Minimal Hospital Bag

I’ve been told many times by many people that I don’t need to bring much to the hospital here in California. A lot (if not all) of it is provided for you. I thought I was a good planner when it comes to packing. But since a few things are still up in the air, even this late in the game, I’m only now finally sorted all out with the hospital bag at close to 38 weeks pregnant. I want to preface this by saying that I know many new mom-to-be’s bring a lot of unnecessary stuff. I know that everything I bring I may not use. Just be supportive of other’s going through this for the first time.

Let’s get to the real deal. I’m glad I have a few extras (like toothbrushes, and hairbrushes) so I can keep it stowed away for when the time comes to grab the bag and deliver a baby (lol). I always have a drawer in our bathroom dedicated to travel-sized items, and travel bags for organizing it all.

So, this is what I’ve packed. Is it sufficient? I’ll let you know after the delivery!

  • Snacks:
    • Trader Joe’s “Nothing But”: a variety of fig & walnut, and date & cocoa disks
    • A pack of gum
    • Trader Joe’s fruit leather
    • Crackers & nuts
    • Bottle of drink (this one’s a free “vitamin water” dupe from Costco lol)
  • Toiletries:
  • Clothing:
    • 1 pair of H&M maternity leggings
    • 2 long sleeved tees from Target (the “A New Day” collection is ALL I have been wearing this entire pregnancy. They’re non-maternity. I just sized up)
    • 1 sweater
    • 1 tank top
    • 1 pair of fuzzy socks (couldn’t find the non-slip one’s. Hoping the hospital has some!)
    • HUGE undies (lol)
    • maternity bra (it’s this one I had on my Gift Guide for Mama’s!)
  • Sleepwear:
    • Mahabis slippers (I got 2 sizes bigger than my regular slipper size those wondering!)
    • These soft PJs from Target in a bigger size. I also bought them in red but they’re staying home.
  • For Baby:
    • 2 baby outfits (newborn sized + 0-3month)
    • baby undershirt/onesie whatever they’re called
    • baby blanket for car seat (this bicycle one!)
  • Other
    • IDs
    • Phone charger

I’ve labeled everything in plastic baggies for easier access and less thinking. Plus if/when my husband goes through the bag he doesn’t have to search hard to find what I’m looking for, for instance.

The overnight bag is actually a workout bag that I bought online from the Tone It Up girls a few year ago. It’s actually my rock climbing bag, but I cleaned the chalk dust out of it and now it’s my hospital bag.

I’m taking the simple approach when it comes to packing the hospital bag. I questioned my pals on Instagram and Twitter of what they suggest I pack in the bag, and you’d think I’m going on a cross-country trip with some of the answers I received. Haha! I love it. But, I suppose you could say I’m only packing some necessities for myself to keep me comfortable, and nothing over the top. I understand that I could wear a hospital gown the entire time I’m in hospital. But what if I’m done with those gowns, yet don’t want to wear a normal long sleeved tee (which I’ve been living in) and I want to wear my new button-up PJ top from Target? I am darn sure gonna bring it with me. I’m also not bringing a robe, I only have one and I don’t want it ruined and I’m not going out to buy one just for the hospital.

I also don’t have a birth plan. That’s been quite controversial, but that’s okay with me!

Basically what’s going in the bag is what’s listed above, and some have suggested I bring some huuuuuge undies, and even depends diapers and dermoplast, hey I’ll consider it! From all the stories (all of them) I’ve heard, it’s not going to be a pretty process, I know that much.

Next and final steps? Getting a pedicure this weekend with my friend Nicole! I haven’t had my nails done since my birthday back in May. I simply want to spoil myself and cannot wait to do so! White nail polish forever.

What are some “must have’s” in your pregnancy hospital bag? Did I miss anything?

What did you bring and didn’t use? 

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Healthy egg white muffins | Paleo + Freezer friendly

When I get a burst of energy (which is a rare occasion these days) I try to get as much done as possible before I feel completely exhausted again. Who knows if that nesting phase will full-on happen and I get everything done on my to-do list, but like I mentioned in my previous post I need it to hurry up and come along cause I definitely have a laundry list of “want-to-do’s” before my due date.

