I seriously can't believe it's that time already. My baby bag is packed and READY to go - filled up squished down, and overflowing with ready-ness.
Baby Beetleshack 3's arrival is imminent- as I type this, the heart burn and simultaneous hunger pains confirm it (hold on, i'm getting a snack).
Since I know i'm going to be in hospital and away from my creature comforts for at least 4 days, i've taken extra time and care in packing my bag, ensuring i'll have everything I need to be as relaxed and comfortable as possible.
Lets cover some of the basics, shall we?
Number One - Undies (or do you prefer knickers?). As ridiculous as it sounds, undies are the item i've spent the most time considering this time around. Why? because past experience tells me that they must be black and they must be comfortable. Having a caesar means that wearing regular hipster undies can be rather painful. The elastic seems to end right where the scar is positioned- not a happy coincidence. While the midwives and my mother suggest waisted 'full briefs' to be the solution, I prefer to think that super soft lace tops might be perferrable. I stocked up on extremely large, extremely soft underwear from Cotton On Body- i think it will do the trick**.
In addition to amazing undies, fabulous maternity bra's are also essential. Personally i'm a fan of Bonds (or k-mart brand) maternity singlets- they seem to do a nice job of staying in place and keep that jiggly post baby belly in check... as much as possible anyways. K mart also have a really great cross over sleep bra for $5, I've packed a couple as they are very comfortable, very soft and hold a glamorous breast pad in place like a pro.
Pyjama's are next on the list. Each time i've checked into hospital for baby birth, I've included a new set. They are a little luxury just for me - something to make me feel a bit better about all the waking and feeding and leaking that my body will be enduring. This time around i've packed Arabella Ramsey's 'babmi' for Target p.j's along with a beautiful organic cotton set sent to me by the lovely sisters at Sorella and Me. Both offer easy access to the ol' breasts and as an added bonus, they totally co-ordinate, see! BAM!
Like everything else, clothing needs to be loose fitting and soft. I've packed a couple of pairs of floaty harem pants (including my favourites) and relaxed cotton knits that i've collected from Supre over the duration of this pregnancy (not as bad as they sound, really). I'll also be packing this amazing shawl* once I can take it off my body for long enough... in fact, i think i'll just wear it in. It's deliciously warm and unbelievably snuggly. Whenever i'm wearing it Pippi climbs in for a snuggle cuddle, I'm hoping the new baby will do the same. A couple of brightly coloured scarves have also made their way into the pack, they are sure to provide a touch of modesty when breast feeding and visitors coincide!
Because i'm vain, i've also thrown in the basics of my makeup kit* as well as this amazing Paul Mitchell shampoo - pregnancy makes my hair so flat and oily and this is the only product i've found that gets me two days without a wash, well worth the extra spend at priceline. I'm looking forward to long, silent showers (please little baby, be a good sleeper) and more than 25 seconds to apply mascara. I've also packed this toning/ moisturising mist* to help combat the dry skin that comes with being in an air conditioned environment.
It's a given that i've packed a bazillion teeny tiny 0000 wondersuits- it's safe to work on a about 3 changes a day, right!? My mum has made some beautiful wraps that are also safely tucked away ready to be filled with baby.
It can also be assumed that the remaining 50% of my bag is filled with maxi pads, breast pads and other glamourous personal hygiene items.
All I need to do is put that bag by the door and wait.
What was the best thing you packed into your baby bag? Did you take your own pillow? Any Luxuries you can suggest?
If you're interested in the baby bag pictured, it's one I collected on this trip to Melbourne. I can't recall the name of the market stall I bought it from but you can find similar here.
* these products have been gifted to me
**okay, okay- so i bought a ten pack of nanna undies from target too.