One of the things I worried most about before having Mabel, and particularly after my positive group B strep result, was the time we would spend in the hospital. I remembered not getting any rest after I’d had Abigail because someone was constantly coming in and messing with me. Giving pills, drawing blood, taking vitals, testing the baby, checking on the baby, doling out relaxing uterine massages(ha ha), delivering food, cleaning your room, changing your trash…..seriously. It’s like someone every hour. ANYWAY. While those things still happened, it was a much more relaxing and enjoyable experience than I had prepared myself for.
Maybe it had something to do with low expectations?
I don’t know, but either way, we actually ended up having a very lovely time in the hospital. The staff was great, we were actually left alone majority of the time, and I got to spend lots and lots of time just holding my baby. Which is all I really wanted.
So here are some pictures from our time at the hospital and the wonderful people who came to see us while we were there!
Let us not forget that Mabel’s first night on earth coincided with a tornado warning and sirens. We had to be evacuated out of our room and moved down the hall to a safer interior room. This hospital just opened in March after being completely destroyed in the 2011 Joplin Tornado so they don’t play when it comes to sirens. After a half an hour or so, we were able to go back to our room.
We had this awesome chair that had a broken spring in it so it was super loud when you sat down and got up and tried to rock :p Jim was just about ready to settle in for night one. Neither of us wanted to put her down….and I’m pretty sure we haven’t since 🙂
My poor parents! The original plan was for them to arrive on Saturday, May 23rd. But then I went into labor on the 16th. They immediately ran around their house in Phoenix packing up and raced to the airport. They got on a direct flight from Phoenix to Tulsa that was supposed to arrive at 10:05pm. But then their flight left 40 minutes late…which put them directly in line with the tornadoes that we were dealing with, so they were redirected to land in Oklahoma City….and then they didn’t have enough gas to get to Tulsa…so they had to refuel….and then they had let everyone off the plane to use the bathroom so they had to corral all the passengers back on…. They finally arrived in Tulsa around 1am, still had to get a rental car and drive to our house. They pulled in the driveway around 3:30 am and were at the hospital with breakfast in hand by 8 am. Talk about a whirlwind!
But totally worth it of course. A happier Grammy and Pappy you can not find.
Later that afternoon my best friend Lauren arrived! She stayed until late that evening AND she ventured out and got me some delicious dinner. For some random reason(residual first trimester craving?) I really really wanted a coke to drink and all the hospital had was Pepsi(NOT the same) so she hooked a sister up.
Shortly before dinner, Jim’s parents, grandparents, and Abigail made it over to visit.
Abigail wanted to snuggle with me in my super comfy bed and it was really sweet.
Jim and his grandparents. All of the great grand babies call them Nana and Papa.
During their visit Abigail put on a fabulous puppet show from behind my privacy curtain. Haha! She made up one story and she recited “I’ll Love You Forever” along with my mom as she read.
The next day(Monday) was discharge day, but not until that night. We didn’t have any visitors at all that day(just one right before we left!) so Jim and I had a super lazy day in our room just napping and snuggling and watching tv/social media. It was actually pretty nice!
Welcome to the real world, sweetheart. Where they spell your name wrong on your very first day of life.
I tried to capture some images while we were in the hospital to help me remember just what Miss Mabel looked like when she was first born! Our good friend and photographer had planned to come to the hospital to take some pictures for us, but a nearly two week early arrival made that impossible. So I had to do my best- luckily I had a pretty sweet subject that photographs easily 🙂
We came home on Monday night around 7pm….but I have another post about that coming later!