Exactly 10 more days to go, if the estimated due date is correct. This past week has been particularly hard on my body. There were a few times when I thought for sure it was starting, but then, nope. It did put me into gear to finish packing the last few details for our trip to the hospital. I also finally settled on what to wear during delivery. The hospital list mentioned “a large old comfortable tshirt”, so that’s what I had originally packed. But then I found that thing so ugly. I just couldn’t bring myself to spend the most humiliating, I mean, “wonderful” experience of my life looking like that. So then this old dress suddenly came to mind:
We bought it on vacation in Greece many years ago. It was dirt cheap and I never bothered to wear it again. But it is quite cute when on. It will be absolutely perfect for the occasion. It’s light, airy, comfortable, it’s the perfect length, and at least I will retain a bit of my dignity. Not to mention the fact that it’s a very dark shade of blue, so I won’t look all blood stained when holding our dirty newborn. There will be nothing glamorous about that moment, so I’m trying my best to keep a minimal level of decency.
Here are the finished bags:
-1- beauty case
-2- trolley to take into the delivery room
-3- big suitcase for the actual hospital stay
The hospital originally provided one global list, but it was a mishmash of everything we’ll need from the moment we arrive at the delivery room, to the moment we leave the hospital. And there’s no way this was all going to fit into one bag. So, I *think* I’ve got it figured out and hopefully I won’t be missing anything.
All the details are below. Maybe it will be useful to have on hand if I ever get pregnant again. So I’m definitely keeping a copy of it.
There is nothing to add at the last minute. I bought all the daily necessities such as tooth brush, tooth paste, you name it, in double so I won’t have to grab it from the bathroom before I leave. I figured I will use it anyway when I get back home, so no need to be skimpy.
I also prepared a medium box that contains some extra clothes for me, just in case. It will be easier to tell Gert to take this and that out of the box, or heck, perhaps even bring the whole box to me, rather than having him look through my entire wardrobe lol I’ve also labeled all the baby care items that I stacked on the shelf in the nursery, so that if I need anything, it will be easy for Gert to just grab it and go.
I think it will be quite exhausting for him as he plans to keep working during my hospital stay. He’ll be driving back & forth a lot, so I’ve organized the house as much as I can so he won’t have too much stress during that crazy week. And I’m staying on top of laundry like a champ; making sure that the laundry basket is practically empty at all times. Once the baby comes, the last thing I want to worry about is having to catch up on a pile of dirty clothes, or for Gert to run out of clean clothes when he’s the one who has to go to work each day. I also thought of adding extra bread in the freezer for him, so he won’t have to run to the store for last minute lunch. And I’ve prepared a set of clean bed sheets he can use, in case my water breaks at night and we have to leave right then.
Here’s the shelf filled with all the baby care items I’ll need as soon as we come home:
I put together the mobile my mom bought last week:
It’s super cute! They’re basically little bears dressed up as butterflies. I will take better pictures later, but this will have to do for now.
The painting on the crib that’s leaning against the wall is meant to be put up right there. And then I’ll add the little bird houses I mentioned a while ago on the left side. I finally took the time to paint them:
I mixed the colors myself so they would match the painting to perfection. I don’t think it’s super obvious in this picture, but it will be lovely once they’re all hanging next to each other. This little project turned into a fiasco though. Apparently you’re not supposed to use oil paint on wood … which I just now learned the hard way. I painted these 8 days ago and they’re still wet. My plan was to paint them last Tuesday and put them up on the wall the next day. I really wanted to get this done before the baby arrives, but at this rate, it will be another 3 weeks before they’re completely dry :-/ I mean, they WILL dry eventually, right?
It’s one of those things I figured we should have on hand from day one. And truth be told, it’s so cool and practical that I think we’ll end up using it for the whole family, not just the baby. It cost about 50€; which isn’t super cheap, but still okay. I really want to high-five myself for how cheaply we’ve managed to prepare this baby’s arrival so far. When we mail the birth announcements, I’ll make sure to add a thank you note to everyone who has given us their awesome hand-me-downs.
Speaking of the birth announcement: We have designed it entirely ourselves, and I’m happy to say that it is finished! Well, except for the actual date and birth details, but you know what I mean. Gert came up with some ideas, I came up with some more, and it all turned out pretty nice. We ordered a test print last week which we got in the mail yesterday, and I was very pleased with the result. There are a couple of minor details I will change for the final print, but at least we know it will look like we had imagined, and that there won’t be any bad surprises. I will dedicate an entire separate post to this topic after they’ve been mailed!
As for today, I have an appointment at the hospital in the afternoon. Next week *should be* our last appointment, unless Sam decides to stick around longer than planned. In which case I think they’ll want to see me every day, or every other day, I’m not sure.
I can feel my body is really reaching its limits now. My hips feel so loose it hurts, my sciatic nerve is still partially stuck, giving shooting pains from my back through my entire leg, all the way down to my foot. I practically can’t walk anymore and no position is painless, whether I’m sitting, standing, or laying down. Right now I’m glad I’ve managed to finish everything on my to-do list before the pain got so bad. So I can now afford to take it easy and keep up with minimal house chores. I did have to cancel a few visits with friends as well as a day trip organized by our town, but oh well. We’ll reschedule those later with Sam :-)