Three cheers for the weekend! We have officially made it through our first week home all day – just me and the girls. I was super nervous with Brian going back to work and my mom not here to help out, but as it turns out, we survived! And survived it well! Ellie was super helpful and absolutely adores her baby sis. Plus, almost every day this week, we’ve all been able to nap during the afternoon. One day we all took a 3 hour nap! Bliss!
Little Miss Addison is officially two weeks old. Someone please tell me how pregnancy goes so slow, but life with a newborn simply flies by! Addie had her two week checkup and weighed in at 7 lbs 6 oz – yay! She’s been eating like a champ and still barely makes a peep. She’s calm and quiet, our little angel babe! I snapped these photos right before my mom left last week and these colors!! (Insert heart eye emojis here!) My friend Corina made the floral blanket and the pom pom swaddle is from Little Ewe and Me – seriously the cutest Etsy shop! We brought this blanket with us to the hospital and it instantly became one of my favorites. It’s the perfect size and those pom poms – swoon! You can take 15% off your entire purchase through Sunday with code ALEXA15.
We don’t have big plans for the weekend but we are looking forward to spending time with our favorite guy (and maybe sneaking in another nap or two! ;) Happy, happy weekend friends! XO
Last week, I finally managed to snap a few pictures of Ellie and Addie at home together. Ellie had just woken up from a nap (wrong time to take photos!) but I still managed to grab a few of them together. Ellie lights up when she is around her baby sister and when Addie is awake, she stares and stares at Ellie. They’ve got a special bond and I cannot wait to watch them grow up together. (Actually, I can wait. This newborn stage is my favorite!)
I am SO excited to share these gold foil prints with you today! I’ve been wanting to add a few gold foil prints to our house for sometime but haven’t quite been able to find the perfect ones. My friend Brittney, from OAKY designs, recently added these to her adorable shop and I just about died! They are seriously perfect (and amazing quality!) She made a few custom ones for us and I’m loving having them in our home. I picked up a few thin gold frames from a local thrift store (can’t beat 75 cents!) and Ellie helped me hang them up throughout our house a few weeks ago. Love! The best part? She’s offering TWO gold foil prints (custom or non custom) to one lucky reader! Hooray! You can enter the giveaway below. All entries will be verified, so please be honest. In addition, Brittney has also offered 15% off your entire order! Simply use the code ALEXA during checkout. Good luck and happy shopping! xo
Can you believe it’s almost August!? I had so much fun working on these handouts to go along with the Young Women Come Follow Me lessons for August – all focused on marriage and family! There’s at least one handout per lesson and you can download them all for free at the end of this post! Enjoy!
For the lesson Why is Family Important?
Why is chastity important?
What are the Church’s standards regarding dating?
How can I prepare now to become a righteous wife and mother?
How do the roles of men and women complement each other in families?
How can I strengthen my family?
copyright Alexa Zurcher | for personal/church use only
Addison’s first bath turned into a whole family event! Ellie had been dying to give her a real bath since we brought her home, but since Addie’s umbilical cord hadn’t fallen off yet, we settled for a sponge bath instead. It wasn’t until a minute before we begun that I started getting nervous. I hadn’t given a newborn a bath in almost three years! Ha. Thankfully it was like riding a bike, nothing to worry about. No more than two minutes into it, Ellie started peeling off her panties in attempts to join in the sink bath fun! She was super patient as Addie was bathed and got her own sink bath after. I look at these photos and still can’t believe that we are a family of FOUR!
What I packed for me:
Going Home Outfit – I’m all for being super comfortable after birth, so I brought a loose, flowy top and my favorite pair of sweats for my going home outfit. I made sure that whatever I brought to wear post-birth fit me while I was pregnant, because let’s face it, I still looked prego as I headed out the door. ;)
Comfy Clothes – I typically spend the first day in that large, open backed hospital gown, but after day one I’m ready for my own clothes. I brought along a pair of sweats or two and a loose top. When visitors came, I felt much more covered in my own clothes versus wearing the gown the hospital provides.
