Thursday, July 28, 2011

Well, would you look at that:

Mothers are marvelous motivators.  So are friends.  I had a much needed dinner out with friends last night.  Even though we talked about sad things, we laughed a lot too and shared how we met our husbands, our first dates and proposals.  At five years I've been married the shortest amount of time in this particular group.  It's odd how five or more years can go by and this HUGE event slowly recedes in importance and becomes instead a jumping off point for one crazy life.  It was good to go back and remember those early days, the dreams and hopes we carried then, the life we thought we might have. 

My mama came over today and helped me wash Bennett's newborn and 0-3 month clothes as well as blankets, sheets, burp cloths.  Oh my goodness, we don't need any more blankets or burp cloths, we are wading in them.

Blankets galore (so thankful for under the crib storage drawer).


Need a receiving/swaddling blanket or ten?


We have stacks of diapers,


clothes washed and folded, 


a lovely start to what will be a giant collection,


and the first few items for the hospital.


While we're on the topic of the hospital bag tell me something, please: what did you take, what do you wish you had left at home/brought?  Will we be stared at if we walk in with five bags, or is asking for the placenta strange enough that all other oddities will be ignored?  I managed to write a list, but when looking at the extreme length of the list I am wondering if I should pare things down a bit.  But it all seems so necessary, I just don't know what I would cut. 

My mom even helped me clean the laundry room.  I was so embarrassed when Charlotte died because everyone was in and out of the laundry area and it was hideously messy.  It's still in the scary, unfinished basement, but it looks much better.  You know you're jealous of my homemade laundry chute to the right there.


On Saturday we're having a work party which will help us make grand progress on the summer project and I think maybe, just maybe, we're going to make it through this summer without completely losing our minds.  One more picture and then I'll stop.  Here I am in the nursery this afternoon.  33 weeks friends, can you believe it? 


11 comments:

  1. You look fabulous Angela :) From a midwife's point of view, I would advise you to pack vaseline/ lip salve and a hair band/ bobble. Little things, but useful x

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  2. Honestly all I took was a change of clothing, toothbrush/toothpase, hairbrush, glasses, book, and an outfit for the baby. I didn't want to bring a ton of stuff and I'm glad I didn't because people brought us stuff in the hospital and it was a lot to haul home with a brand new baby!

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  3. Depends on how you feel about clutter. I bring comfy clothes, toiletries, car seat (in car) my kindle, maybe my laptop, camera, phone +charger. Thats it. I don't bring baby clothes or diaper bag because my hospital will provide diapers and wipes. I don't like clutter and i feel way cluttered with any more than that. I don't need entertainment, I have visitors and a baby and tv for that! You look wonderful! I'm right behind ya! 32 weeks........ Oh i dont bring a coming home outfit cuz we dont find out the sex, i send hubby out to pick something out, its his special thing. I like gender appropriate stuff for coming home lol.

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  4. You look so great!!! I wouldn't worry about bringing too much to the hospital. I like to think, there's always someone who's brought 10 times more crap and made much more crazy demands. I say bring it all! xo

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  5. You look so beautiful! Congrats on getting so much stuff done. Organizing for my babies was always one of my favorite parts of pregnancy. I worry next time it'll be a dark, heavy shadow sometimes, now. One thing I would bring would be baby wipes. The hospitals out here supply wipes that you have to wet down yourself, and that is kind of hard when you are still tired and sore from labor and delivery.

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  6. Love the pic, you look terrific! And it looks like you got a ton of things done, good for you!

    The best things I brought were my camera (!!), chapstick, my own pillow from my bed, and my boppy. I brought only one outfit for baby and a few comfy outfits for me to wear while there. Like yoga pants type things, but don't wear a hoodie with a zipper, you don't want baby laying on that! I learned that after I did it with my first.

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  7. Looking great, mama!

    I've had two very different hospital stays. One planned with an induction and we had (I think) 3big bags packed (with what, I'm not even sure anymore!). And then this birth that was an emergency transfer and we had nothing but the clothes on our backs (or a bathrobe in my case, that was thrown over me so I wouldn't be transported out into the chilly night totally naked!). :)

    As much as others recommend it, I've never needed chapstick (I guess my labors aren't *too* long though to have dried out lips). But drinking through a straw was always very helpful to me because I didn't have the mindset to hold a cup and drink, so someone else holding it with a straw is great (but the hospital can give you that!).

    Hairbands were good for me. I could see having a boppy being quite helpful. A shirt/robe that is easy to breastfeed in (if you're planning to breastfeed). But I pretty much just sat around bare chested in the hospital, and pulled the sheet up when visitors came. And most importantly a camera and/or video camera. Oh, and I liked having a laptop to email pictures.

    Have fun packing!!!

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  8. Take flip flops for the shower (or extra ones). As weird as it sounds, I am one of those people who can't stand to be standing in a shower that others who I don't know have been in, not matter how clean it is. I just don't know what funk their feet have. :)

    We wish we would have taken shampoo because the shampoo at the hospital didn't cut it for either me or Adam.

    I like some of your other posters, suggest chapstick. Even with my c-section with Bailey I needed it afterwards, and I normally have some in my purse, but that was the one time I didn't.

    I'm working on starting our list and getting things laid out by the suitcase, so either we can throw it in there if we need it quickly, or we can pack it the night before we are scheduled. I need some organization, because last time, Adam had to come home and just guess at what to get, and with the trauma we had already been through, he was just kind of lost.

    This time, I don't want him to be lost, whether it's because of excitement or in the event of dreadful trauma.

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  9. Wow. Jack is now 5.5 weeks old and you look more organised than we do! :)

    Hospital stuff: I was anticipating a five day hospital stay (as they were worried about J possibly suffering withdrawal from my ADs - in the event we were in less than three days) so had a LOT of stuff with but ended up not using a lot of it - and there was some confusion about which bags I needed for labour/birth and which for after so the bags with his clothes and nappies and maternity pads (!) and everything ended up staying in the car boot until hours after we needed them! But the things that were helpful for me were a hairband, and some bottles of water that I'd frozen - it was a tip from the hospital: they melt as you're in labour so you have a constant supply of icy cold water. It was lovely, and lasted through the first night too.

    I only used gas and air - was on it for hours - but my lips were fine, no vaseline necessary.

    If you want heat to help deal with the pain then maybe a wheat pack? My hospital said they couldn't fill a hot water bottle but could heat a wheat pack in the microwave.

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  10. LOVE the picture of you on the floor. You look great!
    I highly recommend the lip gloss / chapstick. Make sure to have your camera! Comfy clothes for yourself and little guy's going home outfit. Just enjoy your time there together. So happy for you!!

    Susan

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  11. Looking great, mama!

    I've had two very different hospital stays. One planned with an induction and we had (I think) 3big bags packed (with what, I'm not even sure anymore!). And then this birth that was an emergency transfer and we had nothing but the clothes on our backs (or a bathrobe in my case, that was thrown over me so I wouldn't be transported out into the chilly night totally naked!). :)

    As much as others recommend it, I've never needed chapstick (I guess my labors aren't *too* long though to have dried out lips). But drinking through a straw was always very helpful to me because I didn't have the mindset to hold a cup and drink, so someone else holding it with a straw is great (but the hospital can give you that!).

    Hairbands were good for me. I could see having a boppy being quite helpful. A shirt/robe that is easy to breastfeed in (if you're planning to breastfeed). But I pretty much just sat around bare chested in the hospital, and pulled the sheet up when visitors came. And most importantly a camera and/or video camera. Oh, and I liked having a laptop to email pictures.

    Have fun packing!!!

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