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    What’s in my diaper bag this summer?

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    This summer has been filled with so many adventures with Calvin, but as a city mama, it often can be a struggle when carrying too many things.  So here’s my summer go-to bag. This is the diaper bag I use when I’m doing small trips to Target or to get groceries. This is one of my favorite diaper bags by @fawndesign , I got it as a Christmas gift from my husband. I was eyeing it for a few months and at some point, the company had a sale, so you know I had to grab one.  I really wanted a small bag that could be used in the summer for quick trips or to keep me from overpacking when traveling alone with Calvin. This bag is just amazing. It’s a lightweight, super cute, great quality and has 9 pockets in total. How amazing is that!  It’s small but holds enough of what I need for Calvin on small trips. It’s a must-have city mom bag especially as a baby transition into toddler stage. They also have a much bigger diaper bag in the same style, so check them out!

     Here are some of the products I carry with me always:

    Baby wipes

    Diapers

    Ointment

    Sunscreen for both Calvin and I (@aveenous & @supergoop),

    Bug spray @babyganics,

    Snacks @happybaby,

    Boogie wipes

    Hands and face wipes @target,

    Bottle @twistshakebaby

    Bib @bumkinsbaby

    Teether @babybananabrush ( Calvin’s has 5 teeth coming in! Pray for your girl!)

    An extra outfit from our favorite place @carters.

    Anyways, I would love to know what you mama’s are carrying in your diaper bags this summer! Leave a comment! 

    Motherhood

    Dear Mother in the NICU

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    Dear NICU mother,

    Can I tell you something? You are so strong and you are not alone. I know all the tears you’ve been crying, wondering why things just didn’t go the way you planned it out. It seems like you’ve been robbed from having the birth story you’ve been envisioning these last few months. I know, I felt it too. I know your probably angry and it’s okay.  I know you’re tired of going back and forth to the NICU, and I know you’re heart breaks every time you leave. It would take me hours before I walked away from my son’s incubator, even then I would leave in tears. I know you desire to hold your baby close, maybe even feel his or her heartbeat. Going back home empty-handed just looking over at the baby crib hoping soon enough you’ll glance over and baby will be there. Perhaps you’re waking up every three hours just to bring back liquid gold to fill their tummy up,( I’m rooting for you!)  but how you wish you’d be waking up to the sound of a hungry baby. Perhaps you’re anxious every time a monitor goes off even when it’s not your baby or when the neo-nurse calls. I know you have many questions but although there may be weeping, I surely can tell you that joy always comes. God is embracing you right now and He is with you in this season. Trust that He sees you and He knows your pain. Can I tell you something? You are one of the bravest mothers and you have a fighter just waiting to finally be home. I’m praying for you and your little blessing. How I hope you have someone encouraging you in this season, and if you don’t, know that there are many mothers who know what you are feeling.

                                                                                                      Love,

    A once NICU mama