3 months

JPS Laughing 3 mnToday, Jack turns three months old!

It is so true what everyone says, enjoy every moment with your little one, because they grow up so fast. I don’t think there is an event or outing where the hubs and I don’t hear parents tell us just that; enjoy them, it goes so fast. They look longingly at Jack, thinking of their own children and maybe their grandchildren, emphasizing how precious and fleeting these moments really are… We try to love Jack as much as we can and enjoy all his discoveries! It isn’t hard with his cute face and all those smiles!

That being said, I still cannot believe he’s mine… and three whole months.

3 month collage

Milestones in Jack’s world have been many. I find it hilarious how excited we get over Jack following objects, noticing colors, grasping at toys, or laughing at the dogs. His squeals of delight are some of the happiest sounds I have ever heard. He has definitely started to develop a personality. Plus, he has this shy smile that turns into a toothless grin, which makes his mom and dad both melt. Jack also started rolling over. Two weeks ago he started rolling from his tummy to back, and just last week he rolled from his back to tummy! Both the hubs and I clapped in amazement with his new tricks! He’s a pretty cool little guy.

Happy Week!

minimalist hospital stay


I thought I did the hospital stay right! Didn’t pack too much and used almost everything!

Here’s my list, plus some items I wish I would have packed.

Personal (think classic travel toiletries)

  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Face wash
  • Face lotion
  • Lip balm
  • Dry Shampoo
  • Make-up
  • Deoderant
  • Glasses/Contacts
  • Medium overnight absorbent pad. The hospital provides these, too.
  • Ponytail holder
  • Medula lanolin cream

Clothing – The delivery and first day, I just wore what the hospital provided. This was a gown and panties. Considering how much you sweat those first nights, it was nice just to use the hospital items. Each day they would change the sheets, too.  

  • 2 Gap V-neck maternity tees – put this over a cami during the day.
  • Nursing camis – great, easy access sleepwear. I love these even now.
  • Nursing bra
  • 1 Comfortable pants/shorts – I bought Gap Body cropped pants which worked great.
  • 1 Comfortable outfit to go home. Think early maternity.
  • Flip-Flops – I wore these (one less item to pack) to the hospital and they were great to walk the halls with.
  • 3 pairs of underwear 2 sizes bigger than your usual.

Other – We paid an upgrade fee so our room was a little bigger and included a roll-away bed for the hubs, pillow/sheets for him, stocked refrigerator (water, juice, yogurt), snacks (granola bars, cereal, fruit), mini-shampoo/conditioner/soap, and hair dryer. Think hotel amenities. Check with your hospital to see what they provide to help minimize what you have to bring! Plus we had room services.

  • Photo ID & Insurance Card
  • Hospital Registration Papers
  • Camera + charger
  • Phone + charger – I wrote my notes on my phone and had a book on my phone.
  • Baby Book – The nursery nurse put Jack’s hands and footprints in the book! Too cute!
  • Snacks for you and your hubs
  • The hospital provided a big water jug for me that I had the nurses refill hourly! I was SO SO thirsty! 

Baby Items – Jack was swaddled and in hospital diapers the entire stay. They gave us a pack of diapers, wipes, a zipper swaddle blanket, thermometer, and enema bulb when we went home.

  • Swaddle blanket
  • A going home outfit
  • Infant Carrier (remember to put the base in the car prior to delivery!)
  • Socks

Items that are on most lists that I wouldn’t (don’t need to) bring…

  • Boppy – I used hospital pillows to prop Jack up. It worked great.
  • Robe – I was really warm (sweaty even) my entire stay, so a cami or t-shirt and cropped pants worked great.
  • Computer – (slept most of the time or chatted with the hubs/guest and just used my phone), plus Back to the Future Trilogy was on during my stay! Bonus! ;)
  • Nursing pads – Your milk doesn’t usually come in when you’re in the hospital. I didn’t need mine until I was home.
  • Curling iron – I just didn’t use it.
  • Emory Board – The nurses don’t cut your baby’s nails, and I didn’t either. It wasn’t until Jack’s first bath at home.

I wish all those mommies-to-be the best of luck!! Remember, you will always have friends, family, and nurses around to get you anything you need or forgot, so don’t worry too much about the packing!! Get all the rest you can and have tissues close, there will be lots of happy tears! 

i love her

Tina Fey is hilarious. I liked her on Saturday Night Live. And fell in love with her when watching Baby Mama and reading Bossy Pants. She writes for the modern woman and well, she’s hilarious. I have read her book once and listened to her read it another time (while running). It’s been two years since reading it, so maybe I’ll take it out again? Read it, you’ll laugh and maybe relate.

This interview was a couple of months ago, but I can imagine these moments to come with my bambino.

