Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Hospital and Homecoming

If I don't post lots of pictures and details I'll never remember what to write in a baby book, plus there are some specific family members at home that want to see and hear about every detail.

We stayed 2 days and 2 nights in the hospital. While we were there our Doha Famiy helped get Mom and the boys to and from where they needed to be.
Little Miss Plump!
(we've lost a little plumpness in those cheeks since this picture)

Biny, or Aunt Biny as we refer to her now completely dedicated her mornings to helping Mom get up to the hospital. She's gone far and above the call of duty as a friend and neighbor. Biny's husband is Nick's boss and they live right next door to us. Isn't that supposed to be an impossible situation...Not here! It works, works so well we couldn't be more thankful!

Later that morning Nick went to pick the boys up from Jackie so they could meet their little sister. Its been so much fun to watch their excitement and love for her. Thankfully we didn't have to do much explaining regarding her arrival. The one thing they knew for sure was that a doctor would help get her out of Mommy's tummy. So as soon as they saw Georgia they wondered where the doctor was.

For a while now, Brooks has loved babies. His sweet little spirit is so tender towards Georgia. He literally can't get enough. Is there anything better than watching your kids love each other. I pray that for the rest of their lives.

Barrett has been just as sweet, only he's quickly distracted by monster trucks, snacks, tv, etc. Typical 3 year old but I'm still very thankful he's so accepting and interested in having a baby around.

Family of FIVE!

Honey and the Big Bros

Barret got a little QT at the hospital without Big Bro Brooks around. Little stinker, always keeping us on our toes. I think he enjoyed the mini-fridge (full of juice and water) behind him as much as he did meeting little Sister.

Jackie and her boys came to meet Georgia and take Barrett home with them for the rest of the afternoon and to spend the night. I will never forget what this sweet friend did while we were in the hospital. Too much!

Donna and Macie came to meet Miss G

Judy (my Bible Study leader) and Miss Dede

Nick and Brooks were gone most of the afternoon. A week before Georgia's birthday, I got a call from the American School of Doha (ASD) saying that Brooks' interview/assessment for him to attend next fall was scheduled for Wednesday, the 23rd. Great timing...Fortunately it all worked out and we didn't need to reschedule. Because ASD is a private school, Brooks has to be accepted so this step couldn't be skipped over. Thankfully he did great and has been accepted to start there next fall. We're all very excited!! After the interview he couldn't wait to get back to Georgia.

Amy stopped by to meet Sister! Ugh...I could cry seeing this picture and knowing she's moving back to the States in just a couple weeks!

Honey got Georgia the sweetest hats...thank goodness, Lord knows the hospital doesn't have anything!!!

Even though the hospital is nice and professional...there were still plenty of "almost" moments through out our experience. One night at 11pm they came to take Georgia because the pediatrician was in doing rounds. Only in Qatar where business goes on through wee hours of the morning does a doctor do rounds that late!!! Then, one early morning around 3am or 4 the nurse brought Georgia to me and all she said was "she was crying"...isn't that why she's in the nursery instead of our room :) Most comical were the ice bags provided to me. Latex gloves filled with ice...why not? Picture below...

Unfortunately, I have been in more pain than manageable on my own. And pain management was not my nurses strong suit to say the least. Just different ideas or no ideas at all. The nurses were nice but not proactive. Thankfully, I have the greatest husband in the entire world. He went to the local pharmacy and tried to find all that he could to help ease the pain. Hearing him tell the story of trying to communicate what he needed and why is hilarious? Modesty is a big deal here, plus English was lacking at that particular pharmacy so a little game of charades took place so that Nick could find a sitz bath and other medications/treatments specific to his postpartum wife at the hospital. I can only imagine the hand gestures.

Best Biggest Brother!

Getting primped to go home.

Honey gave G this little bonnet to wear home and then one day carry down the isle in her wedding with her bouquet. She's not happy about it but she'll love it one day :)

This the same blanket I was brought home with 32 1/2 years ago.

