I started packing my bag for the hospital today so that I’ll feel completely ready whenever Baby decides to make her appearance. Okay, well, maybe I’ll never feel completely ready but mostly ready. 🙂
Let me warn you… there is a lot of personal info in this post… but since I figure most of you are women then maybe sometime you’ll need this info. And if you are a man, be thankful you aren’t a woman. 🙂
Make sure you have all your ID cards as well as your insurance card. If you need to turn in any hospital paperwork have that with you too (I plan on checking with my doctor on Friday to make sure I am up to date on what needs to be turned in).
Moving on to less cute things…
Make sure you’ve got your electronics: cell phone and charger, laptop and charger, camera with charger (but make sure this is fully charged before going to the hospital… you wouldn’t want your battery to die while taking those precious first photos!) and a camera card reader if you need that.
You’ll want to let everyone know about Baby but maybe the easiest thing for you will be an email with a photo or a text message and photo. Last time I didn’t feel like talking on the phone… I just wanted to text when I had a minute and visit with the mobs of people who were in the room.
Pack your toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, chapstick, deodorant, makeup, elastic, hair dryer and straightener, travel size shampoo and conditioner, lotion, brush, contacts (and any contact solution) and glasses. Am I forgetting anything? Oh and bring flip flops for the shower.
Some websites recommended maternity underwear but I didn’t find I needed this; I did find that I needed pads (tampons aren’t allowed). The hospital pads are like wearing an enormous and hugely uncomfortable diaper… buy your own that don’t make you feel like a hideous whale.
You are going to be in a zillion photos… and hopefully those photos won’t be of your mid-section. 🙂 Have a cute bathrobe or little sweatshirt to wear so you’ll look decent from the waist up. Most likely you won’t be walking around tons (although last time I was around the room and walked to the nursery a few times. Bring a bathrobe, slippers, socks and comfy underwear that won’t be too tight on your incision (if you have a c-section). Wear tops that you won’t be fidgeting with trying to adjust to cover fat (your loose maternity tops are a good option still).
Bring some nursing supplies: comfortable nursing bras, nursing pads and gel (I liked the Lansinoh brand).
Bring some prunes if you are having a c-section. Chances are it’s going to hurt using the bathroom for the first time. This was, without a doubt, the hardest part for me in the recovery process. I know there are women who will totally have different thoughts on the most difficult part, but this isn’t the most fun part of having a baby… and it certainly is one of the least glamorous. 🙂
Bring something that helps you relax. I said to AJ this time that I’m going to need to make sure I have more time with no one in the room to rejuvenate… the nurses woke me up every two hours with Drew even if he was still sleeping and not the slightest bit interested in nursing. I was exhausted and for that reason I’ve made AJ the gatekeeper in case I need to take a snooze during the day. (Drew was sleeping for three to four hour stretches the night we left the hospital… thank goodness for a big baby who didn’t need to eat as often… I’m not counting on this happening this time around though.)