|Ella's first day home - we had a crappy camera back then|
|Harry's first day home|
After my labour and delivery with Ella, I remember holding her in the hospital and thinking 'I can't believe I just delivered a baby - It's finally over!' WRONG - It was finally just beginning. It turns out labour and delivery are among the easiest parts of parenthood...how could that be?!
|This is actually Harry - I couldn't find a pic of Ella freaking out.|
In the meantime, we noticed she was acting a little unusual. She was saying things like 'look at the snow, it's incredidal' and 'why is uncle Marc here' and 'what is that girl doing?'. Just when I thought maybe I could handle a fever - she starts hallucinating.
I'm not sure if any life experience can truly prepare us for such a moment of pure terror. I quickly took her temperature again (104 - are you blanking kidding me?), and again (102.8 - okay) and one last time (103 - what the!?). I decided to wait a few minutes to let the Tylenol work and, of course, call my Mom to see if we should go to the hospital. Do you think I have the number for Telehealth? That would be, no.
I ended up taking her temperature half an hour later (the longest half hour in my life) and it was 101. I was starting to feel a bit better, but she was still chattering on about who knows what. Slowly, she calmed down and began making sense. By 4:30am her temperature was down to 99.8 and we were finally starting to drift off. It was a ridiculously long night. Somehow, when Ella and I woke up at 9am, she was just a good as new - no problem. How are these children so resilient and I was still having a slight panic attack over the night's events??
I have no answers...but I sure am glad that is over.
I am wishing my 'new mother' friends the BEST time with their adorable babies and all the strength to get through those unbearable times. You have at least one friend here who's been there and can try to help you through! :D