When I think about my journey to motherhood, I can’t help but smile and feel overwhelmed with gratitude. Though getting here wasn’t easy for us, it gives me goosebumps to know that my due date falls on Mother’s Day 2019. Isn’t that wild?
Mother’s Day has always been a big holiday for us. I am thankful to celebrate the wonderful women in my life: my mom, 3 grandmothers and my mother-in-law. I am grateful that I have women in my life who are a good influence, strong yet nurturing and have always made me feel loved and valued.
One thing my mom always taught me was the value of being prepared. Whether that’s planning ahead, having a back-up plan or keeping organized, my mom was always on top of it. And if things didn’t go as planned (like they always do) my mom handled it with grace and encouraged us to do the same.
As an almost new mom, I now find her advice even more valuable. They say there’s really no way to be 100% prepared for a baby, but Austin and I want to do everything we can to try and be as ready as possible. We’ve been taking some childbirth classes, meeting with a Doula and when we went on our recent hospital tour, they mentioned it was time to start getting the hospital bags ready “just in case”.
I ordered these bags from Mark and Graham a few weeks ago and figured they would be perfect for our hospital bags. They have the best gifts and many of these would make for perfect Mother’s Day gifts (the Daily Leather Zip Pouch is one of the best organizers for your work bag or baby bag).
Our hospital bags, however, are still empty as I’m clueless about what I really need. It’s a little overwhelming!
I have to ask you, what is something you were so glad (or wished) you brought with you to the hospital that I should include in our bags? Please please don’t hold back! Bonus points if it’s free shipping.
Thanks so much for your help xx Ashley
PS: If you are a mom-to-be or just needing some good travel bags, I am hosting a little giveaway on Instagram today! Be sure to check it out so you can win all of these bags featured from Mark and Graham.
This post is written in collaboration with Mark and Graham. All opinions and selections are my own.