Saturday, September 8, 2012

Swollen Feet and Super Powers

My feet can now smash small children. 2 1/2 weeks of teaching and being in the last month of pregnancy has finally caught up to me.  By the end of the day, my feet look like they belong on the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man or Incredible Hulk.  After two doctor's office visits, I have been reassured it is not preeclampsia, and I just need to elevate my feet higher than my heart...not the easiest thing to do while teaching the college application essay to seniors and rhetorical devices to sophomores, so they sent me home from work for a couple of days to see if they will improve.  Since I still have 5 weeks till Lil Miss arrives, I am hoping to teach for at least 3 more of those weeks and have a feeling I am going to get used to seeing these puffy feet for a while longer.  I've decided I would prefer to think of them more like Hulk feet than Stay Puft because at least watching my feet grow and shrink seems more like a super power.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Hospital Bag

My mail, and now this blog, has taken a dark turn.  I received this package today, and I'm thinking this is the beginning of the TMI posts that will eventually flood this blog.

The above pic includes Tucks hemorrhoid pads and super heavy absorbent incontinence pads--yes my mail was awesome today.  I'm still 5 1/2 weeks away from delivering Lil Miss, but I am trying to shop for (and add to) my hospital list, so that this bag is good and ready well before mid-October.  

For those of you expecting or who want to suggest additions, here is my unfinished list:

Unfinished Hospital List:

  • Ginormous underwear
  • Lanolin lotion
  • Extra pillows/Blanket
  • Nursing camis
  • Baby wipes
  • 3 pairs of socks (with grippy bottoms)
  • Flip flops and slippers
  • Comfy robe and pjs
  • Fiber snacks
  • Snacks for husband
  • Hard candies
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Toiletries (Chapstick, Face Wash, retainers, contact solution, toothbrush/paste, hair brush, deoderant)
  • Hair dryer
  • Boppy pillow
  • Camera, Phones, Ipads, Chargers
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Plug-in nightlight
  • Belly bandit
  • Baby Outfits: Hats, mittens, comfy/warm outfits with legs for car seat
  • My going home outfit- Yoga pants, nursing cami, flip flops, hoodie

For Home Recovery:
  • Nursing bras
  • Nursing pads/soothers
  • Tucks pads
  • Heavy pads, incontinence pads, or adult diapers
  • Stool softener
  • Detachable shower head
  • Mild body soap
  • Spray pain reliever
  • Padsicles
  • Perineal irrigation bottle (and all other goodies from the hospital)
Thanks to all my mom friends and these sites: E Tells Tales, Little Baby Garvin, and Dear Baby for helping me start my list.

Ok moms, what did I leave off and what on this list is not needed?