Today, Tuesday, April 18, around 2:30 pm, Ning Kang Ping...otherwise known as Lily...was placed into my arms at the Gloria Plaza Hotel in Nanchang. It was a whirlwind day. A half hour after we arrived at the hotel from the airport, we received our daughters. Lily screamed as I received her, and continued to cry a mournful cry for quite a while afterwards. But after a nap and some rice cereal, she warmed up to Jan and I a bit. She is still a confused little baby, but she is making eye contact with us and grabbing for toys and snacks that we give to her. The rest of the afternoon and evening was spent with our babies and filling out more paperwork. The good thing about that is that tomorrow will be a less hectic day and we can focus on our babies and getting to know them.
Two more things before I sign out...
1) I changed my first diaper ever today! And it reeked! But I didn't gag. That was a big step for me. Jan was right there beside me coaching me along the way.
2) I will be able to post pictures here in Nanchang. The business center at the Gloria Plaza is set up so that we can upload from memory cards. So tomorrow when I have a bit more time, I will post some pictures for you.
I can't wait for you all to see her. You will recognize those big, bright, beautiful eyes as soon as you see her. And I can't wait to get home for her to meet her mommy, too. I love you, Julie.