Today marks the "30 DAYS UNTIL MY DUE DATE" point! Holy Crap!
This is something that I'm starting to think more and more about. As I near 36 weeks, I just can't help but think, "I need to just do this and have it on hand for when something might happen." My neighbor posted that she had hers ready at 35.5 weeks for her second because she wished she would've with her first, but didn't. Thinking about that makes me think that I'm behind in packing, but I know that I'm not. For all I know, like my neighbor said, I'd be the one to pack a bag and the go past my due date. I know that anything is possible, but you can never be too prepared.
My list consist of these things:
• Birth plan
• Reading (baby stuff?)
• Going home clothes (comfy or maternity comfy clothes)
• Full coverage underwear
• Nursing bras or tanks
• Flip flops
• Make up
• Titty cream
• Breast pads
• Shampoo, tooth brush, tooth paste, deodorant, etc.
• Personal documents/identification/insurance information
• Folders for new documents for you and baby
• Notebook and pen
• Ponytail holders/bobby pins
• iPod / earbuds
• Phone charger
• Laptop charger
• Video camera
• Chargers for camera and video camera
• List of who to call after baby is born
• Going home outfit for baby
• Swaddling blankets
• Diaper shirts or 1/2 (criss-cross) shirt for baby
• Blankie for baby
And the list that we have for my husband is as follows:
• Pillow and blanket for Daddy
• Car seat (base installed) with head support / Blanket
• Cash (small bills)
• Clothes (comfy)
• Swim Suit
• Extra bag
• Toiletry kit
• Phone charger
• Hand Massager
• Lists of people to call/text about arrival
Since I'm rapidly approaching the "36 week mark" which means the 37 week mark is quickly behind, I need to start packing some of these things away. We haven't decided if we're just going to have one bag or two. Either way, we hope to have most of these things packed in the next few days so that we have them with us, in case we need them.
If you remember correctly, once we are at the hospital, we'll be about 3 miles from home. If we forget something on the first round, we'll be sure to get it on the flip side with a quick drive home. Or we'll have a family member grab it for us on their way through.
Is there anything I'm missing that you would suggest bringing to the hospital?
Here are some other links that might help you when making this sort of list. I know that the Blue-Eyed Bride was a huge hit for a lot of great things that you need and just need to write down (before you forget).
From the Baby Center: Guidance to packing your hospital bag.
From the Bump: Packing your hospital bag.
From Blair: What's in the bag?
From Blue-Eyed Bride: Pack your Bags!
From Mama in the City: The Great Big Hospital Bag: What to Pack for Your Labor
From The Only Baby Stop: What to Pack for Labor and Delivery
From pregnancy.com: 5 Things You SHOULDN'T Pack for Labor
Next on my list of things to share... our daycare decision.