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When to have bags packed?

So I hit 30 weeks this week! (yay) BTW, I failed my glucose test and took the 3 hour test last week. I will find out where I stand with the results tomorrow at my appt. I am not sure when to have bags packed and what all I need to bring. I was soo un-prepared with my daughter and stayed in hospital attire the entire week and did not even have a diaper bag on hand! I want to be extra prepared and not throwing things in a bag when it's time to go, so does anyone have a checklist I can use?

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I don't know when to have the bags packed. I think most twins deliver between 34 - 38 weeks, so I would assume by 34 weeks. However, as I sit here typing I am 4 days away from 34 weeks and still dont' have my bags packed yet. I guess I need to get on it.

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Congrats on making it to 30 weeks!
I packed my bags around 25-28 weeks: one for me, with toiletries, undies (including nursing bras), slippers and pajamas that I could comfortably wear in public and walk around the hospital in, super maxi-pads (though I didn't use them; the hospital provided plenty), snacks like dried fruit and nuts, and stuff to entertain me, like books, iPod, embroidery kit, and a small bedside lamp because the hospital lighting was harsh, and another bag with baby stuff.

I was glad the first bag was ready when I was hospitalized for a week at 31 weeks due to pre-term labor. After that I got to spend another month at home before going back to the hospital to give birth, but I was on strict bedrest and couldn't shop or pack anymore, and I kept my bags packed and by the door all the time.

The baby stuff was a lot harder. I had 10 times too much stuff. The hospital had given me a checklist and I dutifully got everything in double and packed a huge suitcase. Tons of socks, bibs, hats, booties, 6 onesies and 6 sleepers per baby, little sweaters, safety sleeping sacks, blankets, hooded towels, washcloths, packs of diapers, baby shampoo, diaper rash ointment, cotton pads to use for changing (not wipes with chemicals), the whole contents of a nursery armoire. They were born at almost 36 weeks, spent over a week in the NICU because of hospital policy, and the only thing I actually needed was one little cotton hat per baby and a few onesies and sleepers. Everything else, like diapers and blankets, was furnished by the hospital. The first few days they were in incubators and had needles and tubes all over and didn't need any clothes. Once I got to dress them, there were a few spit-up or diaper-leak incidents and I took stuff home and washed it and ended up using only a few things. I never used the 2 preemie outfits I'd packed, too tight in the sleeves to get over their IVs and things. I probably could have gotten away with even less stuff if I'd swaddled them instead of dressing them but this was a French hospital and they would not let me (they said swaddling was a barbaric medieval practice!). Anyway, next time I have twins Smile I swear I'll just take 2 hats, 4 sleepers and 6-8 onesies in newborn sizes, warm blankets for leaving the hospital, and nothing else.

You might call your hospital to find out what they provide. Some places give you everything; others are more spartan and expect you to bring your own diapers and paracetamol and soap etc.

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I had a bag "packed" early with travel toiletries and my nursing bras. I had to add clothes the night before because I didn't have enough to spare to have them sitting in a suitcase for weeks.

For the babies, I just brought coming home outfits, and the boppies. The hospital supplies everything you need!

I also packed a "daybag" right before we went, that had my phone charger, laptop & charger, camera, batteries...

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Good question. I'm at 31 weeks and need to get going on this, maybe this weekend when hubby is here.
@avasmommy - I like your idea about clothes at the last minute, I'm in the same boat with not enough to leave some things in a bag for who knows how long. I also love the reminder of the "day bag" contents. Those are the things I would forget and have to call someone for. lol

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Unfortunately with bedrest others packed my bag, and when family came to visit (1mo on hosp bedrest) I usually asked them to bring things. Smile

The main things you need: camera, charger, laptop (maybe), books to read (maybe), nursing bra, clorthes for you to come home in (I wore the hosp gown, less laundry for me, and easy to nurse in), and clothes for baby to come home in, everything else was provided for me. Smile

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I was curious as well...I didn't pack my bag for my first til very late and I figured I should pack early on thus time

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I broke down and on my lunch break went to Walmart to buy some things for my bag. I guess I am officially starting mine today.

