Compression Socks for Travel Announcement

soxxy_cat_compress1Here is some info from the company: Soxxy launches new stylish compression socks for flying, sports, work and medical – SoxxyAir.  We’ve partnered with five charities and created new designs – we’re launching SoxxyAir via a crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo. Our goal is to drive traffic to the Indiegogo page, get people to share the video and contribute to the campaign.

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I have not tried these socks but I will tell you when I do.  What do you think, would you like to try them? I love the style and colors.  Have you tried travel compression socks in the past?

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This would be an amazing getaway with a partner or a friend.  The last time/only time I was in Vegas I was pregnant.  I was in a friends wedding.  We had an amazing time.  We played black jack for the bachlorette party.  I got go to for a little swim in the heat.  I drank lots of water and enjoyed the buffets with my husband.

I really do think the trip is who you go with.  So choose wisely if you win.  Who would you choose to go with you?

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Cheerio Floss Necklaces for Trips


A College friend from Life of Gehrke’s put this wonderful picture on facebook and I had to share.  What a great activity to do before a trip (include a plane ride). Then when you think the kids are close to their breaking point, break out the necklace.  One of many tricks you can keep in your bag to keep the kids happy.  And more importantly the adults happy :).

What tricks do you have to keep your kids happy on trips?

Pocono Weekend Away

1  A couple weeks ago a group of friends went to Lake Harmony/ Blakeslee / Split Rock for a weekend away.  Some of us went skiing at Jack Frost / Big Bolder while others went outlet shopping.  The Poconos has many things to do in the summer and the winter.

While we were there is was below freezing and very icy. But we had a great time during the day when the temperature was warmer.  We stayed inside at night to eat,drink,and play pool.

The place we stayed was here. Very close to Big Bolder and great places to eat. Some of us cooked in the kitchen while others went out.  There is also a indoor water park very close.

I would recommend the place we stayed.  The only issue we had was we could not turn around in the driveway due to snow.  We had to back out onto a main road. Also we had 4 cars so everyone had to move when one person had to give out.

The only thing the place needed was a hot tub. Maybe next year!



50 Things to Know Before Going to Walt Disney World With Children

Disney World

As a blogger sometimes many opportunities come up that I apply for.  I apply for many things during the day.  Sometimes they don’t work out but sometimes they do.  For example, I with on CNN’s HLN last year with my friend Sarah.  A fun surprise call from a Producer turned into a fun day with a friend that was filmed for national tv.

Recently I was selected to have a show your Disney side party.   Well today a large purple suitcase came in the mail with many Disney things that I will soon share at my celebration of fifty 50 Things to Know books that are available on Amazon that with be on February 5th at Avenue 209 Coffeehouse.

This party will go great with one of our new books from an author of many great 50 Things to Know books Amanda Walton.

50 Things to Know Before Traveling with Kids to Walt Disney World is a great book to read before making the trip so you have many tips and tricks for your trip.

I hope to bring my little one to Disney some day.  I will definitely read this book before I go.  Do you have any Disney tips with kids?

Check out the great stuff we got for our Disney celebration, but don’t look to hard because I want to see you at our 50 Things to Know books celebration.

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Check out the introduction of the book here but find more tips in the book below:

Walt Disney World is one of the top tourist destinations in the world with more than 14 million visitors each year visiting the park.  Located in Orlando, Florida the park is visited by families and individuals from around the globe.  It is known for its magical splendor and for family experiences that cannot be recreated anywhere in the world.

Even though Walt Disney World is the most visited family vacation spot it is not uncommon to hear families discuss issues that they have faced while visiting the park.  There are those families who have even had negative experiences while traveling with their children.  The best thing to do before going on this vacation is to know what to expect and to prepare ahead of time for your children.

With the right tips you will be able to have the magical experience that you have dreamed of.  You will enjoy the trip with your children and will be able to fully understand what to expect before you get to the park.  Once there you will be able to enjoy all of the activities and make the most of the magical memories that your children can enjoy.

Read the 50 Things to Know Before Going to Walt Disney World With Children book here.


