Things we Packed in our Hospital Bag
- Snacks: If you're in labor for a really long time, you'll be STARVING by the time you're done. We just went to Target and got some Oreos and some Vitamin Waters, but this held us over when I still had snack cravings.
- Pads: The hospital gives you these HUGE pads to help with the bleeding. Make sure to take some with you when you leave the hospital. You don't need to pack any pads because you can't use any skinny ones. Just, like I said, take some from the hospital! Even if you're not bleeding as much when you leave, it'll pick up again, I promise.
- Small Sized Toiletries: I didn't want to bring this HUGE suitcase that weighed a million pounds, so I went to Target and bought small sized toiletries for those 2 days (or even more if you have a C-section). I brought contact solution, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, face wash, and body lotion. They say body lotion is great for massages during labor but my labor went really quickly so I never had the need for massages!
- Your Own Pillow: I only recommend this if you're partial to your own pillow, which I am. It was nice having ONE thing that was really comfortable in that bed after you deliver.
- Camera/ Camcorder: These are obvious, right? Make sure to bring the batteries, etc.
- Two Outfits for Baby: I was really proud of myself here...you don't really know what size that baby is going to be! For instance, since I delivered at 36 weeks, I would have brought a preemie outfit, except Liliana was nearly 7 pounds even though she was born so early! Since you'll be packing this bag at 36 weeks, bring two sized outfits so that baby will come home in an adorable outfit that fits!
- For Mommy: no need for panties because the HUGE ones they give you at the hospital are beyond perfect. Make sure to bring a robe and dress to cover up since you'll have so many visitors. Just bring really LOOSE clothing. I only brought a sleeping robe and a maternity dress which was perfect. If you're breastfeeding, bring a nursing bra and some breast pads.
- Laptop: Evan updated our progress on Facebook and it was really nice being able to read the trillion comments that people left. Having the laptop was a nice distraction from the feeling of vomit after the epidural. Plus, it's just a good way to communicate with all the people that want to say Congrats.
- What to do With your Pets: Make sure to have your neighbors on call so that they can give your pet some food! The last thing you want is to freak out because you forgot to give them water or food.
- Your "It's Time" List: We had a list of about 10 people that we were going to call NO MATTER what time I went in to labor. So those 10 people got a phone call at 4:30 in the morning and everyone answered "Is this the call we've been waiting for?" hee hee
Things we Forgot (oops!)
or rather, things that Evan had to go home to pick up
- For Daddy: Evan had brought a change of clothes, but he forgot to bring two! He had to leave back home and that was REALLY tough emotionally on me for him to leave. Don't get me wrong, I was NEVER alone because I had so many visistors, but I clung to Evan like crazy after delivery. Another thing: bring a swimsuit for Daddy to get in the shower with you. Evan helped me shower the first day since I was so sore and had so much blood. I know that sounds disgusting, but it actually was such a special moment for us. I've literally never NEEDED him as much as I did those two days.
- Burping Cloths: can you believe it? We forgot these! Make sure to bring one.
- Boppy: I didn't think I would need the Boppy that desperately since she wouldn't weigh that much yet, but the Boppy is even helpful when you're just holding the baby.
- Memory Card: Yep, make sure to bring the memory card of your camera!! I had been uploading pregnancy belly pictures the night before and forgot to put it back in our camera. At five in the morning when they told us we were staying to have the baby, we pulled out the camera and FREAKED. So, we called our friend (yeah, that early) and he drove over to our house and came to the hospital with the memory card in his hand!
The First Picture Ever Taken of Liliana
The First Time I Held Liliana...I was Obviously Overcome with Emotion.
I know I look hideous in this picture, but it's my favorite of the day.