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post #21 of 25
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Thanks for the reminders, ladies. I almost forgot about the carseat too! And ditto on the cat hair... ever since we moved to our new place, the floors here just seem to make the cat hair swirl around more, instead of catching in the corners. I just swept yesterday, but you would never know! 

 

EB- In case you are interested, I just got some cheap-ish wet bags from Amazon with free shipping. Here's the small one I got for the diaper bag, and the large one I got for the pail.  My bathroom needs to be cleaned too, I HATE that job, but DH has been working so hard lately so he can take 2 weeks off after baby is born, so I guess I better do it myself (it's usually his job).  I think I still need to sit down and think of a real to-do list, because I know I'm forgetting some things.... maybe I'll put "make to-do list" on my to-do list, that way I have something to cross off right away and feel good about myself! 

Thanks for the link! I'll check it out! joy.gif
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The recipe featured on this page is the sitz recipe that I made for myself.  You can split that mixture into enough for either 3 baths, or 3 sitz solutions.  I personally preferred a spray solution to a bath with DS.  So nice when you go pee!!  With my previous pregnancy, I took the sitz herbs and steeped them in a gallon and a half of boiling water for an hour (taken off the heat once it gets to boiling, you don't want to boil the herbs for an hour).  You can either sew up some quick muslin bags to put the herbal mixture in (what I did), or you can just mix the herbs loose and then pour through some cheese cloth in a strainer.  Store the sitz mixture in the fridge, and just keep putting more in a peri bottle to spray your lady bits with.  Feels great, helps you to pee, mitigates stinging when you do, etc.

 


 


If you can live with the plastic diapers for at least the first few days, until all the meconium has worked its way out, you'll be happier.  The breastfed poop comes right out, no problemo, but that meconium is some serious stainy, sticky business.  With DS, I think we went through about 15 diapers per 24 hour period.  But really, if you can stand the 'sposies until the poop goes from black to green, you'll save yourself some frustrating laundry.

 




In your emergency bag, have your emergency folder!!  I'm not actually packing a bag, as there's nothing I would need right away, but emergency paperwork is important!  Current insurance information, basic medical information (medical allergies, recent history, blood type/Rh+-, GBS neg/pos status), as well as several copies of an emergency cesarean birth plan would be good.  I realize in an emergency there's only so much they can cater to, but it's good to to have something that says, "no Hep B, no artificial nipples, don't retract the foreskin, skin to skin ASAP," etc.

 

 

AFM:

 

-finish a couple of last minute sewing projects (one more blanket to serge, and then a belly wrap to cut and serge)

-mix up my postpartum teas (general postpartum, and also a depression/mood tea).  Got the herbs on Saturday, so I'll probably try to get to this tonight I think.

-make up a lavender rice pack for heating

-bottle up some tinctures that should be finished brewing next week

-take apart and clean my breast pump and all the accessories

-make up a birthing music playlist

-print out some misc. paperwork (labels for the midwives, emergency transfer plan)

-write up and mail some thank you notes

 

That's pretty much it at this point.

Thanks for the recipe!
post #22 of 25
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We need to get the carseat inspected to make sure it's installed correctly, pack the grownup labor bag (Charlie's has been ready, though if we're going to a hospital it needs a few more things, I think..), clean house, do laundry.. Do actual research into the difference in after care for C-section. Hm.

 

Also, I hate plastic diapers. If we end up doing a section, how long does the hospital stay tend to be? How many cloth diapers should I bring?


With my first c-section I was in hospital for 5 night...that's longer than usual. I wasn't walking enough and I became distended. My abdomen still looked full-term. So with my second c-section I made sure that the pain medication didn't wear off, so I could get up and walk with being in very little pain. For that one I was in for 3 nights.
Ask at the hospital if they provide diapers for the length of the stay, because a lot of them don't anymore.
Italiamom, thanks for the recipe link.
post #23 of 25
Good thread, hope it helps me to get my exhausted butt in gear.
-clean carseat & find base
-finish packing hospital bag
-decide on a doula, met one today, but would like one with VBAC experience
-work on getting baby to move back to head down position, 3 more weeks until EDD
-find my Ina May book & reread, forget the title though
-finish canning
-school clothes shopping for 3 kids
-clean our bedroom...co-sleeper or not, can't decide...2yo isn't moving out yet
-clean fridge
-birth plan, yeah it would be good to put that on paper
-maternity photo shoot tomorrow...yay!
-do a maternity photo shoot for a friend

Oh so much to do!!!!!!
post #24 of 25
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With my first c-section I was in hospital for 5 night...that's longer than usual. I wasn't walking enough and I became distended. My abdomen still looked full-term. So with my second c-section I made sure that the pain medication didn't wear off, so I could get up and walk with being in very little pain. For that one I was in for 3 nights.
Ask at the hospital if they provide diapers for the length of the stay, because a lot of them don't anymore.
Italiamom, thanks for the recipe link.


OH! That's very good to know. I will be sure to ask. If it's more than a night, I'm not going to store up dirty cloth ones. He'll deal ;)

 

post #25 of 25
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Originally Posted by Beckily View Post




OH! That's very good to know. I will be sure to ask. If it's more than a night, I'm not going to store up dirty cloth ones. He'll deal ;)

 

For a c/s it will definitely be more than a night. I think if things are going well its typically 3 nights.

 

The walking around after at the hospital is important to help get rid of the air inside you. It is a bit uncomfortable at first but by the second day I found it much easier. Once I got home is when I started to rest up for those first few weeks. You have to give the scar time to heal.

 

I love how positive you are about this last minute change of plan, but hopefully Charlie will turn so you don't have to deal with surgery.
 

 

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