|Grammy and awesome grandson
At any rate, I was thankful to be in a hospital, on the OTHER side of the bed, and for a joyous occasion--seeing the birth of a grandchild. But I did learn a couple of new things...I learned that certain squiggles on her contraction chart meant the baby was stressing as I watched my daughter deal with each incoming contraction wave. I learned why there were complications and why the outcome was different than what she expected because of what the baby was going through. Everything the nurses and doctor did was carefully explained thoroughly to Kerry while I was with her, although it was hard for her to pay attention to what they were saying!
You know those cute little baby noises that babies make when they are first born? Little squawks and squeaks? Sparky was ready to nickname the baby "Squeakers" until the nurse said that was the baby trying to clear gunk out of his lungs and this could take an alarming turn if we didn't watch for other warning signs. I didn't know that! It was interesting but alarming hearing all the warnings and dire consequences that nurses have to bluntly inform the new mom that we were blissfully unaware of when we had our children. Don't do this or that will happen. If the babies nostrils start flaring, it's a breathing problem, call the nurse right away! Don't fall asleep with the baby in your bed! Always put the baby on his back. I never had my babies sleeping with me in my bed, but I know lots of people who did. Warning signs posted that the patient is supposed to ask the hospital personnel if they've washed their hands! I thought that was a "DUH!" And lots more contraindications of things to worry about. It was kind of scary. No wonder new mothers are nervous about being able to care for their babies!
I learned that there are excellent doctors and nurses at Kerry's hospital, Willowbrook Methodist, that are doing their best to provide excellent care to their patients. Kerry received constant, excellent care while she was going through difficult labor from two nurses, Abby and Lisa, and a whole lot of other support staff after she had the baby. She had an EXCELLENT obstetrician. I just really appreciate how hard these folks work, and I'm assuming they have big caseloads and have had pay cuts like lots of other people in other professions, making their job that much harder to provide wonderful patient care when they are spread thin. They were kind and gentle and very caring. I'm gonna send them a thank you note for taking such good care of my daughter.