I don’t know if it was the ‘to do’ list, the realization of the shrinking timeline to get ish done, the increase in more painful BH contractions I didn't have the first time round, or my husband mentioning “your belly used to be there, and now it’s here, it’s crazy you don’t have WAY MORE stretch marks” (yup, I could pen the book ‘what NOT to say to your pregnant wife) – either way it hit me hard last night – we are having another baby.
It snuck up on me, I’m coming up on 34 weeks, it could be any day!! And something makes me feel certain this baby is like me; impatient when there is something that needs to be done (like get out into the world).
I am excited and terrified and just can’t wait to meet this little person and give them their name that we’ve been holding in our hearts and on the tip of our tongues for 8 months.
I feel so much more prepared for labour and delivery and have really good vibes around having a VBAC, but acceptance that it may end up in C-Section again.
I’m ready to go pack my hospital bag (yes, I think it’s happening THAT soon!). Last time we were a little unprepared when we ended up with a four day stay in the hospital post-delivery - so here is what I’m gonna make sure to pack:
IPhone, charger and headphones
Gotta have something to fill the time, take pics, send emails, watch some shows, listen to music....
At my son's birth my sister was an impromptu support that we were blessed to have. After delivery she had lent me the one she brought, as I had to have a constant supply of ice water by the bed
If not for the breastfeeding mama in the middle of the night, your partner will get hungry too and hospital food only goes so far
You will still look pregnant so if you want to get out of the hospital gown and maximum security underwear make sure to have clothes that will fit your size (not pregnant, but not pre-pregnant size)
§ Comfy pants
§ Extra shirts
Warm socks or slippers
I know I’m not the only woman with ridiculously cold feet – enough said
You’ll have visitors and a hungry baby so I recommend having a nursing Bra, nursing tank and if you prefer (as I do), a nursing cover
Camera with charged batteries
Clothes for baby
They seem to provide you with some baby clothes the first day and plenty of diapers for your stay – but you will need onesies/sleepers for baby - if its warmer I’d also pack some toque, mitts and something warm to put over baby when you bring them home
Blanket and swaddle
It’s just nice to have your baby wrapped up in his own blankets and a swaddle that velcros shut keeps the thinking to a minimum in the middle of the night
Brush, toothbrush, razor, lip-gloss and mascara, etc.
The hospital ones we like burlap sacks stuffed with old socks
Small nursing pillow
To help hold up that tiny little baby, especially nice for post c-section when you can’t readjust and move without pain.
I would love to you hear your must haves that you pack in your hospital bag for the ‘big day’, please share!