Some Reasons a Cruise May Not Be For You and Your Family

1604977_10201936599555326_1612576700_nI have been on 13 cruises to date.  Yes I feel very blessed.  That is probably 5 months at sea so far.  I have been to many beautiful places around the world that I would have not had the opportunity to go to without cruising.  Flying and staying at each of the places that I have been would be difficult.  But I also thought I would share with you’re the not so nice things about cruising.  This post was brought on by a post from another traveler.  While all of her travels seemed amazing to me, she posted about the bad things about travel.

I have to admit I love to cruise, especially with my husband.  But here are the things that I have complained about at one point or another.  Don’t get me wrong, I love to cruise.  But I thought I would share some of the downs because you see a lot of the ups in the beautiful pictures that I have had the opportunity to be apart of all because of cruising.

1. Sea Sickness

I get motion sick often: Sea, air, and car.  But I think the trips are still worth it.  I have tried the many different remedies: Ginger, wrist bands, and Dramamine.  Well the Dramamine does work because it just makes me sleepy.  My husband is very understanding about my sickness.  The days when the seas get high we just make sure we are in the right part of the ship for me.  Sometimes we miss out on some good food (like lobster night).  But the sea sickness is only a small part of our vacation.

2. Time at Each Port

Have I ever told you I sent to Spain?  I was there for 2 hours.  While you travel to many places on a cruise, the time in each place is short.  You may not to get to see all the things you want.  Sometimes the ship is only in port a certain time of the day.  For example Key West does not have any ships in port during sunset.  So when I want to Key West one of the times we only were there for the night life.  This worked out for us as we went as a big group of 20 something friends.  But if we wanted to go to the beach at Key West we would have missed the key times.

3. Bad Weather

Just like any other vacation there is bad weather.  On our last cruise on the first day it rained most of the day.  Everyone was inside.  We were hoping to get some sun that day but it did not work out.   A family member went on a cruise where every day the weather had rain.

4. Class System

Almost everything is done for you on a cruise: food, rooms, room service, entertainment, drinks, the list goes on.  The people working on the ship are away from their families at the expense of others vacations.  While they are getting paid and many of them enjoy their job, I hope my  joy is not coming at others expense.

5. Boring Days at Sea

Sometimes getting to an island may take days.  During this time there is free and pay for entertainment.  But sometimes there is nothing that is interesting for different age groups with different interests.  This “wasted” vacation time could be used to do something more productive.  While the ship is big, you can only walk around so many times before you have seen it all.


How to Enjoy a 9-Day Cruise with a Toddler

IMG_4054Last week my husband, 2 year old daughter, and I went on the NCL Gem out of Manhattan, NY for a 9 day cruise to Puerto Rico, St. Martin, St. Thomas, and the Dominican Republic. We had such an amazing time. I wanted to share with you some of our pictures as well as tips for traveling with a toddler on a cruise ship.

Click here to view our pictures from the cruise.

We met many wonderful people.  One Grandmother brought her Grandson on the cruise just to spend time with him.  She did not even get off the ship at any ports.  She just enjoyed the activities and the already prepare food while spending time with her Grandson.

Cruise lines all have different activities for different age ranges.  We picked the ship based on the itinerary and time of year and not the activities.  They did not have any baby sitting for this age range.  We would have liked to have a baby sitter for long 1 1/2 dinners but she did ok with lots of activities.

As you see in the pictures and video here is some of the reasons:

  • Dora/ Nickelodeon Characters
  • Fresh Fruit and Ice Cream
  • Clean Beaches
  • Washi Washi (Hand Cleaning is fun)
  • Dancers at the Shows
  • Music Around the Ship
  • Kids Pool
  • Warm Weather in the Winter
  • Learning to wait at meals
  • The staff is extra nice to kids
  • Learning to be around and communicate with others
  • Learning when you need to be quiet
  • Interacting with Other Children of all ages
  • Spending 9 days 24/7 with family
  • Much More

I am writing this post because many people may be scared to bring a toddler on a cruise.  You may be reading this because you already decided to take a cruise and are looking for some tips.  The tips that I used again are the Tips for Bringing a Baby on a Cruise only this time we had to bring more small toys and food to entertain her.  This time we let her have fruit loops when we wanted to do something that she didn’t.  She never had them before this so it was definitely a treat.

