Short of having ten hands, I finally resorted to throwing everything in a bin and just carrying it around. You only need one hand for that! It was either this or a tool belt.
Lanolin, 2 tubes: mini one from hospital and standard sized one. If you don't know what this is for, you can Google it.
Hairbrush: to avoid a repeat of the squirrels nest bedhead I woke up with on 6/8.
Smartphone: for sending requisite on-the-couch shots to family. (Little do they realize we've been on the couch for the last five hours.)
Camera: when the Smartphone camera just won't cut it. Also nicer than Smartphone camera because it won't accidentally call someone while trying to put the settings to "no flash." (True story. Not so smart, are we, phone?!)
Thermometer: used once so far to confirm baby did not have fever.
Cardboard packaging from thermometer that has a Fever Chart on it: because there is no way I'm going to remember four different temperature readings that indicate fever based on where you took the temperature. Especially if I can't even remember which side I nursed on ten minutes ago.
One baby sock: who knows where the other one is!
Nursing pads: again, you can Google this, though it's probably more obvious. The packaging is almost too easy to open. Do it too quickly and it's the equivalent of a jumpy toaster.
Mini Peppermint Patties: though no matter how much my day and night sleeping schedule is turned around, I can't bring myself to eat these before lunchtime.
Crabtree & Evelyn Rosewater hand lotion: to make me feel ladylike...until I realize that if you want the baby to know your scent, you probably shouldn't be covering it up with flowers. *Lotion goes unused*
Hand pump: I'm pretty sure Medela has cornered the market on this one. You probably haven't seen the Harmony model up close (I don't blame you), but it's seriously the engineering equivalent of a sleek top-of-the-line carbon time trial bike--and a steal at about $30. Absurd comparison, yes, but it's a real beauty. The most useful thing I thought I didn't need.
The Captain's Log: I don't plan to right down every feeding this child ever takes, but for now, keeping tracking of when and how long is proving pretty useful.
Now back to the lovely lady!