I know, really, really interesting stuff. But, I loved talking with her as she was "in the trenches" with me. She didn't have memories of these times - or ideas of how motherhood would/should be - she was there - and is there - in the moment.
As she lives out west, it brought us closer and I'm thrilled because she's a great friend, wonderful nurse and amazing mother.
- All of our family was scheduled to visit post birth so it felt really special to have my work family come and welcome my son to the world.
- Holding him skin-to-skin right after delivery.
- Watching my husband hold our son for the first time, and lets face it, every time!
- Being able to hold and snuggle my little man all the time. Haven't been able to do that since.
- Seeing the calming effect that music has on my son.
- Feeling so proud when he passed all his tests. Lab tests, assessments, and the hearing test.
- The first latch.
- Our first walk outside. It felt like such an accomplishment.
- Our first doctors visit and his note that said "Welcome to the world. You're perfect."
- Thinking how do the days pass so fast when you're hardly sleeping.
- Learning how to swaddle.
- The excitement of telling our friends and family that he arrived!
- and of course, any meeting of family and their interactions was so special - grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles, etc.
And he's up from his nap. Gotta go.
Man, that first walk outside was surreal. I remember walking outside of the hospital next to Dan who was carrying Ingrid and I wanted to laugh. After so much assistance in the hospital, you're sent home with a baby and a backpack of stolen hospital goods. (Why don't they sell hospital-sized swaddle blankets at Target?).
More to come!