Thursday, March 23, 2017

Parenting With Your Partner

13 years. We were just kids when we met, but right away Hank and I were "together." It's a pretty amazing thing, moving through your late teens and entire twenties with someone, and right into your thirties. So much change happens in that time period- I feel like you really get to know yourself so well- and having a partner along for that ride means you get to experience all of that with someone else too. Hank and I sometimes talk about how lucky we feel to have grown together during that time, instead of apart. Really, it would have been easy to do- and like any couple we've had our ups and downs- but no matter what at the end of the day, we choose each other, and that makes all the difference.

I think one of the most beautiful but equally challenging things a couple can go through is having kids together. It's HARD. Life as you know it changes immediately, and suddenly, a new team is formed. And sometimes the kids against the parents, depending on the day! ;) But I can remember the first night we brought Henry home. We had no idea what we were doing. There were tears (from all of us I think), but I also remember this moment around 3 in the morning where we had just changed yet another diaper and found ourselves laughing at this new life of ours, suddenly surrounded by poopy diapers and a crying baby and breastmilk everywhere. One day in. And it'll be seven years this fall! It's been on my mind a lot as we've navigated through these first days home with Olive. I can think back and recall some of those hazy times with Henry, our brand new family of three, and it makes me smile to look back at those youngsters who were suddenly parents. It had been just us for so long, and there we were, figuring out these new roles- not only as Mom and Dad, but as two people parenting together.

As time has gone on it's been such a trip to go from parenting a newborn, to parenting actual KIDS. And now, three of them (we don't have a good photo of the five of us yet, or we'd all be up there in the pic!). We joke a lot now and say how now the "real fun" starts- the hard stuff. The baby stage was overwhelming at times and awfully trying at others, and I can already see up ahead to the big stuff. We have so much to figure out. We have to lean on each other a lot, and sometimes we totally feel defeated at the end of the day after parenting the boys. "Was I too hard on him?" "Did I handle that right?" "Why on Earth would he do that?" And it's a relief to me, every single day to be able to look to Hank for support and to be able to talk things out and navigate this world of parenting an almost 4-year old and a 6.5 year old. Add in our new baby and I feel like we've spent these first two weeks dividing and conquering everything from lunches to burping Olive to trying to keep the boys quiet at bedtime...and I know this is just a preview of our new normal. Overwhelming at times, and kind of crazy...but oh man is it awesome.

So everyday I'm grateful for my teammate, you know? That's how I think of Hank. We're a team. Supporting each other when we need it, high fiving our victories and celebrating our wins, drawing up our game plan, and sometimes drowning our sorrows in a pint of Ben and Jerry's. Ha. And my, how times have changed since becoming parents. We have less time for solely each other, but so much more love in all of it. Date night might mean a Netflix movie and Thai takeout on the couch while the boys sleep in their rooms and the monitor hums along with Olive's breathing in ours. It might mean that so much of our conversation revolves around all three kids, what they're doing, managing our family and all we have going on, but there's so much beauty in that. This is our dream. We're living it. And then in those moments where it's just the two of us, and we're laughing about this or laughing about that, walking hand in hand, and just US- those moments are extra special.

And those special moments help. Amidst the beauty and wonder of bringing home a new baby, of raising two big kids, it can get so busy that you forget your base. To feel overwhelmed or upset with the day or the kids or just yourself, and fail to remember that you're on the same team. But we're building something here. We signed on to do it together. We had this dream, this idea of what we wanted for our future, way back 13 years ago when we didn't know what that first "hello" could lead to. And I look back at all of it and feel so so grateful. Grateful to have this hand to hold through all of it, grateful to be growing right along with my partner as we figure it all out together. So how has having kids changed our marriage? It's changed everything, by bringing so much more to our lives as we've grown our family. More happiness, more togetherness, more love, and now as a family of five it's all multiplied yet again as we embark on this new adventure...together.


