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post #21 of 29
All I need for nursing is a rocking chair, and my boobs.I do want to say, it would be well worth your time to make a few LLL meetings,knowing people with experience to ask or relate to is really a priceless gem in the world of breastfeeding.

As far as what to wear in labor, I'm usually naked by the time our mw gets to our house, so I'm thinking nothing.

And for freaking out-My biggest for this hour is that we have not gotten our birth supplies yet!Tee-Hee.We have arranged with our mw to bring them for the home visit, but that's in mid nov, and what if it's early?By some first-time freak chance?
I'm also feeling very unprepared emotionally or mentally.I have a lot of big knots to untie, and this whole insomnia thing is SO not helping....
And then there are the 2 birthdays comming up-one on halloween and the other on election day, and then Thanksgiving....I'm really thinking I'm going to be out of it at that point...I will not be making anything happen as far as that.Sorry.
I have not washed any baby clothes, cos I have no where to put them!I may put them in the changing table shelves and move ds's dipes to his dresser or closet...not sure yet...I want to tackle that tomorrow.It's just too much too fast!And somewhere in there is supposed to be some form of homeschooling!
I really just need to get a grip, find some perspective and ride the wave, and enjoy....
And sleep...
post #22 of 29
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Originally Posted by noeonend View Post
If you have homebirthed before, what did you wear?
Nada. But no pictures, either. And MIL is not invited! My midwife jokes that she can tell how dialated a woman is by how naked she is!

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Originally Posted by peainthepod View Post
Does anyone have a bare minimum must-haves list for a first-time nursing mother? I checked out the breastfeeding forum but it confused me to pieces and I don't have time to attend LLL meetings.
Must-haves? Other than baby and nipples? Hm... The phone numbers for LLL and your local LC. The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. Pillows. Personally, I don't do the whole nursing bra thing (small up top!). But I won't leave the house without a nursing shirt on. What works best is different for each mama! Hated my Brestfriend. Wanna try a Boppy this time. Maybe it'll work. Might just use pillows. Who knows. Used nursing pads last time, disposables and real ones. Used cloth prefolds under nursling to catch drips when nursing at home. I would love a luna blanket this time, but it's not in the budget.

As to what's freaking me out; no birth pool, no homebirth kit, no birth supplies. We have plenty of cloth diapers, but no covers. If this is a girl we have no clothes. House is a mess. DS is a toddler. DH is working 2 jobs.

Preggo hormones suck! I can't wait for baby to get here and nurse so the happy hormones will kick in!
post #23 of 29
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And then there are the 2 birthdays comming up-one on halloween and the other on election day, and then Thanksgiving....I'm really thinking I'm going to be out of it at that point...I will not be making anything happen as far as that.Sorry.
I didn't even think about whats coming up.. We have our church's holloween party which DH was suppose to help with but since he has work I have too.. Elections. My birthday is the 9th, DH's is the 11th, DH's parents anniversary is November 20, our anniversary is November 26th and then Thanksgiving.. I won't even think about December yet since there is like 5 birthdays..
Umm, maybe I should get cards now
post #24 of 29
I don't even remember what I wore for my first birth. I labored for three days and pushed for five hours. DH says I was naked, but then put on a tee shirt sometime after the baby came out. Whether my boobs were droopy never crossed my mind!

My last-minute panics this time around are: baby clothes for the first couple weeks when the cord is still sensitive. DD was born in summer and I think she just hung out in a diaper for a while at first, but now I don't know how to keep this baby warm while not irritating her little cord area.