The biggest challenges are having a different sleeping situation, now always having the same nap time, waiting for food if you did not go to the buffet, sitting on parts of the ship that did not entertain her, not having a bath tub, and keeping a toddler busy.  But it was all worth it!

Other NCL Cruises:

November 26, 2009 12-Day Eastern Mediterranean 16904912 Norwegian Jade
May 19, 2004 10-Day Hawaii 10623340 Norwegian Wind
December 16, 2006 7-Day Western Caribbean Norwegian Majesty
March 05, 2011 7-Day Bahamas & Florida Norwegian Gem
October 14, 2012 7-Day Bermuda New York  Norwegian Star
January 01, 2014 9-Day 9-Day Eastern Caribbean From New York Norwegian Gem

Here are my 5 Tips for finding the best cruise deal if you are interested.  

New Travel Blog- Xpedition Girl

Xpedition Girl

I would like to introduce everyone to my new travel blog for Woman: Xpedition Girl.  If you know me you know I love to travel and share tips with others about travel so this is a perfect match.  Below is the blog in a nutshell.  Please follow Xpedition Girl on Facebook to continue to get updates:


Ephesus, Turkey

Ephesus, Turkey

My name is Lisa Rusczyk. After having a successful career as a software trainer and instructional designer, I am now a stay at home Mom. I love to blog, participate and social media, and LOVE to travel.

Parthenon, Greece

Parthenon, Greece

I have been to over 35 states and over 15 countries. I have been to many states as i traveled the United States as a software trainer for over 2 years.  I have also been on 12 cruises. I hope to give you some tips from my past tips and future trips.

Pyramids, Egypt

Pyramids, Egypt

Traveling does not need to be expensive.  As a family we enjoy camping as a family and going to all inclusive resorts.  I hope to share my tips and tricks to find inexpensive travel for you or your family.  I am a Senior Member at Trip Advisor.  Please view my Trip Advisor Reviews here.


I recently wrote a book 50 Things to Know to Enjoy an All Inclusive Resort during a vacation. After thinking that we could not afford this type of vacation, I did some research and we booked our trip.   I hope you can learn from my travel mistakes and excitement.  Enjoy!

Here are the places that I have been in the world:

View Where In the World Lisa has been in a larger map

Want to Go on Vacation But Don’t Know Where to Start?

Before I went to college our family vacations consisted of going to the Jersey Shore.  Don’t get me wrong I love that place but I wanted to see more of the world.  I would complain to my parents that I have only been to two states Pennsylvania (the one I was born in) and New Jersey.  Now I have been to over 35 states and 14 countries.  I love to travel and I want to share my tips with you.

Packing Tips

7 Things to Remember when Traveling on an Airplane

Budget Travel Tips

15 Things to Know to Travel on a Budget

Healthy Travel Tips For Families

Traveling With Families

28 Things to Know Before Traveling With a Baby

Cruise Tips

3 Tips for Booking a Cruise

15 Things to Know to Travel on a Budget

Travel Books

50 Things to Know to Enjoy an All Inclusive Resort

50 Things to Know to Travel on a Budget



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50 Things to Know to Enjoy an All Inclusive Resort


50 Things to Know to Enjoy an All Inclusive Vacation

This book is for anyone who is thinking about going to an all inclusive resort. A great starting place for choosing a vacation destination. Many tips and advice on Things to Think About before Selecting the All-Inclusive Resort, Food, Pool and Ocean, and General Tips. This book also includes: 7 Things You May Forget When Traveling On an Airplane, 28 Things to Know Before Traveling With a Baby, and 6 Steps to Booking Your Dream Cruise- Tips to Save Money on a Cruise.  


