Friday, November 29, 2013

Friday Flashback! Packing Your Hospital Bag!

A few weeks ago I had a few of my closest girlfriends over for wine night.  Wine night is always fun with the girls because we share stories, talk about the kids, reveal Pinterest success stories (and failures!)  Just the girls enjoying each other's company....and wine.

This wine night was one for the record books as it took shape in a different way.  I don't remember who, but one of my girlfriends mentioned that her husband wanted to bring his X-Box to the hospital during their child's delivery.  Another woman mentioned that her husband brought a football to toss around while he was bored.  The more we talked about it, the harder we laughed at these ridiculous ideas!

I decided to take it a step further and make a collage of what we (the wives) thought to bring vs. what they (the husbands) thought to bring.  The list we came up with is pretty funny, and the descriptions are listed below. I'd love to hear feedback about what YOUR husband thought to bring!



To Make Sense of it All:

MY Must-Haves:

1.  Diaper Bag: I love this color! Source: www.potterybarnkids.com
2.  ID and Insurance Cards: These are a MUST have for the hospital- to ensure they process your paperwork correctly.
3.  Cord Blood Collection Kit: This is of your partner's responsibilities and is important to give to your doctor.  Source: www.viacord.com
4.  Flip-Flops: Many of my friends brought slippers, which got dirty quickly at the hospital.  I chose flip-flops and they were great!
5.  Bathrobe:  It's important to be comfortable and a cozy robe is a perfect choice.
6.  Big Sibling Gift: Making your first child feel involved is very important.  Bring his/her gift to the hospital for their arrival!
7.  iPad: Comes in handy to Skype and e-mail!
8.  Camera:  My husband was able to capture some beautiful pictures with our camera.  These memories are priceless.

HIS Must-Haves:

9.  Some Type of Ball: "To toss around while waiting for labor", was his explanation.  Really?
10.  PowerBars: My husband assured me that he needed to have the proper fuel for delivery.  Source: www.powerbar.com
11.  Our pup, Skip: Okay, this is a stretch and I understand where he was coming from but- no dogs allowed!
12.  A Stop Watch: While my husband thought timing the labor was a good idea, I assured him it would get tossed across the room (by me.)
13.  Pickles and Ice Cream: Doesn't he realize the cravings are gone?  I mean...really...
14.  "Neuralyzer": The "memory eraser from Men In Black"...just in case some of the more anatomical memories needed to be erased.
15.  Comics:  I mean...how many children do I have here?
16.  Give It Your Spin!:  My husband always kept me on my toes and although he tried to help pack for our delivery, my suggestions were a little more practical.  Feel free to share what your husband brought in the comments section below!

31 comments:

  1. My husband did bring a picture of our dog to the hospital. He went home the evening she was born and got it (among other things). He said we needed to have the whole famliy there.

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  2. My husband and I BOTH got it wrong! We brought tons of DVD's, books, and magazines, thinking I'd be in labor for hours... Little did we know, our son had other plans! 5 hours from start to finish, and most of it WAY too intense to be watching Sex and the City re-runs. :)

    Thanks for reminding me about this joyous time in our lives! I'll be posting this article to my FB page (www.facebook.com/femfusionfitness) on May 1, in honor of Pregnancy Awareness Month. Pinning it too! ;)

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    1. Can't wait to see it Bri!! Thanks so much :)

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  3. So dang hilarious. Got to love how simple guys are! :)

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    1. Haha we got a good laugh out of it!

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  4. What a fun post! I honestly don't remember if my husband wanted to pack anything unusual - our babies were both born by scheduled cs for medical reasons (I have an eye condition that would have been dangerously affected had I gone through labor). So my deliveries, at least the minor details of them, are pretty blurry from all the meds! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Keep up the fun writing!

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  5. Great list! We made sure to bring chargers for all of our gadgets, etc and don't forget to have cash on you in case your husband wants to get some snacks from a vending machine. My meals were included in the hospital, but Keith's weren't so we often had family pick him up dinner on their way to visit.

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  6. My husband brought nothing to the hospital probably because he didn't have any time to bring something. We went to the hospital for a check up and while there we were told that we were having an emergency c-section that night. If he could he probably would have wanted to bring his xbox too. :)

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  7. Both my experiences were c-sections, so it's a bit different without the pre-baby hospital time. My husband didn't really care about entertaining himself and was most concerned that we pack everything I needed, but only the first night essentials. He reminded me that he can go home anytime for whatever's missed. With my first, we didn't need most of what I had packed so I went light the second time. One nightgown, socks, outfit for baby, my own blanket and pillow, and deodorant. I always have glasses, phone, chapstick, etc in my purse. I didn't end up using my blanket because I bled a lot and I only wore my own nightgown one afternoon for visitors. Less is more. You're either sleeping or feeding baby anyhow. :)

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  8. This is cute! Funny enough I have had six kids and not once remembered a bag. You would think I would have learned my lesson the first few times :)

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  9. My husband made sure snacks were packed for him. It's such a long day and he was glad he could eat something especially since there wasn't a cafeteria in our building

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  10. I had an emergency C with Jack and drive thru C with Bailey but my must have to pack was their first blanket :) I had to have my phone, chapstick and my body pillow!

