Not in your DDC, but I saw this. I am also having a scheduled C-section this time and also at 37 weeks and I am also concerned about a possible NICU stay. My second DD was in the NICU for 9 days at this same hospital, so I kind of know "the way of the NICU" which can be very overwhelming, especially when you are recovering from surgery as well. This will be my third cesarean, but my first planned one.
After the first 24 hours or so I prefer to wear my regular clothes. It just makes me feel better. And since you'll be hiking to and from the NICU a LOT, it might make you feel less exposed. I bring maternity clothes from early/mid pregnancy or super stretchy regular clothes. I have a pair of yoga pants that are not maternity that I can still wear and I plan to bring those with me.
Bring your toiletry bags. Most hospitals provide absolutely NOTHING in the way of shampoo, etc. Having all those things helped me feel somewhat human again.
I also bring 2 pillows for me from home. They are SOOO much more comfy than the hospital ones and help me get a comfortable position in bed at night. I bring one for DH too.
I would bring a camera and a video camera. Don't forget to bring chargers and extra batteries and battery chargers. And extra film and/or digital media.
Bring a notebook and lots of pens/pencils for writing down what the neonatalogist says and so that you can write down questions for the docs and nurses. The early days with a baby in the NICU can be a total blur and it can take several readings/hearings to process the information you are being given.
I don't know what your nursing situation will be, but I plan to bring a nursing pillow and nursing bra.
The hospital is BORING and there will be times that the NICU is closed to visitors and/or you just need a break from the NICU. I plan to bring: puzzle books, iPod, knitting, and a portable DVD player.
Become as familiar with the NICU and the hospital as soon as you can. Better to do this before the birth if possible. Know where the cafeteria is. Where the coffee shop is. Where the NICU is. When NICU visiting hours are. What are their policies for who can come in to see the baby, how many at a time, etc. Knowing all this stuff ahead of time means you can plan and get a sense for how to plan your time there. How does the parking work? Can you get a free parking pass if you have to pay? Maybe talk to the NICU social worker in advance about what services the NICU/hospital has to offer. We found the NICU social worker to be a highly invaluable resource.
One thing my DH did that helped us out was that he located a wheelchair for me and sort of appropriated it. We claimed it for the time I was in the hospital. It really helped in those first few days since it was a LONG hike from the post partum floors to the NICU and too far for me to walk that soon after surgery. That way we didn't have to keep hunting down a wheelchair when we needed one.
I will try to think of more things. Hugs to you. I've been reading your posts about your son and I am hoping that things work out as well as possible.