Jeff and I have gone "off-campus" together twice now. We've been able to run home between feedings and get a couple of things done around the house- mail, laundry, watering plants, getting more supplies, etc. The first time we returned to Northwest I said, "We're home!" and then I asked Jeff if he knew why I said that...and we both agreed...Home is where the Wesley is- our heart.
We feel very blessed to be able to have a room here at the hospital. It's not what we expected when we found out we were expecting, but it has its advantages. Here are a few of the things that are wonderful about being here:
- We get to be as near to Wesley as possible and can visit the little bud whenever we please. (Beyond our 3 hour feeding schedule that usually takes a little over an hour each time)
- Jeff and I have been able to spend a lot of time together- we feel a great sense of "we-ness"- we're in this together and we're both responsible for our son's care.
- There's a sense of community with the nurses that I didn't think would exist- they are all great; helpful, friendly, experienced- the best kind of babysitters ;)
- Friends and family have been so generous with offering to run errands and bring us meals and NW has a great policy of endless visiting hours.
- NW does the laundry (not our clothes, but a clean towel every shower sure is nice).
- We feel like we're in college again and that this is some sort of dorm- in fact, when Katie and Mark had the great Isaiah we were in the nursery and got to go see him right away and visit throughout the day. It was great to be just down the hall!
- By the time we leave here we'll feel very confident taking care of our son...and we know they won't let us leave until he's ready- we're so anxious for that day!
- Recovering from a C-Section seems much easier in the hospital, WITHOUT stairs. I hope to be nearly healed, as well, before we head home.
See? It's not so bad!
Here are some photos of our room. BTW, Jeff is working on editing a video of Wesley's latest bath...stay tuned!