When Simon was in the bouncy seat last night I thought I was having déjà vu. I looked up and there was a picture of Caleb from about the same time up on the boy’s bookcase. I brought it down and put it next to him.
It might be hard to see in the picture, but he was a spitting image of Caleb.
Home on Day 1!
Amy and I were not eager to spend time in the hospital. After doing this three times already, we have come to realize that there is “no place like home.” We were very pleased to get the cooperation of the midwife, pediatrician and nurses so that we could bring Simon home on the day of his birth (it certainly helped that he was born at 5:30am in the morning). Amy spent most of the day sleeping and feeding and we were able to be home at 5pm and eat around our dinner table. In fact, after dinner we went outside and the boys declared they were having a “birthday party” for Simon. Caleb even asked to have cake (which I might have gotten if I didn’t think I would have fallen asleep at the wheel).
Always learning about the system
Whenever we interface with the hospital system there are always some interesting things to learn. For one, the nurse said that Amy was the first person to check in and out on the same shift. I’m not for rushing out of the hospital if you really are in need of assistance, but it’s evident that the hospital would love for you to stay a bit longer than you need (in the words of our nurse “if we don’t provide you with services we can’t bill you for anything”).
While Amy was in the room, the nurse came in and asked Amy to “lean forward so she could check her back.” Amy did so, not realizing why she was being asked. The nurse was astonished to find no wound from an epidural needle. The nurse informed Amy that 95% of births at their hospital are performed with epidurals, making it a matter of habit to check women’s backs.
It is interesting to correlate these two pieces of information. Epidural = longer labor and hospital stay = big fat hospital bill to the insurance company. I wonder how many people who choose differently if they were footing the bill personally?