Posted in Pre-Natal Appointments, Pregnancy, Treble

33 Weeks!

We just had our 33 week prenatal appointment. Before that, we also had the last ultrasound of this pregnancy. We wouldn’t have gotten another ultrasound, but at out 20 week they could not see all of the baby’s heart and suggested we have the ultrasound redone just to be on the safe side, even though everything else looked great and very normal. We got to see all the parts of little Treble and get a couple of pictures.

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Bottom half of face

Treble is head down and slightly engaged, but I can tell from his movements that he engages and disengages all the time. This is a relief as he was stuck in the oblique position for a while and it made me a little worried he might have the umbilical cord around his neck like Note. He seems to be favoring the ROA position, that is that his spine is on my right side but he is mostly facing towards my back. Note was posterior and that caused back pain, which hurt tremendously while in labor. I’ve done a little work to help get Treble into an optimal position. While I do know there is still plenty of time for him to turn whichever way he pleases, this has been the position he is most in so I am hoping it is the position he will be in for labor and delivery.

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Sex check!

Treble measured right on track for everything, even down to the day on most things. The only thing that he measured differently on was his head. It’s measuring almost a week and a half bigger! He’s estimated to weigh 5 lbs right now, so a little bigger than Note at this stage. We could see his hair in the ultrasound. It was much longer than Note’s at this stage. We could see it waving in the water. It looked like little spikes coming off of his head. I can’t believe how much hair he has already. I really want to see what pattern it naturally falls in. Note had amazing baby hair as hers stood up at the back naturally and made for a very cute little face. We did also get another shot of Treble’s junk. I actually didn’t ask for it this time! But I am glad to be able to see it as I still sometimes get paranoid we will have a surprise in the delivery room.

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Note helped find the heartbeat at our appointment.

Right after the ultrasound, we went to the midwife for our prenatal appointment. It was pretty short, as the last ones have been, and there was really nothing new to report this time. We did meet the newest midwife fellow named Carly. She was a delight and it really was a pleasure meeting her. I do hope that she is one of the ones at my birth as she definitely made me feel comfortable. I do hate that Heather isn’t around anymore, but I hope that she is having a great time with her new husband in a new city!

Overall, a pretty good day. I moved back in with my grandma a couple of weeks ago and I just came over here to spend some time with Frank but I’ll be going back now that I had my appointment. I probably won’t come back again until I have my next appointment, but I will probably see Frank on his days off. I’m not too sure how it will all play out with how the vehicle he’s using now. It isn’t the most reliable, so we shall see if it can make the drive!

I need to make sure to post more updates as I do want to document my pregnancy with Treble better than I did my pregnancy with Note. It is challenging with a toddler around, but I’ll at least need to post pictures!

Posted in Personal, Pre-Natal Appointments, Pregnancy, Treble

Anatomy Scan

We had our anatomy scan on the 22nd. It was a little late due to me having a problem with the company that Holy Family uses for their ultrasounds. I was supposed to receive a call from them to set up my appointment, but I never received said call. Well, on a Friday afternoon, I received a call from them and they were asking my about the appointment I missed. Of course I would miss an appointment I didn’t know about. I told them I had never been informed of the appointment and they told me they tried to call me but apparently I didn’t answer (I do not remember getting a call from them, and my phone didn’t show any missed calls from their number). So why didn’t they try calling me before I missed my appointment? Instead of after? Whatever. I rescheduled, but the earliest they had was three weeks later, so on the 22nd.

The wait was pretty long, longer than I would have liked even though I chugged their required two glasses of water within ten minutes. They took me to the back and into a room where they lowered the lights. The tech put the wand to my belly and I could see the ultrasound image on the screen in front of me. Frank and Note sat in some chairs in the corner. Frank was pretty drugged up and ended up falling asleep for part of the ultrasound, but that was okay. That’s just what happens with these kinds of things.

Seeing Treble on the screen was amazing, as always. I’m always in awe of how much he grows in between scans. Of course we made sure to ask if they could check if Treble was still a boy, even though we had genetic testing done so he is definitely a boy! The picture definitely cleared up all the doubts and it was an interesting angle too. I love that I can see his feet in it. His feet look extra huge, which is so cute because Note had big feet too, but Treble’s feet look even bigger than Note’s did.

