I can’t believe how fast time has actually flown by! 6 of the most intense, emotionally overwhelming, no-idea-what I’m doing months I’ve ever experienced, yet now it literally feels as though I blinked and we’re here.

I half-heartedly believed everyone during that first month when they said it got better and easier lol the first milestone to reach was the 6 week mark. “it gets better at 6 weeks, then you’re in the clear. Your body heals and you build a routine”, then it was the 3 month mark, “isn’t it so much better now?!” and now the 6 month mark “that’s it, she’s grown. It’s not that bad is it?!” ufft.

It’s definitely been a lot, a lot of the best and a lot of the not-so-best, but I wouldn’t change it for the world alhamdulillah! She has quickly taken over our hearts and our lives and we are so so in love with her xxx literally last night we both sat staring at her as she fell asleep on my chest and just talking about how scary it is to be a parent because your heart is literally beating outside your chest and you never ever want this part of you to experience pain or sadness or to have their feelings hurt. (the heart beating outside your chest thing as a parent is probably the most truest thing ever. I used to think it was a cheesy line but nope, very true!) and then I started crying because I realized one day she won’t need us or rely on us for things and she’ll be too big to sleep on my chest and questioned if she would ever remember these precious moments and how much we adore her xxx and then it made me think about how once upon a time our parents felt the exact same way about us and then we grew up and what that must have felt like for them and they wanted to keep us safe and protected but we were in a hurry to grow up too and ufft, it was an in-your-feels evening haha xx

I’ve learnt a lot in 6 months, and tried and tested a lot in 6 months, so wanted to share some of these learnings and experiences with you! Going to post this in two parts so it doesn’t get super long for you to read! As always, these musings are solely based on our experience and our bubba so feel free to take what you want, but also remember everyone and every baby is different and not everything and every tip will work for you and your family and that’s completely okay!

6 things I’ve learnt post-partum

1. Stop weighing yourself – I was doing this at the start and feeling super discouraged every time the number refused to change, especially if I felt I had a good couple days of walking and no sugar etc. It just so happened that our battery died in the scale and we never replaced it haha but it helped me stop weighing myself and obsessing with that number! Because if I was consciously doing small things to make myself feel ‘healthier’ and active and I felt better about myself, why was I counting on a number to confirm if I was allowed to feel good or not?! This obviously took some time, but I’m learning to focus on the small wins and choices we make each day xx

2. Those that get-it, get it, and those that don’t, don’t. and that’s okay! – this has taken some time and is still a work in progress, but #sorrynotsorry those friends and people in your circle who either don’t have little kids or have not been around children don’t get that your life is now different. And it’s kind of lame and sucks a lot of the time and the dynamic in your friendships and relationships is going to change a bit, but I guess that’s just how it is..(I don’t have a solution or the right answer for this lol) I have to be mindful of what times I leave the house now, prepare mentally for whether I have to feed before I leave or when I get home, or while I’m outside, and whether there will be space for me to feed and change diapers or will I have to put up a cover and feed in the car, and do I have enough diapers with me, have I run out of wipes, is the place stroller accessible, are babies even allowed, will there be parking close by etc etc etc. and even if you plan for everything in advance, you can expect a massive blowout which will throw you completely off course and you’ll realize you’ve packed everything in your suitcase of a diaper bag except for an extra pair of clothes lol and the thing is, only your other mom/dad friends will get it!

 I’m learning to be okay with people not getting it, which is hard because you presume your friends of all people would get it, and some will and some won’t but it’s okay and it doesn’t mean they love you any less, but their lives are still carrying on as is yours, it’s just a little different and that’s okay! I literally reply to some of my heart peoples messages a month later apologizing for the delay and there’s no love lost because I know they understand lol

3. Lower your expectations – this is a work in progress also and I need to be reminded of this every so often lol but don’t expect anything so you won’t be disappointed. It’s easy to feel a certain way because you feel some things are just the norm and that you would treat situations differently, but people are different and show they care in different ways, and the sooner you accept that, the sooner you stop feeling some type of way about certain issues. This goes for family too, I think I presumed and expected that just because people were family they would naturally and/or instinctively help with baby and diapers and be okay with getting milk spilt on them, or soothing my crying baby, but it’s not always the case (which I’ve had to learn lol) Knowing who your support circle is and who you can rely on and trust to just take the initiative and help you when needed without being asked, and being content with that circle, is something I’m learning to be okay with!

