Expected Calendar – Week 32

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Hospital Cleaning

OK. OK. IT’S TIME TO GIVE THEM A HOSPITAL BED.

People have been pleading for this, and I want to keep until the week that I, you know, carried my medical wallet, apparently most of you like to be quick and carry very fast. Or you just plan to think about it for five or six weeks. (Which I agree with.)

If you are looking for the BEST list – a list written for people, and for people – do not look again here, written by Emily at not that you asked … He asked the hospital bag to pack instructions for his readers, and OH, BUT IT WAS A POINT. More tips. The result is… longer. Yes. And it would take a huge suitcase to bring EVERYTHING there, but you should still print the list, read Emily’s comments and comments on each item, and edit what you want and write from there.

That said, I too have my own opinions that I need to listen to. It’s in my contract. Who is in my head. I consider it very important.

THINGS I BROUGHT TO THE HOSPITAL WOULDN’T HAVE BEEN WITHOUT IT.

  • Chapstick
  • Tennis ball back massage during delivery
  • Socks / slippers and bathtubs. No one came home with me, thanks to The Grossness, but I was glad to have them.
  • Fourteen million hair cups and rubber bands
  • Shampoo, face soap, deodorant, body lotion and makeup
  • Nursing pillow
  • Nipple cream
  • Camera, video camera, extra batteries and / or charging cable both.
  • iPod
  • Mobile phone
  • Extremely stretchy outfits for expectant mothers non-tummy tucked at home

THINGS I BROUGHT TO THE HOSPITAL TO LEAVE HOME

  • Books, magazines, blank thank you cards, magazines, Soduku puzzles. My brain was VERY BAD after that and I couldn’t focus on anything, including Us Weekly. I spent my free time looking up at the sky or sleeping instead.
  • My nightgown. Again, The Grossness. You can’t believe it. I would rather wear 12 hospital gowns than my own clothes, regardless of age and ugliness. At least it was easy to call the nurse and ask for my fourth coat in two hours – I would put on my coat for 45 minutes before burning it and hide it in the trash can of my room, or send it home with instructions to burn it. And Never Say This Again.
  • My underwear and sheets. Exactly.
  • Sniffing. We made a special trip to go for a snack. I was convinced that Jason would need some snacks. Everyone tells you that your partner needs a snack! So we had a plastic bag of snacks that are usually not eaten, except for at least one granola. Jason lost his appetite during my work (HA HA), and since I was given liquid food after my emergency, I would have cried if he had eaten in front of me, so he quickly went to eat at a nearby local restaurant. Sure, she lost 10 pounds while I was in the hospital for four days, but mostly it was a pregnancy weight that had to go away.
  • Nursing bra and blankets on the breast. My milk did not come in when I was in the hospital. It’s better than an apology, I think, but I wish someone would have told me it was possible.

THINGS I WOULDN’T RETURN TO THE HOSPITAL AND KILLED (What I Bring Now, Yippee!)

  • Towels. I really enjoyed my first menstrual period after birth. I felt so dirty and so dirty and so dirty … what is it? All my hospital would give me was a small, thin, clean towel and washcloth. There are no large towels. Useless. Yuck.
  • My pillow. Medical pillows are comfortable and flat. And I’m pretty sure I can keep the pillow from ruining The Grossness. (Maybe I’ll bring it but I’ll leave it in the car until I get a good Pillow Situation test and then I want it if I want it.)
  • Laptop. My hospital has wifi now! Maybe my brain will be able to read Us Magazine ONLINE.
  • Dry shampoo / baby powder. Thanks to making my oily head look better before I let myself take a shower.
  • Probiotic crack. This is very important – you are given a few antibiotics later and this may increase your chances of getting a yeast infection from nursing.
  • Pacifier. I KNOW. Evil. Errors. Breast disorders, depression, misfortune, and so on. I let my baby breastfeed and nursed for hours and hours at the end, even though my gut was dry. I broke down and bled profusely and almost stopped nursing. I give them permission to THINK of the cleaning offer instead of my nipple this time.
  • Sleeping mask. Stupid lights and sunlight and everything, I want mah SLEEP.

What else to consider bringing to the hospital? MORE PLACES IN YOUR BAG. You will want to sweep your room before you leave. I can’t stress this enough. Take everything. Diapers, towels, nappies, plastic starting pockets, sanitary pads, mesh panties, bed linens, breast augmentation, ANYTHING UNKNOWN. My nurse helped me put everything in my pocket, explaining that my insurance had already paid for all these items, and that they were not allowed to use it on other patients. So welcome! Take it all! It’s swag! Other… barren.



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