Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Memories with Charli: Recovery in the Hospital

So, I thought it would be a good idea to have some memory posts here and there because I realized I am already forgetting little details about Charli's first months. I want to be able to share a least some of what I remember with her and I want to document this journey for myself.

This first one is what Kyle and I remember from our recovery time in the hospital with her.

1. Charli came out screaming initially (super strong lungs!) but immediately calmed down when she was skin to skin with mommy. Dad and Grandma both cried when Charli was born. Mom was too excited and happy that baby was finally here to cry. The nurses had to rub her back to make her cry and clear her lungs out more. Dad cut the cord and Mom asked to see the placenta. Charli never once left our side in the recovery room because her apgar score was so good. Mommy held Charli skin to skin while she was getting stitched up and eventually asked for a diaper for her since she started to pass gas ha ha. Daddy was next to hold Charli, but Mom held her while she was being moved from delivery to recovery room.

2. Dad was too excited to sleep in the hospital and probably only slept a total of 45 minutes in the first couple of days. Charli liked to be held and rocked to sleep. Loved laying skin to skin with Mom and falling asleep while nursing. Dad was so excited that he woke Mom up when the baby got hiccups because he thought it was so cute. Mom didn't sleep very well due to nursing baby on demand and being checked on so frequently. Mom was super excited to finally be able to sleep on her stomach again.

3. Dad helped the nurse with the first bath in the hospital and did the first diaper change. Mom was more timid but jumped in with diaper changes. Her first time changing Charli's diaper was exciting because baby was not done pooping yet. Baby was rarely in her crib in the hospital and never left the room without Dad except for one time when she was taken to get weighed and only because he was asleep and Dad didn't know she had left.

4. Nurses came in every 20-30 minutes to check on Mom or Charli. Charli kept losing her identification bands off her legs. Luckily, she had an adhesive strip on her leg that stayed in place. Mom and Dad liked taking walks around the hospital with the baby. Mom lived off of pretty good food; Dad had to eat mom's left overs or snack on chex mix.

5. Grandma and Grandpa brought Mom and Dad movies to watch together since it was valentine's day. Mom and Dad were too tired to watch the movies. Charli had pictures taken in the hospital and wanted to have her cute hands near her face the entire time.

6. Baby's blood was drawn and she barely even fussed. Charli also had a hearing test that she passed with flying colors. Mom and Dad recorded goofy sleep deprived videos while in the hospital.

7. Mom thought Charli had the most perfectly shaped head ever. She also discovered that Charli had back dimples and was super excited. Every doctor that looked at Charli said she looked perfect.

8. Charli had a lot of visitors in the hospital and Mom was a little overwhelmed since she was pretty sore and tired from giving birth and was trying to learn to breastfeed Charli.

9. Mom struggled to get Charli to latch while breastfeeding but was super calm and patient in the hospital. Nurses would come in looking worried because the baby was crying and Mom was calm. Usually by that point baby was breastfeeding and had calmed down. Mom spent some time talking to one of her nurses late at night because of this. Dad tried to make friends with each nurse when shifts would change.

10. When mom left the hospital, she thought it was crazy that just 9 months earlier she had been in the hospital getting her gall bladder removed and feeling like she would never have a baby due to finding cysts on her ovaries. She remembered seeing the tiny footprints on the floor and feeling like it would never be her time. She shared this story with the nurse who brought her to her car. The day we left the hospital it was super warm for February.

The picture I used to announce Charli's arrival. I didn't announce her birth until 10 pm on the day she was born.

Dad holding Charli.

We spent Valentine's Day in the hospital with our baby girl. One of our first family photos.

I seriously thought she had the most perfectly shaped head ever. I love her hairline.

Her chubby little legs and the bands that kept falling off of them.

Charli's name tag in the hospital. :)

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