Evelyn Grace spent a few days in the "normal nursery" after her stay in the NICU. They wanted her to remain in the hospital for observation but they needed her bed in the NICU for sicker babies AND they wanted to "transition her" before sending her home. This meant we were able to see her 4 hours a day instead of 2 (SO FRUSTRATING!!!), I was allowed to try to nurse her (during visiting hours) and best of all, it meant Caleb got to meet her for the first time.
By now, Caleb had heard us talk about "baby sister" for weeks. He knew she wasn't in my tummy anymore and that she was sick so she had to stay in a special bed so the doctors could help her get better. He drove up with us countless times so we could visit but he wasn't old enough to go into the NICU which meant he sat outside in the hallway while we went to visit her (good thing his Opa bought him a Leapster for Christmas! Definitely came in very handy!).
Over the days and weeks he became increasingly frustrated that he couldn't go in and visit her and that she wasn't coming home with us. He began begging to see her, asking more and more questions and even tried demanding that she "come home right now." He just didn't undersand it all. Well, needless to say, the day we told him he was able to meet "baby sister" was a very happy day indeed. For us, and for him too. I'm not sure who was more excited. This was such a sweet moment for our family, to all be together FINALLY. Not something I will ever forget.
The pictures capture it beautifully.