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I don't think you can ever pack too soon unless you are doing it in 1st tri lol! we just took our last out-of-town trip over Christmas so my bag is now laying out in the baby's room and I will start to add to it as we go along - I've got about 5 1/2 weeks to go.
Most of the things I want to take I use daily so can't do a whole lot of packing until closer anyways but I will start to get a few things in the bag and also a list of what to grab on D-day.
With DS I had time from when contractions started to when I had to get to the hospital so did most of the packing that day, but that doesn't always happen either!
Honestly I don't really know...I live on an island and I have to get off at around 38 weeks. We don't have the facilities to deliver, nor do I want to, because I work in the ER here :)
I have given a lot of thought to how I would get out of here in the event that DD came sooner rather than later...My father in law has a small 4 person plane that he can fly in decent weather and probably only in the day time.
I spoke to the pilot that does charters from the island, asking how I would go about hiring him if I wanted to vacate immediately, and he said just call him up anytime. I REALLY don't wanna go to the hospital and have my colleagues work on me...checking my cervix etc...and we have no means of pain control other than narcotics, which I would like to avoid. For these reasons, whatever the cost of the flight is totally justified in my mind. It is only approx 20 minutes.
But as stated in PP, I use most of the items I would take with me daily...so I don't really think I can pack...
Sigh...living on this island makes everything so complicated!
Tonight! We got back from our last out of town trip yesterday and I've been banned from the gym by my OB after having contractions yesterday, so the bags aren't getting used for anything else.
I probably won't have everything in it but I'll pack what I can (nursing tanks, pajama pants, robe, nursing pads, pump, etc) and make a list of last minute stuff to leave in the bag. I will also pack DD1s back ASAP because that's even more work!
I started packing yesterday. With DD, I had a lot of prodromal labor, and was at almost 6 cms without being in labor, so I don't know that I will have time to pack, once real labor starts.
I bought new pajamas for the hospital, and for when people visit, so I don't have to wear "real" clothes. I also bought some new makeup and toiletries. I still have to pack things for the baby, but I am washing some more of his clothes today. I also want to pack an overnight bag for DD, since at least the first night, she will be staying at someone's house.
DS1: Quinn - 10.22.10 and DS2: Cole - 01.18.13
After a surprise trip to L & D last week, we are packed!!!
I had a list going before, which helped DH when he went home to get stuff for our stay. I had planned on packing over the holidays anyway. I'm almost at 35 weeks.
I ended up having to be induced due to high blood pressure with my first two, so I assume the same will happen this time around. I packed when I got home from the doctor's office with orders to go to the hospital that night for DD1 and the night before reporting for a morning induction with DD2.
In fact, we moved at 37 weeks with DD1 so there was no way I could pack early.
In the next week or so I do plan to try out different configurations in the car to see who will be sitting where based on whether the infant bucket or DD2s radian will make it easier to flip the seat back so DD1 and carpool kid can get into the back row. Otherwise it's no big deal to pack stuff and my kids will be staying at our house while I'm in the hospital (most likely my mom/MIL will take care of them much of the time and DH will go home to sleep with them each night).
mom2b22013:I bought some travel sized stuff at target today. I think I will start throwing things in my bag in the next couple days or so.
i did this last week. I still have about 7 weeks, so I don't feel too rushed. I'm throwing in a few pair of pjs that fit up until the last few weeks as well. Then while I labor at home, I'll do the rest. I'll have a list together in case we can't labor at home that H can just grab for me.
You could probably start now. I have 5 weeks to go and I need to do it this week! I just got this big fluffy robe for xmas and I couldn't be more excited to wear it. I think it will come in handy at the hospital for walking around and for covering up when visitors come. Hard to believe the day will actually come!!
I'm 35 weeks today and just started thinking about packing. With DS #1, I packed a bag before an AFI (after being put on modified bed rest due to low fluid) and didn't need it for that appointment, but did a week later. I was 37 weeks when I packed the bag.
For DS #2, I figured there was no way I would go early after being induced for 45 hours and ending in a c-section because I never dilated past 4 cm, so I didn't pack a bag until the night before my scheduled c-section, at 39 weeks.
This time, the baby is measuring BIG, and I've had lots and lots of BH and some contractions, so I'm thinking that something might happen before my scheduled c-section (39w5d), so I should probably pack something sooner rather than later.