Tuesday, January 4, 2011
So, I've been running around gathering items for the birth, cleaning bathrooms and scrubbing floors, washing baby clothes, reading books about breastfeeding, sleep schedules, and more.
I don't know if this is "nesting" per se- I've always kept myself pretty busy and often feel guilty relaxing. It's just that now I have no more Treasured Petal, and I'm officially on "maternity leave" from etsy. I have time, LOTS of time, on my hands while I wait for my little one (who could come any second now!) Preparing the home just feels right.
While the midwives bring all the medical supplies and emergency equipment, here are a few of the more random items they have asked me to gather for my "birth kit".
- Maxi pads drenched with witch hazel that I'm supposed to freeze for after the birth. Supposedly I'll be very happy to wear them. Right now it just makes my freezer look odd.
- Gallon sized ziplock bags for the placenta. Eww?
- A hand-held mirror so I can see baby crowning (not sure how I feel about this.)
- Flashlight for midwives. Since it's my home and my territory, I want the lights dimmed low and yummy smelling candles lit for a calm environment.
- Lots of caffeine! Not for me, but for the midwife team and probably for Joe.
- Easy foods: fruit, juices, salads, nuts, sandwiches. I'm pretty relieved that I'm allowed to eat and drink- many hospitals forbid this which I find strange considering labor is the most athletic thing I'll ever do. I may not WANT to eat, but they will encourage me to have some honey, juice, and light snacks to keep my energy up.
- Extra pillows and blankets for the midwives and doula to crash on the couch if necessary. I think that's so sweet- they want labor to go at the pace it's supposed to, and if it means sleeping over, they are more than willing to do that.
- Yoga ball. Sometimes bouncing up and down or rocking on that ball is the best way to get things going.
- Birth tub set up and ready to go. It's basically a glorified kiddie pool with a hose that connects to the sink. It will be set up awkwardly in our living room, since our bedroom is way too small for it.
- Whether any pictures will be taken during the birth (I'm leaning towards no.)
- Whether my mom will be allowed to pop in during the earlier stages of labor (again, leaning towards no.)
- Whether I should pack a bag for the hospital just in case of emergency (leaning towards yes, but trying to remind myself that the chances of an emergency occuring are slim. Self-fulfilling prophecies are real, y'all!)