Today’s post is from a blogger that I had the pleasure of spending time with in real life!! We met at the Blissdom conference in Nashville, and had a ton of fun stuffing our faces with baked goods, eating at an awesome Mexican restaurant, and…okay, so I guess we mostly ate a lot together. In her defense, she was very pregnant. In my defense…I was hoping to get pregnant soon so…I was storing energy?
Caroline from chocolate and carrots is not only a totally adorable pregnant person, but she’s also sweet and amazingly talented. Her photos are gorgeous and her recipes are a good combination of healthy and junk food-ey. I’m so excited to have her here, sharing her hospital bags with us!! Her baby is due at the end of the month, so she doesn’t have long to go.
Good luck, Caroline and I can’t WAIT to see that adorable baby!!
Hey there! I’m Caroline from chocolate & carrots and I am a self taught baker and food photographer. I’m also a wife and a very soon-to-be mommy! I’m due on May 26th and I thought it’d be fun to show you what’s in my hospital bag!
Now, packing is not my favorite thing. I tend to take 24 times longer than the average human because I’m a planner. So, this whole ‘you’ve gotta have everything pack weeks in advance, because you don’t know when this baby will pop out’ thing is right up my alley. It’s only taken me 2 weeks to get everything in there. Don’t laugh, I’m being totally serious. I also always tend to over pack. You know, you have to be prepared for every situation. And since I have absolutely no clue how this whole popping-a-baby-out thing is going to work, I’ve got a lot of over packing to do!
So, I ended up deciding on both a bag for me and a bag for the baby (and my husband has a bag too, but his stuff is boring so we just won’t show you that).
Exhibit A: My bags…well, momma and baby’s bags.
I packed my bag in my Gaiam yoga bag and the baby’s things are pack in my Skip Hop diaper bag.
First up…the diaper bag. I have absolutely no idea what I actually NEED to bring, but I thought I would exhaust all my options, just in case.
1. White receiving blanket (I still have no idea what a receiving blanket is…anyone explain?) that my grandmother handmade for me. I too was brought home in one just like this, except it was pink!
2. Blue newborn onesie, in case it’s a boy.
3. Pastel newborn onesie, in case it’s a girl.
4. Yellow hand mittens. I’ve heard they can scratch themselves with their claws and it’s good to have a pair of these (as if it’s a werewolf or something). They’re nice and light weight too, since it’ll be a billion degrees Fahrenheit outside when we bring the little one home.
5. The softest little baby socks I’ve ever felt. No lie.
6. Polka dotted burp cloth, which I’m sure will be gross by the time we make it the 25 minutes home.
7. White little hat.
8. Cute ducky bib, just in case of spit ups. Eww.
9. Disposable nursing pads for momma. I don’t want to even think about that yet. TMI.
10. The smallest diapers I’ve ever seen! I can’t believe that baby will be that small!
11. Some wipes…just in case we need to change the diaper in the car? Just kidding. I actually don’t know why I packed those, other than to wipe my sweat and tears while leaving the comforts of the hospital to face the real world of parenting.
12. Cute pillow cases that we’re bringing to distinguish our pillows from the hospitals. Yay Target!
And yes, I’m also bringing this Green Day onesie for our little punk rock baby. It’s quite big, so I’ll only put it on him/her if he/she is a big thing! And can you believe that my mom bought this for our baby? She going to be a rockin’ grandma…I mean, mother of a mother. (She’s sensitive right now, geeze.)
Next, we have the contents of my bag. Let’s just say I jammed a lot of stuff in one bag.
Oki doki, let’s get started.
1. Disposable, yet cute gray flip flops for the shower. I’m a germ freak people. I don’t trust the sanitation of anyone except myself. (I even asked the nurse teaching our birthing class when the first available time would be for me to take a shower after delivery. I hate being dirty. Eww…I guess that’ll change pretty quickly, eh momma’s out there?)
