I guess I forgot to mention that we had a BABY! Jake was born on June 1 at 9:39AM. He’s just the best.
Here he is about an hour old:
Before I completely forget everything I want to make notes of the things I needed or wanted in the hospital (it’s actually a pretty short list), and the things I packed that I absolutely did not need (a pretty long list).
Before Jake was born I of course scoured the Internet and friends for ideas of what I should bring to the hospital. What I got from my search was basically: Pack as little as possible (essentially take an empty suitcase), but don’t forget these 139837493784938 things. Hm.
When it came down to it, I needed close to nothing. I used everything the hospital provided and felt too miserable to even care about anything else. Here’s what I was glad to have:
Chapstick Even though my sister-in-law highly encouraged having some, I was totally chapstick-less. A dozen different lipgloss and lipstick? Oh yea. But not a simple chapstick. It was like being in the middle of a 19-hours-of-labor-Sahara. Thankfully, my mom handed over her Sugar. Ah, relief. I reapplied constantly.
Two phone chargers Every recommendation said “Don’t forget your phone charger!”. Absolutely. But I would say next time (huh?), we need two chargers. Both of our phones were going crazy, and Josh spent some time watching movies on the iPad while I slept. More juice would have been nice.
NO pajamas/lounge wear I packed 2 different pairs of black lounge pants, a cute pair of baby blue (of course) PJ’s my mom got me from Soma, 4 different nursing tanks, 5 pairs of undies, and 1 pair of socks.
I didn’t touch any of it.
Just the hospital gown, thanks. I felt too gross and tired to even bother putting something cute on. Plus there’s way too much doctor and nurse action (not to mention bodily fluids) that wearing their gown was by far the best choice. Weird mesh underwear? Bring it on.
A pretty robe The one thing I was SUPER glad I had was the Natori robe my parents got me for Mother’s Day this year. It was a great to have on when visitors started to come by because, a.) it gave me a pop of color and made me look a little less exhausted b.) it helped to cover up any random flaps or openings in the lovely hospital gown. (Here’s a fun robe.)
Cute earrings? (or something that makes you feel nice) OK this is totally stupid, but since my water broke at school, I was still wearing all of my jewelry from work that day when we got to the hospital. Immediately the the nurses made me take my watch and bracelets off, but didn’t say anything about the earrings.
I kept them in the entire time. Labor and delivery. Nineteen hours. I don’t really know why, but they made me feel pretty and kinda confident. Which I think was weirdly empowering and helped me get my Jake out really quick (11 pushes, but who’s counting).
Toiletries I packed my standard jumbo toiletry pack that I take on every trip. Standing up and getting ready wasn’t something I was really able to do for more than about 5 minutes, so I only ended up using a couple of things from my bag: toothbrush & toothpaste, deodorant, face wipes, and moisturizer.
I also threw together a few basic makeup items before we rushed to the hospital: foundation, concealer, blush, easy eyeshadow, and mascara.
A clean shirt (or something simple to go home in) We were so eager to get out of the hospital. We woke up early and got a move on with all the checkout procedures. I of course packed several outfit choices for baby Jake and myself for this momentous event! Well, really it wasn’t that big a deal– we were just going 8 miles to our house where we’d be sleeping and lounging.
For me… Next time I’d pack ONE clean (maternity) black shirt and wear the same pants I wore in, or just a simple black cotton pullover (maternity) dress.
For baby… Well, poor Jake. The cute Going Home Outfit (size Newborn) we went out and specially bought was way too big (even though he was over 8 pounds). He had also just gotten circumcised that morning and was in no mood for dress-up. Did I mention we were super eager to go home? The resulting outfit was this:
And that’s it! Next time I will be packing extra light and not worrying about the rest. If you really need something, that’s what your friends, family, and Target are for.
One other thing I found it helpful to designate certain tasks to certain people. Years ago before I was pregnant, maybe before I was even married, I told my sister she was in charge of making sure I looked halfway decent when I gave birth. I wanted to look good for my babies….and of course in the million of pics that are taken of you in the hospital that you’ll have forever!
Sure enough, when we were getting close to delivery, my sis came in with my mom and sis-in-law and washed my face, put on a fresh coat of light makeup, and fluffed up my hair. Josh thought this was totally ridiculous, but again I think it helped get me in the zone and ready to deliver a baby.
Also, a few weeks before my due date, my sister put herself in charge of being camerawoman in the hospital. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but now we have some really cool pictures of some of the smaller details of that great day. It was also really nice because she relieved Josh of the camera so he could soak up the moment with our families.