Saturday, May 03, 2008

Our Day



All I can say is WOW! the past 24 hours have been like a dream cometrue. Our morning started with doubt that it would even happen thisweek. i truly believed that it would be next week before we heardanything. i kept checking and re-checking any board I could think ofall morning. I had to step away from my computer at 11:30 for a shortfew minutes and when I came back and opened our agency board UncleZhou had posted a message the subject CONGRATULATIONS! my heart skipped a beat and I started to shake and breath heavy. I opened it and it said "referrals are at the office Kim is busy copying them right now she will call you soon. The babies are young around 10months from Jiangxi and there are TWINS! OMG more hyperventilating and I called Riz who was with the Doctor he works with. I could not speak i could not get the words out I mumbled something and hung up.He ran over and we hugged kissed and said this is it.. He ran back to his office closed up his day I posted some incoherent message to some group not even sure where or what and off we were to get home for the phone call full expecting it to come much later in the day around 3. On the way home we called family and friends and i called Hope to alert her to what was going on. When we got to the house Riz put the camera on the charger and I got my call sheet and pen ready then I put on some make up. I was going in the bathroom to make sure would not have to pee during the phone call and RING RING the phone started ringing (12.54pm). Riz and I almost fell over each other getting to the phone. We looked at the caller ID and it said European Adoption Consultants... I began to shake harder and cry (so did Riz)we said this is it.... and I answered the Phone (Riz now running around trying to get the camera set up to video tape the call..) Kim said Susan I said yes she said this is Kim I said yes and she said are you home for lunch I said yes and she said is Riz with you and I said yes and in a very excited voice she said THIS IS IT! OMG more shaking more crying Riz still running around trying to find something to prop up the picture on. OK we are ready ... Kim is now on Speakerphone camera is recording (although from my chin(make that double chin) down..lets just say Riz should not quit nursing LOL) Kim aid what do you want to know and we both said everything..Chinese name: Wan Jin Te (we now know this means (Wan)She is fromWanzai County in Jiangxi(Jin)Precious or Golden Jewel (Te) SpecialBirthday: March 31st 2007 ( 2 days before daddy)Weight: 15 pounds, Length: 23 inches.....we don't have all the other details yet they were being translated and are on there way to us now.Kim then said she "She is a stinking cutie pie" and Riz responded with where are the pictures.. Kim said OK I will send them now...We sat there together alone and opened first her close up picture. iwas shaking and crying and overwhelmed with the fact that that was the first picture I ever saw of my beautiful baby girl... Then the second picture the one in the high chair came up and I could not breathe (more shaking more crying) and then the third picture what we now fondly refer to as the laughing picture came up and we both lost it completely. We hugged we cried we laughed we said how beautiful our daughter was and could not stop staring at her. .... It was wonderful more then I had ever dreamed of.. well worth every second we waited for her. We looked into those dark round eyes and understood that she was ours. This is why we missed last month by that one dreadful day...Both our cell phones and our home phone were ringing off the hook during all of this mind you. Our doorbell has not rung so much since we have lived in this house. It was wonderful... Mean while I was thinking of all of you and knowing that you were waiting for details.I kept sitting down at the computer to post and then the phone would ring or someone would come to the door. I finally told Riz I am not doing one more thing until I post to the Panda's .... OMG I wish you all could have been here with us...A friend called me yesterday and hit the nail on the head... She said this t me When you look at her picture don't you feel like you have always known her? Like she has always been yours? Like she is part of your soul?Of course through my tears I said yes that is it exactly... I can't wait to share in each of your moments. I am telling you it is the most AWESOME experience... We love you all so much..I want to respond to each and every message but it is just not possible I currently have over 300 messages to read. Please know this We have read all the comments to our blog and each message that you all have sent. It warms our hearts to know that we are so loved and now Sophia will be as well. Thank you to each and everyone who commented on how beautiful our daughter is... We agree...Hug sand Kisses to you all...
Susan, Riz and Sophia
Still not 100% coherent

16 comments:

JEM Adoption Journey said...

What a amazing day. I can see both you and Riz in her. I'm so thrilled for you all. Can't wait to meet her one day. I hope she's in your arms VERY soon!

Lisa and Tate said...

She is just soooo adorable. Love that little expression of wonderment on the first picture. What a totally cool day to remember seeing you baby's face for the first time.... CONGRATS!!!

Lisa

LaLa said...

I remember our referral day (9/1/05) like it was yesterday...so happy for you guys and again, she is BEAUTIFUL...here's to a speedy TA!

Cheri & Shane said...

Shane and I have been talking about you guys & beautiful little Sophia ALL day!!! Your dreams have finally come true and we are SO happy for you!! If you think yesterday was awesome, just wait until they place her in your arms!!!

Love ya!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!!!! Jin is the perfect name for her. She is ABSOUTELY PRECIOUS!! Now come the sleepless nights imagining what she is doing at that given moment, and the longing to hold her! Can't wait for you to get to China to snuggle your sweet, adorable baby :-).
Michelle (mom to Mia Hien from Vietnam born 3/3/08 and LID in China 6/6/06)

Susan said...

She is the cutest thing. Love the laughing photo! Congratulations.

Kate & Crew said...

Congratulations! She is beautiful.
We are waiting for our LOA (SN program) for our little one (Wan Jin Pei) in Wanzai (born 3/13/07). Maybe we will travel at the same time though I think there is a good chance you will go sooner in which case we will be following your journey! Wishing you a speedy TA! Kate

Scott & Hope said...

Susan, I have finally had time to sit down and read your complete story!! Sounds much like ours! That sweet little face is so cute!! Her eyes are amazing so big and brown!! Don't you just want to get them in your arms and hug them?? I know you all are soo happy and I know that we all are glad our day finally has arrived!! Can't wait for our Panda Reunion!!! Love, HOpe

Kathy Rebola said...

Congratulations to you both, I am truly very happy for you,you deserve this more than anyone!! You are going to be fabulous parents! Breanna is so ready to have her cousin here, she talks so much about you all and Sophia. God bless you both and your new baby girl!!

Magi said...

Sophia is just beautiful. Congratulations!

Marcia said...

What a beautiful story. I am so happy for y'all.

marcia

Christy said...

WHAT AN AMAZING DAY AND WHAT AN AMAZING LITTLE GIRL. I AM SOOOOOOOOO HAPPY FOR YOU GUYS. SHE IS JUST A DOLL AND WHAT HUGE EYES!!!! CONGRATS AND HOPES FOR A SPEEDY TA!!

CHRISTY :)

Susan said...

We had a pretty amazing day too :))

We keep coming over to look at Sophia again and again. She is just BEAUTIFUL! We cannot wait to meet her. Our trip is going to be even better than we thought!

much love,
Susan and Jonathan

Alyson & Ford said...

She's just adorable all bundled up!! Can't wait to see her as a little American girl in a few months!

Alyson LID 01/27/06

Julie said...

Your story is precious! I am such a loser because I am crying again -the way you describe it, I can get the mental picture. We are so excited and she gets more beautiful (if that is even possible) everytime I see her!

Angela said...

I am so excited for you guys- I was in the Yahoo Group 06 Precious Pandas and we withdrew last summer- I am not sure if you remember me,but I wanted to let you know how excited I am for you guys! You long awaited day has finally come!