It’s been a hectic couple of days, but we are finally home. Noah and mom were discharged from Piedmont Hospital on Tuesday, and while Sam was enjoying the end of his weekend with friends, babysitters and preschool, we were wrapping up our precious package, tucking him into the car and heading back to the old homestead. Sam initially seemed not to mind the new addition to the household, but as Tuesday wore on he was clearly bothered by the new little being in the house who seemed to be monopolizing all of mom, dad and grandma’s time. There were more than a few crying jags on Sam’s part, mostly spurred on byNoah’s crying. He walked into the room once and tapped Noah’s forehead saying ‘stop crying, stop crying,’ and when I pulled him aside to try to cheer him up he told me that Noah’s crying ‘bothered him.’ Funny thing that, it bothers me too! Anyway, I’m sure with the appropriate spreading of affection (and reinforcement via chocolate chip cookies, ‘natch), all will be well in the Trotz household. Click here for the photos.
So Sunday was spent getting to know our new little man. Our friends the Aczels came by with their cute-as-a-button daughter Arden, and Amy’s maid of honor and longtime friend Laura Najarian also dropped in before work yesterday. Noah continues to develop his personality, and seems to be enjoying his first hours on this green earth. Looks like tomorrow will be ‘going home day.’
So Sam joined us for some quality time this afternoon, and Joel was able to grab several great photos of the Trotz family all together. I love this photo of Amy looking on at the trio of boys who now comprise a majority in the household! (Amy still rules, of course!) Sam was so sweet – getting super excited about giving Noah his first present ever – a cute JellyCat duck Dad picked up on a business trip in September at the Laguna Niguel Ritz (Sam’s first stuffed animal was a monkey from the same company on a trip Amy and I took to the Ritz on Amelia Island). Sam was equally excited that Noah had thought ahead and bought Sam a gift of two books as well. The gallery is here.
It’s now midday Saturday, and Noah and Amy continue to rest comfortably. A HUGE thanks to all the kind words from our families and friends who’ve been in touch. We love all of you so much! Here’s the lowdown on how things transpired yesterday.
Midday on Friday, while Amy was with Sam at the playground post-Music Class (his fave activity of the week, ‘natch), Amy thought her water had broken. By early afternoon, she was pretty sure that was the case. A call to her ob-gyn led to a quick trip home from work for Dad to watch Sam, and a quick trip for Amy to the doc’s office to see what was up. They confirmed that her membranes had broken, and that given the time elapsed since the break without any signs of active labor combined with the risk for infection as time goes by, a c-section was in our immediate future. While Amy was admitted to the hospital and a non-stress test was administered, Dad was running around, putting car seats in the Rover, getting all our bags in the car, and dropping Sam off at (god-bless great friends!) the Silverman’s. That led to a somewhat aggressive drive through rush-hour-traffic up to Piedmont Hospital for Dad. From go to arrival, I made it in 45 minutes. Not too shabby.
So while Sam was out at Tot Shabbat at Shearith Israel, Amy and I were talking to Dr. Fisch, and settled on the c-section. Not what any of us wanted, but it was the right thing to do given the circumstances. Just means Dad has to do more fetching and hauling when we get home. Amy’s gone through this before, and I know she will be a trooper again this time.
As soon as the O.R. was clear, off we went again. Knowing how this all worked from 2005 certainly helped, and the doctors and nurses have been absolutely wonderful. And Noah is a beautiful little guy, feeding well, providing Dad with plenty of nasty merconium diapers (who knew the human body could produce tar?), and cooing at all the right times.
Check out the photos individually below, or click here for a slideshow.