No, really I thought it was sensible enough: the overnight bag I packed for the hospital the day I delivered my Mari had all the essentials, plus a few extras I thought I absolutely had to have when my first baby made her way into the world. Let’s see, I had:
Toothbrush and other personal hygiene stuff
Cute pajamas (because that hospital gown just wasn’t going to do)
A camera (to capture er’thang!)
A pack of grape Now & Laters (y’all know how I feel about my candy helps me get the job done)
A nursing bra
A super beautiful pink and white dress I picked for Mari’s going home outfit
A plush white blanket to wrap my new baby in
My own going home outfit
A car seat
A boom box with my much-cherished A Donny Hathaway Collection CD
A copy of Toure’s brilliant, “Soul City”
Now, I had plans to read “Soul City” while I waited patiently for my baby to come out, and it made all the sense in the world to have Donny’s “A Song For You” greet little Mari when she made her big debut. We’d both climb into our pretty clothes and ride on out into the sunset with Nick our new beautiful family ready for the world.
But uh, yeah.
When those contractions kicked in? Wasn’t nobody thinking about Donny or Toure or Now & Laters. The camera was at the bottom of the doggone bag and didn’t see the light of day until almost 24 hours later, when my parents showed up to see their new grandbaby. The dress I bought for Mari was too big way too big and the outfit I packed for myself was too small way too small. And I think the nurse took my Now & Laters. o_O
Not exactly the pretty picture I’d painted in my mind…
What crazy things did you bring in your overnight bag to the delivery room when you had your first baby? Do tell!
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