Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Packing my bags...

So, you know how you're supposed to have your bags all packed somewhere around the 35th week of pregnancy? Actually, when Kai was born I'm fairly certain I packed them as soon as I entered the 3rd trimester. My bag sat by the door waiting expectantly to be whisked to the hospital in the middle of the night at the slightest pang of labor.

It never did happen that way.

With this pregnancy I've waited until the very end to pack. In fact, I only got most of my stuff together this past weekend and tossed it in the back of the van. Since it is pretty clear at this point that my womb is like a vault and my babies are evicted against their will I just don't see the point. But, since I'm going in for my C-section Wednesday I guess I'd better have it done with pretty soon.

So, that said, I need some advice 'cause even though this is baby #3 I never know quite what to pack in these things. The baby's bag is packed. That one is a piece of cake. It's knowing what I'll need that always stumps me. Thus far I have:

Digital camera/video camera
Two horrible Pollyanna nightgowns
One gag-tastic floral robe
Knit booties with skid free bottoms
Face wash, lotion, deodorant, and shampoo
Boppy Pillow (thanks, Laura!)
Various Balms and soothing lotions for breastfeeding
Nursing bras
Extremely forgiving and stretchy outfit to go home in

...and that's it. I mean, of course I'd never go anywhere without my laptop and Blackberry (I'm hyperventilating at the very thought of it) but other than that I don't know what else to bring. Is that everything I need?

Have any of you actually taken Thank You notes and done them in the hospital? Do you have any hospital must-haves that you recommend? 'Cause as much as I love my husband (and, Thomas, I do love you) once I leave the house it's likely he'll never be able to find whatever I send him back to get for me.

So, ladies, help a blogger out. What am I forgetting? What should I bring that I would never think to take a long?

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itsahumanzoo said...

Magazines, a few snacks, outfits for baby. Those are a few things I wish I would have put in my bag!

Fiona said...

Hairbrush. Hairbrush. Hairbrush. And hair holders to pull it back when you can't be bothered.

You might want your favorite drink, for after. I found it annoying to drink hospital liquids for four days, and finally sent Charles out for iced tea.

Tiffany @ Lattes And Life said...

Something other than electronics,like a book, magazine, sudoku,cards...whatever. Definitely snacks. Stuff to pull your hair back with. Cellphone charger. Change for vending machines.

Last time I was admitted unexpectedly, and my DR/hospital was two hours from home. So I didn't have my bag for a day or so, until someone could go get it. My poor husband drove a concrete truck then, and the only shoes he had were his dirty old steel toed work boots. We were a mess.

Tara aka "Mama Koala" said...

I took some small bath and body works products as "thank yous" for the nurses.

Jennifer said...

Chapstick. And I was going to say some of your favorite snacks and magazines, but someone else already said that. I can't think of anything else. Congratulations on your new little one. Hope all goes smoothly for you!

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Sorry about that...didn't mean to click it twice and make a double post!

L2L said...

I always took a travel size toothbrush and toothpaste and of course floss!!!!!! LOL about the vault comment