I can not believe that I have 5 weeks until my due date. Pregnancy is just so long, and the weeks leading up to D-Day are just the longest ones. The other night I was having Braxton Hicks that would just not stop, which reminded me that I didn't have a bag packed. The next day, you bet I packed that bag and it's ready to go.
This Babymoov Bag was the perfect size for my hospital bag. It came with a pacifier holder, insulated bottle carrier, and changing pad. This bag will be a perfect bag for Carson's vacations in the coming years.
With my first we hired a local birth photographer, Ashley Yvonne Photography. Without a doubt in my mind we quickly booked her as soon as I found out I was pregnant with my second. One thing I was adamant about was not wearing the typical gown in the pictures. Someone actually purchased one for me last time and got it monogrammed. This time, I ordered this one from Etsy. I am seriously in love with it. It will be sent home with my mom or MIL to wash after birth, my other one never had any stains on it.
I'm slightly obsessed with this gorgeous robe I received from PinkBlush, a company focusing on gorgeous maternity clothes. It's a light cotton that is cool on your skin and doesn't make you too warm. The light gray and the detailing on the sleeves will look gorgeous with anything I wear during my stay. It will also be perfect for nursing in the hospital.
I love nightgowns so when I saw these with an easy pull down front for nursing, I had to grab them! They have cups/pads inside that will allow me to not have to wear a bra at night. I also have this gorgeous dot pajama set from Belabumbum that are very comfy; the top has a front flap that lifts up for easy nursing.
A couple weeks ago I stocked up on bras at A Pea in the Pod, my favorite though is my bra from Soma. In my bag I packed mainly my soft/sleep bras, but I did pack one bra to make me feel semi normal when I left the hospital. I also have reusable nursing pads from Bamboobies that are way better then any disposable. The disposable made me itch and break out in hives.
Going Home Outfit:
I think we put so much thought into what baby wears going home we forget we have to wear something. I have this ruffle dress from Belabumbum that has a lift front that makes nursing easier. It will be a comfortable dress to wear home, and will even be great for the postpartum days at home.
Sock, Flip flops, Slippers:
Make sure you remember flip flops for the shower, slippers for walking around the hospital room, and socks to keep you warm (my little one will be born in December). I highly suggest getting up and walking around as soon as you can; it will get your body healing faster. You can take your little one on a walk if you'd like. You will also want to remember some cheap undies, even though they give you some there--I just like to bring my own.
I do not think it's vain at all to bring your makeup, straightener, etc. It makes me feel so much better when I am put together--and this stuff does it for me. Don't forget your chapstick, glasses, toothbrush, toothpaste, nipple cream. I also have these wonderful herbal supplements from Calmamama for calming and sleep. I can't wait to use them after I have our little one.
Chargers (with an extra long cord), camera, camera cord (connects directly to your iphone), iPad (I didn't bring my computer, since my iPad can do everything my computer does, and it's way lighter.)
Cord Blood Banking Kit:
The price of Cord Banking is worth it for the many things that it can potentially cover down the road. We did it with our first, and it was a no brainer that we would do it with Carson. Seriously, look into it!
Important Documents Kit:
This is actually something I made when I had Bennett. I will be featuring it soon on the blog--it has everything perfectly organized for your little one's health records. Since we will have two kiddos I created one large file instead of two separate ones.
What was something you had to have in your bag?
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