Today we celebrate four days with Judah. Monday afternoon our lives were changed forever. We arrived at the civil affairs office early so we walked next door to exchange some money. For some reason this ended up taking an hour so I kept the girls entertained with sticker books and origami butterflies.
Our guide had walked into the civil affairs office before we went to the bank. Judah was already there with his nanny and orphanage director. So the entire time I was entertaining the girls I knew our son was just next door waiting on us. Here it is customary to take a lunch and nap break from 1 – 3 so we had to wait on the director of civil affairs to come back to work anyway. Don’t you wish lunch breaks worked like that in the U.S?
After we wrapped up at the bank we headed over to meet Judah. I was so nervous. So much so that I let Michael Luke and the girls walk in the room first. He wasn’t in there though. His nanny had gone to change his diaper and as soon as she walked back in the room I was all tears as she handed my son to me.
Our guide, Lily, had Michael Luke’s phone so she filmed and took pictures of the entire event. Judah was worn out from his eventful day and almost instantly fell asleep in my arms.
We signed some papers and and were able to ask his nanny a few questions but overall it was a quick event. Unlike Esther who came with two suitcases of belongings Judah came to us with only the clothes on his back. He had on a new pair of yellow pajamas with a giraffe on them and a red and blue quilted pant and shirt with a penguin on it.
One of the things that surprised us the most was that the orphanage gave us a disc with pictures of Judah. This is such a special gift for parents and adoptive children who will never know much about their life before joining their forever family.
Judah is small for a two year old. Right now he is wearing 9-12 month clothes… Which makes him the perfect size for snuggling. I’m not sure how much he is used to being held or if he’s ever attached to anyone before but the last four days he’s been held and loved on lots. In four short days we have already noticed him becoming more alert.
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