As a first time mom, I am going to go ahead and say that I probably overdid it, but here goes the list:
- Black bikini top for birthing pool (had to get a new one as the girls no longer fit in any of the tie top old ones).
- Plenty of socks. The midwives recommended many pairs because apparently they will get "messy". awesome.
- Big, dark colored towels. The hospital has itty bitty ones that are not fluffy, so I bought big fluffly ones...in a dark shade to hopefully avoid needing to throw them out after my first shower.
- New sheets for the bed, white and bleach able should any water breakage or post baby issues necessitate that.
- Black cotton underwear. 'Nuff said.
- Those stretchy athletic headband things that make me feel like a pro athlete, and keep the hair out of my face.
- Waterproof mattress cover for the bed at home. Husband is super afraid that i am going to "ruin our mattress" with water breaking, though I have told him how many times that most women do not have their water break at the beginning of labor like in the movies...
- Face cleansing cloths.
- Huge overnight type maxi pads. Ahem. These are the first stash for after everything we steal from the hospital runs out.
- Nursing camis
- Motrin for once we are home
Stuff I have:
- Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash, etc
- Make up. I care, sue me.
- Glasses and contact solution
- Wisps, gifted by Meg for the hospital bag
- Cell Phone
- Laptop - we have wifi and it might be fun to Skype parents and such, we shall see.
- Chargers for all electronics
- Pillows and colorful pillowcases (in flattering to me colors, naturally) so they don't get mixed up with the hospital ones
- Heatable rice therapy bag
- Coming home outfit for baby
- Coming home outfit for me - plain black cotton dress probably with flip flops and sunglasses. My goal is to look like a celebrity departing from rehab
Stuff I still need to get:
- Some sort of nightgown/robe that is nice enough to feel like I am dressed when/if people come to visit, but I'm not going to be heartbroken to throw away. Again, birth is messy apparently.
- Bottle of "the good stuff" cold pressed castor oil
Anywho, that's where we stand as of now. Crazy to think we are going to need all this stuff for like 24-48 hours of life (we probably won't) but I would rather be safe than sorry.
Over-packers anonymous, that could be a thing, right? Maybe I should start a group.
There will be a couple of things we will need to add to the baggage on the day of - peanut butter and honey sandwiches for me (in case I feel like eating or need energy), a few snacks and drinks for the hubby, etc. But since we plan on laboring at home for quite some time we should be able to take care of those things then. And since we plan on laboring at home for a while, and I will want to be as comfortable as possible, we have a few items for home as well (new mattress pad, pillows, birth ball all inflated and ready, a sparklin' clean bathroom and bathtub, etc).
Whew. All of this stuff is really coming together and making this feel so...real.
Ah! We are having a baby!
35 weeks, 1 day along
...and I really just want to go home right now and fast forward to the part in Gone With the Wind where Prissy says this:
YouTube has failed me in not having a clip for this.