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Finally Packing My Hospital Bag...

on Tuesday, 05 February 2013.

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I am now 38 weeks pregnant which technically could mean that Baby Number Two could arrive at any time.  I don't actually think this will happen as my body hasn't experienced labour before and I had Mads at 39 weeks via elective c-section without so much as a twinge- but still I think it is about time I got prepared.

With that in mind, this weekend I finally got round to packing my hospital bag.  I most certainly am not one of these ladies that pack their bags ridiculously early, in fact I only live about 7 minutes drive away from our hospital so even if I was to go into labour I definitely would have time to get everything packed.  Still, there is something really exciting about deciding on the little outfits that our new little lady will wear on the first day she is born and when she first meets her big sister.

Also because I am having another caesarian we will more than likely be in hospital for a couple of days, so I am all stocked up and ready now.  Unless I discharge myself after a day like last time which Mr E has told me in no uncertain terms that I am not allowed to do.

Due to the fact that the hospital is so busy, my section isn't for another couple of weeks, so hopefully I won't go into labour beforehand, but if I do my bag is packed ready.  And I am so ready as well to meet our new little person and also not have this big heavy bump anymore!

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I have tried to pack as light as I can but I still have managed to fill two bags worth of things.  My hospital bags are by Pink Lining, and although one is meant as a laptop bag, for the purposes of my hospital stay it contains all my toiletries, breast pads etc.

I have got a few little babygrows of different colours etc for the hospital.  I have decided that baby's first outfit will be the most adorable little floral vintage babygrow from The Essential One. It is incredibly soft, and comes with a matching hat so perfect if it is a bit chilly in the hospital.  I chose this one partly because it was so cute and partly because The Essential One make by far the softest and comfiest clothes I have found.  They also come with little matching bags, so I have put a couple of scratch mitts etc in the bag to take with me, and an extra hat.

I also have another couple of babygrows as well, all being well we should only be in hospital two nights but to be on the safe side I have 4 babygrows with me.  I also have her little going home outfit as well and a snow suit for when we put her in the car.  Luckily I didn't have to buy this as Mads was born in December so we have her old one.

I have four vests for the baby packed, all washed so they are nice and soft, I went for short sleeved ones as last time I remember the hospital was boiling.  

I have the usual things like breast pads, a pack of nappies and toiletries for me like shampoo as after 24 hours with a c-section they encourage you to get up and have a shower.  Which is the most painful thing ever but you soon get used to walking again!  I have only taken one pack of nappies as they take up so much space but there are shops about so I am sure if I got desperate Mr E could go out for me! 

I am planning on breastfeeding all being well, and last time for a good week or so it was so painful it made my toes curl.  I didn't buy Lansinoah cream for a few days afterwards last time, when I sent my Mum to the shop for emergencies!  This time I have been prepared and will be slathering it on in the hope it does some good.  I don't know if it does or not but I am willing to try anything.

I have the usual big old sanitary pads as after a c-section you still bleed a fair bit, I was suprised last time to be honest.  And I have big big pants in a couple of sizes bigger, not particularly attractive but when you have a big scar on your bikini line it is important to think practically not fashionably!  I will probably have to wear these for a good few weeks.

I bought a new nursing bra the other day to keep me going for the time being, but I will wait and buy a couple more when I know what size I will be properly.  My lovely Grandma bought me some great PJ's from Primarni, (Primark) two big shirts that will be great for breastfeeding as I can just open them up when she needs a feed.  Also a couple of little camisole tops to go underneath, they aren't breastfeeding ones but I don't think it hugely matters, I didn't wear breastfeeding PJ's last time and I was fine.

I have a massive muslin cloth that I bought in a pack of three, they are brilliant for wiping up baby sick, covering you when you are feeding in public or even for putting over the baby if they are slightly chilly.  I highly recommend getting big ones as they seem to have a purpose for everything.

Finally I have a gorgeous knitted blanket from The Essential One, which is so comfy and although we have lots of blankets, we have chosen this one to keep her snuggly in her car seat on the short journey home from the hospital.  It is lovely and chunky, and comes in really nice bright colours.

Besides that I have things not shown in the photos- of course my camera, a couple of magazines that I am yet to buy, my phone charger (to make sure I can tweet and text!) and a present for Mads from her little sister.

And that's it.

I think I am ready.  I feel ready for this baby.  With under a couple of weeks to go I am getting nervous and just want our new arrival here safely and soundly.  I am nervous about having another section as I know what to expect, but I have the world's best husband who I know will look after us all, and make sure we recover well.

I can't wait to meet our new little girl.

PS- Did I forget anything?  Make sure you let me know if I did!

