We have really enjoyed being at home. My parents (Nicole's) were here for the first week that we had Ella here, and helped out so much with cooking, cleaning, yard work, changing diapers, and of course, cuddling the new bundle of joy which gave us some time for naps during the day and even a date at Blue Fire Grill where we had a gift certificate given to us from Redemption for our anniversary. We REALLY enjoyed our meal that night...sushi (which is forbidden for pregnant women), ribeye (cooked medium--also a no-no for pregos), and Coke (which didn't sit too well with me during pregnancy because of heartburn). We also had a rack of lamb that it would have been a sin to put a knife to because it was so fall-off-the-bone tender...it was a wonderful time together, but we actually missed ella so much and were so exhausted that instead of going to Barnes and Noble after dinner, we happily headed home. Brandon's parents have also been a great help to us during the transition.
Besides the occasonal drop-bys the first week, Denice came down on Thursday night and John made it Friday. They stayed through lunch on Sunday, and were busy with house and baby duties throughout their stay. We woke up Saturday morning to the smell of bacon, fresly made biscuits and gravy (B's favorite) and coffee (which is another thng I missed while I was pregnant and am now enjoying immensly again).
We are thankful to be a part of a group of couples who gets together to study the Word of God, pray, talk and eat together. One of the girls in that group organized dinners for us every night for the second week we were home! Thanks, Kelsey, and all of you who have brought over yummy meals! (The Earles, The Smiths, The Shufords, The Chandlers, The Martins, The Wherleys, & The Crowders--y'all rock!) Besides that, we've had a steady stream of fun visitors from all over...Ced and Kobe brought Malachi over for a visit, Leesa and Dave Northrup stopped by after taking their two youngest to Clemson to get them settled in, Ashley Shockley came by and actually had the opportunity to be Ella's first non-family babysitter while Brandon and I went to return a DVD and grab a Sonic slush (what a treat!), and my best friend's mom, Mary Johnston came by for a while to hang out with us.
We enjoyed a great visit to Dr. Jones at Parkside Pediatrics. Ella had gained 11 ounces in 4 days...she was up to 7lbs 5oz on Monday, August 13th, and was deemed perfectly healthy. She even had an opportunity to show Dr. Jones just how well she's been eating by demonstrating her projectile pooping ability in the exam room. Brandon, Dr. Jones and I all managed to get out of the firing range, and she slept through the whole ordeal, but we laughed so hard that the nurses were wondering what was going on in our room! (I hope I don't give her a complex for writing that--do you think she'll hate me for this when she's 16?) We love our pediatricians, and would HIGHLY recommend this group to anyone in the Upstate. The entire office is completely wonderful and we are thankful to have found what we feel is the best care for our princess.