Be sure to check out the creative women in the #TogetherWeMother Series by visiting their blogs below: 

1st photo above by Lauren Ristow.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Packing Your Hospital Bag For Baby's Birth

I've been home from the hospital for about a week- I wanted to wait until I got home from having her to share what we REALLY brought along, because so often I come across these posts that include everything but the kitchen sink and I feel like it's just overwhelming more than anything. This is more of a minimal (yet WORDY!) guide, because that's how I do it. Here we go --

First, you'll want a big bag with some inner pockets. If you got a new diaper bag for baby, that's always a great option. You don't need anything fancy, a good old duffle bag or even a small rolling suitcase will do. I have been using Birdling Bags while traveling for years (and brought one along as Charlie's hospital bag!), and I was so excited when they sent me over a new grey one to bring to the hospital with Olive. It's upgraded, with some new features, and I can't tell you enough- it's SO worth the price. I've had my green one travel all over the place with me and it still looks brand new. They're made in the USA and their craftsmanship is really fantastic. I prefer the Overnighter- it's the perfect size and holds everything I need for a weekend, and was the perfect size for my two-night hospital stay.

Also please be sure to check with your hospital/birthing center to see what they provide before packing. Ours provides almost everything, but I think it's a great idea to check in to be sure of what will be on hand for you and your little one.

Here's what I packed- some things that fall very much in the "extra" side, and others more of a necessity:

Things you need:

Wallet- Be sure to have your insurance card and license, and that your partner also brings along his/hers as well.

Toiletries- I brought body soap, lotion, face wash, face lotion and eye cream. No need for makeup unless it makes you feel good to apply it while there (by all means do what feels good to you!), and I didn't bring shampoo or conditioner because I washed my hair the morning of my surgery and just brought along dry shampoo.

Extra long iPhone cable or portable charger- My new iPhone 7 holds an insane charge, but this was an issue with my previous births- the cord wouldn't reach the bed! Sounds like a silly problem to have and the least of your worries, but being stuck in the hospital for three days is made better when you can connect with the people you love AND take a ton of photos of you and your new baby. Don't forget to clear off your phone/back it up before you come to the hospital so you don't have to worry about making space for all of the new photos you're bound to take.

A filing folder- You'll be getting some special things like baby's footprints on a card, their birth info card, hospital bracelets...and you'll want someplace safe to store these without them getting bent or torn on the way home. They're really great keepsakes for the baby book so I like to tuck them away in a safe spot.

Your "Going Home" Outfit- Being a c-section mama, I needed dark-colored, high waisted, loose type pants that would be gentle on my incision. Palazzo or gaucho pants with a smocked waist are perfect. Pair them with a nursing bra (my milk comes in pretty early so a supportive nursing bra from the get-go is KEY for me- I linked two of my faves), a loose tee and maybe a comfy cardigan. My shoes have always fit coming home, but I know some women's feet really swell (mine always seem to wait until I'm at home), so keep that in mind when choosing shoes. I wore these Birkenstocks.

Snacks- I brought along protein bars, apple and bananas. Our hospital has a cafeteria with delivery, but I liked having quick grab, healthy things on hand too.

A readiness to say NO (if you want to)! I wanted to mention this here. Each time I've given birth, well-meaning people come in and will ask certain things of you and baby- like if you would like to publish your little one's picture and info in the paper, take some free portraits with the hospital photographer, whatever. I remember feeling overwhelmed the first time I gave birth, and I said yes to things I didn't want to say yes to! This time I was happy to say no- no to the newspaper photo, no to the free photo session (Where do the originals of these photos end up anyway? Do they retain the rights?), no to the hospital chaplain praying over my baby, no to support services following up every week with a check in call. Don't feel bad saying no, mama. You do what's right for you and YOUR little one.

Also- I know many parents bring along all sorts of things from noise machines to playlists to make their delivery room peaceful and homelike. Keep in mind that I had a c-section, so many of the birthing items another woman may need, I did not! :)

Other items you may want to consider-

Pajamas- So this is a new one for me. I see post-birth photos all of the time with these beautiful mamas in these cute pjs and think to myself, what?! How and why would they wear that? But this time I wanted to try and bring some along, just to see if I would indeed wear them, rather than just keep on the hospital gown my whole stay like I usually do, and let me tell you, I actually preferred them (I got a pair of these Eberjey pajamas). The morning after my c-section I got in the shower in my room at the birthing center, removed the dressing from my incision, put on these pajamas, and felt so so much better. I went up a size to accommodate my belly and nursing, and I am definitely sold. It was so easy to just open up the pajama top rather than fiddle with the hospital gown buttons over and over (it's so hard to get them matched up after you unsnap them!), the soft pants went high up over my incision, and I feel really good and dare I say CUTE when visitors came. Looking cute not being the focus at all, but it did feel good to feel fresh and clean in my own clothes. If I was to have another baby I would totally bring them along again. And best of all because they're in a bigger size they're perfect for postpartum days at home. I did try out two options- Target has much cheaper set, but they pilled after one wash and looked pretty bad, where these did not which led me to feel like they were worth the investment. Tip: get a BLACK pair, in case of any blood leakage, which you may have, and be prepared that these WILL get breast milk or formula on them, and god knows what else. Yay for washing machines! ;)

