So after getting the call Jen called me at work. She started her conversation with "Hi Daddy". I kept it together pretty well and tried to write down the info she was giving me. The most surprising part was her age. She is just over six months old. All of the babies in our group are very young, which seems opposite of the recent trends. And we just love her Chinese name...Lu Hu....So cute. We also found out that she is from Jiangxi Province which is in southern China.
We had our appointment at 3:30 so I had about an hour left at work to get a couple things done. I tried to eat lunch but didn't really have an appetite. Jen met me at work around 1:30. She greeted me with tears, a big hug and a kiss and we headed into town. Friday was a really rainy and dreary day in Boston but it didn't matter much to us. We felt like the sun was shining on us all day.
We got to our agency about a half an hour early so we expected to have to wait. One of the employees brought us into an office, told us to sit down and handed us a package. And there she was. Our daughter. We immediately thought she was the most beautiful baby we had ever seen. We have a few minutes to look at the pictures and some of the paperwork and then Lillian the director called us into her office and gave us a little more of the translated information. We will be getting updates in about a week and she told us we hope to travel on May 22nd!!!
We both left the office with the biggest smiles on our faces. The other people on the T must have been wondering what was wrong with us. I felt like showing everybody our referral picture but I refrained. On the way home we stopped at our friends Biren and Kristen's. They have been one of our biggest supporters through this whole process so it was nice to see how happy they were for us. We then headed over to Jen's parents to show them pictures of their 12th grandchild. They were so excited and agreed that she is their cutest grandchild yet....just kidding. Then we were off to our last stop at my Mom's where she, my sister and cousin James were waiting anxiously to see Grace's picture. They fell in love instantly just like everybody else.
At this point we were exhausted and also hungry so we stopped off at a nice restaurant and had quiet dinner and a couple glasses of wine to relax and reflect on our day. When we got home we were overwhelmed by all of the blog comments and emails we had from everyone, and they hadn't even seen her picture yet. We would like to thank everyone for their kind words of congratulations. At present count we have over 50 emails and almost 100 blog comments. We just can't get out an email to everyone so please know that we have read and cherished every wish. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
The only thing left to do was update the blog with Grace's picture and make a few more phone calls. By 11:30 Jen and I were just wiped and ready for bed but at the same time we didn't want the day to end. It really was the best day ever!!!
What a weekend it was. Jen and I keep wondering if this is just a dream. Everything seems to have worked out so perfectly. We are so used to waiting we expect to wake up and still have another month to go. We took a trip to Babies R US today to get some of the age appropriate stuff that we couldn't buy before since we didn't know her age. And, of course now we have dresses.....lots of little dresses with flowers and bows......Jen is in absolute heaven.