We are all generally excited about bringing Ian home tomorrow. Well - I am assuming that Elliott will have accepted Ian enough by then to be included in we and to have worked up at least some general excitement about the notion of having a brother.
Elliott met Ian Monday afternoon. If it had been a first date, there would have been no "will I see you again?", Elliott made it clear he wanted none of it. In fairness to Elliott, he walked into a hospital for the very first time (at least that he remembers), his mama was laying in a hospital bed looking the part of someone only hours removed from major surgery, both sets of grandparents were there at the same time which he has seldom experienced, and then, there was this brand new creature in HIS mama's lap. There was a lot of brand new at once, so it was hard to figure which component of the introduction staggered him to tears the most.
Yesterday it was apparent it was probably not Ian. With the hospital setting not as new andmama on the recovering side of her ordeal, and most important probably, Ian resting in his bed and not HIS mama's lap, the second meeting went much better. Gigi and Papa Hoss set Elliott up with gifts to bring mama and Ian, which meant more to Elliott than anybody, although the recipients were both very appreciative. Elliott was more eager to look at and even touch Ian. He was not readily affirming when asked if Ian can come home with us, but the day before he flat denied that request, so hesitancy was an upgrade.
I am sure his visit today will be a good setup for Ian joining our home tomorrow. Ian continues to do well. His bathroom habits have earned him an "advanced" rating from the nurses. The more you go at this stage of the game the better off you are. My how that changes. When you get old they give you medicine if you go more than once in the middle of the night - which would seem to be a rating of "no longer advanced".
We are truly appreciative of all the prayers and good wishes from our family and friends. They played a major role in the healthy arrival and continued growth of baby Ian. Please say a small prayer that our transition home tomorrow goes as smoothly as possible - in other words - say a prayer for the E man.