There was a scan that didn’t make the print of the bottom half of Treble’s face with his little puffy lips and his nose. Judging from that, he’s going to look just like me, just like Note looks just like me. He’s got very large, chubby cheeks already even though his baby fat is barely starting to fill in. He was measuring a bit bigger than expected for every category, but not enough to cause a change in my due date.

I can’t believe this pregnancy is over halfway done. It won’t be long now before I’m holding this little one in my arms. I really can’t wait for that moment.

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It’s a…

March 28th was my birthday. I turned 24 years old! Woot! We didn’t do anything too special to celebrate it. We went out to Salt to eat and went to watch Batman vs. Superman after. I didn’t really enjoy the movie, but that’s another story for another time. I loved Wonder Woman in that movie however! She stole the show.

IMG_7639On the 29th, we had an appointment with the OB. We went in and it was the usual stuff. Urine sample, weight, all that. Then came the part for the ultrasound. We had decided to find out the sex this time around because we thought it would help make things more real for Note, although we will still be raising the child gender neutral like we did with Note. The tech asked us if we wanted to know the sex, and we said yes. I thought she was asking as a conversational thing, like for future reference. Well, immediately after we said yes, she said, “It’s a boy!”

We were completely shocked but very excited. We didn’t think we would be able to tell this early, but she was completely confident. We get the genetic testing on the 4th next week, which will help confirm, as well as another ultrasound in four weeks where we will be able to check again for a little penis on the screen. I’m so excited that we are having a boy, but also don’t want to believe it in case it is wrong and then I’ll be disappointed.

IMG_7644At least the genetic testing is 99% certain, so we know there will definitely be no error there. She was very confident though, so that gives me some reassurance. I guess our future son is packing if you could see this on the ultrasound screen already! At the bottom of this post, I’ve included some stills from the video we took during the ultrasound. We didn’t get to tape the actual sex reveal part because Note began crying. I’m thinking next appointment, I might just leave them at home or have someone else take care of them for a little bit so Frank and I can go. I really like having a video of the ultrasound. I didn’t have one with Note and it’s something I regret. Actually, I do have a 20 week recording with Note, but they were asleep and didn’t move at all. In this video, we got to see Treble having the hiccups. It was so cute! Treble is very active already.

We also revealed the sex to Frank’s mother. I did the above then left the bottle of detergent in the laundry room on top of the washer. I thought it was a cute and different way to do a simple sex reveal. The next time we will be announcing Treble, they will have been just born! We have decided not to announce this pregnancy on social media and we will have a sip and see instead once Treble is here. We think that will be a much better option the second time around.

Only 198 days to go! I really can’t wait to hold Treble in my arms and these next four weeks will feel like an eternity as we wait for a confirmation on the sex. Fingers crossed this “stays” a boy!

Posted in Health, Note, Personal, Pre-Natal Appointments, Pregnancy, Treble

Time For an Update!

img_5631Ah! I kind of fell into old habits and stepped away from this blog for a bit. I had another appointment two weeks after I got my official due date just to make sure everything was okay. I went alone to this appointment because Frank was tired. He stayed with Note and I enjoyed my time to myself. I was able to hear the heartbeat, which was 120 bpm. Note’s heartbeat was always 160 and above. Treble measured an entire eight days ahead of where I am based on my due date. Note always measured right on time, so this is an interesting twist, and I wonder what it will mean as far as delivery goes.

By the time I have my next appointment with the OB, I’ll be 11 weeks 3 days, but Treble will be measuring 12 weeks 4 days if the measurements this time weren’t just a fluke. That’s such an exciting time because the baby will definitely look like a baby, and we should be able to see all the limbs flailing around. That was one of my favorite things about my appointments when I was pregnant with Note. If it wasn’t for that, I would probably cut out the OB care.

img_5632We also had a visit with the midwife. That helped immensely in helping ease my worries. They said I could deliver there despite my herpes. I was worried that would disqualify me from being low risk and I would be forced to deliver in a hospital. Of course, I still will need a c-section if I am having an outbreak at the time of delivery. I really hope that doesn’t happen. Honestly, I think I will go so fast this time I won’t even have time to go in and get a c-section. I have to be hyper-vigilant for signs of labor when the time comes. Hopefully I can recognize it better now that I’ve been through it once.

