Mark and I were awake at 2:00 this morning. We had to be ready and have our bags packed by 4:15 am. We both watched the clock all night. We had the 4:15 luggage pick up in order to make our 7:30 am flight to Nanchang. Yes, it is as crazy as it seems to have 50 plus people with luggage and passports get to the airport, checked in and through security.
We got to our hotel about 11 and settled in for and excruciting wait until 2:30 when we had to report to the meeting room on the 2nd floor. They had us review some papers then at 3:00 they brought the babies in one by one as they called each families name. It is a truly emotional experience to watch 17 families be handed their children. Even with babies crying and cameras flashing God's presence can be felt. It is a "thin place".
Mia was scared. She clung tight and whimpered a bit as we watched the other families and their new children. We were then all sent back to the room to "feed the babies" and come back down at 4:00 for paperwork. Mia cried and did not want a bottle. She was not really interested in any of the toys for more than initial curiosity. Nothing Noah could do could make her stop crying and he tried everything. We then brought out the sweet potato puffs. It was a miracle. (Thank you Erika). She stopped crying and started eating. She even calmed down enough to change her diaper and clothes. We then rushed back down stairs for paperwork. Well, I brought a bowl of cheerios instead of puffs which mildly entertained her as we started the paperwork. Then she started crying. Mark and I took turns with her as we got everything filled out and signed but, they sent us back up stairs to "feed her or something" before we could get our family photo or interview. The puffs worked again, the second bottle still did not. We went back down finished everything this time we took the puffs and she stayed calm. We came back up no more crying. We decided to go to dinner in the hotel restaurant. Mia did great she ate puffs and Con gee (I probably spelled that wrong) which is rice portage. However, when we all turned to look at Lily another Yi Feng baby Mia burst into tears again. Mark took her out of the restaurant and back up stairs where she calmed down quickly.
We then all got ready for bed. Both Mia and Noah were asleep by 7:15. What a wonderful day. We are truly blessed.