Wednesday, September 25, 2013

What I Packed in My Hospital Bag

In the last weeks of my pregnancy, I read through many hospital bag checklists on websites, blogs, and online forums. I compared them to figure out the most common must-haves and then decided which of the other items I thought I might need or want.

Since these lists were a helpful starting point for me, I figured I'd share what I packed, what I actually used, and what I didn't use during my two-day hospital stay. If and when I go for my next time around, I'd probably bring most of this again.

What I brought and used:
Wallet with ID and insurance card
Cord blood donation documents
Contact solution and case
Face wash (might be helpful to bring facial wipes if you don't want to get out of bed)
Travel shampoo/conditioner/body wash
Hair bands and bobby pins
Hair dryer (they had one there, similar to a hotel one, but I liked using my own)
Phone charger
Shorts and tank top (wore these to the hospital)
Maternity yoga pants
Nursing top
Nursing bras
Nursing pads
Lanolin nipple cream
Snacks (!!!)
Treats for the L&D nurses (next time, I might bring something for the postpartum nurses too)

What I brought but didn't use:
Hospital pre-registration forms (in case they didn't get them when we faxed them over)
Hair straightener
Nightgown with buttons down the front (easy access for nursing)
Nursing tank
Maxi dress
Maxi pads
A couple of magazines

What I brought for baby and used:
Long-sleeve gown

What I brought for baby but didn't use:
Baby wipes
Nail file (for baby's nails)
Swaddle blankets (2)
Long-sleeve top

Scott brought his laptop and camera with their chargers, as well as a bag of clothes and toiletries.

I packed all of those options for the baby because I wasn't sure what I'd want to use as a "going home" outfit. I chose the gown because it had little fold-over sleeves to keep Evelyn from scratching herself and it didn't rub her umbilical cord stump. During our stay, she just wore a long-sleeve top, diaper, receiving blanket, and hat, all provided by the hospital.

As for me, I wore loose shorts and a maternity tank top to the hospital and ended up wearing those shorts under my bathrobe the day after delivery. (Funny, I thought I'd wear a real outfit, not sweats/lounging clothes, to the hospital, but when it came time to go, I was not feeling like changing... I just wanted to get there!) Otherwise, I stayed in the hospital gown most of the time because I didn't want to get my clothes sweaty or stained (same reason I used the hospital's towels and mesh underwear). I wore the maternity yoga pants and a nursing top on the way home.

One more tip: Make sure your significant other can carry most of the bags/stuff on his own. We pulled up and valeted our car when we arrived, so we didn't have far to walk, but in the midst of contractions, I only wanted to carry our little bag of snacks and the treats for the nurses into the hospital (if I remember correctly... ha!). My stuff and the items for the baby were in two large tote bags, and Scott carried those, along with his own bag, so I was glad I didn't over-pack.

Hope this helps any of you expectant mamas out there! Moms -- anything you would add to the list?

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Guest Post on Inspiration-Driven Life: What Having a Baby Taught Me About My Marriage

Sarah invited me to contribute to her Wedded Wednesdays guest series, in which bloggers share a glimpse of what marriage really looks like.

For me, my marriage is currently entering a new phase as we take on our roles as parents. We are five weeks in... and we're experiencing so many changes.

Hop over to Sarah's blog to find out what having a baby taught me about my marriage.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Business with Intention Workshop at Home

This spring, I was honored to contribute to one of Jess Lively's "secret projects." She's created an amazing resource for entrepreneurs in their first year of business -- the Business with Intention Workshop at Home.

Let me tell you, the content provided in this Workshop at Home is incredible. The workbook, the videos, everything. Not only does Jess have great insights to share, but the other business owners she interviews also draw from their own experiences to give real, practical advice.

In my portion of the video, I share my top tips for creating content that reflects your brand and resonates with your ideal customer, whether it's on your website, within your newsletters and blog posts, or through any communication channel you use!

Doing a video interview was a new and exciting experience for me. I calmed the butterflies with a good amount of preparation and it ended up being a lot of fun! (It was also Evelyn's video debut as I was 26 weeks pregnant at the time of the shoot!)

If you are an entrepreneur or looking to start a business, I encourage you to check out the Business with Intention Workshop at Home!

A quick picture with Jess after filming.

A peek at the gorgeous set!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Three Elements You Need to Become a Better Writer

Well, I'm posting a quick note to share this month's newsletter theme.

Life with a newborn is a little crazy (okay, really crazy!). It's all about feeding, burping, changing diapers, changing onesies, doing laundry, swaddling, rocking... while trying to eat, shower, and sleep when we can. But gazing into our baby's eyes, watching her sleep, smelling that soft, sweet baby smell... those little things makes it worth it.

So to get straight to the point of this post... In this month's Create.Compose.Communicate newsletters, Sarah and I will be sharing three elements you need to cultivate to become a better writer (and some easy ways to do so!). And like the name of our newsletter, they all happen to begin with the letter C. Any guesses?

The first newsletter of the month arrives in inboxes tomorrow (Thursday) morning, so be sure to sign up now if you haven't already!

I hope to be back to posting in the near future -- lots to share!


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