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What to Bring in Hospital Bag for Labor and Delivery

If you have found this post you are probably SO close to the finish line of your pregnancy. Doesn’t the last month just seem like time drags!? Baby boy or baby girl will be here soon, so just take a deep breath, relax and hopefully this post will help you do just that… at least relax about what to bring in your hospital bag. 🙂

Essentials:

  • Your Phone/ A Camera
  • Going Home Clothes for You & Baby: if you want to be super minimalist, you can wear what you came in wearing
  • Phone Charger

Seriously, St. David’s Hospital, Baylor Scott & White Labor & Delivery, & Seton Hospital will have everything you absolutely have to have for mom & baby. You may or may not use the following from your bag:

  • Nursing Shirt: basically one that has easy access to the milk and comfortable. Button up nighty worked great for me. — they do have the hospital gowns too if you’re good with those
  • Loose pants/ Yoga Pants (preferably black to avoid possible staining)
  • Robe: I wore this over my nursing shirt when company came
  • Nursing Bra/ tank
  • Slippers/ Non-Slick Socks: I just wore the non-slip socks they give at the hospital though
  • Pillow: If you’re attached to your pillow specifically, bring it. Otherwise they have lots of pillows there. Hospital pillows are white, so bring your pillow in a non-white pillow case so maintenance does not confuse the pillows.
  • Phone Battery Pack
  • Power Strip / extension cord 
  • Big Yeti Cup: Hospital provides big double walled mugs for water to use and take home but if you particularly like your yeti’s ability to keep water ice cold this may be an essential to you.  My 2yo daughter ended up hijacking mine because it was a cool cup with a straw. 😉
  • Toiletries: shampoo/ conditioner/ soap/ razor/ hair ties/ deodorant/ etc. — some hospitals may have some shampoo or body wash combination
  • Hair dryer
  • Nursing Pads: you may or may not leak in the hospital
  • Light Makeup
  • Lip Balm
  • Sounds Machine: if you are sensitive to possible noise from other rooms
  • Tablet/ Computer: for me all I wanted to do was sleep, so not a big deal if you forget. There is also a TV in the rooms as well.
  • Extra Bag:  for all the goodies you can take home like diapers/wipes etc.

Basically, I have found it is nice to shower once you’re able to walk again after delivery (if you get an epidural) which is a good point to then change into your own clothes. The mesh undies they have are great as you don’t need to worry about staining them from blood overflow. (sorry if that is TMI)

Personal note: these suggestions are from my experience delivering at Baylor Scott & White Lakeway & at St. David’s North. Some suggestions also come from other moms around Austin, Texas.

Kid / Toddler Friendly Restaurants – West Austin – Lake Travis/ Westlake/ Four Points

According to the Moms on Call Toddler Book toddlers only “have a 10-15 minute mealtime tolerance window” for sitting at a restaurant.  If your child has reached this stage, you already know what starts as this…

can quickly escalate to this…

…whether you like it or not. Your once sit back and relax- someone else is cooking and cleaning for you- is now far out the window.  And if you are trying to catch up with friends, you probably feel like that ship has sailed. The the question begins, how on earth are we supposed to enjoy eating out, what feels like, ever again!?

Tips and tricks on eating out with a toddler is whole nother blog, but today we will talk about one of the tips… go to a restaurant that has a playground or a safe play area.

Here is the compiled list of best restaurants to eat at with small children by region:

Lake Travis/ Lakeway/ Bee Cave area Restaurants:

Westlake Restaurants:

Four Points/ Steiner Ranch Restaurants:

Out of all of these toddler friendly restaurants, I for sure have my favorites to take this little one to, but as everyone has their own pallets and price range I wanted to keep this more as a comprehensive list versus a review. Let me know if there are any places you LOVE that I missed. XO

6 Spray Tanning Tips from The Tan Kitty

I hear my high school senior girls request to “make [them] look more tan” constantly when we schedule photography sessions around late winter/ early spring. Before, I always suggested they don’t get a spray tan, as the places I had experienced from myself and clients never looked quite natural. (Insider tip: if it doesn’t look 100% natural in real life, it will magnify in camera!)

Well, after moving out the to Lake Travis High School area I had an event, so accordingly I needed to make these legs that sit in a “photography dark room” all day a little less pasty. After much research I found The Tan Kitty who was also new to the Lakeway / Bee Cave area. She pretty much 100% erased any negative thoughts I was having about spray tanning, so I thought a blog post inviting her along was a must!  Without further adieu, I want to welcome ….

Hey everyone! I am Jessica from The Tan Kitty.  I am SO glad that Stephanie found me, she is such a sweetheart. Since I was new to the area I was looking for THE IT photographer for my family and Stephanie and I were a match made in heaven – her work is exactly what I was looking for.  Here is a little snap from our last session. We did a “mommy and me” candy session with my two boys. This right here, this is us!

Any who, enough showing off my dinosaur loving cuties, here are a few tips to prep you for your next spay tan session and a few on how to make that glow last as long as possible.

XO

 

BEFORE YOUR TAN

1. To get the maximum benefits of your spray tan, you will need to exfoliate your skin with a loofah, bath poof or scrub. This removes all of the dead skin so your spray tan is going onto a fresh, clean layer of skin.

2. DO NOT PUT ON ANY LOTION, PERFUME, MAKE-UP, DEODORANT, ETC, on before your spray tan. Anything on your skin will keep the solution from absorbing evenly.

3. Be sure to wear loose fitting clothing to your appointment. The less rubbing on the spray tan, the better it will set and last. The looser the clothes, the better.

