Eventually we got them up and bathed and ready to go. Sadly, Avi and Itai went their separate ways. Avi up to the hospital and Itai down to grandma and grandpa's (thanks again!!). Avi was so happy when we arrived, he got to play with toys, ride an elevator and even show the nurse how to exam him. Itai meanwhile got to relax a bit.
At the hospital Avi got dressed in his hospital gown complete with his "green socks." He was quite taken with them. The nurse seemed afraid to talk to Avi. She asked if he could handle her talking to him or if I needed to do it. I told her she could talk to him, which she did saying, "Sweetie, we're going to go back into a room and a doctor is going to put a mask on your face just like this one, only it won't have plastic around it. Then they're going to give you some gas that will smell like root beer, strawberries or grapes. The room we're going to is a clean room and daddy can't come in it. You'll have to walk into the room all alone and daddy will wait here for you. Do you understand?" The way she spoke to him I wondered what planet she came from and if there happened to be any children on that planet.
After I re-explained what I thought was important to Avi she asked me if he needed a social worker to come help him with the separation. I wasn't sure she was serious. She asked again saying, "A lot of kids like him (as if she knew anything about him) had a hard time being separated from their parents. I smile and told her I thought he'd be fine.
He was. When it came time for him to go I pointed the doctor and said, "You're going with the doctor now. Can you hold his hand? He gave me a kiss goodbye, grabbed the doctor's hand and off he went. No tears, no screaming and bravely enough, no social worker was required. It was less than twenty minutes later that they called the parents of Christopher (for some reason they decided to use his middle name, much to my displeasure.) to come to recovery. The tubes went in and we were out and all at ridiculous speeds. Thank heaven they let us leave quickly. Avi woke up very grumpy, which is why all of the pictures are pre-op.