Tall Mom tiny baby: April 2013

Day 120: Baby Baseball Gear

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Day 119: Get Your Motor Runnin'

Monday, April 29, 2013

Day 117: Chubby Little Fella Who's Stuffed With Fluff

Saturday, April 27, 2013

What To Pack In Your Maternity Hospital Bag

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

As of 35 weeks of being pregnant, my doctor had asked hubby and I to make sure our hospital bag was packed. Thank goodness we too her advice, because our tiny baby decided to show up a couple of weeks early!

There are tons of long lists out there, but I thought I'd give it to you straight. Here are my 10 Maternity Hospital Bag Must Haves, without all of the fluff.
  1. Cell phone & chargers - you're going to contact loved ones before/during/after birth. Plus, you won't sleep for 4 days straight, so you'll be surfing Mom blogs, shopping for adorable newborn clothes, and posting pictures of Facebook of your tiny baby at 3 am. You'll be thankful for your fully charged device.
  2. Camera & charger - have someone take pictures of your tiny baby as soon as he or she is born. Think twice about posting these pictures online right away...I personally looked like Jabba the Hut right after giving birth. However, hubby and I are incredibly happy we have those first moments documented. You will also want pictures of you all leaving the hospital together as a new family!
  3. Coconut water (my favorite is with pineapple), Gatorade, or some other replenishing drink - Bring at least four. You will be parched beyond belief before you even reach 5cm. I was so thirsty that I gave up speaking to my husband during the end of labor, and instead used made up sign language to let him know what I needed.
  4. Snacks. Lots and lots of snacks - Our favorite were those delicious packages of crackers with cheese and peanut butter. Mommas are fed during their hospital stay but partners need to fend for themselves. Sometimes they can get food at the cafeteria, or maybe you can sneak them some extra helpings from your tray, but they will be exceptionally hungry. Plus, remember I said you will not sleep at all during your hospital stay? Well, when 4am hunger strikes, and you will be delighted you had food. Pack your favorite candy, dried fruit, nuts, crackers, or whatever non perishable items you enjoy. You can't pack too many...because you'll eat whatever is left when you get home.
  5. Non-scented deodorant - Your baby will be held rather close to your armpit, and strong smelling pits of fruit or flowers will not be attractive to your tiny baby. But make sure you put on some deodorant, because you will sweat like a pig for days after birth. I forgot to apply some for 2 days, and made the mistake of taking a whiff. I will never forget to wear deodorant again for as long as I live.
  6. Boppy pillow - it will be a godsend while you try to breastfeed in the hospital bed. It will also help your partner and guests hold your tiny baby with confidence. Last, the hospital pillows are limp and flat...your boppy will be a welcome addition to your bed if you can squeeze in a nap.
  7. Nursing bra, lanolin & breast pads - not only will you be a sweaty mess days after giving bid, but your breasts will be leaking all over yourself. You'll need some extra support, and some absorbent coverage. Plus, if you are nursing, you will want some lanolin. People say nursing doesn't hurt if done correctly, but they lie. In the beginning it feels like someone is twisting your nipples, over and over again. Lanolin will make this feel loads better.
  8. Maternity Yoga pants, or some kind of comfortable bottom to wear for three days - You'll be wearing an adult diaper with tons of pads, so you will want to wear something comfortable as well as something that will help hold up your bulky undergarment. I wore gaucho pants. Yes, I still have a pair of gaucho pants...and boy was I thankful!
  9. Coming home outfit for your tiny baby & yourself - Keep it simple! I recommend a onesie sleeper that zips up for your baby. You & your partner will not want to deal with buttons, snaps, pants, or frills. For yourself, bring your favorite maternity outfit. You will still be quite squishy.
  10. Baby book - have your tiny baby's footprints stumped inside, grab a copy of the newspaper on your baby's birthdate, and have your hospital visitors write your tiny baby a little note :)
Don't worry about fancy pajamas, makeup, or magazines. The first days after giving birth are all out bonding with your tiny baby, not about worrying about your looks. I wore a johnny for three out of the our days I was in the hospital. I forgot I brush my teeth as well. However, the ten items listed above were used my entire stay! I hope it helps in your packing process!

What must have items would/did you pack in your maternity hospital bag?

Day 113: I wanna hold your hand

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Day 112: Wearing my Nuroo Pocket

Monday, April 22, 2013


One of the many traditions after having a new baby is sending birth announcements out to loved ones near and far. My mom vividly remembers filling out my announcements the night I was born. Nowadays, most parents wait a week or two to send these delightful letters out in the mail, because they want to include photos of their tiny babies.