The midwife visit was pretty standard. A lot of history and “how are you feeling?” I’ve forgotten how long those visits take.

In other news, Note has officially stopped breastfeeding. Note would ask me occasionally if they could have milk. We tried breastfeeding again and they latched on. It hurt me immensely and they gave me this look while latched, a smile on their lips, but I think they knew it would be the last time that we would be doing that. The next day, the led me to the fridge and asked me for “milk”, then took out the gallon of cow’s milk from the fridge. So, that’s it. At 23 months, our breastfeeding journey has come to its natural conclusion. Its a very bittersweet thing.

So, that’s pretty much everything that’s been going on around here. Nothing to report but me getting more pregnant and Note getting bigger. They’ll be two in about a month. I’m not 100% sure what we’re going to do as far as a party. I’m thinking a very small, subdued get-together at the park. Nothing big, and Frank will make sausage and burgers on the grill. Quick and easy. Not sure if we will do a theme or anything yet. I need to talk to Frank about it a bit more.

213 days to go!

Posted in Note, Personal, Pre-Natal Appointments, Pregnancy, Treble

Official Due Date!

img_4602We went to our first prenatal appointment today! I thought I was 9 weeks 6 days, but when they did the ultrasound, the baby only measured 5 weeks 6 days. I have been using September 15th as my due date based on my period, but I was giving my new, official due date of October 15th. That means that I caught this pregnancy super early! We did get to see the heartbeat, but it was too early to hear it. We should be able to hear it at our next appointment on 1 March. Now that I am getting further along, I’m getting some of the nausea like I had for Note. I suppose with Note it came so much quicker because I was carrying twins in the beginning. Definitely only one baby this time around, unless I lost the twin very early like I did last pregnancy, but I really don’t feel I was ever carrying more than one this pregnancy. Now that I’ve seen our newest addition, I feel a lot of that dread has eased from my heart and I’m properly excited about this pregnancy once more.

 
img_4582I’m kind of sad to lose about a month off the time I had thought I had completed for this pregnancy. That means it will be one extra month before I get to hold this little one in my arms. I know this pregnancy will pass by much faster than Note’s, however, now that I have a little toddler to chase after. I’m also excited by the fact that Ramzi Method says this baby should be a boy. Gender doesn’t matter much to us and we are still going Team Green, but it is something fun to guess. We will know in eight months!

Overall, my symptoms have been getting stronger and stronger, particularly the morning sickness. I found that milk really upsets my stomach more than other foods, so I’m trying to avoid it and get my calcium from other sources. Maybe I will try some kind of almond milk or something. I’m sure Note would like to try that too. Regular milk upsets their stomach.

I had some tenderness in my breast, but that has disappeared. Perhaps in the beginning it had to do with quitting breastfeeding. The weaning went pretty well. Note still asks me for milk sometimes, but I usually just distract them with something else or say “not right now” and they forget about it. I miss breastfeeding them though, and I am considering starting it back up once they get over their yeast infection, as they do have it in their mouth as well, and the last thing I need is for yeast to cultivate on my nipples.

Overall, I’m really enjoying pregnancy! I hope that the morning sickness goes away. I can’t handle it if I have morning sickness as severe and for as long as I did with Note. It will be way too hard to keep up and keep functioning!

 

 

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Week 9: What Makes You Anxious?

This was actually the week eight prompt from my pregnancy app, but I didn’t have much time to sit down and write last week. We went to El Paso to pick up Note, and that really took a lot out of me as it was 12 hours each way.

So, the answer to that question… Although with this pregnancy I’m feeling generally much better than I did with Note, both emotionally and physically, I can’t shake this feeling of impending dread that’s stuck in my heart. I’m so excited about this pregnancy and the chance to be a parent again, but something in my heart tells me “you won’t be taking this baby home.”

It’s very strange. If I had these feelings with Note, I would chalk it up to being afraid of being pregnant right after having a miscarriage. But with this one, I don’t really know why I’m so anxious about it and why I have this feeling. Perhaps it’s because by this time in the pregnancy with Note, I had already had a handful of ultrasounds as well as blood testing done. With this one, due to insurance issues, my first appointment is tomorrow. I’m ridiculously excited to get checked out and make sure that everything looks alright so far. I’ll also get an official due date, as I suspect that I ovulated late and my due date is off by as much as two weeks, which makes a big difference when it comes to birthing time.

