Our birthing room will be private no matter what, but the postpartum rooms just depend on the number of babies born. Our 1st night postpartum with our DD we shared with the rudest woman alive. She had the television on loudly all night and then complained when our DD fussed. Not cried, not screamed, fussed ! The hospital had literally had to tell her that she couldn't have any more formula for x amount of time because every time her baby opened her mouth she fed her. Sometimes babies just need a little love to help them calm down :/ The 2nd day/night we had the room to ourselves and it was much nicer ! I don't mind sharing, I just hope we have a better experience if we do.
Our hospital allows you to send babe to the nursery, but we didn't with DD. I'd been waiting so long for her that I couldn't bear to be apart! Also DH was with us, so I had his support if I wasn't feeling so hot or was too tired to soothe her. Honestly the first couple days she literally slept about 95% of the time and woke up long enough to eat and make dirty diapers, so it wasn't too hard to get enough rest. The hardest part for me was learning how to BF. I think I was so concerned about the "technique" that it was stressing me out.
My husband had a couch/bed in the room, but my bed was large enough that he slept with me. We live about 30 - 40 minutes from the hospital so I don't want to have to send him home, so hopefully nothing will happen before I get my bags packed because I just like having my things
I am lucky as well it seems because our hospital has all private rooms, and the hospital you labor in, you deliver in, and is also your postpartum room, so no switching rooms after the birth. And the rooms are huge with bathrooms and showers. No tubs tho. That's the only bummer bc with my first, I loved getting the tub to relieve labor pains.
I did my last load of pre-baby, baby laundry this weekend (unless we get a TON of clothes from the shower coming up) so I packed the diaper bag while i was putting things away. I decided to bring a few sleepers so she gets to wear some cute ones rather than the kind of ugly unisex ones the hospital has for our use lol I even have one DD1 wore, it's the only NB size one we ever had for her! lol
Nichole I wish I could have gotten back in the tub during my first labor, it was the only thing that helped me relax but just as the tub was turned off my water broke and the policy at that hospital was that I couldn't get back in after that. This hospital is different, as long as baby's head is engaged and not up too high I can still tub it after my water breaks!
Yeah with my first son, I went in with broke water and it took several LONG hours to dilate enough to be able to get an epidural so I was in a lot of pain for a long time, and the tub helped me a lot. With my second, I was induced for post-dates (my choice) and so I had to be hooked to monitors the whole time... not the best case, but it was fine. I did like the control I had with my induction, so I would definitely do it again if it came to that. Hoping for a more natural start this third time around!
So the last of the baby clothes got washed this weekend
I also started packing - I made the dreaded buy and got a pack of depends for myself....and of course, as I grabbing them, I run into a woman I dance with!!
I also heard about making 'Padsicles'......open up a pad, pour 1-2 Tbsp of witch hazel on it, and stick it in the freezer. Sounded like a good idea, so I grabbed what I needed to make those as well.
So our hospital has all the Delivery rooms private, it's just your postpartum room (still on the same floor, just a different ward) that could either be shared or private. I'm *really* hoping it's not a busy time, and we can get a private room.....as long as I can have some privacy to recover, and have DH stay with me, I don't care that we'd have to pay. if DH does have to go home though, we're only about 5 minutes away
......Luckily for us though, DH used to work at that hospital (worked there until November when his contract ran out, now he's at the other hospital in town), so we can use the staff parking and not have to worry about paying for parking/getting a parking ticket. Crystal's mention of the cafeteria reminded me though - there is NOTHING near our hospital - it's in a residential area.....no stores or anything close by, and the cafeteria closes at 5pm I think. I'll have to bring a few things we can throw in the fridge for him.
So other than getting stuff prepped for the hospital, is anyone getting stuff ready for the postpartum recovery time?
I'm planning on stocking up on easy grab snacks and having a few meals prepped in the freezer. Been pinning some new easy recipes on pinterest too
Other than that not a whole lot of planning or prep for postpartum. Despite a pretty 'good' tear I healed pretty quickly last time and I have a lot more support this time from my partner
I am packing a few things to make my "stay" more comfy )
Soft PJ's that I can nurse in (and may wear home to stay comfy)
Sports Nursing Bra (VERY comfy to sleep in)
Soft warm socks
Crocs (ugly but soooo comfy)
Travel Size toiletries (so I can throw away and have less to pack up when I leave)
Blow dryer, brush & flat iron
Lotion (make back rubs from DH feel better and keep skin happy LOL)
Toilet Paper Roll (the hospital's is NOT soft)
My fave Tempurpedic pillow (wrapped in garbage bag and then put into a pillow case I don't mind getting ruined)
Baby memory book
Camera & charger
Pen & note pad
Cell phone and charger
Snacks and beverages (we have a private room that has a mini fridge)
Going home outfit
Diaper bag stocked and ready with supplies: Diapers, wipes, paci, etc (going to my parents house from the hospital to recover since they have a one story home)
Gift for DD from her new baby brother <3
I am going to pack a small bag for DH and drop off a ton of stuff at my parent's house so that my DD has toys to keep her busy while I am at the hospital. We are also surprising her with a throw pillow that has our family picture printed on it. She wanted a picture of us that she could hug when she missed us. I found the pillow and thought that would be even better
I have the baby's bag packed and ready to go. Mine is in the process now. I have some PJs packed, coming home clothes, and some single use toiletries, and pads. Last min I will need to pack my robe, make-up, laptop, camera, etc.
Jo- that is interesting about the pads! I usually just stick a couple of tucks on top of my pad with each trip to the toilet, and just change them out. Your idea sounds so much more soothing with them being COLD!