dakipode - I'm seconding The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. GREAT book, and while magical, sort of more the like the magic in Big Fish rather than the fantasy of the Dragons of Pern or something more "fantasy". I am not a big fantasy fan, but I LOVED The Night Circus.
Weekly Chat June 28- July 7 - Page 2
I'm in the US, and generally for a normal vaginal birth the hospital stay is 2 days from when baby is born-then however long you're in labor before that. Here's kind of my top of my head list for those circumstances, which is pretty thorough because I was thinking about it earlier today myself. Keep in mind some of this will depend on different policies where you give birth.
clothes to go home
pajamas for after baby (I don't like to wear the hospital gowns, and usually don't)
toiletries-shampoo/conditioner, toothbrush/paste, lotion, deodorant, face wash stuff, hairbrush, hair ties, etc.
phone/camera charger and/or batteries
Pillow (smells like home, I'm a pillow snob)
depends/adult diapers (instead of pads for after the birth-so much easier than pads, no slippage and fuller coverage.)
going home outfit for baby
hat for baby
baby's toiletries (The hospital provides baby wash, but it's Johnson's brand and we don't use Johnson's; I also bring coconut oil because the hospital provides A&D cream for diaper changes, but it's a petroleum product, which we also don't use, and honestly I never use anything unless there's a rash)
Clothes for dad (if he's staying with you)
I bring my own drinks (usually recharge or gatorade or similar-because the hospital only has soda, water, or tea) and also snacks, because "officially" you're not supposed to eat during labor, but I do. Just whatever snacks sound good, things that you like, or are comfort foods that don't need to be refridgerated or anything.
A few things I'm packing if I need them or if labor is long is tennis balls for back massage, as well as a rice sock for any back labor and I may take my own exercise ball.
Now, in my experience at 3 different hospitals, the things that are either provided or available for the stay are:
toiletries for mom and baby
receiving blankets (for the stay, not to take home)
You may want to check where you're giving birth, they sometimes have a list of suggested items to bring available.
ETA: I've never taken diapers to the hospital for the baby-they've always been provided (but again, I'm in the US), and I actually end up taking home at the very least a few days worth, but that's disposables. Some hospitals have cloth for hospital use, but you'll need a few to get baby home-incase discharge runs long or baby poops as soon as you put a clean one on-which very well could happen.
I'm so happy!!! I picked my wedding dress up from the seamstress today and I love it!! I went with a simple beige linen dress that has an off the shoulder neckline with little sleeves. Their is a bit of floral embroidery on the sides, back and near the boob area so I think it makes it a bit special. I'm really happy! The kids are wearing little summer dresses and my fiancé is wearing kakis and a solid colored shirt. Still not sure about the tie Ill post pics after the wedding
That sounds absolutely beautiful! I can't wait to see photos!!
LetniaLynn -- that's great that you love the dress! Congratulations and good luck with the wedding!
We went on a major two week vacation that was definitely one part "last trip without a baby". I was a little worried about my energy level, but overall it was really good. I was definitely a bit more emotional (teary when tired or really hungry or both) than I might be non-pregnant though. I didn't read very much during the trip. And now, I'm trying to catch up a bit. I'm going to try some of the recommendations above. The time traveler's wife has been on my list for ages. I read Gone Girl, and liked the first half, but liked the second half less.
Below is the list my husband and I have compiled so far. I have NO plans to be reading at any point in this trip but I have a life policy of always bringing a book with me when I go places because no matter how unlikely it is that I will be bored, I end up regretting not having a book.
"&" is our in-utero nickname for the baby. As in "Greg & Kat &...."
*pyjama pants & t-shirt
*long shirt for use instead of gown
*pads for postpartum
*the usual toiletries we take on travel plus shampoo & soap
*2 pair yoga pants and a t-shirt & tank-tops with shelf bras & underpants
*t-shirts, socks and underwear for a few days
*the usual toiletries
*blanket or sleeping bag liner
*2 changes of clothing
*hat & booties/socks
*wrap or babyhawk
*fabric cooler bag with snacks and food
Also most of this will not be brought in until after the birth. The hospital requests that the only thing you bring in with you while in labour is the clothing for the mother and baby. Anything else, I'll just send my husband down to fetch from the van later.
Edited by katalopolis - 7/2/13 at 3:04pm
I second the recommendation for Bless Me, Ultima. Jeffrey Eugenides' Middlesex is very good, too. I also like Specimen Days by Michael Cunningham and pretty much anything by John Irving. I'm a news junky, too. So I'm constantly reading newspapers and online news sources, too.
As for TV series, I don't have any recommendations. I'm a faithful Simpsons fan, but don't really watch much else on TV other than the news.
I can't believe we are all getting so close. I'm getting really excited about giving birth and the chance to get to know this little boy. It is starting to feel surreal again, like it felt when I first found out I was pregnant.
straws were on my doula's list for us to pack at the hospital as well. i think they make it easier to drink while in labor?
i have heard mixed things about the night circus, but based on everyone's enthusiasm, it sounds like i should give it a shot!
my week has improved markedly since my DW & our kiddo installed the window A/C unit in my bedroom. now, i just lay in front of it and elevate my feet. i find i am considerably less miserable than just two days ago.
we had our baby shower with friends, family and my wife's coworkers. (we had a smaller one last week, with only my coworkers). the "theme" was the idea of our little gentlemen. there were fake mustaches to go around, and make-up crayons to draw on mustaches. our gentlemen friends wore their best mustaches, including one truly epic waxed mustache! we grilled a kajillion burgers and played croquet, as gentlemen prefer lawn games, and opened presents wrapped in mustache paper. i felt overwhelmed by how excited and supportive people are. it was a pretty great afternoon.
here's a photo of my DW & Myself. I look like a giant nerd, but it's the only photo with both of us wearing mustaches.
Our darling son even sketched on a John Waters-style 'stache.
I joked that I was going to go to the baby shower in gentleman drag, but on the day of, it was just too hot to wear anything but a dress. third trimester with twins = path of least resistance.
Yes. I am so NOT a dress wearer in my "real life" but my maternity dresses are on heavy rotation right now. I do still struggle to not, you know, sit cross-legged in a restaurant chair with one on however!
mrsandmrs - That is a terribly cute theme and really makes a shower fun. So inspiring and creative!