Man, how about that pity-party on my last post? Ha ha, I don't even know who wrote that! I'm sorry. Sorrow, grief and frustration are all a natural part of the healing process, so thank you for allowing me to express mine. I have my bad days every once in a while, but luckily, I am surrounded by the best people and that makes it easier to stay upbeat and positive most of the time.
Last night, Elsie had her second attempt ever at breastfeeding (sorry if you're grossed out by all the boob-talk lately), and she latched on right away like an old pro! It was amazing! During her first try a few days ago, she suckled a bit but nothing serious. Last night, however, was a huge success! She nursed for several minutes before becoming overwhelmed and tired. Baby steps, my little one. Way to go, Elsie!
Also last night, Clayton and I attended a discharge class. It's mandatory for parents to take the class before their baby goes home. And while we've still got a ways to go before Elsie can come home, they only offer the class once or twice a month, so we figured we might as well go sooner rather than later. My favorite part of the night was when the instructor asked us how early our baby had been born, and the room was full of shocked whispers and gasps when Clayton said "four months". It's kind of like a badge of honor now.
Anyway, the class was informative but mostly common sense parenting stuff, plus learning infant CPR. One of the more important things was discussing how, as Elsie's parents, we will be her protectors to hopefully prevent her from catching any illnesses while her immune system is catching itself up. When Elsie comes home, visitors will be limited to healthy, non-smokers. Anyone who touches or holds Elsie will need to thoroughly wash and sanitize their hands first. And for the first few months, she will need to avoid places with large crowds of people, like shopping malls, stores, and church. And Disneyland. Thanks for being understanding that we will need to keep our baby safe.
Anyway, we're starting to catch a glimpse of light in this very long tunnel. We have been and continue to be blessed more than we've ever imagined. Thanks for all of your love and support. Three cheers for baby Elsie!