My cesarean happened mid-morning on Sunday and we came home Tuesday early evening. I originally thought I’d want to stay for as long as possible because of the pain I have been in, but by Monday night I’d realized that they weren’t doing anything for me that I/we couldn’t do ourselves at home. I wasn’t taking any strong drugs (just Tylenol and Motrin) no longer needed help changing pads or anything personal like that, and I was beginning to (slooowwly) walk unassisted.
I also just really wanted to get home. My husband, Stephen, was caring for the boys and having to drive the hour and a half hour round trip to the hospital every day. He didn’t mind at all, and they were fine, but Samuel was starting to really miss me and I definitely missed him. Maggie stayed with Elizabeth and me at the hospital the whole time and WOW, what a sweetheart she was – such a huge physical help and an encouragement to me!! She got very little sleep and it was also really hard for her to see me in so much pain, but she stayed. I am so grateful. ♥
Another reason I wanted to leave were the pressures of being there. Formula (well, supplementing with it) was pushed a little too much because my milk hadn’t come in yet (it wasn’t’ supposed to have!) and narcotics were pushed because of my pain (which I hadn’t been complaining about!) so yeah – I didn’t like those pressures.
I talked to my midwife on Tuesday morning and she agreed that I could go home, but she insisted that I continue to really take it easy. Not to get home and start taking care of the family and house. She really didn’t need to worry about that – I had no intention of doing anything but resting and loving on sweet Elizabeth once home!
The pediatrician happily approved her getting discharged as well. She was doing wonderful and there was absolutely nothing keeping us there in regards to her.
So, the boys came and picked up the girls, and we all went home…through a thunderstorm!
We’re all doing well now, but I had to return to the hospital last night due to a severe spinal headache. Will post more on that later probably (or not…it wasn’t fun at all). And I will definitely post how the first days are going with breastfeeding, sleep, and other baby-related things SOON! :)