10 Things No-one Tells You About That Are Essential in Your Hospital Bag, For a Better Post-Partum Stay!

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We’ve all been there: stalking Pinterest for the best, most secretive must-haves for your hospital bag, only to find the same results each time you scroll down. You then turn to rely on friends, family,  or New-Mom Facebook groups for answers. Well, I’m here to save you from middle of the night Pinterest scrolling and sanctimommies of the Facebook world, with this single post! As a mom of 2 with a third arriving any day now, I’ve had my fair share of experience with hospital bag packing!

Congratulations mama + get ready for the best ride of your life!

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1. Pads but, not just any pads, THESE pads:

During the first 12-24 hours you’ll bleed ALOT, like more than I’m sure you’re actually picturing in your mind right now so, the adult diaper style pads the hospital supplies you with are great during that time but, afterwards when you’re not bleeding from what feels like your vagina to your butt, you might want something a little more comfortable. After two babies and a third just days away, I’ve had my fair share of pad trial and error and THESE are by far the best for medium to heavy bleeding!

2. Boy Short Underwear like these: MAMIA Women’s Seamless Stretch Boy Shorts Panties (Pack of 6)

If this is your first pregnancy, then you haven’t yet experienced the joy of mesh undies after birth. They’re great, really, if you don’t plan on moving from where you’re sitting at any time to feel a gush leak out one side. Boy shorts are AWESOME, they keep your pad in place, tightly confined to its appropriate and carefully adjusted area, and you won’t feel awkward when a nurse comes in while sitting in nothing but boy shorts and a nursing bra versus mesh undies and a pad sticking out on the side!

3. An actually COMFORTABLE nursing bra (or several). This one is my FAVE: A Pea in the Pod Full Coverage Nursing Sleep Bra

With my first, I didn’t know the absolute need for a nursing bra. Things changed when round two came. I promise you won’t regret investing in just a couple of comfortable, easy to manage nursing bras. The Pea in the Pod Nursing Sleep Bras are my personal favorite. They’re ultra soft, light weight, pull down easily, and don’t have weird clips or straps. They’re soft enough and without lining that you’ll have no worries cuddling your new babe while wearing it or sleeping in between feeding sessions.

4. A legit heating pad
You won’t regret this one. Your hospital probably has heating pads available, SOMETIMES, as long as there’s one not in use by other new moms. Even so, the heating pads they offer are okay but, ESPECIALLY if you’re on baby number 2 or after, you’ll likely want a heating pad that gets hot and stays hot. Of course not to be used when cuddling baby or feeding but, when they’re sleeping or away at the nursery, you’ll want some warm relief. The Sunbeam Heating Pad is top rated and for good reason. It’s already packed in my hospital bag and is off limits to anyone in our home until after baby is here and mama fully recovers.

5. House shoes. Not slippers, Not socks

Okay, I’m talking: easy to slide on, rubber bottoms, that your grandmother used to wear when she cleaned house or got ready in the morning. Socks, ewe unless they’re keeping your feet warm in the hospital bed. Slippers, just the same. Someone will likely come in and mop and clean your room once or twice during your stay but, if you decide to walk around the baby floor or down to get fresh air in the hospital courtyard. You’ll want the rubber bottoms.

6. Something to keep you occupied after baby arrives

There are only so many channels on the hospital’s cable network and only so many Law and Order SVU episodes you can watch before wanting to pull your hair out. Bring a book, magazines, cards, a board game for you and hubby, or something else you enjoy doing in a tiny, quiet space. *Also, snacks that can be eaten in between meals.

7. Something to help you fall asleep…
Fast! Practice meditating, bring Lavender Essential Oil and your Diffuser, your favorite pillow, anything. You’ll need it. Once things become quiet and everyone leaves you alone with your new baby for the first time since he/she has made their arrival, the exhaustion and tiredness will quickly set in and so will baby’s next feeding time or diaper change. The adrenalin will settle and your body will soon start to remind itself that it needs rest after all the work you put in for however many hours. Your team of nurses will visit periodically to make sure you’re awake and feeding your baby when it’s time, they’ll help with diaper changes and charting urine and bowel movements if they’re due, and anything else you or baby may need. So, take the time to rest when baby allows.

