Packing My Hospital Bag

When it comes to packing a hospital bag for birth, I know that the task can seem a bit daunting, especially to new parents.

For me, I kept trying to keep a mental list going, trying to remember everything I would need, and trying to make sure that I wasn’t forgetting anything as well. I also wanted to make sure that the diaper bag was packed with everything I would need for baby, so I wouldn’t be worried about my stuff being mixed with baby stuff, I would be lost without the organization!

When it came to actually getting everything out on a physical list, I love to use an app on my phone that I find super helpful for reminders, grocery lists, to-do lists, and in this case, a packing list. If you have a google account, I love to use the Keep Notes App. Everything is connected to your account, and I find that it is a super convenient way to keep everything in one place and organized.

When packing my hospital bag, I looked at about a thousand different lists, trying to figure out what was an absolute necessity and what was something I could live without. I was also looking back at what I had brought to the hospital when I was giving birth to Sophie, what I didn’t use, and what I wish I had brought. Something I wish I had thought of when I was having Sophie was to remember my own comfort. This time around I wanted to make sure that I brought some things that would help me comfortable for an overnight stay, and if need be, longer. Having a baby is something that you can’t be too prepared for, and you honestly never know how things are going to go.

I made a mental note to bring things from home that would make me feel more at home. This included my own pillow, and my own towel (hospital ones can be scratchy). A few other things I wanted to bring consisted of coconut oil, maternity leggings, postpartum underwear, perineal spray, comfy pajamas, and a postpartum girdle. I know that this item can be quite controversial, but honestly, I loved it after I had Sophie! It helped my mid-section feel stronger and more supported throughout the day, as well as helping my squishy skin feel firmer. This of course is just my own experience, but I really do recommend trying it! Coconut oil is an awesome alternative for nipple butter, and is also a great moisturizer in general! I chose to take maternity leggings for my going home outfit because after giving birth, you do not immediately go back to have a slimmer belly. The rule of thumb that I learned was pack something as if you are 5-6 months pregnant. That is normally the size your belly will be. Something I also made sure to bring was a comfy bra to wear during labor. When I was in labor with Sophie, I felt pretty uncomfortable wearing the hospital gown, so this time around I wanted to make sure I was as free as possible. The bra I decided to wear was the most comfortable and supportive bra I have ever owned! Click the link here to check it out!

When it came to baby boy, one thing that I found so helpful with Sophie that I wanted to bring again were baby nail clippers. Newborns nails can be surprisingly long, and you don’t want them scratching their sweet little faces. I really didn’t feel the need to bring too much for our little man because our hospital provides a lot, such as wipes, diapers, blankets, etc. A few things I decided to pack was a gownie, a going home outfit, a muslin blanket, socks, and a couple props to take photos with. Packing for Joshua was pretty simple.

 Click down below in order to download a more in depth hospital bag checklist as well as links to a few other awesome items!

Hospital Bag Checklist

Milk Snob Nursing Cover


Postpartum Underwear

Baby Gownie

Burp Cloths

I hope you all enjoyed this post and Happy Packing!!

My Pregnancy Workout Routine

Hello Everyone!

Today I wanted to talk about my Pregnancy workout routine, broken up by trimester.

Since Baby Boy is already here, I obviously cannot work out until I am cleared to do so from my doctor at my 6 week appointment, but I am looking forward to jumping back in!

I love working out at home, because 1. It is MUCH easier with a toddler, and 2. Honestly, I sometimes don’t feel super comfortable working out in front of other people. I enjoy working out in my own space, at my own speed, and being able to start and stop is a great part of working out at home while pregnant with a toddler.

My favorite thing to do in order to work out is with a guided workout on YouTube. Usually during nap time is when I get my workout in, I put a guided video on our living room TV and bust out as much as I possibly can.

My favorite first trimester workout to do is the Bump’n Body Prenatal Workout by Tone It Up. I would do this workout 6 times a week and have a day to rest (usually one of Josh’s days off so we can spend time together).

I tried to keep up with it as much as possible, and I did notice that the more I kept up with it, the more energy and less fatigue I had.

In my second trimester, I wanted to change it up a little bit, so in order to do that (and with my new-found energy) I would continue to do the Bump’n Body Prenatal Workout, but also added in the Prenatal Booty Workout and the Quick Upper Body Pregnancy Workout, both by Tone It Up. Even though I had more energy during my second Trimester, I lowered my workouts to 5 times a week, switching off between the original workout and the booty and upper body workouts. Since one was a full body workout, and the other two were targeting specific areas, I would alternate between a day of doing the full body workout and a day of combining the two targeted workouts for my 5 days of workouts that week.