The other panic is the just-in-case-of-transfer hospital bag our midwife asks us to pack. How can I keep the toiletries I use every day and the clothes I'd need to wear home in a bag for the next month? Do I just buy two of everything? Travel soap, fine, but more expensive make-up products?! And clothes--I don't even have enough clothes to wear now! Plus, I don't want to even think of transferring, so I'm putting it off.
post #25 of 29
i think you should follow your instincts on the suggestion of your midwife to pack a just-in-case-transfer-bag. i wouldn't do it. if you do have to trabsfer it is most likely going to be a heat of the moment thing and someone else can go get you needed toiletries if you really end up staying at the hospital. i had a planned hospital birth last time and didnt bring a bag at all. i just had my mom get the stuff i wanted after my son was born. the hospital has toothbrushes, hairstuff, soap, even socks and underwear not to mention baby diapers and onesies.
post #26 of 29
I had DD in the winter time (well, winter time on the coast of California) and the onesies/pants/sweaters that she wore didn't irritate her umbilical cord. I never really thought about it and DD didn't like going around in a diaper (she would fuss until I put clothes on her). We had a few sweater outfits that she wore a lot with a long sleeve onesie under.. at night she wore a sleeper.. She was swaldled all the time since thats what she prefered.
post #27 of 29
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Originally Posted by arismama! View Post
i think you should follow your instincts on the suggestion of your midwife to pack a just-in-case-transfer-bag. i wouldn't do it. if you do have to trabsfer it is most likely going to be a heat of the moment thing and someone else can go get you needed toiletries if you really end up staying at the hospital. i had a planned hospital birth last time and didnt bring a bag at all. i just had my mom get the stuff i wanted after my son was born. the hospital has toothbrushes, hairstuff, soap, even socks and underwear not to mention baby diapers and onesies.
I agree. I refuse to pack a just-in-case bag for transfer. If I transfer it will be for an emergency only reason and in that case I could care less (nor will I think about) a packed bag. I'm only focusing on the positive and I won't put any energy into thinking about the negative.
post #28 of 29
I'm stressing that labor will really get going while DH is at work, he works 2 1/2 hours away, I'm also worried that he will be in a meeting if I try to call and not be able to answer the phone or get away in time.

I'm not as stressed about who will watch the kids, because my oldest dd is 14 and she can watch them in a pinch. she already does this for doc. appointments, and has been working out really well.

I have not finished my planned to do list, I still haven't finished sewing the newborn diapers I have cut out, have finished 4, and I have at least 6 still waiting to be sewn. my house is still not clean, we are behind on the laundry, and the yard work-preping for cold weather, and I haven't made a single meal to put in the freezer.

and oh, I am so with the pp's who are homeschooling, its been challenging enough to HS 3 with a 2 year old, but adding a baby to the mix, and I have some concerns about my coping skills. lately I have resorted to alot more book work, and less hands on stuff, just because I have been so tired. I am hoping that some of the life management skills I have been trying to instill them will carry us through.



for nursing stuff, with my first I didn't have a boppy or a pump, or any special creams. I used tea bags and a dish towel for nipple soreness, and to help heal cracks and sooth blisters. My OB recommended that and it worked wonders for me. I had three nursing bras and some washable pads, but when I was engorged, I just used a wash cloth or a hand towel over my breasts. As for special clothes, anything loose, or that buttons up the front will work. I have a couple of nursing tops, I have gotten about one or two with every kid but most of the time, I just wear something I know I can get the baby under.
post #29 of 29
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I had DD in the winter time (well, winter time on the coast of California) and the onesies/pants/sweaters that she wore didn't irritate her umbilical cord.
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i think you should follow your instincts on the suggestion of your midwife to pack a just-in-case-transfer-bag. i wouldn't do it. ... i had a planned hospital birth last time and didnt bring a bag at all. i just had my mom get the stuff i wanted after my son was born.
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I agree. I refuse to pack a just-in-case bag for transfer. If I transfer it will be for an emergency only reason and in that case I could care less (nor will I think about) a packed bag. I'm only focusing on the positive and I won't put any energy into thinking about the negative.
Thanks! You guys are awesome, and I feel so much better already. :

As far as nursing stuff, I had 4 nursing bras, some Lansinoh, a Brest Friend (priceless!), and some loose/button-up shirts. Ditto a PP on The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. I also had a good pump and some steamer bags and a bottle brush because I was going to return to work. Most important to me was that I had found a good support system/lactation consultant prior to birth--I needed to see the consultant a couple times in the early weeks to really get the latch right. Never used nursing pads or official nursing clothes or other sundries.
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