Abigail was released from the hospital Monday evening. My mom got a last minute flight and was here on Tuesday night. We spent the most heavenly two and half weeks together! It was this wonderful time that I will always treasure.
Joseph was in heaven with Grandma here, too. She arrived with a suitcase full of presents (for all of us). She brought an ambulance and tow truck for Joseph as well as card games (and that only scratches the surface). Joseph and Grandma played "Old Maid" and "Go Fish" and "War" in the mornings before I even got out of bed. Grandma took Joseph to the truck park, Penrose park, McDonalds, the library, and on lots of errands--including multiple trips to Costco (where Grandma let Joseph show her around the toy aisles). I haven't stepped foot in a grocery store for over a month!
Mom cooked wonderful meals for us like French dip sandwiches and fried green tomatoes, eggplant parmasean, taco "pile ons," chipotle pork burritos, and homemade pumpkin pie! She did all of the cooking, dishes, laundry, cleaning, and shopping.
I have these wonderful memories of being able to lay in bed with my little pink bundle--in my "baby cave." I napped or rested while Mom entertained Joseph and ran my entire household. Then Mom would admire my baby and listen to me cry and tell her my birth story one more time--and hug me tell me it was all okay. And somehow when mom says it's okay, it's okay.
She also stayed with Abigail so I could have some one-on-one time with Joseph--taking him to the library for storytime and taking him to the park to watch him show off his monkey bar skills, and even a date to Subway and to get the car inspection (a trip to the mechanic really is Joseph's idea of a fun date). Mom also gave us the treat of a night out--she stayed with Abigail and Joseph so Marc and I could go see a movie. She even watched "the kids" while I went back to classes; I took three midterm exams while she was here--I could never have done that without her!
She held Abigail in the morning if it had been a rough night, or rocked her to sleep in the evening. She accompanied me to Abigail's pediatrician appointments and made the preschool pick up run.
On the Saturdays Mom was here, Marc and Joseph took adventures in the country and Mom and I chatted and adored Abigail. Is that heaven or what?