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Oh man. The countdown is on, and like every other pregnant lady at this stage in the game – I’m OVER it!

Last night I was lucky enough to have some alone time…probably the last I’ll have in a while.  My husband was off on a river rafting trip somewhere along some Oregon river, and Ellie was having a practice run of a sleepover at her Uncle Colin’s house with her other Uncle Jake. She’ll be staying there when I’m in labor, and I wanted to see how it would go.  It went swimmingly, and the two uncles (with some help from Auntie Suzie) were able to manage the situation just fine – albeit with really sugary cereal and fruit snacks.

I was looking forward to some much needed sleep and hit the hay early. When 2:30 am rolled around, however, my body had decided that it was done sleeping for the night….so I tossed and turned then peed…then tossed and turned and peed again….then went back to tossing and turning and…well, yeah, you get the idea.  I’m more tired tonight than I was last night; I had forgotten about the insomnia thing in late pregnancy.  The good thing is that I was able to make lots of lists of things that still needed to be done…………I didn’t write any of them down, though, and the only one I could remember when I woke up was “gifts for nurses.”

I didn’t know this was a thing until I began obsessively searching for a good “hospital packing list” on Pinterest and discovered that apparently I’m completely out of touch with what the rest of the world does.  I remember when I had Ellie that I sent flowers and a bouquet of those cardboard tasting cookies to the labor and delivery front desk, but according to Pinterest, that’s so not enough…Oh no, you gotta have a party favor for the nurses. I suppose it makes sense; I mean, think about it. They’re attending the party of the year, they should at least be thanked.  “Hey! There’s a party going on between my legs – here’s a little souvenir to take home with ya!”

So today I rounded up some things that I thought the nurses might enjoy and use…and here’s what I came up with…

ZSC_1806  Let’s take a closer look…..

Pretzels, Lip Balm, $5 Jamba Juice card, $5 Starbucks Card, Gum (these were split apart packs…and I did just that…split them) and Mentos. Both Jamba Juice and Starbucks are just up the street from the hospital, so I figured it was the safest bet.

I used my favorite method to package them up…..clear plastic bags, scrapbook paper (cut into cool shapes using my oh-so-awesome Silhouette machine which has completely revolutionized my creative life) and………wait for it……….a flat iron. No glue or staples necessary.

Simply fold the paper over the plastic and use a flat iron set to medium heat to seal the packages

Simply fold the paper over the plastic and use a flat iron set to medium heat to seal the packages

I added a little ribbon and a “thank you” tag to finish them off…



Here’s to hoping there won’t be more than 8 nurses over the course of the time that we’re there!

Have any of you ever done anything like this when you’ve pumped out a baby?

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17 Comments to “Nesting”

  1. Well, my girls are 18 & almost 15 now, and apparently times have changed! I’ve never heard of goodie bags for the nurses, but I think it’s a sweet way to thank them. I brought flowers to the L & D unit after both births. The thank you bags seem much more personal, as each nurse gets their own. 🙂

  2. I’m a labor and delivery nurse and I have to say that is one of the sweetest gifts ever! I know your nurses will feel so appreciated and special! Most of the time we barely even get a verbal thank you from our patients, let alone a cute little gift. You are so sweet!! Thank you for doing something so nice to brighten a nurse’s day!

  3. what would we do without our nurses????

  4. I maybe cheep but that’s $80.00 and then some.

  5. Just wondering if the 8 bags you made ended up being enough. I want to do something like this for our nurses (we still have a couple months before our baby’s due date) but I am at a loss as to how many bags to make!

  6. the 8 was plenty, and the nurses LOVED them.

  7. It wasn’t inexpensive, you’re right.

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  10. i had a baby in 1985 and 1988. Each time on the way to the hospital (both times it was morning), we stopped for a big box of doughnuts and wrote our “thank you!”s on the lid. During the day various nurses stuck their heads in our labor room to say thanks. It was easy and felt great!

  11. I love this idea! The nurses Conway more than the Dr. does!!!! Definitely adding this to my list.

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  13. This is such a great idea! Thanks for sharing. I am only 10 weeks along and would love to do this for the nurses who will help me. I think Costco could come in useful to cut some of the cost.

  14. I love this idea! Where did you get the cellophane bags and what size are they? I am new to crafting and this will be one of my first projects. This is so versatile, you could do it for teachers gifts or s’more kits too. Yay!

  15. Great idea! What size plastic bags did you use?

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