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Minimalist Hospital Bag

Hi friends!

I thought I would share with you guys what I packed up to bring with us for baby number 3! If you'd like to read her birth story (it's a fun one!) you can do that here.

I really narrowed down what I brought with  me this time! I found that with Avery and Ryder I took way to much and didn't have the time to unpack my bag for weeks, haha! This time I just took what I really needed and if the hospital provided it, I didn't bring it! I had one backpack and it was perfect!

The bag I chose is just Sadie's diaper bag, the Ana bag by my favorite diaper bag brand EVER Lily Jade. More on the bag in a bit!

Here is a list of what I brought:

For me:

  • Robe
  • Nursing Tank 
  • Pj Pants- These are so comfy! Like the most comfy pjs I own!
  • My "going home outfit" which was a mama bear tee from Loved by Hannah an Eli and the best postpartum leggings from Figure 8 Moms they are the Mother Tucker leggings by Belly Bandit
  • Nursing bra, which I didn't end up using, I just used the bra I came in with which was the Adore bralette from BaoBei it was so comfy I didn't want to take it off!
  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste
  • Shampoo, facewash, body wash, hair tie, and I brought nursing pads but wouldn't bring them again, I didn't need them! 
  • Camera
  • Chapstick, haha I was in so much pain when we showed up to the hospital but I had to have my favorite chapstick! It is this one from Sun Bum
  • Wallet

For Baby:

  • One outfit, this one is from Solly Baby and it is so soft! And so perfect for newborns I love it!
  • Two pacis, a wubbanub and PAT from Ryan & Rose
  • Two headbands (I couldn't decide) 
  • One swaddle
  • Letter board for her announcement picture

This bag was so perfect! It was large enough for everything but not bigger than a standard backpack! It has two sides so in the front side I put all my things and on the back side I was able to fit all Saide's things.

It was nice to know where everything is. I hate when my bag is like a black hole and I can't find anything. Especially when you just had a baby and you're tired and your butt hurts.

Here are two pictures of the back side of the bag, it zips all the way open to the bottom of the bag so you can use all  the space. The back pocket is even padded for a laptop!

There is a back pocket here too, you can put the backpack straps in here and use it cross body style as well.

The side pockets are big enough for a bottle, water bottle. I have had diaper bags with pockets that do not fit a sippy cup so I am very excited these do!

This pocket looks small but it goes down deep! I love putting my huge wallet in here, it fits perfect and is easy to get to!

Love these three pockets in the back of the front opening. When I use this as a diaper bag I have my beloved chapstick in here.

This bag makes a great diaper bag, hospital bag and I am planning on using it when I go back to school! It is so beautiful and does not look like a diaper bag. The best part is the quality of Lily Jade is soooo good you guys! I have a bit of a diaper bag obsession because #motherhood and I would pick them again and again. They last! I know they are an investment but if you are wanting more kiddos this one will last for everyone! And if not they hold their resale value which is another perk.

Whether you are having your 1st baby for you 7th I hope this was helpful! When I was at the hospital there wasn't anything I felt like I was missing but this is all really just personal preference but it can be helpful to have a starting place.

In love, Rachel

Sadie's Birth Story

Hi friends!

I can't believe I am sitting down to write Sadie's birth story! I am totally expecting to get interupted like 5 times, and would love to get this done by the time Sadie is ready to eat again.

Wow! That's all I have to say about adding a 3rd baby to our family! Gwen Stefani was right, this is BANANAS!

Sadie is 3 weeks old today and is really sweet guys. Her birth was amazing. My best birthing experience!

She was born April 26th 2019 and my labor started on April 25th around 10pm. On the 25th I had an OB appointment and the OB who saw me gave my membranes a good sweeping (ouch) and after that I started feeling some light contractions so obviously I went to target, to walk about for 2 hours and keep the party going. The light contractions became uncomfortable but I didn't feel like they were bad enough yet.

April 26th 12am: At this point I am in the bathtub like this hurts but I'm okay and I decide to make a labor playlist on spotify. Which was fire btw.

When I got out of the bath I was still in pain and my contractions were actually 5 min apart and really consistent. So I told Blake he definitely was not going into work that morning.

1am: My contractions were still consistent and Blake was asking if we should go to L&D. Google told me I should go seeing as this is my 3rd baby. And the people on the internet made it seem like 3rd babies just shoot out in the car. We had a rental and I really didn't want to explain that to the people at Chevy.

3am rolls around and we have my mom come over to watch the big babies while we go see if it's "time". To preface this, I put on makeup before I left, I feel like that should always be a sign that it's not quite "time" yet haha!

3:30 am We are in the hospital parking lot, so excited! Feeling like this really could be it. Blake prayed for me and Sadie and it was really sweet! He is the best birth coach/partner!

4am I am getting monitored for contractions and they are really just doing an NST because I was only 3cm dilated! Ugh, defeat! They sent me home and basically said, come home when your in enough pain you want to cry. OK.

