January 14, 2009

God is Good!

This morning I had my pre-admission appointment with my new hospital. I'll be honest: last night I was convinced it probably would be run-of-the-mill, and make me feel like just another random patient. They changed the location of the meeting, so I was nervous about finding it and getting there on time (I can't STAND being late for anything). Thankfully, this hospital is extremely near to where I used to work as a receptionist, so I was hoping it would be a little familiar.

I found the location with no problems (except one missed turn) and parked. The first person I saw was a super-friendly security guard, who pointed me in the right direction. I noticed the building was incredibly new, and the office was easy to find.

I met with Bridget (I think that was her name), who gave me the estimate for our hospital costs. She was so sweet and helpful, and made sure I understood everything so I could pass the info along to Kurt. Then, she pointed to the sheet and said "Oh, and you'll be getting a 50% discount because your husband is a resident." WHAT?!!? I was floored! That will help so much, and I couldn't help but just feel blessed. After she finished explaining more about the costs, I ventured into my questions about having a private transition with the baby after birth, like I was planning to have at the other hospital.

She quickly smiled and said that she knew exactly who to talk to, and paged Jackie. I expected to have to go to another office or make an appointment, but Jackie came right in and sat down next to me. Honest to goodness, she was so reassuring and sweet. She said that although there would be an extra charge for a private transition, it would be no problem to accommodate. I think I probably stared at her like I wasn't hearing correctly; I had expected this to be a much more difficult process. She wrote my name down on my due date in her personal calendar and gave me her cell phone number so I could call when I knew more about when Evy might be born. Again, I must have looked stupid because I said, "So you don't mind if I call your personal cell phone number?" She said not at all, and if she wasn't able to do the transition herself she had several nurses that enjoy doing them. Another plus: when you use this service, they offer a lot of bonding time with the baby and you're given the opportunity to try and nurse early, which I wanted.

As I left, the security guard waved goodbye and said that he would see me next time, when I come in to deliver. I literally got into my car feeling so thankful. Then I realized one more thing: since we were given the resident discount, God provided us some extra money to pay for the private transition. He really does hear our prayers. All in all, I think recently I've been paying attention to the ways that God reveals Himself more than usual. He's not just a "Big Life Moments" God that shows up when we're making a big decision or need help. He's an "Everyday" God that is constantly wanting to show us that He cares about our smallest needs. I feel blessed and thankful today, and I found myself feeling kind of giddy walking into a hospital. I'm more and more excited about meeting our baby and loving on her, and having our families there. Thank you, Lord :o)

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Jessica said...

I don't have any children and am a little clueless...What is a private transition?

Tommy, Suzanne, and Mary Peyton said...

see - it all works out!!! love you, sweet friend! and can't wait to meet evy!

mrs.leah.maria said...

I hate to say amazing, because it's really not, just as you said God shows us his faithfulness daily, we just need to be more consistent in viewing it!

Kristal said...

That's so exciting that you're close enough to do a hospital tour!

And what is a private transition?

Ashley said...

A private transition just means that once the baby is born, she won't go to the nursery right away. She'll be with us in the room for at least 4 hours, and we'll have a private nurse caring for her/us in our room. I just wanted it because I want to bond right away with her, and I want to be there when family members see her for the first time :o)

Gator Mommy said...

I am so happy everything worked out!! I'm a little jealous it won't be me but I will meet her soon enough. Did you still want the breastfeeding video?? Call me anytime.

Lindsey said...

I am so thrilled for you that your day went well! How precious is our Lord for providing for our big and small needs! private transition sounds great! The hospital I delivered at doesn't even have a nursery. The babies stay with the mother the whole time...which I think is best! I am getting sooo excited to see Evy! Enjoy your last few days pregnant...I swear you will miss it!

Rebecca said...

About a year I went to Kurt's hospital for an ultrasound. At least, I thought I was supposed to go to Kurt's hospital. It was extremely stressful to find the ultrasound room. I must have turned down 10 different hallways. And then it turned out that I was at the wrong hospital. I just wanted to cry it was such an awful experience!

I'm glad for you that the labor and delivery is in a different building and that everyone was so helpful!

Katie A. said...

I'm glad you feel at peace with the new hospital, and I'm so excited for y'all with the birth of your little one. I just made a blog post today about how God is always talking to us and showing us things, we just don't always listen. Then I read your blog and it just reassured that fact even more!

Kearsmom said...

I didn't know that's what it was, but that's what we had...with both girls. Kat actually never left my room except when they took her for the neonatologist to check her and that was only for about 30 minutes.

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