’50 Things To Know About All Inclusive Resorts’ is an excellent book to help you go away on holiday to the right type of all-inclusive resort for you, your family and friends.The book contains numerous tips to help you select an all-inclusive resort, such as considering the time of year and weather, the facilities available which are of most interest to you, excursions etc, on the foods you would like to eat and the beverages you would like to drink.The book also helps you think about the type of swimming pool you would like to have access to at the all-inclusive resort and also contains general advice for your trip, such as checking in and out and ensuring you have appropriate footwear and sunglasses.  I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.-Paul Phillips

From the Author

After many years of traveling, I want to bring the tips I have learned to you. I hope you can learn from these tips so you do not need to make the same mistakes that I have in the past. Xpedition Girl

50 Things to Know to Travel on a Budget

50 Things to Know to Travel on a Budget   Travelling the world on a budget may seem impossible, but armed with these ‘50 Things to Know to Travel on a Budget’ and the right attitude, you will soon be on your way. Knowing how to get the most from your money isn’t about giving up the good stuff. Once you know where to make smarter choices and how to effectively integrate those choices into your travels, your budget will never hold you back again. In addition to ‘50 Things to Know to Travel on a Budget’ the book also includes 7 Things You May Forget When Traveling on an Airplane, 6 Steps to Booking Your Dream Cruise- Tips to Save Money on a Cruise, as well as helpful budget travel resources.A great start to planning your next vacation.


5.0 out of 5 stars Great Tips For Any Traveler By Ayelet Nathaniel  This is a short book (and that’s a good thing)that includes all the tips I could think of, and much more.  You can tell the author is an experienced traveler.I especially liked the “Haggle” tip:  It might be rude to haggle in the US, but where I come from this is part of the day to day life. You are expected to haggle and if you don’t that’s consider rude.You don’t have to spend money learning everything by yourself and adding costs to your trip. This book can save you all that trouble.

From the Author

After visiting over 19 countries and having been on 10 cruises I decided to write a book on budget travel tips. I was very blessed to have worked together with another travel author with a large amount of travel knowledge from The Fly Away American. Together we came up with these 50 concise budget travel tips to help you on your travels. Xpedition Girl    

I would love to hear from you and answer your travel questions.

Please email Xpedition Girl (Lisa) at


Please check out Xpedition Girl!  Thanks!

50 Things to Know Before Having a Baby

Here is a list of things of things that people have told me or I would have liked to have known before I had my little bundle of joy.  I hope they help you too! I am just a first time Mom, not a doctor, so not all my information may be accurate.  I am writing these tips as a new Mom with a two month old.   I have been very lucky to learn many of these tips from friends and family. Growing up I was not around children often. This is advice that I would give any friend or relative that will soon be a proud Mom.  This information may be different for everyone but I hope my experiences will help in one of the best events of a person’s life.  I hope you read this information and collect other information to make your own decisions.   If you are currently experiencing physical pain during your pregnancy remember the time will end.  You are slowly creating life!    By the way, if you are trying to conceive  you can buy test strips on amazon here.  They are much cheaper than at the store.  They sell ovulation test strips too.   

1. Write Down Questions

During the week you may have many questions, but when you get to the doctor you may forget them in your 10-minute appointment. I had so many questions thought the week, but when I went to my appointment I would forget or be too afraid to ask most of them.  Ask your doctor about parenting classes.  We found a free class at a local hospital.  The best part of the class was seeing a new infant being washed for the first time.  This class helped with some of our fears. If you don’t have time to fit a parenting class in your schedule, that Happiest Baby on the Block DVD may be something that you can watch when you have time.  If you don’t like taking prenatal pills because of their size, you can take a spoonful of liquid prenatal plus instead.  Heading Home with Your Newborn is advice from actual doctors that is a good source if you forgot to ask some important questions.  Do You Have Any Questions?: A Woman Doctor Answers the 100 Most Asked Questions About Pregnancy 

2. What Comes Out the Morning After Giving Birth

 It may feel like a heavy period after you give birth.  They provided me with heavy pads, ice packs, and a spray for the brush burns that I had down there.  Just be aware that may different things can occur.  A C-section may have different effects on your body.  You may get a heavy first period around 6 weeks after birth. This may be different for every person. Keep those extra giant maternity pads that they give you when you have your baby because you may need them in the future.

3. Wedding Ring

Your wedding ring may become may be too tight to wear like mine.   To make myself feel better to wear another ring on my ring finger while my hands were swollen.  They may not fit for a couple months after either. Here are some more Taboo Secrets of Pregnancy: A Guide to Life with a Belly.   

