friday, coming out of the fog!

Hey Cleveland friends! SO so so wonderful to be slowly coming out of the “new-mom-fog” and back with you here at “iheartcleveland.” Thank you so much to so many of you who have wished us well on this new adventure into parenthood. It really meant a ton to get your kind words during the last few weeks.

After a pretty intense, four-day birth story (ask me about it some other time when we are out for cocktails) Little Baby Ninja was born into the 216 on June 29th. We stayed in the hospital for a few days before going home to further hibernate with our new family member. I now TRULY have a bigger appreciation for a quick run to Target, an impromptu manicure with the gals or a last minute spin class…these last few days I literally have been surviving one hour to another. This mom thing is NO JOKE!

While I have been “away” seems like so much has happened with you and around town. The Fourth of July was a stunning weather weekend and from what I could tell you took full advantage of the beach, rooftop fireworks, boating and boozing. Then there was the overwhelming display of love for our city and our yoga practices at the second annual Believe in CLE at the Rock Hall; did you see the aerial shots? Then there is all the Lebron “decision” which I feel like I knew nothing about until YESTERDAY (how is this possible?) and last GO CLEVELAND, Congrats to everyone who was involved in getting the GOP Convention to our city! So much fun happening around town.

Before I slipped away for these two weeks of “rest” I was working on getting us all packed up for the “hotel” (aka hospital) and thought I would share a few of the fun things I packed to take with us. While I promise this blog will in no way become an “all about baby” blog, I may from time to time slip in a bit about the Baby Ninja..because he is too cute not to share if I may say so myself…proud mom!

So while I may be home, recovering from the whole fiasco here is what we packed for me, for dad and for baby to entertain, soothe, style and make bringing baby into the world a whole lot better than the standard issued hospital garb. Enjoy!


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FOR ME :  I knew I’d be living in the DVF Designed Clinic hospital gown but I had to add my own little bling so I brought gold flip flops to accessorize. I packed my favorite little bottle of coconut body spray that we bought last year on vacation in Hawaii to pretend this was just another tropical hot spot. My sister and new Auntie sent me a fancy chocolate bar from her home town of London and while I couldn’t eat solid foods pre-baby, or chocolate post-baby, I shared the sweet with any visitors and my lovely nurses. I packed lots of magazines and brought my computer but didn’t really have the mental focus to enjoy them so have been catching up on them at home. I brought my own Ms. Spade water cup which I picked up at Lovely Paper & Gifts in Rocky River as well as a big thing of Bonne Bell Lipsmackers to keep myself hydrated. My mom said Oprah swears by these cooling body wipes so they came along as well. Last, I also love the little sound box that was gifted to me  from Loop Cafe it makes wonderful  background soothing sounds perfect to soothe any stressful situation. Lots of goodies to make the “visit” more like home.

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FOR DAD : Just a few things to make the new Dad more comfy during his hospital stay. A bright red Jam Box to stream tunes for when more than background noise is necessary in our hospital room.  A little last minute book of Dad tips; this is a great book if you ever need to give a gift…it’s super clever and cheeky. A mini cocktail staple to mix with the ginger ale from the floor kitchen post-delivery for a bit of celebration with visitors! Some lip balm, candy, cliff bars and fun patterned socks to coordinate with his minty green scrubs.


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FOR BABY : I know Baby Ninja will have a ton going on while he is getting comfy in this new world but just in case he wants a few fun things of his own I packed him a little suitcase. His gray, polka dot suitcase is from The Land of Nod, and also comes in so many other colors. The Honest Company is now being sold at Target and so we had to grab a little pack of stylish wipes for any little messes. Just to give him a taste of what’s to come in Golden Books, this picture book is perfect for baby or moms. A couple of toys including the Sophie the squeaky giraffe, a bar bell rattle and a few binky’s; which we quickly learned he can’t use until at least a month according to the nurses in the hospital…don’t want him to have “nipple confusion(?).” A few fashion statements including a little gray striped outfit with coordinating hat and slippers and some stylish baby Ray Ban’s because his future is so bright he has to wear shades.

So for those of you who might be expecting in the 216, I hope these little somethings got you thinking about what will make you, dad and baby more comfy in the hospital.

Enjoy your weekend everybody. Hit up the Flea, Enjoy the heat at Luau on the Lake, a few glasses of vino at the Sunflower Wine Festival and the summertime sun at any of our beaches, parks and  backyard slip & slides. Don’t forget to wear your sunscreen! Peace.