What´s in my hospital bag the second time around…

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hospital bag, second child, childhome, mommy bag, packing list, hospital essentials, second baby, packing

hospital bag, second child, childhome, mommy bag, packing list, hospital essentials, second baby, packing

hospital bag, second child, childhome, mommy bag, packing list, hospital essentials, second baby, packing

hospital bag, second child, childhome, mommy bag, packing list, hospital essentials, second baby, packing

hospital bag, second child, childhome, mommy bag, packing list, hospital essentials, second baby, packing

hospital bag, second child, childhome, mommy bag, packing list, hospital essentials, second baby, packing

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FYI: I prepared this blog post before our baby girl arrived so there would still be fresh content on the blog while I am taking a break from blogging. That’s why you’ll still see me pregnant or referencing my pregnancy in some upcoming blog posts!

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Delivering a baby the second time around also brings its ups and downs although you have been through it once. You know exactly what happens but therefore you know EXACTLY what happens so it won´t be as much of a surprise. 

I am definitely packing smarter and lighter the second time around (which doesn´t mean that I still overpack) cause I know what I needed and what not plus I now know what I haven´t packed and missed dearly. Other than that lots of things are on repeat but I got this neat weekender bag with leopard print and a matching diaper backpack.

What´s in my hospital bag the second time around…

For the baby 

– monogrammed hat and bow, mittens, little shoes for going home, several pacifier cause I don´t know now which one she will like, a cute toy for pictures and of course the most adorable bag for baby girl´s things

 

– aiden + anais gowns, pj´s, velcro swaddle, Love To Swaddle Sleepsack, white noise mashine

 

– burp clothes (which I am also planning on using as backdrop for pictures), monogrammed blanket, diaper bag for our way home

 

– going home outfit for warm and for cool days, several onesies, outfits for photos in the hospital

For mama

– definitely my own pillow and blanket

– hakaa silicone pump, little baby bottle to feed the milk from the other breast, portable fan, night light, extra long charging cable and other adapter, ear pods, Laptop

– make-up bag and train case with toiletries, snacks, medicine and everything I need to take a shower, my own big bath towel 

– huge water tumbler, hemorroid pillow, personal documents, little wallet with coins

– hospital gown, several nightgowns, nursing pj´s, robe for pictures, nursing bras, going home outfit, shower shoes

(I haven´t shared any pictures cause it is mostly the stuff I packed for my first delivery. You can view it here.)

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Helena´s Birth Story…

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Our little girl is now two and a half weeks old and I am finally sharing my birth story before I am forgetting all the little details. 

This time around I had an epdiural and to say I have lots of regrets not getting one the first time would be the understatement of the century. 

I had a very calm, positive and conscious birth experience with Helena. The midwife that was caring for us was amazing. I was so thankful for her every minute. And because of the epidural I could rest a little (really only a little because it went so fast) before pushing her out.

The birth only took 6 hours in total which was half the time with Emilia but she also decided that she wanted to come in the middle of the night. I guess all of our children are little night owls.

So let´s have a look at the timeline. I noticed that something wasn´t right at about 18:15. I felt a gush of water coming out but wasn´t sure if it was amniotic fluid. But very soon two to three other came out and I was calling the hospital asking them what was best to do because my water didn´t brake with Emilia unitl the very end of pushing. They told me to stay calm, take a shower, eat something and come in after that so that they could have a look at me. 

I packed up the rest of my things, gave my mom some instructions cause she came over to be with Emilia, did my hair and put on some fresh clothes and then we headed straight to the hospital (I had showered in the afternoon and we just had dinner when my water started breaking). On the way to the hospital my contractions started and all the memories of my first delivery and the fear of pain came back. I have lost so much amniotic fluid at home that I thought I must be empty but there was so much more coming out during the drive and after.

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birth story, hospital, real life, baby picsy, mommy and me, labor and delivery

We arrived at the hospital at 19:46 and got checked in shortly after. It was a stormy night but you know what they say, storms bring the babies and I guess that is true. I was put onto the CTG at 20:08 for about an hour and then I was checked by a doctor who looked how much I was dilated, made a Covid test, an ultrasound and all the paperwork. At time point my contractions got pretty consistent and strong and I was admitted to labour and delivery.

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I got settled in and changed into my hospital gown cause my dress was super wet plus I immediately told the nurse I wanted an epidural. The anesthetist came around 22:30 and it took another 3o minutes to set up everything and get the epdiural working. The process went by super quick and didn´t hurt much. I was super happy that it worked out cause my contractions were pretty painful and consistent at this point because I was dilating so quickly.

