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January Challenge

Over at TiddlyOmPomPom‘s blog she has, very sensibly, given up on New Years resolutions and replaced them with ‘personal challenges’ for each month. Clever. And probably much more achievable.

We have all been invited to join in and despite having made some resolutions this year (which I might keep, if you all remind me what they are every now and then…) I thought I would try this too. You never know, I might manage both resolutions and challenges if I try really hard… *tries to look convincing*

So here it is, my January Challenge for myself:

Pack my hospital/maternity bag by January 31st

Now I can hear you thinking ‘but surely that’s a given?’. Well, no, actually it isn’t. Yes, this is my second baby. Yes, I went to hospital last time. Yes, this was planned. No, I hadn’t packed properly.

Tori was nine days early. This is not a massive amount but it’s enough when you are a newly-turned-twenty-one, only-just-graduated-from-university (four days before Tori arrived kind of only just), never-been-any-good-at-organising Mum-To-Be. I had half packed my hospital bag. Badly.

Baby’s bag was fine, I think the only thing I didn’t take in that was a towel and that was just because at no point did anyone tell me to pack one. I should probably have thought of it but I was too busy desperately hoping that Baby would hang on until after I had my BA(Hons) certificate in my hand to worry about much else. I’m also rubbish at asking questions – I always feel like I should know little, obvious things like that because I’ve always been one of the ‘sensible’ ones. (I never know, I just make it up as I go along and hope wildly. Don’t be fooled.)

My half of the bag however, was useless. I managed two nighties, a change of clothes and a pack of disposable undies and that was about it aside from Pinky, my cuddly rabbit that goes everywhere important (as he has done since I was 3…). No hairbrush, no toothbrush, no dressing gown (major fail there, sent someone home to get that one…), no towel, no slippers, no, well, anything really.

It was slightly embarrassing to be honest, every time anyone said ‘have you got…?’ my answer was almost invariably ‘no’. I had to borrow hospital towels for my bath before labour and shower after, towels for Tori’s first bath and just do without most other stuff. Pad around either barefoot or with my feet stuffed in my trainers (looks great with a nightie and dressing gown), sit and watch people instead of reading a book or listening to music, send Sy to buy munchies from the canteen and have all my post-baby photos taken with my hair like a bird’s nest…until I got home and remembered that I looked like a mop.

No quick spruce up for me before pictures...

So, this time is going to be different. BabyBump is due on February the 27th so my challenge to myself is to get organised and pack my hospital bag by the end of January.ย  Properly.

That way, even if s/he decides to make an early arrival I will at least be a tiny bit prepared and I might feel a little less useless when I’m actually in hospital and don’t have to sheepishly ask to borrow everything.

Though you do realise that I’ll do this and BabyBump will hang around ’til March and I’ll be accused of being over-organised…That or I’ll pack it all and then forget to bring it or lose it or something…

What’s your January Challenge? Join in here and we’ll help each other along…you know, ‘*prod prod* have you done it yet?’ kind of thing ๐Ÿ˜‰

14 thoughts on “January Challenge

  1. This made me smile. I was also early with my first baby – only by three days, but my bag was only half-packed with pointless things that I didn’t even use like cooling spray that was forgotten about in the midst of labour!

    Happy packing!

  2. Loving the idea of a monthly challenge – goodness knows my new years resolutions never seem to last past january as it is! and thanks for the tips on packing for hospital, Im still a few months off but it hadn’t even crossed my mind – just figured everything I’d need would be there…hmmm.
    Gorgeous photos (no mop in sight!)

  3. Packing hospital bags never gets easier. I packed, unpacked and repacked about 10 times. Still didn’t have what I needed. Ended up having to dry clothes on the hospital radiator…didn’t factor in an explosive waterbreaking experience that soaked my only pair of trousers! Bad times! Hope your bag packing goes well!!!!

  4. I packed my bag for little m at the beginning of march (she was due the beginning of may) based on the fact that we were moving house at 36 weeks and big m had come at 39 weeks. I fully expected to be early but she was a week late. But if you don’t do it baby will be early. Fact.
    Good luck with your challenge, and thanks for joining in ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I was useless at packing my labour bag too. Baby’s one = fine. Everything she needed.

    My one? Hardly anything. No towel. No hair brush. No toothbrush. No slippers (I walked barefoot). Nowhere near enough disposable knickers. No maternity pads (stupid mistake) and no change of clothes. To the point where, during the night, my beautiful newborn decided to poo meconium all over me, and I had to go home the next day wearing the same thing… It was drastic.

  6. this tips are great – even if it wasnt great for you ladies at the time, I hope your stories will save me some grief ๐Ÿ™‚
    Maternity pads – never crossed my mind so thanks Hannah.
    Ill probably end up packing way in advance then forgetting where I left the bag but fingers crossed

    1. I bet I forget where I put mine too, or just leave it behind when the time comes…
      Best of luck when it comes round to your turn though and hope we’ve all helped a little bit ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. If you back my the end of the month, you’ll be fine. I think 4 weeks from your due date is perfectly acceptable. If anyone disagrees or scolds you, just shove one of those hospital towels in their mouth.

    With #3, I had my bag packed a month before he was due to arrive. I took that bag EVERYWHERE, because I was convinced he was going to early. Nope. He was only 1 day early. Little bugger! lol

    I’m visiting here from Mummy’s Little Monkey and I’m so glad I did. Wishing you a safe and easy delivery! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. ๐Ÿ™‚ Pesky children never arriving on time – do they not listen to the nice midwives telling them when they are expected?!

      Thanks for hopping by xxx

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