Friday, September 12, 2014

Packing for the Hospital: What's In My Bag?

As of Saturday, I'll be 34 weeks pregnant. Meaning in have six-ish weeks until this little nugget makes his or her arrival. Woosh.

If you don't know by now, I'm an avid over-preparer...I think it's a Taurus thing. I need to feel prepared and I like to feel in control. List making, packing, planning...I love it all. So naturally, packing my hospital bag was a necessary moment to give me some control in what is going to be an event that I am not in control of...because going into labor is all up to the nugget. 

Everyone has their own preferences as to what they put in their hospital bag and you'll likely hear different things from different people. But for those who are curious and/or want a list that's easy (or so I think) and a little bit fabulous (you'll understand at the end of this), here's what you'll find in my pretty Vera Bradley duffle :) (oh, if you didn't know this either: I'm addicted to Vera).

Toiletries and Makeup
I scored my toiletries bag in one of those $2 grab bags at Michaels last year. It was kind of an awesome score. My makeup bag (with the V on it) is actually from and is from my wedding! It matched the bags I gave my bridesmaids. The little brush bag is from MAC.
In with my toiletries you'll find:
-Toothbrushes for hubby and I, and a tube of toothpaste
-Face wash (I like Saint Ives grapefruit's salycilic acid-free, so it's pregnancy and nursing safe)
-Shampoo and conditioner (I've packed the Neil George samples I scored in my latest Birchbox. They smell great and are just the perfect size)
-Bodywash (I grabbed a really yummy smelling bottle of Suave from the commissary!)
-Travel-sized lotion
-Chapstick (a labor MUST for me!)
-Nursing pads (just in case I'll need them and the hospital can't provide them)
-Hair ties and bobby pins
-Contact lens case (in a cute little Vera case, of course) 
-Contact lens solution
-Neutogena face wipes
-A hairbrush 

I've also packed a couple of my own towels, so I don't have to use the non-fluffy hospital towels when I shower. Oh! And once they arrive, I'll be adding a few Earth Mama Angel Baby goodies to my bag as well :)

Before you judge my makeup case...let me make my case (see what I did there?! Ha!). I looked like absolute hell when Conner was born. I was exhausted, swollen from heavy antibiotics, woozy from my surgery and hungry from not having eaten for over 18 hours. It wasn't pretty. The pictures I'm in from the hospital make me sad and I hate them and the only people who've seen them are myself and Derek. This time around I decided to pack a small bag of makeup so that I could freshen up at some point if I want to...and hopefully not hate the pictures of myself and my new nugget. In my makeup bag you'll find:
-Tinted moisturizer (Aveeno Positively Radiant)
-Benefit Hula bronzer
-Clinique powder blush
-L'oreal Voluminous mascara
-Urban Decay's Naked Basics palette
-A few clean makeup brushes (in the purple MAC bag)

What else will you find in my hospital bag?
Clothing etc.

I pack relatively lightly (well, for me it's light haha) when it comes to clothing for the hospital. I've got:
-Underwear I don't care about. (Actually, it's a few pairs of maternity underwear. I learned with my C-section that maternity underpants are the most comfortable because they fit a bulky pad well and sit well below my incision. I've got a few pairs packed this time, too, whether I rock a VBAC or a CBAC)
-A nursing bra. (From Motherhood Maternity. My milk didn't come in until after I went home from the hospital with Conner, so I pack a bra close to the size I'm currently wearing)
-Nursing tanks (I like the Gillian & O'Malley tanks from Target)
-A light cotton robe and nightgown that will be easy to nurse in (again, I bought a nice little Gillian & O'Malley set from Target)
-A nursing cover...I learned quickly with Conner that being a Military family, we had a lot of uniformed, male visitors at the hospital. Leadership from my husband's unit visit new babies in the hospital and for my own comfort, I packed a nursing cover in case a visitor pops in during a feeding.
-Shower shoes
-A going home yoga pants and a cotton sweatshirt-ish top

And the most fabulous part of my bag?

Yep. I'm packing ruby red slippers. RAD.

On the way out the door I'll grab a small bag that I'm adding my affirmations book and some snacks to, and will toss in my iPad, charger, glasses as well. And you'll probably find me scrutinizing my hospital bag until the day I take it with me...because that's what I do :)

In another post I'll talk about what I'm packing for baby, since that's a separate Vera bag...

Until next time,

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