• This angel baby is the calm in the chaos over here. The other two are bouncing off the walls and she’s just so happy and sweet.
  • How is everyone doing? today was so rough. *this picture is not from today* Blaire and Ben wake up before Jason even leaves for work. They wake me and Sloane both up. It feels like I spend my whole day breaking up fights. And part of me feels like I can’t complain because I left my job to work from home (for myself) and be with my kids. But, I have to remind myself this is new for me. I haven’t been at home with three kids before. The schedules of a 6 year old, 3 year old and 5 month old are very different. From being in school for the past six-ish months, Blaire wants to constantly be learning. She wants me to be reading to her, doing crafts with her, etc. and that’s hard with a 5 month old attached to me and a 3 year old who can’t sit still. Anyone else who feels lost during this time, just know you’re not alone. But we can do it! I’m so hopeful nice weather is coming and that will make the days so much more bearable! Fingers crossed anyways. 🤞🏻 #happilytrista
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  • step 1: get your baby sleeping.
step 2: get yourself to stop staying up on your phone until midnight. [ad] It’s been over a month of using the @littleonesbabysleep program with little Sloaney girl here. She’s self-settling at bedtime and overnight, sleeping in her crib without being swaddled, and it’s glorious. I’m sharing all about our experience on the blog… and there just might be a discount code, too. #littleones #littleonessleep #littleonesbabysleep #happilytrista
  • our neighborhood has been posting different activities in our Facebook group. today was “chalk your walk”. So we drew all kinds of stuff on our driveway and sidewalk. I hope they bring a smile to someone when they’re out for a [cold] walk! #happilytrista
  • my baby boy is THREE! 3 years of Benjamin Robert. the perfect mix of sweet and sour. always kissing us, then jumping off the furniture and pulling Blaire’s hair 3 seconds later. •
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  • going through these photos from our session with @rachelclemphotography a few weeks ago and they are giving me all the feels. 🥰❤️ #happilytrista
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  • thankful for baby wearing and breaks in the rain. 🌧 #happilytrista •

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  • accurate depiction of life right now. 🤪 #happilytrista #socialdistancing
  • this photo was our workout for the day. 💪🏻 j/k. we got dressed in our green and went shamrock hunting around the neighborhood. we found lots in people’s windows, they had so much fun. it was less than 40° but sunny! ☀️ are you self distancing? how’s it going? #happilytrista #selfdistancing
  • we have to stay inside for how long? 😳how are you passing the time? and how’s the weather where you live? it’s a cool 30° here this morning. ❄️ #happilytrista #mywildbird #wearallthebabies
  • Don’t they look like they’re up to something? It’s 3-on-1, 10 hours per day for the next 5 days. 😅🤪 #happilytrista
July 5, 2018

hospital bag checklist

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Hospital BagOne question that never goes away in the mom community is “What the heck do I need to pack in my hospital bag?”

Well, today I’m sharing a free, printable hospital bag checklist to help you tackle packing your hospital bag! (Scroll to the bottom to save the free hospital bag checklist printable – you can easily pin it to Pinterest to help yourself (and other mamas!) find it later.)

When I had Blaire, we packed SO many things, yet still forgot the important stuff… like Jason’s glasses to wear at night when his contacts were out, my shampoo and conditioner, deodorant, my nursing pillow, comfy pants and so many other random things that I realized I wanted. Blaire was a C Section (you can read her birth story here) so we were there Tuesday morning, first thing, through Friday afternoon. Luckily Jason was able to run home every day to grab the things we realized we forgot, but knowing we were more prepared with Ben was such a relief! 

The most important thing is to pack the items you’ll need for YOU to be comfortable. Items absolutely necessary for the baby will be supplied by the hospital. Diapers, wipes, bathing supplies, a onesie, a hat, swaddle blankets and formula are all readily accessible. The things you’ll want for yourself are not so readily available. Don’t worry, this hospital bag checklist covers everything you’ll need for mama, daddy and baby.

toiletries:

  • deodorant: One thing that was horrible for me both times I was postpartum was my sweating. Seriously. I felt so gross and sweaty all the time. 
  • toothbrush/toothpaste, shampoo/conditioner, body wash
  • make up remover wipes
  • moisturizer/makeup/chapstick/lotion: I brought some makeup basics with me each time: concealer, mascara, bb cream and chapstick. The hospital air (in our hospital, anyways) is SO dry! I kept chapstick and lotion next to me bed because I kept applying them all day and night.
  • hair ties/hair brush
  • hair dryer/curling iron: Optional. I didn’t take them when Blaire was born. Of course we ended up doing photos in the hospital and my hair looked bad. But then I took them when Ben was born and didn’t end up using them. 
  • glasses/contact case & solution
  • baby wash: If you have a specific brand you want to use. When Blaire was born the hospital had Johnson & Johnson, so I took a travel-size for Ben, but the hospital had switched to an organic baby wash, so we just used that one. 

breast-feeding moms:

  • nipple balm: my hospital does provide some, which I used after I had Blaire. 
  • nipple pads
  • nursing pillow: also helpful for siblings visiting when they want to hold baby
  • nursing cover: totally optional, but I liked having mine when family members were visiting.

for mom:

  • slipper socks (2-3): The ones in the hospital are fine, but I liked changing mine a lot since the floors are so gross.
  • robe: Something comfy to wear throughout the day and at night. After my C Section I wore mine over my pjs when I had to go out and walk the halls.
  • maternity pjs (2-3): I took nursing nightgowns and I also took comfy nursing tops with maternity pj pants.
  • nursing tank or tops (2-3)
  • cardigan or cozy sweater
  • comfy top and dark maternity leggings for trip home (or comfy dress)
  • flip flops (for shower)

for baby:

  • sleepers (2-3)
  • onesies (2-3)
  • swaddling blankets
  • sleep sack
  • baby mittens
  • hat
  • burp cloths
  • car seat (install base in car ahead of time)
  • carseat cover
  • nail file
  • pacifier(s)

for dad:

  • tee shirts (2-3)
  • sweat pants
  • hoodie/sweatshirt
  • socks (2-3)

misc:

  • baby book: With Blaire, we remembered to take hers and they did her hand prints and foot prints in it. For Ben, we didn’t have one yet (second child problems!) so they did them on a piece of paper for us to take home.
  • gum
  • healthy snacks
  • pillow(s)
  • phone
  • extra long phone chargers (extra-long to reach the hospital bed!)
  • camera
  • video camera
  • camera/video camera chargers
  • memory card: buy a new one if you have to! Just make sure you have room on it.
  • computer
  • computer charger

items to pack in a hospital bagnewborn ben in hospitalDid I forget anything? Let me know in a comment below!FREE PRINTABLE - Hospital Bag Checklist

 

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  • Reply
    Caro Davis
    October 21, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    This is awesome ! Should be extremely helpful for new mom’s !

  • Reply
    Lindsay
    March 3, 2020 at 5:50 am

    My hubby ended up using my yeti cup I always have with me for his water there to keep it cold and I used the hospital cup which was much better this time around. We also took our firestick and had that to watch tv- I had C-section so I was there three days and it came in handy! I would also take an empty bag…we seemed to accumulate stuff and our bags were ham packed when we left 😂

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The sleepless nights.
Breastfeeding.
Losing myself in motherhood — feeling like I had to be with Blaire 24/7.
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