We met our agency’s in-country coordinator at our hotel about 10:30am, and she directed the cab driver to the orphanage. When we arrived we went upstairs and waited for our baby boy to be dressed in clothes we brought for him. It’s hard to describe the emotions of this day. On the one hand, I was so excited to finally be meeting our sweet boy; on the other hand, I was nervous about the whole meeting thing – how would our son react to meeting us? did I bring appropriate gifts for everyone (orphanage, birth mom, etc.)? would the birth mom be there, too? and what do we say to her if she is there?
My nerves calmed as soon as I saw our sweet baby boy. I can’t explain it, but I think I fell in love with him as soon as I saw him…is that possible?!
We brought two photo books of our older son, one for the orphanage and one for the birth mom. The birth mom was not there today but the orphanage gave us a CD of photos before we left, which include some photos of her and our son. I will treasure those photos and share them with our son when he is older.
The staff at the orphanage really seemed to love the photo book – they looked through it as we sat there and commented on many of the photos. (Our other son was adopted from St. Lucy’s in September 2009, and the book documented his life from the day we picked him up at the orphanage until just a few weeks ago). In one photo, of my husband holding our older son, a caregiver said Dave looks like a movie star…ha! Maybe that explains all the people staring at us in Taiwan – I’m married to a movie star! 🙂
As we left the orphanage in a cab and headed back to the high-speed rail station, our son fell asleep in my arms. It was a full day for him and for us. . .he’s still warming up to us. I love his toothless grin that show off his dimples, and I hope to see more of those soon.