We are leaving our midwife group as of today and as they are the only midwives in the area who can legally attend a home birth, we are switching to an OB and will be birthing in the hospital. I'm not upset about this or anything, but it is quite a big change so late in our pregnancy! I had set the goal to be 100% ready for the birth by 36 weeks, which was Thursday-the day we made the decision. I was ready for a home birth, but now I'm scrambling and trying to get a hospital birthing plan and bag ready to go by the time the weekend is up. I just need to be ready, YKWIM?
So, I'm wondering, how big of a bag is too big to take to the hospital? We live about 25 minutes away and with our first birth we were completely unprepared. I had my bag all packed, but really did not have any of the right stuff in there. I have a nice list going, but to take enough stuff for both myself and DH for at least 48 hours (after the birth-possibly 72-if it's a c/s), I feel like I need to take our suitcase! I'm taking my own clothes to wear this time, plus something nicer to wear home than I did last time (sweats), and DH will have to have clean clothes every day, plus toiletries for two and a nursing pillow. I don't want to be ridiculous and take the whole house, but DH and I really can't go anywhere for 48 hours without having to take the suitcase. We're not talking a carry-on, we're talking a full-size suitcase here. What do you think, ladies? Is that ridiculous?