I decided to use photos from our newborn photo shoot, with Rhode Island photographer, Erica Shea, as well as the photo sharing website, Shutterfly, to create our birth announcements.
In addition to our friends and family, I have decided to send birth announcements to the President of the United States, as well as the second most important family in the land - Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Rumor has it that both will send a congratulations letter back - and I hope its true. That would be one super cool addition to Itty Bitty's Baby Book!
Hubby and I at the White House in 2009
If you'd like to send birth announcements to the White House or the the Magical Kingdom, just send them to the addresses below:

President Barack Obama & Mrs Obama
The White House
White House Greetings Office
Room 39
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20500

Mickey & Minnie Mouse
Walt Disney World
1675 N Buena Vista Dr
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

I sent the President and First Lady an invitation to our wedding, and we received a lovely letter back from them. Hopefully the birth announcement gets a response as well :)

Have you ever sent an announcement to the President?

Day 111: Spring Walks With A Newborn Are Beautiful

Sunday, April 21, 2013


Day 109: Happy the two men in my life are safe and sound

Friday, April 19, 2013


Infant Boston Baseball Cap Fail {vlog}

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

We wanted Itty Bitty to have a knitted Red Sox baseball cap, so we ordered one online. The result was nothing but comical.

Have you ever ordered clothing online (for you or someone else) and been completely disappointed by the sizing?

How To Have A Perfect Newborn Photo Shoot

I finally got home from the hospital after giving birth. I was wearing an adult diaper, couldn't sit on a chair unless there was an inflatable donut (special thanks to my awesome husband for going to CVS and grabbing it for me) , and my hormones had me crying over the fact that there were no more double stuffed oreos. I was exhausted, and hadn't brushed my teeth in five, count 'em, five days.

Glamourous? Yikes. I was the opposite of glamorous. And yet, I had to get ready for photo shoot.

Ideal? Not really.

Am I glad we did it? 100 percent!

Even though I felt pretty rotten, I knew I wanted to document how adorable my tiny baby was.

Newborn babies are so stinkin' cute! Those little hands, the tiny toes, and the oh so precious faces just make me melt! After feeding Itty Bitty, I quickly handed him off to Hubby, jumped in the shower, blow dried my hair, and put on a bit of mascera. Oh, and I also finally brushed my teeth.
My tiny baby is still a darling little newborn, but I know he will grow and change quickly. I wanted to document Itty Bitty's adorable features, and was excited to line up a newborn photo shoot with Erica Shea from Blessed Beginnings. Our birth doula, Kim, is Erica's coworker, so we knew it would be a perfect fit!
In addition to being a photographer, Erica is also a doula, so I knew she would make sure my baby was comfortable and safe. I also felt at ease because the photo shoot took place in my own apartment!
We had our photos taken when Itty Bitty was only five days old. From what I've read, the ideal time table is about 5-10 days old. This is because they still like feeling like they are in the womb, and don't mind being curled up in the precious photos. Plus, these tiny babies change very quickly during the first several weeks, so you want to catch these moments as soon as you can, before they get too squirmy.
If you'd like to have newborn photos taken, I would start searching for a photographer during your pregnancy. Give he or she a heads up as to when you are due, and find out when they would like you to get in touch with them. We spoke with Erica when I was 38 weeks, and then again three days after our tiny baby was born to set up a date and time for our shoot.
We started the session with some family photos. Hubby and I couldn't stop smiling at our darling tiny baby.
Then we focused on our little man. One of our must have props was some Red Sox gear!
Halfway through the session, our tiny baby started to get a little cranky. Since we were in our own apartment, I was able to scoop him up and take him to the nursery for a feeding. After which, my hubby calmed him down some more with some "shusshing." Erica caught a great picture of this precious father-son moment.
After Hubby worked his magic, Itty Bitty was like butter! Erica was able to get adorable shots of his tiny toes, and his oh so chubby cheeks.
How To Have A Perfect Newborn Photo Shoot
  • Search for local newborn photographers during your pregnancy. Ask friends, and figure out your budget. Would you prefer to be at a studio, or in your own home? Contact a few photographers, and find one that you like!
  • Search Pinterest and other websites to pull inspiration. What shots would you love to have of your newborn? What props would you like to include in your photos? For my husband, he wanted to make sure we had a picture of the baby with some Red Sox gear. For me, I mainly cared about having a family photo.
  • Even though you will be dealing with an extreme lack of sleep, try to send your photographer an email a day or two after your tiny baby is born. Or you could ask a close family member or friend to help set this up. The photographer will let you know what dates and times are available that next week.
  • Set up your appointment for a day when you have nothing else planned. Do not try to kill two birds with one stone - make sure its a different date than your pediatrician appointment, and not your first day back home. Our tiny baby (and myself) gets incredibly tired after one event. The last thing you need in a newborn photo session is a cranky newborn (or a cranky mommy!)
  • Pick out outfits for yourselves. Even though being matchy matchy may make you feel like you belong on the Awkward Family Photos website, trust me, there is a purpose. You know when you go to a concert, and all of the performers are wearing all black? This is because they want the audience to focus on the music, not their appearance. The same goes for these types of photos - you want eyes to focus on your faces and your tiny baby. Hubby and I chose to wear cream colored sweaters.
  • Make sure you have extra clothes for yourself - in case your tiny baby makes a mess all over you.
  • If your session takes place outside your home, make sure you have diapers, wipes, pacifiers, and any other items you may need.
Hubby couldn't get enough of the Red Sox shot!
We personally loved working with Erica, who said that it is her privilege to tell a family's story through creative photography that includes elements of clients' homes and lives. She used natural light, and captured a lot of our natural interactions, rather than having us in posed positions. I was delighted that the session took place in the comfort of our own home (You can actually see the tip of my slipper in the photo above. I was dressed up from belly up, and comfortable down below. Slippers are a staple for moms days after giving birth.)