In my last trimester, in the beginning, I would continue to work out 5 times a week, this time switching off between the Upper Body and Booty workouts 4 times a week, and breaking it up with a prenatal yoga routine. My favorite to follow is the 20 Minute Prenatal Bedtime Yoga Routine by SarahBethYoga. I stopped working out 5 times a week around 35 weeks, because I was having a lot of exercise induced Braxton hick’s contractions (definitely not comfortable!). After talking with my doctor, she suggested that from that point on I take it a little easier.

Since 35 weeks I followed along to SarahBethYoga’s prenatal yoga routines 3-4 times a week. I love the bedtime routine, because I find that it is a nice way to end the day with stretching and relaxing my body. Another added benefit is that it helps with my Restless Leg Syndrome (which is an ABSOLUTE life saver!).

I hope you all enjoyed this post and these workouts as much as I do! I will talk to you all in my next post!

(Remember to always talk to your doctor and/or health care provider in order to understand how these exercise routines may affect you, your health and your baby. Always make sure to get everything okayed before engaging in any kind of workout during pregnancy.)

My Second Trimester Recap

Happy March Everyone!

Today I wanted to talk about my Second Trimester Recap (now that I am WELL into my third trimester of my second pregnancy). I wanted to talk about my symptoms and how I handled them, routines and products that I have been using and started using in the second trimester!

To start off, I am happy to say that my nausea dramatically decreased! It was definitely still an issue at some points where I would need to go lie down or avoid a certain kind of food, but nothing like my first trimester. Along with that, my fatigue seemed to go away almost entirely, making it easier for me to get back into my day to day routine.

I definitely felt so much better being able to keep up with Sophie, the house and all of the errands again, and while I had that energy back, I tried to make a point to keep up with all of the chores that had seemed to pile up over the first few months of this pregnancy. This helped me feel more relaxed and at ease as well as giving my mind the clarity I was needing.

Something that, surprisingly, made me feel so much more energetic, was getting into a weekly workout routine, and actually sticking with it. Not only did it help me with staying fit, but like I said before, it gave me the amount of energy I felt as though I was lacking.

I will be posting in an upcoming post my pregnancy workout routine, where to find all of those workouts, as well as a nutritional plan!

My second trimester has definitely been the easiest, and brought back sweet memories of when I was pregnant with Sophie! I have had an amazing time during my second trimester, and felt as though I was able to really enjoy every moment! (Plus, it definitely helped that it was over the holidays! I could actually enjoy all of the fun and deliciousness!) Baby boy started moving around week 18 (I could actually tell since I have felt those movements before), and he has gotten more and more active over time!

Something that I noticed was that, for some reason, I felt much more dehydrated than I did in the beginning of my pregnancy. Not only from the inside, but my skin also felt ridiculously dry, and incredibly itchy! I had been itchy with Sophie, but this time around I felt dramatically itchier.

Something that helped me keep up with hydrating myself was buying a GIANT reusable water bottle as well as lots of creams and lotions to moisturize my skin!

The reusable water cup I bought was from Starbucks, which I love because it has a straw, which is easy to keep sipping on throughout the day, as well as making it easy for me to share with Sophie!

My favorite moisturizing cream that I have been using is The Spoiled Mama Tummy Butter! I used this also while I was pregnant with Sophie, and one of the things that encouraged me repurchase was the fact that it is such a thick, moisturizing cream, but it actually SOAKS INTO THE SKIN! I have zero residue left on my skin and it leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated! It is a little pricey, but definitely worth the investment.

Another thing I love about this product is that it is vegan, toxic-free, and organic! As well as being a smaller company, which I love supporting!

Other lotions I have loved using when I am running low on my tummy butter is the Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula, as well as plain old coconut oil!

With the coconut oil, I use it all over my body, and after baby is here, it is an EXCELLENT alternative for nipple creams. I love using coconut oil because it is hydrating and natural!

When it comes to hydrating my skin, I like to moisturize at least 3 times a day, and if my skin is feeling a little drier that day, I will set aside a couple more times to make sure and moisturize. I try to refill my water 8 times a day, which has not been kind to my bladder, but awesome to my body overall!

Another thing I loved having during my Second Trimester (as well as during my first trimester) is The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy & Childbirth. Even though I have already gone through one pregnancy and childbirth experience before, I love learning more about taking care of my own body and baby boy in natural and healthy ways!

