what’s in my hospital bag?


When you’re on your third trimester, all you could think about was when you’re going to see your little angel. However, when your labor and delivery is fast approaching, all you could think about was how fast it (time and your pregnancy) went.

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I went to my OB yesterday and was told I was good to go. I’m already 37 weeks and she said I could deliver anytime soon. I’m so excited to see my little one that I have been packing and unpacking my baby’s diaper bag and my hospital bag for the longest time. I’ve been browsing the net to get a ☑ list for stuff that I’ll be needing for my pre&post labor and delivery and for my baby.

For reference, I have used MommyPracticality blog’s hospital bag checklist though I added some stuff suitable to my preference.

🏥 bag checklist

Documents

  • Admitting paper/Prenatal journal/ultrasound copies/laboratory test results
  • Philhealth form
  • Philhealth ID
  • PhilHealth contribution certificate
  • Identification Cards (for mom and dad to be)
  • ATM (Debit card)
  • Cash

For me

  • 1 pack maternity pads
  • 1 Robe (just in case you would need to roam around and you don’t want to look like a hubadera wearing the hospital gown)
  • 1 nursing cover (I got mine from Bloom which is available from all leading SM department stores)
  • Underwear
  • 2 nursing bra (I bought mine from Sana, I got it long back when I was still in UAE)
  • 2-3 pairs breastpads (I bought a washable one from SM department store)
  • Nursing pillow (I got mine from Bloom as well)
  • 2 pairs of socks (I read somewhere that you’ll feel a little cold after labor)
  • Extra shirts
  • Going home outfit
  • Slippers
  • Towel
  • Toiletries (wipes, toilet papers, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, facial wash, petroleum jelly, alcohol, cologne)
  • Eyeglasses
  • Pain relief cream

For baby

  • Baby go-to diaper bag (I got mine from Juniors)
  • Disposable diapers (1 pack)
  • 2-3 sets tie-side clothes /kimonos with snap closure
  • Baby towels
  • Baby receiving blanket
  • 2-3 pairs of pants
  • 2-3 pairs of bonnets, mittens and booties
  • Small feeding bottle and formula milk (just in case I won’t be able to express milk immediately)
  • 1 pack baby wetwipes
  • Burp cloth/bib

For daddylabs

  • Changing clothes
  • Snacks
  • Mobile phone and charger

I hope the list above will suffice for a neophyte mom like me. I’m excited and a little bit nervous at the same time! Wish me luck!

P.S. I’ll post my hospital bag picture next time. 😉

 

advance


Nakachat ko yung isa kong tropapips dati sa al Reef at sinend niya sakin tong piktyur ko.

IMG-20160117-WA0001Hanep, mukha kong kalansay. Hindi ko matandaan kung ano yung pinaglalaban ko diyan pero tanda ko kuha yan nung birthday treat nung isang doktor namin.

Hindi ko alam bakit naisip kong ipost yan. Siguro looking back na din sa tingting kong katawan noon, ngayon kasi ultimo paa ko di ko kita, pero syempre jontis, alam nyo na. Pero syempre kahit manganak na ako ayoko nang bumalik sa ganyang kapayat na mukhang malnourished hahaha.

Anyways, tinanong ako nung tropa ko kung excited na ba ko manganak, sabi ko naman oo, syempre gusto ko na makita mukha ni bebi kung ako ba kamukha niya or si daddylabs. Tinanong niya din ako kung natatakot ako sa sakit, pinagisipan ko maigi pero hindi naman ako natatakot. Sabi ng ate kong panganay since birth mataas daw talaga ang pain tolerance ko, but I highly doubt kung chill galore ako sa araw ng labor and delivery ko noh.

Kung tatanungin nyo ako kung natatakot ako sa sakit? Hindi din ang sagot ko. Mas natatakot pa ako sa katotohanan na paglabas ng baby ko maeexpose na siya sa mundong walang kasiguraduhan. Mararanasan na niya ang sakit, init, gutom, pagkabigo at kung ano-ano pang bagay na nagdedefine satin bilang tao. Exaggerated ba? Hahahahaha sorry naman masyadong advance lang talaga ako mag-isip.

Bukas babalik akong hospital para magpaultrasound, malalaman ko na kung diet as tolerated pa din or no rice na till the time na mangitlog na ako, Wish me luck! Hindi kasi natuloy ngayong araw kasi wala yung doktor.

 

 

 

 

perst


 

perstaym ko mainterbyu online, oo, kanina lang, mga 30 minutes ago. nag-aapply kasi kong virtual assistant. kung tatanungin niyo ako kung paano maging VA, aba eh never ko pa nga nasubukan kaya ayan apply apply din lalo madaming tambay time. ang ganda nung nag-interbyu sakin kanina, mukhang beauty queen. Diana ang name niya from Lisboa Portugal, recruitment firm sila parang head hunter. ayun, natapos naman ng matiwasay ang interview. narealize ko pang-ilang interview ko na ba to sa buong buhay ko?hahaha. walang kamatayang “tell me something about yourself?”, “why do you want to apply for this job?”, why do you think you’re qualified for this job”, etc etc. so do you think I nailed it? ewan. hindi siguro. ayokong umasa, hahaha, feeling ko kasi parang joke lang mga sagot ko. nagtataka nga ako paano ako natanggap sa mga previous jobs ko, hahaha. anyways, sabi ni ms. Diana, she’ll contact me within the next 2 weeks if I got the job; however, if she doesn’t, edi yun na un, babay, next job application please.