Erica was incredibly flexible with our schedule, and allowed us and our baby to feel at ease. It was easy to see how much she loves her job! She smiled and joked with us, as well as "ooo'd and ahh'd" at our tiny baby when he made adorable expressions. After she edited the images, we were able to view, share, and download them from a simple website. No extra charges, and we can now choose to have them printed however and wherever we'd like.

Information about Erica from Blessed Beginnings Newborn Photo Sessions:

Sessions are $150 and booked in clients homes, in studio or on location, and include from 1.5-3 hours and all edited images presented in an online photo gallery within two weeks, able to be printed and shared. Sessions are available most weekdays and some Saturdays and can be booked by calling Erica at 864-1251 or emailing BlessedbeginningsRI@hotmail.com.

I am so happy that we chose to have newborn photos taken. Try as I might, my iPhone can not capture the cuteness of my tiny baby the way that a professional photographer can. These photos are ones I will treasure for the rest of my life!

What types of newborn photos are your favorite? Ones with props? Zoomed in shots of their little toes?

Day 102: A Week's Worth Of Newborn Baby Diapers

Friday, April 12, 2013

Tall Mom Had Her Tiny Baby

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Sorry for the brief hiatus. Mid last week I noticed that my body was starting to give me some symbols that the times were-a-changin', and boy were they!
Photo credit: Erica Shea, of Blessed Beginnings
How the week unfolded will be a seperate blog post, but I wanted to let you know that we welcomed our tiny baby into the world on Friday, April 5th, 2013. He is a bit bigger than we all thought, but is still tiny in comparison to me. Hubby and I are over the moon in love with Itty Bitty!

Now begins the most exciting chapter of my life. Motherhood.

Read all about my birth story - here.

Day 95: Our Tiny Baby Has Arrived

Friday, April 5, 2013

Changing Hospitals and Doctors During Pregnancy

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Teenagers generally spend about two years researching and touring prospective colleges, hoping they find just the right fit.

Drivers spend countless hours, days and months car shopping. They read web reviews, scour the internet for pictures, and go on several test drives.

This got me thinking...

Why do we spend so much time researching some life decisions, but often skimp out on researching where we will deliver our babies?
Pregnant women often find out they are pregnant, and figure that they will deliver wherever their current doctor or midwife delivers. There's nothing wrong with this. Honestly, nothing at all. That works for a lot of people and I completely respect that choice.

But, halfway through my pregnancy, it didn't work for me. ( More on this later) So I decided to shop around and see what else was out there. I found most hospital websites only dedicated one tiny webpage to their maternity services, generally thrown together with a stock photo of a happy mom holding a baby, or just the outside of their building. I also found out that most moms-to-be toured during their third trimester, to understand how the event will take place.

What happens if you get a bad feel for the venue? What if you'd like to see what other options are out there for you? The great news is that YOU CAN!
Hubby and I in a photo booth!
I toured five different hospitals in Rhode Island, and couldn't believe how easy the process was. I asked many questions on each tour, and in the end felt incredibly informed. Each tour only took me about twenty minutes. I would also set up additional appoinments with a doctor or midwife who delivered at that particular hospital. In the end, I ended up switching hospitals and care providers at 31 weeks in my pregnancy. Even though I was well in to my third trimester, I felt incredibly confident about this decision.

I recommend women tour birthing facilities at any stage in their pregnancy - heck - even before they get pregnant. Know what's out there, shop around. See where you feel comfortable, meet new doctors, and find out what birthing options are available near you. You'll never know what's out there until you take a peek! If nothing else, you will become much more informed and confident about the decisions about your body and your tiny baby.

Have you ever changed doctors (any type of doctor)? Was it difficult?

How To Use A Nursing Bra - On Your Husband {video}

Monday, April 1, 2013

Time for an April Fools Post!!!

I came home and surprised my hubby with a pink bag of fun!
Watch his reaction below: 

How To Use A Nursing Bra (when it's not on your husband):
  1. Put on the nursing bra as you would with a regular bra. Make sure it fits comfortably!
  2. Unclip the cup when it is tiny baby feeding time. 
  3. When you're finished, re-snap the clips. Make sure they are fully closed, or else you'll have a surprise peep show!
The nursing bras I purchased seem to be super easy, but expensive!