Thursday, November 16, 2017
Time out for Mum
We arrived at the Rangiora Health Hub in the early hours of this morning. I will spend Wednesday and Thursday night here and head home on Friday.
The children missed school this morning because they started the day with a visit to Anastasia and I.
It was important to me that they got to see her as soon as possible. So she was just over 12 hours old when they got their first cuddles.
Ruth was heading to town with other kiwi watch kids to have a visit at Willowbank. So after their visit with me he dropped her off in town and then they headed back to get the others to school.
Ruth had a great time learning about how they care for the kiwis there.
Rachel struggled the most with me not giving birth at home and not being home as soon as baby was born. She has been privileged to be at all 3 of the other births and so it was a hard adjustment for her.
Her two big sisters made her a couple of "birth day" cakes for her.
Ruth's creation. She wanted to do a washing line with baby clothes, but the fondant was a bit hard to work with, so it ended up being a banner.
Rachel's cake was enjoyed with friends who brought a meal around on Thursday afternoon. They brought Ruth's cake to the Rangiora Health Hub and so I got to enjoy some of that and share it with the other mothers and the staff there.
Asher spent the morning with Linda so that Rachel could get to work and Brendon could come and spend the morning with me.
What a wonderful blessing for us all.
Asher had a great time there.
(Thanks Linda for these lovely photos.)
Lindsay gave her a good check today. Everything is looking good.
As it meant so much to me, Brendon did end up bringing the girls to dancing. Hezekiah decided to stay and have a play with his friend (whose mother had dropped the food off in the afternoon).
So the girls got an extra cuddle.
So it was interesting, but not surprising, that she was not really interested in her baby sister at all. She really was just coping with this new place. She did see and recognise me (which I was grateful for). I was sure I would be called Rachel after Rachel being her main carer for the last week and a half. Brendon has even been called Rachel this week.
We did get her to come and give Anastasia a "gentle" wipe, but she was not really interested.
My two little ones.
The days that I had at the Health Hub were so very good. I could chat to the midwives about things as well as the other mothers. It was so good to have this time of sharing, having gone through something totally new for me (being in a hospital - let alone having an induction). Another blessing I thank the Lord for.