My amazing sister-in-law who is also expecting recommended this to me and I am SO thankful that she did! I have loved keeping up with everything week-by-week, as well as trying the awesome recipes and going through the encouraging affirmations. Since I had more energy during my second trimester, I feel as though I was able to try much more from the book than I was able to during the first trimester.

The last necessity I needed during my second trimester was, obviously, maternity jeans! I have grown so much faster and bigger this time around than my last pregnancy, so I decided to invest in some jeans that would last as well as being comfy and cute! When it comes to maternity clothes, I am not big into spending a ton of money on shirts, dresses, skirts, etc. Because in all honesty oversized sweaters or tight t-shirts work just fine, look cute, and cost NOTHING! But there is no way to get around needing maternity jeans. My favorite places to shop for maternity jeans is Target and Pink Blush Maternity online! They have all of their sizing information easily available, awesome return policy, and always have discounts and sales going on!

Well, there it is! My Second Trimester in a tiny little nutshell! If any of you are expecting, I hope you all are having and continue to have healthy pregnancies! I hope you all have enjoyed this recap! Have a blessed week and I will talk to you all in my next post!

Our Little Pumpkin: Coming April 2019!


So, if you didn’t get it from the title of this post, we have finally announced that we are expecting Baby #2!!

We are so incredibly excited and feel beyond blessed for this brand new little miracle that will be entering our lives come springtime!

Right now, I am currently 14 weeks along, which is a little over 3 months! Our little pumpkin is around the size of a lemon, super healthy and wildly active! At our last ultrasound, he or she was bouncing like nobody was watching! We saw flips, tumbles, kicks and karate moves, and every little movement made my heart skip a beat! There is no feeling like watching your little one’s heartbeat flutter on that black and white screen.

Anyways, I wanted to talk about my first trimester, since it has now come and gone; all the symptoms I had, and just in general how it went overall!

To begin, YES, we were trying to get pregnant. We always wanted Sophie to have a sibling that was close to her in age. My sister and I were 23 months apart, and to this day she remains one of my best friends and one of the most important people in my life! We began trying in July and the first week of August, all I wanted to do was take a billion pregnancy tests!

On August 3rd, Josh had a day off and we had a lot to do! We needed to stop by his parents, my Grandma’s house, and we were having dinner with my family. Before we left, I snuck to the bathroom to take a test. While I was waiting, I kept telling myself that if it came back negative, maybe it was too early to test. Or even if I wasn’t pregnant, that was ok. Lots of people try to have babies for a long time before they actually get pregnant. I kept telling myself that everything was going to be ok. I was pacing back and forth as Josh was getting Sophie’s water filled up and her snack ready for the road. I glanced at the test just as soon as the result popped up.


My hands started shaking and I started to cry. I yelled for Josh, and as he came running around the corner I held the test up, crying and jumping up and down.

“No way! No freaking way!” he started yelling and began hugging me and crying. Sophie had no idea that our lives had just totally changed forever.

As the month went on, we slowly told our families and one or two close friends. I got pretty paranoid about announcing it on our social media to the world before we got the okay from the doctor that everything looked good. And even then, I was very cautious. I know it might sound silly, but I always want to be thoughtful with such important news.

The first couple of weeks, I felt absolutely and utterly normal. Which was one of the reasons I was so nervous. I kept praying that I would soon start feeling as though I was actually pregnant, so that I would feel as though my body was responding the way it was supposed to.

Man oh man, did God answer my prayers!

About 5 weeks after we found out (around 8 weeks pregnant), morning sickness and extreme fatigue set in. I couldn’t keep a thing down, and just like when I was pregnant with Sophie, I ended up losing a little weight rather than gaining it. Lucky for me, I have Josh, who was incredibly helpful and understanding. He became the super dad and super husband that he already is, but while also helping me with my daily responsibilities.

On top of all that first trimester goodness, I ended up getting a cold, and then so generously passing it onto Sophie. Lucky for me, being pregnant and all, I was unable to take any kind of cold medicine to help me get over it (insert sarcastic smile here). That fun little cold lasted just over 3 weeks.

Even though there was a lot of sickness and exhaustion going on, I was still incredibly excited for the reason for all of these symptoms! Every time I felt dizzy or nauseous, I got this little thought in my head saying “Yes! I am dizzy! Because I am pregnant! Woo Hoo!!” I know it might sound funny, but I can’t feel anything less than pure excitement. I mean, we are adding another family member to our little Lubold clan!

