So with that being said, there is something I need advice on from all my momma friends.
The hospital bag(s)
When we left for the hospital for Miles it was a mad dash, pack fast, throw everything into the car, drive 26 hours, buy what we forget at Target kind of deal. This go around I have quite a bit more time to plan - so I plan on taking advantage of that! I have read a few books and online forums and baby websites about what to pack...but I'm looking for real-world advice from been-there-done-that moms. Things like this gem from my friend Carlie: buy depends...they are much more comfortable than the mesh "undies" the hospital gives you.
So I'm curious -
-How many bags did you pack? (some suggest a labor bag, post-delivery bag, hubby bag, and a baby bag...that seems like a lot of bags)
- What did you take that you didn't use? (everything I take will have to be schlepped down and then back up 60 stairs...I don't want to take unnecessary stuff!)
- What did you not pack that you wish you would have?
And any other random tips you have for me.
A quick few things...the hospital here does not have a DVD player, or a cafeteria (except for during breakfast & lunch time...it's a military hospital, so it's a galley for the workers). They do not provide pacifiers or formula (formula will be used only in the event of an urgent need for the baby). We will have no access to any sort of prepared food (cafeteria, fast food, etc) after 8pm. I will have my own room (yay - I don't like to share).
Granted ALL of this changes if I go into labor before 37 weeks. Because this hospital isn't equipped with a NICU, if I go into labor before 37 weeks they will not even allow me to labor at the hospital...they'll send me out in town to an Italian hospital and it's a completely different world at one of those. So my fingers, toes, and legs are crossed that we make it to Valentine's Day...that's 37 weeks!