Category Archives: New Baby

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!

hospital bag


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….



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


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.

happy endings


Snacks From Home

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





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!




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! šŸ™‚

Today I wanted to share the top 3 thingsĀ 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!


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



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 šŸ™‚

Mom Friends

Especially ones with children the same age as yours! šŸ™‚ When my pediatricianĀ told meĀ 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. šŸ™‚



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!



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

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

Returning to Group Fitness

Starting inĀ July I will officially be back to teaching group fitness….yay! I had a hiatus the last couple of years and have really missed it. I’m thankful to have the opportunity and even better, Charlotte gets to come with me to class!


She’s pretty stoked about the whole thing.

Through Fit4Mom, I’ll be teaching Stroller Strides andĀ occasionallyĀ Fit4BabyĀ classes. I’m superĀ passionate aboutĀ pre/post natal fitness, so I amĀ very excited to be a part of this company. Since I’m already certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), I only needed to pass an online exam to become certified to teach.Ā Yay!


Fit4Mom programs include Stoller Strides, Stroller Barre, Body Back and Fit4baby. So many fun classes to choose from no matter what stage you are at in your pregnancy or mommyhood. (Type in your zipcode and see if there are any classes in your area)

A unique component to Stroller Strides is designing a workout that engages the kids as well as giving the mommas a kick butt workout.Ā The workout is a little more than just cardio and strengthening, we sing songs and play games with the little ones.Ā Ā I love the creativity involved and know there can’t be any way I could get bored teaching this class.


When we moved to Dallas, I had every intention of finding a stroller fitness class that I could take and eventually teach. Such a great way for moms to get out of the house, get back into exercise, andĀ not having to worry about aĀ sitter for the kiddos.



Ā I started taking classes in January andĀ fell in love with the workout as well as getting the chance to meet moms in my area. Each Stroller Stride location holds weekly Meetups and playgroups, all free to join! These are wonderful if you are new to a city or just want to meet people in your area! We’ve gone to a few meetups, Charlie is usually sleeping through them, but soon enough she will be able to participate!

I’m finishing up my team teaching the next couple of weeks and then I’ll be officially on my own. Woo! I’m glad they aren’t making me rush back into it too quickly as I’m feeling more confident with everything each week. I’ll be sure to report back after teaching my first class!

Have you ever taken a stroller fitness class?

Do you like to workout with your little ones?

Thanks for stopping by friends! ~M

Recovering after a C-section

Well we are a little over a week out with the babe at home and I must say I’m not AS tired as I thought I’d be (knocking on wood right now). Somehow my body is getting used to sleeping in 2 1/2 hour chunks throughout the day. Never thought I’d say that!

Here’s some pics from the past week…….

mechar Snuggles on the couch are the best!


We ventured out a whole mile from our house for coffee over the weekend. Char slept the entire time, score!


The baby model pose.


My Easter Basket this year couldn’t get any cuter. šŸ™‚


Onto how I’m recovering physically from my C-Section….

I must say the first week REALLY sucked. I hurt every time I coughed, laughed or sneezed. Getting out of a non-hospital bed was a struggle and I walked like a hunchback. I don’t understand people who say “I felt fine 2 days after.” Umm what? That was not the case for me!

Right now I’m just over 3 weeks out and I feel really good. I don’t think about or notice my incision much at all.  I’m at the point where I’m out of the initial pain stage, but my scar isn’t super strong yet so I still need to take it easy. I hate this part. šŸ˜¦ But in a few more weeks I’ll be getting back into a “normal” exercise routine, so it’s not too far away!

So what does a C-Section entail?

There are two incisions involved in a C-section- one in the abdominals and one in the uterus. After the baby is removed, the uterine cut is repaired with stiches that dissolve under the skin. The abdominal skin is also closed with stiches or staples. Eek. I hope you weren’t eating your breakfast while reading this part….guess I should have put up a disclaimer!

For me, the actual procedure was easy and happened so fast.  It also helped having my husband sitting next to me talking the entire time. The longest part is the prep leading up to the actual surgery. I didn’t feel a thing during the procedure, no pressure- nothing.

Below are 3 Exercises that have helped me in the Early Stages of Recovery:

Walk, Walk, Walk!  My doctor said I can walk all I want, just as long as I don’t feel like I’m straining or if I feel pain in my incision. I have been religiously walking once or sometimes twice a day. Besides it being beneficial physically, it is also helpful mentally being able to get out of the house! My doctor wanted me up and walking ASAP after surgery, but make sure you always follow your doctors specific orders.

*The next two exercises I began performing when I was about a week out and my pain had lessened. Remember to never push yourself if you are experiencing more discomfort, these should be completely pain free*

Abdominal Draws This exercise helps to activate your deep core muscles, which is the foundation of core work. Abdominal draws can be performed in supine (on your back), standing or sitting. To perform, pull your belly in towards your spine like you are zipping up a tight pair of pants. Hold for 5-10 seconds and repeat 10x. Make sure you can breath regularly and carry on a normal conversation. If not, you are pulling in too hard and not using the correct muscles. Practice this when you are lifting the baby or doing laundry at home so it becomes a habit.


Scapular Squeezes

I always heard how posture was such a big deal pre and post pregnancy and now I understand first hand! It is impossible to not be forced into a forward posture position the majority of your day~ whether you are holding your baby, lifting your baby, nursing, and pumping along with other household chores.

I have definitely noticed some increased back discomfort for all of these reasons. The scapular squeeze is another muscle activation/awareness exercise that can be performed in seated or standing. To perform this exercise, simply relax your shoulders and squeeze your shoulder blades together as if you were going to squeeze a pencil in between them. Do not squeeze as hard as you can, you just want to feel the muscles activate.


I follow up with my doctor in another two weeks, then I should be released back to normal exercise. I can’t wait. I know it’s going to take me awhile to get back to where I was pre-pregnancy but I’m ready to tackle that challenge. šŸ™‚

Thanks for stopping by, hope you have a fabulous Wednesday! ~M

 Have you had a C-section?

Any tips you’d share?

Some Good News

Our baby girl came home with us over the weekend! Hooray! Hooary!

Not to brag, but a week earlier than anticipated. šŸ™‚




Thankfully, she was only in the NICU for 2 1/2 weeks, and now I truly feel for people that have babies in there for months. Ugh, so emotionally and physically exhausting. Now I really feel like I have a baby, instead of just visiting one at the hospital each day.

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind, and things are obviously way different than we imagined them to be but at the same time we feel lucky to have such a cute little girl at home.

Ā And Paisley finally got to meet her little sister!


You can tell in Paisley’s eyes that she is a little suspicious of our new family member. The poor dog had NO IDEA what she was and every time Charlotte would make a noise, she would whine.Ā I don’t think Paisley slept much this weekend either. Ā We know it’ll take time and hopefully they will become best buds.

I’ll be back soon to share some moreĀ updatesĀ on our daily routineĀ and once I’m released to exercise again, what that looks like.

As always, thanks for stopping by!