We’ve been at it here home alone now for 10 days and all is still going well. The good (bad?) thing about delivering at 10:30 in the evening is that my hospital stay was about 36 hours since the night she was delivered counts as our first night of two. Our hospital stay was so-so. We had one great nurse during the day on Sunday, but our night nurse who we had twice, was about as useless as they come and a low-talker to boot which made dealing with her even more frustrating. They didn’t teach us much of anything in the hospital like I had thought they would like how to bathe baby, swaddle baby, and basic baby care stuff. I barely got any help with breastfeeding from the nurses, they did however get a lactation consult for me.
Needless to say other than maybe having some more 1:1 time with the lactation consultants in the hospital we were ready and willing to get out of there on Monday afternoon. I wasn’t exactly prepared for coming home though. We sorta left in chaos since we had that token ‘movie delivery’ that everyone says is fiction. Walking in to the house was like walking back into a crime scene. Things were just as we left them. The magazine I was reading was still on the coffee table, pillows were all stacked up where I was sitting. Royce’s butter dish for the popcorn was still on the counter. And in the trash was the untouched popped corn that was tossed at the last minute with the fear that if we left it on the counter the dog would consume it.
Walking around it sorta hit me that when we left there were just two of us…and now there are three…it was all very surreal and emotional. It really took me a few days to wrap my head around how this house will never be the same again. We are a family now and the home we built for the two of us will now be the first home our children will know. Silver Spring, MD will always be the place of birth for Sydney much like Kansas City, MO will always be mine and Des Moines, IA for Royce.
Each and every day we get a bit more comfortable as the three of us so comfortable in fact it’s hard to remember what it was like with just the two of us.