Saturday, August 2, 2008

And Now the Fun Part

There have been so many babies born lately! There have also been a rash of good ultrasounds and rising betas! I can barely keep up with my celebrations sidebar! If you haven't had a chance, be sure to head on over and congratulate the new mommies and mommies-to-be!

I was trying to explain to my husband that we are kind of "next." There were a bunch of us infertiles that got pregnant around the same time, me being on the tail end of things. Now, most everyone has had their babies, so it's my "turn" if you will. This both delights and scares me.

I think that I spent so much time thinking about how to get this baby in that I didn't really think much about how to get him out. Yeah. I'm getting a little nervous about how all of that is going to go down.

I am not shy about taking things for pain, so I am not as worried about that as I am about possible complications. I am terrified that something could go wrong and Little Man would be in danger. I think these are all very normal fears in the final weeks of pregnancy. I am also starting to read chapters in the pregnancy books about postnatal recovery and there is a lot that I don't really know if I am ready for!

But, ready or not, here he comes! This month (hopefully)!

I am starting to pack my labor bag this weekend. Any suggestions would be appreciated.


Joy said...

There is a shimmer of excitement in every blogger when an expectant mom is at the end of her long journey!

When my SIL had her baby I becamse TERRIFIED. I realized that I was next and it was inevitable. That baby was going to come out! Once I reached the hospital, I was in complete peace.

Anyway, for the hospital bag---there are lists out there detailing EVERY LITTLE THING that you could possibly need/want/desire but honestly, you only need clothes and toiletries.

My bags were left untouched the entire time I was there, until it was time to shower/brush teeth and then to go home. I'm a very organized person and a neat freak so I followed the lists. Now I wish I would've just brought a grocery sack with our clothes because we had to drag home a LOT (gifts from visitors, gifts from the hospital, etc.).

Mrs. Piggy said...

Just wanted to let you know I read your blog everyday, check multiple times a day. I am so busy with the babies, all I can do is tandem feed and use my mouse. No typing :(
But I am SO excited for you. I expect to hear the good news any day now. And your posting will probably drop off for awhile. Newborns are hard, who knew :)
Love the swelling...Dont be surprised if you still have it a week or so after you come home. I thought mine was permanent!

Mrs. Piggy said...

As for your bag, like joy said, clothes and toiletries. I was even there for 5 days and didnt need much. Wore the hospital gown the entire time, their "net" undies, their huge pads, etc. I didnt wear the pajamas I brought. I didnt wear a nursing bra either. Just let em hang out. Most importantly dont forget the camera, I have an insane amount of pictures. You can never have enough of that time!

Fertilized said...

i am so glad you are next - you will do whatever it takes to get the lil guy here and you will do great and be great doing it!

as for the hospital bag - i took 1 loose outfit for me, outfits for the hubs, and a going home outfit for the lil man to get his picture taken in. We took thr boppy and a cooler with water in it ( our hospital used a bottled water that I do not like) - all other dtuff i took was never touched!

Fertilized said...

i second miss piggy about the swelling - i thought once i delivered it would be gone - not the case - it dissappeared in a few days after i left the hospital.

JuliaS said...

Deoderant - pack deoderant. After my babies were born I sweated buckets - all that fluid I had accumulated during pg.

Also - be sure the outfit you choose for wearing home is stretchy and comfy, I usually go home in the outfit I showed up in because bellywise you usually end up looking about half as pg as you were when you went in. Plus - things are usually kind of sore - so it is nice to have COMFY clothes.

Good wishes - getting quite excited for you!

Kim said...
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Kim said...

That's RIGHT... you're next! And I swear, it feels like your pregnancy is much longer than mine was. I just can't WAIT to see him. Of course, I want him to hang in there until he's fully baked.. but I'll be refreshing your blog like nobody's business once he makes his arrival.

My biggest recommendations for your bag are your own pads, feminine wipes (though the squirt bottle they give you will become your new best friend), granny panties (trust me on this one), some of your favorite snacks, and your own pillow (and maybe even your own throw blanket... hospital blankets suck).

Otherwise, I really have no doubt that you'll be absolutely fine. And I have to say this (and it has nothing to do with you, I tell EVERYONE)... be prepared for the possibility (even if it's slim) of a C-Section. I feel like I have to pass that on to every pregnant woman that I meet because I never even considered it with B, and when I was in a moment where things got scary and the pain was overwhelming, I would have agreed to anything. And afterwards, I was just hit with a ton of emotion about the entire experience because I didn't prepare myself for that possibility at all. So there, I said it.

Love ya!

Jen said...

I am so excited that you are next! I've got my fingers crossed that everything goes safely and easily.

Ally said...

Oh, Katie, I'm so excited for you! I know you are so looking forward to meeting your son and the next phase of your life beginning!

Tracy said...

It's getting exciting, isn't it? I can email you my hospital bag list if you want...just shoot me a note. The one thing that keeps coming up from BTDT moms is lip balm. Don't forget the lip balm.

You are next! (I hope.) :)

Polka Dot said...

I'm sooooo excited!!! I can't wait to hear the story and see the pictures!

mrsmuelly said...

It's very exciting that you are getting so close to seeing your LO.
Thank you for visiting me the other day...and your note was perfect. I'm sorry to make you cry, but it makes me feel better to let people "know".

Jen said...

I love your sidebar of good news. It is great to see that so many pregnancies are going well despite the hurdles faced in the beginning.

But are having a baby...this month! And then you know what? I'll be having a baby the following month. I love reading all the birth stories.