I wasn’t sure I was going to post today. Nothing was coming to mind. Then…I went on Pinterest last night. I went on looking for some freezer meals that we might be able to put together before Little Sister gets here. [I didn’t find too many. If you have a good one, send it my way!]
After not finding much, I started browsing the “Kids” section. Now, I know that some people feel really bad/inadequate looking at Pinterest and all the crafty things that seem impossible for normal people. I just think, “Are you on crack?! I’m not doing that. Just buy it.” Among other things.
I found myself clicking on all the articles about “What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag.” With captions proclaiming, “The best list I’ve seen!” and “This is her 4th baby, so she knows her stuff!!” Ummm, not so much. My thoughts:
- 4 outfits for new baby! You do NOT need to bring 4 freaking outfits for the new baby. That is insane. Maybe 2 if you aren’t sure what size the baby will be. You are in the hospital for 3 days. You do not need a ton of clothes for the baby. Period.
- Someone suggested you pack an entire package of diapers. We packed zero diapers for Avery and we left with extras. Why would you bring all that extra stuff??
- Your favorite [fill in the blank]. I wouldn’t pack your favorite anything. Between all the blood (gross, I know) and the possibility of leaving it behind, I just wouldn’t risk it. Unless you want to buy a new favorite thing. Then bring it.
- 3 copies of your 5 page Birth Plan. Now, I completely understand why some people write birth plans. You have an image of how your labor is going to happen. And you want the nurses and doctors to respect your wishes. But I also think it is ridiculous for people to think that you are in control in any. way. of the situation. That baby trying to get out is in charge. If they get stuck in your birth canal, there is no amount of soothing music that is going to prevent a c-section. If I was a L&D nurse, I would have a hard time not shredding every insane birth plan I saw.
I will be doing a few things different at the hospital this time. We are hoping to have our newborn pics taken right there this time. So I actually have to bring make up and try to look presentable. Whomp whomp.
I also plan on bringing the iPad. As nice as it was to nap on and off during my 12 hours in the hospital pre baby, I had a lot of time where I was bored. So having some mindless entertainment might be nice. I can play games or watch some shows on Hulu. Plus the iPad holds a charge better than my phone, so I can get better use from it.