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Hospital Stuff

I was thinking about what I wanted to bring this time and decided to share what I came up with for all the FTM's as well as see what I'm forgetting from the BTDT's. You would think 3ed time around it would be easy, but pg brain makes it that much harder!

Nursing nightgown - the hospital had them the first time, and didn't the second, the regular gown snaps were kind of annoying

Going home outfit for baby with blanket in case it's cold - Southern SC you never know!

Contacts, glasses, saline solution, bite guard

Nook

Money for vending machine for hubby snacks - or maybe I'll bring some food for him this time Smile

shampoo, conditioner, body wash

slippers, and extra socks

phone and charger

I think that might be it for me. I am having a planned c. If you are having a vaginal birth I'm sure your list will be different. My first time I brought so much junk I didn't need. The second time I was mad that I didn't bring a nursing gown since they no longer had them. And Hubby has had to go hungry quite a bit since he can't leave me alone with the baby for the first 24 hours. I'm going for perfection this time. We'll see how I do. Smile Can't wait to see your lists!

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Camera!

I'm also bringing an extra outfit in case they do newborn pics at the hospital (but I really doubt they do).

I'm bringing nursing pads because I'm not sure how leaky my boobs might be!

Hairbrush?

Little gifts for my kids from their new brother (I'm going to make them beaded necklaces and/or bracelets)

Maybe chapstick

Possibly a book for me to read if labor takes a while

My booklet thing I got after confirming I'm pregnant says old panties since they're likely to get ruined from all the bleeding.

And some people like bringing some sort of music (Ipod, MP3 player, etc)

This is my 3rd baby too and the first time I brought WAY too much stuff (like 2-3 outfits for me and really I only used one when I went home!) The 2nd time I brought less and I think I did better on that because I didn't have as much to keep track of when it was time to leave.

Also, as far as I know, hospitals still don't like it if you wear jewelry during labor (swelling) so you will either want to leave rings, necklaces, watches, etc at home, or bring a little baggie to put them in and put that in your bag after being admitted or give it to DH to hold (of you can trust him not to lose it ha ha)!

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I was just thinking about this today and totally panicking because I really couldn't remember what I needed to bring! I have a bad case of pg brain! All I can remember is that I way overpacked last time and didn't bring any snacks. Both DH and I were starving...the graham crackers and apple juice that the nurse brought us seemed like heaven! Your lists seem pretty good, I can't really think of anything to add.

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good point about leaving jewelry at home! i remember being a little worried about my rings and watch making it from L&D to post partum and back home...one less thing to think about if i just leave them at home to begin with.

here's my list (i hate hospital gowns, so i take my own clothes to wear):
2-3 pairs of pj pants
2-3 nursing tanks
undies
socks and slippers
going home outfit for me (i like to look sorta cute for the "in the car" and "front porch" photos, so i wear jeans and black sweater or something along those lines.)
going home outfit for baby
toiletries (i buy travel-size of shampoo, toothpaste, face wash, etc., so i can have them packed in my hospital bag and don't have to think about what to grab when i'm in labor. i even buy an extra toothbrush, hairbrush, etc. and have them all in there.)
lanolin for sore nipples
breast pads
ipod
camera
cell phone and charger

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SOOOO glad that (3rd time is a charm) and I KNOW I can't nurse, I don't have to worry about bringing stuff for nursing/sore & leaky boobies!

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I thought it was really funny, I saw a list of what to bring somewhere and on the list was a bottle of champagne! I was like, "gee, I don't think that is a necessity!" I don't think most hospitals would approve of that either! Weird!

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My mom reminded me to bring sanitary napkins. she the hospital usually gives you one, but take a brand you like. much more comfortable and a heating pad or hot water bottle is a good one I have seen.

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I forgot to mention, if you're doing a baby book, bring it to the hospital so they can stamp your LO's feet prints in it! I had it done with DD1 but didn't have my book with DD2 so I just have paper in it.

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I need to throw a bag of stuff together. I remember with my first, I had my hospital bag packed and ready to go 8 weeks before hand...lol Smile I have not given it much thought this time...probably should though! I know I pack less and less each time.

