This morning, we all slept in and skyped with our families etc. We made it down to breakfast about 8:30 and met my friend Audrey. Audrey is here with her 18 year old daughter and mother in law! I was so glad to see a "familiar" face! They were getting their precious at 10:30 from another orphanage. So we chatted a while and then went our separate ways.
We basically just hung around the hotel for a while waiting for time to pass. We each did a little video for Kylie and took pics as our last few moments in our lives as we knew them.
We skyped with our families some more and then finally it was time. We headed down to the hotel lobby a little early to wait. We got down there just in time to see our guide already there. I gave her a crash course in using my camera (which she didn't need) and we loaded up in the van.
We got to the civil affairs office about 1:35 and they weren't due there until at least 2pm. The office was a very cold (in temp and looks) building.
Kylie was actually the 2nd baby coming in. As soon as Nancy confirmed this was the right orphanage staff, I handed her my camera and well....I'll let the pictures tell the rest of the story...
No, she's not crying...she is smiling. Not only smiling but laughing and kicking and moving all around.
We played and got to know each other the rest of the afternoon. I have a CD of photos and a baby book the orphanage put together for me. It was so sweet! I haven't even had time to look at the CD yet and it might be a while. Kylie took about 2 ounces of a bottle, which is way less than what she is used to. But given what has gone on in her short life, I guess that is to be understood. 8pm is her bedtime and then they said sometimes she takes a 10pm bottle. She went right to sleep at 8pm and now we are waiting to see if she is going to wake up. I'm starting to get tired, so I'm going to lay down now, knowing I might be up in just a few minutes.
Thanks for all the well wishes and prayers. I can honestly say they were felt and I could not have imagined this day would go any better. I know the worst/hardest is probably yet to come, but so far, it's been so much easier than I thought.
I hope to post more later. Until then, keep those prayers coming!