Not Beyonce's hospital room -- hers was nicerSure, you've heard every minute detail about the birth of Beyonce and Jay-Z's heaven-sent baby, Blue Ivy: The bullet-proof door; the $1.3 million renovations; the taking over of Lenox Hill, but ... have you seen pictures of Beyonce's hospital room?
Oh, it's a sight to see, my friend. It's certainly nicer than any hospital room I've ever set foot in; or five-star hotel, for that matter. You'll see the photos for yourself, but I have to tell you, it's got a mini-kitchen, complete with a blue-tiled backsplash; hanging flatscreen TVs; a couple of beds; and it's huge. Really, the whole thing is pretty amazing. But it's also pretty ridiculous. How many days was Beyonce there? Two? Three?
Since I know you're dying to see, here are the photos of Beyonce's hospital room. The crafty folks at TMZ managed to somehow get in there and snap away -- or somebody snapped away for them, whatever, doesn't matter. Bottom line is, this is insane. I have no ill-will toward Beyonce and Jay-Z whatsoever; I only wish them the best, but truthfully, if I had their money, there is no way on earth I'd spend $1.3 million on this. For what? They've basically given Lenox Hill complimentary renovations.
The swank room got me thinking about when I go to the hospital for my birth, though. A beautiful, clean atmosphere is always really important to me -- at all times; I'm super affected by "room lighting," and I've been known to switch hotel rooms in my day. But when it comes to my hospital room after I've given birth, as long it's clean, I think I'll be good. Not only will I only be there a few days (hopefully), but there are plenty of ways I can make the room cozy and fancy(ish) on my own. For under 1.3, believe it or not.
Candles. When I first started thinking about "redecorating" my hospital room, I immediately thought of Diptyque candles. Yeah, they're a little pricey, but they're gorgeous and, hey, you're giving birth -- treat yourself. I then realized that candles probably aren't allowed in hospital rooms due to the whole fire thing. So, bring in some flameless ones or, better yet, a reed diffuser -- they're pretty to look at and smell lovely.
Flowers. I'm sure this one won't be a problem, as you'll be getting them by the boatload, but if there's a certain kind you really like, speak up. People buying gifts love direction. Personally, I'd love some purple hydrangeas or colorful snapdragons during my stay. And hell yes I will take them home.
Music. I've learned that most hospitals now have iPod hook-ups. How modern. Don't just make a playlist of your favorite songs, though, make one with soothing, hotel-esque music. I'm not talking Muzak here, but something soft and soothing; classical perhaps.
Fancy water and fancy magazines. Nine million crushed up CVS-brand water bottles and a couple of crinkly US Weeklies don't look pretty. In fact, they're downright reminiscent of a Spring Break hotel room, and who wants that after they give birth? It might sound silly, but splurge a bit. Buy Evian. In glass bottles! And get the expensive magazines you normally shy away from -- Vanity Fair, Vouge, or better yet, British Vogue! No, it's not going to completely change your entire experience, but aesthetically, it'll make things a little more special. And what's more special than your trip to the hospital give birth?
What other things can you do to your hospital room to make it "fancy"?
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I create a special savings account
I put a little away at a time
I cut corners until I can afford it
Save? Who has money to save?
I plan to put it on my credit card and love the benefits of the reward program