Healthy Pregnancy 2 – 37 Weeks

How far along? 37 Weeks

Baby Size: At last week’s appointment he was weighing in at seven pounds five ounces.

Weight gain: 33.5lbs

Maternity clothes? I have mostly shifted to taking over Pat’s clothing. I wear maternity pants or leggings, and all of his sweatshirts and old T-shirts he doesn’t mind me stretching out.

Belly Button in or out? Out

Best moment this week: Seeing baby one more time and learning that he is indeed head down. My doctor also told me that active women tend to have bigger babies because they have better blood flow to the uterus. I found that very interesting, and was happy to learn why I grow these beasts despite remaining relatively active and healthy.

Miss Anything? Not peeing 600 times per night. I fall back to sleep pretty quickly, but it would be nice to only pee once per night instead for 5 or so.

Movement: He is a squirmy wormy, and has really taken to hitting his brother when we are sitting together at night. I am sure this is the beginning of a beautiful relationship.

Food cravings: All the fruit. Still.

Gender: Boy #2!

Looking forward to: Touring the hospital and getting an idea of where we will be having this baby! I have heard great things about the hospital.

What’s In My Hospital Bag?

I know a lot of people don’t really pack their hospital bag until labor hits, especially with their second kid. That’s just not my style. I had it packed around 32 weeks, with all the car seats installed with our first. Now at 37 weeks my bag is ready to go. After wearing one outfit pretty much the whole time I was in the hospital the first time (hello sexy postpartum diaper! + tank top) I will definitely be decreasing what I have packed. Further, I was able to bring a book last time to read when baby was sleeping or in the early stages of labor when I was not allowed to get up (I was induced, so I was hooked up to machines most of the time). I am positive, with another little one at home, and hopefully going into labor naturally this time, that there will be no reading.

Here’s what is in my bag:

  • Snacks – Last time I brought a few snacks, and called my Mom the day I gave birth and asked her to bring me more. Between labor and delivery + breastfeeding, my body needed nutrients. The hospital food was not nearly enough to fill me up, nor did it have enough vitamins. On top of asking my mom to bring me extra snacks, I also sent Pat out every night to get me a second dinner. I plan to be much more prepared with snacks this time.
  • A refillable water bottle – I drank so much water last time I labored, especially between contractions. After each contraction but was right there offering me water (just like we learned in our birthing class – A+ students over here). Our nurse was so pleased with my level of hydration. It also helped after baby was born because there is nothing like nursing thirst. I need gallons of ice cold water at all times. Having water bottles to have by my side made it nice when the cup of ice water (which was pretty big) would run out.
  • A maternity dress for going home – last time I brought yoga pants, because I always saw pictures of women going home in their yoga pants and a maternity shirt. With that giant postpartum diaper, I don’t know how these women were pulling those yoga pants off. I ended up going home in some enormous sweat pants. I will still bring a pair of those, but I would also like a dress just in case I want to feel like a human.
  • Comfortable tank tops – These were great for nursing last time, and the fact that your body runs at about 1000 degrees after giving birth (or was that just me?).
  • Throw away socks – Speaking of being super hot, my feet still get cold despite the rest of my body being overheated. I brought socks for my labor and delivery, but you know those were a hot mess after. I’m sure I could wear the sexy hospital socks, but I wanted my own. I made sure they were a pair I didn’t care about so I could throw them away. I plan to do the same this time.
  • A present for big brother – This is probably a thing of our generation, I don’t know, but I want to bring something for big brother to get from the baby when he comes to visit. Nothing big, just a train or truck he can play with from his baby brother. I am sure it will have zero impact on his adjustment, but I’ll bring one anyway on the off chance that it does help!
  • Baby book/journal to jot down notes – We got big brother’s foot prints when he was born and want to do that this time. We should probably get a baby book for this baby so we can get his prints as well, and store them appropriately. After giving birth last time we jotted down notes about our nurses and experience that we promptly forgot within days. It is nice to have those memories to look back on. I would like to do that this time as well.
  • Small bag of toiletries – Taking a shower was so rejuvenating but I would much prefer my own shampoo etc. I packed sample shampoo, conditioner, face wash, lotion, and a razor. I will also bring a brush and might get wild with some hair gel (doubtful).
  • Something to hold back hair – Nothing annoyed me more than my hair being in my way last time. My hair was pretty short the first time, and even shorter this time. I will still bring a headband because I can’t handle the extra sweat on my forehead and neck from hair being in my way.
  • Whatever Pat needs – He is in charge of his own packing, but we put all of our stuff in one duffle bag.

What else did you bring in your hospital bag that was a necessity?

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