Entering into my second trimester, the fatigue has gone down dramatically, but the nausea is still lingering (which is exactly what happened with Sophie, so I was not expecting anything different to be honest.)

I am so excited for this pregnancy and what it is leading up to, but I cannot believe how fast it is going by! In just a few short weeks, we will be finding out if we are having a boy or a girl, and I cannot wait to see who this little one will be!

Well thank you all for reading my new post and I am so excited to share this journey with you all!!


Comment below if you are also an expecting mama, I would love to see where you are at in your journey and send you some love and prayers!

Also for all of my new mamas, here are a few things that have helped me during these first trimester struggles!

For Nausea:

  • Ginger Snaps! Eating them slowly while having your feet up really helps settle your stomach. With Sophie Ginger Ale worked like a charm, but this little one is NOT a fan of the bubbles.
  • Lots of water! But don’t drink it too fast! Keep a water bottle near you all day, and make sure you are staying hydrated.
  • Small frequent meals. Snacking has honestly been amazing for me, and I am able to hold most things down since I am not filling myself up to the brim.
  • Eating healthy! Whenever I eat not so good food, I definitely feel a million times worse. Apples and chickpeas have been amazing for me lately!

For Fatigue:

  • Get your rest! And I am not just talking about during the night. Whenever Sophie went down for a nap, I did too! I can do the dishes LATER!
  • Workout! Obviously, always speak with your doctor before doing any kind of workout, but I definitely notice a difference in my energy when I am doing my workouts and when I am not. Even if it is just something like Yoga, or even just stretching, do something to make your body feel loved too!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week and I will talk to you all in my next post!

Waiting on Our Sophie Girl: My Labor and Delivery Story

Hey everyone! So, the past few weeks have been crazy hectic because… I now have a ONE YEAR OLD! I am completely shocked that what I am typing is true, but nevertheless… I do have a one year old. And as I am writing this she is sleeping in the next room, and I cannot help but think back to the day my little peanut entered the world. So, I thought that it would be an awesome story to share with other women who have already had babies, other women who are expecting, or even some who plan on having their families later on in life.

I feel like as women, we always hear about the scary stories when it comes to giving birth. During my pregnancy, I was told nothing but horror stories about how painful childbirth is, how you will be in pain even after they arrive, and that your body is nothing close to how you knew it to be, and it never will be again. Nothing you really want to concentrate on, as becoming a mother is already a life-altering event. I am not sure about you all but I was excited for this chapter in my life, and all of these horror stories was not what I wanted to spend my time thinking about!

As a woman who was on the verge of going through a life-altering change, this was not exactly the positive energy I was wanting to bring with me into the delivery room.

So, I wanted to post this to get this plain and simple message out there: IT IS NOT AS BAD AS EVERYONE SAYS!

Yes, it hurts. But YESSSSS, it is BEYOND worth it! I want to be a resounding, positive voice among all of the negativity to tell you that even if you are going to give birth tomorrow, in 9 months or even 10 years down the road, YOU CAN DO IT! And don’t let someone’s negativity or scary stories bring you down. I truly believe that you get what you give, and if you send out positive vibes and energy, God and the Universe will give you nothing but good!

Now that my ranting is out of the way, let me tell you about my labor and delivery story!

It really is one of the best memories I have of my entire pregnancy. I was very blessed. Other than having a ton of sickness throughout the pregnancy, and even more food aversions (I lost 7 pounds in the beginning because I couldn’t hold ANYTHING down!). My pregnancy was pretty straight forward. I did have mood swings and heart burn, but after finding pretty easy ways to deal with those things, it was smooth sailing.

Sophie was due on July 2nd 2017. On July 1st, Josh and I had gone to pick up my wedding band and then gone out to a movie with my sister and my mom. It was a fun evening and we kept talking and wondering if Sophie would get here on time. It turned out that she would be just like her Momma! Just a little late!

So, I woke up at 4:00am on July 2nd to my very first contraction. Still incredibly sleepy, I was unsure at first if it was really what I was feeling. I stayed in bed trying to wake up as more contractions, very short and easy, came and went. I was getting them pretty frequently so I quickly grabbed my phone and began timing them around 4:30 am. They were pretty irregular, but something in me told me that this wasn’t false labor or Braxton Hicks. That this would lead up to the real thing.

Trying not to get my hopes up, I looked for ways to tell if it was false or real labor. I read that if you took a shower, and the contractions dulled down, it was false labor. And if they got stronger, well ding! Ding! Ding! Real labor it is. So, there I was, 5:00 am, jumping in the shower. And wouldn’t you know it? My contractions got stronger and more regular.

