The exam vs essay feeling

For anyone who has spent a significant amount of time in education, this feeling will be familiar. You know the one – you have an essay deadline on the horizon and you’ve barely started, but you also have an exam looming and need to revise. Which do you do first? You feel like you have no time for either and consequently go round in circles, getting more stressed that you’re running out of time and failing to do anything productive.

This is me at the moment. All the big things were prepared / bought for the baby months ago, but I still have to buy / organise / pack the little things. I am 36+2 today, so really need to have ‘just in case’ bags packed; I’m going to pack a birthing bag and a post-birth bag, both of which will be useful at home to have everything to hand but then also all contained if we need to transfer to hospital.

I also need to tidy and clean the house, which is presenting itself as a major difficulty right now as I am so exhausted and unable to do simple things like reach the floor (!), crouch down, kneel down, lift things or general do anything physical as it leaves me breathless and sweating.

So, I guess all there is to do is make lists…! Green = packed. Orange = bought but not packed yet. Red = need to buy. Oh god. Update 27/10/13… everything is finally bought, and nearly everything is packed. The only things not packed are labour related, which as I’m planning a home birth, I’ve got out ready to start labouring at home. If we have to transfer, they’ll just be bundled into a bag.

Birthing bag

  • Bikini top
  • Dressing gown
  • Slippers
  • Socks
  • Cheap night shirt / large t-shirt
  • TENS machine
  • Music (ipod)
  • Clary sage / carrier oil
  • Flannel
  • Lip balm
  • Hair bobbles
  • Paracetamol
  • Chocolate / other snacks
  • Water bottle
  • Bottle of squash

Post-birth bag

  • Open-fronted PJs (or similar for easy breastfeeding access)
  • Nightshirt (in case of catheter in hospital)
  • MASSIVE pants! (Including 1 pack of disposables)
  • Maternity pads (2 packs)
  • Dark towels
  • Nursing bras
  • Breast pads (pack of disposables)
  • Lanisoh (going to ask MW for a prescription if needed – have a sachet for emergencies)
  • Comfy outfit to go home in
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, soap, shampoo etc)
  • Deodorant

Changing bag – all baby stuff

  • Changing mat
  • Nappies (starting with disposable)
  • Cotton wool
  • Wipes
  • Muslins
  • Hat
  • Scratch mitts
  • Babygrows – in different sizes
  • Vests – ditto
  • Blanket
  • Snowsuit / jacket