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"StarGazer78" wrote:

I thought it was really funny, I saw a list of what to bring somewhere and on the list was a bottle of champagne! I was like, "gee, I don't think that is a necessity!" I don't think most hospitals would approve of that either! Weird!

that is funny! i do know a girl who popped open a bottle of champagne in her hospital room within hours of her daughter being born. her delivery was like a big party! she had about 8-10 people in the room and they were all drinking bubbly and toasting the new baby. i'm pretty surprised the hospital allowed such festivities! i don't know her well and wasn't invited to the party...only know this from seeing her photos of it all on FB. Smile

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I'm guessing she wasn't bf'ing! Smile
Heidi, I'm curious what makes it into your hospital bag, you must have a good system by now. Smile And why is Finn the grand finale, was it a number you were going for, an age to stop or what? This is just me being curious, feel free to tell me to mind my business. Smile

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"waitingimpatiently614" wrote:

that is funny! i do know a girl who popped open a bottle of champagne in her hospital room within hours of her daughter being born. her delivery was like a big party! she had about 8-10 people in the room and they were all drinking bubbly and toasting the new baby. i'm pretty surprised the hospital allowed such festivities! i don't know her well and wasn't invited to the party...only know this from seeing her photos of it all on FB. Smile

my hospital has a mini-fridge where they store the bottles of champagne you bring. Then they provide glasses for the family. You can bet your bum that I'll be bringing my bottle!!! Wink

I probably should get to packing my bag soon. I'm not a packer/planner though. For our honeymoon, we stuffed everything into a black garbage bag the day before our wedding.

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Meg that is too funny (about the black garbage bag). Yeah I guess I better start buying a few things and start thinking of getting a bag together. Smile

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"lmh101979" wrote:

Heidi, I'm curious what makes it into your hospital bag, you must have a good system by now. Smile And why is Finn the grand finale, was it a number you were going for, an age to stop or what? This is just me being curious, feel free to tell me to mind my business. Smile

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I usually pack some comfy nursing clothes and bras so I don't have to wear the gown. Slippers. My own shampoo and what not so it feels more like home. An outfit and carseat for the babe. Some snacky stuff for Jase while I'm in labor (almonds or something like that). The camera and charger. And really that's about it! We live about 2 blocks fromt he hospital so I guess if we really needed anything (I can't imagine what!) Jase could run and get it!

We are mostly done b/c of age. When we got married we kind of decided we wanted to be done birthin' babies by the time we were 30. I turn 30 in june so we will just make it Smile Also, we always said that 6 would be the max we would ever want/have and we are there, too! So it just feels very right that Finn is that last!

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Then you guys hit it all just perfectly! Smile And is your husband's name Jase, or is that short for Jason? My DH is Jason and is the 4th generation oldest boy with a J name. We have really struggled to find a J name that we like, Jase or really Jace, has made the list a couple of times. I just think it's really neat and different. Smile Too close to Jason to really be considered though, but I like the name.
We were just talking about how we should probably get the bassinet and the newborn clothes out of the storage room since we are at 29 days until baby!

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"waitingimpatiently614" wrote:

that is funny! i do know a girl who popped open a bottle of champagne in her hospital room within hours of her daughter being born. her delivery was like a big party! she had about 8-10 people in the room and they were all drinking bubbly and toasting the new baby. i'm pretty surprised the hospital allowed such festivities! i don't know her well and wasn't invited to the party...only know this from seeing her photos of it all on FB. Smile

My hospital had no issue with this and I was breastfeeding! I asked them if I could have a few sips and they all said go right ahead-- I was the nervous one!! As long as you've just finished nursing a few sips are fine I think!

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Holy crap Heidi - done by 30 and have 6 kids???? You go girl!!! We got married older and didn't even have our first until I was 29! Smile

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Dh is actually named Jason. I am the only one who calls him Jase! Sawyer's middle name is Jacen, so same name but with a little different spelling!

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I didn't have my first until I was 27! That's awesome, though. I wanted to be done before I was 34 (had Eric when I was 30) but had some issues come up that stood in the way of that happening, and then we were were surprised by this one much later than I had ever imagined. Didn't think I needed birth control anymore but apparently I still do, LOL.

I really need to get my bag packed. Thanks for posting your lists, ladies. I have something good to go off of now. Smile

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"critterskunky" wrote:

My hospital had no issue with this and I was breastfeeding! I asked them if I could have a few sips and they all said go right ahead-- I was the nervous one!! As long as you've just finished nursing a few sips are fine I think!

yeah, i allow myself one drink every now and then when i'm bf'ing. 9 months of pregnancy is long enough to go without a glass of wine! Wink

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Just thought about packing my bag now that I'm 3cm and could have this baby any day...but I need to make a list! I do know I won't bring as much as I have in the past. The hospital provides quite a bit!

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"waitingimpatiently614" wrote:

yeah, i allow myself one drink every now and then when i'm bf'ing. 9 months of pregnancy is long enough to go without a glass of wine! Wink

I hear ya! Before I got pregnant we had went to a winery and got a case of this dessert wine we LOVE--and the bottles have just been sitting there staring at me! Can't wait to have a glass!