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Monday, November 2, 2009

Packing a bag

I swore I’d have a hospital bag packed and ready to go by November 1st. Given that it’s November 2nd and my suitcase is still hidden in the closet somewhere, I have clearly procrastinated. I typically believe that there is some reasoning behind avoiding tasks like these (aside from laziness, of course), but I just can’t figure out what my problem is on this one. The only thing I can come up with is that sorting through laundry and packing a bag requires a lot of moving, bending, and general mobility, which I seem to be lacking lately. There are also some clothes that I want to pack for the hospital that I still enjoy wearing (i.e. big, stretchy, comfy pants!), which poses the question … when do I part ways with these and commit them to the suitcase?

Another general question I’ve been considering is exactly what I need to bring along to the hospital. Seriously, I have lists from websites, books, nurses, etc. and all of them are different. Lists seem to include anything from ‘pack everything you own’ to ‘just bring your belly and a car seat’ … none of which is helpful! For those of you who have done this recently, I’m taking any and all suggestions for what to pack and/or what not to pack. I mean, is there really time/energy to read books and magazines while you’re there? I can’t imagine so, but they’re on every list I’ve seen!

I’m also concerned over what type of outfit to bring for Avery’s homecoming. The problem is that she’s due in December. Technically, this is a winter month. But, let’s be honest, this is Texas! It could be 80 degrees. It could also be 40 degrees. She could fit perfectly in a newborn-sized outfit or need a size bigger. I think I have 3 different outfits and matching socks, mittens, hats, blankets, etc. piled up to go in the suitcase. With all of this concern and my luck, she’ll end up coming home in some hospital-issued onsie!

Overall, I have to say that packing a bag for a sunny, tropical island destination requires much less thought/planning than packing up to deliver a baby. And, I start making lists and packing weeks in advance of a vacation! For now, I should at least pull the suitcase out of the closet. Perhaps staring at its empty existence will inspire me.

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