Alex was taken very shortly after his birth to be cleaned up, while they cleaned up his mother as well. After Mom was attended to, they brought him over to her to eat. Grandma Cook, Great-Grandma Callahan, and Aunt Katie all came in and said their hellos until Alex was taken away for his first bath by the nurses.
Alex was brought back into the hospital room for his parents to watch over. Alex had his first real meal at 8AM when he ate for 30 minutes from one side, and ten minutes on the other.
Alex's first visitors were the good friends of the parents, Rich Cowell and his wife Amanda. They had driven up from Virginia as soon as I called them with the good news. Alex's next visitor was Gail Githens, a friend of Brook's who she met when she had worked at Paychex in the past.
Grandma and Grampa Stolark arrived after the other family members had left. They picked up Aunt Jessie from Bryn Mawr College on their way from their home in Arlington, Virginia.
The nurses spent a large amount of time with Alex's parents going over the finer details of child care, and feeding. The new dad went with his in-laws to Denny's for dinner leaving mom with Alex to catch up on their sleep.
After Denny's, the Stolark's dropped Jessie back at school, and went to their hotel room for the night. They stayed overnight so they could spend more time with Alex the next morning. Dad stopped on the way back to the hospital and picked up Subway which Brook was not allowed to have while she was pregnant.
The first night was wonderful, and mom and dad only woke up for the neccesary feedings and changings in the hospital.
The Second Day
First thing in the morning, mom was able to take a nice shower, and the resident pediatrician examined Alex taking all of his measurements. He was in perfect health except for a minor condition: hydroceles. These were expected to go away on their own, and we had expected this from the ultrasound pictures.
Brook's parents were the first ones to arrive at the hospital on Alex's first full day in the world. Gramma Stolark held him and changed a diaper. Gramma Cook came by with Aunt Kristin who was unable to make it the previous day because of pre-cana classes for her upcoming Wedding in March. Aunt Katie also came by. The aunts were reluctant to hold their nephew for fear of breaking him. They would soon be more comfortable though.
Brook fed again, and the grandparents all went to the cafeteria to get some breakfast. Brook's parents left after breakfast to get back down to Virginia. Dad went home for a bit to feed the cats and run errands. He also picked up some ballons and a banner for the front of the house for when Brook came home.
Alex was born barely 24 hours previous, but Brook's doctor came in and said that he could go home this morning if desired. This was very unexpected, and it was decided to stay another night. Dad did some vacuuming and cleaning at home to prepare for baby's arrival. When he came back, he brought the car seat in, and mom and dad practiced putting Alex in correctly with the advice of the nurse. Alex's parents spent the night starting to fill in sections of Alex's baby book, trying to remember all the things it asks for, like Great-Uncle's birthdays!
Alex also had his first vaccination today, a Hepatitis B vaccine. Apparently it is required for school now. He didn't seem to mind at all. He just minded being sripped of some of his clothes. He hates being naked still.
The third day
It was a very short day at the hospital for Alex on his third day alive. His parents spent the majority of the morning preparing to leave with little Alex. A different pediatrician (Stanley Karp) saw Alex this morning and said that he thought he looked very healthy. His weight had also dropped 7 ounces. He wanted us to make an appointment in two days for a weight check. Before we left, Dr. Lambourne visited and gave her all the discharge information. This was the same doctor as the delivery doctor, and she went on and on about how it is times like Brook that make her job so rewarding, and she couldn't believe how long Brook went on, and how determined she was to have the baby as natural as possible.
Alex was cute in his car seat. They clipped off his alarm tag in the room after checking our bracelets, and then they put Mom in a wheelchair. Mom held Alex in the carrier, and they wheeled her down
Mommy sat in the backseat with Alex next to her, and Dad drove 15 miles an hour home. He was very active and awake once we brought him home. The family cats (Catulus and Velcro) were very curious about what it was that was brought home. Mom and Dad put the carrier on the floor, and they both came over to give a little sniff, but then walked off. The day went fast, and Brook was exhausted, and Alex started to get a lot fussy but not hungry. Joe took Alex into his room, and rocked him in the rocking chair to some music, and then he had some really big burps which seemed to make him a lot happier. Then he fell sound asleep on top of dad. Joe was up most of the night with him, letting Brook sleep. Around 4AM the family was all awake and starting to get concerned that he wasn't having any diapers to change at all. We called the 24-hour triage nurse and she said that we should make an appointment for that same day so they could do a weight check to make sure he was eating enough.
