Hello, dolls! Hello, JUNE! What a week! With a newborn and a food festival I participated in, the first week of June felt like it just stopped by to say hello. Little A’s third birthday is fast approaching so I will be busy planning how to make him the happiest on his birthday. I am still trying to keep up with the demands of being a Mom-of-two so it’s been challenging to get any me time. So let me say hello again because it feels good to finally blog again!
One of the things I am truly grateful for during my pregnancy was having enough time to enjoy it. I was able to do pregnancy-related activities and prepare everything without feeling rushed. When I was pregnant with Little A, the only pregnancy-related activity I was able to do was to go to prenatal yoga. With baby C, I was able to attend a couple of baby events which helped me understand my journey as a Mother even more — one of which, the first Baltimore Birth Festival last month (May 19,2019).
If you’ve been to a Mom event, you would know that you will never go home empty handed! I brought home all these goodies, how awesome is that?
Baltimore Birth Festival is more than just the swag bag and the giveaways. It was an event meant to connect families and local businesses that support healthy and safe pregnancies, childbirth, and care for Moms & babies.
The venue was at Patterson Park. I have never been so I was very excited to attend and see something different with Little A.
Maryland Families for Safe Birth is the group behind this great event. I am so glad I came across their post on Facebook a couple of weeks before the event otherwise I wouldn’t have known about it.
Swag bags waiting to be claimed by lucky Mommas!! <3
It was a beautiful day for an outdoor event. There were a lot of vendors ready to share their knowledge and expertise — there was something for everyone!
The first vendor I spoke to was Sacred Journey. They specialize in home birth which is becoming really popular now to a lot of expecting Moms.
There were lactation consultants at the event ready to answer anything about breastfeeding.
Baltimore County Public Library gave away free books!! Little A and I were so happy about this. They also had reading lists for all ages.
Little A with Poe the Oriole bird.
What’s a festival without food? We all got excited when we saw the food trucks!
Little A’s first snowball.
I have never been to an event with so many giveaways!! They had a tent full of goodies for families to take home. The most challenging part of the day was trying to pick which items I wanted to win 😛
Some of the giveaways from great brands like EZPZ, Replay, and Lansinoh.
Giveaways from local vendors. There was lots of good stuff on the table like a free photoshoot, a reflexology session, and lots (and lots) of gifts cards!
Families gathered around the tent as Maryland Families for Safe Birth announced the winners. I almost brought home two giveaways that day but unfortunately, A and I were not fast enough to run to the tent so they had to move on to the next ticket holder lol.
We won this giant box of Mouth Party caramels. A and I were delighted to get this because we LOVE Mouth Party so much. We hand carried their caramels to the Philippines as part of our wedding favors.
Little A was so interested in the cannons. Thank goodness A was with us because I wouldn’t have been able to run after him! lol
It was nice to have solo time with Little A before he became a big brother. As much as he loves having a little sister, I can tell that his adjustment of sharing our attention at home is not easy. Having a newborn demand a lot of time and care, but having a toddler who craves for attention is something else.
What a view!! The park overlooks Canton <3
It was a great venue for the festival. We got lucky with parking so if you plan to attend next year, consider taking Uber or a cab if coming from the county OR come early so you can snag a good spot before it gets busy.
I had a great time meeting local vendors and learning more things about pregnancy and childbirth. There were topics that I wouldn’t even think about if I did not attend.
The giveaways and the swag bag were the cherries on top!
The swag bag had $300 worth of products!!
Baltimore Birth Festival had 100 bags this year sold at $20 each.
The Bumbo Elipad alone is $19.99 on Amazon so getting the swag bag is definitely worth it!
Nothing like a swag bag full of goodies for a Mom-to-be!
Here are the items included in the bag.
Lip balms from different vendors, stress ball from spectra, and diaper from Labor and Lullabies.
*Lots and lots of pens! This is why I haven’t spent a penny on pens for at least 5 years now. I keep on getting them for free! 😛
*Supplements for Moms
*Breastfeeding buddies like tea, lanolin cream, and some quick wipes for breast pump parts.
*I also got a lot of ointments and creams for stretch marks and stress relief!
* Diaper balm, lotion, body wash samples for baby.
….and a pacifier!
Charlie Banana swim diaper and babiators — these two products retail for $35 (in case you need a reminder why the swag bags are super worth it! 😛 )
Bumbo Elipad – the perfect bath buddy when giving your little one a bath.
The perfect book for my family now — Mommy’s Lap Has Room For Two.
Oil treatments for Mom
You know you’re from Maryland when anything with crab is cool to you! 😛 The baby on board sticker is so perfect for any MD parent!
How many Mouth Party caramels can you get for $60? 108!! 3lbs of the best caramels from Maryland!
To show you how huge the box was (and my baby bump on my due date) 😛
4 days before my due date. 4 days before he became a big brother. Little A is the best big brother I’ve always wanted and the sweetest son I could ever wish for. We are still in the middle of our “transition” and it’s not a walk in the park — there have been lots of crying from all of us and Mom guilt throughout the day. I know eventually we will get into a routine but for I am just going to embrace the crazy 😛
My biggest at 39 weeks! 😛
Disclaimer: I received swag bags for free in exchange for my honest review of the event.