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Labor + Delivery Hospital Bag Checklist

Packing your hospital bag for labor and delivery can be overwhelming, especially for first-time moms. What do you need? What can you do without? Well, I’ll tell you how it was for us!

I scoured Pinterest for the most minimalist of lists. I did not want to bring anything that we didn’t actually need, and even with doing that, I had a suitcase filled with things we didn’t even end up using.

Here is my hospital checklist split into what we needed and what we could have left at home:

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Ramblings on the Newborn Stage

Props to all the moms who actually love the newborn stage. Don’t get me wrong, I’m beyond in love with my newborn, but the newborn stage is nothing short of the most exhausting, and at times frustrating, thing I’ve ever experienced. 

Usually things come really easily to me. And I never realized how much I have taken this for granted. English. Math. College. Sports. Fashion. Getting jobs. Being a boss at all those jobs. Being a good wife. Being a good friend. Being a good daughter. No, those things weren’t (and aren’t) easy, but they came easily because I mostly had complete control over my performance and output, so I worked to make sure I was the best. 

Being a mom to a newborn has not come easily for me. Because it’s not just my performance or output anymore. There’s another human involved, and everything is affected by how he feels and what he needs at any given moment. 

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A Letter to My Son

With our due date nearly a week away, I wanted to open up about something that’s big on my heart. I know God is calling me to write a book on the topic of worriers vs. warriors. 

I have always known I wanted to write a book, but I never in a million years imagined it would evolve around the topic of parenting and kids, especially considering some would argue I am not officially a mom until my baby gets here. 

However, I kind of love the fact that this revelation came to me in a season before I even became pregnant, because it serves as a reminder to be humble and know that this is God’s work through me, not something I can just do in my own effort.

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