39 weeks and 2 days! (And no bedding because I’m attempting laundry !)
I don’t know, guys.
I’m getting more nervous for this baby’s delivery than I have with my other two. A large part of that is because I REALLY hate hospitals.
I’m out of there as fast as possible. I have SEVERAL (like, maybe 40% of my) friends that enjoy their stay and treat it like a vacation with their husband.
I wish I had that mentality.
I’d like to think of it as a break. A nice little vacation, or a relaxing spa day, but AINT NO ONE SEEN gargantuan disposable pads and underwear at a spa!
Oh, wait, okay. I’ll try again.
I just want to be home SO badly. Maybe it’s because both my babies have been delivered after long night labors. (ie Up all day with my normal routine on a Monday, labor all night, up all day again with paperwork/visitors/baby on Tuesday, and head into newborn-mode on that exhausted note.)
Maybe it’s the new mom hormones.
Maybe I need some Xanax.
Or, MAYBE, I’m preparing all wrong!
After having two babies, I’ve realized where I’ve erred in my preparation: I don’t pack for myself, because, duh. I’m in baby mode! What kind of selfish mom would think of anyone but the new baby!? It’s all consuming.
So much so that I don’t take advantage of sleeping opportunities because hospital beds are the worst, fret over my new baby, worry about my kids at home, forget to eat, send my husband home so one of us can be rested, stress about doctor’s appointments, baby’s poo schedule (where’s that meconium?), breathing… you know. New mom stuff.
Plus, I’m always sick for about a day after birth, still throwing up with a little fever in postpartum.
Spaaaaa daaaaay, remember? Spaaa daaaay, with paaaads.
In addition to new baby supplies (and the usual items), here’s what I’m adding into my hospital bag for ME to better enjoy all of the fluorescent lit, brand new baby snuggles before I can sign my huge bill and break out of there with my thousand dollar, hospital logo plastic cup–
New jammies. I splurge on these because they’re my favorite (and the hospital is going to take the rest of my money anyway, so I factor it into my pre-deductible labor fees). They’re SO soft and lightweight, and I love the bottom top for nighttime feeding. Victoria’s Secret has some online that I like, but I’ve also linked some that are essentially identical with a better price tag.
New sweats. My friend Timian got me some comfy bottoms and I love them. My ideal “sweats/comfy pant” candidate is not too tight, not too loose, and socially acceptable should Ileave the house in them.
Bralettes. In addition to something more supportive, I wanted a flexible, less constricting bralette, just to be comfortable. TMI? I’ll let you know how it goes.
A Magazine. I’m trying really hard to enjoy my stay here, so it sounds extra sweet to pass the time snuggling a fresh baby and catch up on Meghan and Harry’s wedding.
My most favorite lip balm ever. Is it because I have an oxygen mask on that my lips are SO chapped? Does everyone have weird skin after babies, or is this a personal issue? Ha This is my all time favorite, and I have a fresh tube. C.O. Bigelow always does the trick.
My favorite tinted moisturizer. Again, a skin issue. I love Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer. It’s like your own skin, but not as…sad.
Food. I usually have a little something in my purse, but this time, I mean, I’m bringing a SPREAD. Snacks on snacks! I mentioned above that I’m still sick for a day, but I’m hoping that consciously making an effort to eat will get my energy levels way higher than they’ve been after past deliveries. Amongst the options in my bag are a few Kind Bars, my favorite Special K bars, a protein shake…and Trader Joes chocolate pb cups, just because.
Sleep mask. I brought this last delivery, and it made a HUGE difference being able to fall back to sleep while nurses were in and out. I’m sure I looked like a chunky sleeping diva, but get out of here, blinking lights. I still had my brand new baby yelling in my room all night, but it was a solid effort. (I’m 1:1 with yelling newborns.)
My own pillow. Planning on tossing the actual pillow after I’m there, but I love having a little comfort of home.
What is NOT in my bag that I always pack: a razor. GET REAL.
I’m still hoping for a quick stay, but I’m trying to remember I only have about a day in the hospital, it would be time wisely used to allow myself to heal as much as possible, and that my own well-being is crucial to my family’s functionality.
And sanity, probably.