C-section packing list

We're two months out with absolute certainty that Lucy will be born via c-section. It's a bit scary to think about, especially since I had such a yucky chain of events when Arthur was born, but I am handling it in the only way I can, micromanaging every little thing. I am working on fixing up the Ultimate PostPartum Chillspot in our house. Hubs even has plans to install a satellite dish for me so I can have good TV at 3 AM feedings without going through the drama of Netflix-via-Wii (somehow I tend to choose the most disturbing films anyway: Precious and Iowa, for example, when I need more zone-out type of viewing, just enough to keep me from nodding off since breastfeeding always was a soporific experience for me; the minute baby's head touched boob, I was out).

I am also working on the ultimate packing list since my last stay, which I expected to last about two-three days, turned into weeks, ultimately stretching from March 20th until the end of April--among the many bad things about that, perhaps one of the worst was that I couldn't go get the crap I wanted. Thank heaven for my parents' super-flexible schedule; they were constantly running for special shampoo and body wash, magazines, clothing, makeup, you name it. This won't need to happen again. I'm packing early just in case and making sure that I have everything I could possibly want with me. I don't pack light--honestly, I don't get why people do. In my mind, I classify light packing as valiant but wholly optional asceticism alongside natural childbirth and undergoing a root canal sans medication. Believe me when I say I still respect my natural birthing girlfriends who have their babies at home (Miranda and Brook), but in much the same way I respect the folks who climb Mt. Everest or run 10K marathons--I don't understand it and I've stopped trying, but I am sure there's a really, really good reason, one which I will never, ever understand.

Here's my list so far.

*bath robe & comfy lounging-around robes
*cute pajamas (to allow for incision checks and for boob access)
*nursing cover
*cloth nursing pads
*lozenges for after-surgery throat
*wireless card
*extension cord
*phone list
*portable DVD player
*CDs for CD player in room that I won't be able to reach
*nursing pillow
*nice pillows for me and hub
*extra, more acceptable blankets (2--1 for me and 1 for hub)
*cherry blossom shampoo and conditioner fr/ Bath and Body Works
*smell-good spray
*cute nursing bras (purchased at Target)
*baby book
*clean tees and unders for man
*Vitamin Water
*collapsible cooler (won't have my man eating junk food and need something extra in case they hit me with a Hot Pocket again)
*frivolous literature
*list of postpartum demands (sushi being the number one)
*fancy shower gel
*hair brush
*cute hair stuff (must look fly for pics)
*makeup (I found I felt about sixty percent less like crap when I threw on some makeup last time I was in the hospital)
*dry shampoo
*webcam for video diary
*back scratcher
*frivolous literature (I have two Choose-Your-Own Adventure books in my bag right now)
*nail polish and removal pads
*framed photo of the fam since they won't be with me the whole time
*jacket in case the weather changes before we leave
*big brother gift for Artie when he comes to visit so he feels special
*handmade thank-u cards for the nurses/doctors/assistants
*cute but dark panties (I don't care what those other mommies say...I am simply not wearing ugly grannies or mesh hospital undies. A big part of my recovery is always making sure I don't feel like a slumpish sloth, which starts with cute panties. I always wear cute panties because I believe a happy attitude starts with lace on the hips. Try it...you'll be a convert.)
*glasses case
*lens cloth
*contact lenses for if I feel up to it
*cute but flowy outfit to wear home
*shoes suitable for walking the halls but that still look hottie hot
*decent feminine products (This is another one I disagree with the other mamas on. They will tell you just to use the hospital pads, but frankly, those are gross. I even saw where some suggested Depends...ick!!! As a person who hasn't worn pads since I was a kid, I find this sort of appalling. Unless you have some bizarre health issues and plan on practically bleeding out postpartum, both Kotex and Always make some nicely thin and yet crazy absorbent products that don't make me feel like I've just given up and stepped onto the fast track to frumpy old housewifery. I also packed a bunch of Always Clean wipes to clean things up a bit--highly recommended. These products worked well for me last time and I plan to use them again).
*change for the vending machine
*face wipes
*tweezers so my brows don't get shabby
*pens and paper so I can keep track of important ideas like a list of people who pissed me off while I was incapacitated, artistic renderings of hot pockets, things I want to say and blame on the percocet, etc.)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Your list is so helpful!!! I'm scheduled for a C on good Friday and starting to put together my bag now! I totally love the idea of bringing my own portable DVD player! Thanks for sharing :) - Kim in NJ

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