After we were were wheeled into the room, the nurses weighed you while they checked my catheter. Right after they were finished checking it, in walks Papa with a Coke and sandwich for Daddy because Papa had drank the coffee Dad asked for while they were waiting. This was just an excuse to come in and see you and I was embarrassed at what Papa almost saw so I asked Daddy to go down and ask the family to be patient.
Later, Aunt Jill told me how much Papa was pacing and how wound up with excitement he was waiting for you. Everyone got to the hospital a good three hours before they actually met you and the anticipation was agonizing for them!
When Daddy came back, he told me there were a lot of people waiting to love on you guys! The nurses brought you to me so I could finally hold you. Peanut was first and he just stared and stared into my eyes. One of the nurses had a strong, soothing, Asian accent and she said, "He likes it. When he stares at you that means he he's happy. He knows you're his mama." And then I teared up. It felt like he was staring into the very depths of my soul. It was at that point that I realized a Mama's bond to her babies is an amazing thing unlike anything I had ever experienced. And I loved it.
They took Peanut away to bathe him and gave me Bug, but I told Daddy to learn how to give baths, so he didn't get to take any pictures of the first time I held Bug. The only thing I hadn't learned when I worked at PICC was how to give baths so it's the only thing I was very worried about.
|Eli after his first bath|
Finally, even though I wasn't ready and would have preferred more time just the four of us, we let the troops in. Grammy, Auntie NeeNee, Papa and Great-Grandma were first. I introduced you guys and the oohed and aahed over your names. We'd kept them a secret and hadn't told anyone! Auntie Nee Nee still claims she suspected what we named Peanut, but I think she's just saying that :)
After the first group of people had their fill, Grandma, Ginger, Great Aunt Jill and Great-Aunt Nita came in. Papa had to take Great-Grandma home and go to work so Auntie Nee Nee and Grammy got to stay and love on you some more. I'll never forget the ,"Awwwww!" Great-Aunt Jill let out when she first saw you. Cameron had been the last baby in the family and that was 10 years ago!
The nurses joked that it was like paparazzi in our room because Papa, Aunt Jill and Daddy all had nice, big cameras with great big flashes. Daddy just laughed and said you'd better get used to it because I take a lot of pictures!
I love you two so, so much I can't even come up with sufficient words to explain.