MY HOSPITAL BAG CHECKLIST

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When I was pregnant with Oaks I had my bag packed at 36 weeks.  This time around I’m not feeling that pressure.  I don’t feel a sense of urgency with it because guess what?  You REALLY don’t need that much.  There is so much pressure around the hospital bag thing.  Also, if you did forget anything, you can just have your husband go grab it for you.  So really, don’t stress about it.   My hospital bag is SO simple.  I hardly used anything in my bag last time.  I thought the baby need so many different outfits… but they’re usually just in a onsie swaddled the whole time.   

SO TO MY FIRST TIME MOMMAS- YOU REALLY DON’T NEED AS MUCH AS YOU THINK!

FOR MAMA

SNACKS FOR AFTER (if you want specific things like me)

FOR BABY

 

So for my list!  As you can see it’s ALL BASICS.  The more simple you can make it, the better!  I didn’t bring shape wear underwear last time, but I heard they’re amazing to have.  The nursing bra I just bought and LOVE IT.  Probably one of my favorites!  When I had Oaks, I just had cheap ones that sucked bad, so I wanted to get a better quality one this time around.  I’ll probably end up buying more but want to see how that one goes first.  

With the make up, I kept is so simple. All basics.  Just things to make me look alive!  Then I’ve got my basic face regimen in there.  C collagen serum, cleanser and a moisturizer with SPF when I go home.  ALSO the lip mask you have to get! That is a big one for me.  Makes your lips so soft and I use it as a gloss too.

If you’re a slippers and socks person you need to bring those to keep you cozy!  I like to bring a cute robe just for fun.  Nothing hefty or thick!  Just a light silky robe.  Plus it makes it super easy to nurse too.

 Other things you’re going to need to remember to bring is your insurance card and drivers license!

As for the baby things!  You don’t need a lot!  Just a cute swaddle for a photo, and headband.  Then of course a going home outfit, and I want her to use the pacifiers I’m going to want her to get used to, and not the ugly hospital ones.  Other than that, they provide diapers.  Just a little tip too, my friend was telling me to take all the diapers every time they load them up! You’re paying the hospital a crap load, so you might as well load up on the diapers!

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Let me know if you have any questions!  Hope all you mommas have a quick and safe delivery! Wishing you all the best!

xoxo,
SARA LYNN

VENEERS: BEFORE AND AFTER

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SO it’s been a long time coming, but I’m finally sharing my experience with getting my teeth done!  I’ve been wanting to do this for years now.   I saw a friend of mine get hers done with someone local that she really loved and it was by Dr Thomas, so I started looking into it more.  My teeth have always been smaller, and instead of coming out and seeing them when I smile, they go slightly in so it always look darker in my mouth and teeth never looked big and bright like I wanted.  I also chipped my tooth when I was younger, completely in half and had to get a filling on it.  You can see which one I’m talking about just by looking at the photo.  And another reason I wanted to get them was because you can get ANY shade you want, therefore I got the brightest shade there was!  They don’t stain EVER, so give me all the coffee and wine please!  Never have to whiten them again.  

My teeth were not bad before!  It’s not something I NEEDED, but something I’ve always wanted to get done!  I’m so happy with my smile now.  Just a little enhancement!  If you want to get something done, GO FOR IT.  Don’t worry about what others think.  If it’s going to boost your confidence, why not.

Obviously, these are an investment and not cheap!  So if you’re thinking about doing them, look into it and make sure you know exactly what you want!  What look you’re going for etc.  Or if you don’t go, visit Dr Thomas and he can help determine what would look go on your face!  Everyone has a different smile, face shape etc.. so It’s hard to know what looks good on you.  

Which brings me to my next topic.  Let me breakdown the whole experience for you.  Dr Thomas gives free consultations, so you can send in your photos to him and he’ll send a video back explaining what they can do for you.  You then will go in and talk more on what you want and he’ll put on some fillings to kinda give you what feel you’re looking for.  This compost he puts on, you can remove right away. 

GO HERE TO SEND IN YOUR PICTURES 

After you’ve gone in you can decide whether or not you want to go for it.  If you decide to you make an appointment for the next step.  The way they do it is they shave down your teeth and put the temporaries on top.  They either can either numb you up or just put you out.  I obviously am pregnant so I just went with the numbing.   Didn’t feel a thing. Put on some of my favorite podcasts and just relaxed.   This process took about 2-3 hours total.   Was I nervous?   HELL YES.  I thought twice about doing it because I was so scared, but I’m so glad I went through with it.  They make you feel SO comfortable and his office really is the best!  They make you feel like family and right at home.

I didn’t have any pain or discomfort afterwards.  Some do and some don’t.  I had SOME sensitivity but nothing that affected my day or mood.  The temporaries are put on to help give you ideas of what you want to do.  During this time I looking up photos of examples I wanted and really got specific with what I wanted.  You need to get VERY specific.  I’m picky and pain in the ass so I went through 3 sets of temporaries over the course of 3 months.  They were SO accommodating to my needs and very patient with me.   This is a big life change so they get it.  

So you’ll wear the set of temporaries for 1-2 weeks.  Then you can come back and tell him what you like or don’t like.  If it’s a drastic change, like a change in the size of them or shape, then he’ll do another set of temporaries to wear.  If its just a small change like color and you want them a tiny bit smaller, then they can get that done in the permanents. 

I wasn’t specific enough in the beginning and so thats why it took a couple tries for me!  SO BE SPECIFIC!   

But with all that said I LOVE THEM.  I will say it took me a minute to get used to them because they’re so much bigger than my regular teeth.  It took about a month for me to absolutely fall in love with them.  But i love them and I highly recommend Dr Thomas!  Like I said before his office is SO welcoming!  They’re so sweet and care how you’re feeling about the whole experience.  They made it fun!  I always loved going in and visiting with them!  They really are the best.

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Now I asked you guys if you had questions and you did!  So let me get into those now! 

DO THEY FEEL DIFFERENT?  Yes they feel different, it took some getting used to, but not in a weird or uncomfortable way.  I got used to them SO fast.  Now I don’t even notice and they feel just apart of me now like my real teeth.

WERE YOU SCARED?  Yes!  But it’s a big life change, it’s okay to be nervous.  Like I said before, Dr Thomas’s office made it so comfortable.  It was so exciting once I got the process going!  Everything is always worse leading up to things because our minds tend to take us to worse case scenarios!  But everything went so smooth and there was nothing to be scared of. 

THE COST?  Like I said before, these are not cheap!  Definitely an investment!   So I got porcelain veneers and each tooth is around $1,500.  You can get composite and thats $750 a tooth.  The difference is Porcelain looks better and lasts a lot longer.  But if you have  smaller budget then composite would be a good option!  I’ve seen them done and they look great!

CAN YOU GET THEM WHEN YOU’RE PREGNANT?  Yes. Because I’m pregnant and got them done during my second trimester. 

WHATS THE MAINTENANCE?  You treat them just like you would your real teeth!  Brush, floss, rinse with mouth wash!  Nothing special.

DO YOU NEED BRACES BEFORE?  In rare cases they will recommend Invisalign, but you’ll need to meet with them to see!

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Let me know if you have anymore questions at all!

xoxo

SARA LYNN