I wanted to prep some meals for when baby comes for my husband and I, and before my Mom comes down to Canada to help us out. As of right now I’ve prepped some egg white muffins using AllWhites® 100% Liquid Egg Whites, which are rich in protein (5g per serving), fat-free, cholesterol-free, and low in calories. It’ll pack a punch and keep you full if you grab two of these in the morning — an excellent source of lean protein. It’ll keep me going, that’s for sure, and not require much thought to re-heat when I’m super tired in those upcoming sleepless nights and mornings.

They’re SO simple to make, and freeze well too. Just watch:

D i r e c t i o n s:

  • Line a muffin pan with muffin-papers then grease them with cooking spray.
  • Whisk together egg whites, and your desired ingredients, then divide the mixture evenly to your cups.
  • Bake at 350°F for 35 minutes, or until egg whites are fully cooked.

I ended up adding mushrooms, bell peppers, cheese (not paleo friendly), and dill spice. It’s like having a hand-held omelette in your hands! Once you’ve made these, they’re super easy to grab from the freezer, pop in the microwave and you have yourself a nice hot breakfast. Pair with some fruit, yogurt or avocado on the side and you’re golden.

They will keep in fridge for a few days, or you can freeze them up to a month. To reheat, pop the egg white muffins in the microwave for 45-60 seconds.

Obviously they’re completely customizable when it comes to fillings, so add your favourite ingredients, then whisk together with the AllWhites® 100% Liquid Egg Whites. If you’re a super-long time reader of Spiffykerms you may recall me making and posting about egg muffins when I was on Paleo for a 30 day challenge at my local CrossFit box, back in 2013. Time flies doesn’t it? I was definitely overdue for making them again.

You can also find tons of recipes using AllWhites® 100% Liquid Egg Whites, since they’re pasteurized for safety and is actually safer than traditional whole eggs – enjoy AllWhites® uncooked, in salad dressing recipes, shakes, and more, without fear of food borne illness.

What else do you suggest I pre-make in advance before baby arrives?

I will be giving away 3 free product coupons to one reader — if you give me some more suggestions on how you incorporate more protein into your daily diets! Comment below and get creative! :)

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A new car for Christmas

A review car that is – hehe!

Haven’t really sat down to blog, or even instagram for that matter for what seems like weeks. I am really waiting for that nesting phase to it, but I also hear that it doesn’t come for everyone. Knowing my luck I won’t have it. All I do is sleep these days, it’s unreal! Sleep at night, fine – cool, but during the day I’ve been taking up to two naps. It’s crazy! I feel like I can’t get anything done.

Toyota loaned us the Rav 4 Hybrid over Christmas vacation. And let me tell ya, the higher the seat when pregnant, the better. At least, for me at this stage in the game. Getting in and out of my own personal car is difficult these days and I have to use the handle on the interior roof of the car to get in/out. It’s so strange to me, and I feel like I’m in someone else’s body (since I can’t do the things I normally can). Weird, hey?

We made a few trips to Ikea with the Toyota Rav 4, and even went to Costco to get a membership, so gallivantin’ about was our game-plan that whole Christmas week. And you know Alfie, as always, is the first lil’ dude in the car once it gets delivered. It’s a right of passage, and no one else can sit in it first, but him. The Ikea Haul + me 33/34 weeks preg:

It was our first Christmas being spent away from Newfoundland, Canada. So I tried to make it as special as possible, with some of the traditions I grew up with. Snack plates on Christmas Eve with a fireplace set and ready to go…. on the TV this time instead of the real deal. It was grand though! We had a time. Are you diggin’ the size of my huge slippers? They’re the best, we got’em from Ikea!

Regarding Alfie’s health, we have some surprisingly great news once again. We had always tried to be as optimistic as possible, but in late October our sweet pup had been given ‘days’ to live. Turns out the treatment is working better on him than we all thought possible, and his little intestinal tumors has shrunken down twice, since! The first time they shrunk, we were told he’s in partial remission.

Since he still continues to have treatment, I guess you can say he’s still in partial remission. But it’s so great to have our little guy gaining weight again (he was down close to 50% of his body weight), and acting himself and gobbling up tons of his food.

So I knew he’d enjoy adventuring about and not feeling so under the weather, when we had the Rav 4 for the week. Zipped him up in his Canadian winter coat (that mimics a Santa suit if I do say so) and off for adventures we went.

Thanks for the fun vehicle for the week, Toyota! We definitely enjoyed the Rav 4 Hybrid and took full advantage of its size, and it definitely pooped Alfie out going on all those adventures. Look at him napping in my arrrrrmmmssss!!!!

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