Robe – This time around I brought a lightweight robe with me and it was amazing. I picked up this one in black and could wear it every day! It’s super soft and makes nursing really easy.
Nursing Bra or Tank – As with Ellie’s birth, I loved wearing a nursing bra under my hospital gown. It made me feel a little less…exposed if you will! I really love the sports bra type nursing bras for the first little bit – no underwire to worry about! Another favorite? Nursing tanks! These tanks from Target fit perfectly under my robe and made nursing a breeze. (The gray striped cami is my current fav!)
Socks – My feet always get cold after an epidural. Socks are a must!
Flip Flops – After watching what ended up on the floor during delievery (sorry for the visual) I couldn’t bring myself to walk barefoot. Flip flops worked great for the multiple trips to the bathroom.
Toiletries – If I can get up and get ready in the morning during my stay, I feel so much better while I let my body recover. I brought along a few essentials – makeup, toothbrush / toothpaste, hairbrush and elastics, travel sized shampoo and conditioner, deodorant, lotion, glasses, contacts, etc. Totally spaced packing any kind of chapstick, but thankfully my mom saved the day and brought me some!
My Pillow – I’m one of those “pillow people,” you know the ones that can’t sleep without that pillow? Ha! I brought along my pillow for after delivery and it made sleeping so much better.
What I left at home:
Maxi Pads – The hospital provided a selection of different sized pads, so I left all maxi pads at home. The nurses loaded me up with lots of extra pads to bring home as well.
Underwear – I don’t mind the mesh panties the hospital provides (and hey, no laundry after!) so I leave all underwear at home and make sure I stock up on the mesh panties to bring home with me after!
Lanolin – Again, the hospital provided Lanolin, so I left this at home, too!
What I packed for baby:
Going Home Outfit – Ok, actually I packed two. Just in case of the chance of a blowout right before you buckle the car seat. Better safe than sorry, right? I picked up Addie’s going home outfit at The Baby Cubby (found online here!)
Swaddling Blankets – I’m all for bringing a few swaddling blankets to the hospital, they make for adorable pictures! I love these pom pom swaddle blankets from Little Ewe and Me and of course, Captain Silly Pants blankets.
Headbands – The hospital always puts little tiny bows in my girls hair, but it’s always too goopy and sticky! I opted to bring a few headbands this time around. We love these felt bows and flowers from Bumbelou.
Pacifier – Since I never know what kind of pacifier each baby will like, I brought a few of these along with me. Turns out, Addie preferred the Soothers from the hospital (so we took a few of those home with us, too!)
Sibling Gift – Ellie brought along a present to give to baby sister at the hospital, so I wanted to surprise her with a gift, too! I contemplated buying another baby doll, but she’s super attached to her “Baby Anna” so I knew it would eventually just go to the wayside. Instead, I opted for a Doctor Kit (similar here) and it’s been a huge hit! She has been giving baby sis lots of (very soft) checkups.
What I left at home:
Diapers, Wipes, and Burp Cloths – The hospital provided all of these and sent us home with a bunch!
Other Outfits – With the umbilical cord stump and frequent checks from the nurses, I found it was just easier to leave Addie in the little white shirt provided at the hospital. The cute clothes could wait till we got home.
Everything Else I Packed:
PJs, Outfit, and Toiletries for Dad – We’re never certain if Brian will end up sleeping on the highly uncomfortable cot or making the trek home, so I packed in a few items for him, just in case. Turns out, he did attempt sleeping at the hospital, so having a change of clothes was necessary!
Electronics / Chargers – Camera, phone, laptop, all the important items for sharing pictures of our sweet new babe!
Wallet – I made sure my wallet was filled with the essentials – ID, insurance cards, etc.I packed all of these things and baby items in my adorable Lily Jade diaper bag. There’s so many pockets it fits all the baby stuff, plus my camera and laptop/tablet perfectly!
What I forgot:
Snacks - Thankfully at our hospital we had a snack room filled with snacks and drinks. I always had Brian bring me a few snacks before I went to bed because I always woke up starving in the middle of the night when I was breastfeeding.
Car Seat – Ha! Parent fail.:)