We thought it was funny just walking out of the hospital. We were free to go whenever we wanted (well after we received all the paperwork for me and Georgia). And we just walked out...no wheel chair or nurse like in the US.
Speaking of paperwork...we got a kick out of this particular form that asked for the "Mother's Order"...as in where I fell in order according to the number of Nick's wives.

The QUEEN on her throne!

Loading up...we got a bell boy but no wheel chair.
Lord knows I'm not cripple and we had plenty of stuff...makes sense.

Georgia's Keeper!

Home Sweet Home!

Jackie got Georgia a birthday cake!

Jennie and Eric made cupcakes...big hit with the boys.

Puppies meet the lady of the house.

Brooks keeps saying how happy he is Georgia is home. Aren't we all!
Ready for our first night at home with 3 babies!


The Berridges said...

I'm so glad you're Nick's first and only wife! Too funny!

Ethan's Folks said...

Tears! I'm so sad that I missed out on Miss Georgia's arrival and visiting with you at the hospital. This was the one thing I told you when you were moving that I was going to be crushed to miss out on. You have a beautiful family and I'm thankful that God blessed you with a wonderful Doha Family to take care of you guys. Sorry about the extra pain you've been in, feel ya, girl. Can't wait to catch up and visit with you guys very soon!

Hillary Kouba said...

Oh! those are so cute...love the one of Brooks holding and kissing sweet Georgia! You should have written "FRIST and ONLY" wife or that order section...that's funny though. Hopefully your mom is still going to be there a few more days, weeks, etc but it sounds like you have some incredible help once she leaves with all your great friends! I love seeing all that pink!

Shannon said...

Oh Wendi! I love all the pictures and she is so precious in her flower, bow and hats! I love it! I cannot wait to squeeze her up when you get back here! Love you so much!

Caryn said...

I love every little detail - I wanted to know it all!!! The Doha details are hilarious. Only you could manage to have a slew of visitors and a welcome wagon waiting at home a million miles away from "home". I hope you know how loved you are - in the land of almost and here at home. And how PRECIOUS and priceless to see the Bees loving on baby sister - just melts my heart.

Jan said...

Brings tears & laugh out loud moments to see your sweet post! Honey does love those girl things. Can't wait to squeeze you!

Katy said...

Get that pink feltman on her right this minute! yes ma'am!
bonnet---do i even need to comment? i think you know. :)

i just wish i could jump through the screen and be there to chat with you and hold Georgia girl and hug those precious boys and everything else!

so thankful for your "family" in doha. God is GOOD!

P.S.---don't you love having a big ol baby???? :) it's the best!

Sabina said...

Those photos of brothers and baby sister are soooo precious!!! Loved, loved, loved the whole post, even that you are the #1 wife... and those chunky ice cubes in a rubber glove!

angie said...

That last picture just made me tear up! What precious children you have!!!!
So many comments:
Miss Georgia is beautiful! I love her sweet coming home outfit, hat and bloomers. Oh the girl stuff is just so sweet. I love the boys big bro shirts-and how sweet those pictures of them are. Big brothers ROCK! The "ice"glove...thanks, I bet that helped a lot. Nick having to communicate your pain needs-hilarious. And the bell boy...now that one seems like they got right:-). I hope you start feeling better very quickly. I'ms amazed at your Doha friends-what a wonderful family.

Bill said...

I can tell how much Brooks adores his baby sister. So sweet. Will is like that by Ella. I would LOVE to see you this summer. I know you will be busy, but we will make the trip to see you if you have a free day.

hugs, Lynn

Anonymous said...

hi .. I'm really enjoying ur blog.. this is Nasim btw.. and we are syrians who have been living in the U.S for a while and thinking bout moving to Doha, coz my husband got a good job offer.. now just a small correction... regarding the birth certifcate( or paper work for the hospital) even though the English translation says, wife's order, the arabic print says child's order!( what number is this child?) so I'm kinda sure this is a translation typo! coz the question is kinda weird and outta place!!