What to pack for hospital:
- Newborn and size 0-3 onesies as some babies don’t fit in newborn
- Swaddle if you want your own, hospital will provide blanket
- Hat, onesie, swaddle & props if wanted for pics
- Baby socks & mittens
- Extra swaddle or blanket if you have a pet at home
- Mini Speaker and playlist for labor, makes room soo much more pleasant
- Long phone charger and portable charger
- Nightlight so you can feed without turning on overhead lights
- Baby sound machine to drown out hospital noises while trying to sleep
- Comfortable warm robe, or sweater to place over hospital gown
- Nursing Bra
- Slipper socks
- Flip flops for shower
- Toiletries for shower
- Hair ties and brush
- Chapstick, makeup for photos
- Organic Coconut Oil, natural nipple cream, safe for baby to eat (unlike what hospital provides)
- Prenatal vitamins
- Going home outfit
- Gatorade packets for water as you will get dehydrated
- Snacks: protein & granola bars, fruit, crackers
- Washable overnight bag
- Extra overnight bag filled with gift baskets for nurses and doc, one to labor floor and one to night floor since staff is different. I filled mine with healthy snacks and candy. My 1st born my MIL brought two jars of m&m’s – nuts and no nuts pink and blue since we didn’t know what we were having. I will use this extra bag to take home the supplies the hospital provides.
- Trash bag for car seat to carry into hospital, bring it in when you first get admitted. Can be used for dirty laundry on way out.
- Car seat cover so you can cover baby as you exit hospital since they won’t wear a mask
- Your own masks for you and SO, they might be more comfortable than the hospital ones
- Disinfectant wipes for your phones and overnight room
- There most likely won’t be hospital photographers so I am going to pack my mini Tripod to snap a few photos of the 3 of us without having to bother nurses
- Baby thermometer
- 100% petroleum jelly
- Infant Tylenol
- Gripe water (good for gas we used this a lot)
- Baby wipes (we like honest)
- New born and size one diapers with pee line! (pampers)
- Travel Poo bags
- Swaddle blankets
- Diaper pail and bags
- Diaper bag
- Changing pad travel and home
- Baby shampoo (I like honest, babyganics, and Shea butter coconut)
- Baby bath tub
- Onesies that zip you don’t want to be doing 10 snaps at 3am, size newborn and 0-3
- Baby lounger; somewhere to put baby down while you shower, eat, etc
- Baby Bottles
- Breast Pump
- Hospital will give you pads but they don’t have wings, get one pack of large and light day pads for long term healing.
- Witch Hazel pads
- Drink Red Raspberry leaf tea
- Dates – Women who eat 6 dates a day for the last 4 weeks leading up to due date are significantly more dilated and more likely to:
- Have intact membranes upon admission to the hospital
- Go into labor spontaneously
- Avoid pitocin
- And have a shorter first phase of labor
- Nursing bras – I wore mine through pregnancy also
When your husband is turning 40 during a global pandemic and his only wish is to find out the sex of baby #2, you make it a birthday to remember…
Having a bun in the oven made this theme and our gender reveal that much more fun! We were in love with our wedding cake by Hudson Cakery and therefore I asked Jenn to create a mini version of it, carrot cake with one layer of pink or blue buttercream inside and one layer salted caramel. I couldn’t believe my doctor’s office handed me the gender of our baby in an unsealed envelope. Most tempted I have ever been and definitely didn’t tell my husband – it had to be sealed and mailed the same day it was received!
Jenn also created for us the oh so delicious burger macarons and sugar cookie cast from the show.
To involve our friends & family in the surprise, Splurge Bakery made us gender reveal burger cake pops that were mailed ahead of a zoom call to each household.
We didn’t know Bri’s birthday was going to have to be virtual. Originally, we had planned a small intimate dinner at our wedding venue in Jersey City Battello.
Now that we would celebrate via Zoom and with more people I wanted to be able to keep everyone engaged on the call. I created a quiz about Bri growing up in the 80’s. I sent it to everyone a few days in advance and presented the questions with photos of Bri through the years. He had to answer the questions live and I sent a prize to the person that got the most answers correct. (which ended up being his sister Kate)
To end our call we sang happy birthday, asked everyone to grab their cake pops and ALL found out together that baby #2 will be another boy! #Boymom
In light of what is happening today in the world, and for everything we are feeling due to the Coronavirus, I want to be able to share kindness in some way. The safest way for me to do this is to offer complimentary design and event consulting services from home to those having to cancel or postpone their upcoming celebrations. The thought of not being able to share milestones with those we love is truly upsetting, but this pause is definitely putting all in perspective. Whether you are canceling, or postponing an event or trying new recipes, or organizing closets and cupboards like myself, the below widgets can be shared, posted or texted in hopes of making your communications a little lighter and even fun. Please email me for aid, tag me @impressedinc or use #CoronaMadeUsDoIt so we can all share in this spirit together.
Peace and love, Jaclyn
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It’s the look when you know you found the right one! Pure joy on the big day when I put it on 🙂
Never in a million years did I think my Pinterest inspired mood board of white dresses would 1.have a dress that I could afford and 2. that I would love it on me! See below the mood board I took shopping, my dress the Ugo by Rosa Clara featured bottom right. I went to 3 bridal salons but in the end got lucky and found my dress never worn through preownedweddings.com. The bride had bought 2 and didn’t end up wearing the one I bought, score! With wedding planning every little savings helps and therefore a discounted price tag was a big bonus for me.
Here are some other ways to save on dresses:
Check for trunk shows. If you know you like a certain designer or store style ask about their trunk show calendar, typically during trunk shows there are discounts offered.
Ask if floor models are available at a discounted rate.
Photos by Kate Neal Photo