4. Laugh at Yourself

LOL!  Laugh when your jeans will not button.  Laugh when your belly button goes away or turns black and blue.  Laugh at yourself when you can’t believe how well a maternity shirt fits you.  Your body will change.  Some things will go back to how they were before and some won’t.  How lucky you are to have the body of someone who gave birth.  Many Women would love to have that ability.  By the way, those pregnancy feet may grow a little in size. 

5. Perineal Massage

Learn how to prepare the perineum for delivery.  “If you’re moving into your last trimester of pregnancy, chances are you’ve heard something about perineal massage—the practice of gently stretching the skin between the vagina and the anus in order to “condition” the tissues for birth. The theory is that having a more stretchable perineum lessens your chances of tearing during delivery, and that it may even help you avoid an episiotomy” (   This may help reduce tearing or the need for an episiotomy. Here is a book on Massage for Pregnancy.  An another book to Get Through Childbirth In One Piece!: How to Prevent Episiotomies and Tearing.  

6. The First Two Weeks Home

The first two weeks were hard for me and my partner.  My body was making big changes in a small amount of time.  Someone told me the first two weeks are the hardest but after that you will be fine.  I agree with that statement.  So just be mentally prepared because as hard as you try before pregnancy your body won’t be in the best physical shape right after having a baby.  You need to take care of yourself.  Along with taking your medicine, you need to take care of yourself.  Try  to change comfortable pajamas every day.  Also, try to shower every day. A shower will give you time to relax.  Once you will take a shower you realize how much it was really needed.  I also put a little makeup on each day to make myself feel better.  Remember to brush your teeth too! Here is a guide to 50 Things to Know in the First Year of Parenthood.  It would not hurt to read this now while you have time.   

7. GET HELP!!!

Just because someone comes over to watch the beautiful one for a while does not mean you failed!  It takes a whole village to raise a child is not just a saying.  Everyone benefits from you getting help including your baby, your helpers, and you!  Get Dad involved early by having him read some funny books on the subject.  Dads guide to pregnancy for dummiesDude!  You are Going to Be a Dad,  or The New Dad’s Survival Guide is a good start.  These Pregnancy Bible Verses may be a help too.  

8. Read Up on Breastfeeding

I tried breast feeding and even with lots of help it did not work for me.  I feel if I would have read some books about people who tried to breast feed for the first time I may have done better. Breastfeeding made simple was recommended during my pregnancy from a friend. You may want to know how to make more milk, the natural laws of nursing mothers, or how to problem solve when things don’t go as planned.  I tried to breastfeed and it only lasted about a week.  I used a breast pump for two more before changing to a bottle.  The more information you have now the better. 

9. Go on a Baby Moon

Enjoy your partner outside your house. I went to Vegas for a friend’s wedding.  Even complete one more of those bucket list items:  I went to Vegas and had a Frozen Hot Chocolate from Serendipity.  Can’t get to serendipity yourself?  Buy yourself the gift set.  

10. Read or Watch The Happiest baby on the Block

Either we lucked out, or we had some great tips from this book.  My husband and I were never really around babies and the tips we got in this book really seem to work when our child cries.  I think this is one of the key reasons we have done so well to this point. We use the Sleep Sack to swaddle.  They now also have woobies to swaddle without arms.     If you don’t like to read, you can find links on watch the Happiest Baby on the Block DVD with your partner.  Then send the link to your husband. 

11. Make a Get Out of The House Plan

You need to get out of the house!!  Yes, maybe a week or two is ok after you little one is born to get some sleep and learn your babies habits.  But the sooner you get out the better.  If you think about places that are safe to start before you give birth this may help.  Grocery shopping, coffee shop, woman’s group, a friend’s house, or possibly church.  I started out by going to a friend’s house.  Then church. View pregnancy discussion boards for help.  You are not the only woman going through this!  Start being part of pregnancy boards. I frequented    Ask questions and get answers.  Many questions or feelings that you have already asked by other people.  Or just Google your question to get the answer.  Remember to find reliable sources! My friend from college became friends with a couple girls that were pregnant the same month she was.  They now go to each others birthday parties.  Here are 10 Things to Know Before Traveling with a Baby.  If you really want to get out, here are some tips for flying with a baby.  

