In true Williams fashion, our trip home was not without some unexpected events. We left the city at 4:15 and didn't get to the airport until 5:30. We took a lovely tour of Queens to get to JFK to avoid rush hour traffic I think. We had plenty of time though because when we got the gate for our 6:30 flight the plane wasn't even there yet. We were delayed an hour. In the meantime we realized that a container of bubbles in the diaper bad had leaked and soaked through the 5 diapers I had packed. Of course Brady had diarrhea again (I guess this is common after having a CT with contrast). Matt salvaged one diaper and wipes and changed him. He had pjs on which now had poop on them, so I told Matt to put him in the extra outfit I had packed. Oops! We had the outfit, but no extra shoes and socks since he had footed pjs on to begin with I had packed the shoes/socks and that bag was checked. So we put his jeans on over his pooped on pjs. Then we boarded a plane with no diapers and wipes. Once on the plane we learned that we would have to wait for an hour on the runway to take off. It was getting late, Brady was tired, dirty, and wanted to drink. Of course we were leery to give him too much because, well, you know! As the plane began to take off Matt leaned over and told me that he forgot the keys to the car back at the Ronald. So we would have no way to get into the car once we got to the airport. I snuck a text message to my mom as we were taking off to come and get us. We finally did make it home, cleaned up poor Brady, and put him to bed. What a day he had!
We are busily trying to unpack and then repack for Sunday. It is wonderful to see the kids, I'm just kissing and hugging on them until they push me away! We both agree that we just want to get on with things now. We fully understand the seriousness of this surgery, the difficult recovery, and how the journey won't end afterwards...but we know that this is a HUGE hurdle that needs to be jumped over. We just want to get to the other side.
On a lighter note, here are some fun facts from our trip:
1. A one way plane ticket to NYC from Buffalo = $42
A 30 minute carriage ride in Central Park = $40 (including tip--well worth it)
A one way cab ride from JFK to Manhattan = $60 (including tax, tolls, and tip)
How is this possible?
2. You can get some of the freshest, most delicious fruit on the street in Manhattan.
3. Our walk from the Ronald to the hospital is a lovely 10-12 minute walk through a very safe part of town. There are many upscale apartments and hospitals along the way. We are able to stop at a very nice deli/store and get coffee and breakfast on the way.
4. On Thursday on our walk back from Central Park I saw the actress that played Amy's mom on Everybody Loves Raymond (her name is Georgia Engel--she was also on the Mary Tyler Moore Show). She crossed Park Avenue right in front of us. I always LOVED her character on that show!
5. You can no longer get a cup of coffee on an airplane but the two guys across from us could get Jack and Coke. Somehow just not fair:)
6. Every building we were in was at least 85 degrees! At one point, Matt actually reached over and adjusted a thermostat while in a meeting with a doctor. No one else seemed as hot as us everywhere we went!
7. And finally, to my car seat critics...we did not see ONE carseat while in NYC, not one. We were at the airport 2 times, all throughout the city, and did not spot ONE single carseat.
Thank you to everyone who has been calling, emailing, leaving comments, and most importantly PRAYING!!! A dear friend has set up a prayer chain for Monday, with people signing up to pray for 30 minutes throughout the day. If you are willing to pray, please leave a comment with your name and time you can pray and I will add you to the list. Maybe I will make a post regarding the prayer chain and update it as more people sign up! God bless...