What’s in my hospital bag..

Third time round you’d think I’d be a pro at packing a hospital bag, but this time round I have left it SO last minute (I finished it yesterday at 38 weeks), and I’ve packed a little more this time as I’m anticipating a slightly longer stay this time, (previously only stayed for 24 hours with both of the boys)..

So what’s inside??

I actually have two bags!

I’ve packed my grey Pacapod nappy rucksack for the babies essentials, and a small weekend trolley for my things, and this is what I have packed:

My bag:

  • Breastpads (supermarket branded)
  • Maternity pads
  • Disposable maternity briefs (mine are from Tesco but most supermarkets do them as do boots!
  • Cotton dressing gown
  • Maternity pjs from Jojo Maman Bebe
  • Spare pjs
  • Maternity leggings x 2 pairs
  • 2 baggy tops
  • Nursing bra
  • Nursing dress from Lily & Ribbon (for leaving the hospital)
  • Nursing top
  • Socks
  • Hairbrush
  • Lansinoh nipple cream
  • Face towel
  • Mini toiletries of everyday essentials including toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Hand, face & body wipe
  • Hand gel
  • Shower cap
  • Flip flops
  • Carrier bags for dirty clothes

For labour:

  • Spray bottle (to spray water on me if I need to cool down)
  • Lip balm (gas & air can make your lips dry)
  • Hair bands

To grab on the day

  • Snacks
  • Phone charger
  • Hospital notes
  • Tens machine (I’ve got the Mama Tens which I brought from amazon, but you can also hire them from mothercare, and local pharmacies/ websites).

So whats in the baby’s bag:

  • 3 x muslins
  • 5 x unisex sleepsuits
  • 5 x vests
  • 3 x cotton hats
  • 1 x blanket
  • 1 x cardigan
  • 12 nappies
  • Water wipes
  • Nappy sacks
  • Child’s farm nappy cream
  • Disposable nappy mats (so handy for changing baby on your hospital bed)

I live about a five minutes drive from the hospital so if I have an extended stay I can just get somebody to grab me more from home. Feel ALOT more prepared now everything’s packed! Just a waiting game now!

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39 week bumpdate..

Okay, so by now I really really thought baby would have made an appearance! Don’t listen to people who tell you second babies come earlier, it’s nonsense! 

I’m so eager to meet my baby and have them here with us now.. I’m anxious about the labour and want it out of the way, plus it’s getting increasingly hard to look after an active toddler being SO pregnant! I think I’m kidding myself thinking it’s going to get any easier once baby arrives though.. I’ll have to let you know.. 

Having been on maternity leave for two weeks now, I think I have finally completed my ‘to do’ list of everything I wanted to before baby arrives, so I am all prepared! Although it’s really surreal as mentally I don’t think I’ve actually prepared myself for actually having another baby here with us, sounds strange I know but I can’t explain it. I can’t imagine another baby that isn’t Sami, that doesn’t look like Sami, or act like Sami. Also I don’t want to devastate him when he realises the ‘baba’ that he kisses and cuddles daily, is going to share mummy’s attention with him.. he is still very much a mummy’s boy. I just keep thinking he will thank me in the long term. 

I literally feel like I’m just waiting for baby CONSTANTLY which is so different to last time as I was wanting baby to stay put until our house was ready and we were all moved in. The waiting is horrible! And I’m too tired to really make the most of this time, plus I’m so exhausted from looking after my little monkey and keeping everything in the house ticking along. Anyway enough of me rambling on, here’s my 39 week bumpdate: 

Total weight gain: 1 stone 2 pounds.. still barely put on anything this pregnancy, I’m still mainly all bump. By 39 weeks last time I was a swollen mess πŸ˜‚

How big is the baby
: I’m not sure exactly (not that they really know anyway) but my midwife tells me the baby has had a growth spurt in the last fortnight and has grown loads. Maybe we won’t have a teeny tiny 5 pounder this time! 

Sleep
: Since baby dropped about 2 weeks ago, I’m finding it much easier to sleep, finally πŸ™‚ but I still wake regularly for the loo.. every pregnant women’s nightmare I think! 

Belly button: still in just about but verryyy stretched 


Stretch marks:
babies growth spurt has resulted in me finally getting some stretch marks! Kinda sucks but never mind. 

Maternity clothes: apart from maternity leggings I’m still kidding myself that my normal clothes fit so am living in my ‘normal’ clothes’ although haven’t been pregnant/ breastfeeding for the last 28 months I don’t feel I have any ‘normal’ clothes anymore.. a shopping spree is deffo in order post baby πŸ˜„

Favourite moment this week: dropping my little monkey to nursery this morning and he just ran off (did I mention he’s a proper walker now??), didn’t even turn to say bye! We’ve come a longggg way from crying every morning for almost 3 months. Makes such a difference! 

