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And now -- BABY! I am ecstatic about this new chapter in my life. I know this journey includes many changes, but I know it will be amazing!

31 Weeks and Hospital Bag!!

September 29, 2013 | 07:11 PM

I have been incredibly busy with school the past few weeks. It has been my life and wish that were not the case. I need to remember how to separate my job and my life, but that is currently proving to be a difficult task for me.

I think the stress and exhaustion I feel after a day of school is causing my emotions to go crazy, as if they are not crazy already, thanks to Baby Titus. I cry every single night and some nights are worse than others. Poor Hubby Ben. He is such a trooper, let me tell you.

After a restful weekend, I am feeling better. I am now only "pregnant lady emotional" rather than "exhaustion stress and pregnant lady emotional." That will change tomorrow evening, as tomorrow is Monday and back to school. I cannot imagine how my final month of pregnancy will be, being even bigger and more sore than I am currently. Yikes!!

I cannot believe I am 31 weeks through my crazy Baby Journey!! It has been amazing!! To think I only have nine weeks left makes me incredibly nervous! Ben and I have our first class coming in up in two weeks, and I am hoping to feel much more confident after this. I currently feel very unprepared.

I have already started doing some research on how to prepare for the hospital and what to pack in my hospital bag. I have read that I should have my bag packed and in the vehicle by 35 weeks. Holy cow!! That thought makes me so nervous I get sweaty!!

Here is my favorite list I have found. I should probably seek advice from other Mommies and perhaps create a mixture of this list with a few of the others I have come across recently.

The Must Have List:

insurance info / hospital forms / birth plan

2-3 pairs of warm, nonskid socks that can get ruined (for walking the halls)

a warm robe or sweater you don't mind sacrificing to the cause

2 maternity bras / nursing pads (you will appreciate the support and leak-protection)

lip balm (hospitals are very dry)

toiletries / personal items -- hairbrush, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, face wash, makeup (as if), shampoo, conditioner, lotion (travel-sized products are your friends)

headband / ponytail holder (avoid clips -- they'll probably poke you)

sugar-free hard candy to keep your mouth moist during labor (candy with sugar will make you thirsty)

pen and paper

lots of change for the vending machines and snacks (you'll probably be hungry after labor)

cell phone and charger / phone numbers of people to call after birth

camera / memory card / camcorder / battery or charger

a gym bag packed with a change of clothes / basic hygiene products for Hubby Ben

The Take It or Leave It List:

extra pillow (with a case that can get ruined)

comfortable going-home clothes

bath towel (the hospital will likely supply a small, very thin one)


heavy flow sanitary pads (the hospital supplies these things, but bring your own if you're picky)

a few pairs of maternity undies that can get ruined

a ruin-able nightgown

breast pump, if you plan to use one

slippers that can get dirty

very light reading (think magazines and newspapers)

Pod (loaded with your favorite tunes)

The Leave At Home List:

any clothes or nighties you really like (they will get ruined)

The Bring For Baby List:

approved car seat

a coming-home outfit

warm blankets (for the ride home)

outdoor gear like a snowsuit and hat, as seasonally appropriate (babies are extra sensitive to cold)

As I read over this large list, I become overwhelmed all over again. I really need to get busy!! I want to feel prepared for myself, for Hubby Ben, and for Baby Titus.

Turbo Teacher




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