Tuesday, April 29, 2014


After procrastinating for weeks, I finally got my crap together last weekend and packed my hospital bag. I think one of the reasons I put it off for so long is because it seemed a little overwhelming. I didn't know what I would need and most of the articles I read online seemed like they were suggesting that I pack pretty much my entire house. Is that really necessary? Let's be realistic here. What would I actually need? So I made lists, debated, discussed it with Andrew, packed, and then repacked. I tend to over-pack by nature, so the repacking step was vital for me to pare everything down to just the essentials.

Here's what we ended up with:

As far as clothes, go, I went with:
  • pajamas
  • socks
  • undergarments
  • flip flops
  • robe
  • a going home outfit (leggings and an oversized light-weight sweater)

In the toiletry department, I packed:
  • toothpaste
  • toothbrush
  • deodorant
  • dental floss
  • moisturizer
  • makeup (blush stick, tinted moisturizer, mascara, hydrating lip balm)
  • comb
  • facial wipes
  • hair ties and headband
  • shampoo and conditioner
  • body lotion
  • face wash

I packed a few things for the baby, including:
  • hat 
  • socks
  • two outfits (in two different sizes, so all our bases are covered)

Some miscellaneous items:
  • phone and charger
  • magazines that I have intentionally not read yet
  • journal
  • gum
There are a few things that aren't pictured, including Andrew's clothes, car seat, pillows, blanket, and some treats for the nurses (highly recommended by a few nurse friends).

I feel like we're pretty prepared. I don't think I've left anything major out. What about you? Is there anything that I need to add to my list? Anything I can do without?

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