This weeks marks #34 on the pregnancy calendar! Hard to believe I’ll be considered full term in 4 weeks. I’m hoping our little bundle arrives right on time though, which would allow me to be on maternity leave up to Christmas. That leaves 6 more weeks to go until my due date (Oct. 25th). Still, I realize that at this point, anything can happen and over the weekend I realized I really need to kick it in gear with preparations. We still haven’t bought any newborn diapers (save for a small bag my neighbor Jayme just brought over…thankfully). I still haven’t sorted through the baby boy clothing, and I only have one sleeper set to go so far. I know I still have time, but it will be a several-hour long project to divide the closet and dressers between our little guy and Karolina. They will share a room, eventually.
The other thing I need to get squared away is the all-important hospital bag. Since it’s been over 5 years since I’ve done it last, I decided to Google “must-haves.” I ran across a website called: Hospitalbag.org with a printable list. Some good suggestions, but mostly common sense. Although, I was surprised to see “ear plugs” listed to tune out crying babies. Seriously? Sheesh. My own list is pretty basic:
Tech. items (camera, iPad, cell phone, Flip)
Rosary for praying during labor
Bible, and a good book to read
PJ’s (I usually get a new pair to wear in the hospital after baby comes, just as a pick-me-up)
Bathroom items, toiletries
Going-home-from-the-hospital outfit for our little guy
I downloaded an iPad app called “Labor Mate” that times contractions. I also just installed the Babycenter Birth Class. It’s a virtual birth class on preparing for labor and delivery. So neat! These are some of the top apps for pregnancy and beyond. I’m going to download the “Milk Maid” app for nursing moms next. I’m telling you, the iPad was one of the best investments we’ve made in recent memory. I use it for everything. Daily scripture readings, recipes, listening to our radio station (95.5The Fish) and as a GPS. Technology can be a great thing (if I could just figure it out half the time). 🙂
In addition, I’ve been trying to collect tips and suggestions for labor that will help and print them out so they are handy when I’m in agony. Ha. One of them is compiling a list of scriptures to help draw strength from. This website has some good ones.
So, as you can tell, things have been busy here! It’s Gabriel’s birthday on Wednesday too, our baby is going to turn double digits! The big 1-0. 🙂 Enjoy the beautiful weather and warm temps while they last!:)