AFTER YOUR TAN

4. Absolutely no exfoliating procedures should be done during the time in which you wish to keep your tan. I suggest shaving with coconut oil or hair conditioner to help extend life of your spray tan.

5. To increase the life of your spray tan, it is recommended to keep your skin moisturized with a good moisturizing lotion twice a day. I recommend Hempz products.

6. Days after your tan or when your tan starts to fade, keep in mind that some areas rub more than others, you may experience light blotchyness. Easily exfoliate those areas to keep your tan looking fresh.

With proper care your tan will last you up to 7-10 days. You may spray again when you are ready. If you still have spray tan on, you will need to exfoliate it all off and start fresh.

Remember, spray, don’t lay. 😉

Click here to easy book your Tan Kitty Spray Tan Appointment now.

 

Baby & Kid Friendly Breweries around Austin, Texas

Now that Spring has officially begun in Austin, Texas, it is about time for a lot more outdoor play! Austin has an infinite number of breweries to kick back and relax at, but let’s face it, some are TOTALLY awesome to bring the kids to and some… not so much. This spurred me to create my own list of the better one’s around town.

This list was created with the help of moms around Austin, my own “personal” research and the help of the breweries themselves. All of these breweries range from places you could stay for hours with the kids to places that you can just grab a quick-ish bite to eat.

The highest votes for family friendly breweries you could stay for hours is given to Family Business Beer Company. Jester King Brewery came in a close second.

Things to think about bringing:

  1. stroller (as many spots don’t have high chairs)
  2. outdoor toys – a lot of these venues will have board games/ yard games or even a playscape, but they may possibly not have enough to entertain ALL the kids in one day
  3. camping chairs – most places have enough seating room, but if it is a high volume day, camping chairs just might be needed
  4. a way to change your small babes as some places do not have changing tables in the restrooms. I tried to note venues that did or did not if they got back to me about the question.
  5. food & snacks – some venues only have food on the weekend or not at all, and let’s face it, a hungry kid is a cranky kid

WEST AUSTIN / WEST AUSTIN SUBURBS

Family Business Beer Company  – (Dripping Springs) – has fenced playscape – Jeps Southern Roots Cajun food truck – yard games

Jester King Brewery – (Southwest Austin – by Dripping Springs) – has Stanley Farmhouse for pizza – Lots of outdoor space and yard games & sand area for kids – bring  extra sand toys in case they are all taken

Last Stand Brewing Company – (Southwest Austin – by Dripping Springs) – South West Austin (by dripping springs) – yard games – dog friendly

Save the World Brewing Co. – (Marble Falls) – have popcorn occasionally have food trucks – bring your own food – also leashed dog friendly – has bar/ yard games

 

NORTH AUSTIN

Pinthouse Pizza – (45th & Burnet)  restaurant – no playing room – has high chairs – brewery + pizzeria – (Second location in South Central Austin)

4th Tap Brewing Co-Op – (Breaker & Metric) – bring food/ occasional food trucks – board  & arcade games & kids toys – Photo booth – no high chairs or changing room

Oskar Blues Brewery Austin – (Metric & Breaker) – craft sodas & coffee

The Bewtorium – (Airport & 2222) – full menu – front porch for outdoor seating & beer garden coming soon

Flying Man Brewing Company – (North East Austin- Howard & Dessau) also dog friendly – covered outdoor and indoor space with games- also carry wine from fredrickburg and a local mead

 

EAST / CENTRAL AUSTIN

Lazarus Brewing Co. – (East 6th St.) free parking 2 blocks away- also serve coffee, wine & tacos – dog friendly outdoors – have high chairs & changing tables – kids treasure chest with books & games & a little running room

Hops & Grain – (7th & Pleasant Valley) –  dog friendly outdoors – food trucks typically thursdays- sundays – maybe only baby friendly – small beer garden in parking lot

Southern Heights Brewing Co. – (183 & MLK) – free capri sun and gold fish for kids – dogs allowed on leash

Independence brewing Company – (Hwy 35 & 290) – Beer garden is on concrete so lots of fun with sidewalk chalk and board games – not fenced in

St Elmo Brewing Company  – (290 & Hwy 35) Thursdays Bluegrass & Friday free live music – Food company : Soursop –  lots of outdoor seating where the kids have a little room to run around – mostly fenced off, but not 100%

Live Oak Brewing Company– (by ABIA airport) open space to run around – bring some outdoor toys

Hi Sign Brewing – (by ABIA Airport) – dog friendly – 1 acre beer garden with grass and trees for shade

Pinthouse Pizza – (S Lamar & 290) restaurant – no playing room – has high chairs – brewery + pizzeria (Second location in North Central Austin)

 

NORTH AUSTIN SUBURBS

Bluebonnet Beer Company – (Round Rock) not as good for big groups as they don’t have much seating – has food truck most weekends

Rentsch Brewery – (Georgetown) – Lemonade on tap & root beer Summer 2018 – board games inside & yard games outside –  outside is fenced  all the way around except the entrance – food trucks Thurs – Sun & bar snacks all the time – no high chairs/ bring a stroller – dog friendly outdoors

Texas Beer Company – Taylor, TX (North East of Austin) – also serve wine and non- alcoholic drinks – food served most weekends

Flying Man Brewing Company – (North East Austin- Howard & Dessau) also dog friendly – covered outdoor and indoor space with games- also carry wine from fredrickburg and a local mead

 

If you have any updates on new breweries or more info on the items listed above, please contact me so I can update my list. Happy relaxing! 🙂