Baby’s First Day

(a continuation of Eva’s Birth Story)The whole time I was in labor I thought about how much I wanted some Koa’s banana pancakes. That’s why I was stoked when I was served hospital pancakes shortly after delivering. They tasted nothing like Koa’s and they lacked banana but I was starving and they hit the spot. D went to the hospital convenience store and bought me a huge Monster energy drink.  It was just what I needed and just as delicious as I remembered. Despite the lack of sleep I was ready to start what turned out to be an amazing day.

We were taken to a room in the “Mother-Baby Unit” where we were required to spend the next 36 hours. We spent most of that time obsessing over our new baby. One of the most amazing things I discovered is that when I swept my hands over her sharp little elbows and the soles of her feet I immediately recognized them. When she is wrapped tightly in her swaddle I can feel the same movements she made inside me. When she’s laying out of her swaddle I observe some of the positions she assumes and all the things I felt in my belly make perfect sense to me. It’s so crazy.
While I was delivering, my mom was on her way to Hawaii from Texas. I was so happy that Eva came in time for her visit. My mom is a teacher was only able to come for Spring Break, so I was worried that Eva wouldn’t arrive until after she left. But she did, and it was a really special moment.
 
The mother-baby unit was sort of a crash course for new parents. We figured out how to delicately handle our newborn. We changed our first diapers. We became strong believers in swaddling. It works instantly on our baby:
  I spent most of that time in a rocking chair with Eva resting against my chest.  I wanted to sing her some songs and the first one that popped into my head was “Violins” by Lagwagon. The next was “Love Story” by NOFX. I don’t really know many traditional lullabies but I think Evita likes punk rock lullabies better anyway.

 

We also spent a lot of time observing all the cute little faces Evita makes and taking about a zillion pictures. My heart explodes with love every time I look at her little face. I seriously can’t take my eyes off of her.
When it was time to go to bed I have to admit I felt a tiny bit of sadness. Eva was sleeping in a bassinet right next to my hospital bed but she felt so far away.  I knew that I would never again be able to put my hand on my belly and feel her wiggling around as I drift to sleep. She is her own person now, and amazing as that is, my first sleep without her in my belly was bittersweet.

UPDATE: Continued in my Going Home Day post. 🙂

Comments

  1. I love this post!!! It’s so amazing about seeing the way she moves around and how they make sense as to what you felt… I can’t wait for that. Because I have some serious questions as to what’s going on in my belly right now! Have you heard of these cd’s for the lullabies? They have the Ramones, but OMG NOFX would be perfect!

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