What’s Inside My Mom Bag

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Puffs through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Puffs, all opinions are my own.

In order to make leaving the house a little less chaotic I keep a few essentials in my mom bag.

Yes I have a mom bag now.

My beautiful diaper bag that I loved dearly will no longer hold the contents of my life. To be honest it barely held everything I needed when I left the house with just Caden. Why are some of the most expensive items you purchase for life with a newborn the most impractical?

So I have decided to ditch the diaper bag and fully embrace the mom bag. What is a mom bag you ask? It is basically a diaper bag on steroids. Anything and everything that I might need for my family and myself is in this bag. It is huge, it is never empty, and it is wonderful.

Seriously this bag and the contents it contains have saved me on more than one occasion.

Ready to find out what’s inside?

What's Inside My Mom Bag

  1. Hand Sanitizer – People love to touch the baby and Caden loves to touch everything. This is an essential item.
  2. Puffs SoftPack™ - I recently discovered this amazing flexible and water resistant full size facial tissue pack. I love that it easily fits into my mom bag. With all the runny noses in our family from allergies we need more than just a few tissues. You can like Puffs on Facebook and let them know how the SoftPack fits into your life. They would love to hear from you!
  3. Diapers, Underwear, & Pull-ups (Oh my) – With the amount of items inside my mom bag I realized that cloth diapers would need to be used only at home. There is no way they were fitting in this already filled to the brim bag.
  4. Wipes – Moms need wipes to clean up sticky fingers, dirty bottoms, and numerous other little messes that can occur when out and about.
  5. Swim Diapers & Swimsuit – Living in the Valley of the Sun affords us ample opportunities to visit our local splash parks the majority of the year.
  6. Sunscreen – Year round item. We use it daily.
  7. Nursing Cover – If I know there is even a chance I will be feeding Maisie I am always prepared. I am loving my nursing scarf!
  8. Clothes – Accidents happen.
  9. Toys – You never know when you will need them. I keep a few that are strictly kept in my mom bag. The only time they come out is if we are away from home. This keeps Caden more engaged and entertained and less likely to get bored.
  10. Snacks – Kids and parents get hungry. I have been known to eat my toddler’s snack so I now keep separate snacks for myself in the bag also.
  11. Water – Hydrating is important. Drink up.
  12. Lip Balm – Someone will need this. Dry lips suck.
  13. First Aid Kit – For the boo boos that happen in life and on the playground a first aid kit in addition to mommy’s kisses always make things feel better.
  14. Sunglasses – Sunglasses are my favorite accessory.
  15. Wallet – I have left this at home numerous times because it would be housed in another purse or left on the kitchen counter. Now it is presently housed in my mom bag.
  16. Planner – From playdates to doctors appointments it is nice to have my planner on hand at all times. Call me old fashioned but I prefer to write it down. Yes it takes up more space but it is easier for me to see our schedules and plan for the week ahead.

I would love to know what items you keep in your mom bag. Let me know in the comments below.

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Maisie: 4 Months

Maisie 4 Months

4 MONTH STATS

12 pounds 6 ounces | 25 inches

4 Months Maisie

We are following the sleep method outlined in On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Infant the GIFT of Nighttime Sleep. If you have never heard of Babywise you can read more about our experience in my post On Becoming Baby Wise where I break down how we used this method for our son Caden.

Here is a recap of Maisie’s feeding schedule over the past four months:

Birth: Every 2-3 hours for the first two weeks until we were given the go ahead from her pediatrician to allow her to sleep during the night without needing to wake her to eat.

1 Month: 4:30am, 7am, 9:30am, 12pm, 3pm, 6pm, 9pm, and 12:30am. Bedtime at 7pm followed by the last two feedings.

Week 7: 5am, 7am, 9:30am, 12pm, 3pm, 6pm, and 9:30pm. Bedtime at 7pm followed by a dream feed.

