This week was bag packing week! I unpacked our bags from D.C. and filled up my duffle and diaper bag with all the essentials, which also made me realize that I actually have to give birth in 4-6 weeks yeeee! I am more nervous about this birth experience but also more excited. I feel more prepared since I already know in general what to expect during and after labor, but at the same time that also makes me more anxious! Especially because this time I also have a toddler who is suddenly very attached to me. Last time, I packed a lot of unnecessary items such as my bose music player and an inflatable exercise ball…both of which went untouched, and didn’t bring things like nursing pads! I had a birth playlist all picked out and a printed out birth plan. Ha!! Granted, I had a very quick labor (4 hours) so there just wasn’t the opportunity to even want music, and my birth plan was very open but all of that goes out the window the moment the baby’s heart starts to decelerate. The point: I have lived and learned, and therefore the contents of my hospital bag are quite a bit different than the first time. With that in mind, in this post I will tell you all the lovely things I am putting in my bag (for me and for baby)! Continue reading
I often find myself feeling guilty when Nesrine and I are stuck at home for the day. I try to go out with her at least once every day, even if it is simply outside to play or to go to the library. We both seem to always feel better to get out for a bit. Some days that just doesn’t happen…she is home with the nanny while I take care of errands or doctor appointments, or the weather is bad for driving, or I don’t have the energy for it and we just can’t get it together to get out. You mamas out there know exactly what I mean. Mamas-to-be, you will find out soon 🙂 Continue reading
So, you want to take an international trip with your little one? YAY! Even with a baby, this is such a valuable and enriching experience for your family. I promise. You aren’t crazy! However, it is a daunting task to travel for 12 hours (and often times much more), as well as pack for an extended stay away from the comforts of home. Let me share with you my borderline crazy, obsessive planning techniques. I truly hope this will empower you to go explore somewhere and to enjoy every moment!
I will start with travel tips and strategies for planning a long trip with a little one in general, and then go into details of travel broken down by age (baby and toddler). The reason being is because, as you know, a newborn is vastly different from a 5 month old who is vastly different from a 13 month old who is vastly different from a 2 year old. Okay. Let’s take this journey together! Continue reading
Now that my due date for baby girl#2 is approaching (June 1!), I have started to go through Nesrine’s baby clothes and bring all the baby gear out of storage. This, of course, comes with a big dose of nostalgia! Anyhow, with all the products out there to pick from, I have found that the best way to find the most useful and functional ones is usually from other moms. So today I present to you a list of baby gear that I couldn’t live without. I won’t go into the cons of each product, just know that no product is completely perfect but these are some of the ones I found to be pretty close to it! Click on the photos in each gallery for more details and my explanation! Leave me comments if you’d like to hear more about a product. Continue reading
Yesterday Nesrine and I went to the National Aviary in Pittsburgh, one of her favorite places right now. It is truly an amazing place! We have been there close to a dozen times in the last few months, and it struck me that it was one of the last big attractions that I took her to experience. Since birth she has come along with me regularly to Phipps Conservatory, to all of the wonderful museums Pittsburgh has to offer, to the Zoo, and so on. But somehow we never made it to The Aviary. I think the reason I was hesitant was that I didn’t know what to expect at The Aviary, and being the planner that I am, I always plan ahead as much as possible (and I’m sure you mamas of young children can relate to that sentiment!). So, here is how I plan our visit to get the most out of our time. Hopefully it will give you a better idea of what to expect, especially if you haven’t yet taken your toddler for a visit! Continue reading