If everything looks alright tomorrow, I’m sure that I’ll be counting down the weeks until I hit 24 weeks and baby hits viability. At the very least, they’ll have a chance then.

Here’s a shot of my belly! I think I look much bigger than I actually am when I have clothes on. Usually the belly pictures I take, I’m naked.

 

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Week 7: Excitement

So I have that little WebMD Pregnancy app and it has like a journal function and gives prompts for every week. This week’s prompt is “What are you excited about?” I’ve decided to answer those here since this is more of my pregnancy journal and much easier to give my future child access to if they should ever wish to see the ramblings of their pregnant parent.

So, what am I excited about? I’m excited to have a newborn in my arms again. I’m excited that Note is going to have a sibling. I think that Note will love growing up along side someone and being an older sibling. I’m also excited that Treble has someone as wonderful as Note to look up to. Note is so patient and kind, even if they can have a temper some times.

I’m excited to have two children earth side, and navigating the challenges that come with having more than one child to raise. Generally, I’m excited about this whole pregnancy. It’s much different than how I felt with Note, but I do think that I had a severe case of pre-natal depression when it came to Note. The situation we were in while I was pregnant with Note didn’t help either.

I’m so happy to finally feel excited and in love with a pregnancy. We will not be finding out the gender again, but I do know some “tricks” for predicting gender, and I hope that doesn’t mess me up with gender disappointment. I believe that happened when I was pregnant with Note as well, even if I didn’t get a confirmation until Note was born.

Generally, I feel great except for some general fatigue/exhaustion. That could have to do with working again though and not being used to that. I won’t be working for much longer though, so then I’ll be able to rest up and chase Note around again. Can’t wait to have them back home!

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Número Dos

Or, actually, number FOUR, when including my angel babies, but this will, hopefully, be my second earth baby should everything go over smoothly.

I recently stopped breastfeeding Note as they went to spend some time with Frank’s grandmother to give me a little break. I kept pumping to keep myself from getting full and uncomfortable, but within a week of pumping, I found that my milk pretty much completely dried up. I was only getting four ounces a day when I first started, so I suppose it shouldn’t have been a big surprise. I think quitting breastfeeding is what allowed me to get pregnant. We have been using birth control intermittently since Note was born but haven’t gotten pregnant until now.

My cycles are really long, and only got longer in the last six months, and are currently averaging 40 days. According to that, my due date is 29 September. According to just the date of my last period and the standard due date calculator, my due date is 15 September, so a two week difference which can mean a lot. My last period, I bled for two weeks, so I don’t think either of those due dates are accurate. I was supposed to have an appointment today, but the insurance messed up my billing stuff, so I’m currently uninsured. I took a pregnancy test on 20 January and it came out negative, but when I took a test a week later on 28 January, it was positive. Because of this, I’m thinking I’m closer to five weeks.

I’ve been much more tired this pregnancy than with the others, but I have no other symptoms. I was so scared I would be getting morning sickness my entire pregnancy like with Note, but I’ve been lucky, at least this far. It kind of makes me worried, however, that something is wrong, and it doesn’t help that I can’t go check on the baby until the insurance thing is fixed. I’ve been kind of crampy too, which I thought didn’t really happen in the next pregnancies since the uterus was already kind of stretched. Overall, this pregnancy is extremely different. It makes me think this baby might be the opposite gender as Note, which the Chinese Gender Calendar also predicts. Like Note, we’ll wait to see until after the birth.

I’m very excited, over the moon honestly, which makes me think that with Note I really did have a severe case of prenatal depression, but because of my own pride and thoughts of how I should feel about pregnancy, I never got any help.

This baby’s nickname is Treble so far. I think we’re keeping that. Frank’s mom wanted to only use that for a boy, but we need something to call the baby. Lyrick, Allegro, and Legato are all on the list too though. Maybe we’ll change it, maybe not.

I’m going to be posting a few of the things I have in my draft folder to go ahead and keep that information relevant.~ Below is a belly shot! I’m a little chunkier now than I was before I had Note. Hoping to keep my weight under control since I don’t have morning sickness to deal with this time around.

