Sunday, August 21, 2016

What NOT To Forget! Packing For Labour Checklist

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Prepping for labour is sorta like packing for vacation.

You have a plan.
An idea of where you'll be traveling, and what
you'll be doing there.

You can even internet surf, and ask others
who have already been there before.

Based on that, you make a list.
You begin to pack your items (hopefully!) a 
few weeks before that anticipated time.

Ready to go at a moment's notice.

However, just like any experienced vacationer will tell you.
Things may not go, er, exactly as you had anticipated them.

But you prep, you get ready anyway.

So, today on the blog, I'm sharing
my packing & prepping list for labour.

So you can be ready for that adventure when it begins!


I sure am counting down the days til baby arrives!

As I do, I realize I need to start packing myself.


What Not To Forget!
Packing For Labour Checklist
(to copy & print)

After the checklist, don't forget to read the awesome
story of answered prayer at the end!!!

For Mama: 

*loose fitting comfy nightgown or sleep ware

*change of clothes (2-3; depending on if c-section or natural birth; one nicer outfit to go home in)

*something warm for your feet (slippers, socks, etc.)

*toiletries & personal beauty items (deodorant, shaver, make-up, shampoo/conditioner, hair care, etc.)

*cell phone/contact list (don't forget the charger!)

*large pads (heavy duty; some even swear by using Depends afterwards)

*chapstick or gum (optional; lips may become extremely dry during labour)

*breast cream (Lanolin; if nursing then apply generously before EVERY feed; safe for baby)

*tops you feel comfortable nursing in (nursing bra, or bra that fits very loosely; I prefer sports type)

*nursing cover or lightweight blanket 

*something to help with constipation (I use magnesium; could use fiber supplement)

*reading material (in case labour is long and you've had epidural)

*health card

*insurance info (if applicable, for room, etc.)

*CD and/or CD player/MP3 player (if desire relaxing music during labour)

*anything helpful to aid in back massage (for hubby or helper in labour)

*special snacks for after labour (hospitals usually will bring something but it's usually blah!)

*change (or credit card) for parking 

*camera (if not on cell phone)

For Baby:

*pack of newborn diapers (pack a few size ones if you anticipate a bigger baby!) 
OR cloth diapers/products


*sleepers (newborn or 0-3 months; 4-5 depending on how long you anticipate being at hospital)

*onesies (especially if winter)

*nicer outfit to take home in (optional)

*anything needed to feed baby (if formula feeding; everything for bottle)

*baby blankets to swaddle baby in

*burp blankets for your shoulder after feeds

*newborn hat (usually our hospitals give, but just in case)

*mittens (if baby's nails are long, these help keep scratching at bay)

*diaper bag (could simply pack everything above in)

*snowsuit for newborns (seasonal)

*baby wash or other toiletries you desire (bum cream/powder etc.)

*car seat (CHECK DATE!)

*stroller (optional; can bring when ready to take home; snap car seat in)

For Anyone Else Attending:

*snacks & drinks for them

*money to send them on errands (hey, you might need more snacks! labour is SO tiring)

*parking money

*carmera/cell phone (charger)

*numbers for them to contact in emergency such as babysitter, parents, etc. 
(***as well as birth announcement contact list)

*toiletries (if overnight labour anticipated; toothbrush, deodorant)

*change of clothes (again if overnight labour; or sometimes they just need freshen up too)

*wallet (again, insurance info, ID, etc.)

*reading material for them (if labour goes very long)

*thank you gifts or cards (for midwife/nurse or partner: optional!)


God's Faithfulness

"God, who has called you into fellowship with His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful."
1 Corinthians 1: 9

In spite of all my short comings, and flaws, I am
constantly amazed at the mercies of the Lord.

This pregnancy has been tough.
On my body & my emotions.

Things that normally never bother me when I'm not 
expecting, can really tick me off when I'm preggers!

Alongside that, there have been lots of natural stressors
in our lives.

Financial pressures.

Teens going through normal development.

Sickness (me with pregnancy & my hubby is just getting over shingles)

Disappointments. Hey, life happens.

My hubby's super busy work schedule!

Lately, I've been stressed when I think about our
upcoming year of homeschooling.

I feel inadequate. Unsure of myself.
Particularly with a new baby on the way.

I had begun to pray, however, that God would provide
a balanced break in the midst of our school week.

A long-term co-op for our children.

A homeschool co-op is basically a place where (usually once) each week
you attend with your children.

 You either share teaching roles OR get a break
from teaching altogether.

I love homeschooling, however in this season
I realize that while hubby has to work hard at his business,
I need to have some breaks in my schedule.

For my peace of mind...

In our area, there is a very well-known co-op where
parents simply drop off their older children/teens
once a week for their pre-selected classes.

I was on the wait list, and praying intently that we'd
get my older two homeschooled children in it.

Earlier in the summer, I heard news that it probably wasn't going to happen
due to their very long wait list...

Probably due to the pregnancy, one late eve I found myself crying & crying over it...

Asking God why things weren't coming together...
(that one day free a week was my hope of having a sanity break)

I surrendered it and went to bed.

That very next morning I ran into a friend at swimming lessons
who told me about a BRAND NEW co-op in our area.

For older children only, but still a full day
of learning coupled with the ever popular "socialization" aspect.

I decided to enroll our eldest (homeschooled) child into it.
Only one child could attend this particular one, 
but I knew he would enjoy the time out.

I did try once more to see if there was a remote possibility
about the original co-op being a go,
(hey, persistence pays off sometimes, right??)
but the door was slammed shut 100%.

Okay, so that's how the cookie crumbles...
well, at least I have something for the eldest one, I thought to myself.

 Not what I had been hoping for, but an answered prayer nonetheless.


Then, out of the blue, I got this email last week:

"Hi Rachael! Would you still like to join the co-op this fall? 
We are looking at our numbers and trying to see if we can fit your family in!"

This particular co-op consists of one morning out
per week, however, it has a FULL slate program for ALL of my children.

And to boot, every mama gets to attend bible study
and visit with other Mamas while the children are in class
(my extravert heart craves this so).

I felt elated at this new offer!

First, I talked pricing, and how many days per term, etc.
Hubby & I discussed it, and we came to the 
conclusion that this would be a wise investment
in this very hectic season to allow me to
refuel :)

Even as I write this, I am crying again knowing how much
this (seemingly small) answered prayer means to me
in this season.

He has heard the cries of a (sometimes overwhelmed) mother's


Question on blog: what do you ALWAYS
ensure to pack for labour?

And, what are some of God's answered prayers
to you lately?




1 comment:

  1. So happy for you Rachael. God is faithful.Glad that worked out!



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