Today is the day that my family was completed at home with Evan’s layaway status removed! He came home and he deserves a day, yes it was our family homecoming. I have said that this day was like Noah’s Ark and after 40 days and 40 nights we emerged together. Originally I was setting my parents up to watch the kids or I would go alone to get Evan, but in the end we packed up Jase and went to that NICU for the last time as patients.
I didn’t think this day was going to be as hard as Jase Day, but it surely was. For those 40 days and nights Evan was monitored and loved by nurses around the clock. They ensured all of his needs were met and of course he was alive and well. Now it was our turn to take all of our lessons learned and keep not 1 but 2 babies alive and well!
I took my time preparing Evan to leave. I fed him and changed him and gave him so individual love so he knew he would be safe and happy. I put him, while fumbling, into his car seat and hoped I strapped his tiny self in properly. I cried as they let me disconnect his leads for the very last time and cut off his patient ID for the very last time. I took him out of the scariest place I ever had to be that became our home and our family. Where his journey began. Where our journey began. I wanted so bad to take him but was sooo scared of what was to come.
Today we will celebrate Evan and our family. Give him his day to hold on to. Give him his time to be an individual with his own day. My little fella was sprung and the fun was about to begin again.
Interestingly I had told everyone while pregnant that they would be home by the beginning of February and this is when they did come home. Already 5 weeks old but still littler than any baby any of us had ever held. We cried and hugged and were set free. As a whole. I will always remember and these boys have long forgotten. I remind them but they don’t understand and that is ok. Today is Evan Day!
Jenifer Roth is a full time super woman...in her mind! Well she is good at being ok at the all the roles she takes on. Enjoy the ride!