It’s now been a week since Oliver, Matthew and I left the hospital. I really miss it there.
When Matthew and I took a tour of the hospital’s maternity ward in my third trimester, we knew it was better than most places (and I actually started looking forward to staying 24-48 hours after birth. Yes, ME, the girl who used to think all hospitals are evil), but I had no idea how much I would relish what ended up being a five-night stay.
Besides the sometimes-horrible pain from surgery, our stay felt more like a fun retreat than anything else. There were always new nurses coming in the room to chat with and bring me juice or water or soup or just about anything (OH, I loved the ice chips!), then friends and family came by and were all super excited to see our new baby, and my favorite part of our stay: a giant tray of food was delivered to me (AND Matthew!) at 7:30am, 12:00pm, and 5:00pm. I was always ravenous and this simple little thing made me SO excited. Everyday Nutritional Services would call the room and take our orders for what we wanted to eat and I always looked forward to every tray. My favorite meal was a great chicken stir fry with fresh green beans, carrots, and squash. It was so good I ate my whole tray and Matthew’s! I really really miss that food. Every morning here at home, I look at the clock at 7:30 and wonder what is being served. It sounds pathetic, but considering a typical breakfast was pancakes, eggs, sausage, a pastry, a bagel, fruit, and hot tea, I think it’s a little more understandable.
Well, right before Oliver was discharged, I took some photos of our little cocoon of a room so we could remember all the good times we had there starting out as a family. I can’t believe it’s already/only been a week since we left…it feels like yesterday and last year all at once.
My super comfy bed and the first chair I sat in while nursing Oliver with the lactation consultant, Donna, and learning how to get him to latch properly
Food trays! And Oliver’s mini crib that I rolled around while practicing walking in the halls after surgery
Matthew’s couch that extended and became a still-too-short bed 🙂
Loved the tile and lighting in the bathroom
The view from our window
Seeing this room just makes me so happy
Aw, I’ll miss you, room 4716!
P.S. And because I can’t have apost without a photo of Oliver, here is the first picture I took of my son in the hospital 🙂