We met at the airport around 6:30 pm last night. I don't think we got any photos, but L. took some video after struggling with turning the camera on for a few minutes while I was saying hi to Elijah. I will never forget how I felt at that moment, although I had thought I would have been more emotional. Elijah was a bit overwhelmed and had a hard time on the plane. We also had a two hour drive home. We stopped to eat dinner at Arby's and Elijah enjoyed a turkey sandwich and fries. He stayed awake the entire drive home, but looked exhausted. He was excited to check out his house, new bed, room, and toys. He did really well using the toilet, taking a bath, and getting all ready for bed. Then the fun part...going to sleep. He cried and cried, and after staying with him, rubbing his back, and singing a song or two, I realized that he was going to cry whether I was there or not. So we let him cry, and eventually he fell asleep. He woke up at 5:3O am and was soaked through his diaper and pjs. I changed him and put him back in bed. He started to cry again. This time I didn't want to let him cry, since he would likely wake up everyone else, so after about 10 minutes, and several attempts to get him to stay in bed without crying too loudly, I brought him to bed with us. He fell asleep snuggled up next to me quickly and slept until we woke him up for breakfast at 9am.
J. has been sick since returning home, with fever, chills, vomiting and other fun stuff. I am really hoping he will not be suffering during this special time and spending his time off work sick in bed. He was able to help today by taking L. to his baseball clinic and our dog Jackson to the vet. (pray for that dog, he is not doing so great right now)
Elijah had a great day today, starting with a good breakfast. He ate sausage and scrambled eggs, and orange juice without hesitation. He got dressed, all the way to his shoes, and had a great time playing with his brothers and sisters. He was a bit unsure about all the attention they were giving him, but he liked checking out the toys and going around the house closing doors! We ended up driving into town to take care of medical insurance paperwork. Since we were there, we made a stop to Fred Meyers and did a bit of shopping. I took Elijah, L. and C. Elijah did great, you would have never guessed it was his first shopping experience. He seemed to really enjoy it. I bought some more warm pj's for him and the kids needed some new shoes. We were in the toy department and E. got really excited about the plastic animals, especially the cow. He was shouting "Mooo!" and I couldn't help myself. I bought the cute little "bef" cow for Elijah. This turned into a weapon later in the day though.
Since we had a busy day with shopping and such, we had a late lunch and no nap. Eljiah started acting very silly and goofy and I could tell he was getting really tired. He and K. (age 6) have really hit it off, and he has her wrapped around his little finger. We ate dinner and between dodging thrown food and dealing with sick dog Jackson, I was about ready for bed! I got E. bathed and in bed in record time. Tonight he cried again, almost acting scared, but after less than 10 minutes he was silently asleep (with his booty in the air!).
More photos to come, I just need to get some zzzs! I am so glad to have E. home and couldn't be happier about how well he seems to be adjusting already.