8. A short, light-weight robe

Don’t get something that will drag on the floor. A nice, light weight, knee-length robe will do the trick! One like THIS ONE (which I own and love) will make feedings easier without making baby hot and visits from friends and family more comfortable. Not to mention, your hospital bed is only so big, there’s no room for all the extra fabric of a long, heavy, terry cloth or fleece robe!

9. Your own towel

Have you ever stayed in a hotel with exceptional service but, hop out of the shower to a towel that only wraps halfway around your body? Well, that’s what you’ll get if you don’t bring your own. You’ll thank me for this one after your first shower post baby.

10. DISPOSABLE Breast Pads

If you produce a pretty fair amount of milk or more, you’re sure to leak…A LOT. You’ll be feeding your baby often but, some mamas are extra gifted when it comes to producing milk and have quite a bit of leakage in between feedings. Try the reusable ones at home if you desire but, during your hospital stay, the disposables will be so much easier and more convenient!

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6 Ways to Stroll with Evenflo Pivot

A huge thank you to Evenflo for gifting this stroller to our growing family in exchange for an honest review. As always, all opinions and thoughts are 100% my own.

Florida, sweet Florida!

There aren’t many places that you can spend the first weekend of March in swim trunks and flip flops and for that reason, we’re so happy to raise our babies in this sweet Sunshine State! For us, March calls for open windows, fruit picking, diving into the questionable temperatures of the pool, and renewal of our annual passes to the Central Florida Zoo!

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Over the weekend, we hopped in the car and made the short trip to visit the zoo! I’ve been dying to test drive our new Evenflo Pivot Travel System since it’s arrival and knew the zoo and all it’s terrain would be the perfect spot (even though the cheerios on the tile and our super plush shag rug did offer substantial terrain on the night of our new stroller’s unboxing).

What I really loved about pushing the Pivot around all day is the “toddler seat recline to bassinet” action. (Side note: We have a luxury brand stroller that I had to have JUST for the bassinet and to tell you the truth, the whole seat removal and replace with a bassinet and vice versa, is a TOTAL pain.) With the Pivot, there’s a lever on the back of the seat which reclines it ALL.THE.WAY. down to a bassinet. I really just can’t get over how much of a time and energy saver that is. How do you get it back into seat mode? Pull that lever and lift up. Seriously, it’s that easy! There’s a buckle on the back side of the seat to give the seat shape and keep it stable. I’ve got to give it to Evenflo for making it so easy and affordable to leave the extra bulky bassinet behind and transform your stroller from sit to sleep mode in 2 easy steps, WITHOUT the hassle of unlocking, removing, and storing a bassinet!

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Not only does the seat transform into a bassinet but, it can be unlocked and reversed for a parent-facing stroll. This was perfect while we waited in the long line to renew our membership before entering the zoo! The belly bar is easily removable and has an awesome snack tray which occupied little K with carrots and cucumbers during our wait!

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Once we got into the zoo, we just flipped the seat around and he was content all the way until he needed to exercise his bitty legs when we entered the petting area!

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Going through two toddler stages, several strollers and wagons, tons of terrain and adventure, and the constant feeding of growing boys while on the move, I think it’s safe to say that we’re pretty experienced when it comes to knowing a good push to bad push in a stroller and the severe need for a well thought-out stroller basket.

Knowing that we’d be spending our entire day at the zoo, changing from play clothes to swim suits and back again, and snacking during our visit, the large and realistically functional basket on the Pivot, was a HUGE plus. It’s super easy to get in and out of, with a large enough space for two towels, a wet bag, lunch box, and more! I can’t thank Evenflo enough for creating this stroller with such an easy to access basket! TOTAL LIFE SAVER.

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Now, let’s talk about the push!

I’ve had my fair share of stiff wheels, blow outs, terrible turns, and squeaky strolls when it comes to strollers. Five years ago, being a first time mom, I was so excited to have an over the top, drop-in, majorly bulky travel system. BIG mistake, HUGE.

