We were able to leave the hospital and take Eleanor home on Saturday. There was worry that her bilirubin levels were too high and that she was going to need some treatment for jaundice, but Eleanor proved to be an excellent nurser and there were no problems. Both Dan and I were SO ready to leave the hospital and get back to the comfort of home and to our big girls. There is nothing relaxing or calm about the hospital when someone is sticking their head in your room every hour to make sure mama and baby are ok. The only thing that made me sad about leaving the hospital was saying goodbye to their awesome ice! I chomped on their ice the entire time I was there and it was really good ice.
The girls were really excited to have baby Eleanor home and Charlotte was super stoked to meet the baby for the first time......she was sick while we were in the hospital and not able to visit us. So far Maddie has been semi interested in the baby, she wants to hold her, but only for about 2 minutes before she is finished and ready to move on to something else. Charlotte on the other hand is pretty obsessed. She wants to hold Eleanor all the time and we are in the midst of dealing with teaching her what the boundaries are. She tends to be a bit too rough and overly enthusiastic which typically makes the baby cry and makes me really nervous. I'm so incredibly happy though that both my girls love Eleanor and are interested in her.....I'd rather that than them ignoring her or being mean to her. It's all a learning process and I'm sure in no time everything will be running smoothly.
So far Eleanor is a dream baby! She hardly ever cries, she has been sleeping a lot, nursing beautifully and pooping like a champ. I feel like I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop and for her to start crying non stop, but I'm praying that she just has a mellow personality. She is such a sweet baby and I'm so happy to finally have her here!!