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I didn't have enough clothes to spare either. As far as baby stuff went, I held off on buying clothes until after my last baby shower to see what I would get, therefore need. So I didnt even have clothes for them until the week before Christmas. It all happened so fast for us. I packed my bag as we were leaving for the hospital. I was there for nearly a week before having them. Our house was only a few miles away, so DH was able to pick up anything we forgot. We didn't even have our caresses yet! Smile

They really gave us everything we needed. I wore the hosp gowns. It was just easier. They gave me pads for after delivery- the HUGE kind. Nursing pads, diapers, wipes, onsies, hats, lanolin... Our hospital, or I should say insurance, covered the cost of a new set of pumping supplies for the Medela... They gave me bottles to store bm in the freezer...

The things I used-- slippers, robe, toiletries, camera, sudoku, mp3 player with audio books, going home outfits for the babies. I left wearing what I came in, minus the shoes. My feet were so swollen I could only wear my house shoes when we left.

We really could have gotten away with not packing a diaper bag for them, because we took home what was left of the stuff they gave us.

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I just read on some website for twins they recommend having the bag packed at 28 weeks.

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I think we packed our bags 2 days before I went in, though I had just been told I was being induced so we kind of had to. I had just started my 38th week when the twins were born.

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Thanks for all the information. BTW..We were told the other day that we get to pick between August 11th and the 18th to deliver. We are going for a vaginal delivery, so here is to hoping! That was exciting, but we were also told I have justational diabetes. After going to the nutrition class today I can already see it's going to be a struggle to eat right. Hopefully the next 7 weeks goes by fast. So far the babies are doing well weighing in at 2.12 and 3.4. I'm not sure how big or small that is for 30 weeks, does anyone know what the norm is for 30 weeks?

I packed what I could for the bags, but for all the clothes it will be last minute due to the lack of anything fitting me right now. I will be sooo glad when I do not have to walk around with saggy pregnancy pants Smile Oh, and I wanted to ask anyone if they ordered a stylish delivery gown? I looked them up the other day and they are VERY cute but a little expensive. I was thinking of ordering one that Is more like a dress so I could wear it the first few weeks after delivery. Whats your opinion?

One more question; has anyone delivered and then put in a room with another mom? I just found out that this naval hospital (it is very old and they are opening a new one here but I will be a few months shy, go figure) ..you have to share rooms. I do not like the thought of this. I spoke with a women the other day while doing my 3 hour glucose test and she told me her friend just delivered twins here and she was put in a room who had a screaming 1 year old running around all day every day. They were put in a private room the night before they left so they could be "well rested" to take the kids home. They also send the new moms right into the couplet care, which is going to be different since the nurses watched cheyenne all night for me while I was in the hospital. So am I crazy for thinking we should have our own room, or is this normal in alot of hospitals?

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I packed what I could for the bags, but for all the clothes it will be last minute due to the lack of anything fitting me right now. I will be sooo glad when I do not have to walk around with saggy pregnancy pants Smile Oh, and I wanted to ask anyone if they ordered a stylish delivery gown? I looked them up the other day and they are VERY cute but a little expensive. I was thinking of ordering one that Is more like a dress so I could wear it the first few weeks after delivery. Whats your opinion?

One more question; has anyone delivered and then put in a room with another mom? I just found out that this naval hospital (it is very old and they are opening a new one here but I will be a few months shy, go figure) ..you have to share rooms. I do not like the thought of this. I spoke with a women the other day while doing my 3 hour glucose test and she told me her friend just delivered twins here and she was put in a room who had a screaming 1 year old running around all day every day. They were put in a private room the night before they left so they could be "well rested" to take the kids home. They also send the new moms right into the couplet care, which is going to be different since the nurses watched cheyenne all night for me while I was in the hospital. So am I crazy for thinking we should have our own room, or is this normal in alot of hospitals?