Going into our second baby with a toddler on the run, I REFUSED a travel system and instead told myself I’d be a baby-wearing feign. WRONG. (I mean, I love wearing but, I’m certainly not an 80% of the time baby-wearer. Heck, I’m not even a 30% of the time wearer.) Eventually, I caved and purchased a Sit and Stand…TERRIBLE. The idea was great but, the push was so difficult that we never used it.

Now onto my third baby, with TWO toddlers CONSTANTLY on the go and a storage unit full of mom knowledge acting as my brain, it’s easy to know what works and what doesn’t in only a matter of minutes (BEFORE purchasing and exiting the store to find you’ve made a huge mistake weeks later). Even my husband can appreciate a good stroller with an easy push and after our day trip, we both agreed that Evenflo has totally nailed it with the Pivot! Each of us had a chance to push through dirt and rocks, over boardwalk trails, water covered walkways, and mulch with ease!

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We wrapped up our long day filled with tons of snacking, playing in the sun, petting and visiting our favorite animals, and test driving our newest addition and I think it’s safe to say that every one came home a happy camper!

After a little thought, hubby and I have both decided to let go of our luxury stroller (with the bassinet) and replace it’s spot in the back of the mom mobile with our new Evenflo Pivot!


Want a full list of the 6 Ways to Stroll with the Evenflo Pivot? (Of course you do, that’s why you’re here!)

  • Front Facing Carseat Drop In
  • Rear Facing Carseat Drop In
  • Outward Facing Bassinet
  • Parent Facing Bassinet
  • Front Facing Seat
  • Parent Facing Seat

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Because each system comes with a SafeMax Infant Car Seat which features an Anti-rebound bar, we can’t wait to install it in our family car to bring baby #3 home!

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The Prego Expo: Registry Event!

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Surprise! We’re planning for baby number 3!

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To celebrate, hubby and I attended The Prego Expo‘s Baby Registry event at our local Babies R Us! Filled with tons of amazing information and products, The Prego Expo‘s Registry event was a one of a kind in-store event for expecting mamas!

The Prego Expo events were founded and created by two fabulous mamas wanting to bring the best products and knowledge to new and expecting moms!

The Prego Expo’s mission is to help Parents and Pregos plan one of life’s most beautiful miracles. Whether it’s finding the right pediatrician or perfect buggy, The Prego Expo wants to show you all your options. This journey is bumpy enough, let us help!

The Prego Expo is THE leading pregnancy, parenting, and baby expo. Our expo is filled with knowledgeable well known baby brands, NEW products, health experts and lots of goodies that will assist with all your pregnancy and baby needs.

The Prego Expo is designed to help expecting, and new parents plan for the arrival of their baby. For many, planning such an important life event can be overwhelming and quite confusing. The Prego Expo strives to help you along this journey. Under one-roof you will find everything to meet your pregnancy wants and your little one’s needs. And hey, baby planning doesn’t always have to be so serious. We will have contests, a fashion show, and a ton of giveaways!”

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My favorite thing about this Prego Expo event, was that it was quite smaller than the huge, super awesome, annual Prego Expo in Orlando which made it really easy to connect and learn a bit more about products one on one, some product info even STRAIGHT from the mouths of their creators! I even handed my phone number out to my local Lilebaby rep hoping to do a playdate sometime soon because I just couldn’t get enough of her! Don’t get me wrong, I will totally be attending the big expo this coming spring since it’s a must too!

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Here she is!

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The Prego Expo Registry Event was perfectly planned from check-in to final announcements and giveaways! Upon checking in, each mama was greeted with fantastic swag from Florida Hospital, Kiinde, Preggie Pop Drops, Dr. Brown’s, Little Toader, MAM, Ubbi, and more! Everyone was served breakfast, cake samples, and yummy samples from some of our favorite kid-worthy natural food options!

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Mamas attending the event were presented with a ticket for a free massage during their time in the store and had the chance to enter into TONS of AMAZING giveaways! With a scavenger hunt in hand, everyone also had the opportunity to gain EXTRA entires into the giveaways by adding certain items from the event to their registry!

Some moms even had FREE belly casts done from one of our local doulas!

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Expecting mamas also had the chance to sit one on one with a registry specialist in the store before heading over to the Ubbi and Pearhead selfie station and mingling with each of the exhibitors!

