Backtracking a bit, I wanted to fill you in a bit on our day at St. Lucy’s Center and meeting our son for the first time.
Our agency’s in-country coordinator was scheduled to meet us at our hotel in Tainan about 9:30am. We called her to check-in and make sure everything was still on schedule at St. Lucy’s. She told us on the phone then that the birthmom was going to be at the orphanage to meet us. I was already nervous, and hearing that just made the butterflies in my stomach a bit more intense. We had brought a gift for our son’s birthmother but did not expect to meet her.
There is no way we would have been able to direct a taxi to St. Lucy’s. For families who go there on their own, without someone with their agency, kudos for finding that place and not getting lost. It seemed like the roads (more like alley ways) kept getting smaller and smaller and we kept making turns.
We went to the meeting room upstairs. I gave one of the caregivers the outfit we had chosen for our son – a UVA onesie, shorts and a socks. The clothes fit, but just barely. I think I guessed his size pretty well, with both his clothes and the diapers we bought.
They brought him to us about 10 minutes later. It felt like it was taking forever. I fell in love with him as soon as I saw him. The caregivers at St. Lucy’s said he is reserved. . .I would call him Mr. Serious. He came to me easily and seemed pretty unemotional about all that was going on. It wasn’t until later when another caregiver came in to feed and play with him that we really saw his personality emerge. That was a relief – it seems he had really bonded with this particular caregiver and we were pleased to see him laughing and playing.
After playing with him, we were given a tour of St. Lucy’s. We were not allowed to go into the nurseries, but could look in through the windows. The nurse took our son back into the nursery and took some photos of him in his crib for us. We had also taken a matte with us which we asked his caregivers to sign (thanks, Judy, for that wonderful idea). We will take it home with us and frame it with a photo we have of the caregivers holding him.
After we ate some lunch, the birthmom came in with a friend. It was an emotional meeting. We learned that she is originally from Hualien, and we were able to tell her we had visited that area on our trip and that was our favorite part of Taiwan. We are so grateful for the time we spent with her. We have some wonderful photos of her with our son, as well as all four of us together. I will treasure those photos and look forward to sharing them with our son when he is older.
A few more photos from our day at St. Lucy’s. . .