Yes, I had DS at 35+5 and only had to stay in for 3 days. Thankfully I was organised, but I did later speak to loads of other new mums who said they were nowhere near organised at that point, so you aren't the only one!
I'm 36+4, he's 2/5 engaged and I haven't packed the labour bag yet.... The arrival of the birth pool and homebirth kit being dropped off has freaked me out quite enough for one week! Will do the labour bag (in case of transfer) next week I think - when I'll be classed as full term
After much nagging by my mum I finally packed my hospital bag at 36+4 (I don't think DS was anything engaged at my 36 week mw appt). Waters broke and went into hospital on 36+5. stayed in over night and had DS 36+6.....
Still, at least I didn't have a bag hanging around the house for ages
I am 39+1 and only packed my bag yesterday. When I had dd 4 years ago I packed the day I went into labour which was 41+3. I figured everyone always tells you how long your first labour will go on for I will have time to pack a bag!!
I have had the moses baskets and clothes sorted for a couple of weeks but really only because my mum insisted on helping me go through everything we already had and helping me carry it all down from the loft.
I thought you were proposing to put a chicken into your hospital bag!! I've heard of whale music, but having a live chicken running around the delivery room takes 'natural birthing' to a whole other level. I guess you'd have a nice fresh egg to go with your postnatal toast though!!!
I was also intrigued about packing fowl. I'm 38+2 and packed my bag 2 weeks ago. <proud,organised face> Yesterday I unpacked it took tags off bits and washed everything in it so I'm actually only officially packing today.
I'm 34 weeks and keep planning to pack my bag and not getting around to it - finish work tomorrow, so will do it tomorrow night!
If I was to have the baby now, we'd be in a hopeless pickle - the house is in bits, we're in the middle of replacing the kitchen and finishing an extension, I don't have any of our new baby stuff ready as I lent it all to a friend and it's still at her house waiting for me to pick up. Oh dear, what a contrast to first time round - everything was all organised then!