OK, so I’ve been priding myself on getting absolutely everything ready in time. Apart from a slight hiccup which I’ll explain another time, everything has gone brilliantly to plan.
- Nursery? Check.
- Pushchair? Check.
- Baby Monitor? Check.
But we spent 2 or 3 weeks discussing how “we should really get the hospital bag ready”.
Each time, we were both in agreement that this was an important and timely next step.
Did we do it?
Did we b——s.
So we went in for another of your average consultant reviews, which we have attended every 2 or 3 weeks for the last few months, and imagine our surprise when an understandably cautious Mr O’Sullivan decided that Maria’s pre-eclampsia symptoms were getting worse and she should be kept in for precautionary observation.
We had nothing ready. We were unprepared.
So you can imagine the scene after Dad got home, with a list on his phone of everything that Mum could possibly think of.
There I was running around the house for 2 hours, trying to find particular items, trying to decipher what a particular type of top was, and trying to pick clothes my wife would actually wear, or even be able to wear. Trying to squeeze it all into the luggage, and finding the luggage wasn’t big enough. Change luggage.
I’ll be honest with you; This is all best done with your wife there to guide and assist you. I would recommend you get the bag ready a good month before you think you might need it, which should be a good month before your due date, so a full 2 months early!
I learnt to be prepared in the cubs. The best lessons are learned early.