Hospital Stay

Hospital Stay

Our hospital stay after birth was sweet and sleepy and happy.
It was full of naps, visitors, the sweetest nurses, recovery, eating,
adjusting, nursing, pinching ourselves to make sure it wasn’t a dream,
and mostly just quiet moments soaking up the miracle of our baby.
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We delivered at 9:40 PM, then spent two more hours in the delivery room
doing skin on skin, taking pictures, facetiming family, getting stitches, etc.
By the time we got into our room and all settled it was almost 1 AM, so we
had all been up for about 24 hours since I had awoken with contractions the
night before at 2 AM. Safe to say between the no sleep, birth experience
and emotion of it all we were tired beyond belief! It’s true what
people say that they have never been as exhausted as after birth.
Processed with VSCO with f2 presetEverything is hazy but I remember my mom heading back to our
place to sleep, Chase passing out in the sleeper chair next to me, and
the nurse taking me to the bathroom and then helping me try to nurse.
I could not even keep my eyes open and I felt so delirious while she was
talking to me that I almost felt like I was dreaming. I didn’t have
much luck with nursing but we did some hand expressing and then
they swaddled her up, put her in the crib right next to me, and I fell
asleep staring at the tiny little human that had come out of me hours
before. My mind was so blown and even though I was so exhausted I
kept waking up all night to check on her and stare at her and remember
everything all over again. I really kept wondering if it was all a dream!
IMG_3985 IMG_4062hospital stay7We stayed two nights and one full day. My mom came back in the morning
and we all just stared and held baby all day! She got her first bath by the
nurse and Chase which she loved, got some shots and checkups, and we
went to a little breastfeeding class at the hospital. Later I got to take a
shower and wash my hair (that has never felt better) and then we had
some visitors from home! We were so lucky to have the Tempest girls
come out to visit…Di is basically my sister and Ann is my second mom!
It made me teary to see them walk in and I was so happy they could meet her.
IMG_4114Reagan & Rocky, destined to be future besties ^^

Di is also pregnant with her second so another bestie is on the way!
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hospital stayIMG_4122We also had our best friend Kendall visit early in the morning right when she got
back in town. She brought all the best things – flowers, doughnuts, and a new outfit!
IMG_4125Reagan meeting her Auntie Kendall ^^
Truly our closest thing to family out here!
hospital stay16IMG_4119IMG_4109We also got a fun surprise when Chase’s uncle walked in the room!
Clay lives in Salt Lake, but travels to the Bay for work every week…
so he came by with gifts from Chase’s family and was so fun to see.
hospital stayLittle blondie wiggling around after her first bath! ^^
hospital stay1^^ That little shampooed head just about kills me.
hospital stay15^^ Cutest grandma Linny
Processed with VSCO with f2 presetSo cute knitting her blanket for Reagan (she has already made an amazing quilt) but this

one she’s worked on the past months and I love that she was finishing it up at the hospital!
hospital stay2 Gorgeous flowers sent by Chase’s mom! ^^ We had to take some pictures by them.
IMG_4096I woke up and caught this sweet daddy daughter moment in the morning light ^^
hospital stay6Reagan got some of the cutest gifts at the hospital!

New little Kate Spade outfit thanks to darling Kathryn ^^
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hospital stay4We were missing having my dad there, so we took some pictures with
Reagan and his missionary tag to let him know he’s close to her heart :)
hospital stay5She won’t get as much in-person time with my parents her first year of life,
but I love that she’ll always know they were doing the most important thing
that blesses us so much! We are so lucky that my mom has been able to be
here through the birth and we really have felt my dad so close through her.
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We’ve also facetimed lots (even really early in the morning or
late at night for him in South Africa, he always answers :) He’s the
sweetest grandpa and even had gifts waiting on our doorstep when we got
back from the hospital…he might be Amazon Prime’s biggest customer- ha!
hospital stay3I was blown away by how darling of a dad Chase was from the first second.
I thought he would be, but he has exceeded all expectations by being so
excited and darling about it all. Nothing better than seeing him hold her!
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hospital stay12 Sleepy but happy faces ^^
hospital stay18We were the popular room with doughnuts to share for nurses and little
Rocky when they visited again our last morning in the hospital :)
IMG_4058Linny and Chase had some Chipotle dates since it was so close to the hospital..

(They were even there when my water broke during labor! Haha!)
IMG_4099Processed with VSCO with f2 presetThe nurses took amazing care of us. Our favorite was Krista ^^ and this is
the only picture we got with her, before delivery! Loved her so much.IMG_7890The last morning we dressed her to take home, in disbelief we got to keep her!
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hospital stay5Darling new dad wearing his pink polo to bring his baby girl home ^^IMG_7899“Stop embarrassing me, dad!”
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IMG_7912Little princess leaving the hospital! ^^
IMG_7916IMG_4217 Proud dad ^^
IMG_4208Those first hospital days are such special memories, but
it has only gotten better since
bringing baby home!
That is coming next, and see the birth story here!

xo



8 thoughts on “Hospital Stay”

  • Such great memories you’ve captured. You look amazing and I’m glad you enjoyed the hospital stay before going home because they make it so nice!

  • Oh my stars, she is gorgeous! I’m so excited to follow along on your new adventure as parents :)

  • First of all, I didn’t know Clay was Chase’s uncle. He is in my stake and he is one of my favorite human beings on this planet, so lucky! And this is just so sweet. Those first few days as parents are SO so special, heaven is SO close. Also thank you for your birth story, it was so humble, honest and sweet and refreshing in a world of “my birth story is better than yours.” So happy for you and good luck with these next few months!!

    • So fun and funny that you know Clay! He is great!! Thanks for your sweet words, and going through all of this just makes me have so much respect for all you mamas who have done this before! So amazing ♥♥ xo

  • Sweetest first days and I agree with how you described it. The hospital part doesn’t even feel real and it all hit when we got home, ha! Sending all good things to your little family!

  • I’m so glad to hear everything went pretty smoothly! These photos are all so great – love that you were able to have so many visitors already!

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