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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Hospital Bag

Hi, friends!  Happy Tuesday to you.  Today has been a good day.  Last night I slept MUCH better than I have been sleeping as of late, which could be due to the fact that I had a terrible headache before bed and took one of the nice codeine/acetaminophen concoctions that the good doctor prescribed.  I've only been taking them as-needed (once so far) because make me drowsy, but I'll take it.  I woke up with a headache, but I think it was hunger-related because it went away gradually after I ate.  I had a few minor headaches throughout the day, but knocked them out with regular Tylenol. 

My Aunt Hopey was nice enough to come visit today.  She brought me lunch and she brought her dog, Charlie, who played with Layla ALL day.  She also took them out quite a few times, which is much more activity than Layla is used to since I've been put on bed rest, so I know she is one tired puppy tonight.  She helped me organize everything we've already gotten in the nursery - which made me feel a LOT better (although I'm pretty sure we're going to need to buy the house  next door in order to have room for everything), and then she even made us dinner before hitting the road!  It was so nice of her and Charlie to visit - I've been so bored on bed rest, and I am so grateful for all of her help.

While we were unpacking and organizing, I stumbled across the fabulous diaper bag that Mom and Dad gave me at Sunday's shower:

I don't think I blogged about it, but I literally have been agonizing over which diaper bag to get.  I know it doesn't seem like a big deal, but to me it was (as is everything baby-related because I'm neurotic, sigh).  I'd narrowed it down to this Petunia Picklebottom, this Timi & Leslie (or maybe this one?), or this Holly Aiken.  I liked the look of the T&L diaper bag the best, probably because it looks the least like a diaper bag, but I didn't feel like it was as practical as the other two, so I eventually eliminated (after hours of indecisiveness).  I liked the PPB because it seems to be very organized, and I also liked the fact that the changing pad zips out of the side.  It was a close tie, but I finally decided that the Holly Aiken was the route I wanted to take, because it was a good mix of stylish and practical - plus, she's a local designer and she's fabulous.  So, I added that to the registry.  I had NO idea that Mom had been to the kate spade outlet and was holding out on me the whole time!  I knew she went a long time ago, and assumed she may have gotten me one for Christmas, but then I didn't get a diaper bag for Christmas and didn't think anything else about it.  The above photos show the diaper bag she chose, and I LOVE it.  It has a leather look, but it is actually more of a vinyl material and the inside and out will be really easy to clean.  It is HUGE (plus there are polka dots inside...y'all know I love polka dots) so there is plenty of room for anything that I'd possibly ever need to put in there, and it has a lot of pockets for organizing.  I can't wait to use it!

Which brings me to the point of this post.  I still have not finished packing a bag for baby and I for the hospital.  I have laid out most of what I plan to put in mine, but I just want to make sure I don't miss anything or I'm not taking things I won't need!  Here is a list I've compiled both from advice from girlfriends as well as websites and other reading material:

My Bag:
  • A pad and pen (to write down gifts)
  • A pillow from home (in a patterned pillow case so that it doesn't blend in with the hospital linens and get left) - allegedly way more comfy than what the hospital has to offer
  • Lollipops (because you can't eat during labor)
  • Camera
  • Toiletries
  • Clothing Items (includes nursing bra, granny panties, socks, comfortable pants/tops/gowns, a robe)
  • Slippers
  • iPod/Music and something to play it on
  • Snacks (for Dan and for after labor when I am starving)
Baby's Bag:
  • Going home outfit
  • Receiving blankets
  • Hats
  • Socks
I have also been told to take some pads from the hospital as well as some of the granny panties they have for you to use after labor.  And I wasn't sure whether I should take my own My Brest Friend pillow or whether they'll have something there that I can use?

So, here is where I need your help, friends.  I need to get my bag and baby's bag packed as well as the car seat installed by tomorrow just in case Thursday's doctor visit goes a little crazy (fingers crossed that it doesn't, and we can hang on for two more weeks!).  Do I have too much on my list?  Is there anything I've forgotten?  Help me out!



  1. I am seriously clueless about all of this, but I had a friend who mentioned having to get dry shampoo, because she wouldn't be able to wash her hair and I thought that was clever (especially if you're going to be sweat soaked after labor unlike your BFF who came through looking perfect).

  2. My Daniel had brought a neck pillow (like you use on a plane) for himself but I stole it and used it while I was pushing. Go ahead and make a listserv of all the people you want to update immediately about labor/birth/whatever you would like to share. That way when you are delirious and focusing on your new bundle, it will take 2 seconds to notify your friends and family. When you leave, take everything (pads, mat pads, numbing spray!,etc ). Trust me, you pay for it! Get some Lanolin... a lactation nurse will give you some samples but you will definitely want that on hand in the beginning. Think you basically covered it. I took more clothing than I needed. And of course Daniel couldnt sit still at the hospital so he was back and forth between the hospital and home. So if you forget something, don't stress. You, Husband, and Camera are truly the only essentials at the beginning so don't worry!

  3. Oh.. and they let you have popsicles and ice chips with clear liquids.. just so you know. Eat before your appointment though just in case :) I think I told you before but my water had broken and we stopped at the ABC store and Chick-fila as I was having contractions in the car. Ha.

  4. Yeah if they are going to induce you, try to get in a good full meal beforehand and eat right up until the say NO more. Joel brought me curly fries and a shake which I had at 9pm right after the Cervadil, and about an hour before I went into labor. I slept for almost five hours after my epidural so that nasty Arby's was fully digested by then! Of course if you end up needing a c section I am not sure how all that will work out. And I saw someone said bring pacis. Definitely bring your own- the hospital charges like $30 for those lame newborn soothies. Saw it on the line item bill. Sure it doesn't matter if you have decent insurance, but it's the principle right?! I am gonna have to come back to this topic in a few months :)


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