They say the hospital staff can always tell a first-time mom by the size of the suitcase she brings to the hospital. :) I say, I'd rather be over-prepared than under-prepared, especially since we are 35-40 minutes from the hospital. For things that I am not sure are really necessary, I am leaving them in the car and will send Tad out to get them if I really need them.
I know this list will look different for every person, since each person/hospital/delivery/baby is different!
Here's a list of what I have packed or am planning on packing in my bag (I'll post about Tad and the baby's bags later today):
-pillow with a pretty pillowcase (it will be in lots of pictures!)
-music (loaded on Tad's Nokia n800)
-cheap flip-flops (for shower)
-baby book or two (for reference)
-snacks (for after the birth)
-sugar-free hard candies (for during labor, if they let me)
-drinks with electrolytes
-cameras/empty SD card/extra batteries
-and the kitchen sink
I know! It's a lot! Anything essential that I forgot?