4. Live in the moment – maybe it’s because I’m a first-time parent lol but I’m loving being a mama xxx enjoying all the small things and changes and firsts she’s doing and experiencing and I keep reminding myself that she isn’t going to be this small forever and to just take it all in as it happens and I love it xxx especially being on maternity leave from work, I keep reminding myself that there’s no rush, that the purpose of being on leave is to enjoy my baby and spend time with her so why am I antsy to do that and then some?!

5. Be gracious with your spouse/partner – this has been a little difficult, especially at the start when I realized that my life had changed way more than his did. He could still go out with friends as he did before and didn’t have to think about feedings (as much), and one he was back to work and meetings etc. it truly felt like I got handed the short end of the stick with this entire parenthood thing. Finding that balance that works for both of you and your new little family definitely takes time, and lots of communication in order to avoid that buildup and then the outburst when your cup is full (we’ve had some of those lol) but alhamdulillah we’re getting better at it and finding a groove which works for us! I try to see it from his point of view too in terms of he doesn’t get the chance to spend every second with Nunu and bond with her in the way I do and get all the smiles and giggles because he has to work and that he’s doing it all for us and our family. When you think about it logically it 100% makes sense lol but finding the time to think about it logically is a whole other thing! Just remember you’re both in this together and trying to navigate parenthood so be patient and gracious with both yourself and with each other.

6. The rule of ‘one’ – this is so important to remember and my sister had to constantly remind me of this: one activity at a time, one chore at a time, one day at a time. Mama (or Baba), you will not get to everything every single day and that is 100% okay! The faster you learn to accept this, the less pressure you’ll put on yourself to be Wonderwoman/Wonderman and the less disappointed you’ll be at not completing all your tasks!

I was literally trying to do the most with Noura at the beginning and then feeling so burnt out every evening from feeling like I had to do everything in one day or else everything would fall apart. Laundry and cooking dinner and vacuuming and grocery shopping and going to a baby class and taking a walk and writing a blogpost and and and and ufffft! I know most of it was for myself and to make myself feel like I could still do everything plus look after a newborn, but the reality is that you’re still healing. Mentally, emotionally, physically, it’s all different and trying to get back in sync whilst you have to constantly attend to the needs of this little human who yes, at the beginning literally sucks the life out of you. Take. It. Easy. If you give baby a bath, that’s your activity for the day. Dressing him/her up to take a cutesy monthly photo, that’s your activity for the day. Doctors appointment, taking a walk with bubba, one load of laundry, going grocery shopping, one event/activity for the day until you’re ready to make it two. Remember, there’s no real award for best mom/best dad ever. You burning yourself out isn’t going to benefit anyone, especially yourself and baby so take it slow!

There you have it, 6-for-6 xx check back for part 2 where we share 6 things we’ve love loved for Noura over these past 6 months! I

Anything you’d like to add or that you found as a new parents?! Share your sharings in the comments below as I love hearing from you! xoxo

Trying our hand at putting this together again so fingers crossed it doesn’t get deleted!

To be honest I didn’t think I would need to ‘pack’ a hospital bag, just take somewhat of an overnight bag and the hospital would take care of the rest lol but as I neared my due date and kinda sorta became consumed with ‘research’ on the internet lol I reckoned there was no harm in being a little prepared and in hindsight I’m glad I did so!

Before we get into the list, yes it’s a little overwhelming, especially if it’s your first time giving birth, always always keep in mind that things might not always go to plan and that’s okay! As long as mama and baby are healthy and safe, that’s literally the end goal for everyone xxx this list is also catered to a ‘normal’ /vaginal delivery only because it’s what we prepared for and did so please keep that in mind!

Most of what’s on this list is also linked to my Amazon storefront so you can find everything easily in one place! My sister made me a gift basket with most of these for my baby shower which I was ever so grateful for, so also an idea for you to put together if you’ve got a pregnant friend! Trust me, you’d be ticking one major thing off her list!


  • What bag to use?

100% recommend a small suitcase! One of those hand luggage ones because it will make yours and your support persons life a thousand times easier! I remember packing mine and Bilal was a little taken aback and joked that I wasn’t going on holiday lol but when it came time to it, rolling something with one hand as opposed to carrying weight whilst worrying about mama and baby and hospital forms etc. helps so so much! (he’s glad we used it now!)

Also have your support person pack their own bag too if they are planning to stay the night! Doesn’t have to be to the extent of a suitcase lol but whatever they might need (pajamas, toiletries etc.)

