Home at last, home at last…

We made it! No one stopped us at the door, no one found another test or procedure or surgery to do, nothing stood in our way.

To be honest – it’s funny how long it takes to get to an ending, but how quickly things end when you get there.

The night was a little restless – I’m not sure who kept whom up all night. But if Benjamin wasn’t fussing or making noise, waking us up, one of us would poke him to see if he was ok, waking him up. We’ll get the hang of it, I’m sure.

Our primary night nurse, Catherine, stopped by bright and early to check in on us and say good-bye and then Amy had a chance to sleep in while I packed up our stuff. Then our primary day nurse, Dany, came by to drop off some of our stuff and a pile of paperwork. All we needed to do was sign a paper and we were free to go.

“There’s nothing else? We just walk out?”

So to stall a bit we did a victory lap through the NICU with Benjamin in his car seat to say goodbye to all the nurses and a few of the parents. Benjamin wore his Superman shirt to show what a superhero he is.

Dany stayed with us until we had the car packed up and we drove away, but not before lots of hugs and goodbyes. We have a ton of appointments in the neighborhood, so we will be back to visit all our friends at CHONY.

We gave Benjamin a tour on our way home, pointing out things we passed (we did similar things when we last went on a road trip with him, but then he was a couple of cells big and frozen). We cheered when we entered his ancestral home, Queens.

Being home is good so far – we briefly panicked when Ben demanded food the moment we walked in the door, but before we had unpacked anything. The neighbors know he’s home now, at least.

We tried out his changing table a few times (and he promptly christened it <and Amy>) and we found out he adores his swing (Thanks Allison!) where he slept for hours already.

We need to go pick up Cayman from Camp Bow Wow in a little bit and can’t wait for the introduction. We’ll be sure to share photos from that.

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14 thoughts on “Home at last, home at last…

  1. THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME! Enjoy every second of it. Congrats to you 3…what a journey it has been. And now to many, many, many more years ahead of ONLY good things for your beautiful family.

  2. How can one little boy bring so many tears! At least now they’re tears of joy!! I’m doing a happy dance!! Love you guys!

  3. I’m crying for you…this is just the best thing ever. We are SO HAPPY for you. Please try to take one nap a day. Do it. Even if there are dishes waiting and emails waiting, etc. Enjoy your first weekend (a long one!) as four at home (including Cayman). We love you. We also want to visit you so bad, but we’ll wait till we’re germ free and flu-shotted.

  4. I apologize, this is not going to sound extremely articulate at all. I simply have to say YAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYY!!!!!! Or, as our friend Melissa (was that her name??) at Lakefront would say, “HEEEEEEEEYYYY!!!!!” I’ve got shivers, tears, and goosebumps, all at the same time. I’m so overjoyed for the whole dang family. Finally. I feel like letting go of a breath I’ve been holding for 7 months!!!!!!!!

  5. I don’t think I could possibly hear better news!!! Or see better pictures, for that matter! And, to be honest, even though he’s my second, I have to touch my baby
    to make sure he’s still breathing too.

  6. I am so excited for you. Yay!!!!!!!!!!! I look forward to more updates.

    Welcome home Benjamin!

  7. Fabulous news!! Congratulations! Thank you for sharing Benjamin’s story. What an amazing little boy he is. All the best to you.

  8. Wonderful!! The best news I’ve read all week.

  9. So happy for all of you!! Thanks for sharing your big moment with all of us! Your friends in Lancaster are cheering you on Ben!

  10. Yeah! Super Ben! A long journey to get home kid! Enjoy Joey and Amy-he will change so much so quickly!

  11. What great news! I know how scary that is we spent a year in the hospital with our micropreemie. I slept with one hand on my son’s chest for the first week! Congratulations!!!

  12. Congratulations to a wonderful family!!!

    • What a wonderful day this is Benjamin, home at last with your parents where you belong. I have been following your progress for some time now, and you have been such a courageous little fellow. I wish you a long and happy life.

      Warmest greetings too to your parents, and all the wonderful people who took such good care of you whilst you were in the hospital.
      i
      Carol, Switzerland

  13. Congratulations! We have also been home a little over a month!

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