Yes. I am alive. And busy. And tired. All of those “new again” mommy woes 😉 Trying to get back into the swing of things on a lot of fronts. Photography, yoga, parenting, wife-ing (nope. not a word), being artsy as hell and finding my inner voice again. Sounds like a shit load of work…. and it is. Especially when this little guy is up! Almost 8 months old and eats almost as much as his big brothers!

Today I’m sharing a tip that I thought new moms out there would like to have in case you’re planning on making baby’s food. I did for my twins when they were infants. This lets me control the flavors, toxins, GMOs, organic, preservatives and anything else you can think of. And not to mention the money saved in the grocery store. I make a big batch and then freeze it all. Pears, squashes, apples, carrots, even prunes. Plus, it’s incredibly easy with a one and done Beaba Babycook machine. At the time, spending more than $100 on something that you could do with what you already have in your home doesn’t seem legit. But, when you can steam and blend all in the same little container, why mess with a big steamer, colander, food processor and then washing all of that? Honestly, I wish I ordered the larger, double Pro 2X… just imagine all of the pure goodness you could make at the same time.

But, what I didn’t do the first time around was save that water from the steamer… I’m adding water to his oatmeal, so why not save it? The water has flavor and a little nutrients! So I just put the water in little breast milk containers and toss them in the freezer as well. You’re welcome little one…

Pear water

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I’m checking my list and checking it twice. My hospital bag list that is. And when it’s time to go, I don’t want to worry that I am forgetting something. Especially for the baby. My state of pregnancy has been so up and down these days – I do not do well with the unknown. So, the sooner I can get this bag together, the better I will feel.hospital checklist

For the mommy to be:

Robe for when they make me get up and walk around. Seriously, I do not plan on wearing that lovely blue gown they give you everyday. And this robe is perfection! It’s the perfect length, super soft and stretchy enough to go around my belly now yet lie flat for later days. Win/win!

robe collage

Nursing pjs and bras – I traveled to Motherhood Maternity this past weekend and bought a few new bras. The Jessica Simpson bras are very comfortable and great for those in between sizes (before and after the milk comes in – and then after my breasts have gone down a bit). These Natori bras were surprisingly comfy and lifting all at the same time. The cup sizes grow with you as well (once again, win/win!).

Nursing pads because I don’t want to ruin my new pjs and bras

No slip socks to keep my feet warm and so I don’t bust my ass on the floor

Those tasty vitamins I’ve been choking down for the past 3 trimesters…

Pumping bra = life saver. And you will want more than one! Those things can get ugly.

Flops for the shower/towels from home

Dress to go home in

Makeup/lip balm and toiletries

Dry shampoo (and cleansing cloths) in case that showering thing doesn’t work out quite as planned

Lotions/coconut oil (I use coconut oil to take my makeup off every night as well)

Hair ties/brush/dryer

 

For dad: (not sure if I should be jealous his list is only so long…)

Change of clothes

His toiletries

Pillow and blanket from home

 

For Baby:

Car seat – installed in car

Going home outfit

Nursing pillow

Swaddle blanket/blanket

Extra clothes/hat/mittens

Diaper bag – see this post, but of course you will not need every single item straight out the gate!

If you’re having a photographer come to the hospital, any items you want captured with you and your new addition(s)

 

Extras:

A radio/iPod and headphones would be awesome so you could have your soothing tunes playing in the room while you try to stay calm(ish) and in your zen space

iPad

Camera/phone and accessories

Chargers and maybe an extension cord for extra plug in capability

Breath mints or those tiny disposable tooth brushes – because your ass isn’t brushing that often right now

Snacks/cash for vending machine

Mirror to apply/take off your makeup

Bottle for water refills

Bag for laundry

You can find cute hospital gowns on Etsy

And remember to think about other things like the fact that hospitals can be cold and smelly. Should you take a sweater/cardigan? Maybe your essential oils for your body and diffuser will help with pain and aromatherapy. Certain teas or coconut water. Some big ole panties, because, you know…

Hopefully your “birthing plan” works out! But, always prepare for the unexpected because those tiny humans don’t care about your plans really.


• • Now for that giveaway! I am super excited to offer a $75 gift certificate from Pinkblush Maternity! The rules are as follows: if you have won any PinkBlush related contests in the past 3 months you are not eligible / you must like the Instagram post AND leave a comment below. Simple as that! Once a winner is chosen (at random), you will receive an email from PinkBlush with your e-gift certificate! Contest ends May 13 @ 11:59PM (EST) • •

Good Luck!!!