Emergency preparedness

As I head into the 33nd week of pregnancy (almost), I feel like I’m so unprepared even though I’ve done this before! If I KNEW when the baby was coming, it would be so much easier to have everything ready that week, but the fact is I don’t know when he will come! It could be in 2 weeks and it could be in 6 weeks!

It’s time to start my pre-appointment preparing. I did this after we went into early labor with Harper, because I was stuck at the hospital (although John got me my things very quickly) with nothing! No phone charger, no bra, and NO BLANKIE. I need my blankie. It smells like home and it makes me comfortable. My parents probably didn’t think I would have it 25 years. I’m sure they thought it would be lost or in bits and pieces by now. Somehow it still sleeps with me every night. I wonder if Fake Tom will last as long as my blankie…

Anyways here’s the day before ritual:

Pack the “NEED to have” bag:

  • Phone Charger
  • Laptop and charger
  • Blankie
  • Maternity bra
  • Soft leggings (2 pair)
  • Soft shirts (2)
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Deoderant
  • Razor
  • Lotion
  • Body spray
  • Makeup

Make sure my toes and nails aren’t totally destroyed.

Shave my legs.

Light personal grooming so I don’t scare anyone.

The day OF I’ll need to:

Eat on the way to the appointment, because I’m selfish and don’t want to go without food even if I am in early labor. They have a record of starving me.

Avoid wearing boots. Because I don’t like to get in a fight with my shoes when the DR tells me “okay everything off from the waist down”

Charge my phone 100% on the way.

Tomorrow is our next appointment, so I have to go prepare myself!



Harper’s reaction to my level of crazy:




6 thoughts on “Emergency preparedness

  1. I will be doing all this soon too! I was only 5 days early with Jade, but I would rather be prepared. 🙂 Thanks for the reminder of what I need though. I seriously need to write it down lol

  2. So glad you posted this…I am 31 weeks and figured once the weekly appointments start I want to be somewhat prepared at every visit. Would love to know what you pack in your FULL “hospital bag” too!!!

    • I went back and found a post with what I needed in my hospital bag with Harper! 🙂 I needed to reference it anyways to pack for the new boy soon! It’s here athttps://birminghambell.com/2012/04/13/for-all-my-ladies/
      I think I’d add to bring a soft set of twin sheets just because their sheets are so scratchy!!! Everytime I would forget to bring my “emergency bag” last time, I would get admitted to the hospital, never failed!!!! lol

  3. Not too long ago I was feeling these same emotions…and going stir crazy! Now, all of the sudden my baby girl is already 10 weeks old! A word of advice: appreciate every moment alone with your daughter now because it really is difficult to balance your YOU time and time with the little ones once baby arrives! I couldn’t spend the quality time that I wanted with my son because I was on bed rest and that really took a toll on me emotionally! GOOD LUCK!

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