Monthly Archives: April 2016

My Hospital Bag Checklist

Hello there! Alright we are on the 1 month countdown to baby boy’s arrival! OMG. A good friend of mine was due May 1st and ended up having her little bundle 3 weeks early, SO I am extremely motivated to get that hospital bag packed!!

Luckily we will be having the little guy at the same hospital so I’m familiar with what I need and don’t need. Of course I will always overpack, but better to be too prepared than not, right?!

Pinterest has a ton of hospital bag checklists to follow and I used this one to get me started!

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If someone asked me what the few essentials would be, I’d say:

Sleeping Mask/Ear Plugs– People are coming in and out of your room constantly so sleep will be minimal, but these do help)

Towel from Home– The hospital towels are so old and thin and I feel better about using my own towel from home versus a shared one. #yuck

Sandals for the Shower– Reminds me of those college days living in the dorms, ha!

Now for the fun stuff!

Below are some items that aren’t totally necessary but will make the hospital stay a little more comfortable…….and why not spoil yourself a little bit, you just had a baby!!

This Robe Though….

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So cute right?! I ordered one in light blue and figure it’ll make breastfeeding easier in the hospital and at home!

DVD’s

Not that we are really going to be paying attention to the tv much, but it’s nice background noise. I packed Friends and Happy Endings. My favorite comedies.

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Snacks From Home

Yes the hospital has food and snacks, but it’s nice to have exactly what you want with you!

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One thing I’m still on the search for is a button up Sleep Shirt! I’ve spied some cute ones from Victoria’s Secret. I figure these will be good for nursing and they look very comfy!

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Anything you would add to the list?

What was an essential item for you at the hospital?

What Keeps Me Sane as a New Mom

I know, 2 posts in less than 2 weeks? What is going on here??

Charlotte is finally transitioning to 1 nap which gives me a longer chunk in the middle of the day to clean, relax, cook, read, oh and blog too! 🙂

Today I wanted to share the top 3 things that keep me sane a New mom and a SAHM?!

Mommy Podcasts

Before having my daughter, I never listened to podcasts…..or even knew how to! I don’t like having the tv on during the day and can get tired of the same Pandora stations so most days I listen to at least one podcast.

Coffee and Crumbs Podcast

Coffee and Crumbs is one of my favorite blogs, I think I’ve been following it for about a year. And they just launched a podcast last month. Yay!

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The blog (which the podcast will follow) is a collection of stories contributed by various authors about any motherhood topic under the sun.

The Girl Next Door Podcast

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Aren’t they just too cute? These ladies are actual neighbors (love that) and chat about parenthood highlights struggles and everything in between. And always over a good cocktail!

You can listen to their podcast here 🙂

Mom Friends

Especially ones with children the same age as yours! 🙂 When my pediatrician told me to start sippy cups, the first thing I did was text my mom friends and ask their advice. It is incredibly comforting and makes you feel less alone having friends that you can talk to or ask about anything. Or just to vent to when your child isn’t napping or woke up at 5am. 🙂

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Amazon Prime

For real, I don’t know how mommas survive without it! I don’t want to drive to Target every week and there is always something my hubby needs, I need or we need for Charlotte. The convenience is just so wonderful…..I don’t know what I did before Prime! Ha!

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Once baby boy comes in May, I will be adding Wine to this list I’m sure! 😉

Alright there is more to add to this list. If you are a mom, what keeps you sane??

Life Lately

Hello Blog Friends!

Once again it’s been hard for me to keep up with this little side of the internet lately! But I’m here now so that’s all that matters, right?

I can’t say that there is anything new going on here. Charlotte has been all over the place crawling and pulling up to stand so I basically chase her around all day. I’m thankful for playgroups, stroller strides and Gymboree to keep me sane. 🙂

We celebrated her first birthday a few weeks ago.  I can’t believe I have an actual 1 year old. People tell you it goes by fast, but you never really believe that until you are in it!

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I know it’s all going to go by so much faster once the little guy is here. We are less than 2 months away and that just blows my mind. I’m coming up on 33 weeks this weekend.  The nursery is slowly coming together and I’ll be sure to share some pics once it’s all done.

I’m still teaching some Strides classes 2x a week and working front desk at the Pure Barre studio and hoping I can keep that all up as long as I can. I’ve noticed I am getting out of breath more often and sleep is starting to get more uncomfortable especially in my hips, ugh! But other that those minor complaints, I am feeling good.

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Charlotte snuggles are still the best!

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Okay now that she can wear pigtails, I feel like she looks so grown up!

What did you do for Easter?

Are you reorganizing any rooms in your house?