After a somehwat sleepless night on the erroneously named "Sleeper Train", we hit the floor running when Marina and her driver picked us up and took us to one of many government offices to do the paperwork side of our adoption here in Zaporozhye. In between those stops, we were able to go to the orphanage to FINALLY meet our little girl. Here is how it went:
Nadia was brought out by her Favorite caretaker and was a little out of sorts at first. They said she does not like it when it's hot so she had already been having a rough morning. (She's gonna love Air Conditioning!!!)
Once she got her a little calmer and I guess told her that her Mama and Papa were here to see her, she handed her over to me.
She immediately hugged me and held on for dear life. What an answer to the prayers of this Mom to have my newest daughter cling to me like she had been waiting for me for 2 1/2yrs. :)
Then, of course, she had to check out who was actually holding her. "It's me, sweet girl. Your Mama!"
Saying a silent prayer of thanks as I held back tears for this amazing gift.
I think she's reaching a positive verdict at this point.
Then it was time to pass her on to Daddy. OK, these two connected the moment Nadia was placed in Jim's arms! God not only answers prayers, He abundantly exceeds them! AMEN!
Don't you love how this girl hugs first and scrutinizes second? We could all learn a lesson about love from her.
I think she's deciding this parent is a keeper too! :)
Ready for a big kiss from Daddy! Little does she know how many people are wanting to get their hands on her and give her TONS of kisses for the rest of her life!!!
We only had a few moments with Nadia but then we went back for her to take her to get her passport picture taken. They put her in an adorable pink sundress for her photo op but unfortunately, the settings on my camera when cahooey so they all turned out blurry. Plus, when operating on Marina's time-frame, everything seems blurry--we moved at warp speed today. I'm hoping when we go back in just an hour from now she'll still have that dress on so I can take more photos. I'll also put up photos of the boys with their new sister. Like I said. There wasn't much time to take the plethera of photos I was wanting to take!
I'll post more details later but for now I'll tell you that I am already filled with love overflowing for this child. She is a total snuggle-bug and although she can walk, she does not want to be put down. (Sounds like a Harper-right Adeye?). She is also toilet-trained on a 1hr. schedule (she was on the "pot" when we got there-blush), tries to eat by herself but still needs assistance, weighs about 26lbs. and has the most beautiful blue eyes and brown hair I've ever seen!!!
Gotta get ready to leave soon so that's all for now. I can't imagine our first meeting with Nadia being any better!