Week 35 – Finally got my hospital bag packed and ready

Finally bought my hospital bag and packed it all up nicely. This is what I included:

For me:

  • Nightie
  • Dressing gown
  • Bath towel
  • Face wipes
  • Old nightie for birth
  • Disposable knickers
  • Glasses/contact lenses
  • Snacks and water
  • Breast pads
  • Lip balm
  • IPod Touch
  • Water spray
  • Slippers
  • Toiletries
  • Nursing bras
  • Maternity notes
  • Massage oil and lotion
  • Maternity towels
  • Swimming costume top for water birth
  • Comfortable clothes for going home
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Camera Phone
  • Magazines

For the baby

  • Cotton wool balls
  • Newborn nappies
  • Nappy sacks
  • Vests
  • Sleepsuits
  • Clothes to go home in
  • Hat Booties/socks
  • Blanket
  • Muslin squares
  • Snowsuit
  • Car seat

Had our third and fourth antenatal sessions this week, which was really, really informative. We went around the group and we each told everyone the names we had thought of for our baby and how we were planning to give birth. Hubby and I said that we were thinking about the name Aron and planning to have a water birth at our local birth centre next door to our flat. People were quite intrigued about the birth centre we were talking about as they were all planning to give birth at the hospital near to their house. I think we even managed to sway a few couples into taking a look at their local birth centres when they went home.

The NCT counsellor taught us the BRAIN analysis, which she advised we should always think about when faced with something we question.

BRAIN stands for:  

What are the BENEFITS?

What are the RISKS?

Are there any ALTERNATIVES?

What is your INSTINCT telling you?

What happens if you do NOTHING?  

I’m definitely going to think about the BRAIN analysis whenever I’m faced with a dilemma.

We also talked about the different kinds of pain relief during labour and hubby and I had to present the TENS machine to the rest of the group which was fun. I even tried out the TENS machine at the class, but I’m not sure the TENS is for me to be honest. I’m not really a fan of electrical currents. Perhaps I’ll think differently when I’m in pain!

We mums discussed our pregnancies and our bumps. My bump definitely looked like the largest of all the bumps and I’m fifth in line to give birth! I’ve noticed that my hands swell up during the day and then the swelling goes down when I go to sleep. The baby is also very active when there are lots of people talking in a group, which is why, when I’m at these sessions, the baby is hula hooping, kicking, stretching and basically doing gymnastics in my belly. I wonder whether he enjoys the noise or he finds it disturbing  I can’t tell yet. But I know he loves it when I stroke him and I’m pretty sure he sticks his bum out when he wants some of mummy’s touch. I can’t wait to meet our little Boxer. I feel like he has character already. Not long to go too! I’m nervous about the birth, but I just know that our beautiful bundle of painful joy will light up mine and hubby’s life when he arrives into the new world. I can’t wait!

Leyla Preston (583 Posts)

Leyla Preston is the owner and Editor of Motherhood Diaries global magazine for parents. Leyla is a busy mother of two even busier boys; Aron, 8, and Aidan, 6. When Leyla isn’t feeding, managing a gazillion tasks or cleaning the infinite mess at home, she is busy working on this magazine and a new cooking channel coming very soon – no rest for the wicked! You can follow Leyla on Twitter (@M_Diaries) or join the busy Motherhood Diaries Facebook group where all mums get together and share stories and solutions with one another: https://www.facebook.com//groups/motherhooddiaries/