Robe- Another "extra" item I wasn't sure I would actually use, but I would put this robe on over my pajamas when we had visitors. I was there for three days so I enjoyed having these little bits of home with me, and I am continuing to wear the robe now. Easy to feed baby if you're nursing, a nice comfy layer, and just a very cute loungey thing to throw on for visitors at the hospital or in those early days.

Nursing pillow- I have brought along a nursing pillow for each birth and have always loved using it. It saves your back and neck, and just makes things more comfortable whether you're feeding in bed or in a chair. If you're not nursing, this can also be used by you or your partner for easier bottle feeding!

Slippers- I do not bring along slippers, but I know many women do like having their special pair from home. I personally don't like to bring home any germs from the hospital floor so I keep my slippers at home and instead wear the Totes-like slipper/socks they provide so I can throw them away when I'm done.

Things you do NOT need:

Underwear and pads- The hospital will provide you with mesh underwear (trust me you will want to wear these, and they accommodate the huge pads you will have to wear too). Make sure you ask for some of these to take home and wear them those first few days! They're so comfy and if you're having a c-section they're invaluable as they will go right up over your incision. You throw them away after wearing them once, so no worries about bleeding on them. Another thing you don't need to bring- pads. Some women like to bring their own Depends, but I didn't and just stuck with the hospital pads. Also be sure to ask for some to take home and grab the squeezy bottle if you're allowed to also! You'll know exactly what I mean once you give birth! ;)

Water bottle- The hospital will most likely provide you with the mama trophy, a big plastic jug with a bendy straw! I loved this thing, and especially love it now that my water bottle of choice is a heavy Hydroflask that feels dangerous drinking over nursing Olive's head!

Things baby needs:

Carseat- You cannot leave the hospital without it!

Baby's "Going Home" outfit- Bring this in MULTIPLE sizes! I brought two sizes, because I just wasn't sure what size Olive would be. With the boys I always brought the Newborn size, and 0-3 just in case. I'm not sure why, but with Olive I thought to bring along the Preemie size (up to 7lbs) just in case and I'm so glad I did. She's a little peanut, born at 7lb 2oz and dropping down a bit after birth. She was swimming in the newborn size and the preemie was almost too big also. I was thankful I had thought to grab it. And a quick tip- be sure it is a two piece- I find these are easier to manage, especially with a snap-top/kimono style tee. Here's what Olive wore home.

Other items you may want to consider:

A special hat- I knew I wanted a hat with a big bow, which our hospital does not provide. So I ordered this one on Amazon and LOVED it. It was the perfect size, much stretchier than the one the hospital did provide, and a really adorable keepsake.

Swaddle blankets- I only used these to take some cute photos in the hospital, so these are a total extra, but I recommend bringing one along just so you have it. The birthing center we delivered at provides blankets, but you cannot take them home, so we also used the swaddle blanket we brought to cover up her legs in her carseat leaving the hospital.

Bows- Being that Olive is our first girl, I knew a tiny little bow would be packed in our bag. She only wore it for a few photos, but I'm glad I had it.

Extra clothing- I always throw 1-2 extra baby outfits in my bag. I didn't use them this time, or the times before, but if you're extra ambitious you may want to dress baby in his or her own clothing. Our hospital provides those handy snap tees, socks, etc., and each of my children just wore those their whole stay until they put their going home clothing on.

Things baby does NOT need:

First of all, you could literally bring NOTHING for baby except a going home outfit and a car seat, and be a-okay! But here are the things you definitely do not need-

Diapers and wipes- The hospital will provide these for you, and probably give you some to take home too!

Baby bathtime items- The nurses will give baby their first "bath" (more like a wipe down) and you won't give the baby any sort of bath until they are home.

And here is a list of all items I packed, organized into one list so it's a little more clear:

For me:

Birdling Bag
Wallet for Hank and myself- IDs and insurance cards
Extra long phone charging cable or portable charger
Filing folder for keeping keepsakes wrinkle/crush free
Going-home outfit
Pajamas and/or robe
Nursing Pillow

For baby:

Going home outfit
Special hat
Swaddle blanket
Extra clothing

Good luck, mamas! Sending you all happy, healthy birthing wishes.

