June 4, 2012

what's in my hospital bag

I  my hubby more every day I get more pregnant ^^" ... Here's why.

When hubby was home last weekend, he totally surprised me by taking me shopping for things to pack into my hospital bag and he even packed it for me when we got home. All by himself ... and I was only 24 weeks pregnant!

With my baby girl, when I started shopping and packing at 20 weeks, hubby thought I was over-planning it and that we still had plenty of time (his time-to-panic-and-pack moment didn't start until about week 36 or so, and by then I had already finished packing 90% of its content).

This time, he bought me most of everything I needed; brand new so I don't forget anything when the time comes. I'll still have to pack quite a few other things like some going-home clothes and toiletries and what-nots but he's done most of the "heavy lifting" aka spending most moolah, (without being asked, I might add).

With my baby girl, I only stayed overnight or about 28 hours at the hospital. This time I'd like to stay a night or two more just to really rest up and recover but let's see how the bank account is holding up then. I know I'm not packing much but the hospital is only 10 minutes for both our home and my inlaw's. MIL usually takes my dirty laundry home when she comes visit in the mornings and like a fairy godmother, she'll come back with fresh laundered clothes by the evening like she did last time. Bless that woman.

My Hospital Bag Check-List
For The Laboring Mommy:

Admission Envelope
My little boy's arrival is slotted for 19 September but if he's anything like his big sister, he might decide to meet the world 2 weeks earlier. Since hubby is working in another state about 2 hours drive away, FIL or BIL will be doing the honors of carting me to the hospital so I prepared an admission envelope for them to hand over to the admission nurse in case I am incomprehensibly zonked out like when I was in labor with Adrianna. In it is an A4 sized paper with my personal details, my doc, my medical history, emergency contact number and whatever information the hospital might want; just to lessen the stress on poor FIL/BIL and me.

Technology to keep me sane.
Mostly by iPhone so I can blast Facebook and Instagram with photos of  both my little ones together (plus charger) and my iPod. Won't be bringing a charger for my iPod because those little things run longer than the Energizer Bunny!

2 pcs of oversized tee-shirts for overall comfort.
I'm entitled to some baggy-sloppy-tees for about a day (or two) after 9 months of trying to hold it together. Besides, I don't think I want to expose the wobbly bits just yet (and I will have extremely wobbly bits right after delivery based on experience).

2 pcs of sarongs ready with a diaper pin per sarong to avoid embarassing situations.
Goodness knows I won't be moving much. I'm anticipating an episiotomy so sarongs are best until I'm comfortable and not too much of a wooze in attempting pants. The diaper pins are to hold the sarong on me because I suck at getting one to stay on me.

2 pcs of presentable tops (front button ones)
These are for breast feeding moments and for when family & friends decides to show up to oogle at our little baby boy. As much as I'll be craving for comfort in my baggy-ala-sloppy tees, I still wanna look dignified; however, I am not giving up the sarongs though!

2 packs of disposable underwear
Hubby got me 2 four-pack cotton disposables from Guardian. They're way more comfortable than the cheaper and rough paper-like ones.

2 packs of maternity pads
Hubby purchased 2 eight-pack mother-of-all maternity-pads; Sofy's 41cm Winged Overnight Pads. Will probably run through them like water within 48 hours of delivery but there's a pharmacy right across the street so I'm not too stressed about running out. Besides, hubby is now an expert on which ones to get.

Need I say more - toothbrush, toothpaste, cleanser, toner, moisturizer, shampoo & conditioner, shower gel (Yes. I intend to have a warm shower and wash my hair on the first day of delivery because I sweat a lot during and after and don't function well, if at all when I'm sticky and stinky), makeup (just the bare minimal; my trusty eyebrow pencil, Benetint lipbalm and a small mirror), comb, hairclips, hair-tie bands and my big 'ol hairdryer.

And definately a bottle of Earth Mama Angel Baby New Mama Bottom Spray! I'll write more about this life saver in another post. I'm also hoping to receive my Earth Mama Angel Baby Happy Mama Spray in time. They're sold out everywhere in Malaysia so I'll have to bring it in direct from Mama herself and hopefully in time. I've read rave reviews about it but again, that's gonna have to be in another post.

1 small pack of baby wet wipes
You never know when wet wipes will come in handy. I got the orange Pureen extra moist pack in small because they're so moist you don't need to use a lot of it. The best part; they're fragrance free!

2 pairs of thick soft wolly socks because my toes tend to freeze on their own after delivery.
2 nursing bras. Enough said.
1 large towel because I feel hospital towels are never large enough or soft enough.
2 small face towels for the hot-flash moments I expect to have after delivery.
2 pillows from home because I hate hospital pillows and they don't give you enough anyway.
A plastic bag for dirty laundry because I'm anal about mixing dirty laundry with clean ones in my bag.

For The Little Baby Boy:
From experience, the hospital will swaddle baby in hospital clothes until baby is ready to go home so I'm only bring the lil' man's going-home outfit. The hospital also provide a pack of diapers but oh well, packing a small pack doesn't take up too much room anyway since hubby's packed my stuff into a cabin sized suitcase.

Little Baby Boy's Footed Onesie, Beanie and Swaddling Blanket
I got my baby boy's going-home outfit (including the swaddling blanket) from Carter's for only USD14! The sleeves allows me to fold them inwards and they are footed too so I don't have to worry about mittens and booties which I tend to loose. Can't wait to see my little man in it!

 1 pack of infant diapers

I think we're set!