#101 – Does motherhood make you boring?



We open the show discussing Laura’s upcoming car trip with both boys…wish her luck! Caitlin continues to be pregnant and full of rage. She’s trying to stay in the moment and enjoy her new washer/dryer. The show ends on a tearful note, as Laura laments how small her life feels right now. But she’s trying to combat that feeling and stay in touch with old friends.

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Hospital Bag Checklist

In honor of its being Caitlin’s due date week, here’s our definitive Hospital Bag Checklist. If you haven’t already, check out Caitlin’s hospital bag video.

Below, we share our list with some color commentary where needed. If you just want the plain list to copy and paste, click here.

Clothes: Yes, you will have access to hospital gowns galore. But most folks feel better in their own gear. Bring your favorite clothes for lounging around the house on a rainy day. Comfort, comfort, comfort. This list will slightly differ, depending on your preferences. If you plan to nurse, all tops should be nursing friendly. Pants should be loose-fitting or maternity.

  • Robe (if you’re a robe person)
  • Pajamas
  • Sweatpants/leggings/yoga pants
  • T-shirts/nursing tanks
  • Sweatshirts/cardigans
  • Underwear (dark colors!)
  • Socks (optional; hospital will provide)
  • Nursing bras (regular if you don’t plan to breastfeed)

Toiletries and Makeup: Many hospitals provide the basic essentials (toothpaste, mouthwash), but don’t count on those unless you know for certain. Take this opportunity to go to Target and get a bunch of travel size goodies. You can use them in the future for vacation. That way, you can pack your bag in advance. If you’re a makeup person, bring your makeup!

  • Makeup
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Dry shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Face Wash
  • Face moisturizer
  • Body moisturizer
  • ACNE PRODUCTS (YAY)
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Lip Balm
  • Hair dryer/straighter
  • Hair brush
  • Hair ties

Miscellany:

  • Ear plugs: Hospitals are LOUD. You need some sleep.
  • Chargers: Enough said.
  • iPad/Kindle: I didn’t really use mine either time, but on the off chance you have some down time…
  • Nipple cream: Apply it every time you nurse.
  • A pen: You fill out a billion forms.
  • Nursing pads: Your milk probably won’t come in while you’re there, but just in case.
  • Nursing pillow: You nurse A LOT at first. Might as well be comfortable.
  • Baby going home outfit: Something cute!
  • Vitamins: Keep taking them, especially if you’re nursing.

Instruction sheet: I know this sounds crazy, but you might not be the one getting your bag together at the last minute. You might be too far along in active labor or (like me with Charlie) admitted to the hospital, with your partner running home to grab your stuff. OR! you might be too distracted/excited/nervous/frantic to think clearly. Leave a sheet of paper with last minute instructions on how to finalize the bag. For instance, you might not be able to pack your hair dryer, bath robe, make up, or iPhone charger in advance. This sheet should list items like that and where they are located. This sounds like overkill, but you’ll be glad you did it on the off chance you need it.

Good luck!

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#99 – Rage Against the Potty Training



Caitlin talks about how the late pregnancy hormones are manifesting for her (RAGE and WORRY) and Laura is deeeeep in potty training world and living the dream (pees). We both discuss the logistics of enjoying newborn snuggles when you have a toddler.

Laura’s using Oh Crap! Potty Training

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Music: Hanami by Fabian Measures

#98 – Preparing For & Juggling Two Kids



Caitlin talks about getting ready for baby and the latest around her delivery decisions. Laura talks about how different her toddler is when she has her phone out vs. when she doesn’t. We both complain about the impossibility of talking to another adult when having a toddler who demands your attention.

Stuff we talked about: Boon drying rack

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 Music: Hanami by Fabian Measures

 

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Shopping for Activewear – The #FitMom Edition

by Kerry O’Grady, Fitness Blogger

Before you read any further, I need to tell you something.

I do not have children.

Therefore, I am not a mother.

If A, then B, therefore C: I know nothing about kids.

In fact, the only things I know about kids is from the three and a half years I spent working at Parents, American Baby, and FamilyFun magazines. And, in complete transparency, I didn’t even write for those brands; I just tried to get moms to buy stuff (I worked in the marketing department).

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#97 – Christmas/Holiday Recap



Caitlin and Laura open the show with a few inappropriate work comments they’ve made in the past, but then spend much of the episode recapping how their respective Christmas holidays went. We also talk about New Year’s Eve and the changes having young kids brings to the holiday.

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Music: Hanami by Fabian Measures

#96 – Christmas Magic & Paternity Leave Chat


Keeping the magic of Christmas alive on this episode as we recorded it just before the holiday! We open the show talking about losing the magic of Christmas as older children ourselves and Laura talks about starting to see the magic emerge for Charlie, mostly around the idea of PRESENTS. Caitlin ponders how to create Hanukkah traditions for the family and the struggle of nighttime holiday presents and candy.

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#95 – Deciding To Have Babies/Say The “L” Word



Happy New Year mamas! We’re back with a discussion about the complaints we often have about parenthood and the magical moments that are impossible describe when talking parenthood to child-free folks. Laura gives an update on her puking newborn and Caitlin talks about the discomforts of the third trimester.

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6 tips on protecting your family’s digital presence

by Henry Kravchenko, Information Technology Expert

In early 2017 the credit tracking agency Equifax was breached, which resulted in the theft of approximately 143 Million SSNs and additional personally identifiable information (PII). The global cost of cyber crime is projected to reach $2 trillion by 2019, a threefold increase from the 2015 estimate of $500 billion. Cyber crime is real, you’ve been impacted and someone has at least one of your super duper secret passwords. Don’t believe me? Please navigate to https://haveibeenpwned.com/ and look up your email address.

I apologize for scaring you, but I need your attention. Below are 6 things you can do to mitigate the effect (you can never prevent) of cyber crime on your family.  Keep Reading

#93 – All the Outfit Changes



Listen to Laura’s sad saga of her newborn repeatedly puking while she’s running errands on this slightly abbreviated episode.  Abbreviated since a sick newborn isn’t exactly conducive to podcasting (or newborns in general, but we powered through), so this should be a quick listen! Caitlin talks about the continuous furnace that is pregnancy not surprisingly, how tired she is.

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Music: Hanami by Fabian Measures