Some tips I've heard:
-Get a portable crib with a built in changing table
-If you're going to breast feed buy nipple balm!
-if you delivery vaginally make sure to bring home the squirt bottle from the hospital!
My hospital bag:
Button down shirts
Cocoa butter lotion
Boppy pillow (for nursing baby)
Blanket (in case the hospital blankets aren't warm enough)
Plastic bags for dirty/wet things
Band aids (I cut my toe. Lol)
Makeup remover wipes
Eye makeup remover
1 warm blanket
1 receiving blanket
1 pair of mittens
2 pairs of socks
Take home outfit / sweater & jeans, and onesie and shoes
1 extra onesie
1 extra pair of pants
Burp rag (cloth diaper)
Baby grooming kit (brush, in case she has hair, nose sucker, etc...)
Yes, I know some of it is unnecessary but if I have to stay for two (or 3 days if I end up with a c-section) I want some of my comforts from home...
So yesterday I was home alone just me and the baby my Hubby was at work. I decided to go out and get some fresh air and water our trees in our back yard. I put Ellie in the moby and walked out on my back porch. As I did I noticed that the rug under the patio furniture had been blown back by the wind (again, this happens all the time). So I kicked it back over using my left foot (I was wearing flip flops). At that moment I realized that something bit me and at the same time I heard.....a rattle. I saw the snake attached to my left ankle and had to kick it off of me. I screamed which scared my baby and ran into the house. For a split second after I thought did that really just happen? As I get back in the house my foot starts to Hurt just a little. I put the baby down in a safe spot. Call my mom to watch the baby. Then proceeded to call 911.
While on the phone with 911 I grab my wallet for my insurance card and unlock my front door. The dispatcher was very nice talking me through everything. I started freaking out because my lips mouth tongue and throat started tingling. My speech started slurring. Although I'm a nurse I've never had to deal with a snake bite before and was imagining the worst. 20 min later the ambulance and fire Dept arrive and start hooking me up. I got transferred to loma Linda medical center which is the best hospital in so California for snake bites.
As soon as I received my first dose of antivenin the tingling which had gotten worse stopped. I'm still here at the hospital turns out I got bit by a very poisonous snake second to the Mohave green. It's called a southern pacific rattlesnake. ( the fireman managed to kill that sucker and bring him with me. That snake was still moving decapitated the whole time I was in triage. ) I have finished 3 doses of antivenin and will be needing another because the swelling has gone up past my knee now. The venom will stay in my bloodstream for 2 weeks which means I can't nurse. I'm scared to now even after the two weeks. I'm just pumping and dumping right now. I will be on crutches for a few days. And for two weeks, every 2 days they will need to draw my blood to montior how thin it is. The venom makes it super thin and can cause complications like bleeds and strokes according to my doc.
So long story short. Please be careful outside girls. Especially with these beautiful babies. I keep thinking what if I bent over and flipped the rug back over instead of kicking it and it could have bit my sweet Ellie. So scary. They are saying the snakes are huge this season because of the weather in so cal they have breeded up a storm. So please please be careful!
Thank you all for all the support and sweet words. My foot hurts like hell and that snake really pisses me off! Anyhow thanks for reading sorry so long!