Saturday, May 09, 2009

ER, Table for Two Please

During labor and her stay in the hospital, Amanda's blood pressure was measuring a little on the higher side. So the hospital staff suggested that she keep an eye on it and if it remains high to come back to the labor unit for them to evaluate her for pre-eclampsia.

Since leaving the hospital, Amanda has kept an eye on her blood pressure by checking it periodically at grocery stores. Then on Tuesday, after seeing it measure high once again, she called the doctor and he suggested that she come to the hospital (pictured below) for evaluation.
Thankfully, we were able to leave our two oldest children at home (our friends and neighbors, the Walkers, deserve immense praise once again) and bring only our newborn to the hospital. We sat there for about three hours with Amanda getting her blood pressure measured every 15 minutes. Clara was asleep for almost the entire time, and all we could do was just sit there together.

Honestly (and oddly), it was great! With our busy lives and now a newborn too, we have way too little quality time together. Even when we make the effort to take an official "date", we're usually still doing things instead of just talking, joking, and reconnecting like we were able to on Tuesday.

Obviously, the solution isn't to hope for more trips to the hospital, but maybe on future dates, we should make a point sometimes of just finding a place to sit together and do nothing. Or heck, maybe we need to find a few places in and around our home that we can do the same thing, for nights that we can't find a sitter and get out, especially now that we have a newborn.

One thing is for sure though, it's moments like Tuesday's where I'm reminded of how much I enjoy my wife's company. And I realize again how much fun we're still going to have when we get older and the kids move out. Of course I love my kids and they inspire plenty of conversation (and sometimes conflict) in our marriage, but I'm confident that without them we'll still have lots of fun and plenty to talk about together.

Also, as an afterthought, while Amanda definitely looks better in the slinky black dress and shoes that I bought her for her birthday last year, she looks pretty sexy in a hospital gown too!


karin said...

Awww! Amanda is so lucky (and vice-versa). I'm glad you two love each other's company so much. It inspires me to hold out for that in a marriage.

I loved getting to just talk and hang out with Amanda. She is one awesome girl.

running shoes said...

I concur with Karin.

How is she (and you, Lucas, Emily & Clara)? Is the blood pressure lower now? How often does she have to have it checked?

How is the transition to three?

Amanda Lomonaco said...

I agree, too! Mike is great. And to think that he thinks I look good in a hospital gown. What a guy!

We are all doing pretty well. Not sure where the blood pressure is now. I don't need to check it, just pay attention to any adverse symptoms (blurry vision, headaches, etc).

Transition to three is going ok...we are very busy. Harder at times and easier at times than expected. The kids are doing great with it. Totally love their little sis!

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