Cravings: still don’t believe in pregnancy cravings although I do always want salty food right now! 

Labour signs: none, absolutely ZERO!

Most looking forward to: the tea and toast post labour in hospital πŸ‘ŒπŸΌπŸ‘ŒπŸΌπŸ‘ŒπŸΌ and my babies meeting for the first time.. 


My birth plan

This time around I am so much more anxious about the labour. First time round your oblivious and you don’t know what to except, plus your also more excited. This time, although I had a smooth labour myself previously, I’ve heard everyone else’s birth stories, and some are terrifying. Once you join the ‘mum club’, fellow mummy’s no longer hold back on giving you the A to Z on their own experiences. I am probably guilty of this too, although my birth story was not so gruesome or terrifying.

So anyway.. my birth plan. I don’t have one as such, and my midwife said we will go through this at my 38 week appointment, which is surely too late loads of women have given birth by then?! I didn’t have a birth plan last time either, I wanted a water birth, no drugs and skin to skin but was fairly relaxed about how I may change my mind and that things may progress differently..

So this time, I am keeping an open mind again, I’m not going to have a strict or detailed birth plan, but there are a few things I would want in an ideal world:

  • Drug free labour. I want to stay at home as long as possible using my tens and bouncy ball. I want to use gas and air if possible (only got an hour last time as I was so far along when I arrived at hospital and my midwife wanted me to use the pain to push!).. does gas and air count as a drug? I don’t know.. but like I said I’ll keep an open mind depending on how the labour turns out. 
  • Water birth. I really wanted one last time, but I got to hospital too late and there were no birthing pools free. Really hoping I can this time πŸ™πŸ½πŸ™πŸ½πŸ™πŸ½
  • Skin to skin immediately after birth. I know this isn’t always possible but I want this to happen as soon as possible even if I am totally out of it and knocked out.
  • Donor milk. If for some reason me and baby are separated for a long period after birth, I only want baby to be given donor breast milk, fed via a tube. My reasons being I don’t want to jeapordise my breastfeeding relationship by using a bottle, and also because of the Virgin gut, (Read more here ).. I know not everyone will agree with me on this, but it is a preference I have if it’s possible, not that there’s anything wrong with doing things differently! 

And that’s it! I’m fully aware that things could go pear shaped and in all honesty I’m trying not to focus on labour itself, and putting it to the back of my mind. Kind of strange when I’m also patiently waiting for my labour to start.. pretty ironic isn’t it? 

    Wish me luck! 

    That’s one small step for man.. one giant leap for our household..

    Something I’ve not really written about (and it’s not been intentional I’ve just been too busy to update and write about everything I’ve wanted to in the last few months) is my little monkeys slow progress when it comes to walking. 

    I’m so fed up of hearing the words.. “is he walking yet”.. people ask in such a way that you feel like you’re failing as a parent, not that something like walking is a reflection of you as parents or even signifies any kind of intelligence or developmental ability of your child. All babies walk eventually! It’s a question that I find so annoying but often respond with, “No, but he makes up for it when it comes to talking”. And that response is me being defensive, like I have something to prove.. stupid I know! 

    Well anyway, I’ve spent my ENTIRE pregnancy carrying a toddler around as my monkey has had no interest in walking whatsoever. So it’s just typical that as I reach 37 weeks pregnant, Sami has decided to walk! And it’s so lovely to see, and he’s so proud of himself! He still needs to gain some confidence and get a better balance but he’s loving walking around the house taking lots and lots of steps, we will have a pro walker in no time! If you ask me I’ve had it easy for 19 months as I can see how life is going to get so much harder with an active toddler and a baby πŸ˜‚. 

    I have had some concerns with his feet as he doesn’t lay them flat and we have waited months and months for an appointment with a specialist, only for an appointment date to finally come.. on my due date! Typical! I guess this is just the first of many situations where we are going to have conflicting priorities with Sami and the new baby, and I’m sure we will find a way to make it all work.. or maybe that’s just the optimist in me. I’ll have to let you know in a few months time πŸ™‚ 

    So anyway, all you mums out there who are feeling rubbish because your baby doesn’t walk, or crawl, or sit, or talk, or eat, or god forbid sleep through the night yet.. they will when they are ready (so cliched I know but also so true). Sometimes we just need to take a step back, put things into perspective and ignore negatively from others… 

    I have no actual photos of him walking yet..