I have really been procrastinating and have not yet packed my hospital bag, even though my official due date is in just two days. I went late with the other 3 boys, so I fully expect it will be another full week before this baby arrives but it probably would still be a good idea to get everything together. I'm going to do that today. I am a little spoiled since I had a homebirth last time so it's been almost 5 years since I've had to do this. I'm not even 100% sure what to pack, except I couldn't possibly forget these:
These are my lucky labor socks. I have worn them for all three births. Someone I worked with got them for me years ago because I collect pigs. (Well, not so much anymore because my house became overrun with them.) When I was packing my hospital bag for Owen's birth, I had read on the internet a list of things to take and one was socks/slippers because the floors would be cold. They also recommended not bringing anything you weren't prepared to have ruined in all the messiness that is childbirth.
So I packed these horribly ugly socks, half hoping they would get ruined. My labor with Owen was sooooooo long (25 hours) and I was blacking out between contractions by the time I got to the end. At one point I remember coming-to and hearing the dr talking about how she didn't want to get anything on my "cute socks." I yelled at her to please ruin them because they're so ugly. Clearly, it didn't happen because they are still around 6 years later and will be accompanying me to the hospital for the last time in just a few days.
In other news, my mom arrived on Thursday night and is here to help me this weekend - THANK GOD! Chris is working 16 hours today and 12 hours tomorrow so it's great to have someone here to help me with the kids. My next midwife appt is on Tuesday and I'm sure at that point she will schedule a non-stress test for me to make sure all is well with the baby, although I can already tell you he's fine and kicking me like crazy! I really am hoping the baby comes sometime soon because my back is killing me so badly and sleep is near impossible now, as I have about a 45 minute timeclock on my bladder.
I'll keep the blog posted!