Planning for Labor.

32 weeks tomorrow.  Excited? Check.  Scared? Check.  Overwhelmed? Double check.

So 2 days into my barely any sugar diet, and that’s all I crave.  All I want is a blizzard from Dairy Queen, and a chocolate chip frappe from McDonald’s.  I’m going to fight it, though.  I know it’s not healthy for me, but it’s so hard.  Sweets is the only thing I’ve been craving since I’ve been pregnant, and now that’s the one thing I can’t have.  😦  But it’s gotten me cooking more home cooked meals.  Tonight we are having chili with bacon in it (per Dustin’s request).  I feel like a whale.

So, to the title of this blog, planning for labor.  We already have our birth plan figured out, and we’ve already talked to our doctor about it.  Now it’s time for our hospital bags.  Too early?  I don’t think so.  Especially not as much as I’ve been nesting.  (It’s getting bad, trust me.)  I have her diaper bag completely packed, and I’m almost done with mine and Dustin’s bag.  I only need to invest in a few more things for our bag.

Elizabeth’s Bag:

Car seat(DUH!)

Swaddle blanket

Receiving blanket

To go set of shampoo, lotion, baby powder

Diapers

Wipes

Rattle

Socks

Mittens

2 onesies(one newborn, one 0-3 months)

Coming home outfit

A pair of leggings

Sleeper outfit

Diaper Rash Ointment

Pacifier

Bottle(I know I’m breastfeeding, this is just for pumping)

I think that’s all that I put in her diaper bag.  I’m not sure if that’s all I’ll need, or if it’s too much.  But I would rather be safe than sorry that I had too much instead of not enough.

Mine & Dustin’s Bag:

2 pairs of pajamas for me

A pair of pajamas for Dustin

Flip Flops

Nursing Bra

Robe

Nipple Cream for Nursing

Shampoo Kit

Extra Hair bows

Going Home Outfit(Leggings and T-shirt)

Going Home Outfit for Dustin

Socks & Boxers for Dustin

Chargers for phones

Pen & Notebook

Boppy Pillow

Toothbrushes & Toothpaste

Pads

Like I said, I’m not finished with mine and Dustin’s bag.  I’m not completely sure of what all to bring, seeing as how I’m not sure how long we will be there.  Dustin isn’t wanting much for him, he says he will come home to grab stuff if need be.  Any moms out there want to tell me what all they packed in their bag and baby’s diaper bag?  I would love all the information I can get.

We have decided on skin – to – skin right after she’s born, and delayed cord clamping.  We’re wanting people to text or call before they show up to visit.  No kissing on her hands or face.  ALWAYS wash hands as soon as entering the hospital room and before you hold her.  She’s mine and Dustin’s first born, so our preferences come before anyone else’s. I know I sound crazy, but like I said, she’s our first born.  My nerves are going crazy.  Only Dustin and the hospital staff will be in the room when I’m in labor.  We don’t want anyone to post anything on any social media sites until we announce her arrival first.  Visitors are welcome though.  Just let us know in advance.  I’m wanting to breast feed, and we want this time to bond with our baby girl.  Thanks in advance to everyone who acknowledges our wishes, and to everyone who is in our lives:)

Thanks to my amazing sister-in-law who gave me the idea for this blog.  It turned out (hopefully) better than I thought it would.  If anyone has any other ideas on what I should write about, just leave me a comment!

BNH

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4 thoughts on “Planning for Labor.

  1. Baby remember your shirt and pants take them a bigger size you will not want anything that fits.you will want them loose fitting. Take your books for you to relax when Elizabeth is sleeping.if you can’t sleep.scott and I will do any wishes you have. we love you and can’t wait to meet our granddaughter.

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    1. I’ve got a bigger size pair of leggings I’ve packed , I’ve got to get another shirt. I’m probably going to wind up wearing a loose fitting t shirt home. Lol. I’ve got my kindle loaded up with books so I won’t have to carry around any. Thanks so much! We’re so excited.

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  2. I’d recommend taking at least 2 nursing bras. Once your milk comes in (which might not be till you get home) the leakage can be intense.
    They have diapers, wipes, soaps, cream etc at the hospital for baby so it’s not a necessity to take those usually. But I always take a couple extra outfits for baby because my babies always manage to get theirs dirty before we leave. 😉
    I usually get the hospital to give me some bottles to put my milk in after I pump. One less thing to try to remember to bring.
    Sounds like you are pretty well prepared!! I hope you have a beautiful and easy experience!! 🙂
    Congratulations!

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  3. From a mom who has done this twice – don’t fret too much about what to bring. The hospital will supply you with just about everything (shampoo for baby (my hospital didn’t have soap and such for me/my husband), diapers, pads, even wonderful mesh undies for you). Not to say you shouldn’t bring your own things that make you comfortable and happy. They will also give you nipple cream so unless you are specific about the brands you want to use – keep those low priority. One thing I was always glad I brought was my child’s baby book to record their birth story while it was fresh and since I was induced with both activities for waiting and waiting – like my crocheting. And I always bring a new fluffy luxurious towel, while they have towels they are like cheap hotel towels and after giving birth to my new human I think a nice towel is the least of the pampering I deserve. I was also always glad for the slipper socks I brought.
    Congrats and best of luck.

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