Saturday, June 15, 2013

Homeward bound!

No more hospital!!!

She looks so little!

Now that I have a few free minutes, I thought you'd like some more details on Elsie's big homecoming day. It was great! We went over a lot of paperwork, the nurses packed two big bags full of supplies for us to take home, picked up Elsie's prescriptions (Melatonin & multivitamin) from the hospital pharmacy, and then said "So long, Charlie!" We brought in a treat basket for the nursing staff, along with some gift cards for Elsie's awesome primary nurses. I was touched at the NNPs and nurses who stopped by as we were packing up to say goodbye and to wish us well. I will miss them! They have definitely made a huge impact in our lives, and we are grateful that our baby was in their excellent care.

Nurse Blake walked us out to the car, and we were off! Elsie didn't like being strapped into the car seat, but once we started moving, she did fine. Her eyes went big as she took in the sights, smells, and sounds of being outside. 5 months old, and she's never been outdoors.

When we got home, we were greeted by pink and purple balloons and a welcome home sign, courtesy of Grandpa Joel and Grandma Ann. Other welcome home gifts included an incredibly delicious chocolate cake, a diaper cake (not as delicious as chocolate but more practical and really cute!), sweet individualized onesies, and to my great surprise, a Mamaroo chair. Also, the morning after Elsie came home, we looked out the window and saw that we had been "heart attacked" by the fabulous Faudree family. I forgot to take pictures before we had to hurry and grab the hearts before the sprinklers went off, but Evje thought it was so exciting and we felt so loved. What sweet and thoughtful gifts; we are so blessed to have such wonderful and generous people in our lives.

I've got a lot more to say on life at home, but it's getting late, and I've got a hot date with the breast pump before I can go to bed. So I'll save it for another post. In the meantime, enjoy some more pictures and have yourself a wonderful day.



  1. Riley: Such a cute little baby! I told my mom that I can't cry anymore when I see the pictures because I already got to see her!!! I'm so glad you like the cake and Mamaroo chair! I am so happy that your family is home where they belong!

  2. Yay! I'm so happy for your whole family.

  3. This is so awesome! Seeing her in person she is so much smaller than she looked in all the pictures. We are so happy you finally have her home. Any time you need a little breather we would be more then happy to take Evje. Park, pool, we can keep her intertained for an hour or two. Even if you just need a little nap. Congratulations!!! We love you guys!

  4. i am so happy for you and your two little girls at home with you ruthy!! what a champ she has been and so have you!