*sidenote: everyone mentioned that your hospital may or may not provide you with most of these things, but it totally varies! A friend said her hospital didn’t provide her with maxi pads post-birth and gave her folded tissue over a regular pad, whereas I got one ‘free’ one and was asked if I had brought my own lol personally I would rather have things on standby just in case because it’s one less thing to stress about as soon as a baby’s just come out of you!

I packed everything into large Ziploc bags and labelled them with a sharpie which made my life, Bilal’s life, and the nurse’s lives SO much easier lol and would highly recommend doing this! The last thing I wanted to do was describe what color pad I was looking for from my bed, and if Bilal had to step out for a call the nurse just went into the bag and found what we needed. Also once you’ve packed your bag go through it with your support person so they’re aware of what’s inside so they can better assist you when the time comes!

These were the ‘bags’ I labelled just in case it helps guide you a little:

-adult diapers

-maxi pads

-witch hazel, peri bottle, stool softener

-nipple cream and nipple pads

-baby diapers and wipes

-baby outfit (2-3 outfits)


  • What to pack?

Adult Diapers (Depends brand) – sounds silly but these will become your best friend post-birth and into your fourth trimester! I don’t know how else to explain it other than what it sounds like; a padded pull-up diaper which you’ll use as a ‘base’ for your pad sandwich (will explain a second!)

Frida Mom frozen pads – envision a glow stick that you snap in half to activate, but this time you snap a pad in half, shake it to activate, and it becomes a super cold form of ultimate relief for your perineal region! These were so blessed and helpful, especially for the first few days! *you might also come across the word ‘padsicle’ in your research, this was something new I also learnt lol it’s essential a frozen pad you place in your underwear to provide relief post-partum – the Frida mom frozen pads do the same thing but if you want to google how to make your own, go for it!

Large maxi pads (Always brand)

Tucks Witch Hazel pads or Fridamom Witch Hazel liners – these I would highly highly recommend. Witchhazel helps soothe everything down there and also has cleansing and healing properties. It’s literally instant relief! I used the pads initially and then switched to the liners, but either/or gets the job done!

*pad sandwich: witch hazel on top of the pad, and the pad goes into the diaper which you wear. If you use the Tucks pads, they come in these circular pads similar to cotton makeup removing pads but they’re just wet from being soaked in witch hazel; lay around 3-4 onto the pad. If you use the Frida liners, they pull out as a single long pad (similar to a makeup wipe), and then lie it flat onto your pad! à I’d suggest you show your support person how to put this together prior to hospital just to make things a little easier!

Frida Mom peri bottle – This is another highly recommend item! The hospital provides you with a squeezy bottle because you can’t exactly wipe down there post-birth. Its water and then pat pat pat. The hospital one is just a standard squeezy bottle, but this one has an angled arm/spout which makes it SO much easier to wash and make you feel a little cleaner like you haven’t missed a spot. You’ll literally use this so much until everythings healed and back to normal!

Nursing Bra and tank – I packed these but didn’t use them at the hospital because I stayed in my gown until I was discharged. It just made things easier for me and easier to feed baby, but you know yourself better if you’d prefer to pull yourself together and wear real clothes lol I would still recommend investing in these though, especially a tank with a built in nursing bra; it’s a little easier at the start to just throw on a cardigan while still being covered as opposed to a bra and then clothes and then when it’s time to feed baby and you’re still getting the hand of breast feeding and baby’s crying and you’re like wait let me figure this out, its a lot!! Lol might just be me, but it helped me and still does!

Cardigan – hospitals get a little chilly and it’s easier to throw on top of the hospital gown a) when you’re cold or b) if you have visitors and don’t want to get dressed but still want to look decent lol

Slippers and Socks – a pair that you’re okay with throwing out just in case you get blood or hospital stuff on!

Blanket – a million percent, and add a pillow too if you’d like! This is mostly for your support person because if you’re staying overnight chances are they’ll get a hard little couch in the corner to sleep on or a lounge chair which isn’t the most comfortable. You also might get a little cold and the blankets at hospitals don’t always cut it.

Phone charger – everyone always says pack an extra looooong charger so you have access. We packed a normal one and we survived lol but yes, a charger because you don’t know how long you’ll be at hospital for and you want to update everyone at home with what’s going on

Chapstick – yes, your lips will get dry so pack this! We like the Laneige one

Stool Softener – so apparently if you don’t have any bowel movements the first few days post-birth that’s totally normal, but that first movement is an experience. From what I read and watched, everyone recommended stool softeners to help soften the blow and I’d say they helped massively. More so post-partum once we got home and less immediately post-birth, but I’m glad we had them on hand!

