Since labor could come at any time, I figured that I should finally pack my hospital bag. It's something I've been saying I need to do for a couple of weeks now and today, I swear, I am finally going to do it. There's no real good reason as to why I haven't done it, I guess I just felt like I had a lot of time. With our impromptu visit to the hospital last Sunday, where all I had was a hair tie and prayer that we didn't go into labor, I got the motivation to get it together.
One thing that I really pride myself on is being a good packer! You know how every woman says, "OH! I am the WORST packer!", well I am the opposite! I know exactly what I need to be successful on a trip. Overnight in Sonoma? Piece of cake. Wedding to attend in Santa Barbara? Bring it! Hiking in Yosemite? HA! Not even a challenge. The key to being a good packer is looking at the itinerary and matching outfits to activities. Thinking about it, I've had the advantage of planning most of our trips so I know what we'll be doing and nothing is too unexpected. Although I do always throw in a few wildcard things to make sure I have what I need.
Pregnant ladies might agree with me on this one, but it seems like there are a few topics that are loaded with pressure to get it right. The top three I have found are caffeine during pregnancy, breastfeeding, and packing the perfect hospital bag. I feel extremely fortunate because we live ten minutes from the hospital and both of our families are local and can pick up anything we need. I made extra sets of keys so that my siblings and our parents can get into our house if they need to.
Search the internet or any pregnancy app and the list is pretty standard (and some of it is ridiculous): ten printed copies of your birth plan, socks, sandals, robes, chapstick, hydrating drinks, snacks for partner, tooth brush, pajamas, iPod, etc. Luckily, I don't have to worry about those essentials because of my PushPack (stay tuned for a separate post on all of the details of my PushPack!!).
So while I have already gotten of most of these things, there are a few things that I know I will need- brace yourself, I am a weirdo--:
- Handheld fan: When the going gets tough, the tough get sweaty! Not sure how much I'll sweat and I want to have a fan to blow air on me. In the hospital last week I felt a like it was a little stuffy.
- Tape measure: The doctor checks how dilated the cervix is and you can start pushing at 10 centimeters. I'm not the type of person who can use their hands and estimate measurements- Jesse can. Don't worry, I'm not going to ask the doctor to use the tape measure to measure me (that wouldn't work anyway, silly). Since I am a visual learner, I want Jesse to adjust the tape measure and show me how dilated I am. Having a visual goal really helps me. I've never heard of anyone else doing this. I just know it will work for me.
- Email List: Not in the hospital bag, per se, but since so many friends and family have been on this pregnancy journey with me, I created an email list so I can send a quick email out to let them know we are checked in to the hospital. I know labor will be great knowing that so many people are thinking of us.
- Running shoes: Maybe I'm crazy to think that I'll be able to really walk around the hospital but I want to make sure I have the right shoes to really move.
- Nail polish remover pads: I can't stand looking at chipped finger or toe nails. It would drive me crazy during labor if they looked awful so I want to have remover in case I need it.
I'd love to hear from others about things they brought or wish they had!!
Longchamp bags are the perfect every day bag! I've used them as purses, school bags, carry-ons, and now for my hospital bag!