As I packed up this last time for the hospital, I decided it would make for a good blogpost. Over the past years of overpacking and calling my mom to bring me what I forgot; I felt like I had it down this time. It was fun getting everything ready for number 5. I was so excited to meet that little boy or girl.
What I put in our bag:
- Baby blanket and burp rag
- Baby coming home outfit
- Baby hat or headbands-manly for pictures
- Birth plan (yes, I type up every time- 2/5 times my nurses REALLY DID use it)
- Book – I bring the baby book and start filling it out. I am that one who does keep it up each month (I know, eye roll- I just love looking back and comparing and have zero memory)
- Car seat
- Cash (vending machines and/or late night food delivery, I brought $30 )
- Cooler and Ziploc (I kept my placenta to have it encapsulated so I needed to store it there)
- Drivers license and insurance card
- Essential oils and diffuser (lavender during delivery is wonderful)
- Game, brought cribbage – this time we actually didn’t play it
- Hubby’s clothes (underware, socks, sweat pants, shorts and 2 shorts, long sleeved shirt, slippers)
- Lotion- hospital hands are the worst…so dry
- My clothes
- 1 pair of underwear to wear home- use the hospital fancy pants there, bleeding is out of control
- 2 pairs of socks
- 3 pairs of leggings/sweats (you do bleed a lot and may go through many pairs)
- Contacts/solution and glasses
- Nursing tanks (2)
- Shirt to wear home
- Sports bra for an attempted water birth
- Sweatshirt or cardigan- great to go over the nursing tanks and hospital temps are all over the place
- Phone charger and phone
- Shampoo and Conditioner, bring your own!
- Sibling gifts, first time I actually prepared some
- Snacks (granola bars, fruit and nuts, Gatorade, caffine pop, gum)
- 2 Toothbrushes and toothpaste
- Video camera
I don’t bring these items but here are a few my friends have used: gift basket for the nurses/doctors, bathrobe, your own pillow, boppy pillow and hair dryer . Your milk comes in typically after day 3/4 so you don’t need nursing pads. The hospital gives you pain meds but have Tylenol, Ibuprofen and stool softener ready when you get home. I am all about natural births but once that baby comes out- Get ME Some Pain Meds!! Also this time around I was soooo swollen I barely could wear my tennis shoes home- so you may want to bring some bigger shoes. All 5 times I barely have any swelling until after I deliver. My one girlfriend actually just wore her socks home because she couldn’t get her shoes on!
Here are my going home outfits- So happy we got to use the girly one!
Here is what I got the kids for sibling gifts: The eight year old: Connect Four game, 7 year old: Lego set, 4 year old: dolly and me matching outfits and the 2 year old got a wooden cash register. I also ( in high hopes of a girl and because I like me a little matchy matchy) had my sisters friend make headbands for Ila, Baby, Ila’s American girl doll and me. They were soooo adorable!
I just have to share-me and my 2 daughters. Thanks Mon Cheri for the headbands and HMD Photos for the picture.
Happy Packing! Stayed tuned for my birth story…coming soon.
Here is my last pregnant picture. Hello baby bump! I was ready to not have one anymore.