Second Time Around: What’s In My Hospital Bag

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

The Ultimate Guide: How To Travel Internationally With Your Tiny Human

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