Our First Few Days as a Family of Four…

25 Aug

…have been more than a handful of adjectives.

Trying to adjust to being a family of four, helping Lakyn understand that her new sister is here to stay and that Rilyn’s a baby and can’t do the things she’d like her to do (like color, play the drums, and talk), adjusting to small stretches of sleep, worrying about Rilyn’s jaundice and trying to wait patiently to hear back about results from her lab work, and making sure that Lakyn still gets one-on-one time with her Mommy and Daddy has occupied our few days at home. (I realize there are about a million grammatical errors in this first sentence/paragraph alone. I’m sorry for the million more in the rest of this post, but I do not have the patience nor the energy to write a decent post. I blame lack of sleep. Yeah, that’s my excuse. Nevermind that I’m a terrible writer to begin with, we’ll just stick with the sleep thing.)

So let me take this time to apologize to all of our friends that have reached out to us in one way or another (text, Facebook, or email) and we haven’t responded in the manner that we should have. We truly, honestly appreciate everything from every one of you and love that you care so much about us. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

We’re hoping to get into the swing of things and be able to join the outside world again soon.

I am planning to post about Rilyn’s birth story soon, so I’ll leave all those details until then. For now, I’ll just give you a run down of the past few days.

We were really eager to get home as soon as we could from the hospital. Obviously because it’s just nice to be back at home, in my bed, without nurses coming in and out to check my blood pressure and press on my stomach. But if I’m being completely honest here, the main reason I wanted to get home was that I missed the heck out of my first baby. Seriously, labor and delivery included, the hardest thing about having Rilyn was not being able to be with my Lakyn. And you better believe I’m tearing up writing this. This momma may have separation issues.

My doctor cleared me to go Monday morning, but we knew we still needed to wait for Rilyn’s doctor to come check her out and do her lab tests. We were told she’d be in around noon so we were hoping to leave between 3-5 as long as everything was fine. Long story short, with each minute that ticked off the clock, my hopes of going home dwindled. The doctor finally came in shortly before 6 pm.

And we found out Rilyn’s bilirubin levels were high. She was sitting at 75%. Just like her big sister was. It took all I had not to cry, because I was sure we had to stay another night. Our doctor agreed to let us go home, though! ┬áPartly because Rilyn was such a good eater, partly because we agreed to bring her in to the office the next morning for lab tests. So we threw everything in bags and buckled the babe in the carseat, snapped a picture and headed home! :)

I cannot explain to you how happy I was to be home and with Lakyn again! Being able to do her bedtime routine with her that night was the best part of my day.

The next morning (Tuesday) we took Rilyn in for her bilirubin test and a weight check. Can I please tell you that I hate the bilirubin tests? I don’t think there’s anything worse. They prick her little heel to draw blood and then sit there and squeeze the cut to keep collecting the blood to fill a small vile. It’s ridiculously hard to watch, hard to listen to your newborn baby screaming, and so hard knowing you can’t do anything to comfort her until they’re done. So cruel.

What makes it worse is when the nurse doing it doesn’t do a good enough job the first time so they have to do stick her poor little foot AGAIN in order to collect enough blood. Imagine the pain of a mother there. I’m positive I cried just as much as Rilyn. Not as loud, but just as much.

Please pay no attention to the socks on her hands. Girlfriend likes to claw her face and mittens are just too big for her tiny hands

We’d have to repeat this test two more times (Thursday and Friday). Friday was also Rilyn’s check up. She was born at 7 pounds 4 ounces, was 7 pounds 2 ounces when we left the hospital, was 6 pounds 9 ounces on Tuesday, and was back up to 7 pounds 1 ounce at her appointment on Friday. Everything looked great and we found out we wouldn’t have to do phototherapy for her like we did for Lakyn. Such a relief! We also got the okay from her doctor to start letting her sleep longer stretches at night. So instead of waking her up every 2.5 hours to nurse, we woke her up every 3.5 hours last night and it was glorious! :)

I’m in love with her hair

We had some dates with Lakyn, a first bath, handmade and hand delivered dinners from great friends, storytimes, picture taking, friend visits, and a cookie bouquet delivery thrown in there as well.

Cute, right? And delicious!

A busy first few days.

Busy, but wonderful.

10 Responses to “Our First Few Days as a Family of Four…”

  1. Amy Jo August 26, 2012 at 12:04 am #

    SO SWEET! Congratulations, and thanks for sharing!! So happy for your sweet family. Beautiful girls!

    • Afton August 26, 2012 at 10:04 pm #

      Thanks Amy Jo! You’ve got such a handsome little man yourself. Hope you and Caleb are adjusting to parenthood easily; you look like a natural!

  2. jodi August 26, 2012 at 12:32 am #

    your family of four is beautiful. I wish we were closer so I could give you a hug and hold that sweet new baby. Both your girls are so sweet! I hope you all get lots of rest and get to enjoy settling in.

    • Afton August 26, 2012 at 10:19 pm #

      Oh man, having you guys close would be the icing on the cake for us! :) We’re getting a little bit of rest and focusing on enjoying brandon’s last day off tomorrow (eeek!). Overall, doing well. And seeing how we live half way across the country from each other, I suppose I’ll have to settle for an air high five instead of that hug!

  3. Kendra August 26, 2012 at 5:50 am #

    Beautiful post! Love the last picture of both the girls.

    • Afton August 26, 2012 at 10:21 pm #

      Thanks, Kendra! I can’t believe I actually snapped the picture at the right time to catch that moment between the girls, but i’m sure glad I did. I love it, too!

  4. Tylie August 26, 2012 at 12:40 pm #

    I LOVE that picture at the end with Lakyn and Rilyn together! They are both so precious! Hope you guys are able to kick that jaundice in the butt and be done with it soon. Such a sweet family! Oh and happy 1 week old to miss Rilyn. :)

    • Afton August 26, 2012 at 10:30 pm #

      Thanks! It’s one of the rare instances when Lakyn is actually interacting with Rilyn. Usually she doesn’t want anything to do with her. I’m hoping this will change soon. I can’t believe she’s already a week old. Cra-zy!

      Looking forward to seeing pictures of your little guy when he arrives! Hang in there, not much longer!!! :)

  5. Kristin August 26, 2012 at 3:06 pm #

    What sweet, sweet babies – both of them!!! Hoping we can make it your way to meet Rilyn soon. Love you guys!

    • Afton August 26, 2012 at 10:00 pm #

      Thanks pretty lady! We’d love to see you!

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