Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Where my thought's escaping
Where my music's playing
Where my love lies waiting silently for me
-Simon & Garfunkel, Homeward Bound
Homeward bound!! I can't even begin to tell y'all how excited I am to be headed to the airport in the morning. (and I'm even more excited that my dad and my AJ get to be the ones who figure out how to jam all this stuff into the CR-V!) Derek and I are flying with the boys since the docs thought it would be less stressful than an 8+ hour car trip. And they were probably right - though it's a bit odd they're concerned about my stress level. Oh wait, it is probably less stressful for Jay, too.
The area where CHOP is located is known as University City, and it's squeezed in among Drexel University and UPenn. On our pre-op visit, Jay was super-excited about the Drexel Dragon, named Mario (an interesting little tidbit we learned from one of our fab nurses who graduated from Drexel). He wanted to ride it, and we told him that we would when he was out of the hospital. (Who knew that would be nearly 6 weeks later!) And without even our mentioning it, Jay started asking in the hospital to "see that dragon." Who are we to deny a kid such a simple pleasure?
Gimme 5, Mario!
After our dragon-slaying adventure and a nap, we decided to have a little family fun and check out the Philadelphia Zoo. We've now experienced the first zoo in the country, the first children's hospital in the country, and the first Ronald McDonald House. Boy, lots of firsts in Philly! We had a great time in spite of the fact that the zoo (and it's parking!) are way overpriced. We saw all kinds of rare animals, but Jay insists that his favorite part was the ducks. Yes, the Canada geese we saw on the pond in the middle of the zoo. The same Canada geese we despise in our parking lots, our golf courses, our lakes in good ol' NC. Guess the kid just wants a taste of home.
Truly, it is simply a miracle to see how far Jay has come. He is walking (a bit wobbly but improving), talking up a storm, and is in every way the adorable, lovable, awesome little boy we brought here with us. Tears of joy.
So, we're headed home tomorrow and can't wait to see you all again!