Hi! My name is Emily and I'm a writer, a wife to Nick and mother to two very sweet little girls named Daisy and Ella. We live in a quaint little town outside Philadelphia, PA, with our two black lab sisters.


I started this blog as a way to stay connected with friends and family after Daisy was born and it has now become a home for musings on everything from our favorite family recipes, books, travel destinations and, ultimately, my quest to balance work, life, self-care and family - all while staying grateful. Happy reading!

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What We Packed for the Hospital: for Me, Ella & Nick

June 12, 2018

There is something really wonderful about being able to prepare for this birth in ways I couldn’t with Daisy. One of the luxuries I have this time around is being able to pack a bag of things to make our stay more comfortable. I did lots of research and talked to other moms about what they brought (and wished they’d brought!) for their own birth and hospital stays. Here are the lists I came up with - for some of you first-time moms, hopefully these are helpful:


For Me:

  • The bag I'm using is the Lululemon Large Fundamental Tote - durable, washable, lots of room! (This is a great carry-on for long international airplane rides too.)

  • My Birth plan & notes for my care team

  • A birth ball for stretching in positions that help baby descend

  • Tiny white lights for the bathroom (see earlier post with best advice from our doula!)

  • Materials from our birth class for Nick and I to reference

  • A couple of black jersey dresses that will hide stains and are easy for nursing, including this one

  • This loose shirt dress for moving around in the hospital room comfortably

  • My oil diffuser and lavender and eucalyptus oils for diffusing and massage during labor

  • Lip balm and lotion for dry lips and skin

  • Kind bars, sports drinks and a reusable Nalgene bottle for all that amazing hospital ice

  • Books, magazines & iPad loaded with entertainment, namely Modern Family (to make me laugh) and Barefoot Contessa (Ina Garten is the ultimate calming presence) and our birth playlist

  • Hairbands and clips for keeping hair away from my sweaty face

  • My favorite firm pillow (I will not be bringing my beloved Slip silk pillowcase – last time I was in the hospital it was taken out with the used linens by housekeeping and I never saw it again!)

  • This mister spray bottle to keep cool during labor

  • A long, loose, breathable dress for going home (like this or this)

  • Nursing bras and breast pads

  • Toiletries, towels, hairbrush, toothbrush and toothpaste

  • Big old undies


For Nick

  • Our DSLR camera with fully-charged battery

  • Comfortable shoes for pacing the hospital corridors

  • A change of clothes

  • Deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, floss

  • Phone charger


For Ella

  • A sleep suit

  • A few onesies

  • Socks & hats to keep her feet and head warm, mitts to keep her from scratching her face

  • Her baby blanket

  • Wubanub

  • Muslin blankets/burb cloths – I absolutely love these

  • A going home outfit

  • Baby car seat - some hospitals won't let you leave by car without one!


Veteran moms, what have we missed with these lists? Send me your ideas!

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