Hi readers, hope y'all have been well! This month is just flying by- I can't believe we will be facing November next week. Which reminds me, don't forget about time change in two weeks!
Okay, so I know I've been blogging A LOT about Janie and our new life... and I hope I'm not boring y'all but I wanted to share ONE more thing about my latest pregnancy, before moving onto other topics. So here's my last pregnancy related blog: the Hospital Bag.
Now, if you're a (first time) mom and have packed a hospital bag before, then you probably followed the list from the hospital, googled "how to pack a hospital bag for labor and delivery", and/or looked on pinterest. The second time around, I felt like I "knew" more than I did the first time around so I decided to pack my bag from memory and what I think I'd need the most post delivery... So, behold, I share with you Julie's Hospital Bag: Pack and Don't Pack list.
Here is a visual guide of what I packed the week before Janie's due date:
- Halie's welcoming clothes
- my pajama set
- nursing bra
- bow hairbands
- facial wipes
- big underwear
- Janie's going home clothes
- my going home clothes
In general, I forgot how cold the hospital was, especially after giving birth. So the slippers came in handy because it kept my feet extra warm. The pajama set was basically useless because I'd brought short sleeve/shorts set instead of a warmer set. The big underwear came in super handy as I was leaving the hospital because I did NOT want to wear the mesh underwear home, know what I'm saying?? As obvious as it is, the toiletries bag and facial wipes were convenient and nice to use since they are familiar products of mine. I ended up taking a water tumbler instead of the coconut water, which worked out better because it kept me drinking water and staying hydrated throughout my hospital stay. Janie's and my going home outfits were obviously smart to pack but not Halie's welcoming outfit. Like I mentioned in my last post, I was so happy to see Halie again that I didn't bother changing her clothes before she met her sister and we snapped some photos. Also, I stayed in the hospital for almost a week with Halie so the iPad came in handy when keeping myself entertained but for Janie, I only spent two nights there so an iPad wasn't too needed. Lastly, I ended up wearing a nursing bra to the hospital, which is why I didn't need a second one- but my milk also didn't come in so I guess that could've been my last time wearing a fun/cute regular bra... oh well. Overall, I thought I did pretty well packing my hospital bag. Most of the stuff got used and seemed necessary.
Ooh, let me end the post with my Thank You gift bags for the nurses who monitored me/Janie during our stay. I remember with Halie how helpful the nurses were so I didn't want to forget their care this time. To be honest though, I think once the hospital knows that this is your second child, they're less involved so I didn't feel as taken care of as I did with Halie... but nevertheless, I did appreciate all the nurses who helped out. So I'm glad I made these thank you gift bags.
Hopefully, this post comes in handy for some of you in the near future! Last thing you'd want to do is overpack or underpack and rely on your husband to pack/find everything. You're going to be leaving the hospital with more stuff than you came with so make sure you plan your packing accordingly!
Good luck to all our pregnant and expecting readers.