We arrived in Hohhot around noon & our guide (George) had been talking to the orphanage since before we left the airport in Beijing. I thought he has said something about getting Cadence tomorrow, but then he made a big deal out of telling us not to leave the hotel room and then we would meet for paperwork around 3pm...either in our room or in the lobby. We still weren't sure if all of this meant that she would be here today or not. I promptly unpacked (organization calms me!) until 2pm and then waited what seemed like an eternity. During that time they brought a crib up to our room and I said that it would be a very long night if I had to look at an empty crib all night! At 3pm sharp the phone rang and George told us to come to the lobby with our paperwork.
We arrived in the lobby and he pointed in the direction of some couches where 2 women were holding 2 children, both with cleft lips. Cadence had her back to us, but I recognized her when I saw her eyes. (I've been staring at them for 5 months!) The woman immediately handed her to me and she cried for just moment then settled down. George and the woman (assistant orphanage director I believe) talked about paperwork, we signed some forms and put a red thumbprint on our names, and they gave us a wonderful memory book that Cadence's nannies put together. I'm so anxious to have it translated & find out what it says! The woman answered a few questions I had (about sleeping & eating). They took some pictures of Brad, Cadence, and me (Sierra was very upset that she was not allowed in the picture) and then sent us up our room.
She is a very sweet little baby!! Her clothes were clean and so was she. She seems very well cared for and developmentally seems great! This evening she ate some eggs, half a banana, & some gerber treats. We tried a little bottle (they said she eats mostly solids but occasionally she drinks formula) but she didn't take much. She definitely shows us what she wants and what she doesn't want. Anytime she has gotten upset she settle immediately if Brad or I pick her up. She let Sierra hold her once and they took a bath together (Cadence wasn't a fan). Around 7pm she started rubbing her eyes. We were able to skype with the grandparents & my friend Kristi. Unfortunately Laurel is at her other grandparents so we won't see her online til Monday. We read Cadence a book & sang her a song. I layed her down in her crib and patted her as she cried for a about a minute and then she fell asleep! It all feels way too easy!!
Sierra has been fabulous! She's worn herself out entertaining Cadence & being a wonderful big sister. She wants to do more (feeding, holding, playing) but we are trying to find her balance. Thanks for all of the good thoughts & prayers and keep them coming, I'm sure the days ahead won't be this easy, but we are so thankful to have our daughter in our arms finally! What an amazing blessing.