I may be getting ahead of myself here, but today I was reading about what to bring to the hospital/birthing center and I began to wonder if I should invest in another set of luggage.
Here is the list I started based on the interweb and its plethora of “what-to-bring” advice:
Suggested Packing List
3. Warm socks
4. Food for Austin (because his appetite is my chief concern)
5. Tennis balls
7. Every toiletry I’ve ever owned
8. Hand fan
10. All baby supplies and clothes
11. Baby reference book
12. Colored pillows
14. Camera charger
15. Video camera
16. Signed copies of birth plan
17. Filled water bottles
18. Waterproof pads for the ride home (what now?)
19. Loose fitting clothes
20. Wedding photo
21. Massage oils
22. Scented candles
23. Car seat
24. Birth announcements
25. Phone numbers
26. Tub-“if not available at hospital”
29. Swimsuits (note the plural)
30. Nail clippers
31. Rolling pin
32. Curling Iron
34. …and finally, my personal favorite- A small backpack (so it won’t take up too much room)
How I’m supposed to fit all the baby’s gear and my clothes and a rolling pin and a “tub” into a small backpack is beyond me. Also, am I really going to need most of these things? Somehow I don’t quite believe that a cherry blossom candle and a picture of myself looking thin will do much to soothe the horrors of birth.
Within this conversation of what to bring to the hospital comes the discussion of the increasingly popular “birth song.” Rumor has it that I need to pick the perfect song to play as I expel 8 pounds of squirmy baby from my lady parts.
I mentioned this to Austin last night and he thought a birth song might be a little unrealistic. Even so, I did pick a song even though I’m fairly certain I will not need or want to listen to any music while in actual labor. You can listen to it here, and by listen I mean listen—not watch the odd video someone decided to make with this song in the background (If you have it in your own iTunes, it’s Rogue Wave’s song, “Eyes”).
Speaking of songs and babies, I’ve started a playlist of songs that are appropriate for Baby Baer’s ears including multiple instrumentals by favorites such as Craig Armstrong and James Newton Howard mixed with lullabyish songs by Eva Cassidy (a favorite) and Jewel. I don’t know if he/she can hear these songs in utero, but I feel soothed.
Anyways, I’m not sure what I will drag along come D-Day. I just know what I want to drag back. Suggestions very welcome, I have about 4 months to pack.