nagsisimula pa lang ang 2016, andami ko nang first. first FBS at OGTT. first footscrub, first online interview, first baby! (oo due date ko na next month so first sabak sa madrama at pasakit na labor and delivery stage ng first time mom) hahay kakaoverwhelm. pero sana makeribels ko. at sana makayanan ko ang mga susunod pang mga first.

make a blog entry


kasama to sa stuff to do when boredom strikes na naresearch ko sa google.

ay bakit ako bored? tambay na kasi ako. siguro lagpas 1 month na. I’m expecting my baby girl soon. as in next month. sabi kasi ng OB ko around third or fourth week of februarydue date ko . tsaka recently nasira ang phone ko eh almost 3/4 ata ng tambay na buhay ko nauubos sa kakacellphone, ayun nung nasira nawalan ako lalo ng direksyon

oh, I almost forgot. Happy new year! this is my first new year again in the Philippines after being an OFW for 4 years. It was fun. Iba pa din talaga pag sa Pinas ka nagcecelebrate. Warm ang atmosphere. Holiday na holiday. ang gaganda ng fireworks. daming pagkain. masaya naman pero syempre mas masaya kung kasama ko din sila mama magcelebrate. ganito pala pag may asawa na noh. now that I think of it,  single pa ko nung huli kong nakasamang magnewyear sila mama, sana sa susunod makasama ko din sila kasama na ang baby sophia ko hehehe.

ay, nagfasting pala ako last night from 10 pm till 7am today, nakaschedule kasi ko for FBS and OGTT, 32 weeks na kasi ko, routine check daw un ng mga preggy. Ayun namuti mata ko sa gutom hehehe. tapos ung oral glucose solution na pinainom sakin, kasumpa-sumpa, parang isang kilong asukal na hinalo sa isang tasang mainit na tubig, halos hindi ko malunok muntik pa kong masuka, ewww. hindi naman ako maarte pero eww talaga. buti na lang sabi ng OB ko hindi na yun uulitin. ayun dalawang tusok din pala ko ng karayom magkabilang  braso, sana hindi magpasa, pero sabagay mukha namang magaan ung kamay nung medtech na nagextract ng dugo sakin.

excited na ata ung baby kong lumabas, sipa ng sipa eh, hahaha, kababaeng baby parang pacman. sana healthy siya paglabas. excited na din akong makita siya, pero syempre kinakabahan din ako kasi sabi nga nila masakit pero mas lamang pa ngayon yung excitement. tinanong ko yung OB ko kung normal delivery ba siya sabi niya hindi ko daw dapat tinatanong yun kasi majority sa kanila CS kasi sila mismo yung nakakakita ng horrific  scenarios sa DR so ayaw nila maranasan yung sakit, hahaha, ironic. ako din naman nakakita na ng mga nakakatakot na pangyayari sa delivery room, yung mga nanay na na-siyam na anak na pero maka-OH MY GOD sa pag-ire wagas, meron naman na primi talaga at wagas makahagulgol sa sakit. meron din namang subtle lang umire. kung alin ako dun, abangan ang susunod na kabanata, hahaha.

sa totoo lang gusto ko sana epidural kasi sabi nung bestfriend ko ganun ung sa kanya kaso nagresearch ako andaming risks nung epidural saka mas mahal siya so gusto ko normal delivery. ayaw ko din ng cesarean kasi maliban sa keloid former ako, matagal ang recovery ng cs incision, tsaka naman, pagkadami ko nang peklat dadagdagan ko pa ba? hay naku sana talaga makeribels ng beauty ko ang normal delivery hahahaha.

naku napahaba na ata ung post ko, anyways, till next time. :PPP

something to ponder on


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I just saw this post on the instagram page I was following recently. And it’s actually my mantra at the moment or atleast I believe so.

Many stuff has happened these past few months. I’m expecting a baby soon! Yay! Gone will be the days of sleeping more than 13 hours. I remember one of our female doctor told me that she hasn’t had a good sleep for a year since she had her baby. Well, not that she’s complaining though, it’s completely evident in her animated face that she loves every bit of her bundle of joy. I wonder if I’d be the same once my baby’s out? I sure hope so.

Did I mention that we’re back? Yeah, we’re back. We’re definitely back. I think it’s been more than a week now since we got home. Although it seems like an eternity to me. Blame the almost 24/7 clinic duty back in the desert wherein you couldn’t even tell which date are you in because you’re way too busy to notice and way too tired to care. I suddenly miss my busy old life. The irony of it all. Back then, I was always desperately asking for just a one day leave to rest. And now I have all the time in the world yet I feel restless. (must be the pregnancy hormones doing their magic)

Anyways, we’re still figuring things out. I hope it (our plans if ever we have) will work just fine. I’ll be due in 3 months time, I guess? Some says if you’re a primigravid, either it will be a little earlier than your due date or a little later. I don’t have an idea how early or how late. I hope I’ll be prepared for the worst.