Water Bottle – I mean we took this and I accidentally left it in the car but the hospital had those massive cups with a straw so we survived lol but you’ll want to stay as hydrated as possible so water is key whether its from your bottle or the hospital *a straw is super helpful though!

Nipple Cream – as soon as baby is out everything is a bit of a whirlwind and then baby’s forced on your boob and you’re like what is happening lol nipple cream is a life saver to provide relief to your chapped nipples! Also completely safe for baby too xx we used Lansinoh and it was my best friend during those initial days of breast feeding!

Nipple Pads – these I found came in handy later on once my milk started coming in *your milk doesn’t magically start flowing as soon as baby is out lol (I thought it did..!)

Baby diapers and wipes – definitely pack a few newborn diapers with you and a pack of wipes. The hospital will of course put baby in one but we were also asked if we brought our own.

Baby onesies (2-zippers) – These will become your favorites in the first few weeks of baby’s life because of the easy access to change diapers and you don’t have to think twice is they’re covered and warm. Would also suggest short sleeve onesies to wear under the zipper onesie to layer bubba because they so fresh and new and to keep them warm xx

Baby outfit – I packed a cutesy hospital outfit but ended up keeping her in a onesie and saved the outfit for when everyone would visit her at home. There was a lot going on for me and as long as baby was safe and warm that’s all that mattered lol

Baby blanket – when leaving the hospital, having a blanket on baby in the car seat isn’t a bad idea. We left while it was snowing so yes, needed one lol

Swaddle – the hospital swaddles baby in the standard hospital swaddle, but if you’d prefer your own just because, or to take cutesy photos, you do you!

Baby Hat – this also speaks to the whole keep baby warm; the hospital put a hat on her which was knitted by volunteers, but if you’d prefer your own from home, go for it!

Go home outfit – pack something comfortable for you to go home in! Your body is still going to be in recovery mode and comfort will be key! Elasticated waist might just be the way to go lol

Toiletry bag – your standard toiletries so you can feel a little normal!

Towel/loofah etc. – Again, you won’t know what you’ll be like until it actually happens; I anticipated taking a shower at hospital prior to coming home, but we were discharged at 11pm while it was snowing and I was like yea, no, I’ll wait until I get home lol I’m glad I had it just case though!

Birth Plan –  this is an individual thing I suppose; we had spoken about certain things we wanted for our delivery prior to just so we were on the same page and I wrote them down too and packed it just in case, but no one ever asked for it nor did we feel a need to take it out. You do what you feel most comfortable doing!

Baby Announcement/Name Card – completely optional, but I got the cutesy wooden milestone disk cards from Etsy alongside a name and announcement (Hello I’m new here) card. If you’re planning to use it at the hospital don’t forget to pack it lol

Polaroid camera – this is extra, but if you’re a ‘capture the moment on a polaroid’ person, don’t forget to pack this lol

Snacks and gum – I remember watching a video where someone said to pack gum mostly for your support person because the last thing you want is someone near your face giving you words of encouragement and all you can smell is their stale breath lolol and it made sense.


And that’s that! I know it sounds like a lot but I found being prepared and packing in advance gave me such peace of mind going into delivery. I also left out quantities because you pack what you feel is reasonable for you! Would I suggest an entire pack of pads, no lol but pack enough so you don’t run out.

Obviously this was my first baby and totally not claiming to know the world lol but I’m sharing what worked for me and what I found to be helpful in hopes of it doing the same for you!

As always, I love hearing from you! Let me know in the comments below if you found this helpful and/or if there’s anything you loved which didn’t make my list! #sharingiscaring xoxo

Hi hello salaam! LONG time no see, hear, write, all of the above! I don’t remember what our last blog post was about let alone when I wrote it, but what I do know is a lot has changed since then!

Your girl got married, moved back home, stopped traveling because of covid and because of #responsibilities (sigh), and most recently just gave birth! – you’re basically all caught up now lol

I have many feels about many of those life changes and could ramble for ages on them, but this post has a purpose which I promised myself I would not sway from.

This post is all about baby registry tips, must-haves, whatever you want to call it, but all things baby prep!