Let me know if you have ANY questions in the comments below!


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Weekend Links

Hello! It's been over a week since Olive arrived and I have SO much to share about our little sweetheart. I'm getting back into the swing of blogging in the next couple of weeks, but while I've been nursing in the middle of the night I've been bookmarking some good reads that I wanted to share quickly tonight. :) Enjoy!

First, what we can all learn from the abuse on Big Little Lies.

Listen to this: Simply Happy.

And watch this.

The Pope on panhandling.

Mules, mules and more mules. Loving these all for Spring! (hint: sort by price, some of these shoes are beautiful but very expensive!)

I've also been LOVING this brand for Spring/Summer. I got the Bali Jumpsuit recently and it's really cute.

Are you planning on seeing this movie?

Can't wait to bake these paleo muffins.

And speaking of, what a Paleo diet really looked like.

Loving: this top, any of these sunglasses (love this brand), and this button up.

For a cheaper sunglasses option, these are my go-to! They're total Karen Walker look-alikes and I love them.

9 questions that will help you find your dream career.

Wishlist: this bracelet, this dress, and either of these hats.

Why is Silicon Valley so awful to women?

How to declutter your kids' toys.

I love reading about what other people are reading.

And as for me, I'm currently reading this book, and loving it.

The top five regrets of the dying.

We should all be napping more!

And finally, read this: The Disease of More.


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

And Just Like That...

And just like that it's the week of Olive's birth. We all can't believe it- I know time is time, but I swear, these nine months went by so much faster than we anticipated. Soon we'll have a brand new baby, two big brothers, a Mom and a Dad who are new "girl" parents, and really a huge shift in our entire world. Four to five. Brand new for all.

I look at these photos and I think back to hiking through the mountains of Switzerland last summer with Hank. We would spend our days in these beautiful places, walking in the greenest greens we've ever laid eyes on, over steep mountain tops, through the most beautiful little towns. We would end our evenings eating big dinners, drinking beer and wine, talking and dreaming about our future. We knew on that trip it was completely possible we would be bringing home something extra so we talked about it a lot. What life would be like with three boys, or with two boys and a girl, how things would change with three excited we were to grow our family. It was the first time we weren't trying not to have a baby, and all of my heart believed that we really would be conceiving a baby in Switzerland. But even with all of my wishing, hoping, and believing, it was still a shock to see that positive pregnancy test later that summer.

We will never be here again. We will never be days away from meeting our baby, the anticipation and excitement bubbling up every other minute, taking walks with the boys full of talking about what she'll be like, spending my nights reading in bed feeling kicks and turns and little hiccups inside of my belly. This is the last go-round for us, and I have cherished every moment of this beautiful gift. Each pregnancy has been such a special time in my life, and as I type this I'm finding myself getting emotional knowing these few days are a goodbye to that chapter. But more than anything, a much, much bigger hello.

Friday is it, and over these next few days I'm going to focus on paying close attention to these last days. Soaking up every little bit, trying to memorize every feeling. We are so ready to meet this little girl, and my heart is already bursting with the joy she is sure to bring.

Happy birth-week, little one.


Going Natural in Olive's Nursery (Plus a Giveaway!)

There is such an over abundance of decisions to make when having a baby. So much gear, so many items to pore over, maybe even obsess over if you're like me...and it can be overwhelming. There are some big things though, where the decision can be made pretty simple, and for us, it's picking a natural mattress. When Henry was a baby "natural" mattresses were very expensive, and we did the best we could and got something that worked for us at the time. Now though there are some amazing options out there that are very affordable, and give parents the peace of mind to know their baby is sleeping sounding on something healthy. When you think about, babies spend SO much time on their crib mattress, so even a splurge in this area for something really safe is alright by me.

Brentwood Home is a new-to-me brand that I'm really excited about. When I discovered their line of baby and kid products I knew immediately this was a company I wanted to work with on this blog, not only to use their items in our own home, but to make sure that parents and caregivers who read this blog are in the know too- they're that great! They have a wide variety of baby, toddler and kiddo items, but the thing that first caught my eye were their crib mattresses. 

