June 24, 2013 “Gotcha Day”
June 24, 2013 “Gotcha Day”
They motioned for us to come over, life as I knew it was over…
I woke up at 5:30 in the morning, it felt like Christmas! At 2:00pm we were to meet in the hotel lobby and go get our baby! The time moved so slowly, we went to the fitness center and had a leisurely breakfast with another couple here with our adoption agency. We toured the hotel grounds, found the playroom and the koi pond and waterfall. This place is beautiful, by the way. Our room is very nice, good thing since we’ll be here for so long! The clock was not moving fast enough!
And then, just like that, it was time! We got in a van with 2 other families and drove to the civil affairs office. The building is hidden in a shady looking alley, go up a wooden elevator, and into a beautiful room full of happy families waiting anxiously for their lives to change forever! We sat down and got ready to meet our daughter. After realizing the battery was NOT put in our camera after charging, I glanced over and saw the sweetest little face sitting less than 2 yards from me. I said “that’s my baby” and we met eyes for the first time. She smiled at me and I nearly died. She was not supposed to be there at that moment and my guide looked at me and said “you no touch!” AAAHHHH!! It was killing me! They took her back to the appropriate room and I forgot to be mad at Josh over the camera incident. I just saw my baby! We had our iPhones anyway and the other families there offered to take pictures.
The building is hidden in a shady looking alley, go up a wooden elevator, and into a beautiful room full of happy families waiting anxiously for their lives to change forever! We sat down and got ready to meet our daughter.
They motioned for us to come over, life as I knew it was over. She smiled so big and came right to me. I know in the adoption world that is not necessarily a good thing, but this was different. Her nanny said she does not like strangers, that she only lets certain people hold her and she was thrilled to see her come to us. It was as though she recognized us from the pictures we sent. The orphanage took special care in dressing her, and that touched me. She had on a pretty pink dress and new white sandals. I could tell her nanny loved her and took care of her the best she could. We are so incredibly grateful for this amazing gift.
The next moments were ones I have no words to explain, the bonds and love created were immediate and forever. To see my husband melt from a mere smile… To see a daughter’s instant love for her daddy… I am overwhelmed with emotion. After goodbyes and a few instructions from the orphanage, it was time to go. Just like that she was ours! We walked out of the building and into the van. On our way to the hotel we all stopped at the market for formula and other odds and ends, she held on to Josh for dear life. It was her first trip to a store. I’m so glad she feels safe with us.
After getting settled in we had some play time, gave her a bottle, and then her first bath. She did not hate it, but you could tell she was wondering just what kind of craziness had she become a part of. We also ordered pizza, in my attempt to order we somehow ended up with two different deliveries by two different restaurants. For the record, Oggi’s Pizzeria was excellent. Even though I have no idea how it ended up here (I thought I called Pizza Hut), I’m glad it did. The Pizza Hut pizza tasted like old fried shrimp oil. Y’all don’t care about that though. Back to Lizzie, my sweet baby was very interested in watching us eat. We apparently were not using our best table manners because she took the crust we gave her to nibble and started making smacking noises. She has never had solid food, or probably even seen anyone eat before. I realized then I needed to be careful in ALL things.
After another bottle she went to bed with only the slightest whimper. She slept through the night without any trouble. The sound of her sweet baby breath was like a lullaby to me. I cannot believe we are here. I cannot believe the dreams of our daughter have not only come true but are far greater than we ever envisioned.