Week thirty-nine: Baby arrives!

After a quick shower I headed down to the postpartum room. A few moments later I walked over and brought back a very excited Jacob. From the first moment they met they were best friends! Jacob just couldn’t stop kissing her and hugging her! The entire day was a whirlwind. Lauren nursed for the first time about 20 minutes after birth. (I felt awful that I’d nursed Jacob immediately and needed a few minutes to collect myself this time.) She latched on perfectly and “ate” beautifully. She does not appear to be affected by the the skin condition, Urticaria Pigmentosa, that Jacob has. We’re obviously not sure about the allergies yet, but so far so good. We had visitors all day long. At night Rob and Jacob crashed, while Lauren and I got acquainted.

By morning I’ve started to get a grasp on this little personality and it’s unfolding beautifully. Rob’s mom, my parents, youngest brother and a good friend, all visit early in the day and then we return to reality. There’s a storm predicted to hit that evening. We can stay at the hospital if we want, or go home. Rob has come down with a cold, so I agree to go home, but only because my mother is coming to spend the first few days with us, and she’s a pediatric nurse. She also has a 4-wheel drive vehicle parked in our driveway. So, with that, we head home with our two little miracles in tow. I’m amazed at how good I feel. I am in pain and try not to take any medication for the benefit of both Jacob and Lauren. I know that within a week, or two, I’ll feel much better. In the meantime I’ve got the two best children to take my mind off of any pain. A wonderful little boy and now, an amazing little girl!

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