You guys, I am thankful for all of your patience as I have been so busy. Thank you to Mama Rose for updating everyone as you know better then anyone how busy we have been here. I had a lot to read and get caught up with on my blog and I laughed and cried. Tears even ran down my chest (so Jaden will get a salty dose of breast milk). Robyn and I went shopping today for the best mommy in the world. Sorry to all you other moms, but I have to say, mine is by far the best. She deserves tomorrow so much. She always helps everyone out so much but this time she far exceeded her mommy duties. I unwilling had to kick her home to rest and try to recoup. She felt horrible leaving as I did not want her to leave either but knew she needed to. So this is the first minute I have had to write and all of my fun shopping is sitting on the floor in bags having to wait.
We have had a wonderful time at home but very exhausting. Dad came to the hospital to help me with Jaden on Wednesday as Sal was there Tuesday but had to get back Wednesday so he left at 6am. Dad wanted to make sure I was not alone when Jaden got to leave. That was so nice. We then had to do some last minute things at the RMH and then we drove home. Jaden's first car ride. I was very nervous and afraid I may not hear him cry. It went fine.
So I drive up to the house and there a very large pinwheel spinning in the ground with a "it's a boy" sign. It was so nice to be greeted with. I waited for mom as I saw her at Ethan's school and I knew she would have it special inside. When she got out of her car she saw me and fought back the tears. I of course had to also. We went inside and it was decorated so nice and a plate of sandwiches were on the counter and gifts on the table and cute decorations on the wall (balloons also and one was even a star). It was so wonderful. A perfect welcome home.
I picked up both Ash and Ethan from school one at a time and when we got home, they did not even notice Jaden. When they did, all they could say was "does he get to stay home forever." They fought over holding him and my attention. We were busy all afternoon and went to Awana and everyone said hi to me and half of them didn't even realize I was pushing a stroller at first. It was pretty funny. It was a great night. Thursday and Friday were so busy. I have been going non stop. Steph T. was so nice to offer to watch Ethan Thursday and Friday morning and then to even bring him to pre-school Friday. That helped me so much no one would ever be able to understand. The nights have been so long and tiring. We have been run down and trying to stay positive with everything. It has been a wild ride being home. We have midnight meds to give, feedings, diaper changes, pumping and Ethan crawling in our bed in the middle of the night. We are trying to help each other out with who does what when, and so far we are doing fine.
Jaden is doing wonderful and at night we are so tired that I have to set the alarm to wake up as he does not always wake to eat because he gets so exhausted from eating.. He does wake up at least once a night on his own and I wonder how long he was crying before I heard him and woke up. He is in our room in his bassinet but he is very quite and we are very tired.
I know you are all wondering if I have unpacked yet since that seems to be the topic of discussion and NO, I have not. There are bags in the car still (not many as Sal unloaded some and so did mom). There are bags in the living room, the hall up stairs, the laundry room and of course our bed room. I know a lot of stuff for only 5 and a half weeks, but we had clothes, toys, baby gifts, and living kind of things for the RMH like picture frames, bath mats stuff like that our room did not have. I will be posting pictures and another audio in the next day or so.
I love you all so much and hope you all have a great mothers day with your moms or grandma's or your children, which ever you may be celebrating with.
Love, Ashley, Ethan and Jaden's mommy