12. Take Belly Pictures / Set up Baby Pictures

Remember your pregnancy by taking belly pictures each week  or month.  What a life changing event to remember!  Then put all the pictures together into one image to view the great changes your body has made.  If you want to get those o-so-cute baby  pintrest, they should be done in the first 2 weeks of the baby’s life.  This means you might want to decide and kind-of schedule an appointment before the birth.  You can create a board on to show the photographer what type of pictures you would like. Here is a nursery vision board and the Finished Nursery.   

13. Choose a Baby Formula or Not?

Decide what baby formula you are going to use before your big day.  I didn’t think of this, and they gave my little one Gerber at the hospital.  Now that all the coupons are gone, I wish I went with a cheaper brand.  Even if you are going to try breastfeeding, they may give your baby formula at night.  Decide now so when they ask you after the craziness is over you have an answer.

14. De-Tag, Wash, and Sort Baby Clothes or Not?

De-tag, wash, and sort all baby clothes by size.  Put clothes in bins marked 3 month, 6 month, 9 month, and 12 month plastic containers. Or you may want to wait because you don’t know what size your baby will be each season.  Here is a Baby Cloths Chart if you have trouble understanding sizes.  Some things that we just loved are: Sophie the Giraffe – I know she was expensive, but this was the teether that our little girl used the most.  I think she like it because it was similar to a human hand.  Soft with different parts to chew on. Banana Tooth Brush– She loves chewing on this one too.  I hope this will help her in the steps to loving her brush her teeth.  Halo Sleep Sack – This is what our daughter slept in since night one!  We got 2 from the baby shower, then the hospital gave us one as we were leaving for a present.  Great gift!  Sleep Sheep – This sheep was given to us to our friends who were just first time parents themselves.  (They have a fun blog too).  Before every nap and every night we turn on this sheep.  We prefer the wave and rain sound.  I switch it up to the whale sound too.  Our daughter is getting big enough that we turns the sheep on herself sometimes too! and a Infant Car Seat – After you get the hang of it, car seats are not that bad.  They let you have your freedom as a new Mom! 

15. Walk, Walk, Walk

Try to walk as much as you can.  Then waddle to the end!  I even walked in the grocery store and couponed when it got cold.  They also have pregnancy workout DVD’s for each month, and the 5 months afterwords.  

16. Start Journal

Find a Journal and start writing.  I started journaling in high school.  

17. Birth Announcements

Choose a birth announcement from a website that you are going to select.  I selected to create ours. Create a spreadsheet with the names and addresses of intended baby shower/birth announcement/thank you note recipients.  Print out Avery Easy Peel White Address Labels- two times, one for birth announcements, and another for thank you notes. We used the same addresses from our wedding.  We like to use these for Christmas cards too.  Another option would be to have everyone write their address on an envelope during the baby shower.  Here is a She is About to Pop Baby Shower theme and our 5 favorite baby shower gifts.  

18. Who Will Be in the Delivery Room?

Decide who you want to be on your team on the big day.  The only person you can 100% count on being there is you!  But planning for others and telling others no in advance should set you up for success.  Are you interested in a Husband Coached Birth? Is Hypno Birthing something you are interested in?  Would you like to ready about Faith-Based Births? The last book I will recommend is Your Best Birth which talks about many of your options.  

19. Buy Thicker Toilet Paper

By the end of your pregnancy when you cannot see all of your lady parts.You can start couponing now for items you know you will need. 

20. Buy a Larger Bra

You will need to deal with your milk coming in.  You will need some support here.  Also a tip, if you are going to try breastfeeding then decide it is not right for you, it may take a month or two to quit.  This was painful to me when I just wanted to relax and enjoy my new one. 

21. Create a Google Calendar for Baby

I don’t like clutter, (I wrote a book on that called 50 Things to Know to Downsize Your Life) so keeping  online calender for your child is a great way for keep track all the events of her life.  This is also a great place for medical information.  For example if the doctor asks when you changed over to solid food, you can find it on your child’s online calendar on your cell phone during the visit. You can also purchase a baby calendar or put one on your baby registry. 


