Since we are planning a home birth, Bonnie may not necessarily have to leave our home while I am in labor, but depending on the time of day/night, her mood, etc., I want to be prepared for her to go with either my dad or my sister if she needs to. If I go into labor during the night, and she sleeps right through, that will be great. And if I go into labor during a time of day when she is happy and calm, and content to be home with her designated person (again, either my dad or sister,) I am more than glad for her to stay here.
But if she’s moody or frustrated, or if I feel like having her here is slowing down labor, I want to be prepared for her to leave the house, whether it be just for a couple of hours or overnight.
It is obviously too early to pack her bag, but it isn’t too early to plan her bag. If she ends up needing to spend the night somewhere, it will be with my parents, who are just a couple miles down the road. They have a bed for her at their house, along with toys and books that are familiar to her. This means that I will be able to pack lightly, which means there will be less to unpack when she gets home! Here’s what I am thinking so far:
Clothes: One or two changes of clothing, along with a pair of pajamas.
Diapers: We haven’t made any progress with potty training, so she will definitely need several diapers and a good supply of wipes.
Shoes: A pair of sandals and a backup pair of play shoes.
Stuffed animals: Or “babies,” as she calls them. A few of her favorites, along with the stuffed cow that she sleeps with.
Sippy cups: One for milk and one for water.
Snacks: LaraBars, bananas, popcorn, cheese sticks… Some of her favorites that I know she will eat even if she feels a little out of place.
It would be so nice to be in labor during the night (since I can’t sleep then anyway,) and for Nora to be here when Bonnie wakes up in the morning. Of course, I know that’s impossible to plan, and it likely won’t work out that way. I am so thankful to finally be near my parents again and to know that she will be in good hands, and in the hands of people she’s so comfortable with.