Oh my, what a day!!!
I know you are all here for the pictures, but thereare a few things worth writing about. So, go look at the pictures and come back to read! :o)
The excitement this morning was just too much! Everybody had to change US money into yuans, so we spent quite a bit of time in the hotel hall, waiting for the money to be counted. Then, we walked across the street to the civial affairs building. So off we went, and in the elevators up 26 floors. Our group was adopting babies from 3different orphanages, but only one had arrived, and it was with the 2 babies from ours. We didn't notice them as we walked into the room, but once we did, we couldn't keep our eyes from our baby! It was such a special moment to get to look at her, admire her, so calm and comfortable with her nanny. That was a huge help, as we started crying and crying and crying as soon as she was put intomy arms. We were the first couple to be called, no other baby had arrived, so we had an audience!!! I have no clue about how other people reacted, because all I saw was my baby, all that I wanted was to fnally hold her, even if she was definitely less than thrilled with that plan... We look at the pictures now, and kinda feel bad about our smiles when she is so obviously upset. But what can you do? She is absolutely gorgeous, and perfect, and we expected that reaction anyway, because her report did say that she was afraid of strangers.
And boy, was it ever right...
Seeing her for the first time...
I think most babies did cry at one point or another. Ours only periodically stopped... We went back to our hotel, this time crossing the street with such precious cargo(our wonderful guide was covering us and stopping the cars!), and Yummy cried again, but also started to be aware and curious of her new environment, as she turned around if one of us left her sight or made a noise. S finally got her to smile a bit, and then he had to leave for an hour of paperwork. I held her, she fell asleep in my arms 5 minutes later, and I spent the next hour just holding her, staring at her in amazement.
When S got back, we quickly got ready to leave again for other administrative stuff, but before we left, he finally got her to really smile and even laugh. The world just stopped right then and there, and we didn't want to leave! But we did, and spent the afternoon in the same room as the morning.
This evening, we fed her a bit, gave her a quick bath, and then all she wanted to do was to be held quietly, and I was happy to oblige. She's now sleeping in her crib, we've had dinner and wine in the room, and it's somewhat unbelievable that she is here. I guess we'll believe it more when she wakes up hungry in a few hours, because she refused her cereals and only drank a half bottle tonight... ;o)
She's gorgeous, she's amazing, and she's now the center of our world...