This week, I really started to feel AGGRESSIVELY pregnant. It wasn’t like a gradual development, either. It happened overnight again (just like in Week 31!). It’s become really uncomfortable to even exist and I am legitimately waddling now. My hips are so sore and every step I take is met with intense lightning crotch. Yay. At this point, my OB wants to see me every week to see how I’m progressing. So far, I’m dilated about 1 cm which she says is a good sign. There has to be a better way to check dilation than just sticking your finger in there and swirling all around though, right?! The exam is actually really painful! Kind of hoping I go into labor soon so I don’t have to have another exam next week. 😀
This weekend, I went to see Crazy Rich Asians with a bunch of friends and fam. We pre-gamed with dim sum at Dynasty Dim Sum, of course. Hello Kitty buns and 14k gold soup dumplings – more grammable than delicious, but still worth it. I read all the books so I was excited to see it translated to the screen – and, of course, as an Asian American I was excited to see an all Asian cast in something mainstream! I tried to explain the importance of representation to my super white hubby, but he just got so hung up on the themes of excessive wealth and materialism that he didn’t really understand the significance of this movie to the Asian American community. Hope he figures it out before our half-Asian daughter is born! 😀
My hospital bag is all packed! I am ready. Kinda. I didn’t want to go overboard on packing stuff because supposedly the hospital provides everything you need, but I also wanted to be able to enjoy some of the comforts from home. I’m delivering at Mt. Sinai on the Upper East Side. I would consider my hospital bag pretty minimalist, but I’m sure there are women who show up with absolutely nothing and are totally fine! Here’s what I’m bringing with me:
- Toiletries and Cosmetics – I brought what I consider the bare minimum in makeup (mascara, eyebrow pencil, lip and cheek tint, and chapstick – Glossier’s Balm dotcom is the only thing that keeps my dry lips soft … it’s magical) in case I decide to take photos in the hospital. I also packed a bunch of free samples from Sephora for shampoo, conditioner, face wash, lotion, etc. I figure they’re bound to be better than what’s available at the hospital! Lastly, brought some nipple cream (Motherlove organic nipple cream) because I’ve been told I’ll need it … I’m not 100% sold on breastfeeding yet, but I guess better safe than sorry.
- Baby coming home outfit (with separated legs so we can put her in her car seat)
- Labor and delivery gown – got this one off Amazon (Baby Be Mine 3 in 1 Labor/Delivery/Nursing Hospital Gown Maternity) which has easy-to-remove straps for breastfeeding, snap-open back for the epidural, and a robe front for easy access for the delivery … I read good reviews about it and hopefully the doctors at Mt. Sinai will let me wear it during labor and delivery instead of the standard hospital gown
- Post-partum belly belt – got this one off Amazon (UpSpring Shrinkx Belly Bamboo Charcoal Postpartum Belly Band) in the hopes that it will give me abdominal support and help shrink my uterus back down to size post-birth. I haven’t been able to try it on yet because I’m still super pregnant, but it looks very … sturdy
- Post-partum clothing – brought a pair of Lalabu high waisted leggings, Blanqi pull-down nursing support tank top, and Kindred Bravely nursing bra. The nursing bra is very soft and comes in a variety of sizes – I especially like that you can order a small or a small “busty” … busty is definitely the way to go if you’re like me 😀
- Loose-fitting dress – brought this linen Zara dress to wear home – there’s plenty of room for me to hide my adult diapers under it 😀
- Socks – Ugg pom-pom fleece lined socks are the most comfortable, soft socks I’ve ever worn. Normally, I wouldn’t spend $50 on a pair of socks but my sister gifted them to me and they are amazing!
- Nightgown and robe – Got this matching set at TJ Maxx for $12. I wanted a robe and nightgown set that was comfortable but also something I wouldn’t be embarrassed to take photos in … and also something I wouldn’t mind getting all bloody and throwing away at the end
- Tech – Brought a 10′ charger for my iPhone since I heard that the outlets are far from your hospital bed. Also brought wireless noise-cancelling headphones (these $100 Sony ones) in the event the hospital is so busy, I can’t get a private room and have to share with a stranger
- Snacks – Not sure what kind of food will be available at the hospital, or what I will be craving, but I LOVE Trader Joe’s gummy bears so that had to go in the bag. Also brought some easy to digest and pass apple sauce and apple juice because I heard the first poop after giving birth is worse than giving birth itself :O
- Not pictured – I may bring my Boppy nursing pillow on the advice of a couple of mom friends. I also plan on wearing flip flops to the hospital, so I’ll have them handy for when I shower. Lastly, I brought a couple of empty bags (these Envirosax ones are amazing, I carry one with me in my purse all the time just in case) that I can fill with stuff from the hospital and bring home. I heard I should pilfer all the diapers (baby AND adult) I can get my hands on! 😀
I can’t believe the baby is coming so soon. I’ve been trying to take advantage of these last couple weeks with some quality alone time with my hubby and my fur baby. Our apartment has an amazing rooftop that we never use enough so we’ve been spending a lot of time up there. I’m also trying to stay active by walking my dog but I can tell that my new waddling pace is really annoying for her. 😀
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