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My pregnancy is slowing creeping to a close, as I have officially entered my third trimester. I’m really excited, not just to meet my new baby, but actually for the whole birth process. Sure, my first birth didn’t go exactly according to my birth plan, but I think because of that, I am much more prepared this time. I’m planning on doing many of the things the same way – same doctor, same doula, same hospital – but a few steps along the way will be changed. Especially for my husband. My giving birth was incredibly traumatic for him, and I’d like this time around to be a bit more enjoyable. I’m planning on making sure he has a properly packed Dad’s Hospital Bag, that he eats more frequently during labor if it takes a while, and that he gets a good night sleep – even if that means I kick him out of my room.
He felt useless, and constantly worried that I or the baby were going to pass away in the process.
Tall Dad did not get this awesome hormonal rush, and just ended up being a cranky, worrisome, confused man on a cot.
He was ready to tackle fatherhood.
You know those Snickers commercials – “You’re not you when you’re hungry?” Well, it’s true! No one is on their A-Game when their tummies are growling. Moms don’t normally eat during labor, and honestly they don’t have a lot of time to think about snacks.
However, birth parters are a totally different story. They need fuel!
Pack a bunch of your husband’s favorite protein bars, dried fruit, beef jerky, or whatever you’d have in your car for a long road trip. You’ll want a mix of sweet, savory, and filling. Birth partners are not granted free food in the hospital, and they will be hungry for several days.
In addition to food, pack some of their favorite travel drinks – Powerade, coconut water – whatever makes them feel hydrated and happy!
Not to mention, nurses are coming in almost every hour to check in on the birth mom or the baby – so the constant distraction might be hard on a light sleeper like my husband. Once again, I’m going to have natural hormones keeping me up and able…Tall Dad will not. He needs his sleep!
Now my man is going to feel fresh and clean while we are at the hospital – versus having to use the little boring bars of soap that they have already available. Goodbye stinky Tall Dad and hello handsome smelling Tall Dad!
Also pack a pair of earbud headphones to help Dad sleep during the night if sounds bother him. Within this category is also the necessary accessories – smartphones, cameras, and all chargers!
I also see our stay at the hospital as a mini-vacation. My toddler son will most likely be with my parents overnight, I’ll have room service, food brought to my side day and night, and special alone time with our new baby.
Plus, those first few days in the hospital are the quietest my new baby will ever be -they usually become loud criers several days after birth.
I’m going to soak up being pampered, lounging in pajama pants and hospital gowns, and spending special bonding time with Tall Dad and our new baby.
Moms who have given birth more than once – did you find yourself more excited or nervous about birth the second time? Am I the only one who is sincerely pumped?
Talk soon friends,
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