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Mamas were split up into separate times for a special, super informative Q&A in small groups with some of the baby specialists from Florida Hospital! We could ask questions about pregnancy, birth, labor, and more!

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Once the time came for giveaway announcements, everyone headed to the back of the store! TONS of mamas went home with FANTASTIC gifts including carseats, strollers, gift sets, and more!

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We walked away with the fabulous swag from the event, new mama friends, and ended up purchasing two Diono carseats since we now need the room for three across!

We had such a fantastic time and are SO thankful to the moms who pour their heart and soul into making this event so awesome for moms to be!


Don’t miss the chance to attend The Prego Expo in Orlando Feb 2017!

Follow The Prego Expo for details and announcements!

Grab an “I’M SO PREGO” tank HERE!

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5 AWESOME Things I’ve Learned During 4.5 Years of Motherhood!

  1. Life isn’t as serious as I used to think.  I used to think when you become a parent, life gets REAL SERIOUS. Dr.’s, school, raising this tiny human to become a pure genius, and keeping them alive every day, that’s tough. But, I mean, really. How do you have 2 awesome, crazy kids and not have fun? Erase the shitty times of no sleep, your tiny human taking all of the food from your plate leading you to total starvation, and scream fests between you and said toddler before bed every.single.night. over a toothbrush, and you’ve got yourself a real recipe for total fantasticalness! Life doesn’t have to be serious when you become a parent. It’s literally THE BEST JOB I’ve ever had in my life, BY FAR! Your kids give you the opportunity to live life through someone else and FOR someone else and live out dreams you once had as a kid that maybe didn’t come true! Embrace it! They won’t be this little for long. funny keke copy.jpg
  2. Go with your gut. You know, I used to second guess myself a lot. I used to not have a backbone. I used to shy away from conflict. My kids changed that…well, and so did my husband but, mostly my kids. Once I had our first, that total mama bear instinct kicked in. BUT, once I had my second, I grew this phenomenal backbone that I never thought I had in me. People who didn’t seem to have my kids or my family’s best interest in mind, no longer seemed important and I had to tell them to GTFO. Things that didn’t feel right for me or my kids, got the brakes checked on it REAL FAST. & The only things that seemed to matter any more were the things that were beneficial to my children, which led to this amazing gut instinct that I now don’t only rely on but, in times of need, I’m desperate for.
  3. It’s okay to have a messy house, and have people over. Okay okay, I’m still a little guilty of not totally following this one BUT, I have learned that it’s totally okay not to be perfect & not to ALWAYS have this impeccably clean home when people pop in! I mean, not to say that I don’t dump my huge laundry mountain from my sofa onto my bed when I see your car pull in the driveway but, you didn’t really want to go in my bedroom anyway, right?laundry copy.jpg
  4. Date night is important. There was a while there when hubby and I didn’t make date night a priority and I will tell you, my anxiety increased, which caused strain in our relationship, and life wasn’t as fun! Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE time with hubby AND the kids but, sometimes we’re desperate for a date night. MAKE THE TIME FOR IT. Even if its putting the kids to bed an hour early and gorging on pizza and ice cream while you binge Netflix, DO IT. Head here to find a great way to connect with your SO!date night copy
  5. Friending as a mom is hard but, once you find good ones, keep them. It doesn’t take a “talk every day, know all your darkest secrets” friendship to be happy with your girlfriends. Sometimes friending when you’re a parent is hard, like, REALLY hard and it sucks. When you finally find good ones though, it’s fan-freaking-tastic! I have groups: Facebook Girlfriends– you both wish you could make time but, there is too much shit going on and your schedules don’t match so you’re FB BFF’s and its convenient that way. Play Date Girlfriends– The ones that at the last minute or a day beforehand, you can quickly plan a simple play date for YOUR sanity and their parenting style is basically the same, so you watch over her kids while she talks and uses hand gestures and gets carried away because she hasn’t had adult interaction of her kind in two weeks, and she watches the kids as they play while you do the same. Best Friends Forever, even the long distance kind- These are the ones who knew you before you were preggo and in mom mode all the time so, these are the ones you really need when a Hell has broken loose. They know how to bring you back to the days when letting loose was more  than half a glass of wine and 4 slices of pizza.