Tonight I began packing my hospital bag, based on Emily's Great Big Hospital Bag Packing List and the list I found on TheBump.com. I combined both and then narrowed them down based on what I thought I would need.
But then it occurred to me that the Internet Knows Things. So I ™m including my list below, and if there's anything I haven't listed that you think is vital, would you let me know?
Documents: Insurance info; hospital forms and birth plan (I do not really have much of a birth plan “ it kind of goes like this: I only want Roger in the room with me, and at the end of labor and delivery I ™d like to have a live baby. I ™d prefer to give birth vaginally, but if that doesn't work out, I don't mind. That is all.)
Clothing Items: 2 pairs of warm, nonskid socks; maternity bra/nursing pads; maternity clothes for going home; possibly a gown for labor/delivery; yoga pants and tops for recovery (Is this right? What did you wear after giving birth? Don't you have to stay in the hospital for 48-72 hours? Did you just hang out in a hospital gown the entire time?)
Toiletries: Lip balm, eyeglasses, makeup, headband or ponytail holder, toothbrush and paste, deodorant, face wash, lotion, lanolin nipple cream. (Truthfully, I will probably also bring my Bumble & Bumble hair powder, so that it looks like I washed my hair, when really I probably won't bother because do you know how much effort it takes to maintain my curls? I have to wash, condition, put in hair product, and then dry my hair with a diffuser. And then add MORE products. And that seems like a lot of work to me, especially when I ™ll have just finished pushing something roughly the size of a watermelon out of my very un-watermelon-sized lady bits. I ™m just sayin ™, though I suppose you never know. Maybe I ™ll be feeling very ambitious afterward.)
Miscellaneous: Sugar-free hard candy or lozenges; pen and paper; iPhone (doubles as alarm clock, address book, Internet addiction feeder, Twittering device and all-around good distraction, unless Roger is using his when CLEARLY he should be paying attention to ME) with charger; coins for vending machines; snacks; camera/memory card/charger; bath towel (people keep saying how tiiinnyyyyy hospital towels are); very light reading; iPod (if I can't be bothered to load music onto my phone by the time I deliver, though in this case I suppose I should consider getting speakers, too); tennis ball (for massaging, or throwing at the first person who eats around me during labor and delivery); pillow (because hospital pillows are baaaddddddd); sleeping mask (for pretending that I ™ll be able to sleep at all); baby scrapbook (for recording things like sweet, inked footprints); and thank you notes (again, in case I ™m feeling overly ambitious)
For Roger: Change of clothes; his own toiletries; mints or gum; his pillow and a warm blanket (for the frigid hospital room); snacks (that he is not allowed to eat in my vicinity)
For Baby: Receiving blankets; hat; car seat; going home outfit; extra baby outfit; socks. (Our hospital provides everything from blankets to nail files to diapers, so there isn't much we ™ll need for baby. I think. Though I ™ve never given birth before, so I guess I could be wrong about this. I probably should have paid more attention in my baby care class, but I was too distracted with learning how to swaddle. And give baths. And stop the CRYING.)
I ™m trying not to go overboard, but after looking over this list I think that I ™ve failed in the moderation department.
Jes’ hospital bag isn’t the only thing expanding these days…check out what’s been cooking at Chirky.