August LDS Young Women Lesson Handouts



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! Why is the family important Young Women YW Handout Printable Why is the family important YW Families are central to God's Plan YW Lesson Handout

For the lesson Why is Family Important?

Marriage and Family Handout Young Womens Come Follow MeCelestial Marriage YW Quote Lesson Handout
Why is temple marriage important?

The Law of Chastity Young Womens Lesson Handout   The Law of Chastity and Temple Covenants Bookmark Young Womens Handout

Why is chastity important?

For the Strength of Youth Dating Standards YW Lesson Handout

What are the Church’s standards regarding dating?

Becoming a Righteous Mother YW Lesson Handout Love your Mother Printable

How can I prepare now to become a righteous wife and mother?

August Marriage and Families YW Handout

How do the roles of men and women complement each other in families?

How can I strengthen my family lesson handout LDS Young WomensThe Family Proclamation Quote YW Handout

How can I strengthen my family?

Free Young Women Lesson Handouts August


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Splish Splash


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!

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Hospital Bag Essentials


I had every intention of packing my hospital bag a week or two in advance and being oh so prepared this time around! Then we scheduled our induction date (and found out I was not progressing much on my own) so I waited until the night before to pack our bags. Ha! I’m happy to say, that this time around I didn’t forget nearly as much as I did when Ellie was born (I actually remembered a hairbrush!)

Hospital Bag essentials
blanket: Captain Silly Pants | Diaper Bag: c/o Lily Jade

Anyway! Despite totally neglecting packing, I managed to pack everything we needed for our little hospital stay. Ok, ok, we did forget one thing…the car seat! We took Brian’s car to the hospital and the car seat happened to be in the other car. No big deal, it was an easy switch, but hilarious that we managed to forget one of the most important things! Anyway, onto the list! Here’s what I packed for me, baby, and even Ellie, plus a list of things that I left at home. You can also download a printable hospital packing list at the bottom!

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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!

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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.

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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.:)

Hospital Bag Essentials Printable

What else did you pack in your hospital bag? Anything you couldn’t live without!? If you’re a list maker like me, I made a hospital bag packing list just for you! Since everyone has different packing lists and needs, I left it blank for you to fill in. You can download the printable HERE. xo

the first few days


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A few photos of Miss Addison just days old. Her skinny, long feet, fuzzy hair, and squishy cheeks were just begging to be photographed. I can’t believe that this girl is ours forever! We simply adore her.

Life with Miss Addison


IMG_4202blanket: handmade | outfit: Baby Cubby | headband: Bumblelou

I’m not sure there’s an adequate way to describe the last few days. This Addie girl is a dreamboat! I still can hardly believe that she’s here! I have so much to write about – our fabulous hospital stay, Ellie and Addie’s sweet reunion, our comical first night home…plus a plethora of photos to go along with each. My memory card is filling up so fast! You wouldn’t expect anything less, right?! ;) Until then, here’s a quick update on our little family of FOUR.

ADDIE: Little Addison is an absolute angel. In the five days she’s been here, she’s barely made a peep! She eats like a champ, smiles in her sleep, and has proven to be a tough cookie around her older sister. ;) I love getting up to feed her in the night, it makes for some quality one on one time, even if I am half asleep. She’s brought heaven into our home and we cannot imagine life without her! This week she’ll also have a quick checkup with the doctor. She dropped down to 6 lbs 4 oz at the hospital, so we’re hoping that she’s gained a little weight in the past few days.

ELLIE: Ellie has adjusted much better than I expected. She has been feversish since the day we got home – turns out she has a virus / sore throat. As much as we’ve tried to keep her germs away from baby Addie, she can’t stay away from her little sis for very long. She loves to ooh and aww over her tiny hands and feet and asks for her first thing in the morning. Every once in awhile though, she’ll tell me to pass baby Addie over to gram or dad so she can have mama to herself. True to her two year old nature, there have been some tantrums and thankfully Gram and dad have been here to swoop in and save the day.  :)

ME: My recovery has been great thus far…so long as I’m keeping up on my meds. :) With Brian and my mom helping out, I’ve been able to sneak in a nap every day with Ellie which has been oh so wonderful and oh so needed. I’m dying to get out, but I’ve been trying not to overdo it this time around. Due to cabin fever, this may be the week I try to get out and Baby Cubby is calling my name! Mom’s night out anyone? (More below!) Nursing has been awesome thus far (minus engorgement) I drink SO MUCH water and crave Fig Newtons during middle of the night feedings. Hence, the package on my nightstand. Also, I can sleep on my stomach again which has been GLORIOUS!

BRIAN: Brian is the man. He spent his time in the hospital brining me cup after cup of water and ice and midnight nursing snacks and hasn’t stopped since we’ve been home. He’s up in the middle of the night getting Ellie milk, taking her to the doctor, and dancing with her while she plays princesses. The diapers magically disappear and my floors have stayed swept. Between him and my mom, I haven’t had to step foot in the kitchen or lift a finger – my house has been kept sparkling clean.  

THE FISH: The fish are technically part of our family and despite all odds they’re still alive. ;) We kind of forgot to feed them last week since we were in the hospital, but lo and behold, 28 cent gold fish are resilient little fellas.


Speaking of getting out, if you’re in Utah and need a mom’s night out or simply need a treat, then you’ve got to attend this darling event at the Baby Cubby in Lindon. Ellie and I randomly popped into the store a week before Addie came and I fell in LOVE. I had been looking for a few newborn outfits that fit my style and Baby Cubby delivered. Pretty sure I could have walked away with everything in the store. (I had my eye on a few blankets and I think I need to go back!) On Tuesday July 21st from 6 - 9 p.m. Baby Cubby will be hosting a pop up shop featuring Taylor Joelle’s darling line of children’s clothing (located at 71 S. 1380 W. Lindon, UT 84042) Plus, there will be activities for the kids (free hair-dos and photo shoot), treats (yes, please), and a discount for you (10% off your purchase!) All event information can be found here.

Happy Sunday!


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