I went early with little man (in fact, he was already here if we are comparing time tables) so this wait is really trying my patience...hehe. But today I have tried to mentally resolve that baby girl is going to come in God's perfect timing and my worrying and fretting about it isn't going to change anything.
But, if you have any tricks to start labor, I'm all ears :)
I thought I'd share with you what I packed in my hospital bag. My first experience with giving birth and camping out in the hospital resulted in many bags, a cluttered room, and just too much stuff sitting in the room that I did not need. Couple that with the gifts and goodies that people bring you (not complaining about those), and we ended up taking several trips to load the car before we left the hospital.
This time around, I carefully considered the necessities and packed accordingly.
I have two bags packed and ready to go in the car. Last time, I had my bag packed, but kept it in the corner of my room, resulting in someone having to go get it from my house when my water broke while I was at my weekly check-up. Lesson to be learned: put your packed bag in the car!
Another problem that I ran into the first time around was not packing clothes for the hubby. This only led to frustration as I was in the hospital not wanting him to leave my side, but he had to go get clothes at some point.
So, I have two bags: one for me and hubby, the other for baby girl.
First, take a look at what is in our bag:
1. Hairbrush - This isn't my normal brush, but it will do for two days.
2. Hair straightener - I actually have two of these, so I packed the extra which allows me to use my regular one at home without having to worry about forgetting it last minute.
3. Flip flops - cheap rubber flops for that matter - you'll want these to walk around the room and for the shower!
4. Socks - Sometimes the AC is really cold!
5. Undies - You may or may not use these - in fact you probably will use the disposable ones that the hospital gives you, but I packed a couple pair just in case.
6. Nursing Bra - Definitely pack this!
7. After delivery outfit - You'll want something comfortable, especially on the waistline. You never know if you'll have to have an unplanned C-section or not. I packed a pair of my maternity pants.
8. Going Home Outfit - Once again, something comfy. Chances are, you won't be able to wear any pre-pregnancy clothes yet :)
9. Snacks - Just in case you and hubby get the munchies.
10. Hubby's things (not pictured): Two comfy shirts, a pair of shorts, a pair of athletic pants, sandals or flip flops, razor, toothbrush, socks, boxers. Now, he does't have to run home!
11. Toiletries and Make-Up - Because we travel so much, this bag stays packed for me so I can just throw it in a suitcase, but I added some simple make-up to it this time instead of carrying my whole make-up ensemble with me. What's in it? - shampoo, conditioner, hair product, hair spray, body wash, face wash, make-up remover, mouthwash, nail polish remover, deodorant, razor, wrinkle reducer spray, cotton balls, cotton swabs, nursing pads, moisturizer, bobby pins, foundation powder, a simple eyeshadow compact, eyeliner, and mascara.
12. Chargers - I put the spares in early so I know we are covered!
13. Change purse - Just in case.
14. Labor essentials - Bobby pins, hair ties, chap stick.
15. A few things not pictured - lanolin, and CAMERA!
1. Blankets - The hospital provides blankets, so these are not necessities, but they make for better pictures.
2. Hat - You'll want a cute one to put on little one's head!
3. Necessities - soft brush, nail clippers (a must!), baby powder, and vaseline (this is good to rub on the bottom before that first dirty diaper - it makes wiping of the meconium much easier)
6. Onesies or Sleepers - different sizes
7. Going-home outifit
9. Pacifier (in paci holder)
10. White shoes
11. I threw in a few burp cloths at the last minute.
Finally, if you have older siblings, make sure you pack a gift for them and pack their bags ahead of time as well!
That's it, folks. It is in the car and ready to go...now we wait on her!
I'd love to hear your comments on different things you needed/didn't need!