22. Home Renovations

Try to do these in the now while the nesting phase occurs.  Trying to do them while a little one is crawling or walking around will be even harder.  You can also go though your kitchen cabinets to make room for baby.  Here is a food storage container organizer that may be helpful in your home.  

23. Baby Sitter Sheet

After a couple weeks you may want to leave your awesome addition to your family at home for a couple hours while you get out of the house, but may not have time to leave that information for someone.  Creating a sheet with important information before you have your baby will make this process smoother.  You can always add more information to the sheet after the birth.  Add this document to the home binder. You can purchase baby sitter sheets to keep instructions on where you will be, where to reach you, and special instructions for each child.  Here is a Free Baby Sitter Sheet.  

24.  Get Excited! 

Get excited to know that you are the luckiest person in the world to get to see your baby grown and learn each day right in front of your eyes!  The most beautiful thing in the world is going to be in your arms soon!  If you would like you can listen to the heart beat with a prenatal heart listener.  Want to stay comfortable?  I bought this pillow to make the transition to sleeping only on my side easier when I became pregnant. It is a wonderful pillow.  

25. Cervix Checks

Before you have your baby they will start to check your cervix.  Web MD explains this as “Effacement and dilatation need to occur for a baby to be born through the birth canal. Effacement means that the cervix stretches and gets thinner. Dilatation means that the cervix opens.”  If you did not start to change, this could be very painful, so just be aware.  You do not have to get them if you would not want because this information may not help anyway.  Research cervix checks for more on this. What to Expect When You are Expecting may be a good resource for more information on this topic.  

26. Diapering with Amazon Mom

Look into buying diapers from Amazon.  Even with coupons and sales, I could not find deals like these.  These deals were 20% off with Amazon Mom, and shipped to my door for free.  One less thing to worry about if you are not going to cloth diaper.  There is even online coupons occasionally.  
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27. Set up Stations

At the Changing Station you will need diapers, wipes, a changing pad, a changing pad cover and a trash can.  I recommend putting the trash can on the right if you are a righty.    This will make changing a diaper simpler. You could even have two of changing stations.  For example up and down stairs.  Keep clothes nearby in case a wardrobe change needs to happen.  Adding a mobile hanging from the ceiling  will provide entertainment to you and your baby. With a mobile the baby may stay still while you change them.  I added a inexpensive origami bird mobile  that I created.  You can view the mobile in our finished nursery. At the Bottle Station you will need bottles, nipples, formula, bibs, and a bottle washing system.  The items will need to be washed many times throughout the week.   I put these items in a basket on my kitchen counter near the sink.
At the Mommy Medicine Station you will need a piece of paper to keep what medicine to take and when.  See Mom Medicine Schedule for a paper schedule that I created.  Make a little chart where you can check off what you took each day.  I had to take pain medicine, iron, and a stool softener every day, twice a day, for the first month.  Since I was low on sleep when I came home and had to keep the baby changing schedule in my head, marking down when I took my medicine was very helpful.

28. Baby Feeding/Changing Schedule

Make sure you have a place to write when you fed and changed the baby.  See Baby Feeding/Diaper Schedule for a template to keep you and your helpers on track.  This worked great for us the first month, but was not needed after that.  You can buy a Itzbeen Baby Care Timer from amazon that can keep track of the diaper changes, sleep time, and bottles for you.Want to add more to the 50 Thing to Know Before Having a Baby list?   50 Things to Know Before Having a Baby

To read all 50 tips view 50 Things to Know Before Having a Baby eBook.  A great baby shower gift for a friend who is pregnant!  Also a great book for people that are thinking about having a baby. I ENCOURAGE YOU to borrow the book for free from the Kindle Lending Library for Amazon Prime Members.  If you want the book for free or would like to share these tips please email me at  You can also give this quick read as a gift to a friend or family member as a paperback book.  

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 The Insanity Workout is how I lost the baby weight and got back to my high school weight.  These workouts are great to keep you motivated to exercise while taking care of a baby.  I could just pause the DVD when I wanted to feed/change/play with the baby.  I also planned and portioned food ahead of time with these organized storage containers.  A great option if you are pregnant are these monthly workout DVDs.  Each month has a different workout. Here is a post on how I think I lost the baby weight.