Monday, May 7, 2012

What You've All Been Waiting For

This was one crazy, busy, wonderful day.  We left our hotel at 4:45 a.m., landed in Nanchang at 9:50 a.m. and arrived at the hotel at 10:45ish to a waiting baby.  It was crazy fast and really actually fairly smooth.  We watched her across from the lobby as we waited for our guide to check us in and then went to the back room to meet her.  She was handed to me almost immediately and made no peep.  When she started to cry just a little they said she was hungry as her last bottle was at 7:00 a.m., gave us some formula (for us to pay for later), some papers and our guide told us to go to our room.  We had to leave in less than two hours for our first of the three adoption appointments for today.  Now I want to give you details, etc. but I know at this time you are so not interested...and I only have a few minutes to spend at the computer at a time.  She is quite content with Daddy, but I am not content to not be staring at or holding her.

So here is our absolutely amazing, beautiful, fantastic, and wonderful new baby girl...Sweet Pea:

Pretty sad and mellow that first hour.  She quietly waited while Daddy prepped her bottle.

Facetiming with the kids back home so they could meet baby sister.  She wasn't too fond of the bottle, but loved the cheerios.

Waiting for our first appointment

Still pretty solemn, but we did get our first smile by tickling her tummy like the Orphanage Director did while we were waiting for our interview.  She has the most adorable giggle ever!

Room service congee and a new toy. 

Then an hour of fantastically happy play time.  She'd giggle and we'd giggle.

It was the best day ever.  Oh, we just all adore her. 
Maybe tomorrow or sooner if she sleeps well and I don't, I'll post some more details...but I'm sure these pictures will tide you over.  Who wouldn't love staring at that sweet face?*

*By the way, I actually held her the majority of the time, but somehow I seemed to like the pictures I took of the day better than my other choices... 

** More pictures from our first day together can be found in a follow-up blog post here.


Catherine said...

Congratulations! Sweet Pea is absolutely adorable! So happy for you!!

No Greater Love said...


Oh my goodness....those first two picture of you holding her....six years, my friend.....six years.....and the day arrived. Tears are rolling down my cheeks as I write this. I am so happy. Totally over the top ecstatic for you!!!!!!! Can't wait for more details. But I will be so patient, because I don't think I'd ever want to stop holding her either!!!!

Nancy said...

Oh FINALLY. I am so so happy for you and your family. She looks wonderful and perfect, and beautiful and happy and chubby!
Can't wait to hear more about how she's adjusting!

Stephanie said...

She is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! So happy for you!!

Jessy said...

Oh my goodness!! She is so beautiful and it's so wonderful to see you finally holding your baby girl!!

I'm so happy for all of you and can't wait to meet her!

Andrea Dawn said...

Happy tears here, too, Nora. She is just so precious. That first shot of you and her with your heads leaning together is priceless . . . truly speaks a thousand words. I bless your remaining time there and your journey home.

The Johnsons said...

Hee Hee Hee Hee!!! I already love her! She's the cutest thing ever! I can already invision the thousands of pictures you will have fun taking of her and sharing with us! Yippee! God did it!

Christina said...

What a cute chunkalunk of sweetness- I want to smoosh her cheeks. Congratulations- she is beautiful.

PandJ_L said...

CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!! She is beautiful and such a chunky monkey :-) Reminds me of my Miss. T.!!! Who is your guide in nanchang???

Adrian Roberta said...

Oh my word! She is delicious!!!

Sarah said...

Oh my goodness!! She is soooooo cute!