2 Months: 6am,  9:30am, 12pm, 3pm, 6pm, and 9:30pm. Bedtime at 7pm followed by a dream feed.

3 Months: 6:30am, 9:45am, 12:30pm, 3pm, 6pm, and 9:30pm. Bedtime at 7pm followed by a dream feed.

Currently her 4 Month schedule looks like this…

  • 5:30am – 6am: Waketime
  • 7am: Eat
  • 9am: Nap
  • 10am: Eat
  • 12pm: Nap
  • 1pm: Eat
  • 2:30pm: Nap
  • 3:30pm: Eat
  • 6:30pm: Eat
  • 7pm: Bedtime
  • 9:30pm: Eat???

This last month I tried to eliminate the dream feed. Caden dropped his dream feed around 4 months so I decided to give it a go with Maisie. It seemed like for the first week Maisie was doing great and waking up at 6:30am smiling and so happy. After that week she started waking up earlier and earlier. Which tells me that she probably still needs the extra feeding.

She is still sleeping throughout the night like a champ. This girl is in her crib at 7pm and is usually asleep in 15 minutes. Now the challenge is to get the wake time to push back again to 6:30am. I am fairly confident that adding in the extra feeding will do the trick.

Her morning nap is very consistent now and she is sleeping from 9 until about 9:45 daily. The other naps can sometimes last that long but more often she wakes within 30 minutes of being laid down. I know that in the next few months her later naps will become more routine it just takes time.

Maisie enjoys sucking on her fingers, eating, cuddling, watching Caden, bouncing in her Fisher-Price Adorable Animals Baby’s Bouncer, playing on her Skip Hop Alphabet Zoo Activity Gym, bath/shower time, and tummy time. She is giggling and cooing more and more! Baby giggles are the best. She is alert and active more and more. If you give her kisses on the cheeks you will get the biggest smiles.

Due to medical treatment I needed to have done Maisie also started using a bottle for several 24 hour periods while I pumped and dumped.  She did great! I was so worried that she wouldn’t take it or have trouble but my fears were unwarranted.

She also rolled over for the first time shortly after turning 4 months old, rolling from her back to her tummy. Caden gives her pats on the back and kisses when she does this and tells her she did a good job. It is the sweetest thing to watch.

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Body After Baby: 4 Months Postpartum

Wow, I have so much to share. I am anxious and slightly nervous to write how I have been recovering during these last several months. But before I continue please read the following disclaimer…

I don’t use extreme measures, deprive myself, or sacrifice my sleep in order to obtain results. I was active during both of my pregnancies and I fully believe that staying active has helped my body recover. I have found that being patient, consistent, and determined are the greatest ways to regain strength and stability in my body. I am a mama to two, and a wife to a firefighter. I don’t have a chef, housekeeper, or nanny. I am real person and I am inviting you to come on my postpartum journey with me. If you are recovering from childbirth please listen to your own body and know that each woman’s pregnancy, labor, and delivery is unique. 

To read Maisie’s birth story click HERE. You may also be interested in reading Body After Baby: 1 Month Postpartum Update.

PRE-PREGNANCY STATS

Waist 27″ | Hips 37″ | Weight 130 lb.

39 WEEK PREGNANCY STATS

Waist 38″ | Hips 39″ | Weight 154 lb.

4 MONTH POST BABY STATS

Waist 31.5″ | Hips 37″ | Weight 133 lb.

Body After Baby 4 Months Postpartum

I am really not even sure where to start. I was feeling really great up until around 6 weeks after giving birth. Both Caden and Maisie were healthy and Josh was back on his regular 24 hour shifts. I felt like supermom. Sure I was exhausted at the end of the day but all things considered I thought I was managing fairly well.

Around 8 weeks postpartum I started to feel very run down. I remember the newborn phase with Caden and being tired but this time around I just seemed to become more fatigued as time went on, experienced frequent heart palpitations, and felt a looming sense of dread hanging over my head.

