What’s in the Hospital Bag: Newborn Edition

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

So I cannot make a blog post about what’s in my new Ella Dane diaper backpack, without highlighting the fact that I’m about to be a mother of trés babés! The last time I had to think about a baby bag and newborn essentials was almost four years ago! 

The first time around I had a Coach Baby bag, and it was almost the size of a weekend bag. Since I took very good care of it, I was able to use it 3.5 years later for my son. 

But that bag is long gone, and I wanted something cuter, allowed me to truly be hands free (My old bag always had to be shifted from shoulder to shoulder for comfort and basically got in the way). 

With my style changing over the last 3.5 years, I wanted something that was easy multi-functional, practical and had a minimal and classic vibe. The faux leather, which makes it wipeable is a plus! 

Thanks to the right hash tag, and the final search, I came across Lorenda’s perfect diaper backpack, Ella Dane Designs.  
From one Mama to another, and my love for small business’, I had to support. Literally, I knew I had to have it as soon as I saw it! The reviews, were helpful, the bag looked (and once it made its way home to Mama) is roomy, and it has the leather-like look and style I was looking for! This bag comes with a strap to wear as a shoulder bag and an attachable zippered bottle holder (not pictured). 

Thanks to a couple of Pinterest post, here’s what I packed for baby boy in his diaper backpack. 

-2 hats
-2 mittens 
-3 socks 
-3 onesies 
-2 sleepers 

-1 burp cloth 
-1 going home outfit 
-1 receiving blanket 
-1 blanket 


The hospital has there own supply they encourage you to use, but I have my own preference. So these items and Baby toiletries (as far as shampoo etc is optional as well). 

Items that I packed temporarily for the hospital:
brush and comb 
soap and lotion for his first bath. 

Going home outfit! So cute, I can't stand it!

And then we can’t forget about Mama! 
Since your baby bag is basically meant to hold a few of your essentials as well, here are mine:

-breast pads (I’m sticking more than this in there, but these were samples, and they will be used!) 

I’ll have my own bag for the hospital, but afterwards I plan to place my phone, wallet, and a snack in here. 
I’ll pack an extra shirt in there as well and a shirt and change of underwear for big brother, in the near future. 

Every time I walk into the boys room and see my new diaper bag pack ready for use, the more anxious I get for Baby G3’s arrival. I cant wait to rock this backpack as a mama of 3, confidently and comfortably! 

-xo Natasha 

What I Plan to Do as a Mother of Three

Thursday, May 10, 2018

(habits, behavior, speech)... 

The fruitage of the spirit! (Galatians 5:22)
Be the best role model I can for them to follow, because they will always be looking. 
Teach them through love, discipline and action 
(speaks louder than words). 
Uplift my only daughter, encourage my middle child and first son, and guide my youngest, son. 
As a mother I will uplift, encourage and guide them all, 
but with their different age groups, 
and alignment in the family, 
I’ll try to cater to their needs as seems fit.

(take my time, plan more, self care)... 

I know there will only be so much I can do 

with an almost 8 year old, preschooler 
and infant whom I’ll be breastfeeding, 
so I will work at making the best use of my time. (Ephesians 5:16).
I’m already a planner and to-do lister, 
so I’ll continue to do that and more! I might as well 
become an ambassador for Post-It’s.  
And of course, I have to make sure I take care of me: 
Spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally. 
I can’t pour out from an empty vessel 
and I talked about it in an old post how I already 
teach my first two children the importance of them having time 
to themselves and allowing Mommy to do the same. 
Maintaining my faith and spiritual well-being, eating healthy and resting, even when I want to go go go. 
Positive affirmations, and communicating my feelings and thoughts to my husband, children and others as well.

(let myself and the kids esp. make mistakes)...

 Give myself leeway for doing the best that I can, 

and allow the kids to grow into themselves as we transition and they figure out their new or heightened roles. 
I’ll have to keep in mind there will be more messes 
and  repeated mistakes. 
I have to make the effort to continue to be reasonable and patient with my babies 
and myself as well.
Be present, practical, and forgiving. 

I know I won't remember this all at once, 

but I know the best thing about journaling 
or writing things down, is that I can always come back 
to refer and reflect. 
I’ll keep trying and as long as my blood is in their veins, 
I will do my very best. 

-xo Natasha 
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