Hospital suitcase list

Well here I am, the heat of the summer and 35 weeks pregnant. I have no shortage of things to spend my time on. In fact I feel guilty when I am not getting everything done. But somehow in the midst of my exhaustion from chasing my 5 and 2-year-old around and the pain of pregnancy complications, I am definitely entering the final boost of energy pregnancy stage so frequently called “nesting.” Between working a budget, writing a menu and grocery list that will last me half the month, and finding a homeschool curriculum for my soon to be kindergartener, I find myself happily distracted by plans for the baby and my freakish desire to have everything perfectly organized.

There in a place of complete control I allow myself as much creativity as necessary to turn mundane items and events into a chance at spell bounding beauty. Unfortunately, our three little girls will have to be sharing a very small room in our little two-bedroom apartment until our big home-buying event projected for this time next year. I could let this tight squeeze get me depressed, I have before, and after all we will have to secretly get rid of some of their stuff, hopefully to storage. But I have decidedly planned to make the best of it by redecorating with the most inspired interior decorating ideas possible. Anyways, the kid’s room is a whole other story.

For now, I will fill my hospital suitcase as though I where going on vacation. It seems a little ridiculous for a woman to be happily day dreaming about her time away at the hospital, going through what very well could be the worst pain of her life with labor and delivery and definitely appearing more deformed than ever before. Yet here I am obsessing over my little “get away” as though I were headed to a spa resort. And heck, who can blame me? Silence other than the beeping machines, no need to immediately run to a screaming tumble of tangled fighting children, and my favorite: eating without cooking! I know, I know the food sucks but like I said, I won’t be making it so I’m happy.

Even if it does get miserable at the hospital and God-forbid something goes less than planned with the delivery, there is nothing better than some new stuff washed in my favorite smelling fabric softener to provide comfort. 

In attempts at keeping things cheap and in the budget I have been packing my stuff into a second hand suitcase. Yeah, “who knows what’s been in that thing” right? Well hey, it’s pretty cute, doesn’t smell and the price was right: $7!

So without further ado, my hospital suitcase list:

(I developed this by reading over at least five other lists that came up near the top of my google search. I have done this twice before so assuming things go pretty much the same, I picked my way through the other lists only including things I knew I would actually use.)

  • 2 maternity tank tops
  • 2 sports bras

I had originally written nursing tanks with built-in bra here but after a little shopping and thinking about it I decided that what I already have will do since it’s just as easy to pull down a stretchy shirt and bra to nurse the baby as it is to wear a strange looking tank top with little to no support when support and coverage is most important.

  • 2 pairs sweat pants preferably dark colored (better safe than sorry and embarrassed)
  • 2 pairs socks

Everyone says to pack a ton of super warm sox but I guess at the end of July I can’t imagine my feet getting too cold in a way a blanket can’t help.

  • Flip-flops

They will probably work better than slippers with the no slipping and wiping out deal (it’s not like I’m going to be running the halls) and I’m not too excited that I will already be mostly dressed like a creepy old man -belly and all without some ugly slippers to top off the look. And as before, with the socks, I cant imagine getting too cold.

  • Wear-home clothes

I like to think I will defy the odds and fit into something smaller than what I have been wearing, but I’m afraid other than a baby I wont be loosing much weight at the hospital.

  • 3 pairs of large black underwear
  • A robe

This one is probably the very most necessary since the gowns they issue don’t exactly cover the backside unless you spend a lot of time and energy tucking and pulling in hopes of getting the fabric to overlap.

  • My pillow
  • Camera and video camera (charged)
  • IPod (charged and any relaxing playlists added)
  • Lavender essential oil for relaxation and lotion for massage
  • Snacks (for Tony) breath mints, gum
  • Cell phone with charger
  • Reading materials (from library)
  • Baby book for getting footprints
  • Gifts from baby to the girls (wrapped)

We started this tradition when Vanna was born and decided to keep it going despite the fact that the baby obviously didn’t go to the store and buy the presents and then wrap them, the girls still like the idea of it.

  • Toiletries: tooth brush, and paste, soap, shampoo, conditioner, hair gel, deodorant, hair binders, hair brush, makeup, chap stick, blow-dryer. I also picked up a travel size deodorant and toothbrush for Tony, I don’t want to be worried about reminding him to grab that while we are headed out the door.
  • Things for the baby: blankets, socks, hat, and special wear-home clothes.
  • Fruit and other healthy snack for after labor (packed at the last minute)

I think I will also pack a separate bag closer to the actual due date that the baby sitter or Tony or who ever brings the girls in to meet the baby can grab and bring with. This bag will include:

  • Colors, books, stickers and snacks
  • The presents that the girls already picked out to give the baby

I decided to let them pick out something that they could bring right in and put on her, hats and shoes:)

I am almost ready and have been packing for a while. Even though I still have a month left to go I guess I would rather spend it prepared and focused than scrambling to be ready. I’m sure I will need more to keep me busy in the weeks to come.

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