Well the weeks are counting down for Kris, Everly and I here at the shop. Baby #2 is getting ready to make his or her big debut and I am in nesting mode. I thought I would make this weeks blog post all about what to pack for the hospital. Here is what we are bringing with us.
1. Birth Plan, Medical Documents and Insurance Info
2. Car Seat
3. FEY Hospital Gown*
4. iPod and Speaker Loaded Up With "Hello World" Playlist*
5. FEY Coming Home Outfit* - for a little man or a little lady
6. FEY Swaddle Blanket
7. Pillow, Blanket and Cot for Kris - the hospital only supplies a mat and thin blanket for the support person
8. Diaper Bag Packed with Diapers, Wipes and Other Baby Essentials
9. Nursing Tank Top and Bras
10. Ear Plugs - Kris and I took turns sleeping when Everly was born and were so thankful we brought them
11. Toiletry Bag (hair ties, toothbrush and paste, glasses, shampoo and conditioner, moisturizer, deodorant...)
12. Woods Body Goods Lip Balm - the hospital is so dry and hard on your skin http://woodsbodygoods.com/
13. Pregnancy Journal - to write down baby's birth story while it is fresh in my mind
14. Camera with Extra Memory Card and Back Up Battery
15. Flip Flops for the Shower and Walking Around
16. Comfy Clothes to Come Home In.
I don't know about you ladies, but I love music. I found it really helped keep the mood and medical staff upbeat when I had Everly. For the early stages of labor I had 90's music going. Hits like "This Is How We Do It" and "Groove Is In The Heart" helped me keep up my energy and ready for the marathon that is labor. Once we got a little closer to meeting our baby girl I switched the playlist to what I called "Music To Rock Your Baby To" which I had spent months agonizing over. I wanted the my little one to be met with songs that had great meaning to my husband and I.This time around I have chosen different songs to add to my ultimate playlist which I have dubbed "Hello World." Some of the songs include - "Love Is" by Adam Cohen, "Can't Help Falling In Love" by The Once, "Love Someone" by Jason Mraz, "Rivers and Roads" by The Head And The Heart,"Love You Babe" by Jason Collett, "Me and you" by Jake Bugg, "Pure and Simple" by Dolly Parton, "Emmylou" by First Aid Kit and "Crazy Love" by Van Morrison. I think the nicest thing about having music in the delivery room is the memories it created for me. I can't hear the songs "Sea of Love" by Cat Power or "Your Song" by Ellie Goulding without being taken back to the place where I met my little girl for the first time.
As for baby's coming home outfit I spent a lot of time online trying to pick out the perfect fabric. For some reason I kept coming back to the milk bottles and decided to order it in a pale pink and baby blue. I am in love with how these turned out and can't wait to see my little on in them. We will have limited quantities available for purchase, in NB only, on our website in late January 2017.
And we can't forget about mom. I will again be bringing my own hospital gown, but in a new print. There is something about being in your own clothing while in hospital. I knew it was clean and bleach free which gave me a sense of reassurance and I loved the pop of color it gave to the photos I had from the hospital. They have shoulder snaps which made it really easy for breast feeding. I ended up using it at home too for the first few weeks. These lovely gowns will be available for purchase at our shop in late January in two prints made from 100% organic cotton.
We are so excited to meet our baby and will keep you posted about their arrival. Thank you all for the support and kind words. Be sure to tune in next week when I talk about the hottest holiday gifts and where to find them. I'm so excited to share all of the small businesses I am finding gifts from for the holidays.