It Wasn't Quite the Hospital Stay I Had Been Planning For...

I had already been dreaming of the day I would deliver our precious little one. I had already planned on my hospital stay. I was going to wear a really pretty labor gown from Labor Looks. Stay the full three days in the hospital for recovery to be waited on and have my baby brought to me while I laid in bed without having to do dishes or laundry. I was also, weirdly, looking forward to the meals those three days. Breakfast in bed, lunch in bed and dinner in bed....what could be better? I was dreaming of my three day hospital bed too. Have I mentioned that I love hospital beds. Those air mattress that move into all kinds of comfy positions.

Well yesterday I had my hospital stay. I had to wake up really early. Didn't sleep well. Was hungry but sick feeling all at the same time. You know like when you have to catch an early plane for a vacation and that night before you don't sleep well and when you get to the airport your body isn't quite adjusted to being up that early and you are starving, but would not normally eat that early so you feel kind of sick? Well that was how I was feeling, but I wasn't going anywhere fabulous to have it all worth it.

Instead, my hospital stay was all of five hours. NO MEAL provided and I wore a standard hospital gown. And I cried a lot. BUT a beautiful thing took place that made the visit worthwhile, two of my sweet nurses pulled up chairs and sat right down by my bed with me and my sweet husband and cried with me too. They didn't rush me into surgery....they just let me cry and we all needed kleenex. And they shared their own personal stories. And my OR nurse cried all the way to the operating room with me.

She put on some music as soon as we got in there....New Soul by Yael Naim. She asked if I liked this music and I told her it was one of my favorite songs. She did good. And then Dr. King took my hand and held it and I was going to tell him that we listened to classical the last time he did my c-section, but then I closed my eyes and was out while he was still holding my hand. Wonderful people.

So it wasn't the hospital stay I had been dreaming of....but the hospital staff made it special and made me feel special. And that is what matters right now. Recovery is going well...looking forward to feeling wonderful myself soon. You are all making me feel special too. I received a Willow Tree "Angel of Healing" in the mail yesterday from a friend I've never personally met and meals are coming this week. I said yes to those to help take care of Dave too. He doesn't need all the burden of taking care of me, the kids and meal planning this week.

Looking forward to regular blogging too about family, projects and loving my family....hopefully that will be back soon. Thanks for being willing to hang in there with me until then.post signature


  1. Aww I'm glad you were so well taken care of. That makes all the difference. Hope you are feeling well soon!

  2. How wonderful to be surrounded by such compassionate people. "If ye have done it unto one of the least of these..." It sounds like they comforted you as He would have wanted you to be comforted. I'm sorry for all of your hurt. Get lots of rest and take care of yourself! xo

  3. We were all there with you too. So glad to hear you are on the mend. Still praying for you all.


  4. I'm glad the experience was sweet in spite of the pain. I'm glad you're surrounded by so many people who love you. I hope you recover quickly!! love~rach

  5. Thinking of you and sending sweet thoughts throughout the day.

  6. God is good to us in all situations. He knew what you would need on that day and provided it abundantly. How very sweet the hospital staff was. I wish I could be there to bring food and take the kids out for hot cocoa. My heart hurts for you and will pray for your families healing.

  7. Dear April, so sorry to hear about your loss. What a blessing to have such supportive people around you at this tough time.

    I'll be thinking of you.


  8. You are so brave to share your story. It takes alot of strength to be so open and honest about your feelings. I have no doubt that someone is reading your blog and finding some sort of peace or maybe they see your grace and how you are coping with your loss and change how they view there own situation. I know we don't really know each other, but I was so very heartbroken for you. I will be continuing to pray for you and your sweet family.

  9. I've been thinking and worrying about you since I first read your story. I'm so glad to hear that your experience in the hospital was one that allowed you to mourn and release some of your hurt and sorrow. That's such an important step. A step that may never be fully completed- and that's okay.

    I pray that you heal quickly and find comfort in the many people who care for you. (Even complete strangers! ;)


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