Well we aren't QUITE dancing a jig but we feel just about able to. The doctors released us to bring our beautiful baby boy home today! I can't tell you how exciting it was to hear that we were one more step closer to some type of normalcy. One of the best parts was to watch Prince Charming carry the car seat out to the car because he did not get to be part of our first "bringing baby home" experience as he was incredibly ill and quarantined from us at the time. But now here I am, sitting on the couch cherishing the image of my husband and my son snuggling on the arm chair. It is so reassuring to see this as it is something Prince Charming talked about wanting to do since we bought the chair a few months back. Over all the nightmarish images in my head from this past week and a half....somehow this one is incredibly healing. The relief of being in my own home and not feeling like I have one hundred things to take care of and only ten minutes before I need to be back at the hospital is huge.
There are however still some downsides.
For one, our Little Lady is not home yet as we felt we needed a day and night to adjust to the needs of a high maintenance newborn before bringing a toddler into the mix. However....we are one step closer to being a family of four in our own home and look forward to tomorrow when we anticipate her arrival!
Another is the fact that although the doctors consider it safe for us to be home...Elijah is not really "healthy". When he cries he still turns blue as his airways have not yet healed or learned to compensate for their damage. This means that we cannot let him cry for more than a minute or so before he begins to turn blue...which means he is VERY high maintenance. We continue to pray for complete healing if not very quick compensation on the part of his healthy vocal cord. Hopefully this happens sooner rather than later.
Also, for the first week we are still kind of confined as we are not really supposed to be out in public and for the first few months we have been told to strictly monitor contact as anyone with a cold could make him extremely sick. This also means we have to watch ourselves and Little Lady and do a lot of hand sanitizing. We had been hoping to take a trip to visit family in another province this summer but will not be able to due to Elijah's condition.
Sometimes it feels like it will be a very long and exhausting journey that we're not sure how to handle but we PRAISE God that we can be home and are at least moving in the right direction.
There are a million things to be thankful for right now so we are trying to focus on all of those rather than worry about all the other things that still need to happen. Thanks again for all of your prayers and support. Please continue to stand beside us!