5am We go home, eat breakfast and I just slept. All morning I just slept in between contractions I don't know how but it was a blessing.

9am Around this time my pain level was the same but we needed to get moving to get this baby out! We decided on a park, but then decided target would be better because it was hot out haha!

10am I was pretty uncomfortable at this point but could still talk through my contractions. My husband decided this was a good time to go to Lowes.

10:30am (at Lowes in labor) Husband informs me we didn't actually need anything at Lowes. Still in labor. We ate Chick Fil A and went to another store.

11am We decided to go home because I couldn't really talk through my contractions at this point.

1pm I am in the bathtub again and not having a great time. In a ton more pain and the bottom half of my body felt like it was splitting down the middle. Contractions are still 5 min apart.

2pm At this point I am low key dying and tell Blake it's time to go, I couldn't even put my pants on by myself so things were pretty serious. Blake was doubting me and thinking we would get sent home again.

3pm Blake was wrong, I showed up to the hospital at 7cm dilated. It took them 30 minutes to get me up to labor and delivery, because my nurse was new and bless her heart, did not know how to get around the hospital.

3:30 at this point I am in extreme, can't breathe, pain, everyone is telling me to slow my breathing and I could not. I have never been in so much pain (except for when I had Avery because yikes) By the time I got up there I was 9cm dilated and the nurse dropped a bomb on me and said, "here's the deal, you might not get your epidural, if your water breaks before or while you're getting it there won't be enough time" She kept asking me if I felt the urge to push and I feel like I didn't but that could have just been me because I didn't want to push without the epidural...I was feeling a TON of pressure.

3:40? This was not okay, I was planning on getting the epidural and nothing sounded better than taking the pain away. I remember praying for everything to work out! And it did! My magical anesthesiologist showed up and was amazing. It was really scary getting it though. I physically could not sit still because of the amount of pain I was in and to get the drugs you have to stay still, because the whole needle in your spine thing. But it worked and I'm pretty sure they hit me with something else because I was feeling great almost instantly.

4pm: All is well in my world, I am joking with my nurses, all is forgiven because before this they stabbed me 14 times trying to get my IV in and couldn't find a vein while I was in excruciating pain.

4:30 ish? Honestly I am not sure I just know my OB was on call and I was so excited that he would be able to deliver my baby! My water broke on it's own and it was time to push!

at 4:44 I caught Sadie and placed her on my chest.  I caught my own baby and it was the most amazing thing EVER. My Dr asked if I would like to grab her and without hesitation I did and WOW. Just the most amazing magical thing ever. Sadie cried and I cried and God was present with us through it all. He is a good good Father!

After birth (AB) haha! We are doing our "golden hour" and Sadie pretty much ate the whole time. She came out 9 lbs being my biggest baby!

I didn't need stitches and was already feeling so much better compared to my other births. I got my mesh undies loaded with an ice pack pad and was just chillin in my postpartum room. I don't think I slept at all that night or the night after but that is okay! There was enough adrenaline to keep me going.

Everything went so smooth for the most part! But when Saide decided it was time she came quick! I am so grateful that everything went well and there were no complications. I am getting to know this sweet baby more and more everyday and I am just so thankful for her.

She is such a sweet blessing and completes our family.

I am excited to post more updates here! In love, Rachel

Beechnut For Baby Number 3!

Time is such a thief! If there is one thing that has been consistent with each of my babies, and it's that the time just goes by WAY to fast.

I know this will be the case with Sadie, so I am just going to try my very best to take in all the snuggles, all the milestones and all the moments that are fleeting. Being completely honest here, this is not easy for me. I often find myself striving, getting to the next "thing," and overall just moving too fast to take in the moments.

I am going to try harder though.

Leave some dishes in the sink, some toys on the floor, and some laundry in the dryer.

As much as I would like to make my own baby food for her, I just don't see myself having the time, so we are going to go with Beech-Nut® Naturals™. Last year, I had the sweetest mommy playdate and all the babes got to try some of the food. It was a hit! And all the coffee was a hit with the mamas!

Here's what I love about Beech-Nut®:
-It is made with simple, natural ingredients nothing crazy here!
-Available in organic! Woo hoo!
-Made with real fruits and veggies like fresh apples and pears! Yum!
-100% natural, nothing artificial
- Only ingredients you can pronounce; this is my favorite!

The best part is convenience! I'm about to have three little ones, and the convenience factor is huge for me! It allows for more time to be intentional with my kiddos and be present in the seemingly small moments.

Tiny Truths

We have a few different bible story books but we love the pictures in this one! This is the new Tiny Truths Illustrated Bible and it takes your from creation to the resurrection in a way to keep little ones engaged! The pictures are great too! Super colorful and fun. Check it out! It’s around 12$ at target and amazon! 

There are even downloadable finger puppets that can be used along with the book such a fun idea!

Avery has been really loving this book which makes my mama heart so happy! I love anything that can encourage these little kiddos of mine to be little men and women of the word!