30 October 2011

Closer Everyday

I'm feeling almost 100 percent better, aside from being tired which is a constant and a little stuffy. This weekend I had dinner with a friend and her eight month old little boy and she gave me the cutest pair of knit booties that she had a co-worker make for my baby. It was so thoughtful and I love them. I also spent my weekend returning duplicated gifts and getting more items off of our registry. I've organized pretty much everything in the nursery and all that's left is to finish decorating. I'm still having a hard time making decisions. Still no bedding or curtains but I have just about everything else. Everyone has been so kind and giving and I appreciate every gift, big or small. Time is ticking away and everyday is one step closer to mommyhood. I have yet to pack my hospital bag but I did purchase some pajama pants and a comfy shirt along with warm fuzzy socks to take with me to the hospital. Other than that and some baby clothes I am kind of lost as to what else I may need. Anyone have some tips? What did you find helpful and what was unnecessary?

19 Thoughts :

Jilean October 30, 2011 at 10:45 PM  

honestly you don't need that much! I totally over packed and didn't touch much of it. I used slippers, my robe, pj's (the 2nd day/night), toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, tooth paste/brush, mouth wash), and my brush. I also brought hard candy that was WONDERFUL while in labor since I couldn't eat anything. Never felt up to doing make up or styling my hair like some mothers! For Brycen, i brought a few different outfits (2 coming home outfits in different sizes as we didnt know how big he'd end up being)... an outfit for hospital pics, and a blanket for going home. Oh and his car seat :) I brought my boppy and it was helpful when I was attempting to nurse, but wasn't necessary.

Ps. the booties are ADORABLE!

Venassa October 30, 2011 at 10:56 PM  

Things I'm glad I brought:
- A notebook to keep track of stats and little details that I wouldn't remember later for her baby book and scrapbook
- My own pillow - hospital ones weren't as comfortable
- My fan. I needed the noise for better sleeping, and the room was so hot at one point. We asked the nurses and were kind of surprised that it was allowed
- My own shampoo and body wash - so much better than the hospitals
- Lots of big, comfy shirts

I didn't really pack until the last minute. I got lucky that I didn't have to rush to the hospital all of a sudden.

Gina October 30, 2011 at 10:56 PM  

camera, chargers for phones/camera, computer/something to keep you entertained if you are waiting a while for active labor, toiletries, pillow with a colored/patterned case on it, baby book to get footprints in (if you have one)... I can't remember what else we had.

Ashley {hudson's happenings} October 30, 2011 at 11:03 PM  

Glad you are feeling better!! :) I would pack some snacks for your room, maybe some music (ipod?), and some comfy slippers...because you won't want to walk around on that floor barefooted. ;) YAY you are almost there!!!

brit October 31, 2011 at 12:01 AM  

When are you due?

I packed a couple of outfits for me, a couple for Torin, some diapers (although they had some), some underwear (that I didn't use because the mesh ones they had were way better), a nursing bra if you plan on nursing (but make sure you bring one with a lot of give, in case engorgement sets in while you're there). My experience was kind of crappy (NICU), and I wasn't able to nurse him so I had to pump. Some people bring a pump with them, if you have one. Although the hospital has that too! Bring some toiletries if you're specific about the shampoo, etc you like.

Playoutsidegal October 31, 2011 at 1:14 AM  

I forgot to bring reading material. For my first baby, I was in the hospital for 19 hours before giving birth!! Hopefully your labor will be MUCH shorter, but if not, it's nice to have something to take your mind off the contractions when you're in the early stages. Definitely bring flip flops for the showers (lots of my friends got athlete's foot from the showers even tho they're supposedly disinfected), flannel or fleece pajamas because the hospital "blankets" are basically thick sheets (i was freezing at night because i was overtired from my 43 hr labor), and your favorite nonalcoholic comfort drinks. i am a big tea drinker and always find tea soothing but totally forgot to pack some in my labor bag. of course the hospital didn't have rooibos tea, they only had caffeinated red rose! if i think of anything else, i'll let you know. : )

i'm sure everyone's giving you so much advice right now, but do pack asap. baby could arrive anytime! both my girls were 10 days early!!


Megan October 31, 2011 at 8:24 AM  

ahhh! Those booties are adorable! For the hospital? I know they say to bring a diaper bag but I'm not sure why? For one, you're only leaving the hosiptal to go home. Two, they give you the left over pack of diapers and formula and breastmilk bottles.

As far as the baby, I found those swaddle blankets to be unnecessary. Not all babies enjoy being swaddled. Plus, to pay extra money for a blanket that swaddles when you can use a receiving blanket is silly to me. (And they'll show you at the hospital if you don't know how to swaddle.) I could NEVER have enough burp cloths. Or socks. Because you always seem to lose them.

I'm glad you're feeling better. And I hope you post pictures of that nursery of yours! I can't wait for our little babies to be here. :)

Shannon October 31, 2011 at 9:40 AM  

All these ladies have given you plenty of good advice so I won't go off on what I brought to the hospital. (but bring your own pillow - trust me!)

I can't believe how close you're getting. I'm excited for you!

Marjorie October 31, 2011 at 9:44 AM  

you don't need to pack much. i just brought one cute nightgown (for pictures), lots of socks (you sweat lot) and rubber flip flops (for the hospital showers).

Shannon October 31, 2011 at 10:02 AM  

I heard that you should bring as much of your own things for the baby (diapers, pacifer, blanket, wipes, etc) so that the hospital doesn't charge YOU for them. Also, I'm sure this applies to things for yourself (i.e, socks)..I'm all about saving a buck! :)

Denise October 31, 2011 at 11:33 AM  

Its getting so close!! Those booties are so cute! Does she make adult size?? haha :)

Sara McCarty October 31, 2011 at 11:43 AM  

I can't believe you're getting so close! As someone who has not gone through the hospital packing process yet, I'm curious to know what you decide to bring and whether or not you use it all. Make sure to write a follow up post letting us know! And best of luck!! :)

marie October 31, 2011 at 12:47 PM  

Believe it or not I didn't pack a bag. I think on the day I was released my husband brought me a roomy dress and some p.j.s for the baby. Not sure what I was thinking. I was probably the most relaxed mom to be you would have ever met (or lazy).

Kathryn October 31, 2011 at 4:07 PM  

I found a journal/notebook so helpful. I jotted down bits and pieces of the birth story, friends/family who visited - it really comes in handy!

new follower from blog hop, would love a follow back!


LOVE MELISSA:) October 31, 2011 at 4:42 PM  

I'm so excited for you!

Stesha October 31, 2011 at 11:16 PM  

your getting so close!! i just came across your blog. I love. Congrats!!

Classic & Bubbly

Petchie November 1, 2011 at 9:21 AM  

Those booties are the cutest little things ever!!! I love them.

Thanks for guest posting about your wedding on my blog this week! Loved your answers and the pictures!


Tory K November 1, 2011 at 9:44 AM  

Those booties are ADORABLE! :) I am also glad that you are feeling better!

Nicole November 1, 2011 at 7:45 PM  

i loove baby things! so tiny and cute. my sister in love is having a baby in 11 weeks. ahh!! i can't wait!