I've never heard of a delivery gown. You wear it during birth?

My local hospital (public, in France) has only a few private rooms in each ward. It's considered normal to share a room with another patient, and a lot of people even prefer having company. My OB negotiated a single room for me. But I don't think I would have cared or even really noticed another family. With two babies, I had too much work to do and too much to think about!

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"Jayme2365" wrote:

Thanks for all the information. BTW..We were told the other day that we get to pick between August 11th and the 18th to deliver. We are going for a vaginal delivery, so here is to hoping! That was exciting, but we were also told I have justational diabetes. After going to the nutrition class today I can already see it's going to be a struggle to eat right. Hopefully the next 7 weeks goes by fast. So far the babies are doing well weighing in at 2.12 and 3.4. I'm not sure how big or small that is for 30 weeks, does anyone know what the norm is for 30 weeks?

I packed what I could for the bags, but for all the clothes it will be last minute due to the lack of anything fitting me right now. I will be sooo glad when I do not have to walk around with saggy pregnancy pants Smile Oh, and I wanted to ask anyone if they ordered a stylish delivery gown? I looked them up the other day and they are VERY cute but a little expensive. I was thinking of ordering one that Is more like a dress so I could wear it the first few weeks after delivery. Whats your opinion?

One more question; has anyone delivered and then put in a room with another mom? I just found out that this naval hospital (it is very old and they are opening a new one here but I will be a few months shy, go figure) ..you have to share rooms. I do not like the thought of this. I spoke with a women the other day while doing my 3 hour glucose test and she told me her friend just delivered twins here and she was put in a room who had a screaming 1 year old running around all day every day. They were put in a private room the night before they left so they could be "well rested" to take the kids home. They also send the new moms right into the couplet care, which is going to be different since the nurses watched cheyenne all night for me while I was in the hospital. So am I crazy for thinking we should have our own room, or is this normal in alot of hospitals?

I like your date choices. My bday is Aug 12th and my sisters is Aug 18th!

I have a chart for average babies size per week and it says the average is 3lb's 2 oz is the number for 30 weeks.

I am not ordering a gown. I have looked at them and they are cute. I just don't want to spend the money on that. I will be having a csec anyway and I don't remember being in the gown all too long with DD. I do know they had me change it several times. Whenever it got dirty, they put me in a clean one.

I did not have to share a room with DD and I should not have to with the twins. It is common practice in the hospitals in my area to have private birthing rooms. In fact, the hospitals here you give birth in the same room/bed you stay in. Except with twins - twins they always make sure to deliver in the operating room just in case an emergency csec is needed.

I have GD too. It is not convinent but I have been adjusting. I sure hope this diabetes goes away after birth. It would be difficult for me to live like this forever. I like carbs too much.

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I won't have to share a room, but I may not have any windows. They are beginning a remodel at our hospital and have boarded up all the windows. Most moms are being sent to the 4th floor, but with our babies most likely in NICU I don't think they'll send me up there. So, room with no windows most likely. I will hope and pray that you get a roomie you like!

If you want your own gown, look on babysteals.com - click on the bird in the upper left hand side. That takes you to the archives, they had them for sale just last week or two for $31, that's better than the $50 reg price. Although, many say wait to wear it b/c the gowns get so icky during birth. I like the idea of a dress type though. My mom bought me two jersey type nightgowns in 1x figuring I could wear them with a sports bra under. Of course, I think she's crazy b/c I'm a medium pre-pg, but we'll see. Might be comfy.

As for GD, I could LIVE on what I am not allowed to eat anymore. What I found was to not cut it out completely, but instead truly do watch portion sizes. I must admit my pm snack is almost 100% carbs. Either a candy bar and water or 2 cookies/milk. Otherwise I try to mix with my protein. I too can't wait to be released from this diet, but am aware that I most likely need to make changes in my eating even when I am released.

Hang in there, best of luck to you with everything!!!

