The baby was finally able to come home today. Wow, so nice. The family is back together (with a new addition) and it feels like it's supposed to. Although, admittedly, with the little munchkin on oxygen and monitors for her heart and breathing, it isn't quite what I hoped or thought it would be.
I am so grateful to Rophone for all he has done since I had her-- getting the kids where they needed to go (or arranging for someone else to do so), holding down the fort, and finding places for the younger kids to be when not in school so he could be with me and the baby at the hospital. He made the 20-25 minute trip (each way) to the hospital at least 3 times a day.
Yup. Rophone is a fabulous partner and I'm so happy to be back together, tag-team parenting the way we know how. Even though there is worry and anxiety where the baby is concerned, all feels right with the world again.
I quickly took some pictures today after we arrived home (not good ones) to document the first time the older kids got to meet their new sister. The baby was hungry when I made the attempt, so she managed to cry herself into a lobster-y state.
Here's one to document her take-home outfit:
The light wasn't great, but the kids' different reactions to holding their sister for the first time just had to be documented.
We are so happy that everyone is home together at last!