Thursday, July 13, 2006

Thursday Thirteen

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Thirteen things about my hospital stay over the weekend after having baby Isaiah.

1. I was blessed with such amazing nursing staff. The nurse who was with me during my labor was soo wonderful and helpful. In fact, I think I may send a little thank you card her way. It's just so wonderful when the person taking care of you actually cares about you. She was made to be a nurse and she had genuine care for me.

2. I received three meals a day from the cafeteria and then two snacks a day that I took from the nourishment pantry because I am nursing. My hubby had food from the cafeteria the first day as well and didn't like it AT ALL. I ranted and raved to him about the food the first day. In fact, my breakfast Saturday morning, about 4 hours after I had the baby, tasted like something from a four star restaurant. It was french toast, fruit and cereal and it was DELICIOUS. In fact everything I ate that first day was simply divine to me. But by Monday, I began noticing just how not so good the food really was and I was dying for my food at home.

3. There is nothing better after having a baby, then getting the okay from your nurse 24 or so hours later that you can take a shower. I think it was the best shower in my life.

4. By Monday, when I had gone 3 days with about only 3 hours of sleep total, I asked the pediatrician, with much concern, If they give numbing medication during c-sections. He looked at me dumbfounded. I then realized what I had said. I then said, sorry, my brain stopped working. I mean during circumcisions. I felt so dumb!

5. In the room we stayed in the full 3 days, there was an extra bed. My hubby was able to get rest and sleep on a bed. With my first, all Steve had was a chair, poor guy!

6. Water has become my best friend. I was given this nifty jug with a straw to drink water out of. It is 30 ounces and there are little markers on it so you can see exactly how many ounces are left in the jug. Something about nursing, makes you crave water. Maybe because it is so important to drink. Anyway, they let me take my jug home with me, I was so excited, and let me tell you, all I seem to drink lately is water. You have to understand, I have never loved to drink water!

7. In the nourishment pantry that we got to take from two times a day, there were snacks with our names on them, but then you were allowed to take from anything else in there if it didn't have a name. Things ranged from fruit to graham crackers, things like that. I always got excited when there was a can of 7UP in there. I am not even that big of a fan of 7UP, but I tell you what, over the weekend, it was delightful!

8. One of the midwives who came to do vitals and see how I was healing, couldn't believe how great I looked. She told me that I was made to have babies and should have more. Well, right now, two is definitely PLENTY!

9. My baby boy has gas, lots of it. And I think it's because boys will be boys, but he toots like nobody's business. And my little man stinks up a room.

10. I perfected the technique of swaddling over the weekend. I never got it completely down with my first. But nurses came in sooooo many times during my stay and would swaddle him up when they were done checking him. All of that observation has made me a swaddling expert,

11. I was peed on twice. It's crazy how much that stuff shoots up in the air.

12. I spent so much time in the hospital just staring at my little guy. It was wonderful.

13. It's so nice to get those discharge papers and go home.

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kontan said...

I bet you were ready to go home for rest! I never enjoy hospital stays. Can't rest. Lucky for Dad that the extra bed was there!

Nature Girl said...

Congratulations on your new little guy! How wonderful! Good for you on the water too...I love the stuff and I'm having a hard time getting it all in. Great TT, I played too. Stacie

Irish Church Lady :) said...

Wow! You managed to get beautiful TT with a new baby and all! You're a rockin' Mamma! Thanks for sharing. I remember being really thirsty when I was nursing too. Your body does need lots of fluids to produce all that milk. I've heard you can put a tissue over his weeny to prevent such accidents. Dunno, I never had a boy (as a baby). BTW you've got the millionaire's family now as I'm sure you've been told.

BecK said...

Congrats on the new little guy!

Happy0303 said...

Congrats on the new baby. I also remember that first shower I took after my baby was born. I didn't want to come out! DH had to come in and make sure I didn't pass out or something.

armywife said...

congratulations! isaiah is a precious gift from God. i'm so glad everything went smoothly.

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Faerylandmom said...

It was refreshing to see your blog today, Erica. :o) I'm glad to know that all is well so far. Good for you on the water...keep it up, k?

kelli said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful experience! Congratulations...and I just love the name you choose!

Mama Duck said...

Lil' Duck lived in a swaddle for the first few months - only way he would sleep or calm down. It's a beautiful thing, hope you got some nice big hospital blankets too ;).

Lady Jane said...

Congratulations and God Bless!

Pixie said...

Oh gosh he's beautiful! {Scrolled down to see if you had posted any pics} Congrats & many blessings to you all!

k-diggity said...

Contratulations on the baby!!
WOW you are really something to keep up with a new born and TT!!!
Have a great weekend!