The fourth day
Alex still wasn't having diapers as the sun came up. It had been 18 hours or so. Made an appointment for 11 AM, and then Alex had a huge wet diaper. At his first doctor's appointment, Dr. Haas said he had gained 3 ounces since the previous day which is good. The doctor also said she thought he looked a little jaundiced to her, so she sent him over to the hospital to get a blood test for bilirubin. Off to the hospital we went, and although Alex seems to very much enjoy riding in the car, he does not like at all having his blood taken!
The doctor called the house and said his bilirubin levels were high. Not high enough that he had to go to the hospital, but that we should do 3 out of every 4 feedings with formula instead of breastmilk. Alex spent a lot of the day downstairs with us in the Pack N Play. Joe went to the foodstore and bought a lot of groceries and dinner. Dad got to feed him for the first time, and got to do the night feedings too, so Brook was able to get sleep and rest. Alex's parents hadn't even thought about formula feeding, so they didn't really even know where to begin. Luckilly, with all the free stuff, there was a couple of cases of infant formula on hand. All the bottle equipment was steralized and Brook got to try out the pump.
The fifth day
Alex went first thing in the morning for a 2nd Bilirubin test. Alexander complained less about it this time, but that doesn't mean he liked it. On the way to the hospital, the car radio was on, and he heard his first song since being born: "Baby I'm Amazed" by Paul McCartney. Then came on "Take a Walk on the Wild Side". After the test, Alex was taken in the stroller down to the park. They say the sun is good for jaundice, and it was a very sunny day. He spent a little while in the park taking a sun bath..such a nice day. Then he went off to his 1:30 doctor's appointment where the doctor said his levels had gone down, so there was nothing special we had to do at this point except watch his color. His weight had also increased another 2 ounces!
When we got home, Joe was lying down, and Alex was lying belly down on top of me. Brook made a noise, and he scootched his little hands under him, and pushed up. Then he lifted his head up to turn around and look at Brook. Then he turned his head back around to look at Joe and held it up for a little bit before plopping it back down. He also seems to have enough strength to change his sleeping position from his back to his side and back again now. Amanda was nice enough to bring us over some food from SaladWorks so we didn't have to make anything ourselves.
The sixth day
Brook's original Due date! Joe checked in with work for the first time this week, and all seems well. It was a very quiet day all around for the new family. Dad read Alex the script to "Grease" the Musical, but he didn't seem to like it much (it was the only "book" he had next to him). He seems to like Goodnight Moon better. Missed most of Survivor because Alex was crying, probably because of the heat. He got his first full sponge bath, and he seemed to enjoy that. It probably cooled him down some. After that he napped in the A/C and Dad got to catch the end of Survivor. Immediately after, Brook got out of the shower and we all fell asleep. Dad didn't wake up all night.
The seventh day
Rich drove up from Virginia and he and Amanda came over with Chicken Parm sandwiches for us for dinner. We watched "A Place in the Sun" which was a terrible movie. But we are continuing to watch all 100 movies on the AFI top 100 movie list. Next is "My Fair Lady", which of course is better. Took and posted some movies of Alex eating, and looking at the camera. They were posted in the private section of Alex's website.
By the end of September, first on the 27th, Alex began to smile in response to being tickled. he also just began to start anticipating events by stopping crying when he is about to get food instead of when he actually starts to get food. He is active and alert, but spits up constatntly. He went to Walmart for the first time on Sept 29th, and he had his first visitors at home on th 25th (Aunt Jessie) and on the 26th (Gramma Cook, and Great-Gramma)