Thursday, February 25, 2010

Hospital Packing List

Let's be honest - nobody likes to wear those thin hospital gowns and nobody looks good in them. So I whipped up this cut little number to cheer me up when I go to deliver #5. I got the free pattern online from I lengthened it a bit. This would make a great gift for anyone who has to spend time in the hospital. Below is my list of things to take for delivery. LMK if you think there's anything I should add.

Hospital Packing List

Infant Car Seat (leave in car)
Nursing pillow
Extra pillow

In diaper bag:
baby shampoo, lotion & powder
2 receiving blankets (I know they provide these but don't you hate how all your kid's newborn hospital pictures look exactly the same?)
4 burp cloths
baby hat
baby nail clippers
baby wipes and diapers
2 onesies & socks
2 sleeping gowns/outfits for baby
going home outfit for baby & hair bows

In Rolling Suitcase:
robe & slippers
2 pair undergarments & socks
menstrual pads cause the hospital's are awful
nursing & sleeping bra
homemade hospital gown for delivery
2 pairs comfortable pants & tops
going home outfit for me
Charged cell phone
Camera and extra batteries
Video camera and charger
Purse with I.D. & insurance card
Baby journal/scrapbook for footprints
Books - Nursing Mother's Companion & Book of Mormon
Activities – card games, knitting book/kit by Klutz (I've always wanted to learn)
Snacks – fruit leather, etc.
Breath mints and gum

In Toiletry Bag:
face wash stuff
shampoo & conditioner & body wash
washcloth and towel cuz I don't like thin, bleached, rough towels
razor and lotion
toothbrush and toothpaste
nursing cream
hair brush, bands, clips & hairspray
hairdryer & curling iron
chapstick & makeup
nail clippers and nail file
prenatal vitamins
dirty clothes bag
MP3 player - last time this was how I got thru labor w/o an epidural. My OB thought I was listening to Enya - nope, Van Halen! He got a good laugh out of that.

Presents from baby to kids such as a new book and a gift card to their favorite fast food place.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Baby Sewing Projects UPDATE

Did you know you can go to JoAnn's and use a JoAnn's coupon on fabric, a Robert's coupon on thread and a Michael's coupon on a pattern or any other non-fabric item? And all in the same transaction! I love it... *sigh* Anyway, here are a few pictures of the baby sewing projects I've been wanting to finish:

*Girly Mei Tai (pronounced may-tie). The hood flap is made of that super soft bubbly fabric and can be used to cover up baby's face when she's sleeping. This can be forward/rear facing and you can do a front carry or back carry. It's lightweight and my favorite way to carry babies. The wrap is the most comfortable for longer treks though. I'll post a picture of that once baby comes since it's just a really long piece of stretchy fabric with a middle panel for decoration. Wrapping it is the tricky part.

*Fleece pouch - I had enough leftover to make another one to keep in the car and a scarf for E and later a baby hat (not sure what size to make it so I'm waiting) Cost for each pouch = $5. Maybe in the summer I'll make a reversible cotton one with a cute pattern but fleece is just so easy to use and it took me less than 10 minutes to cut & sew these 2 pouches using a french seam.

*I love the double-crochet lavendar afghan I made but I always wanted to make a Granny-Square one so I chose pink and did a scalloped edge again.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Healthy Breakfast

Here's another one of my favorite recipes to make - Healthy Granola! I like to add Craisins, cinnamon and sometimes coconut. We eat it as a breakfast with milk and never as a snack - I've seen people do that but it seems too messy. We try to have this once a week. Remember to store it in an airtight container or heavy ziploc bag. I made some this afternoon and my kids thought I was making cookies because it smells so good. Enjoy!

In a very large bowl combine:
8 cups old fashioned oats
6 cups crispy rice cereal
2 cups wheat germ (found on the top shelf by the boxes of instant oatmeal)

In a separate medium bowl combine and mix:
1 cup water
1/2 cup oil (I prefer canola)
1/2 cup applesauce
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup honey (local is best since it will help with your allergies, cool huh?)
2 tsp salt
1 Tbs vanilla (I love the real stuff we got in Mexico)
2 tsp cinnamon (optional)

Pour this over the dry mixture then toss till everything's nice and coated. Spread onto 2 cookie sheets and cook at 225 degrees for 1 hour, then use a spatula to stir it up and spread out again. Bake for another hour. Let cool then add:
2 handfuls of Craisins per pan
2 handfuls of shredded, sweetened coconut per pan
1 handful of crushed nuts like almonds or pecans per pan

Monday, February 15, 2010


Our oldest turned 12 recently so we had a big party at Classic Skating. Grandma Young and Troy's sister and most of her family made the trek from Arizona to be here for the special occasion. The cousins had so much fun playing together, especially the 2 girls.

In our church, when the boys turn 12 they have the opportunity to receive the Aaronic priesthood. It's a big honor. Besides holding the priesthood, they collect fast offerings, pass the sacrament, help take care of the church building and for more info you can go to to learn more about it and what it means. Here are a few pictures we took:

In the money machine at Classic

I have 2 priesthood holders in my house now!
Note: I'm 7 1/2 months pregnant- hence the crop-job

It was fun having family come and visit

Last Saturday we got to take him to the temple to do baptisms for the dead with some family file names. After they were stamping the date on our cards, I realized, "Hey, it's Grandpa Young's birthday!" Grandpa would have been 86 this year. We miss you and love you Grandpa!