 

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5/7 Week Belly Shot

 

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Natural Ways to Induce Labor

This is an old post that got stuck in the draft folder, but as I’m pregnant again, this will probably become relevant information. Babies come when they want, and I’m pretty okay with that. I’m not against helping prepare my body for labor, however.

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I really wanted my baby to be born on April 1st. I thought it was one of the coolest birthdays my child could get. Unfortunately, my baby, like most babies, had other plans about their arrival. I tried everything that day, and the days leading up to that day, in order to give my baby a very likely chance of being born on April Fool’s. By 39 weeks pregnant, I was trying all of these things again, eager and anxious to meet my little one. Now, for the methods that are “long term” (in other words, you have to do them consistently for days or weeks in advance) my experience may be different from others because I pretty much stopped doing everything after April 1st and then started things up again at around the 15th of April.

Everyone will tell you that your baby will come when they are ready and that is so true. They will do what they want and when they feel they’re ready they will start your labor. However, some of these things are great for preparing your body for labor, which is always helpful. I’ll share some of the methods I used and didn’t use and how I felt about them.

Things I Did:

  • Evening Primrose Oil — I started taking this orally at 36 weeks and then inserting it vaginally (as well as continuing to take it orally) at 37 weeks. I don’t know if this actually helped me any, but it certainly didn’t hurt. This isn’t meant to actually induce labor, but it should help with softening the cervix.
  • Bouncing on Birthing Ball — I did this both to prepare for labor (as Note never dropped and I attempted to get them to drop; it didn’t work) and try to help move Note from their “sunny side up” position. That didn’t work either, and I will be the first person to say back labor is the worst. Back labor is honestly the game changer for me. I wouldn’t do it again unmediated. Keeping my fingers crossed this one will present the “right” way.
  • Red Raspberry Leaf Tea — I got the Third Trimester Blend by Earth Mama Angel Baby and I loved it! A lot of the reviews said bad things about the taste, but I honestly enjoyed it and looked forward to drinking my tea. I really feel like this helped me have a speedy labor, as the week before I went into labor, my cervix was checked and I was neither dilated or effaced. At 1:30 pm on my due date when I was checked again, I was 4 cm dilated, which I believe happened that day as I woke up in labor, and at 5:55 pm, I was holding my baby in my arms. I went fast, so fast even the midwives were surprised.
  • Walking — I did a lot of walking throughout my entire pregnancy. Towards the end, I increased my walking as I wanted to help Note get into a good position for labor and perhaps even jump start labor. I also made sure to walk around during labor as well.
  • Sex — This was more for fun than anything else, as I knew after baby came it would be a long time before down there was ready for any more action.
  • Nipple Stimulation — I started using the manual breast pump a few days before labor, about every two hours for 10-15 minutes a breast. It was very easy to do while watching a show or something. I never got contractions from it.

Things I Didn’t Do:

  • Pineapple Juice — It’s supposedly supposed to help jump start labor. I don’t like pineapples, so I didn’t try it. It wouldn’t hurt.
  • Castor Oil — This was a big no for me from the beginning, as it can cause a baby to go into distress. Besides that, I was still having morning sickness and didn’t want to throw up anymore. Personally, I would suggest everyone pass on this one.
  • Spicy Food —I hate spicy food, so I skipped this one. I don’t think it would hurt to try if you like spicy food anyway though.
  • Acupuncture — I really wanted to try this, but I couldn’t find a place that did it near me and didn’t want to risk going to some amateur.
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What We Actually Needed In Our Birthing Bags

I read through my old post and saw that I listed everything we packed in our bags for the birth center and said I would post an update about what we actually did use. I’m not going to go into Note’s complete birth story, but it was crazy and lasted only five hours, in which we never saw the midwife until she caught the baby. Anyway, we were never even able to bring our bags down from the car because we were rushed into one of the birthing houses, even thought we were told we could pick which one, and were waiting until we could go to the house we wanted to bring down the bags. So we really just used the bare minimum. I’ll strike out anything we didn’t use.

Carry Out: These are things daddy’s going to have to get and put in the vehicle if they’re not already in there.

