Labor and Delivery : What I'm Packing In My Hospital Bags for Baby Number 3














Hi, friends! Today I've rounded up my hospital bags to share what I'm packing. I hope this post is helpful. 


For Baby

Newborn Nest
Going home outfit
Onesie, Footed sleeper, knotted gown
Hat
Pair of socks
1-2 swaddles
1 Car seat cover
1-2 pacifiers
Car seat + stroller (Makes discharge easier bc you can put all bags under stroller and your husband/SO can push baby. You will probably be pushed out in a wheelchair via a hospital employee bc of hospital policy)


For Me 

I'm using a rolling carry on this time around, a duffel bag will work just fine though! I personally felt this to be easier to organize everything and roll, rather than lug on your shoulder. Just my two cents :)

Diaper bag
my silk pillowcase, (bc it's nice to feel comfortable and more "at home")
Nursing pillow - I'm using the My Brest Friend Pillow
Nursing pads
Earth Mama Angel Baby nipple butter
Earth Mama Perineal Spray
Wish Garden Afterease for soothing after birth contractions
Slippers! You'll want something comfortable to walk around in!
A pack of these Always Discreet underwear
Button down Nightgown
Robe
3 piece pajama nursing set (love this set!!)
2 nursing bras
Postpartum PJ pants
Going home outfit - I'm bringing a nursing tank top ( this one is the best!), pair of  leggings, and my barefoot dreams cardigan to wear home!

Pro Tip - [[ Your hospital will provide you with postpartum underwear, pads, diapers, wipes, tucks, dermoplast, and a peri bottle. If you want to purchase extra of these for when you get home, thats totally fine, but you won't need to bring to hospital! ]]


Cosmetics/Toiletries



Face cleanser, moisturizer and face oil, toner (The necessities, no extra serums and masks)
Makeup bag including - foundation or CC cream, concealer, bronzer, highlighter, mascara, brow pencil, lip balm
Toothpaste
Toothbrush
Hairbrush
Dry Shampoo
Travel size Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash, Lotion
Flip Flops for the shower (I know they sanitize and clean the showers, but still I'm grossed out by it)


Miscellaneous 

Health Insurance cards
Gum
Snacks (Granola bars, Protein bars, nursing cookies, etc. This will come in handy after birth, and for your husband/SO during labor. You personally will not be allowed to eat during labor depending upon your hospital policy)
Cash for vending machines
1 regular phone charger & 1 portable phone charger
Camera + extra battery + memory card
1 file folder for all of the hospital paperwork you will receive


Husband/ Significant Other

Deodorant, toothbrush, hairbrush, a change of clothes, and a cozy blanket/pillow depending on their personal preference! For example, Chris is extremely low maintenance so I won't bring him a pillow or a blanket, but I will bring him a book or two that he likes. This really depends on your labor, my daughters labor we had some downtime while I progressed after receiving my epidural. My son was an emergency C-section, so there wasn't much time.




PS: If overpacking makes you happy and feel better, please do what you need to do. If packing less makes you feel better, again please do what you know is best for yourself. This is your labor, your delivery, your baby, and you need to only worry about making sure you feel confident and secure. If someone wants to judge you for what you're bringing or not bringing, let them! With that said, I am an over-packer and not having enough options brings me anxiety. This is my third delivery, my daughter was a vaginal delivery and my son was an emergency caesarean section. After going through two drastically different deliveries, I'm confident in what I need to pack this time around for baby #3!



Best wishes, mama's!


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Best Items Still In Stock From The NSALE



Thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post


YAY! Public Access for the Nordstrom Anniversary sale is finally here! Now, until August 4th. There are still plenty of items that are in stock. Below, I'm sharing my recommendations from each category.



My top recommendations to grab before it's out of stock! Pro Tip: Items placed in your cart are not held for you before checking out, If you need to check out one-two items at a time before they sell out, do it. Shipping is free, and you won't pay more for having multiple orders :)


Designer denim - If you need to update your denim selection in your wardrobe for the new season, now is the time to do it.





Tops, Sweaters, Coats -





Shoes - Still a lot of really great shoe options available!





Beauty - 






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Kids and Baby Top Picks : Nsale 2019

To be honest, there wasn't a huge amount of options this year for baby and kids. However, I found a few really great deals. For example, the convertible car seats that I bought a few years ago during this sale are in the sale this year. I constantly rave about these, and hands down are the best seats. There's a few North Face and Patagonia options that are good deals as well, and this is a great time to buy these items on sale as they rarely get marked down until after/later during the cold season.








Click on any icon in the photo above to shop each piece! 







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Sweaters and Outerwear Top Picks : Nordstrom Anniversary Sale





All of my top picks from the #Nsale for sweaters, and outerwear! 



I highly recommend grabbing my favorite Barefoot Dreams while they are on sale, which is rare. I have the circle cardigan, the cozy chic lite long cardigan, and the island cardigan. All are great choices, but I wear my circle cardigan the most, which is why I ordered a new color this year. 

I also ordered the Alo cropped faux fur jacket pictured above. I'm so excited about it because I missed out on it last year, and it looks AMAZING with leggings, casual outfits, and of course activewear. 

Another item I ordered is the Leith longline cardigan that I purchased in the beige, I ordered in the deep burgundy color and I think it will be gorgeous. 


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What I purchased From The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale



I navigated the Nordstrom Anniversary sale differently this year. Rather than just buying every single item I saw to share here for y'all, and taking hundreds of dressing room pics, I only bought what I truly wanted/needed. Call it "bad for business", as your purchases are a way that I make my living (when you purchase from my links I make a small commission!) but I felt I could share my top picks from each category sufficiently without actually having to purchase everything myself if I didn't personally need it. (Category specific posts will be posted over the next few days!)


