Thursday, 29 May 2014

What's In My Hospital Bag?

Following yesterday's post on baby's hospital bag, it's now time for the second installment - what's in my bag!

I bought the bag from River Island here a couple of months ago and it will make a handy luggage bag following the birth!

I'm not entirely sure where to start here, so I'll go vaguely from left to right....

- Washbag with essentials
- Birth plan and hospital notes
- Snacks!
- Some make up
- Belly bandit for post birth
- Old towel
- Bikini top
- Vest and yoga pants to leave in
- Kleenex for the inevitable crying
- Maternity pads
- 'You're just my cup of tea' nightie from Primark for labouring
- Old underwear, disposable underwear and pack of cheap pants (you can never have enough pants, right?)
- 2 x comfy bras
- Shorts (in case the ward is really hot!)

I'm SO ready to go to the hospital now! (Hey, maybe by the time this is up I will be there, who knows!)

Any other tips and tricks for packing for the hospital?


Wednesday, 28 May 2014

What's in Baby's Hospital Bag?

So I recently finished packing up mine and baby's bags for the hospital and thought I would share a peek into what I'm bringing with me! I don't have a huge amount as the hospital I'll be going to doesn't keep you in for very long as long as there aren't any complications.

I bought the changing bag on eBay from here and it's really good so far (although obviously has had no real use as of yet...). It's got loads of pouches on the inside for various bits and pieces and has a travel changing mat in the front pocket. Also the little clips on the side make it really easy to strap it to your stroller - so a big thumbs up from me!

So... the contents of the bag are as follows...

- 2 x blankets, one small waffle blanket and another thicker fleece blanket. You can't predict the weather here in Wales so best to be safe!
- A load of size 1 nappies and new baby sensitive wipes. I'm not sure what's provided by the hospital, but thought the best bet was to bring my own
- Tommee Tippee size 1 dummies. Not sure if he'll be into these, but packed just in case it does the trick at soothing him!
- Lansinoh Lanolin and Johnson's Nappy cream. Again, not sure what the hospital provides so thought I would bring my own. 
- 2 x Muslin cloths. Can't remember where these are from but chucking a couple in for quick clean ups.
- 3 x sleepsuits. I'm expecting a little baby so have brought 2 little ones incase one gets spoiled and another slightly bigger one in case he turns out to be a little larger than expected!
- 2 x vests. Again, have packed slightly different sizes just in case.
- 2 x hats. I didn't need to pack 2... but I want options!
- A pair of scratch mits. In case he's a scratcher!
- Bunny comforter by Gro company. Now I know he probably won't enjoy this much, but it's super cute and will make for some nice photo ops.
- LOTS of breast pads. These are tucked neatly into that little Birchbox bag in the top left corner. Can't be too prepared!  

So that's the contents of baby's bag, keep your eyes peeled for my bag in the next couple of days!

Any suggestions on what would be useful would be much appreciated!


Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Growing a Human: The Third Trimester!

So, as I write this I am 40 weeks + 3 days pregnant and definitely READY to get this little guy out! 

I must say, I have had a relatively easy pregnancy and don't have too much to complain about. Over the last 10-12 weeks I have definitely had the most weight gain (cry) but I know childbirth, breastfeeding and an active lifestyle is right around the corner so I'm not getting too down about this! I've also since week 37 suddenly got lots of tiny stretch marks which made me a bit miserable, but I'm hoping these will fade pretty quickly and they already look a bit better from using Palmers stretch mark massage cream every night. 

We've had some lovely weather for the UK over the last few months and I've definitely been trying to make the most of that and get out and about so can't say the pregnancy had hindered me that much, although a gin & tonic would have been nice!

I've found myself very sleepy again so over the last month or so have been resorting to daily naps and I have experienced the return of the first trimester nausea which isn't too fun! 

The last week has probably been the worst, my hormones are CRAZY and I will cry over almost anything, I'm exhausted then energetic, struggling to sleep and my left foot has swollen to the point where the majority of my shoes don't fit! 

BUT it's the home stretch now.. little guy could show his face any day now (although he seems pretty happy just to stay in my belly forever at the moment) and I am SO excited to meet my little guy and not be pregnant anymore!

It's been a rollercoaster and not something I will easily forget about, but I know it will all be worth it when I see my little man!