Thinking that I might have a nutritional deficiency I set up an appointment with my naturopath and she recommended that I see a cardiologist.  One doctors appointment turned into another and has since spiraled out of control. I really can’t tell you how many times in the last 3 months I have been to a doctor. These appointments have included the dermatologist for skin biopsies and exzema, dentist for a root canal, cardiologist, naturopath, vein specialist for varicose vein treatments, and lastly to my primary care doctor.

I don’t even want to think about how much money I have spent on co-pays. Thank the Lord for insurance!

Multiple doctors visits, waiting for various test results, and trying to manage squeezing all these appointments in while nursing Maisie has been stressful to say the least. The “what if’s” started to pile up and before I knew it I was spending the majority of my time worrying about what could happen to myself and my family.

Crying seemed to become a normal part of my routine and I seriously felt like my bubbly personality was never going to make a reappearance.

I never thought I would battle with postpartum depression or anxiety. Like never ever.

With Josh’s encouragement and support I made an appointment with my primary care doctor and told him with tears in my eyes what I had been experiencing. That was the turning point. It was scary but empowering at the same time. I knew from that instant going forward I would be in a much better place. Maybe not right away but I was at least taking steps in a more positive direction.

Sharing all of this is not easy, and I debated over and over if I even wanted to share. In the end it feels better to be open and honest. I am not perfect and don’t have it all together and would never want anyone to get that impression from my blog.

I am so thankful I went to see my doctor when I did. Waiting would have only allowed me to sink deeper and deeper into a dark and bottomless pit.

This past week I learned the results from the testing that was done at the cardiologist. I have to say that it was a relief in a way to find out that the heart palpitations I have been experiencing were not a result of an over active imagination. The pulmonic valve in my heart is leaky. It is mild leak that could have been a result from pregnancy or I could have had it my entire life there is really no way to know. It is not life threatening but later on down the road if it should worsen I may need heart surgery.

My heart is also misfiring electric signals causing it to contract in an abnormal rhythm, this is why I have been feeling the palpitations. I had to wear a heart monitor with electrodes and wires for two weeks which was slightly annoying but worth it because I now have the answer I need. Again this is not life threatening and should it get worse I might need to go on medication but the cardiologist thought it could be related to postpartum hormones so I just have to wait and see.

All of this to say I am doing better. I can still exercise and I now have a plan to get back on track mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Without God at the front of all this I would be even more of a mess.

Enough of all that. Hopefully that gives you an idea of what has been going on. This next part seems slightly less important to me now in comparison to what has been happening with my overall health but I know I said I would share my before and after pictures from using the MuTu System 12 Week Program.

Body After Baby 1 Month & 4 Months Postpartum

1 MONTH POST BABY STATS

Waist 33″ | Hips 39″ | Weight 139 lb.

4 MONTH POST BABY STATS

Waist 31.5″ | Hips 37″ | Weight 133 lb.

Ladies, if you have had a baby recently or even if it has been several or more years I highly recommend the MuTu System. You can read my MuTu System 12 Week Online Program Review for more details. Since my last update I have lost 6 pounds and 3.5 inches. I can’t sing it’s praises enough! If you feel like you are looking pregnant months or years after having your baby do yourself a favor and click HERE to watch a quick video explaining the program and how it works. I’ve also been using my Fitbit to track my steps each day which has helped me see how much (or how little) I have been moving.

I am averaging around 7 hours of sleep each night and Maisie is nursing every 3 hours during the day and sleeping 12 hours at night. It is great! Over the last 6 weeks I have been waking up at 5am to pump breastmilk to stash in the freezer. The treatment I am having done on my varicose veins requires me to pump and dump for 24 hours after my appointments. All you moms who exclusively pump you are rockstars! I am planning to write a separate post on this in the next few weeks. So far my treatment has been going well and my legs are already feeling better. Yay!

I think that I need to hit publish on this post before I decide to delete it. To see cute pictures of my kiddos follow me on Instagram. I would love to hear from you! Leave me a comment below.

Moms how have you dealt with your postpartum recovery?

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