May 20, 2011
First Day @ HH, Meeting Our Girl!
Dear Lil' Miss,
Happy 5 Month Birthday Sweet Girl!!!
We feel beyond blessed that TODAY of all days, we got to meet you – ON your 5 month birthday!
This morning had a very early start as we were both WIDE awake at 4am. Probably a combination of a hot room (no air conditioning, no fan…which we later remedied), upset stomachs, sore muscles (from the flights), and a thrown off internal clock. Regardless, we agreed that we actually felt sort of rested…but we had HOURS before our driver would pick us up to meet you!
|SOOOO excited to meetcha!|
|1st cup of Ethiopian Coffee|
|Van ride over to HH|
|Looking for our "T"|
|With permission, we woke her up|
|We've waited SO long for this moment|
|Love that girl!|
|She's in my arms - at last!|
|First Daddy/Daughter moment|
|He's in love too =)|
|Wide eyed and curious at who these white faces were =)|
|She pee'd on daddy, time for a diaper change!|
|Beautiful brown skin|
|The special mothers who love on our kids while we're worlds away.|
|Mama's first bottle|
|Holding my hand tight|
Once you zonked out, Mekdes handed you right back…which I was very grateful for. I got to gaze at your beautiful face the entire time you slept. While we rocked on the couch, daddy went off to take pictures of the other babies. Because of that warm blanket you were wrapped in, beads of sweat began running down your forehead in no time. I tried to carefully loosen the blanket around you to give you some more breathing room and that seemed to help some. Now that I didn’t have that interaction time with you, I got to check on the other traveling families, who had just met their children too! Every baby and child there was so beautiful in their own special way! It was like I had died and gone to baby heaven!
|Tears for both of us ;)|
|Familiar faces bringing smiles to yours =)|
|Headed to your room|
|"Sign" above our daughter's room|
|Into the room we go...|
|She has a beautiful little bed right in front of the window!|
|Daddy is SMITTEN by his little princess!|
|The beautiful room|
|We love how colorful and cheerful it is =)|
|Daddy filling out T's paperwork as she snuggles up close|
|She discovered daddy's fingers|
|1st time in the Moby|
|On the wall in the toddler house =)|
|On the way back for lunch we stopped for water.|
Ironic scene: our guys buying water, cows walking by, beef
hanging in the next store =)
|Right outside the gates of HH|
|View from the HH balcony outside the baby room|
|Sweet little hand|
|Daddy love =)|
Until the morning, my lovely baby girl!