We’re Ready for Adeline

by jessicaturner on June 13, 2011

This was a big weekend of getting ready for Adeline:

  • Car seat is installed.
  • Elias’s overnight bag is packed (he is staying with friends when we go to the hospital)
  • Camera battery is charged
  • Pack ‘n play is set up (where she will sleep for at least the first few months – or until we move!)

I also finally packed for the hospital. I decided to pack two bags – one for labor and one for post labor to keep things separate and easy. Here are a few things I included:

  • Swimsuit top for the birthing tub
  • A Hot Mama gown – They sent me one for my hospital stay and I am so excited to wear it. A lot better than those regular hospital gowns.
  • New, yummy smelling body wash and lotion for me
  • Cute pink sleepers and a couple coming home dresses (a girl needs options!), along with several headbands (shocking)
  • A new pink blanket that my Mom bought for Adeline
  • The little welcome book I made for people to sign when they meet Adeline for the first time
  • Comfy socks and flip flops
  • My pillow (I have been using a u-shaped body pillow and I can’t wait to throw it in the trash. It has been a blessing for both pregnancies, but I am OVER it!)
  • Medela pump
  • A few magazines
  • Video camera
  • A gift for Elias
  • Snacks and gum


{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

kelli johnson June 13, 2011 at 5:53 am

oh boy, I’m praying for you, girl. I pray that you have a safe and successful and uneventful delivery. I pray that Adeline is healthy and fat and beautiful and that you can really enjoy every moment with her when she enters this glorious world. God designed birth and what a miraculous thing and although difficult a joy to be a part of :) Looking forward to “Adeline is here” post!

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Robin T June 13, 2011 at 6:32 am

sounds like you are ready! Just a question, why are you talking your medela pump? most hospitals have awesome medela ones they can bring into your room, and will give you a set of the attachments free. Maybe your hospital doesn’t? but would be one less bulky thing to take if you didn’t need to! Wishing you the best!

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Jessica @ The Mom Creative June 13, 2011 at 12:05 pm

I prefer having my own things. :)

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Kathy Frank June 13, 2011 at 7:02 am

You are one amazing organized woman. Being one myself I am impressed at the detail. I’m been following your blog since I found you and Angie with the Book Club. Enjoying getting to know you both.

Praying for Adeline birth and your labor. Looking forward to hearing all about it.

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Rebecca June 13, 2011 at 8:26 am

Definitely take your breast pump. I worked in OB at our local hospital and while we did have breast pumps available during your stay, the bag of attachments was $100, and not necessarily covered by your insurance. Plus, it was Ameda brand (which isn’t that common) and not likely to work with whatever brand of pump you had at home.

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Shelbie June 13, 2011 at 10:01 am

Sounds like you are ready! :) I wish you an easy labor and delivery. Love your idea of the book for guests to sign. I bought the baby version of Oh the Places You’ll Go (it’s a small hardcover book) and several Slick Writer pens and had all of the nurses and doctors we met through our entire experience sign it. It’s a fun keepsake for those folks and I found that they were all more than happy to sign it. Also, I’m sure it’s already packed but I didn’t see your camera on the list. Don’t forget that! :) Can’t wait to hear the great news soon. Take care adn God Bless you!

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Jessica @ The Mom Creative June 13, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Since I use my camera every day, I can’t pack it. We will grab it when it is time to go. :)

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Jessica Kelley June 13, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Good plan on the snacks! That’s the one thing I wish I’d packed with my first. I am not a picky eater at all, but the hospital food was nasty.
I’m intrigued by the pump thing. Is that a backup in case she doesn’t take well to the breast? My daughter did not, and it took us several days to see how bad a problem it was and to start pumping (which I ended up doing exclusively for a year). I’m surprised to hear so many people need to pump while still in the hospital. I guess maybe I should have!

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Jessica @ The Mom Creative June 13, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Honestly, I don’t remember all the reasons why. I just remember that you are supposed to in case you aren’t able to nurse right away… I know I had it with me for Elias, but he was a champ with nursing. It will just stay in the car unless we need it. And yes, Matthew will likely be running to get me a lot of meals. I was not a fan of the hospital food. :)

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Cara June 13, 2011 at 8:08 pm

I used the hospital pump, because my daughter couldn’t latch at all. I pumped and fed her that from a teeny tiny syringe (which of course I saved:).
It’s a good idea to have it just in case – many of my friends have had latch issues with their second even if they didn’t with their first, so you’ll be well prepared:)

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Lindsey June 13, 2011 at 12:42 pm

What sort of book did you make for people to sign as they meet her? I am due with my first in August so I love fun ideas like this!

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gitz June 13, 2011 at 2:21 pm

I’m so ready for Adeline, too. Counting the days to August :)

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Kelsey Lantz June 13, 2011 at 5:24 pm

So excited to meet little bit. Praying for you and your family. You rock!

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Ann Voskamp June 13, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Oh, Gitz stole my line 😉 I’m ready for Adeline too! :)
How were the headstands? :)

Six kids: never had a bag packed. Ever.
See? I told you I need lessons from you.

:)

I love you, friend…
Ann

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Patricia June 13, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Excited for you and your family as you wait for Adeline’s arrival…How did the procedure work today, Jessica? Has your sweet bundle moved any? Elias is going to be such a sweet big brother! Prayers and blessings in these last days :)

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laurenbtrain June 13, 2011 at 9:39 pm

good luck! i will be praying for you and cant wait to see pics of your little girl!

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Krista June 13, 2011 at 10:05 pm

My lifesaver in the hospital was my chapstick!! It is soooo dry in the hospital. All of the nurses were commenting on how clever it was.
Good Luck!!!

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