2. Slippers for walking the halls during labor and the rest of my stay at the hospital.
3. A super soft and light weight gray robe. Yet again, from Target.
4. Two really cute pj’s from Victoria’s Secret. They’re button down, so good for breastfeeding!
5. Teal nursing top from Motherhood Maternity.
6. Dark grey sweat pants. I don’t think I can wear these if I have a c-section (please, dear lord, don’t let me have a c-section) because of the waist line.
7. American Airlines sleep mask, because I have to have it pitch black dark to go to sleep. So, maybe that’ll help between contractions? Eh?
8. Washable nursing pads. Again, don’t want to talk about it.
9. Black nursing bra from Motherhood Maternity. You wouldn’t believe how long it took for my husband, the employee helping us, and myself to find one that fits. It’s hard to buy a bra where you’re trying to guess how ‘big’ you’re going to get. Ugh. Anyway. I let my husband pick the color. Might as well still feel sexy, eh?
10. Going away dress. I’m pretty sure it’s the most comfortable and cool dress I own. I have it in 3 colors. That’s how awesome this dress is.
I also packed some undergarments, but we’ll just leave it at that.
Now for the goods.
1..Nook color: I need some entertainment and there she is. I’m currently reading Bringing up Bebe. It’s really good. We’re going to ‘try’ the French-style parenting. We’ll see how that goes.
2. My baby, the 13 inch mac book pro. This is where chocolate & carrots comes to life! I’ll also use it to try to update ya’ll after the baby arrives!
3. iPhone 4S: I don’t think a food blogger can go anywhere without a smart phone. It’s our constant lifeline to our world. I decided to be all cutesy too and put a photo of the whole grain strawberry baked donuts that I recently made on my screen. Mmm!
4. iPod and Bose (I call them Boss, just because they are the bomb as far as headphones go). Gotta have some music to get me through labor, right? Any favorite music as far as labor is concerned? Anyone?
5. The lens cap to my camera (I can’t take a photo of my camera when I’m using my camera to take the photo. Sheesh), which we will be bringing to capture these precious first moments as a new family. I shoot with a Canon 7D…with a 50mm f/1.4 lens.
6. Mints. I’ve heard sucking on hard candies helps during labor since you can’t eat anything? I’m also thinking about buying some jolly ranchers, too. Good idea?
7. Water bottles. I don’t know, just in case the hospital doesn’t have water!?! Haha…just kidding. I have no idea.
8. An assortment of snacks: GoSqueeze applesauce, Annie’s granola bars, and some homemade trail mix.
9. Hair ties and a head band, because this is labor, ya know.
10. Listerine: gotta keep that mouth clean with all the kisses this baby’s gonna get!
11. Shampoo, conditioner and body wash, because I’m sure the hospitals is gross even though we’re paying thousands of dollars to stay there. I’d rather stay here.
12. Revlon 12 hour colorstay eyeshadow in sterling rose. I only ever use the black and the light champagne colors, though.
13. Pads. Enough said.
14. Toothpaste. I’m a freak when it comes to teeth too. I’ve had braces twice and still wear two permanent retainers and one removable one at night. I floss and brush my teeth very regularly. Let’s just say that my dentist loves me!
15. Lotions…for my feet and body. Momma’s gonna need massages!
16. Dove deodorant. Because no one wants me to stink. Floss. Again, teeth freak.
17. Razor. I’m a venus gal, but this is one of their disposables. I’m leaving my good one at home!
18. Mascara: I use Maybelline’s Colossal Volume in Glam Black.
19. Eye liner: Clinique’s Quickliner in Really Black. My favoriteeeee!
20. Chapstick. I’ve heard the hospital gets you pretty dry. The magic toothbrush.
21. Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies (this isn’t the recipe shown in the photo, but the one I’m going to make). If I have time, I’m going to make some for the nurses before I go to the hospital. Baking is soothing for me, so I’m hoping it will be a good pain coping mechanism. Plus, they’re going to love me.
So, yeah! That’s that. What am I forgetting? Or what do I not need? I still have a couple weeks before the big day…I think. Help a new momma out!
Thank you for listening and come visit me anytime at chocolate & carrots!