This post was entered at a later date and was based on personal journal entries
My labor and deliver was uneventful. I woke up at 12:30 AM with some very strong contractions that were very regular. We left for the hospital at 3:00 AM or so.
Things progressed quickly and Erin was born at 9:06 AM that day.
On the way home from the hospital, Erin started fussing quite a bit, so I moved to the back seat with her.
She calmed down almost immediately. We took the parkway home and she was so amazed by the sun streaming through the trees into the rear window of the car. The look on her face was one of pure wonder and amazement. It was as though if she could talk, she would say "Whoa! Look at that!"
I was surprised by the number of tests that they ran on Erin, considering the fact that she is so healthy! But, I figured a heel prick and a few blood tests couldn't hurt.
They did a hearing test, which is standard these days. She did not pass the first test, but the technician told us not to worry. That sometimes there is fluid - or the baby is just too fussy for the test to be effective.
The next day, right before we were discharged, they ran a retest. Frank was on his way to get the car and two nurses were with me when the technician came in to tell me that Erin did not pass the retest.
Both nurses looked at me with shock and concern. I just laughed it off and told them I was sure it was nothing to worry about - just fluid in her ears. The nurses looked at each other nervously, but took my lead and let it drop.
I mentioned the results to Frank when he got back to the room to pick us up. But neither of us were concerned. Just look at her! What could be wrong?