The Nursery

Well I was supposed to be posting this last Friday, the day I finished the nursery, but baby Eva had other plans for me. So here it is… the completed nursery. It may not be HGTV material, but hey, we’re on a budget and we’re leaving this house in 4 months. It’s definitely far from traditional, but we love it!
 
About the Nursery:
Sugar Skull Dolls- Sugar Skellies on Etsy
The Cubby Dresser and Curtains are from Target.
Other:
-I customized the “The World is Yours” poster myself, as well as the skull fabric cubbies. I cut the skulls out of felt and glued them on the pink cubbies using fabric glue.
-“The Other F Word” Poster- I highly recommend this documentary for punk rock parents.
-Other random things, like the flag on the ceiling and the sugar skull piggy bank were gifts from friends.
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Going Home Day

(a continuation from Baby’s First Day)
Eva did surprising well her first night outside the womb. When she was hungry she would just wake up and sort of make these cute little grunting noises. The only time she ever really cries is when she’s getting her diaper changed. She hates that.
We were all ready to go in the morning when we woke up but despite our protests the hospital wouldn’t discharge us until 4 o’clock in the afternoon. So we spent a lot of time doing what we did the previous day… oogling our new baby and taking lots of pictures.
Finally, the moment we had been waiting for arrived. The nurses came in and did their final checkups and discharge paperwork. We dressed up little Eva in her going-home outfit and placed her in her carseat for the first time. She looked so tiny and precious in it. She didn’t seem to mind, either.
Here we are, all ready to go!
Eva slept soundly in the car seat the whole ride home. We stopped at Target to get some last minute baby stuff and made it to our house by about 5:30pm. We were greeted by our kitties, who had probably wondered where we had been. My mama was there too.
The kitties did really well. I thought Sofie (our jealous cat) was going to freak out a bit, but she is surprisingly calm about having a new little human in the house. Shortly after arriving home, Eva had her first poop explosion. It wasn’t too bad, really, but a tiny bit of it got on her going home outfit, which I was kind of bummed about. We spent the rest of the evening relaxing together on the couch. I still can’t get over how cute baby Eva looks when she’s all swaddled up.

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. 🙂