I came home from that session and instead of being relieved, I freaked out. I explained to Matthew (who was almost 8 months old at the time) that just because I got the pictures of the 5 us, in no way did that mean that he could leave us. He had to not only survive the surgery, but he needed to thrive afterwards. So I promised if he did thrive, and in time learned to walk, we'd take him to Disney World. Not that he understood any of this, but I needed something far down the road to concentrate on--a promise to hang out there.
And now, almost a year and a half later, Matthew is thriving... and walking! He has lived up to his end of the bargain. So, we have booked the trip to Disney World! It is quite a ways out due to schedules, so maybe Matthew will be running by then! I think back to that day and am amazed by how far Matthew has come. I'm thrilled and can't wait to celebrate at Disney World!!