It’s been an amazing day! When I awoke this morning, I almost felt like a kid on Christmas morning. I made sure her crib was ready and her outfits were all organized. I packed a diaper bag, and we headed downstairs to meet our guide.
I was a bit surprised that I felt so calm, but I did get choked up a few times on the way over to the Civil Affairs office. We were so fortunate that my friend Joy (whom you’ve seen in pics in the last few posts) was able to come with us this morning. We joked that she was getting to see a Gotcha Day video live! We were so thankful she was with us because when we arrived at the building and began walking into the room, Joy was ahead of us and stopped when she saw a little girl inside. Grace wasn’t supposed to be there yet, so we didn’t have any of our cameras ready. Joy confirmed the girl was indeed our daughter, so we were able to get our video camera to our guide and our digital camera to Joy so they could capture the moments following that we’ll remember forever.
As we walked in, I remember thinking, “She is just gorgeous!” She had on pink striped pajamas (with two other outfits underneath!), white sandals, and pigtails. She walked toward us a bit as we squatted down, but she was very interested in holding onto the pictures.
Her little lip quivered, and for a moment, I thought she’d start crying. But she held it together, perhaps because she was forced to in the foster home and orphanage. She let me hold her without any objection.
She was pretty subdued and despondent all morning, but she did begin to make good eye contact with me. And that’s a very positive sign for bonding. She would smile and even let out some giggles when I lifted her up and down in the air. Her laugh made my heart sing. And when she smiles, she has the most adorable dimple on her left cheek!!!
Joy has been a blessing her entire visit with us, and she had already gone out to Salvadors (our fave place to eat here in Kunming) and brought back lunch for us. She had to leave by 1 pm to fly back home, and we were so sad to watch her go. She took lots of pics with her camera, as both of ours died pretty soon after we returned to the hotel, so she’s going to email me some pics later today.
Grace sat on the bed and began playing with stacking cups. Before long, we realized she had nested all seven cups in the correct order! This is huge…many adopted babies don’t know how to play with toys, much less put them together correctly.
She actually smelled so clean…just like Johnson and Johnson! We did notice a large purple/blue spot covering her lower back and tailbone, and we realized (after research) that it’s a Mongolian blue spot. But it’s supposed to be painless and should fade over time. She also has some spots on her legs, back and arms. They’re light brown…we’re not yet sure what they are, but we’re not overly concerned. As we expected, she has the Anning tan from being out on the farm with her foster mom. Her face and hands are very tanned! You can see a tan line in the picture…her arms are much lighter.
We’ve been very surprised that she’s doing so well, but I know the night is often the most difficult times for the children. Please say a little prayer over her when you read this that she would recognize comfort and security in our arms tonight.
and gather you from the west.”