[an over-sized tote bag I whipped up...and the most adorable PJs with fold-over mittens that I seam-ripped off the "brother loves me" or something patch from carters...and don't be fooled by the colors or toy trucks....we are still having a girl]I thought this was a little silly... why would you pre-pack a hospital bag? Laboring isn't really as quick as the movies show it...oh shit...my water broke and race to the hospital... I think most people have hours of laboring at home. But, then the closer I got I realized, wow...I should really pack a hospital bag. What if I didn't have my chapstick? Yoga pants after delivery?...would I have to resort to my butt hanging out the back of my gown? Yes, I needed to pack a bag, stat.
So after referring to a bunch of fellow bloggers lists out there... I compiled a list of what "necessities" I needed to have. There are a ton of over-packers in this world, I am not one of them...nor am I a minimalist. I like to go tent camping... with our truck....and wine...and nice cheeses and meats...and dog beds... and an air mattress. That's my style of camping, so I find this situation rather similar. Matt calls me moderately moderate about everything in life... usually with some type of frowny face. He is more on the extreme/excessive side of things...he likes to live large, which is something I love about him. Can you tell I am processing how our life of two-dom will be rapidly changing to a family of three soon?! Anyways, I digress.
I like lists... they make me happy... so here is mine...
- camera- a point and shoot for matt to use...that does black and white for my unflattering labor pictures.
- music- our iphones with playlists and pandora and little speaker
- camera and iphone battery charger
- chap stick.... maybe two of them.
- my own disolveable zofran... can I take this while laboring? My least favorite thing in the world is vomiting. I will ask this of our midwife next appointment
- snacks- I get rather cranky without food...crackers, cheese, granola bars, peanut butter, veggies
- matt's swim trunks for the standing jacuzzi
- matt's change of clothes/ pajamas
- matt's toiletries
- after delivery lounge wear... fresh, clean yoga pants, tank top, sweat shirt
- flip flops
- travel sized: shampoo, conditioner, face soap, face and body lotion, tooth brush, tooth paste, deodorant
- makeup (the little makeup I do wear, I don't want to do without)
- hair dryer and curling rod (if I didn't have a short-styled hair cut, I could do without this stuff...but alas, I do. No ponytails for me)
- spud journal to write about our experiences that I don't want to forget
- one newborn pajama and one 0-3 pajama to go home in... extra snugly with fold over mittens and footies
- one blanket to swaddle/cover her on our way home
- infant nail clippers (this is silly, but the hospital can't cut your baby's nails, and I think it would drive me crazy...some of them are so very long! I don't want her to scratch herself)
- car seat safely installed in car
- box of candy for the nurses...maybe I like this sentiment because I will be a nurse soon? But screw it I like it, and I'm doing it.
- pads, underwear, my own hospital gown... this birthing process and recovery is bloody and gooey. I'd rather use their disposable gear or they-wash-it clothing
- diaper bag, lots of baby clothes, pacifiers, diapers...they supply all of this
- breast feeding pillow- I think I can manage without the boppy pillow. They have ample pillows to use and prop in any way imaginable.
- books, movies, magazines.... we have each other to be entertained, I think.
...Any suggestions/thoughts from moms out there?!
Of course I will re-visit this list after delivery for what we really needed... and how I shouldn't have been so silly.