We had a new baby, Aaron!! I got to my room and remarkably felt great. He came so fast there was no soreness and I felt totally normal not like I just had a baby. The nurses came in and got me set up but I didn’t need much. I was still nursing Ryan so nursing Aaron was easy. My husband brought a laptop in and we watched movies. It was like the hospital stay was a vacation with a newborn. I noticed he was getting a bit jaundiced. I recognized it because Ryan also had jaundice at first but it resolved quickly. So I mentioned to the nurses what I saw. She didn’t think much of it but she tested him. When we were released they wanted me to see the pediatrician the next day for repeat bloodwork. We got the bloodwork done in the morning and at about 4pm my husband and I were passing the baby back and forth, watching mind numbing TV, and dosing. The phone rang and it was the pediatrician. She explained Aaron jaundice was much worse and the baby and I had to return to the hospital NICU. WHAT?!?!?!?! We called my sister to get Ryan from daycare and off we went. The neonatalist came to speak to us outside the NICU and got him admitted quickly. They got Aaron under the lights and they told me that I could take him out to nurse every three hours. They had a family room where I could stay. It was the longest night in my life. It is incredibly hard to have a new baby you can’t hold or comfort. I remember barely sleeping in the family room waiting for the three hour increments to pass afraid my cell phone alarm would not go off and they would give him a bottle. In the morning my husband joined me and by the afternoon Aaron was released. I think the best thing I saw in the NICU was a triplet Mom hold her preemie triplets all together at the same time. The reality of the three babies was just so powerful. The saddest thing I saw was a micropreemie next to Aaron who had many many issues all the time but not one visitor.
Finally, we were free to go on and be a family. I have a few quirky facts. to share. Both my sons were born on sunny Saturday afternoons at the oldest hospital in the United States. Even though it is a big OB hospital I had the boys in the same exact room and looked out the window during both labors at the same 350 year old trees. Both were born on gloriously beautiful sunny days.