Reflections on a Wannabe Minimalist's Hospital Bag
Y'all, three babes under two is no joke. Life has been super crazy around here figuring out how to entertain twin toddlers and care for a newborn. Mike and I are figuring it out and thanking our lucky stars that we have so much family close by who are willing to help.
During the week, the twins are in "school" aka daycare and I am at home with Scottie on maternity leave still. Mike has been doing the heavy lifting with the twins on a daily basis - getting them up in the morning, breakfast, and dropping off and picking up the twins each day. This allows me to get a few extra zzz's in the morning after waking up a few times over night for Scottie. If you're reading this and wondering how you would do pick up/drop off of the twins at daycare with all three in tow – I tried, it's impossible (for now), unless you don't mind someone reporting you to CPS.
Since having Scottie I have had some time to reflect on my previous hospital bag post and wanted to share with y'all what I would change and what I think you absolutely need postpartum/in your hospital bag.
First, while I like my Bellefit Girdle, you definitely do not need that thing at the hospital with you. I couldn't even get mine on my body. Also, trying to get it on was super depressing, so just leave it in your closet until like day 5 postpartum at the earliest. (More on the Bellefit Girdle in another post). I also did not use my nursing tank tops because I just wore my nursing bra with my robe over top. What you absolutely need (besides your toothbrush) are your Blanqui post partum support leggings. I didn't take those things off except to shower. They literally made me feel put back together and secure. Finally, I cannot stress enough how nice it was to have my indulgent soaps and lotions for my first shower after delivery.
One thing I would absolutely add to my list is a speaker. I didn't have it on my list and actually thought to myself what a diva I would be if I needed a speaker. Well, Number One Diva comin' at ya right here. Mike brought the speaker and it was SO nice. He played just some general jams while we were waiting for labor to get going. I eventually demanded total silence when it got pretty stressful (errrr, painful). I even told Mike to stop "tap, tap, tapping" on his keyboard – he's a workaholic – because I couldn't stand to hear noise anymore. Okay, that's a tangent, back to the music. So he played some general jams and then at night, after delivery, is where the speaker was REALLY key. You know when you're in a hospital room, and they have all those machines? And all those machines are on all night, and beeping all night, and bothering you all night? Yeah. Well, Mike, being as smart as he is, turned on his trusty speaker, and played some nice white noise to help drown out some of the alarms and beeps. Genius I tell you, genius. We have a little Bose speaker, linked here that we take everywhere with us and play music right from our phones. We also have a little JBL Clip speaker (smaller than the Bose) linked here that we attach to our stroller and wagon.
Share your must have items - diva or not - for post delivery and peep some of Scottie's newborn photos snapped by the lovely Kim Stockwell – website linked here.