After that it was pretty chill. I layed down with my own pillow and my super soft blanket and was just happy that I could rest a little. I didn´t feel any contractions at this point only a little pressure down there. I was shaking and freezing from the epidural but the midwife said it was totally normal so I wasn´t too worried and just waited. 

At around 00:15 she came back and after a short look she said I was ready to push, we just had to wait for the doctor to help delivery the baby. 

I pushed about 5 times and she was out at 00:39 screaming immediately with a head full of dark hair I was wishing for. It was just perfect. She was checked and then given to me immediately for skin to skin and we got to enjoy her for the next two hours all by ourselves. She weighed 3460 gr and was 53 cm big (Emilia was 50 cm and 3260 gr when she was born) and looked so super tiny. She had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck twice but apparently this is very common and in most cases not dangerous. 

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I also got to see the placenta and the amniotic sac this time around and it was pretty cool to have a look at an organ that´s only purpose was to grow and nourish your baby for nine months.

After that I went to our room and my husband went home. Helena and I spent our first night together and it wasn´t too bad. Totally forgot how often newborns eat and need their diapers changed.

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birth story, hospital, real life, baby picsy, mommy and me, labor and delivery 

My birth experience has been totally different this time. It was like day and night but there aren´t two births that are alike even if you have multiple children. 

We were discharged from the hospital after two days and I have never been happy to get home. I missed my Emilia pretty bad and I also wanted my own shower and bed. 

   

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Diaper Bag Organisation for a Toddler…

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Having a toddler of two years now doesn´t mean I am carrying less with me than having a newborn baby. Although the things are really different a toddler definitely requires a lot of stuff too.

Especially when you have an active one like we do. I always have a change of clothes for Emilia with us as well as a towel, some burp clothes, lots of wipes and snacks. Having all things diaper change with us hasn´t changed, only the size of the diapers. 

To be honest I have tried a fair share of diaper bags and non-diaper bags I wanted to make work but haven´t been very satisfied with either solution. Most of the diaper bags are just too small and I can not fit all the things in there and that totally annoys me. Then I got an insert for the Neverfull (I have the large one) but this wasn´t the perfect solution as well and I didn´t like it as much as I wished cause I wanted a bag that closes with a zipper.

Then I have found out about the MC Wallace but I was hesitant at first cause it is pricey but the pros definitely outweigh the cons. It is durable, lightweight, easy to clean, big enough to fit all of our stuff and available in lots of colors.

My model is the MC Wallace Large MetroTote in color Magnet. I do not have the Deluxe Edition cause I don´t need the shoulder straps as the handles are wide enough to wear over the shoulder.

I got the dark grey color cause it matches our stroller really good but I was eyeing with the shiny golden color as well. The Metro Tote closes with a zipper and stays closed on its own which I appreciate very much. It fits lots of Emilia´s stuff and will also come in very handy when we have to carry baby no. 2´s things as well. 

So far I have never looked bag and didn´t regret getting it at all. It really is a great bag and would also make an amazing bag for a weekend away or for travelling on a plane. It still looks brand new although we use it every day.

How I organize our diaper bag

As far as organizing goes I love to use those document folders that close with a zipper. I got different sizes for to store and organize all the different things in the bag. I hate searching  a bag up and down for things. This is really irritating for me and makes me super angry.

To make it even easier to find stuff (even for the husband) I got a bunch of cute little sticker tags from an etsy shop and I definitely love how it turned out. I got one for snacks, books, pens and cards, extra clothes, wipes and small medical things.

 

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Gift Guide – Toddler Girl Ages 1 – 2…

 

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Happy Friday you guys,

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we had the first snowflakes today and Emilia was so happy about it and showed them to me several times. She is in such a cute stage it is amazing how sweet she is at times. 

Finally able to share some gift guides with you guys and I wanted to start with a toddler gift guide cause it might be the easiest for me. I actually wanted to get only two presents for Emilia but somehow I caved and got her a lot more cause she has shown interest in so many things lately I went with a lot more things than planned but hey we just gonna save it for the next kid am I right?!

I got the Kinetic Sand weeks ago cause Emilia loved to play in her sandbox all Summer and she missed it a lot but it is just super cold outside so this was a huge hit and it is super easy to clean up. Doesn´t bother me at all.

Other things I got for her are the craddle and a baby doll, the play kitchen and some cute wooden food to play with and the vacuum cleaner cause every time I vacuume she wants to join so bad. My little helper girl.

 

play kitchen / baby doll / craddle / vacuum cleaner / wooden unicorn / tea set / wooden food

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