How to begin describing this day.... wow... wow..... wow! We are in LOVE with dear Pippa! Right now, we are in our hotel room and seeing so many smiles and fun "talk" from her. It's amazing all that has happened in just a few hours... so I'll start at the beginning:
6:00 am Woke up.. couldn't go back to sleep.... excited today was the DAY! But honestly, I was nervous too...... I guess because this is the day we have been waiting for... for sooo long and it was now here! So we headed to the orphanage and I loved seeing the place where Pippa lived. The grounds are beautiful and there are flowers around it and a little park meandering along. We walked into the main building and straight to the meeting room. Immediately we began signing paperwork, etc. And then a film crew was there from Shanghai and they asked if they could film and interview us for tv... and we said "Sure!" Thought it was one more way to share about adoption and share how God led us to this day! Other families started coming in and it was fun to meet all of them. Some of them I have met through my Shanghai groups on email so putting the names with faces was really special! And then Mike was videoing the room and the families and all of a sudden he turned around and said, "There is Pippa!!" And before we knew it... she was right there in the room.... it was like she just popped in! The fun part is that we have it all on video and we laughed watching it because it was one of those unexpected moments! We ran over to her and I immediately took her in my arms. And she just stared and looked and took everything in.
I wondered what was going through her mind and what she was thinking because she was very quiet at first.... but Mike and I were bubbling over with excitement and talking to her and holding her and taking turns taking photos of her. It was magical!!
Lollipops came out and she enjoyed that for a bit and then we gave her some peach puffs... honestly, I think she thought those were not so good...
And then she started crying some and just getting mad. She would throw her arm down like she was very "done with it all" and I could tell she was frustrated because she couldn't express herself the way she wanted. I think she was realizing that she was with these new people with new smells and it wasn't her room that she was used to. All these things were changing right before her eyes. You can see that sad look in her eyes in picture above. The grieving had already started and we weren't even in the van yet. It broke my heart but Mike and I both realized that she would go through this.
So we got in the van after some more photos and Mike was interviewed by the Shanghai film team... and then in the van we had a not so happy camper. Pippa cried the entire way back to the hotel (at least 30 minutes). It was kind of like a mad cry because there were not lots of tears just frustrated gasps and cries. We tried to console her but nothing really helped and I think our driver was wanting us to make her happy but we just didn't have anything really to make her happy. She was inconsolable.
But back at the hotel, we discovered the secret in making her happy.... food. Mike and our guide went off to buy some snacks for Pippa and when they came back with all this great food, Pippa loved it all.
She ate eggs and rice and almost an entire banana that she loved! She had a bottle of formula and some apple juice and a whole yogurt cup. Plus. some chocolate chips that she also loved. And with eat bite of food, it was like all the stress inside of her started melting and she started smiling more and laughing.
She slept a little bit but wouldnt' sleep by herself, she had to lay on me to sleep and I didn't mind a bit... however, we have no idea how tonight will go. Am hoping she can sleep well!
We did end up changing her diaper but she did NOT like her pink outfit being taken off of her. She was desperate for me to put some of it back on and she was so sad that her yellow sweather was not going back on her. I think she was so accustomed to the same outfit being worn day after day that it was like part of her identity. So I put new pjs on her and then put her pink jacket back on her and then she was half way happy.
The smiles started coming out more and more when daddy read a book to her and then played stacking blocks with her. And we had fun playing tea party and just being together and giving her more food and snacks. In fact, in a few hours, her eyes were all lit up and sparkly and she is talking more and laughing. Yea!!
It was a day of days!! Full of emotion for all of us and ending with a little girl who is now with her mommy and daddy! We are so in love with her and I can't stop staring at her and all her cuteness!! She has our hearts and we are sooo happy! Overall it's been a super great day! It's hard to see her grieve and cry but also we understand this is part of it. I can't imagine going from all things familiar to all things not familiar ... with a new language and new people and new smells and sights and sounds.... and surroundings.
Tonight she is doing great and we are savoring these first moments with her! Have no idea what tonight will bring, but we need sleep badly so as you're waking up and reading this, pray that she'll sleep!
Today has been a gift!! We are sooo happy to have her in our lives!! She is amazing and we can't wait for you all to meet dear sweet Pippa soon!