Monday, June 29, 2015

Hospital Bag + Baby Countdown

It's baby week!! We are so excited that our newest babe will be here so soon & just can not wait to see her, and kiss her face, and snuggle her, and all of those thinnnngs! Of course, along with all of the excitement comes nerves. Just like any birth, I am always a little scared of how things will go. We have spent lots of time praying over the last few weeks & can't believe that the big day is almost here. It has been a scramble, but her nursery is finished, literally the quickest three week project after months of procrastinating. I love how it turned out & can't wait to share pictures after she is born! If you follow us on Instagram (@jlgarvin) you saw a little sneak peek today!

 Leather Bag c/o Lily Jade // BlaBla Knit Cat // Quilt sold out from Anthropologie

I thought this time I would share a little bit of what's packed in my hospital bag, I often get emails asking from first time moms & I can remember how fun and exciting it was when I was pregnant with Harper. This time, I was more or less scrambling to get everything in the bag before Eloise could pull it out! I keep it light, here's what we've got.

For Mama // Nursing bras (I love these comfy sleeping ones).
Bathrobe or button down night shirt. The sooner I can get out of the hospital gown, the better. Something in a modal fabric is always a great choice, it's the softest, most lightweight material, and so comfortable to wear around the house for the first few days home too, I have this one from Target.
Cozy socks or slippers.
Comfortable clothes to wear home. All of the IVs from my c-section cause me to be really swollen for a few days, so I always bring something sized larger than what I would normally wear. A maxi dress would be a great summer option too.
Seamless, high waisted underwear. Especially good for c-section mamas.
Makeup bag, toiletries, dry shampoo (Drybar Triple Sec is my favorite) & chapstick.
Lanolin & Soothies Gel Pads for nursing.

For Baby // Swaddles, baby hat & mittens (yes you'll get these in the hospital, but I always love picking out something new for them to wear during our hospital stay).
Pacifier, if you're going to use one.
Coming home outfit.

For Dad // Extra pillow.
Comfy clothes if they aren't going to come home to change, again, we will be in the hospital for 3+ days because of a c-section, so this may not be necessary for those who only stay one night.
Snacks.

Extras // Boppy or nursing pillow.
Car Seat.
Technology. Laptop, camera & chargers.
Night Light. Something small that plugs into an outlet, I always hate the harsh hospital lighting, even when you just leave one small light on to sleep at night, but you definitely won't want it completely dark in the room.

And there you have it, super exciting, right?! :) Aside from packing our bags, shuffling car seats around & setting up baby gear, we have been trying to just take it easy. Harper is so excited for her newest little sister to arrive, the other day she said, "ooh I got an idea mom! we could just name our baby meghan trainor!" A pretty valid name suggestion from a three year old I thought. And, Brandon & I even got to sneak out for a date night (dress from Isabella Oliver, on sale!) after the kids were in bed the other night (thanks, mom!). Nothing like stuffing your face with bread, pasta & chocolate cake at 39 weeks pregnant.

Thank you all again for your well wishes & sweet comments. Hope to be back soon sharing the news of our third Little Baby Garvin's arrival! XO

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Festive for the Fourth of July

Fourth of July this year is a little extra special or us, as it is our due date for baby number three! And I can't believe it is next weekend!! While we most likely won't get to watch in any fireworks, there are still plenty of fun festivities that will take place before now and then. Even if it just means sparklers, bomb pops from the ice cream truck and a few red, white & blue outfits.

Striped Bows // Denim Romper // Denim Dress (sold out, similar here)

I thought I would round up a little mini style inspiration for the fourth, including some patriotic camo & a little bit of sparkle!
Red Mix Media Dress // Blue Tie Dye Dress // Gold Tote (on sale!) // Gold Braided Sandals
Stars & Stripes Onesie // Happy Hat // Flag Short Sleeved Sweatshirt // Red Shorts // Camo Moccasins

These patriotic popsicles would also be so fun to incorporate into your Fourth of July festivities, especially if you have kids that could help pour in the layers. I know Harper would love these from start to finish! What are your plans for the Fourth?! Hope you all are having an amazing week!
XO

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Baby Number Three Wishlist & Must Haves

Let's be honest, noise cancelling headphones & a huge bottle of wine is probably what I'll really want about a month from now. Lack of sleep + a newborn + the little crazy train of toddlers is sounding more terrifying by the day. But ready or not, here she comes, and while we don't need much at all, every new baby needs a few new pretty little things!
Pilots Cap // Grey Shortie Romper // Hedgehog & Goose Burp Cloths // Pretzel Rattle // Natural Rubber Pacifier // Zip-Front One Piece Sleeper