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Personally, I wouldn't buy a special gown. Birth and the hospital stay are messy business. I always worse the hospital gowns for the delivery day and first night and then changed into my own sweats and Pajamas, and sometimes I still leaked blood and milk and had to change. You'd hate to ruin something you spent so much on.

Also, I would HATE to share a room but have heard plenty of women say they've had to. And yes, I roomed in with the twins.

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The gowns are cute, but impractical, to me. I wanted to save the money for stuff for babies. Smile I just wore the ugly hospital gowns because less laundry for me, and less chance of ruining something cute with bleeding or milk or what not. Smile

As to rooming with someone else, I don't think it is super common in the u.s., but does happen sometimes. I would ask if because you are expecting twins maybe you could have your own room, it would be helpful to whomever you might be sharing with as well, since there would be two babies. Smile But if there is not room, then not much you can do. But if you plan on breastfeeding, you really need more privacy, there is no modesty involved there. lol. I know they have privacy curtains, but ya know. Does couplet care mean you can't send the baby to the nursery? That would be hard. I didn't send my second son at all, my first a little, but they just brought her back because she would not stop screaming, but with the twins, I needed some sleep after that first night. If babies must room in with you, I would arrange to have someone in the room with you each night. My dh could not be there each night because I felt our older kids needed him home with them. So the nights he could not be there, my sister was, and it helped immensely. Having had a c/s bending to get one twin was hard enough, and trying to balance both is difficult in the beginning.

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Rachel,

I'm from Dallas, Tx and it is common to have your own room. Since the military sends us everywhere I really don't have a choice when it comes to delivering in Japan. I refuse to go out in town because I can not understand anything they say, so delivering at the Naval hospital is my only choice. I never heard of couplet care before we moved here last month. They told me the twins will be with me the entire time after I deliver in my room, which I am freaking out about! With my daughter they took her every night to let me rest and heal. I would have been one tired mommy coming home from a 5 day hospital stay if they did not help me out. Since we are new and really do not know anyone too well yet my husband will not be staying the entire hospital stay with me. (he will go home at night to be with my daughter. We will get a sitter overnight if I deliver at night time though). I had him with me the entire week my first pregnancy, so taking care of the girls in my hospital room alone is kinda scary!

yesterday I feel down 3 steps (in my defense it was wet and my flip flops were slippery!) and landed on my right side. My hubby took me to the hospital where I found out I was contracting! They monitored me for 6 hours before releasing me, but sitting there all day I realized that I am soo not ready for these little ones to come out yet! Anyone have a moment like that yet? I feel like I have soo much to do, but I really only have a few things to get in order.

Jayme

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Jayme, that just stinks. Hopefully room sharing is not too bad. I hope you do okay with the babies w/o your dh there, I would hope with twins the nurses would be understanding. Do they not have a nursery at all? I have heard of more hospitals doing the "couplet" care, though I had not heard the name. Its just not completely realistic. I know because I had a c/s I could not have my babies room in with me if I was on heavy pain meds, so what would they do in that case?

I'm glad you are okay from the fall, but scary stuff! And yes, when I was 31 weeks I was 4cm dilated and 100% effaced and they were prepping me for delivery, the NICU docs were there, and so many ppl, and they all told me we would have our boys in 24 hrs, and I was freaking out because we were so not ready. Thankfully my boys are just like their momma and had to prove everyone wrong. lol

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Rachel,
wow, I'm trying not to think about the doctors telling me I need a c\s. This right now is my worst fear, although I have been thinking over which would be better. It's not the whole procedure I'm afaird of, its the scar I do not want. I feel like my body has already been through soo much (with stretch marks and etc), it would be just one more thing. As of right now we are shooting for a vaginal delivery, but the last two appts baby A has been breech. I go in for a non stress test wednesday so hopefully it will be all good news.

When they told you that you were being induced were you able to go home and gather your things?

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this post reminds me... almost 31 weeks... drs have no idea when these girls will come... maybe i should start packing... so some one else doesnt have to lol