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Cattsmeow's Pregnancy

My Due Date: November 24, 2015
I have given birth!
Age: 33 years old

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The hospital bag...
By Cattsmeow » Posted Oct. 27, 2015 7:42pm - 134 views - 7 comments

You'd think that giving birth to my youngest son last year, I would know what to pack for the hospital and what to leave at home. That is SO not the case. lol. I had hasitly packed bags when I had my scare 2 weeks ago, but looking through them I have to say "WTF was I thinking?" lol. So I am making a list so I can repack and have them ready to toss in the van when it's go time. I'm going to post my list below. If anyone has any suggestions as to what I may have forgotten or something I may not have thought about, I would appreciate any input. lol.

Labor Bag:
chapstick
hair ties/head bands
hard candy (for hubby, me, and the nurses)
chargers for our phones
Toys for my sons to play with (They stay with me and my husband in my room unless I am being checked and it's push time)
Portable dvd player and charger with kids movies in case they get bored
Change for vending/ snacks for hubby and kids
A book for me to read after I get my Epidural

For me:
2 pairs of stretchy dark colored pants (I'm bringing sweats)
1 flowy shirt (to wear home)
2 tank tops
2 nursing bras (although after my youngest was born, I went braless)
My robe (for when we have visitors)
3 pairs of socks
Flip flops
Slip on shoes (to wear home)
My own pillow (staying in the van until after birth)
phone/charger
Toiletries

For Hubby:
1 pair of jeans
2 shirts
2 pairs of boxers
2 pairs of socks
2 undershirts
PJ pants
laptop/charger
phone/charger
Toiletries
blanket and pillow

Valerie:
2 coming home outfits (NB and 0-3)
Bows/Headbands to match outfits
Picture outfits (NB and 0-3)
Blanket
Boppy
Car seat and cozy cover (for if it's cold when we get to go home)
(Extra room in the diaper bag for the goodies my hospital gives upon discharge)

Overnight bag for my sons: (They will be staying at my MIL's while I'm in the hospital)
My oldest (Tyler):
2 pair of pants
2 shirts
2 pairs of socks and underwear
slippers
PJs
blanket and pillow
Big Bear (he won't sleep without it)

My youngest (Brandt):
4 onsesies
2 pants
2 shirts
slippers (he wears them as shoes)
PJs
His Thomas pillow and blanket
Bottles and sippies

Does that sound like too much? Am I forgetting anything? lol.

Comments for this Journal Entry

Comment from Cattsmeow » Posted Oct. 28, 2015 1:45pm
My hospital provides towels but they are tiny. So I am adding dark towels to my list. lol. I think we'll just buy a few cheap ones to take, that way we can toss them when we leave the hospital.

Oh, I also forgot to mention I am making my sons shirts to wear when they meet their baby sister for the first time. My oldest's shirt is going to say "Seasoned big brother" on the front and "I'm here for my baby sister" on the back. My youngest's will have "Rookie Big Brother" on the front, and "I'm here for my baby sister" on the back.

Comment from Amanda_McDaniel » Posted Oct. 28, 2015 10:50am
I am taking my iHome speakers because, while I'm in labor, I like to listen to music. It helps me relax since I don't opt for the epidural. Singing to my husband and now my son may help too.

Comment from MalPal85 » Posted Oct. 28, 2015 10:03am
It seems to me like you are well prepared. I'll be using your list as a reference, haha.

Comment from HzlGreenEyes » Posted Oct. 28, 2015 9:03am
I would say towels. My hospital does not supply towels for me to take a shower. Pretty much sounds like you are set. Hospitals supply sanitary pads, all you will need to help you heal down there including a squeeze bottle to clean your private areas. Maybe a little makeup (if you wear it) to freshen up for pics and visitors.

Comment from mummyheff » Posted Oct. 28, 2015 5:22am
maternity pads, wipes, extra knickers, hair brush, washing soap, towels, and I always take a plastic jug so when I pee I pour luke warm water at the same time and it stops the stinging =)

Comment from Cattsmeow » Posted Oct. 27, 2015 9:42pm
We are just over an hour away from my hospital, so if I forget anything, I send my husband to WalMart. Lol. When I had my youngest, I sent him like 4 times in an hour. I forgot hair ties, then wanted a big bag of lifesavers. Forgot snacks for him and my oldest (although the nurses brought my son some snacks and drinks). And I forgot to brings a few toys to keep my oldest from getting bored, so they went and got some cars. Lol.

Comment from Brandavir » Posted Oct. 27, 2015 8:57pm
I'm not sure if you're forgetting anything, but it doesn't look like it. Maybe some lotion for back rubs, if it helps you feel better?
I'm sure your MIL will handle anything you forget for the boys, so I wouldn't worry there.

I never realized how lucky I am to live so close to my hospital! It's only a 13-18 minute drive, depending on traffic, so I only have to pack stuff for me and the baby. Hubby and son can go home and shower and change, and feed the animals, etc.


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