Leaving for HOME….
We have made it at home for about 1-1/2 weeks now. And it feels good. I always want to stay at the hospital as long as possible – you know, you are well cared for (meals brought to you, no pressure to clean the house, someone caring for your newborn every night) and it just feels safe. But… I come home, and it feels right. In this short time we have had an onslaught of doctor’s visits to keep us busy. I had a check up for my incision, and then a follow-up appointment to make sure it was healing. Eliana had her first visit with the pediatrician, and then an ultrasound for a sacral dimple they saw and wanted to check out; all looks good. Madison went to the doctor for a funny sounding cough that we didn’t want to be passed along if we could help it. I went to a follow-up appointment regarding my appendectomy. Jeremy is the only one who avoided a doctor…. although he did go along to a few of those.
First Doctor’s visit: Weight: 8lbs, 5oz Length: 20.5 in Head circumference: 15 in
The first week home, Jeremy was here. It was amazing to watch him be a dad. I was so busy with Ellie; he became Madison’s go-to person. She got to fall in love with her daddy all over again. He was up more at night helping me, since nursing was a bit iff-y those first days. He was awesome! Unfortunately, he had to go out-of-state for training. (He accepted a position with Rettew for a full-time job! Yea… what a blessing that happened around Christmas time.) So, my parents moved in for about five days. They are superhuman, I think. There was a whirlwind of playing, cleaning, laundry, cooking, and doctoring. I threw up for the first time in decades on Tuesday and was worthless. I couldn’t hardly move. They let me just sleep most of the day. By Wednesday, I was feeling more human and was thankful it was only about a 24-hour thing.
Grandparents are special…
Madison went overnight to Yohs to let me recuperate a little longer. They brought her back on Thursday evening along with supper. On Friday, they helped entertain both girls while I ran out to one of the doctor’s appointments. Jeremy returned on Friday late afternoon. It was so good to see him. I had missed him more than I thought I would, and I missed our “normal” family life. It is kinda like the hospital – it is nice to have people doting on you and helping, but you also want things to just feel normal too. He brought normal back to our house.
Madison’s first snow (and hanging out)…