    My husband of course packed for himself - his ipod, phone, charger, glasses, change of clothes. He forgot deodorant and shampoo and ended up using mine the entire time!

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  11. I love your graphic!

    Hmm . . . All my husband put in the bag was some snacks and a pillow, both of which ended up coming in quite handy. But he's a pretty practical guy.

    I think your and your husbands ideas together make a pretty epic hospital bag.

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  12. Hi Katie,
    Thanks for your email and kind comments about my blog. To answer your question: I didn't pack hospital bags; my children are adopted.

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  13. Coca Cola. My sister-in-law delivered in the same hospital three weeks before and my husband saw that they had off brand cola. :)

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  14. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I packed several bags way ahead of time for myself and my baby. My husband was not too interested in packing a bag for himself until the last minute. He made sure to bring beef jerky :) Clearly a baby birthing necessity.

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  15. Useful items that I packed were - lip blam, hair ties, nightgown/robe set, BB cream for photos, hat for the baby. My husband said he wished he brought his own pillow and blanket instead of using the hospital ones.

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  16. My hubby is never in charge of packing anything, even when he stays over night by himself somewhere because he ALWAYS forgets something or doesn't plan ahead. I of course have a plan each time I pack and I pack for all occasions. So his big task was bringing the hundereds of things I packed into the hospital after it calmed down. We had a scheduled c section so it was a while before he brought our stuff up but I was preoccupied any way to even notice... Thanks for the email and checking out my blog. I'm glad you liked it :) please visit again www.iamabadmom.com

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  17. I packed my own bag when I was 6 months along and my husband took his rucksack with a magazine, crisps (chips) and choc bars. Glad someone enjoyed the process! ; )

    Louisa @ http://www.myfamilyandabruzzo.com

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  18. Hey Katie!! Thanks for getting in touch! This post is adorable!! I so agree with everything that the women wanted to bring in the picture!!
    I'm going to put a little spin on your question though since I can't remember what (if anything!) my husband wanted to bring lol
    When I was packing my bag with my first pregnancy, I made like a zillion post-it reminders so I didn't forget my makeup and blow-dryer! What was I thinking and who was I kidding?!?! They stayed in the bag the entire hospital, and probably for the week or 2 after we got home too! lol
    Ah, you live and you learn :)
    -Sammy @ peaceandloveandicecream.com

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  19. Hey Katie! Thanks for the email. A super cute post! :) My husband was actually really on board with everything I wanted...we did Bradley childbirth classes so he knew his role as my childbirth coach. He did pack a lot of socks, though. Haha!

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  20. Hi there! Thanks for the email! Love the items the husbands wanted to bring! :) My husband actually didn't request very many things...we were both in agreement regarding phones, chargers, laptop, and DVDs. Everything else was just my stuff and the necessities. :)
    -Bonnie

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  21. Hi Katie! Thanks for the email. We definitely both packed a lot of "keep busy" items like magazines etc but ended up not using any of them. I would have loved to have had a nice long phone charger though bc the plug was so far away from my bed. That, and a robe, slippers and a camera were my best friends! -Sarah
    www.movingeastonwest.com

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  22. Hey Katie,
    Hi and thanks for the email! I have no major suggestions that haven't already been covered but I'm going to toss out - FOOD. I have never been hungrier in my life than I was after giving birth. The hospital food is inedible and horribly healthy. When one is starving, a small salad and dry turkey sandwich is not the answer. Bring your own food :)

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  23. Thanks for visiting my blog. My husband's never been a packer, so he didn't pack ANYTHING. He did make sure we had the camera, the computer, and a lot of great DVDs including the movie we saw on our first date.

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  24. Thanks for the email! My husband relies on me to pack for anything so if I hadn't made a list and packed, he might have gone with nothing! He did request that I bring some quarters for the vending machines though....in case HE got hungry. Don't worry about the pregnant lady! :)

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  25. What a great idea for meeting new people this is. I honestly don't remember... I brought way too much stuff in the first place. I think I even brought some books. I must have thought the baby would take care of itself or something.

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  26. For my first labor, I was young, early and way underprepared, and hubby was the one with the great idea of camera (hey...I had more important things to think of!)

    For my second- we actually forgot my hospital bag! I was due to be induced that afternoon and went into spontaneous labor in the morning....it went fast (barely got to the hospital in time!) My Nanna raced over to pick up my eldest son (she arrived seconds before my husband came screaming into the driveway) and she found it beside the door after we zoomed away to the hospital.

    My third- again...hubby remembered the camera....I didnt!

    My fourth- another quick labour....early hours of the morning this time...and like usual...he remembered the camera....

    Now days he says that IF labor was to happen again- he is bringing along a mouthguard....FOR ME! (I do have a habit of biting during labor....and well...his hand is generally the closest thing....) More practically....he would also bring along his tablet (as a distraction for both of us) if there was a possibility of being another long one...


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