  • Towel and Trashbag – apparently a lot of people throw up during the car ride. I want to protect my truck! (I did throw up during labor… A LOT. Only on the car ride over to the birthing center however.)
  • Mommy’s Bag
  • Daddy’s Bag
  • Baby’s Bag
  • Car Seat – our base is already installed, but we don’t keep the carseat in the car.
  • Nursing Pillow – I’m taking a mombo.
  • Cooler with Drinks and Meals – Since I still have morning sickness, Frank has a pre-approved list of foods that he can pack and eat that won’t make me throw up.

Mommy’s Bag: These are the things that are specifically packed in my bag.

  • Nursing Bra (This goes with the going home outfit.)
  • Sports Bra – for walking around during labor in case I feel too hot for other clothes.
  • Breast Pads
  • Night Gown/Robe (I was going to labor in this, but I labored naked because I kept going in and out of the shower.)
  • Slippers
  • Socks – some fuzzy ones in case my feet get cold!
  • Going Home Outfit – black pants, because there can be a lot of bleeding after delivery.
  • Toiletries – toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, brush, gel
  • Maxi Pads – for the bleeding. I’m making “soothing” ones following these instructions. (I was given a diaper and it was so much better at containing mess.)
  • Hair Band – I’ll want my hair out of my face!
  • Contacts – I have really bad eyesight. If my glasses start to fog up, I will want to have an option that will still allow me to see.
  • Old Underwear – because I hear all the underwear in the beginning will probably get stained. (This goes with the going home outfit)
  • Birth Plan – there is one in my patient chart, but it always helps to have extra copies!

Baby’s Bag: We are using cloth diapers, so decided to take those with us so we can start right away with cloth. I don’t think the birth center provides as much as the hospital, so maybe I am overpacking if it actually does provide items for baby.

  • 2 Newborn Outfits – I think we only need one, but in case we stay overnight or have an accident in one. Hopefully Note can come home in the outfit that we picked for them to come home in! We are expecting an average-sized baby, so newborn size will be perfect. (Only one needed. Note didn’t get diapered and dress until we were about to leave.)
  • Mittens
  • 2 Swaddle Blankets
  • 1 Swaddle Wrap – in case we can’t get the swaddling down quickly enough.
  • 3 Newborn Diapers – we are using gDiapers. We will probably only experience one diaper while at the birth center, but I am taking more just in case. (Only one needed.)
  • 3 Small Diapers – just in case these fit better than the newborn diapers. They are also gDiapers.
  • 3 Extra Snap Liners – these are for the gDiapers specifically to make changes easier. They are only for the small diapers.
  • Disposable Inserts – we are using these until the meconium stage passes.
  • Baby Book – to record the birth details and get the tiny foot prints like they do on the birth certificate.
  • Hat
  • Socks
  • Nasal Aspirator
  • Comb/Brush – for that little hair.
  • Body Wash – we are still undecided if we will wait on the first bath and leave the vernix and all that stuff on until we take their first bath when the umbilical cord comes off. (We waited on the first bath.)
  • Nail Clippers – newborn nails are usually a little long and they can scratch their face.
  • Wipes – we are taking sample packs since I doubt we need much.
  • Wash Clothes
  • Towel
  • Burp Clothes
  • Wet Bag – These are to put dirty cloth diapers in. We wouldn’t need it if we were using disposables.

Daddy’s Bag: These are the things we packed in Frank’s bag. He is an extreme minimalist, so his list is extremely short.

  • Change of Clothes
  • Pajamas – he only wants these because he gets extremely cold at night.
  • Toiletries
  • Snacks – he gets to carry any snacks we want that don’t go in the cooler in his bag.
  • Massage Oil – This is for me, but I’m putting it in his bag.
  • Props – he has a special scene he wants to set up for a right after birth picture.
  • Kindle + Charger – he can be pretty restless when he is just sitting down, so he needs something to distract himself.
  • Phone Chargers – These are really important! We have one back up in the car already in case we forget. This is probably an item we might forget to pack since we use them every day.

So, as you can see, I was completely overpacked. We stayed for about five hours of labor and then another two to three hours after the birth before we were discharged. I felt strangely dirty and just wanted to go home as quickly as possible! I hope this will help other parents see what they really need, especially when using cloth diapers and giving birth at a birth center.