Things are going great! Here's a run down of the first 60 hours:
- Heather has figured out Meera's cries: Low pitched and throaty is hungry, high pitched and breathy is other "bodily functions", middle pitched and more subtle is "Papi, you're changing my diaper again?!?!"
- Meera is a very good baby. She communicates a lot, eats well, sleeps well and loves to be held. She slept for 4 hours in a row last night!
- Owen loves to hold his baby sister. He always wants to take her out of the blanket and remove the onesie. If she was a toy, he'd try to take her apart to see how she works, but that's not happening, since he's extremely gentle and careful with her.
- All on his own, Owen included Meera in nightly prayers.
- Kyle doesn't want to hold her. Why? Because he's afraid he'll hurt her. He gets very very concerned when she's crying and tells mommy that baby Meera is hungry.
- Yesterday when Meera was crying, all on his own, Kyle went and found the pacifier and gently put it in her mouth.
- Kyle understands Meera has different cries and is pretty good at identifying them.
- The staff at St. Lukes is wonderful.
- The staff at St. Lukes pretty much takes it in stride when K & O "walk" around the place (walking = skipping as to avoid "running").
- K & O both love the adjustable hospital bed.
- K & O are both super sensitive with mommy's belly.
- Meera has the sweetest baby smell and her skin is so soft.
Heather is truly a wonder. And I am not just being subjective. Heather labored for 9 hours on pitocin without any pain killers. No epidural, no codeine, no nothing. Just breathing and relaxing. During labor, the nurse asked her what her pain was from 1-10. Heather said a 6. Both the Doctor and the nurse looked askance and the nurse said: "I can't tell you what you're feeling of course, but most women right now would be screaming." Heather replied: "I am waiting for it to get really bad." The Doctor chimed in "well, I think this is about as bad as it will be."
She wound up going to plan C (where plan A was natural, plan B was induced): cesarean. I witnessed the whole thing, and it was something no words can describe. Note, I am not posting those pictures here.
Heather is recovering beautifully. She's up and about, dressed in her own clothes and we're hoping to be discharged today.