Brentwood Home has varying price points of $159-$349 for their crib mattresses, and each one is free of chemicals- they are the most natural mattress you will find anywhere. Their waterproof surface is completely PVC-Free, they use a special fire barrier protectant of hydrated silica- the same compounds as the gemstone opal, and the mattresses meet and exceed federal flammability and CPSC standards. They're also completely free of lead and phthalates. Plus as a bonus, they're made in the USA (right in Los Angeles, California!). Having one of these mattresses in Olive's crib just makes me feel good, and it's one of those important items I'm happy to have spent some time researching. Plus it will grow with her- their crib mattresses are two stage mattresses, meaning they are double sided, with the "firm" side being for infants, and the other side for the next stage into toddlerhood. We got the Wildfern, whose handcrafted cover is made with a waterproof top panel which makes cleaning easy (important!). The firm side has a 3” organic coconut-husk layer for infants to provide support, while the soft side has 1” organic latex layer for toddlers to add pressure relief. 

And another thing I love, Brentwood Home also makes a changing pad. The pad is a simple and functional addition to Olive's room that is completely nontoxic and free of phthalates and heavy metals. It comes with an organic cover that can be used, or switched out for something else. After using a couple different changing pads with the boys, this is by far the best quality and size.

And good Brentwood Home is offering a giveaway for Sometimes Sweet readers. Enter via the widget below- a winner will be chosen Tuesday, March 14 and announced via this post, so check back. Good luck!

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This post and giveaway was shared in partnership with Brentwood Home, who also 
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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Weekend Links

Happy Sunday! We had a great weekend- out of town visitors, basketball games, and counting down until Olive arrives in five short days. Can't wait to meet her. Here are some links to finish up your weekend.

Thank you to everyone who sent me emails about the Trader Joe's applesauce recall! Scary.

Have you read this article about Generation X yet?

Social media isn't the reason you feel inadequate.

Meryl Streep's tragic romance.

Here's the link to the mirror above! It's one of my favorite things in Olive's room. The dress is by Tucker and Tate.

I hit up Shopbop's sale this past week and I picked up a couple of things for after baby, including one of these simple one piece bathing suits and a pair of these flip flops for the pool.

I typically try to take most of the weekend off, so I relate to this article a lot. It's so important for me...and my whole family!

"No, you cannot have a few minutes of my time."

Experiences over things.

Want to raise empowered women? Start in middle school.

I'm raising girls who are includers.

A good read on what happened with the Oscars "Best Picture" mistake.

I LOVE these jeans, and they're 15% off right now.

Wishlist: one, two and three.

What's wrong with my plant?

An interesting, inspiring read on the work/life balance.

Explore your life in history.

You do not have to be good.

Dreaming of Palm Springs, and I would definitely have to take one of these along.

On-site childcare is a win for everyone.

The difference between decluttering and minimalism.

Well Rounded featured me on their site this week- check it out here.

Want to hike Half Dome in Yosemite (I loved it!). The lottery for permits is open now.

I enjoyed this read: Spring health tips.

When your greatest romance is a friendship.

Currently reading this inspiring book.

Packing up my hospital bag this weekend and I brought a short sleeve set of these.

"Why I'm leaving Snapchat and so are all your friends."

And finally, read this. And have tissues handy.


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Why Register for a 3rd Baby?

It's crazy how much changes in a year. And tack on a few more on top of that, and you have a whole new ballgame. Working in the baby industry I see a LOT of change, and it's amazing to look back at when Henry was a baby over six years ago and marvel at how different things are even in that relatively short time. And even in the past three and half since Charlie was born, baby gear has dramatically changed and improved! So when we found out we were pregnant with baby #3, I knew we would have to update a lot of what we had.

I don't think a veteran Mom's first instinct is to register for baby stuff, right? It definitely wasn't mine, but thanks to working with Babylist on some Ergobaby projects throughout the previous year, I knew that even though I thought registering wouldn't be for me, it was a site I wanted to explore once we became pregnant. So once we announced and friends and family started asking what we needed for this little one, I became curious and made an account.

Have you looked at the Babylist site before? Sponsored post or not, I would have shared about it because it's just that cool. You can register for ANY item, from ANY site, and it's all organized and streamlined in one place. Adding items is extremely easy and quite similar to Pinterest. It's so intuitive and simply to use, and what I love most about it is that you can add anything you heart desires, like a Juju hat from Zeal Living, headbands from Etsy, a necklace from Made by Mary, or books from Amazon. With Henry I registered with a big box company, but so much of what I loved came from smaller online stores that obviously weren't compatible with that. But with Babylist you can add it all, from anywhere.