I told myself “Well, if you are having a baby today, you better get ready and clean the house!” So, contractions and all, I blow-dried my hair, washed the dishes, and picked up around the house the rest of the morning. Josh woke up around 8am, (two times before that as well, and sleepily answered my comments of “I’m having contractions” and “I think we are having a baby today” with a sleepy “That’s great baby.”). He asked me what I was doing up and while curling my hair I answered, “Nothing just curling my hair and getting contractions.” He jumped out of bed with a “WHAT?! Why didn’t you wake me up?!”

“I told you twice, you fell back asleep!” I laughed. I showed him my timer, and we agreed that they were still pretty irregular. And all I can say is that felt like they were glorified period cramps. I was still able to walk and talk through them, so not a super big deal. I was even able to take a quick nap in the morning, as I was trying to prepare myself for the marathon I would soon be enduring!

We went on the rest of the morning just hanging out, timing contractions and talking about whether or not we would be getting our new baby girl that day. We went for a few walks at the park, grabbed something to eat at Sonic, and just waited. I didn’t want anyone to freak out so we didn’t tell anyone I was having contractions until about 2pm. I didn’t want to get my hopes up and tell everyone just to find out that we had to keep on waiting. Finally, around 6:30pm the contractions were coming about every minute/ minute and a half, each lasting about 45 seconds. They were getting pretty painful, so we headed to the hospital to see if we needed to get checked in.

My mom and sister came in at about 7pm to meet us in triage, where they were monitoring my contractions and checking to see how dilated I was. I was 4 cm dilated, baby girl was in position, and the contractions were getting more powerful and closer together. So they decided to check me in around 7:30pm.

I was lucky enough to be the only one in labor, and I am not going to lie, it was amazing being waited on! LOL! Since I was the only one in labor, they asked me if I wanted to get an epidural right away, so within my first 30 minutes in my room, I got my epidural. Most women told me that it felt like a sharp pinch, almost like a bee sting. The worst thing about it was the nerves in my back kept spasming as the doctor was inserting the epidural in my back, so it was pretty nerve-wrecking having the doctor tell me to hold still because I had a giant needle in my back and obviously shouldn’t be trying to move. Thank goodness for Josh at this point! He was quite literally my rock, holding and comforting me as I was doing my best to hold still! Soon enough the epidural was in and going strong! I had my mom, sister, and Josh in the room with me most of the night, and some of Josh’s family came to check in as well. We played cards, joked around and talked as we waited for our little girl to make her arrival. I even tried to sneak a nap in, but I couldn’t since I was just so excited. Finally, I started to feel some serious pressure and asked if I was getting a contraction. My mom and Josh both assured me that I wasn’t and then at the same time both went “WHOA!” It was the biggest and the longest one by far.

I started to feel more and more pressure, and got an overwhelming feeling to push. I asked Josh to go grab the nurse and sure enough I was 10 cm dilated and ready to push!

Josh and I wanted this to be a moment just for us, so my mom and sister gave us both hugs and kisses and waited out in the waiting room with the rest of our family.

I remember being so nervous, because like I said, when you are pregnant I feel like everyone only really tells you horror stories. I was terrified that I would be there for hours, and what if something went wrong? But wouldn’t you know it, I was blessed with a quick and easy delivery. I pushed for a whopping total of about 8 minutes. I even made a joke to my nurses and Josh, since I couldn’t feel a lot due to the epidural, asking if I was even doing anything. My nurses and doctor were absolutely incredible, and Josh was the best support system I could have ever asked for.

At 5:38 am on July 3rd 2017, they placed this beautiful little miracle on my chest. My sweet Sophie. She didn’t cry, just looked right up at Josh and I. She snuggled onto my chest as I covered her up with the blanket the nurse gave us. And suddenly there we were, moments ago just two people and a baby bump, now a family of three. She weighed in at 6 lbs. 7 oz. and 19 ½ inches long. My perfect little angel.

I hope this was an encouraging story for all of the Mommas out there! When giving birth, it is already a scary and frightening thought, but to actually be going through it is something that no one can quite prepare you for. I truly believe that it is good to go in with a positive and happy mindset. It really does make the world’s biggest difference!

Peanut, if someday you stumble across this, always know and remember that Momma loves you more than you will ever know! Always, always baby girl!

I hope you all enjoyed this beautiful memory I am so lucky to call mine, and I will talk to you all in my next post!!