During our stay at the hospital, we had several visitors.....
Gigi was waiting for Brooks in the hallway along with his other grandparents. B is the first to make Gigi a boy grandma.
Cody's parents arrived shortly after Brooks made his arrival.
And Grand dad and Mimi T were there with a very excited big sister!
Aunt Lindsay works at the hospital so she stopped by while on break.
I believe most of those visitors were present during my not so prettiest hours of having my head buried in the pink bucket.
My aunt Margaret arrived while I may have been at my loopiest state! I remember going in and out of conversation with her and Cody, and also paying a visit to La La land.
Soon after she left, the room was finally empty and I was able to take a quick nap. And then I remember waking up to Cody visiting with one of his co-workers Mrs. Sherry. I vaguely remember looking in her direction, I might have said hello, but I don't remember the rest.
Cody did later tell me she went back to the bank and told the other girls they might should wait till the next day to visit because I wasn't feeling so good, ha!
After a quick nap, my grandparents arrived.
Brooks is their first great grandson.
Later that evening my sister and her family arrived. And I think our hospital room may have been at max capacity. Our pediatrician stopped by after seeing Brooks in the nursery and I remember my head was spinning because there were so many voices and conversations going on!
My friend Melissa brought her little girls by and Laiken brought NG a balloon and candy (just like we did when Macy Kate was born)
Cody's sister and family came by.
Cousins Macy and Layla. Nora Grace stayed with her Gram and Papa for the two nights we were in the hospital. Layla is so good with her and so she stayed as well to help with Nora. Papa Joe had school drop off duty both mornings.
Uncle Eric came by to meet the boy.
The room finally cleared for the evening and we were soooo ready to get some rest! Unfortunately nurses were in and out of our room every few hours taking care of me and bringing Brooks in to feed. We tried multiple times throughout the day to get Brooks to nurse but he just never seemed interested at all. The nurses said this was normal and sometimes it just took awhile for the baby to want to eat. I think it was around 11 p.m. when he finally decided he was hungry!
One day old
The next morning I was super anxious to get out of bed and shower! I felt completely disgusting after sweating and laying in that bed for nearly 24 hours. I constantly asked the nurse how much longer until I could get up and shower. But we had a few guests come in that morning to help pass the time before my ob doctor came by and cleared me for a shower.
Mrs. Coral is one of Cody's former co-workers and is just the sweetest. Nora asks about her often when we drive by Arvest because she knows Mrs. Coral will give her popcorn and suckers when we visit!
I was finally able to get a shower and I just have to say I have a huge appreciation for the nurses who have to bathe and take care of patients. I don't remember this particular nurses's name but I can see her face.....she was so sweet and patient. I asked for a chair to have in the shower with me in case I got light headed and so she knew I was going to be a little bit more difficult!
At this point, all modesty was out the window and I didn't care who saw me at my worst.....I just remember how kind she was as she handed everything to me in the shower as I needed it and then helped me get dressed once I was done.....the Spongebob squarepants mesh undies and all. At one point as she was helping me get dressed, I noticed some blood got on her arm and she quickly wiped it off and kept on assisting......if it were me getting someone else's blood on me, I would have freaked out and had to hop in the shower myself. I say this because I now have a huge appreciation for nurses. Everyone was sooooo good to us during our hospital stay.
We had a few hours at the hospital to try and rest and recover from the busy day before.
So Papa Joe dropped Nora off at school Tuesday morning (we tried to leave her schedule as normal as possible) and then that afternoon she got to ride to gymnastics with her best buddy Kate. Shay offered to let Nora ride to Russellville with them and it was a tremendous help!!! I hear these two had the best time riding together....not sure how Shay managed to drive with all the noise coming from the backseat!
After gymnastics, the Morgans came by the hospital to meet Brooks. I look forward to many adventures with these sweet friends.
We had more family and friends stop by to visit that evening but it was not near as crazy as day one!
During our hospital stay, Cody and I both got really stuffy noses and it was less than pleasant.
Hospital bed snuggles on Wednesday morning. Poor little guy was circumcised earlier that morning so he needed a few extra snuggles.
I was able to take another shower that morning and get ready to head home. Discharge nurses came by to give us instructions and sign all the paperwork.....
and then we were all ready to go!
His going home outfit is special to me because Nora Grace helped me pick it out. It was our first boy purchase after we found out the gender of baby Black #2.
Nora was at school when we arrived home midday Wednesday. Cody made a quick trip to pick up a few groceries and I set up fort on the sofa with all my supplies within reach....pain meds, giant cup of water, remotes, ect.
Up next.....those first few days adjusting as a family of four!