Another big thing I love is all of the info in their Hello Baby section. I've been out of the baby game with my own kids for awhile, so it was VERY helpful to go through their articles and rediscover items I'd forgotten all about and find new-to-me things to register for too. I particularly loved this article about baby essentials- it's a must-read for any soon to be parent. A couple other good reads: how to choose a baby rocker, bouncer or swing, and ANY of their sample registries

And now with our third baby, and especially having a baby girl, we needed quite a few new things. I decided to just go for it and register, and found the entire process to be SO MUCH FUN. If you're in the fence about doing so for a second, third, or fourth it. The entertainment level is so high, and I found it great for a few reasons-

1. It allows family and friends to get a sense of what you need for your baby, be it your first or fifth. People want to shower the mother-to-be with love and gifts, and this just makes it easier for everyone. We already had so much stuff, but we did need some new items (I'll talk more about these below), and it was nice I could have them all in one place and easy for anyone to access. 

2. Get organized. I found the registry invaluable in organizing what we needed, what we had, etc. I essentially used Babylist as huge "to-do" list while getting Olive's room together, and along the way our loved ones were able to contribute some fun items to her room, which I loved! I added a TON of books from Amazon and Anthropologie to my list and almost every single one was purchased by a friend of family member. Nothing makes me happier than looking at her bookshelf and seeing all of these beautiful new titles from some of our favorite people.

3. Add and edit from your phone. Babylist's app is GREAT, and a huge reason I ended up really loving the site. I would often be on my phone and come across something amazing, and I could easily add it to my registry via the app. This was very helpful and a huge selling point for me!

As far as what I had to register for for Olive, there were quite a few things. The obvious being girl clothing- I didn't add too much, just her going home outfit- but I did do a lot of accessories like bows, a bonnet, socks, etc. We needed a new baby monitor (ours was outdated so I read up here), and a new "co sleeper" type of thing, and a new crib mattress. See below for photos around our nursery and notes about each item, and links below the photos to read more.

Freshly Picked moccs are my favorite and I tell all my friends to get them. I've used them with both boys and it's so neat you can use Babylist to register for them on the FP site, or places that carry them, like Nordstrom. Be sure to check out their $45 classic version.

Our crib is from Fisher-Price (available at Target!), our rug is from Anthropologie, and the Juju hat  on the wall is from Zeal Living. Again, all able to be registered for on Babylist- I love that.

Have you tried Bebe au Lait's super soft blankets? These are the SOFTEST blankets we own, and last and last. Highly recommend.

DIAPERS! This was a must for registering- no matter what baby you're having, they'll need diapers (disposable or cloth)! I usually like to have three boxes of Newborn diapers on hand, a big box of Size 1, and then go from them. We've always used Pampers Sensitive Swaddlers until baby is out of Size 1, then move to Costco diapers, which are the best! Their wipes are our go-to also. We got this changing pad, and the basket above is from Land of Nod.

One big plus to Babylist is that you can register for ALL of your babywearing items in one place. My three must-haves for different reasons are the Solly Baby wrap, Sakura Bloom sling, and the Ergobaby Adapt. You can use each of these from day one (no infant insert needed with the Ergo!), but I find myself reaching for them based on whatever mood I'm in, or what we'll be doing/where we're going. 

Bows and girly accessories are a whole new world to me, and these are another fun item I added to my registry. I'll share my favorites once Olive is here and gets to try them out.

These are a couple things I'll be throwing in my diaper bag and keeping in the car. On the left side is a huge wet/dry bag, and the item on top is a handy changing pad, both from Skip Hop. It buckles up small, so you can make any bag into a diaper bag, and it's very handy for back of the SUV diaper changes. 

And finally, the NoseFrida. This is a MUST for any registry. We used this with Charlie and it's just a no brainer. Seems gross before you try it, but then you realize how much better it is than the normal "snot sucker" bulb thing from the hospital. I can't recommend this enough.

Like I mentioned above, we also added on a monitor, co-sleeper and a crib mattress. I added a TON of books to our Babylist, and I'll be sharing a post about what we chose soon. You can read more about tried and true items here, and new things we're looking to try here. Most of all I really want to encourage you to check out Babylist if you're's so much fun and incredibly useful too.

Now, off to nest (and rest!) some more as Olive will be here NEXT WEEK!


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