At 37.5 (??) weeks pregnant, we unfortunately had to break Magee Women's Hospital's rule about being more than 30 min away from the hospital. On Sunday, we got word that Roger's grandma Vandervort, (Ian's great-grandma) had passed away.
We packed up and make the trip 2.5 hours to Titusville, PA. It was a long, uncomfortable car ride (both ways) and for a stinky reason. But in my opinion, it was wonderful.
I don't think any of Roger's relatives on his dad's side of the family had ever met Ian in person so that was really nice that they finally got to spend some time together. I also met a lot of family that I had never met before and got reacquainted with many whom I have only seen once or twice in 6 or 7 years. And finally, what made it the most special to me, was that I learned a LOT about Ian's grandpa Ron and about Roger as a child. They eagerly showed and shared photos, stories, and mementos with us that I find priceless. Hopefully we will get a copy or at least a .jpg of the family that was taken today so that I can share it with you! I'm hoping that someday soon I'll get a chance to share some of the other photos we saw the last 2 days as well.
Of course, Ian was the dazzler that he always is. He had everyone laughing and smiling and provided a bit of comic relief amidst the sadness. It didn't take him long to warm up and make friends with everybody around. And he was SO good! We are blessed with such an incredible little boy!
We are also glad to be home. You forget how comfortable you are in your own surroundings (especially while pregnant, and/or running around keeping tabs on your 18 month old) until you leave them!