Getting organised for the arrival of number two

In the last couple of weeks in my diaries, I have written about how unorganised I feel with this pregnancy. By this stage with little man I was pretty much ready to go. Obviously this time with a toddler to look after too, I haven’t had as much time or energy but I thought it was about time we got something done. 

I think one of the most important things (if not at the top of the list) was deciding on names. As we don’t know what we are having this time, we have had to come up with boys and girls names. After making up a shortlist of names with various meanings, we have finally reached a decision – obviously I’m not going to reveal them now so you will just have to wait!

We are reusing a lot of little man’s stuff, so we haven’t really had to buy an awful lot. The only thing we have purchased is a double pushchair, which I will probably use a single for little man a lot of the time whilst wearing baby, or baby in the pushchair with little man walking, but it is nice to have the option to push them both. I already have a sling from little man, although I will be purchasing another when baby arrives with a voucher I won in an auction last year. 

We will be purchasing a new bed for little man so baby can go in his cot-bed, but we won’t need this until a few weeks after they are born anyway as they will be in the Moses basket (from little man) at first anyway. 

We haven’t purchased any clothes etc. as of yet, though I have sorted out the neutral items from little man and I won a fab little bundle of various items at the end of last year too, so we are pretty much okay until we know the gender. Obviously if its a boy, we have a lot of clothes from little man, but if its a girl I can’t wait to do a bit of girly shopping! 

My birth plan (or preferences) have been done and noted with the midwife. As I mentioned in my last diary, all being well I will be having a home birth. If I do, I would love a water birth so I will be purchasing/hiring a pool when I find out if it is a definite. Oh and also lots of sheets (this will probably be cheap shower curtains as I have been advised!).

I thought I should pack a hospital bag just in case. Plus it will be easier to find all of my things in one place anyway if I have a home birth. I haven’t got around to this yet, though I have started writing a list! (Referring back to the list I had for little man as I seem to have had a brain freeze in this department!).

I’m sure I have still forgotten something though! 

Hospital/baby bag

So, I’ve come to the point where I’m thinking it’s time to pack my hospital bag. I’ve acquired some lists from the forum I’m on and some sites on the web, and compiled my own, choosing items from these. Some of the items probably won’t go in, in the end, but they’re on there just in case! Some of the items from the other lists I totally missed off as I thought they were a bit silly! (And some of those currently on the list probably are too!) 

I know I may not be in there for long, but on the other hand I like to be prepared just in case… Not sure the bag I have will be big enough for all of the following either…

If you think there is anything I shouldn’t have/probably won’t need, or anything I should probably have (for both lists), please do suggest! 

Labour/hospital bag

  • Hospital/birth notes
  • Lightweight dressing gown
  • Old t-shirt/shirt/nightie for giving birth in
  • Socks (one website said as my feet might get cold during labour! Thoughts from experience?)
  • Comfortable clothes for after birth (including maternity ones)
  • Nursing bra
  • Old/cheap knickers
  • Slippers/flip flops
  • Lip balm
  • Mini toiletries (shower gel, moisturiser, toothpaste, etc.)
  • Face cloth
  • Water spray/hand held fan
  • Dark towel (in case of blood, so it doesn’t show up!)
  • Snacks (rice cakes/cereal bars etc.)
  • Bottled water/drinks
  • Bendy straws (in case I’m a diva and want hubby to ‘feed’ me drink?!)
  • Tissues (do they usually have these in hospital anyway?)
  • Camera & batteries
  • Ear plugs (in case I stay in and there are noisy people!)
  • Eye mask (in case I have to stay in and it’s hard to sleep?)
  • List of phone numbers, for hubby to ring with the happy news! Though he’ll probably have these in his mobile phone anyway…
  • Pen & paper in case of lists for hubby (?!)
  • Plastic bag for dirty clothes etc.
  • Phone charger (probably won’t need this though with not being able to use mobile phones in hospital anyway!)
  • Book/magazine (though I’m thinking I’ll not have time/want to read these, so will probably just skip this one! Seen it on many lists!)
  • Change for payphone – though hubby will probably go outside to use his mobile phone
  • Paracetamol (though they would give you this in hospital anyway?)
  • Nipple cream for breastfeeding

Baby bag
  • Going home outfit
  • Sleep suits/vests
  • Socks/booties
  • Scratch mitts
  • Blanket
  • Hat 
  • Towel (?)
  • Muslin squares
  • Small teddy (?)
  • Ready made formula & a bottle in case of breastfeeding problems 
  • Nappies
  • Wipes/cotton wool pads