December 29, 2009

The Hospital Stay

After delivery, I was taken to the recovery room, accompanied by Jeff. After a few minutes, they brought Benjamin to us. We were overjoyed. I was able to hold Ben and nurse him for the first time there in the recovery area. He was such a good eater from the very beginning! A baby's instinct to root, latch and suck from the first moments of life is awesome. He was very calm, alert and peaceful as he lay on my chest, skin to skin. After he nursed, Jeff was able to wheel him down the hallway to meet the family who were eagerly awaiting his arrival :) As he wheeled the bassinet up to Nana, Grandpa Lee, Cici, Grandpa Jerry and Uncle Patrick, Jeff said, "Meet Benjamin William!" Everyone got a chance to see Ben and take some pictures before he got taken back into the newborn nursery to get cleaned up. Our family got to watch that happen through the window. Meanwhile back in recovery, I was feeling extremely tired/groggy, dizzy and had trouble focusing my eyes. I guess this is because of the long labor followed by surgery and the the intensive amount of drugs they pumped into me in a short period of time. After a while, they wheeled me out to the post-partum room that would become our home away from home for the next few days. I passed our family as they took me down the hallway, and was SO happy to see all those smiling faces saying how beautiful and precious our little son was.We spent 4 days and 3 nights in the hospital because of the C-Section. It seemed like a blur of activity, with doctors, nurses and techs coming in round the clock to check mom's and baby's vitals, administer meds, help with nursing, diapering, swaddling, clearing congestion, reassuring us that all Ben's little noises were normal, etc, etc. Family came to visit every day, sometimes more than once a day, which lifted our spirits and brought lots of smiles and love to the room. Jeff and I got to know our little guy more and more every minute. Some of my favorite memories of this are the skin to skin "kangaroo care", seeing a little smile come across Ben's face a couple times in his sleep, and seeing Jeff swaddle and sing to his little "Ben Burrito!"
By Sunday and Monday, we were SO ready to get home. We had our final nurse Janet who provided some comic relief on our last day ("Did you hear that? That was me!") Then family came and we made our way HOME, at long last! It was our original due date, December 28, 2009.

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