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Comments (21)

  • Notmyyearoff

    Notmyyearoff

    05 February 2013 at 12:23 |
    Ooh that's a good list. Don't forget your phone charger! I remember the bleeding after my section and was really surprised. That's a very cool changing bag btw!
  • Carolin

    Carolin

    05 February 2013 at 12:55 |
    I absolutely love your bag, so pretty. I took breast pads, but didn't need them at all as my milk only came in once we were home, but I guess they might be useful for you staying in a little longer. You don't want to end up like a sprinkler system, haha. x
  • farfromhomemama

    farfromhomemama

    05 February 2013 at 13:08 |
    Cool bags! And I agree, the Essential One clothes are wonderful. I downloaded some magazines and books on my iPad too which I was hugely grateful for as the baby slept so much at the beginning. Getting exciting now ... not long to go!
  • Elaine Livingstone

    Elaine Livingstone

    05 February 2013 at 13:11 |
    love the bags. I remember packing my bag for the first one in plenty of time, 2nd child was 4 weeks early and I was not ready
  • Susan Mann

    Susan Mann

    05 February 2013 at 13:58 |
    Looks like you're ready good luck xx
  • Coombemill

    Coombemill

    05 February 2013 at 14:12 |
    Such exciting times! That looks like a well prepared bag, all the very best and looking forward to hearing your news.
  • My Two Mums

    My Two Mums

    05 February 2013 at 14:31 |
    LOVE your hospital bags. I remember C packing her bag over and over again. It was so exciting. Fingers crossed you meet your lil one soon :)
  • Kat

    Kat

    05 February 2013 at 15:43 |
    I've just discovered your blog, it's lovely! Love the bags and good luck! x
  • Joanna

    Joanna

    05 February 2013 at 16:15 |
    I love those bags! Yes remember your phone charger, camera and camera charger too! I also took socks as my feet got cold, a dressing gown for going to the loo and a note pad as after the birth I jotted down a few things like the names of the doctors so I could put them into his 'baby's first year' book xxx
  • Abby

    Abby

    05 February 2013 at 17:01 |
    I'm sure is ready to receive the new princess, hope she is born with good health, God bless your girls and your family, kisses.
  • Kara

    Kara

    05 February 2013 at 17:09 |
    Well packed my lovely. Can't see anything you have missed. With Addy we went through 7 baby grows in first 24hrs. Cross fingers next baby is not sickly. I love the essential one. Can't wait to find out what we are having so I can make some purchases.

    Only thing is snacks. Always need snacks. So excited to meet your little girl x
  • lucy at dear beautiful boy

    lucy at dear beautiful boy

    05 February 2013 at 20:02 |
    Wow! You travel light. I think I took more baby clothes than that and I wasn't anticipating staying in either time. With the little man I stayed overnight and the hubby brought more stuff in with him the second day. I only stayed on for 12 hours with the little miss and we still got through 3 vests and 2 baby grows. We were caught out by those horrendous first poos!!!
    But I think it looks like you have everything in there. I didn't use lanolin with the little man at all, but I used it from day 2 with the little lady. Her latch has always been better than his was, but I would definitely say the lanolin helped as my boobs got used to the abuse again.
    Eeeeek, so exciting. I do love packing the hospital bag, it's so exciting. X
  • Stephanie

    Stephanie

    06 February 2013 at 00:52 |
    I love your hospital bags! They are so cute! You're very smart to get the Lansinoh ahead of time. I made the same mistake last time and waited several days to get it until breastfeeding was unbearable.
  • caroline

    caroline

    06 February 2013 at 08:54 |
    Aw, such cute bags! :)
    We've finished packing our bags and am so glad you have two as so do I and I didn't know if I'd over packed!lol
    Can't say that you've forgotten anything. The only thing thats that my friend mentioned to me were a notebook and pen for any notes etc and also some munchies. :)
    Can't believe how close you are, so exciting! Am sure everything will be well for you. :)
    Caroline.x
  • Mascara and Mud

    Mascara and Mud

    06 February 2013 at 09:11 |
    not sure...but...AAARRRGGHHHHH! How exciting!!! Good luck with it all xxxxx
  • CherryBlossomRain

    CherryBlossomRain

    06 February 2013 at 10:25 |
    I love the bags! Its getting all so exciting now! Definitely remember the phone charger as someone else pointed out! Looks like you have it all covered though! x
  • Lynn @ more4mums

    Lynn @ more4mums

    06 February 2013 at 14:03 |
    They are really cute bags, you seem to have everything covered. I love the supersize muslins they are so versatile and really useful.
  • Emma

    Emma

    06 February 2013 at 23:34 |
    Eeeek so exciting! I love those pink lining bags by the way :) x
  • RichmondMummy

    RichmondMummy

    07 February 2013 at 12:47 |
    Ooh so close! Definitely bring snacks (hospital food is rubbish and the portions are WAY too small for a breast feeding new mamma!) and also, bring a pillow from home - they only ever give you one pillow and it's usually flat and rubbish. I brought my own pillow in both times and was v grateful for it. So exciting!! Xx
  • Hayley @hayleyfromhome

    Hayley @hayleyfromhome

    07 February 2013 at 13:57 |
    Is is so exciting to pack your hospital bags, looks like you are well prepared! I am so glad my sister-in-law told me about big pants, very important to be comfortable afterwards however you give birth! xx
  • Julie Jones

    Julie Jones

    27 February 2013 at 05:47 |
    Those bags are darling!! I followed the link and bookmarked it for myself. Hubby and I are trying to conceive right now and I'm way to excited about all things baby already. Good luck to you!! If you do go into labor before the scheduled C-section, will you have the option of a VBAC? I was just curious how hospitals differ from those in the USA. I'm a first time visitor and will be back soon to check in on you!

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