Our hotel in Xi’an is a short walk from the Civil Affairs Office where the adoption is finalized. Once we checked in and got the room ready, we met down in the lobby and walked over to the office. We sat on the couch while the official and our guide worked on some paperwork. Our hearts were beating fast, and I didn’t know whether to smile or cry. The emotions were high. We heard some noise in the hallway, and our guide alerted us, “Here she comes!” In came the director of the orphanage and the director of the whole campus (apparently, the orphanage is part of an institution which also cares for elderly). The lady director of the orphanage was carrying Lydia. She took our breath away. I cried. Mark laughed. The guide told me I could try to hold her which I did. She came right to me and kept looking for the orphanage director. But, she didn’t cry. Mark and I passed her between us; she seems to have taken to Mark and enjoyed his little games with her. We completed the paperwork for today, and the director gave us a chance to ask questions (of course, we were overwhelmed and we couldn’t think of anything to ask at the moment). Then she told us that she doesn’t cry much and that she is a very good and happy baby. We took a couple pictures, and they left. And, there we were with our daughter.
Walking out of that building with her in my arms was surreal. People started looking at us and smiling. Did they know we just received her as our daughter? Or, were they gawking simply because I was smiling so large I looked ridiculous. Who knows.
She cried a bit back at the hotel room and wouldn’t take a bottle at all. But, Mark soothed her to sleep, and she is peaceful now.
Thank you all for the prayers–keep them coming. And, know that we are loving the blog comments. Mark and I read them together, and they are a fun encouragement—especially now as we are alone in Xi’an without other American families to pal around with. More tomorrow –
Dear Evan, Ashlyn, and Drew — It was so fun to skype with you a little while ago and show Lydia to you! She is cute as can be, and we know you are going to love getting to know her. She is going to love having you as big brothers and a big sister.
P.S. We DID get a smile or two out of her and we were surprised by some dimples!