Let's fast forward through this part.
This morning I woke up and glanced at Elvie's hospital crib from my chair bed and thought, "Her foot looks chubbier. No, no, I must be imagining that." I sat up a little more and noticed that her thigh was definitely bigger. I mean, we've done good work with the baby fattening, but not that good. So then I stood up, and sure enough, she'd started down the path to become a sumo wrestler overnight. Do they even allow women to participate in that sport? Because we're told that she'll be even puffier tomorrow, as a result of typical fluid retention following surgery, so I thought maybe I'd take a headshot for her...sumo portfolio? This joke is really falling apart. But what I want to say is that seeing your baby so puffy that its hard for her to open her eyes is indeed one of the most pitiful things you will ever witness.
She is progressing slowly but surely, and so many good things are happening, but it is hard to watch her so groggy and uncomfortable. This really is the hardest part of the surgery process, knowing there is little more I can do to make it all more bearable for her. I just want her to feel better already. I want it to be a week from now, or two weeks, or however long it takes to get her laugh back. I want it to be whatever day it needs to be for there to be enough lines and drains out that I can pick her up and hold her whenever she starts to whimper or cry. That day, honestly, cannot come soon enough. I'm hoping it will come tomorrow.
So for now we are just hanging in there, willing the time to pass quickly, or at least for Elvie to sleep through most of it and wake up on the other side, feeling better. Thanks for hanging in there with us. For those of you who don't know (or remember) (or something), we do have a Facebook page that you can like in order to get updates in your feed. I apologize to everyone who does not use Facebook; I do not have a personal account, but it seems the best way to keep the largest number of people informed, so we set one up for the blog. I will continue to update here regularly for those of you who prefer to get your Elvie news here.
With that said, I'm going to get ready for (chair) bed. Look for another update in 24 hours-ish, unless something really awesome happens, in which case I will update you sooner. Let's hope that I get to update you sooner, okay?