Thank you, Tina Fey, for not taking life too seriously! Happy Weekend, Friends.

pumpkin bread

Pumpkin Bread Cover

Here in Dallas, we finally had our first cool day. Which finally felt like fall. The change to fall is always such a welcomed surprise, and I celebrated this with a little fall love. Getting out pumpkins and gourds, buying pumpkin and apple scented candles, dreaming of all the warm food we disregard during the summer heat ,and yes, making pumpkin bread! I got this recipe from a subtle revelry. Next up, pumpkin scones, bread bowl chili, and maybe apple cheese crisp! Yum! Gosh, I love fall!


  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup canned pumpin
  •  3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1-2/3 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8×4 loaf pan.

In a medium bowl, mix eggs, sugar, pumpkin, oil, and water.

Wet Mixture

In another bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder, and spice.

Dry Mixture

Add dry ingredients to wet, and stir to blend. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 50 – 55 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes.

Pumpkin Bread

Transfer to cooling rack and enjoy! This is such an easy recipe! And judging that there are only 4 pieces left, delicious too!

Pumpkin Slice

Enjoy Friends and Happy, Happy Fall!

cloth diapers

Cloth Diap Cover

Cloth diapers have always intrigued me, and I really wanted to try it with my own bambinos. Yes, it’s a weird thing to be excited about, but I was. Being “earthy” gets me all excited and it’s right up there, in my mind, with organization, recycling, and using glass instead of plastic! Plus, most moms who cloth diaper say they love it, AND it helps our planet, pocket book, and Jack’s bum. These all helped in my own decision to try!

That being said, you have to do what works with your household and your bambinos. I don’t think any different of friends who don’t cloth diaper. It’s my thing. I get that.

To start, I took advice from a couple different blogger moms (here, here and here), and even interacted with a few to ask questions. They were all super positive, and it was even more motivation to try!

I nervously bought everything to move forward with my decision and still remember putting that first cloth diap on Jack; I snapped a pic and sent it to the hubs saying, “we’re really doing it!“. Now its second-nature, and I don’t know why I was so nervous. Our cloth diapering routine has been going on for over two months now, and I cannot tell you how easy it is. Honestly, it’s pretty much the same protocol of disposables, but instead you’re throwing them into the diaper pail to be laundered instead of throwing them into the garbage.


Here’s our routine:

I bought 18 bumGenius Elemental One-Size All-In-One organic cloth diapers for Jack. The cloth diapers we went with mandated that Jack be at least 8 pounds before using them, so I waited until his 2 week appointment to confirm he was back up over 8 pounds and started at that point.

diaper size chart

The plan is to have them grow with him until he’s out of diapers! Eighteen diapers until he’s potty trained? I hope so! Plus, if we have another kiddo, we could use them for him/her.

Jack’s excited about it, too!

JPS Smiling Diap

We (obviously) just use the diapers like the disposable ones. Change when wet or soiled. I got an Ubbi diaper pail as a baby shower gift and bought two Ubbi diaper pail liners which can be washed and used again. When the diaper is wet, we just put them directly into the pail. When the diaper is soiled, we use the bumGenius diaper sprayer. We give the diaper a quick spray and put it into the pail.

bumgenius sprayer

For wipes, we use disposable. I know people use cloth wipes too, but having a little moisture to wipe is nice. Plus, this was the only way the hubs was on board. We put the used wipes in a separate wet bag which you can get on Etsy (that’s where we got ours), Planet Wise (I have one in my diaper bag), or most baby stores.

Etsy Wet Bag

Once I’m down to 2 or 3 unused diaps, it’s about every-day-and-a-half, I grab the diaper pail bag and throw them (including the bag) into the wash. I wash them on heavy duty (stained cycle) with extra rinse and use Charlie’s Powder Laundry Soap, which claims to help preserve the diapers longer. One less thing to put on my grocery list!

I mostly dry them on delicate in the dryer, but if its nice out, I put them on a hanging rack and set them outside. They come out perfectly new and clean every time! It makes me so happy! Plus, if you ever do have stains, you can just set them in the sun to dry and it will naturally bleach it away! Amazing, right?!

Colored Diaps

As for negatives, I must say when we first started using the cloth diapers, Jack was pretty little. So on about three occasions it seeped out the side. Gross! This made for a mess, but once his little legs filled in (a week later) we never had that problem again! Plus, I got better at the cloth placement in the diaper, which may have been the culprit all along!

Another positive is that when we used disposables (the first two weeks and when we travel out of town), Jack gets a serious diaper rash, even though we change them more frequently than we do with cloth. I think the organic cloth saves his little bum from getting a rash, which makes a mama happy.

As you can see, we really like the diapers, and the system in our household is working great. If you are considering cloth diapering and have any questions or concerns, please feel free to write!

Cloth diapering for the win!

JPS Side Angle