So Ruby gave Kyle and I a trial by fire at parenthood when we had to take her into the ER at four days old. She was admitted to the NICU last Friday and had a two day stay. They put her in the NICU not because she needed intensive care, but because the doctors and nurses there are the best qualified to care for somebody who was four days old. Fortunately, things weren’t as bad as they might have been and her life was never in danger. We’re following up on a possible cause for the admittance, but she is much, much better now and has been home for almost a week.
Being in the hospital was exhausting for me. We went in at one o’clock in the morning Friday morning. At about seven Kyle and I went home to sleep for a few hours. Ruby was hooked up to an IV so she didn’t need to be fed every two hours, but after I returned from that nap I stayed at the hospital the whole time so that I could breastfeed. I was still incredibly sore from the delivery, and being in a hospital is not terribly restful. I was really glad to get home on Sunday afternoon with Ruby and snuggle her at home.
I’ve spent the rest of the week resting and trying to get into something of a routine with Ruby.
Momma flew in the Wednesday after Ruby was born, and she has been the biggest help. Momma has shopped, done laundry, cooked, gotten up with Ruby sometimes when she fusses all night. It’s been really, really nice having somebody to help, especially since Kyle went back to work this week.
Speaking of Kyle’s work, they really helped us out while Ruby was in the hospital. They paid for a hotel room close to the hospital so that we didn’t have to drive forty minutes round-trip to go home and come back. In addition, they bought us dinner and lunch on one of the days. They were really great to us, especially considering that Kyle is only an intern. Needless to say, we love Kyle’s work even more than we did before.
And all of a sudden, Ruby is almost two weeks old. I’m still surprised to find myself a Mom. But she’s really sweet and snuggly, so I’m trying to appreciate and remember these newborn weeks as much as I can.