During the holiday, the rules at the visitation rules at the entire hospital – and especially the NICU – were relaxed a little to allow for families and siblings to visit (they are pretty strict this time of year due to flu/cold season). Last evening we were able to bring Ezra back into the room to meet Liam for the first time. As we eluded to in the last post, we were a little worried about how Ezra would do in the room full of things that he couldn’t do…but we were wrong. Just before coming into the NICU, I sat down with Ezra and explained that he couldn’t run and couldn’t press any buttons. His response? A remarkably understanding “Ok.”
Once we made our way back to the room, Ezra saw Ahna and gave her a huge hug. We then picked him up so he could see Liam for the first time. The initial sight was a little confusing to him as he just stared taking in everything. Then…it was all good. He started to warm up to Liam by asking questions about the tubing and wires, then touched Liam on the head, arms, and legs. Earlier in the morning, we asked Ezra to pick out a teddy bear to give to Liam, and he chose one that he has had since he was born. We wrapped it together and presented it to Liam. We placed the bear in the corner of Liam’s crib and I asked Ezra to tell Liam what the bear says. He responded by saying that the bear says “I love you.”
Ezra has far exceeded our expectations on how good he is as a big brother (and we had high ones). He is so caring, so careful, so loving, and so concerned. He got excited by the gifts that Liam gave to him, and equally excited about being able to be bedside and touching Liam. He told him goodbye, see you soon, and sleep well. It was one of the most gratifying and emotional experiences a parent could ever ask for.