aloha love & merry christmas!

It was very exciting to complete one of the many milestones we will be able to share with Kātya. My baby's first Christmas. She got to open presents from family and friends, which she ended up sleeping the whole way through and waking up when it was her very last present to open. What a baby! Keeping in mind that next year when Christmas time comes around again my baby will be one makes me realize how much I have to cherish every moment with her because before I know it, she will be grown. I know she is only two weeks old but time flies when we are enjoying our selves and right now I am very happy with my life. For going to school, having an amazing boyfriend who supports me, my beautiful daughter and my fur babies makes me really appreciate the life I'm given. O.K. ANYWAYS! I've made pot roast with mashed potatoes and baked a mix of carrots, potatoes, and zucchini. For dessert I've made jell-o dream cake with whip cream. I wish I had gotten macadamia nuts instead of walnuts for the crust but I guess next time. This Christmas was the first Christmas it was just Ka'eo, Kātya and I. Every year we would celebrate lunch time with my family and then dinner time with his but since things have changed and we wanted to start new traditions, it was just us three. I can't tell you how thankful I am for everything that has happened this year and I hope next year will be filled with even more blessings. I hope everyone had a great Christmas!



xo, chaunasea

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aloha love!

Deciding what to pack in your hospital bag—for baby, you and your partner. So where do you start? You don’t want to leave out any essentials, but there’s also no reason to overdo things—which is where my hospital bag checklist comes in handy. Read on for when to pack that hospital bag and what to put in it.

When to pack your Hospital Bag

This part can be pretty tricky, it's all about timing! For me I started packing my hospital bag when I reached 30 weeks because I couldn't wait any longer. I was too excited for her arrival. So I would say to pack when you feel like it but don't pack too late. I would recommend at least 35 weeks the latest but also keep in mind to what your OBGYN tells you. They are most likely to predict when your going to give birth. Mines told me at my 38 week checkup that she will be "surprised" if I made it to our next doctor visit which was the following Monday. I ended up going to the hospital at 1:30am Saturday morning because my water bag broke. Which I'll talk about my labor in another post. Ultimately, focus on how you feel and if you notice your bump has lowered. It's your body's way of telling you it's almost time.

Hospital Bag Checklist 

If your wondering how many days your going to stay in the hospital, then just know how your planning to deliver. If your most likely to deliver via C-section then pack for 3-4 days where as if your going to deliver vaginally then pack for 2 days. Keep the amount of days in mind when packing your hospital bag.

Most hospitals provide gowns and pads so don't worry about what your going to where while your in the hospital unless you want to wear your own clothes (it's much easier to wear the gown since your going to have to use the bathroom, let alone breastfeed baby and you don't have much energy to take off so many layers of clothing). For baby they will have diapers, wipes and vaseline. Also they will have clothes and receiving blankets as well. Personally, I wouldn't use the vaseline they have for you. Even though it's the hospital and you think it's ok, it can make your baby get rash because the vaseline is oily. I didn't know this so my baby ended up having really bad rash. After going to her first checkup- which is normally 1-2 days after you get discharged from the hospital. Her doctor told me to use a non oil based ointment and to use cotton balls with water instead of wipes. Baby's have really delicate skin and the preservatives in wipes can make them have a bad reaction. Now I use cotton balls with warm water and Aquaphorbaby ointment and let me tell you, her rash got completely better in 3 days by using this regimen and you can notice it by the end of day one. Even though aquaphorbaby can be pretty expensive it is so worth it. Your hospital may also provide you nipple cream which in my opinion I didn't like because it was really thick instead of being a nice and creamy texture. I ended up using my own which is an organic nipple balm from boob ease. It is pricey at $12.99 on amazon but I buy 2 at a time so I can save $4. I love it because it makes your nipples feel like it's actually being soothed and moisturized. If you breastfeed you'll know what I'm talking about. But here is a checklist I made for you, baby and dad:

Hospital Bag Checklist

For Mom

Nursing Bras (2)

Fuzzy Socks (2 pairs)

Slippers (to shower)

Slides (it's much easier to just slip your feet in and go)

Going Home Outfit (sweatpants, shirt, underwear, jacket)

Robe (it helps to cover your behind and keeps you warm)

Breast Pads (3 pairs)

Nipple Balm

Wash Cloth

Toothpaste & Toothbrush

Shampoo, Conditioner & Body Wash (Sensitive)

Dark Colored Towels (2) The hospital might provide you with 1 white towel.

Hair Brush & Hair Tie

Deodorant

Face Cleanser & Moisturizer

Boppy Pillow (if your planning on breastfeeding this comes in handy instead of using a bunch of pillows)

Lip Balm (the A/C can make your lips chapped)

For Dad

Towel

Toothbrush

Deodorant

Change of Clothes (3 pairs) also bring comfortable clothes that you wouldn't mind sleeping in.

Snacks

Dollar bills or change for vending machine

Jacket

Slippers (to shower)

For Baby

Car Seat

Going Home Outfit

Receiving Blankets (2) can also be used as a burp cloth

Baby Blanket

Socks & Mittens (2 of each)

Cotton Balls

Newborn Diapers

Diaper Rash Ointment

Bottle & Formula (if not planning to breastfeed)

Extras

Phone & Charger

Camera & Charger

Polaroid Camera

Hand Sanitizer

Medical Insurance

Driver License

Protein Bars (healthy snack to kick start your postpartum journey)

Small thank you gift for nurses (goodie bags, cards, box of chocolates etc.)

When you’ve gone through the hospital bag checklist and are satisfied you’ve packed what you all will need, stash your hospital bag in your car or by the front door so it's easy to just grab and go when the time comes—and get prepared for baby’s arrival!




xo chaunasea

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On Saturday December 09, 2017 @ 6:19 pm my beautiful baby girl made her grand entrance into the world. Weighing in at 6lbs 8oz and 19 inches, my Kātya Kishiko Lilia Rosales is here in my arms. After months of anticipating for this day it has finally come. The feeling of love & excitement overwhelmed me that it brought me to tears. I just couldn't believe that she is finally here. Feeling her delicate skin against my chest made me realize that now my heart is complete. She was the missing piece in my life which I never knew I was missing something until I laid eyes on her & I will do whatever it takes to protect her from this crazy world we live in. There's no book to prepare you for this feeling that is beautifully indescribable. A baby is truly a gift from above and what perfect timing that she came before christmas. I mind you that my due date suppose to be December 20th but god works in mysterious ways. If you look at her birthdate backwards, it’s the day Ka’eo asked me out back in 2009. 12/09 = 09/21! I honestly couldn't have gone through labor without my love, Ka'eo by my side. He comforted and kept me calm through the long hours (cause I was definitely being a b****) and helped me to bring our daughter into this world. Also if it wasn't for Jen a nurse at Kapi'olani coaching me through the process, I think my labor would have been hours instead of 19 minutes. Now that she is a week old, the excitement of her being here is still present and I don't think I'm going to get tired of it anytime soon.




xo chaunasea

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