Can’t believe that Dana is finally here! I am so happy to have a little girl. My kids were so excited that I had a girl, too. I cried when Marlee and Bradley walked into the hospital room to see me and meet Dana. I was so overwhelmed with emotions when they walked in, and they were a bit subdued. I think they were a bit scared to see me hooked up to an IV, and I certainly was not looking my best. Then they caught sight of their new sister and smiles lit up across their faces. They wanted to hold her and had so many questions. The kids hopped up on my hospital bed and took turns holding her. I taught them how to support her head and to be very gentle. Marlee did not want to let go of her and Bradley was done holding her in about 20 seconds. The novelty had already worn off.
I limited who came to see me in the hospital. This time was just for my family, my parents and my best friend, Laine. I was so exhausted that night. All I wanted was some sleep and sushi, which Rob kindly brought to the hospital for me. It was a long nine months of no sushi and wine. Since I gave birth at 11:42 on the evening of the 18th, I was discharged from the hospital on the morning of the 20th. I was ready to get out of there. I was so excited to dress my live doll and go home.
The kids were excited to see Dana when they came home from school, and my parents extended their trip to stay a bit longer. Everyone was so thrilled about Dana and ready to help out with whatever they could; whether with Dana, the kids or myself. I had hired a baby nurse to help me for one month so that I could catch up on sleep and still be attentive to Marlee and Bradley.
Friends came over all week to see Dana. They could not get over how beautiful she is. Most people thought she looked like a C-section baby. She came out perfectly, no conehead or smooshed face. In between visits and nursing, I did my best to sleep. The nursing is going fine and Dana is doing well. The nights are her fussy time and she certainly prefers being held than hanging out in her bassinet. Who wouldn’t prefer that!