What I Packed in my Hospital Bag (And What I Actually Used!)

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I'm so happy to hear all of the positive feedback from sharing my birth experience with y'all! It took me a long time to write, but I didn't want to leave out any details. I think a lot of the scary part of birth is the unknown, so I hope that it will continue to serve as a positive birth story for other mamas!

My type A personality had me packing my hospital bag at 32 weeks. I'm glad that I did because it gave me time to think and replace stuff as I researched more. There are SO many hospital packing lists out there. I looked at quite a few and picked what sounded right for me.

I figured I'd share what I brought and what I actually used. Since I did have an induction AND checked out a little over 24 hours after having bubs, my experience was a little different than most moms. BUT I did still stay a total of 2 nights since I went in early for the prep. 

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I personally didn't bring my own pillow or towels. Neither did my husband. I think if you're really particular about that stuff, then it could be worth it. But we felt completely fine without them.

We used this travel-sized carry-on suitcase for our stuff. I had my clothes/items on one side and my husband had his things and baby E's stuff on the other. It made it way easier on him to take up to our room and down when we were leaving. It's also totally worth it to pack a reusable tote bag for extras that the hospital gives you. Take allllllll the things they offer!

Baby E's Positive Birth Story

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Wow, I haven't written a blog post in almost an entire YEAR! The whole ~world shutting down and never being the same~ really puts a damper on creativity...or at least it did for me. 

In case you don't follow me on Instagram, you probably missed out on the fact that I recently had my first baby, Emmitt! He's 8 weeks old today!

I can't believe I didn't post any pregnancy blog posts. Even though I really had an almost perfect pregnancy, I didn't feel like sharing too much about it. I have lots of postpartum and baby product recommendations that I can't wait to share soon though!

I wanted to write down my birth story with my sweet baby boy so I can share my positive experience using hypnobirthing and having an induction. This might be a long one, but I'm so excited to write it!

Journal Prompts for Your Highest Self

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Let's do a check-in here. How ARE you? You feeling okay? I hope you are. Times have been tough, but I want you to know that I love each and every single one of you that stumbles across my blog. I will always be here for you if you need a friend.

As for me, I've been feeling a lil bit 'meh'. I think I'm hitting a roadblock and feeling some real burnout in the creative areas of my life. Your girl needs a vacation and thankfully has one planned real soon.

Blogging for me has always been one of my favorite ways to push through the hard parts of life. So here I am!!

Today I want to talk about showing up for your highest self. And I know you're thinking "Sarah, I don't even show up for my right-now-self". To that, I say, "same girl." But that doesn't mean we can't or shouldn't strive to become the gal (or guy) we know we can be.

It's time to get out your trusty journal and favorite pen and think. Imagine your absolute highest self. What does that feel like? Who is she/he/they? Below is a list of questions to ask yourself as you journal.

Beach-Ready Amazon Finds

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I'm so excited to FINALLY go on a vacation! The past year has been so hard on everyone, and I know we're all feeling the travel bug. Since we're all vaccinated and enjoying #ShotGirlSummer (because getting vaccinated is your duty as a good/kind/caring human being), I'm going to South Padre Island with my in-laws next month!

Since I haven't been to the beach in what feels like 100 years, I stocked up on some new things. Everything linked is under $40. I guess this is also a great update to add to my capsule wardrobe series since they're all basic items I can easily rewear and reuse. 

Stud sandals | Bikini Hexagon sunglasses | White coverup | Sun hat | Layered necklaces