...and the future is cute!
You may have wondered why it got so quiet around here all of a sudden, and some of you might have guessed the reason. Last Tuesday, at 5:07 we received the email that changed our life, telling us there was a baby waiting for us in Vietnam. We have been waiting until a Doctor specializing in internationally adopted children could look at the medical reports and give us an all-clear before we shared our news with the world. Our plan was that as soon as I saw that it was "the email" I would turn off the computer without reading it and call David immediately so that he could rush home and we would open it together and see our child's face for the first time and find out if it was a boy or girl together. My heart was beating so loudly I could hear it and after not being able to figure out how a telephone works for a few minutes I finally managed to call David at work where he was just finishing up for the day. He rushed home, but that still takes 20 minutes, so I did some manic tidying up while my thoughts raced. Is it a boy? A girl? How old? When David got home we set up the video camera so we could capture our reactions as we opened the email... A shout went up from David almost immediately - "It's a GIRL!". There was instant crying (me), ear to ear grinning (David) and an attempt to distract us by walking in front of the computer screen (Musette). We found out her name and that she was born July 27th. Then there was a minor panic as we realized that there was no picture or medical file attached. Finally we noticed that a large file was downloading and all of a sudden there she was... So so beautiful. Some wispy black baby hair. Sleepy eyes. A button nose. A perfect rosebud of a mouth. A sweet double chin. OUR BABY...a very small person. We have just one tiny, blurry, low resolution picture, but as soon as we saw her we started to fall in love immediately. She just looked right and it felt like we recognized her. We continued to videotape ourselves for about half an hour as we laughed, cried, hugged, exclaimed "She's so beautiful!" and "It's a girl" over and over. Her Vietnamese name is Lam, which means Forest, and she is just sweet baby Lam to us for now. We are working on her Canadian name but we still have a long way to go before we have it decided. We hope by the time we arrive in Vietnam to have it at least narrowed down to a one page list. The Vietnamese government discourages the public sharing of photos before the adoption is complete, so as much as I want you all to see how lovely she is, I just can't take the chance of making anyone mad, so here is just a wee peek at our sweet daughter.
What's your story little baby? Where did you come from? What have you seen in your little life? We feel so honoured to have been given the important job of being your parents. We're going to love you SO MUCH.