Sunflower Power

August 4, 2012


I spent the whole morning doing baby laundry and packing our hospital bag. It’s not as simple as just throwing your favorite outfits in a suitcase! And it’s extra challenging because 1) I’ve never spent an overnight at a hospital 2) You don’t know how many days you will stay 3) You don’t know if it will be a “rush let’s go!” or “we have 2 days to pack” kind of labor and 4) While the hospital technically has everything you need you have to wonder what would be nice to bring from home anyways. But I’m in good shape now! Everything that’s packable is packed, and I have a list of items that we use everyday that will go in at the last minute.

Post coming to BERF with the details!


I had originally planned a swim workout today, but I’m just feeling kind of tired from all the walking the past 2 days and lack of sleep, so I just walked to the market instead for my exercise. It was so much cooler than other weeks, but I still returned home with sweat everywhere!


I paid visitation to the bakery’s booth where Alex was getting a training session in preparation for baby arrival weekend Saturday!


Bought lots of peaches and nectarines, blackberries, Caromont Goat Cheese, a few veggies and those sunflowers and was really hungry so I decided to have lunch there too!


Matt had just finished a BBQ sandwich that looked so good, so I got one too. This is local pastured pork with a homemade coleslaw and hot sauce – delicious!!!


The walk home was super hot, but man did my house feel nice and cold.


I spent another hour working on the packing and just wrapped up with a snack – peach and trail mix.


Jealous that my mom is running into my friends in NYC! Postcard from Ash Bear!


Pumpkin sez RAW!


Matt’s on his way home and we might have family nap time next. He was up at the crack of dawn and could use a rest too!

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1 marie August 4, 2012 at 2:34 pm

I’d like to think I am organized but reading your posts lately I am put to shame :) I don’t even think I brought anything to the hospital, I was just so excited to go. Also I was so sick with all 3 I didn’t even think about taking any pictures, seeing all your cute pregnancy pics makes me wish I would have.


2 Michelle (Peachy Palate) August 4, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Family nap time…might as well get in to the habit now! :) Beautiful flowers!


3 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles August 4, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Your organization skills astound me!

Your lunch looks amazing – I love a good pulled pork sandwich.


4 j3nn August 4, 2012 at 3:23 pm

That sandwich does look tasty! Nothing quite like walking into an AC house when it’s house outside. 😎


5 Sarah (The Simple Dietitian) August 4, 2012 at 3:42 pm

I could use a cat nap myself! Looks like a fun day of walking and taking in some summery things (i.e., sunflowers and pork sandwiches!) Happy Saturday, Kath! 😀


6 Heather August 4, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Lol…I have those EXACT Hanes Underwear….rofl! Same colors..LOL..

My one useful tip is to pack lollipops and dried dates. Two reasons….with each of my deliveries I always got the worst and most horrendous breath that just would not go away…so the lollipops were a Godsend. Next, after delivery I was always super weak and dizzy..the dried dates were amazing to boost my energy.

Have you packed any snacks? With my first delivery, I had nothing not even a nursing bra. It was a nightmare…now after having four kids I am an old pro. I always pack those little cheese and cracker packs from Kraft (is it?) and the Peanut Butter and Crackers. Oh and a little tupperware thing of olive oil. Let me tell you, there is nothing worse than trying to get vaseline or breast cream off of your dry cracked nipples so that you can nurse again. It really makes thing worse. And it is harmful for the baby. Olive oil is amazing for this issue and it is not harmful to the baby…at least my research has never revealed it is AND I have used it with three out of four of my kids.

I am so excited for you Kath. I hope you can update us when you leave for the hospital..I really want to be praying for you! xoxo


7 Tiffany August 4, 2012 at 8:56 pm

What do you think of using coconut oil? Would that be safe for the baby too?

I use coconut oil as my facial moisturizer. Olive is great but sometimes the smell is a bit strong…coconut oil is a bit more pleasant :)


8 Averie @ Averie Cooks August 4, 2012 at 4:37 pm

good job on getting the bag packed and I agree – you never know the ‘conditions’ under which said bag will need to be used, packed in, etc. Better to pack it now, not in labor, which is what I did as I went at 38w0d thinking I had ‘all this time’ yet!


9 Chelsea @ Chelsea's Lovelys August 4, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Wow, it must be getting super exciting for you!

Btw, that pork sandwich looks so good! Gotta love Farmer’s Markets!


10 Angel7 August 4, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Those sunflowers really brighten up a room!

Pumpkin looks like he wants to come inside.


11 Sneakers2Sandals August 4, 2012 at 5:18 pm

i’ve never been in labor but it seems like all the people i know (celebs and real people) all really need a headband! don’t forget it!


12 ash August 4, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Beautiful flowers, have a good weekend!


13 Just_Libby August 4, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Hey Kath =)
I just wanted to say thank you so much for your blog. I’m recovering from a serious eating disorder and every time I read your post’s it shows me what it means to eat healthily, and inspires me to do the same. Whenever I feel myself slipping I go through and read some of your old entries and my thinking about food shifts from being all about calories to focusing instead on the health implications. I live in New Zealand so can’t get a lot of the foods you have, but I tried your overnight oats this morning and it was DELICIOUS!
Thanks so much for all your help!
Libby =)


14 KathEats August 4, 2012 at 8:35 pm

Thanks Libby :)


15 Kel August 4, 2012 at 6:53 pm

I just laughed out loud at Pumpkin!

You honestly should be so proud of the fact that you just keep moving…so many would ditch the walk for their car, or more often, send a shopping list with their husband and sit with their feet on the couch!

You look great!


16 sarah August 4, 2012 at 6:56 pm

LOL!! That hospital suitcase is so cute. I’ve had three babies and, granted, I needed C-sections, but I was wearing nothing but hospital gowns! I had planned and packed all of that pretty stuff, too. But you feel so tired and yucky and fluid-y. You don’t feel like putting on your own clothes! And they give you those socks with the no-slip stuff on the bottom. Wear those and you won’t have to get hospital germs on your own slippers.


17 Jayce August 5, 2012 at 4:46 pm

I agree with this! The only time I (and baby) wore the clothes I packed was to go home! I just wanted easy and comfy, plus I figured I’d let the hospital do the laundry.


18 Amanda August 6, 2012 at 11:35 am

Agreed. There were plenty of moms in cute and comfy outfits roaming the halls. But I just wore the hospital gown and my robe when I needed it. I was glad to not have the laundry when I got home.


19 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats August 4, 2012 at 7:03 pm

Oooo that sandwich does sound delicious! I hope you got in a good nap!


20 Elisabeth August 4, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Pumpkin’s hilarious with the tongue hanging out look 😉


21 Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy August 5, 2012 at 8:30 am

You are so organised. Good for you :)


22 Natasha August 5, 2012 at 10:37 am

Bring your own toilet paper. I cannot stress this enough! The scratchy industrial grade stuff is not what you want down there after giving birth!


23 hillary August 5, 2012 at 11:07 am

I am in love with your bright sun room! Where is that table in there from?? It looks so great!


24 KathEats August 5, 2012 at 11:20 am

Matt made it from reclaimed wood!


25 Heather McCann August 6, 2012 at 9:11 am

This season, YUM. Peaches so juicy & ripe, you bite into them and it’s juice all down your arm…or it involves ‘slurping’ as you bite to avoid the streaming..but that’s not always appreciated by some lol :)


26 MommyPage August 6, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Your BBQ sandwich looks yummy and picking out fresh fruit sounds fun!! It’s nice to see that you’ve been able to exercise while pregnant.


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