After looking through my top picks, you can choose which items YOU need/want. The sale is so much fun (mom and I had a BLAST shopping the sale!), and an event that we all look forward to each year, but it should never be stressful. Honestly, I was feeling really stressed out thinking I needed to purchase huge racks of clothing like I've seen other influencers share on social media, and then on top of it being super pregnant.. it just didn't feel right to me as someone that thrives off authenticity. Instead, I only purchased items I will actually be wearing all season long. 


In today's post, I'm sharing everything I purchased so far. The other items I'm ordering that I didn't see in store will be a separate post later on. I hope this post is helpful, and as always let me know if you ever need anything! Thank you so much for shopping with me, I am continuously
 grateful. 



Basic Fall staples that will sell out quickly

Hats









Designer Denim







Booties 









Sizing: All shoes pictured run TTS







A few styled outfits  




Chambray ruffle dress (TTS) , Longline cardigan (TTS) , Wide brim hat (I have XS) , Booties (Tortilla suede color, TTS)





Lace Cami, $25 (Fit: Slightly smaller & shorter than expected. I have a size small)  Love these cami's for layering! While on sale, I went ahead and purchased the black, white, and leopard colors.




Faux leather moto jacket, $62.90 -  (Fit: TTS, I have the size 4) LOVE the fit and comfort of this jacket. It will sell out quick! I have a similar jacket that y'all always ask me about, but I LOVE this one so much more. Style it with something feminine like this skirt, and of course with denim!





Leopard Midi Skirt, $78 (Fit: TTS, I have xs) This is a favorite! I've been searching for the perfect leopard skirt for my wardrobe, and this one is wonderful. Cute with a baby bump, and something I'll be able to wear all season long with a T-shirt, lace cami, turtleneck, chunky sweater, etc.





Neutral flats - (Fit: TTS) I know I'll wear these with 99% of my outfits. I had originally planned on purchasing these in the chocolate embossed leather style, but this gorgeous neutral color caught my eye and will pair with way more in my wardrobe! 






The Perfect Thermal & Great For Layering, $44


I was so excited to find this thermal! TTS, I took my usual XS.




Spanx faux leather leggings $64.90 , Thermal tunic $44 , Flats $99


THE leopard cardigan! 

SO happy this item is back this year, it's not a brand new style but I missed out on it last year bc it sold out SO fast. It's adorable, soft, just perfect for fall. TTS, I have an XS!












This sweater is the perfect tunic length (I have size small) & crazy soft, and cozy. (Nursing Tip: I plan on wearing a nursing tank underneath so that I can easily lift up and nurse) Sizing: I find this to be TTS, I personally went up one size for added length, if you want a looser fit I would size up, if you don't, take you're usual size.



Barefoot Dreams


I personally only purchased this cardigan. I hadn't seen a style like this with the straight front and pockets, it's the perfect style you can wear out and about, not just at home! Also linking my favorite leopard blanket thats part of the sale, and the other cardigans and pieces I love and own!




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2019 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Sneak Peeks and Shopping Guide




What is the Nordstrom Anniversary sale? 

Every year, Nordstrom releases brand-new Fall merchandise at discounted prices for a short period of time. After the sale (August 5th prices go up) all items go back to full-price for the remainder of the season. You'll see brands like Tory Burch, Hunter Boots, Barefoot Dreams, Kendra Scott jewelry, Michele watches, Vince, etc. All items are marked down to a generous discount, so this isn't just a "little sale". Thousands and thousands of people wait all year for this event! 



Important Dates

This year, Nordstrom is doing things a bit different in regards to shopping start dates! When you log into your Nordstrom account, you'll find details on which level member you are. If you're Icon or Ambassador level, you have or should be receiving your ticket to shop early in the mail any day now!

Icon 7/9 Pre shop in stores only.


Icon & Ambassador 7/10 Pre shop in stores only. 7/11 Pre-shop online before early access! 


Early Access 7/12 - 7/18 Only Nordstrom  Credit and Debit Cardmembers get to shop days early before public access. You can apply for a Nordstrom card here, if you want to shop early + all of the benefits that Nordstrom cardholders get! (PS: You won't need to wait for your card, you can instantly shop once approved) This is an important time, as there are popular items (for example, barefoot dreams, hunter boots, etc) that will likely sell out during this shopping period. These items will have restocks after the sale. 


Public Access 7/19 - 8/4 For non-cardholders, the sale opens up to the public. 



Pro Tip: Schedule your personal double points day when you shop the sale to earn points 2x as fast!


Browse the catalog, and make a shopping list... 


You can check out the sale catalog here, to get an idea of what you will be shopping for this year! {This post will be updated on Thursday July 11th 12:30 pm with my haul & try-on session photos, and links to everything so make sure to check back here!} If you are not Icon or Ambassador level, you won't be able to shop online the 11th, but don't worry you will have early access on Friday for Nordstrom cardmembers! 



Sneak Peeks... 

Be sure to bookmark this page so that you can come back during the sale for more! 







Barefoot Dreams Cozy Chic Lite Circle Cardigan, originally $116 marked down to $76.90 during sale! {I personally own this cardigan and it is INCREDIBLE. I plan on purchasing a new color this year}





Alo High Waist Moto Leggings, Originally $114 marked down to $75.90 during sale! {I personally own these in black, and LOVE. I plan on purchasing the lavendercloud color during the sale!}







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