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July 6th, 2010, 09:11 PM
inyourhonor's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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Okay so this seems like a silly title to have here but its not haha.

I've been thinking about this lately, my mom is going to take the boys when I am in labor/having the baby. She did this with my oldest when I was in labor with my 2nd son. Now, I don't plan on them spending the night if I labor and deliver during the day. With my son Dane I went into labor late at night (11pm) and had him at almost 2pm the next day. My oldest son Gage slept for most of it but when he woke up Grandma came to take care of him because by then, I was hitting hard labor.

So, I have been thinking, just in case, if I do happen to have a later delivery (more so around the time I actually started my last labor) should I pack the boys a bag for them to stay with my mom? A just in case bag? A change of clothes, toys and such to go with them. She has stuff there for them but a quick overnight bag.

What would you do? I know that they'll end up going to my moms if I don't deliver the baby while they're still in bed. I just want to be prepared. I forgot to ask my mom today when I spoke to her about this.
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July 6th, 2010, 10:38 PM
laisydaisymama's Avatar Natural Birth Junkie
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Location: Texas
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hmm... my mom has everything, including clothes at her house already. I would say sending a couple of things over there now would be a good idea, so nobody has to worry about it, and then if she needs something, for overnight OR during the day, it's there, and if she needs to help out in the first couple of weeks and take them, she has what she needs!

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July 6th, 2010, 10:49 PM
inyourhonor's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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Ohh even better. I think I'll set out a few outfits and PJ's when I do laundry tomorrow.

Smart cookie you are
Marisa (29) married to J (35), mama to G (10), D (7), B (5) and K (1).
Little Miss joined our family Dec 4th, 2015 at 35 weeks.
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July 7th, 2010, 05:42 AM
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I plan on packing up a small bag for the kids in case they need to go stay with family...we are planning on the kids staying at home during labor just like my DS stayed at the hospital the whole time I labored with my DD. but you just never know so I want to have a bag packed up just in case.

For us that is one reason why we are planning a homebirth...my DH wasn't looking forward to taking two kids to the hospital or birthing center.
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July 7th, 2010, 07:07 AM
HappyHippy's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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Sure, can't hurt.
Mama to G, L & twins F & M
Started off 2013 homebirthing suprise twins Fia Celesta & Maddalena Isabella
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July 9th, 2010, 08:26 AM
GranolaMamaOf3's Avatar ~Heather~
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Hmmm....Probably not a bad idea! I should be considering this myself! If all goes as planed, my mom will be here, and she will help with BE, but if she doesn't make it in time (like last time...she coming from KY!) I'm going to have a friend on call, and a pre-packed bag would be helpful! I'd prefer to keep BE here with us, but we will play it by ear.

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July 11th, 2010, 06:29 PM
Twinkle's Avatar Platinum Super Mommy
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I wish I had done this! I had planned on the girls being here, but with the way labor was, and how I really needed it to be quiet, it actually worked out best that they weren't here. I was 7cm walking around trying to pack an overnight bag for my inlaws to take the girls. I totally didn't pack everything they needed/wanted, and they ended up having a tough time sleeping over at my inlaws that night. Obviously they survived and are unharmed by it, but I think they would have benefited from having clothes/jammies already there, so I could just throw in their "lovies" for bedtime.

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