I don’t know if my previous labor truly counts because my son was only 4 pounds 12 ounces at birth. He decided to come when I was only 34 weeks. At the time, it was an absolute horror – me being in the hospital for a week and my son being there for three, but now, reflecting on that experience, and my current bloated, stretch-marked, can’t-get-through-a-doorway, 36 week pregnant self, I really wouldn’t mind the alternative… At least I could sleep in that darn hospital bed!
Regardless of my current size or my past labor time, (although it DID take 12 hours…just sayin’s all…) I have several friends who are pregnant now. With that, and the welcoming of spring, a series of baby showers have begun. I’ve been racking my brain trying to come up with a unique, useful gift. I keep coming back to the one my cousin offered me while still in the hospital awaiting induction.
I remember it vividly – She asked me if I had everything I needed to have this baby. I went through a mental checklist saying that I had a crib and bassinet, some clothes (though my baby shower came after my son’s birth of course), some diapers, and some wipes. She stopped me and asked again:
“No do YOU have everything you need to have this baby?” I was clueless as to what she was implying.
“Isn’t a crib, clothes, diapers, and wipes all you need for a baby?” I asked. She began to laugh, patronizingly. The next day she came with a huge bag. I have to admit that I got a little bit nervous as I began to expose it’s contents: Huge grandma-style, thick fluffy pads, a strange ketchup bottle-looking water bottle, stool softener, ice packs, Ibuprofen, Tylenol, Witch Hazel wipes, and Epi-Foam. I think she threw in some fuzzy socks and a nice baby blanket too, but the meds were what made the lasting impression.
At first it was one of fear. Do I REALLY need all of this stuff? I soon discovered that I indeed did. In fact, the witch hazel wipes, epi-foam, ice packs, and grandma pads were the only things that got me through the first week of my hospital trips (since I couldn’t bring my sweet baby home). Oh and I carried that water bottle with me everywhere during the first month too. Even just the thought of toilet paper was painful.
So maybe opening up a bag of epi-foam, stool-softener, witch hazel wipes, and grandma pads is a little bit uncomfortable – maybe even embarrassing – especially in comparison to that adorable “If you think I’m handsome, you should see my dad” onsies; but at least I know my gift will be used and not returned with the ten other pairs of the same shorts that they’ll receive. I know, because it’s what I used… And I only had a 4 pound baby.
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