Before I hit you up with this slightly comprehensive list, I do want to say that it is massively overwhelming if you’re having your first baby and don’t know where to start in terms of schtuff. There is SO much out there and the world makes you feel like you need it all but you really don’t (even though your mama already told you this, listen to her lol she’s right!) I remember walking into Buybuy Baby for the first time and it was like woah. Retreat retreat lol shelves upon shelves of baby bottles and strollers and feeding things and its definitely a psychi thing because it makes you want to buy all the pretty pastel colored silicone feeding suction plates even though your baby isn’t going to start eating from it for another 6ish months lolol but you get my drift yes?!

I am forever grateful that God allowed my sisters to have babies before me because I don’t think I would be able to help them with all this if I had gone first. They were my go-to’s (and still are!) before purchasing anything baby related or adding it to my registry, and I also had a chance to see the item in its practical state which helped immensely. Yes, Youtube videos and blogs were also my friends during my ‘research’ and a combination of the two sources resulted in the list below which were items I added onto our baby registry.

Instead of signing up (and limiting) myself to items from only one source ie. only creating a registry on amazon or anyplace else, I would highly highly recommend creating your registry on the site myregistry.com . It basically allows you to sync multiple registries onto one platform and that becomes the ‘master list’ if you will. We had created registries on Amazon, Chapters Indigo, and Snuggle Bugz and then synced them onto MyRegistry. The site also allows you to add any items from other sites too where you may not have the option of creating a registry!

In terms of ‘perks’ for creating a registry, to be honest I didn’t come across anything appealing nor did I claim what was offered. I think the Amazon US site offers/offered a nice little welcome bundle package, but the Canadian one offered a little toy or something to claim which I was like meh no need, and Chapters Indigo offered a baby memory book thing if there was a $50 spend, but reviews I read claimed it wasn’t all that so we skipped that too lol I had my eye on another baby book from Etsy anyways so I wasn’t too fussed!

Okay onto the items themselves! Hand on heart I can say nothing I had on our list was a waste or something we haven’t used yet/aren’t going to use yet due to her just being so small still lol I’ve organized the list into ‘must haves’ and ‘nice to haves’ solely based on how it worked for us so take from it what you will! ie. some people don’t feel a diaper pail is a must have and prefer using a regular garbage bin – totally okay if that works for you but we felt it was a must for us.  If you ever have any specific questions about any items please please send me DM or email or whatever and I’d love to give you more of my 2cents on it!

Also including the brands we went with for some of the items and although brands don’t always matter, I’m just sharing what’s working well for us that we like! It’s been almost 2 months since Noura (oh yes, we had a baby girl and named her Noura!) so we have a little bit of a feel of what we’ve liked and not so much liked. For example I didn’t like the bath towel we had got for her so invested (yes that’s the right word lolol) in a LoulouLollipop one for her ($50 for a baby towel is ridiculous I think!), BUT it stays soft after we put it in the wash and is large enough to wrap her in it and doesn’t shed on her and actually dries her so it’s a win for us! Ultimately the number one golden rule is to always always is to do what works well for your baby and you so you make the final call!

Okay the list(s) !!!!

It might sound like a lot lol but I’d like to think these are just the basics – for us anyways haha but we literally use a majority of what’s listed on the daily and I’m so grateful that none of what anyone got for us was a waste or not practical!


Tips I would give you now that you have the list:

– stick to only one quantity of the item because you won’t know if you’ll need more/less until baby comes (ie. put only one pack of pacifiers because you might not even use a pacifier with your baby because they don’t need one)

-have your registry completed and sent out in your second trimester so as things start coming to the house you can organize your space. You might be super pregnant and exhausted to do anything come third trimester so give yourself ample time

-I would highly recommend this little guy here ; with all the packages coming in, it’s an easy way to protect your personal info without the hassle of ripping off labels or crossing it out with a sharpie each time lol

-don’t forget your thank you’s! Keep track of packages as they come in and who they’re from (you can usually tell who’s got you what from the online registry itself and/or your item might come with a note), but keep a list so you can personalize thank you cards! *I’d also suggest getting thank you cards sent out before baby comes because you really won’t have time to sit and write during those first few weeks!


Hoping this comes in handy even just a little bit for any new mamas wondering where to start, or anyone wanting to gift a mama something for her new bundle of joy! Again, these are just some of our favorites and what works for us but I’d love to know your faves too! Let me know in the comments if there’s something I’m missing or have to have to try! xoxo