Sunday, December 6, 2015

Preparing for Baby Girl #3: Packing Lists

Making Lists!

Lists help keep me sane. There is always so much to remember and by having a list (or two, or three, or eight) I know I will not (likely) forget anything important.

I have a list for when I go into labor, mainly so we don't forget anything as we're leaving the house.

This includes things like:
  • Making sure we have the car seat in the car. 
  • Making sure that we have both of the hospital bags, the baby's bag, the girls' backpacks for staying with Grandparents, their big sister gift bags that I'm making them, and Gage's overnight bag. 
  • A reminder to feed the animals and leave all of my jewelry at home (I don't trust hospitals anymore after they lost my Mom's ring.) 

I have a list of what to pack in each of those bags. :-)

I have a list of ways to try to help induce labor naturally.

I have a list of things to try to help with the labor pain.

And so on, and so on...

Labor, Baby, and Hospital Bags

I've created lists for two separate labor and delivery bags. The first bag, the "In Labor Bag" is going to be the one that comes with me into the hospital right away. The second bag is going to be mainly for after baby arrives. Gage can bring that in from the car later when there is time. 

The labor bag is a small bag that includes things that I will or may need right away, such as: trash bag and towel for the car in case my water breaks on the way, my glasses w/ the case, a watch, heat pad, oils to help with pain, socks, water bottle, mints/gum, my medicines and prenatal, folder with (and for any additional) important documents, birth plans (although I have never actually used one), , a camera (in case she arrives super fast for some reason), two phone chargers, and anything else I may need right away.

The links below are to the items I plan to purchase (or already have) to bring with me to the hospital. And I have NO idea how to remove those little white boxes next to the links.  ;)

The baby's bag includes her baby book, 2 outfits, 2 fleece sleepers, blanket, burp cloths, newborn hats, headbands, a few extra Pampers newborn diapers (the hospital will have them so I don't need to bring too many), some viva paper towels to use as wipes, and a couple binkies.

The hospital recovery bag includes:

Going Home

I'm also going to make sure that we have all of the following in the car for when we leave the hospital: my coat, a blanket for me (it's going to be COLD outside), and of course - the car seat.

With our first baby I was not prepared at all... with our second I was better prepared but still was missing some things, so for the third (third times a charm, right?) I am making a real effort at being better prepared.

Now it's time to prepare the following lists:

Recovery Kit
Meal Plan and Freezer Meals

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