Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Day 2 - Meeting our Daughter*

*This post was updated with photos and additional info after adoption

How can we possibly describe the day we meet our daughter? Well, I guess that really the feelings are the same as the days that Sam and Ben entered this world and our lives – wonder and gratitude. Today was truly an amazing day; it exceeded all of our hopes.

It all started with a brief meeting at the baby house and after a few formalities we were taken up to a toddler room. When we saw Sasha, we just new that she was our daughter. We expected her to be cautious at first – after all, she doesn’t know that we’re Mom and Dad, to her we’re just weird sounding strangers – but after just a few minutes she was sitting in our laps and using us as a convenient perch to watch the world around her. The girl is such an observer! And by the middle of our first two-hour time together she seemed right at home with us. We expected our first visit to be tough, but were so blessed by a genuinely fun get-to-know you!

By the end of our afternoon visit, we were really getting to know each other. We were rolling balls to each other on the floor, playing put & take (my grandmother’s name for the game most little ones play where they put things in their place, take them out, and put them back again), reading stories, and Sasha was even repeating lots of the words we said, especially when she found her voice this afternoon (this morning she was mostly silent with a few little whispers). We got to feed her lunch, too, which apparently is unusual for parents to get to do on the first day and of course we were thrilled to feed her! And from an attachment perspective, there’s lots of good stuff going on – she’s looking at us in the eye, referencing back to us when she’s curious about whether what she’s doing is ok or not, and she shows affection for her caregivers when they walk through our little play area.

The baby house workers have been really amazing. They’re friendly to us and show such love and attention for Sasha, and the coolest thing is that they’re working really hard to foster her attachment to us – they praise us while talking to her and they encourage her to walk to us and give us hugs and stuff like that. I’m sure it means a lot to Sestra to have the people she loves most in life encouraging her to get to know her Mama and Papa.

Oh my goodness, today was just such a whirlwind that it’s hard to sum up. What can I say? Today we met our daughter.


Lori Printy said...

I got goose bumps reaing it "today we met our daughter". Perfect. I am so happy for you all. Of course like everyone I will be waiting impatiently for pictures :)

Enjoy every moment of it.

The Gobble's (Lanetta) said...

OH MY GOSH!! I just read your blogs... and bawled!!! so awesome... Steve's blog about not sleeping was so awesome!!!! We are loving following your journey and are praying for you!!!
Can't wait to hear more and see pictures!!!
Know that you are being covered in prayers... and so happy to see you finally there.. WOW!!!
It really does happen??? :-)
Have a great night/day... whatever! :-)

Baby Kaz Moore said...

What an exciting and wonderful day!! I'm absolutely thrilled for you. One day, Sestra will be enchanted to read your post about today. Best wishes, Susan

Jodi said...

Wow - I don't even know you personally but I can feel your joy from what you wrote, and I know how very special that first meeting is! Continue to enjoy each moment - and keep updating : )


Lou Ann said...

Congratulations Mom & Dad!!!That's wonderful that you had such a great first day. For me it didn't happen until the third visit on the second day when I saw her smile at me through a sea of little faces(now I know it was gas but at the time I was sure that grin was just for me.) So enjoy these wonderful, private, otherworldly days with her since once you return it will be anything but simple quite moments.

Take care,
Lou Ann & Lexie too

PS - you could tease us with pictures of her from the back or of her sweet hands or cute little feet!

Jennifer M said...

Wow, wow, wow!!! What a wonderful summary of the day. I have tears in my eyes. I'm so happy for you guys. Incredibly happy. I don't know how I'm going to wait until she's a legal Morningstar! She sounds absolutely lovely and delightful.

Congratulations you guys!!

Jennifer M said...


Jenkins Family said...

Congratulations! We are so happy foryour famiy. Enjoy your bondng time with your daughter.

Melanie said...

How amazing!!! What an incredible blessing :-) We're certainly keeping all of you lifted up in prayer!

Joby and Marla said...

It sounds like a great first meeting!!!!

I am so happy for all of you:)

I can't wait to see pictures!!!!!

Karen said...

You wove the story together beautifully. What a wonderful first day for all of you. I'm so happy you found your little girl and that you just knew it.

Congratulations—may the rest of your bonding go as well as it did today.


Jason Russell said...

I'm a little behind the fun, but it doesn't mean I can't enjoy it. I have a lot of reading to do, obviously. What an experience for all of you.


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