With my daughter I had just eaten dinner shortly before I went into labor and then it was *BOOM* into hard labor where my husband had to rush home and we went straight to the hospital. When I got into the room I stood up and threw up in the sink, meanwhile my water broke! Blech, I think my husband still has nightmares about that, because on top of it the fluid was green because the muconium (sp?) had already been passed....all in all labor was only 8.5 hours and I never really felt hungry or thirsty--but my poor DH didn't have time to grab anything either so I know it would be nice for him to have something. I had fresh fruits washed and ready and some other small snacks in the fridge, but we forgot them in our rush.
This time we are planning a home birth, it was going to be at the birth center but there is so much to juggle (traffic, DD, getting home from work, the dog, etc.) that we think it sounds pretty nice to just have everyone come to me ;) Of course, who knows, I may go into labor in the middle of the night.
I'm pretty much just planning on having whatever snacks DH wants and some grapes or something easy/fresh for labor, maybe some juice or popsicles sound nice, too. Haven't even thought about a meal afterwards! But, I like the idea of having a soup or something ready to throw in the crock pot, it will be November after all. I just can't even imagine trying to bake or prepare a meal or sleep because last time it was just instant active labor (contractions about 5 mins apart and intense!) and she didn't arrive until after 3 in the morning. Honestly, I don't even remember eating anything before leaving the hospital, it's all such a blur and I just remember trying to get some sleep but being so uncomfortable and just when I would doze off a damn nurse would come wake me and make me feed the baby (who had also just gotten to sleep), SO annoying! I don't think DH got any sleep that night. It was so miserable that we checked out by noon instead of staying another night, and it definitely put me off of wanting another hospital birth.
Man, this is really happening in a few weeks! Sheesh.