We were given the option to come home on Sunday, so the third day after Eva's birth, but told that it was totally normal and expected for caesarean patients to stay for that third night. Given the weepy exhausted mess I still was on Sunday afternoon, we decided an extra night with highly-trained support but a step away wasn't a bad idea.
Mainly the night nurse from the previous evening, Janet, was going to be back at midnight and I found her hugely reassuring and helpful so an extra night of her coaching seemed like an excellent idea to me. I cannot tell you how great all of the nurses were, but there was just something about Janet that really helped me to calm the hell down and just get a better perspective. When we left I wrote thank you cards to several people, and I hope that they know how much thier help meant to our brand new nuclear family unit.
Also, if you are planning to have a baby and the hospital happens to be a teaching hospital, I highly recommend going in over a holiday weekend. The place was totally empty and everyone had just tons of time for us - Now I'm sure our hospital is always damn good (it happens to be in the top 50 in America, a fact we only discovered yesterday when I decided to try walking around a bit and saw a framed article in one of the corridors), but still, it's something to bear in mind. Of course I say this like I decided anything at all! Eva is clearly a scheduling genius though!
They let Doc C and I go home with Evalyn this afternoon. So exciting, so terrifying, and so natural all at the same time.