world, and we will figure it out then and there. right? 🙂

Amy took these photos of us the same day she did my solo maternity shots. She asked us all the mushy questions and naturally, made me cry as she had Zack and I tell her about our relationship, the baby, and the future of our little family. As you can see she asked us questions that made us laugh as well, and did such an incredible job at capturing us in our home before Baby-O is here. Thank you Amy! We love you.

Photography by amy frances.

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