Friday, March 20, 2009

Remembering Gotcha Day

Okay, we have been bad bloggers. Between trying to share posts, I forgot to share memories of one the most amazing days of our lives.

Monday morning, everyone got up early. Nerves were up and although we were all there for breakfast, we preferred chatting about the events rather than eating. Crazy. All of this waiting was building up to an amazing moment.

We left the hotel at 9am and walked over to the big building. Apparently its an official building but all I know is its where I got my baby. All we could think about at breakfast was that our babies were nearby.

As we got closer, Michael and I held hands and I am surprised her couldn't feel my pulse through my nails. We were about to meet our baby. The little one that we have prayed for and dreamed of since the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. I knew life was about to change.

Now since I was in lala land, I will share what I remember. I cant guarantee this is exactly how it happened, but this I viewed this amazing, life changing moment.

So we walked up 3-4 flights of stairs and down a hallway to a room where we would receive our babies. I knew the adoption people were there as i heard their voices. I know my steps quickened because I knew soon I would meet a baby who has already changed lives. We had a travel member come and video and take pics and that's a good thing. I walked down the hallway and saw in the corner of room ahead of me a little bundle wrapped in red. I swore it was our LynnMarie but didn't say it out loud in case I got the wrong baby. I knew then that the babies were there. We walked in the room and a lady said something like your babys name? I said Chun AI and then repeated Lu Chun Ai! All of a sudden she smiled and handed me the red bundle that I had seen in the window. It was THE moment. Michael and I became a family of 3. I held her and talked to her and prayed over her and just soaked in the moment. I handed her over to Michael and we just cried and talked and were in awe of the miracle in front of us. Everything clicked then. All of my fears went away and for that moment, all was right with the world. We even got our first smile in that room.

After getting passport pics (don't ever ask to see it, I look like my eyes were popping out) we headed up to the hotel to get to know this baby once only known as Lu Chun Ai.

How is parenthood? It is all I expected, hoped for and prayed for. We are sooo in love

e with this little person. She smiles more than any baby I know and laughs almost all the time. She has not really cried but then again, if she makes a noise, Michael and I grab her. She gets upset when she is tired or hungry and its soooo easy to put her down.

Our wedding song was "I could not ask for more" by Edwin McCain and that song still fits. She is everything I have dreamed over. She is funny, silly and just loves to be loved. China had grabbed my heart. Its an amazing but different.

Getting to know our travel group and their babies its quick to see that God's hand has been everywhere. Everyone seems perfectly matched. this has been beyond awesome.


Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

Makes me wish my turn will hurry up and get here...

Seabolt said...

What an amazing story...I am so happy for you guys.


How wonderful to read about your excitement!!!! I am absolutely thrilled for you guys!! She is so beautiful!! I know that you are in a joyous place!! So happy for you!! Enjoy!!!!!!
Hugs of congratulations to you!!!

Tree Rat Girl said...

I know what you mean about not remembering much. All I remember of getting my sister is sitting on the floor of the airport holding her and laughing. I'm so happy you guys are finally with your baby LynnMarie :D

Don and Be said...

Intimate moments put into words so beautifully.
We love you 3,
D, B & JM

Janelle said...

isn't it the most amazing ride?? continuing to be thrilled with you. Thanks for posting - I know it can be an effort to write it up, but everyone at home LIVES for these stories...whether we've been there are not.

enjoy all the firsts with your darling LynnMarie --- there are many many more coming your way!

Natalie said...

What an amazing blessing! Praise to God and thanks for taking time to write it up so quickly! It brought a flood of joyful tears to my eyes! How precious!

RamblingMother said...

Wonderful memories of that day! Love the pics. Glad you got meds for the baby's ear infection.

Amy's Blah, Blah, Blogging said...

Thank you for sharing about gotcha day. I have been thinking about you and am so glad to hear that things have gone so well. Congratulations Mommy and Daddy, she is beautiful!!