We are quickly approaching the one week mark of Bella making her entrance into the world. Hard to believe how fast things have gone and how its already difficult to remember life without our precious little girl.
We spent the first half of the week in the hospital as I recovered from my c-section and she worked on gaining weight. We ended up in the hospital until mid-afternoon on Saturday, facing a delay of about four hours in our discharge as they debated on whether or not they were ok with her going home with an 11% weight loss. She lost weight each day that we were in the hospital but after two steady weights and a re-check of her billirubin levels that went from adequate to good, she was allowed to go home Saturday afternoon.
I actually felt surprisingly good as we were in the hospital. My main challenge was getting in and out of bed due to the expected abdominal pain, but staying on top of my meds helped.
We had a lot of visitors in the hospital. Bella has eight grandparents and all of them visited us in the hospital despite none living in North Carolina.
Having a lot of friends that work at the hospital made it easy for many of them to visit as well, and Bella was greeted by Lenny, Lindsay, Nicole, Julie & Asad, and John during our stay.
Overall, the time in the hospital passed fast. We had lots of visitors and check-ups with various doctors and nurses during the day, and at night we enjoyed our time as a family of three.
By Saturday morning we were definitely anxious to go home. I couldn’t wait to sleep in my own bed (although I did like the assist I received getting out of the hospital bed with the position adjustment buttons) and introduce our little girl to her world.
Since we’ve been home, it has been all about getting her to feed and getting her weight up. At our doctor’s appointment yesterday, she had gained about an ounce in the two days since we’d been home. At her appointment today, she’d gained another 1.3 ounces – so we are definitely moving in the right direction. We’ll have weight check appointments until she gains back her birth weight. They like to see a gain of one ounce per day which would put us 12 days away from hitting that mark. We seem to be making strides in the feeding department so maybe if we are lucky it won’t take quite that long.
Other than that, life has been good. Her first night home was a struggle with lots of screaming at night, but the past two days have been great. She sleeps wonderfully between feedings (hopefully I’m not jinxing it) which has allowed us to regain some energy lost from the time in the hospital.
We are loving everything about our life with Bella and can’t wait to continue to experience all of these magical moments.