July 20, 2012

Guest Post: Chelsey from The Halbert Homestead

Today as I am savoring my last day on the sugar white beaches of the Emerald Coast, Chelsey from The Halbert Homestead is filling in for me! Chelsey has some awesome tips on what to pack in your hospital bags! I love this list because I am just as likely to flip my lid if I am not properly prepared! I even made Chris a "Daddy in the Know" binder for the hospital. A post for another day, but that just shows you how much I appreciate posts like this one!


Hello faithful It's A Vol! Readers,
I am Chelsey, and I blog at The Halbert Homestead  our blog is about family life, my 2year old toddler Curtis, My ever growing baby bump {check out my weekly bump watch posts } DIY, Pinterest Recipes, and a bunch of randoms thrown in!

 Since I'm gearing up for the birth of our daughter in October, I thought I'd share what I plan on packing in our Hospital Bags. I learned a lot from my last hospital bag. Last time I had about 10 minutes to finish throwing stuff in a suitcase, because of pre-term labor and low fluid issues. I took so much unnecessary stuff, when we arrived it was like we were planning a month stay in our room. 

This time I will be prepared {read I will go insane if I am not prepared!}
 Below are 4 different collections. 1 for me, 1 for my Husband, 1 for Evelyn {yes we're cool like sarah and naming our baby Evie} and 1 labor bag. The labor bag is things I might want during labor, some or all of it might go unused but it's there if I need it. 

For Mom...

For Mom

1.Lounge Clothes for after birth. Why didn't I change out of the hospital gown after delivering? Live and learn.

2.Slippers you do not want to know what's on the floor in a hospital, ick.
3.Nursing Tank Not even going to bother with a nursing bra this time, a tank will be supportive enough for the first 2 days until my milk comes in. 
4.Iphone because we know the family will want pictures asap 
5.My Breast Friend I'm not sure why I didn't bring a boopy/MBF last time, it will be so nice to prop the baby up while I'm nursing in the hospital bed. 
6.Head Bands because who really wants hair in the face while laboring? not me!
7.Cosmetic Bag so when I eventually realize I look like a scary pale person, I can apply a little color ;) 

For Dad...

For Dad
1.Camera For all the "firsts"

2.Lounge Pants/Shirt Pretty sure the nurses will appreciate my husband not walking around in boxers at night.
3.Pillow Yes, we are bringing pillows. Call us spoiled, but when/if we do sleep we want to be semi-comfortable
4.Manly Cosmetic Bag So he can smell good :) 
5.Slippers My husband doesn't want to touch the icky floors either
6.Change of Clothes 

For Evelyn...Yes we are cool like Sarah and naming our kid Evie ;) 

Evelyn's Bag

1. Burp cloths. These you use from day one.
2. Going home outfit. Plus another outfit for afterwards. So 2 outfits total.
3.Hat/Socks Because October in Colorado mostly means snow 
4.Blanket keep her snugly in the carseat
5.Car Seat important if you want to leave with baby.
This is really *all* your baby needs. The hospital provides diapers, extra blankets, nose suction-er, thermometers, really everything you would need for baby. So don't over pack the baby bag. This is one of those "live and learn" bags, I packed way to much for Curtis.

The Labor Bag...
Hospital Bag 2
1. Clif Bars/Protein Bars now some hospital rules are no eating while in labor, thankfully my midwife lets some things slide. Also you never know when you will go in labor and your partner might be hungry. 
2. Gum if you can't/don't want to eat something to chew on like gum or even lollypops are a good choice to help change the flavor in your mouth during labor.
3. Laptop I put this in our labor bag for my Husband to mess around on if things are taking awhile. But I doubt we will pull it out until after delivery etc..
4. Chapstick Your lips get really dry from breathing through your mouth during labor stages. 
5. Ipod I will be making a labor-playlist for this baby, not sure if I will want to listen to it or not, but I want it on hand just in case it will help relax me.
6. Blanket I actually saw this on another blog, a woman brought a blanket from home to make her feel more comfortable and cozy during labor/resting times.
7. Aromatherapy/massage oil this is a new item to my labor bag, one of those "see if I like it in the moment" I thought it might be nice to have some calming scents during labor, or have my husband massage my back with some. 
8. Room Diffuser another new item to my bag, since you can't bring candles to a hospital, something that might smell up the room like a nice lavender scent instead of the hospital smell.   

So there you have it, our hospital bags. Not too much but just enough, and if we really do need/forget anything we can always send someone out to pick it up. 

Thank you so much Sarah for having me guest post. Love It's a Vol! and the readers! 
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Thanks for taking over for the day Chelsey! Your tips are great (I couldn't agree more with them) and, of course, I LOVE Miss Evelyn's name! ;) 

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