I am loving all of these colors for our soon to be Summer baby. Peach & lilac are such a perfect pair! Lightweight zip pajamas, itty-bitty-rompers & a few fun printed burp cloths are always staples, but something tells me I just need that pretzel rattle! ;)

I recapped a few of our baby number two must-haves shortly after Eloise was born, wasn't that just a few weeks ago?!  I plan to use my baby wrap as much as possible since I know I will need all hands on deck for the other two girls, but other than that, I'm convinced it will be a total circus & there may be no way to prepare for what's to come. Advice is welcome & as always, any of your must-haves that you'd like to share as well!
XO

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Baby Bump + Blueberry Pancakes


Last week, we had the most fun little lifestyle photo shoot at our house, me & the girls making our favorite breakfast food, blueberry pancakes! I opted not to take traditional maternity pictures this time, but I feel like these pictures totally capture the bump in all it's (oversized) glory! ;) Doing a lifestyle shoot like this is so much more natural, and way easier on kids than a posed family shoot in the middle of a park. Bonus points for Harper getting to pick out her own outfit & Eloise getting to eat for most of the time. So excited to share a few of our favorites, part two coming soon! XO


Thank you so so so much to our talented photographer, Ashley Scobey of Scobey Photography. We will love these photos for years to come!!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Weekending + Pink Paint

Ah, the weekend. Two more left before baby girl arrives! And we are in HUSTLE mode.
Our weekend was made up of lots of projects around the house, sorting through newborn things that have been packed away & preparing for the return of never ending baby bottle washing. Bedtime couch snuggles & early morning hammock swinging. Painting the nursery PINK & joking about how we may have just jinxed ourselves into this one ending up a boy. A kid free night out filled with nachos and good rock & roll, Boston + Kansas at our favorite outdoor concert venue. A quick dip in the pool & homemade pineapple popsicles. More painting & furniture rearranging. And a Sunday night Netflix marathon, late night bowls of cereal & endless entertainment watching our two crazy girls on the baby monitor while they went to sleep together in the same room.
Hands full, hearts full.


Hope you all had an amazing weekend! XO

Friday, June 12, 2015

Food Trucks & Friday Favorites

It has been a wild week over here, doctors appointments & outings of all sorts that ended in meltdowns from just about all of us. We have been transitioning Eloise to only taking one nap a day, so we try to go somewhere fun in the mornings to help keep her busy & wear her out. So far so good, but totally exhausting for me at nine months pregnant.
Last night, I was ready to throw in the towel & call it the weekend. So we hit up our local food trucks for dinner, and cones of gourmet french fries made everything all better! ;) It was on the verge of storming all night, so the weather cooled down just in time. The girls loved dancing to the live music & the drool-worthy popsicle stand on the way out.



 I'll keep my Friday Favorites short & sweet, starting with this peach salsa recipe that is on my list of things to try this weekend! I have been craving Mexican food on the reg, and this salsa with a sweet, summery twist sounds amazing right now!

I have been in love with this black & cream lace front one piece since last year & just scored it for 30% off during Anthropologie's swim sale. So excited, I can't wait to wear it all summer long!

A rice krispy treat milkshake? Yes please!

Loving this bright poppy nail color, Essie's Hip-Anema is the perfect summery shade of red!

I picked up a copy of book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up & love it so far! Especially while in nesting mode, this has encouraged me to do things so differently in terms of cleaning, decluttering & organizing. Thanks for the recommendation Lesley! ;)

And probably my most favorite of all today, the return of Orange is the New Black!! Who else has big plans to binge watch this weekend?! XO

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Father's Day Gift Ideas

Father's Day is just around the corner, time to celebrate our six o'clock superheros (what my husband is in our house!) with a special day & maybe even a gift or two! Our tradition for Father's Day & Mother's Day is to always kick off the day going out for breakfast & then spend the whole day together doing something fun. Brandon certainly deserves it & we all look forward to it!


Some fun alternatives to a traditional gift would of course be tickets to a baseball game or concert (makes for a fun date night too!), a round of golf or, a favorite in our house, a membership to the Dollar Shave Club. And if none of these are your style, there's always good coffee & crispy bacon! ;)

What are your Father's Day plans & gift ideas!? Would love to hear more ideas & suggestions.
XO