- 7 years ago
The rest of the hospital stay was pretty nice. My husband got some early 1 on 1 time with her while I got unhooked from all the IVs and ate a bunch (they didn’t let me eat anything through labor or even have gatorade so I was starving). So that was some really good daddy daughter bonding time, he was completely in love by the time I returned to them. For me, I was completely in love but it all felt so surreal for the first 24 hours. I don’t think all the mommy feelings that people talk about hit me until the next day, the first day my feeling was more – ‘this is neat, she’s a cool baby’ – maybe my brain was still half drugged or something.
When they found out we were nursing everyone was 100% onboard with helping us out and making sure she was feeding enough to help my milk come in quickly and reminding me to put lotion on and bringing icy packs, very helpful and supportive.
Our hospital doesn’t do newborn photos but there was a photographer there shooting pictures of the maternity ward for a pamphlet and they chose our little sprout for the photo shoot. The photographer took a bunch of pics of my husband, sprout and I and said he’d send the good ones along so that was a really nice treat.
My husband and I both thought he’d sleep at the hospital but since no one had slept the night I was in labor and the pull out chair in the room looked oh so uncomfy, we decided it’d be best for him to try for a good nights sleep at home, which I think was a good decision. The one bad thing about the hospital stay was the sleep. For some reason they’d do tests on the baby around 11 pm – 12 am, and then she’d be starving so I’d feed her, and I had so much adrenaline from labor that I had trouble falling asleep, then a nurse would come in in the middle of the night to make sure I woke up to nurse her again and then people would start coming in the room to draw my blood and do check ups at 7 am…..so sleep didn’t really happen in the hospital. I probably should have rested more during the day but I’m not much of a napper. However, pregnancy things like feeling like I had mono went away so I feel a lot more able to deal with a lack of sleep now than I did during pregnancy (also acid reflux is completely gone, yay!) and with nursing those first few sleepless nights have really paid off in helping get nursing established and I’m able to sleep big chunks now.
We stayed in the hospital close to 2 days and then went home. We’ve been having lots of visitors. I’ve found overnight visitors (all family members) that come one at a time have been really helpful, 2s alright and 3 or more overnight visitors is a bit too much. This week though everyones gone and we’re just having people stop by. My husband took off this week and last and that’s been really great. At least for the first week I’d highly recommend it, I was so sleep deprived and sore that him there to help out made everything quite manageable. Slowly we’re finding a new groove with the baby, she’s got quite a personality already and pretty much only fusses when she’s hungry (and then gasps for breath in excitement or starts smacking her lips together when she realizes she gets to nurse) so she’s made it really easy on us.