Gotcha Day was finally here! We arrived at the civil affairs office with two other families receiving children. The place was already packed with families meeting their children for the first time.
After waiting a few minutes, I saw the most precious girl come timidly through the lobby wearing a navy and white tool dress clutching a cookie. She was escorted by a nanny and an orphanage employee. I knew this was Sophia, but before I could get to her, she was swept up into one of the offices. Apparently, they wanted to "freshen up" Sophia a bit and add a white hat to her ensemble so her grand entrance would be perfect. :)
So, out she came dressed beautifully walking alongside her sweet nanny, and I scooped her up before she could go anywhere else. She was definitely nervous, reserved, and timid, but I just held her tight and loved on her. What an incredible gift!
Levi immediately went into big brother mode. He gave Sophia a glow worm and a baby doll. He told her, "You don't have to be scared Baby Sophia. Mommy and Daddy are right here." He went around the room telling each family that he had a sister, and her name is Sophia. So sweet! I knew she would be hungry after her long drive from the orphanage so out came my arsenal of snacks, and Levi really enjoyed hand feeding her a banana, Gerber puffs, and yogurt bites. I know there may be rocky times ahead and sibling rivalry will rear its ugly head, but for today, I could not be prouder
of our son.
We came home and settled into the hotel room. Adam went out to bring home dinner....pizza for us and congee (rice soup) for our daughter. While we waited, Levi showed her his trains (of course, she must like trains to fit into this family), and he even let her carry Henry, one of his favorites. :) After dinner and a bottle, she fell asleep in my arms and we shared so e quiet moments with our new daughter.
All in all, an incredible day! She is beautiful, perfect, cherished,, and greatly loved already. Can't wait to see what is in store! Praise God from whom all blessings flow!