- How far along? 37 weeks
- Gender? Still a sweet baby boy.
- Appointments? I am now going to appointments weekly (AH!) and at my 9 month/36 week appointment last week, things still seemed to be right on track. I measured exactly at 36 weeks, found his heartbeat immediately, all of my vitals were great – and it was confirmed I’ve started to drop! My next appointment is tomorrow morning and I’m hoping it goes just as well.
- Baby & Bump Update? At 37 weeks – they say that babies can be “around” 6.5 lbs, but honestly I have no idea what his size may be. All I can tell you is that my belly definitely feels lower! The photo above was taken 5 days ago and I feel as if my belly looks different since then. Our bodies are amazing!
- How am I feeling? Overall, pretty good. Obvious aches and discomforts here and there – and I’ve been getting Braxton Hicks contractions quite often - but since he has started to drop I actually find that my evenings are a little bit more comfortable (I hope typing that doesn’t jinx it). I can now sit up on the couch without feeling like I can’t breathe, and I’m able to eat without feeling like I want to throw up – so that’s a plus. Only “downside” of dropping is that now I go to the bathroom even more frequently (didn’t think that was possible) and wake 4-6 times each night to pee… yes, you read that right.
- Emotions? Well, when I woke up today and realized I hit 37 weeks – I cried… #hormonies. But I’m feeling happy, excited, kind of nervous, thrilled, etc. for the weeks to come.
- Nursery & Baby Stuff. We are set on everything we need (at least for now)! Everything is organized, cleaned, and ready for him.
- Fitness? Still walking in the mornings - but only doing 20 min at a 3.5mph pace. I average 1-1.5 miles on the week days and if I’m feeling up for it, I’ll walk a bit more on the weekends. Its nice to feel like I’m doing something – because by the time I get home from work, you’ll find me in my comfy clothes, with my hair in a high top bun, laying on my side on the couch for the entire night (#fabulous).
Alright - now to the fun part! I wanted to share 'What's in my hospital bag'!" I first started looking up lists on Pinterest two months back to just start getting ideas on what other Mom's packed, what they realized they didn't need, what they wish they would have packed, etc. I found some really great tips and advice - and even picked the brains of a few girlfriends to see what they recommended. Here is what we're bringing....
Things for me:
- 2 nursing tanks and 1 standard stretchy tank
- 2 nursing bras and 1 ratty sports bra
- Nursing nightgown and light robe (but I plan to wear hospital garb during labor)
- Light drawstring pants and thin zip up jacket to wear going home
- 3-5 pair of comfy/bigger underwear (#sexy)
- Slippers and cheap pair of sandals
- Toiletry bag: toothbrush, toothpaste, face wipes, mini Cetapil face wash & lotion, hair ties, hair clips, chapstick, elastic headbands, travel size shampoo & conditioner, dry shampoo, deodorant, ear plugs, travel blow dryer, make up bag (that i'll throw in last minute)
- Nursing Pads & Lanolin Cream
- Mama Healing Spray & Nursing Mama Balm that were made by my friend over at Sweet Dandelion Organincs! Healing Spray: Organic lavender, organic frankincense essential oils, witch hazel, organic aloe, and. vegetable glycerin, Mama Balm: Organic olive oil, organic coconut oil, and organic jojoba oil infused with organic plantain leaves, and beeswax
- SNACKS! I've already put together a little 'sustinance-bag' to have on hand for my hospital stay. There is actually a room on our floor that is constantly stocked for the 'new parents' that has things like fruits, veggies, salads, soup, sandwiches, juice, cereal, etc. But I want to be sure I have enough GF options, too, so here is what I'm bringing along: jar of Justins Natural PB, bag of Kind GF Granola, Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas, and some Nature Valley Dark Chocoalte PB protein bars
- 1 pair of comfy pants & 1 pair of comfy shorts
- 1 pair of jeans
- 3 shirts
- Socks & Undies
- Light jacket
- Toiletries (we share our toiletry bag)
Things for Baby:
- Car seat (which is already installed in the car - woo!)
- Boppy pillow
- Going home outfit (i'm obsessed with this one we got, isn't it adorable!)
- A few pacifiers, socks and hand mittens
- 2 extra outfits/sleepers just in case he is bigger or smaller than expected
- Baby book (to get his little hand prints & footprints documented)
- Two blankets - one solid white muslin swaddle and one thicker blanket with grey/blue/white triangles
- Phone Charger
- Other electronics for my husband
- Camera & charger
- Pillow from home (with a none-white cover)
- Birth Plan (I really don't have a set "birth plan" - but its a form I filled out with my OB that I will bring to the hospital)
- Insurance Cards
OK, so I think that covers everything. I'm pretty proud of my packing-job, even though at first I totally over packed (#notgoingtolie). But after chatting with some girlfriends and reading up on what I most likely would REALLY need, I cut down a bit and am really happy to have everything put aside and packed up!
We have it all in one small "carry-on" style suitcase, and then I have a medium sized tote/diaper bag with my snacks right next to it, and that is what we'll throw my make up bag and camera in last minute. On last little note - I did throw 2 towels and a garbage bag in the car, as well, just for the drive into the hospital... not sure if that'll be messy....
Question for you readers: Is there anything you think I've missed, or things you would recommend that you wish you would have had while staying in the hospital after giving birth? I'm new at this, so I welcome any advice... ;)
Well - that seems to be it for now. I'm not sure if this will be my last monthly update or not (EEK!), but i'll be sure to keep everyone updated on things! Thanks for continuing to follow my journey. Means so much.