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Monday, June 9, 2008

Forever Family Day...WE HAVE GRAEME!!!!!!

Graeme with his Nanny and the bear we sent in a care package.
Graeme is watching us and interacting but staying close to the Nanny.

A little while after the Nanny left, he is enjoying his cheerios.

Daddy has his hands full and is loving every minute of it!

Graeme is hanging onto his Daddy!

Mommy and Graeme, I have waited so long for this moment!

The Miracles...now a family of four!

Graeme at lunch...he loves noodles just like Lily

Lily Wen, proud Jie Jie (big sissy)

Lily sharing her Daddy's lap with her brother

Daddy, Graeme and Lily check out the fish!

This has been an amazing day. We have waited and anticipated for so long but nothing can prepare you for the emotions of the day. WE HAVE GRAEME! As I am typing, Wes, Lily and Graeme are attempting to nap. I think Wes is napping and Lily and Graeme are checking each other out! They are so cute.
About our day...we arrived at the Civil Affairs office in Hefei. We were told that the babies from Bengbu are usually late so we were not expecting to find him there. Our small group got seperated and as we were getting on the elevator, Andy met his son for the first time. Wyatt and his Nanny arrived at the elevator. It was a great moment. We rode up the elevator without our guide as she was trying to find the rest of our group. We wandered down the hall of the office and I looked in a conference room and there he was. You can forget formality this time. I got on the floor next to him and opened his backpack and gave him his cars which he clutched in his hand. Then, I started to feed him cheerios. He just ate and ate. The Nanny was trying to get him to sit with me but he was not going for it at all. After about 10 minutes, our guide told us that the nanny and director would leave and hand him to us and that he would probably cry.
They handed him to me and he was sooooo sad. It was heartbreaking as he cried. We walked into the hallway and he pushed away from me as I held him and tried to calm him. He let us walk him down the hall and then we realized he was headed for the door. He tried to go out the way he came in and we had another heartbreaking moment as we had to turn him away from the door. He calmed quickly with food and a sippy cup of water. We were trully amazed at how well he did this morning. He has let us both hold him but right now...he is a Daddy's boy (at least since we have been back to the hotel).
When we left the Civil Affairs office, I was holding him in the van and he quickly fell asleep on the ride back. Since then, he has been pretty quiet and taking it all in. Every now and then, he gets an intense look on his face. He has only cried once when I changed his diaper and then his clothes. He is too cool to be wearing a gray t-shirt, green camoflauge shorts and pink sandals with flowers. After the change, he has not cried once! He is not feeling well though so keep him in your prayers. The doctor just left and he has bronchitis and a low grade fever so we will start medicine tonight.
We were so pleased that the orphanage director sent him in a shirt we had sent. She also brought both photo albums, the little bear and the two cameras that we sent with all of the pictures taken.
I know that many of you are worried about Lily. She has done FABULOUS! She is doing everything she can to calm him when he cries. She shared her lunch with him and has been playing on the bed with him. She is a great Jie Jie, big sister. This is also the only word he has tried to say today..Jie Jie. He watches her every move. She has been a little jealous and wants to be held by whoever is holding him which is to be expected.

My three sweeties are all snuggled in the bed and I think I'll go join them. This has been a wonderful day! He is a little quiet which is not his personality so I know that he is having a tough time. Even though, he is doing quite well. We have grown to a family of four and couldn't be happier.

30 comments:

Chelley said...

blessings to you and the family of FOUR!!!!
I was so happy with tears of joy reading your post and looking at the photos!

thank you so very much for sharing this very special time with us

Melody and Brian said...

I couldn't wait to get up this morning and check on you guys! We have been praying for all of you. I know it must be overwhelming in every way. What a wonderful day. We can't wait to meet him. I am be thinking of you often. I pray that his fears are calmed. What a wonderful family!!!!! It is hard to imagine the emotions you must all four be feeling. Love you all!
Melody

Kelley said...

HOORAY!!!! I'm so very happy for you!! It looks like you are handling things very well...I am praying for Graeme to feel better soon, and for you all to have the strength to handle the ups and downs as he adjusts to being in your family. CONGRATULATIONS!!! I love the picture of the proud dad with both babies in his arms!

Mom of 5 said...

How wonderful -I am so happy for you guys !

Mary said...

A HUGE congratulations to you all! Finally Graeme is with his mommy, daddy and big sister! How sweet it is that he said 'jie jie' to Lily...just precious.
Continue to love and bond with your sweet Prince!

Truly Blessed said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

Margaret, Wes & Lily, I am so happy for you and thrilled for Graeme, that he has a family now.

Your faces show it all, all of the joy that you could possibly have to have this sweet child in your arms. I love the shot of Wes holding both kids...what a wonderful Father's Day he'll have later this week!

Congratulations, family!!!

Kelly

Heidi said...

Congratulations! I am so happy for you and your family. Many blessings to you! Enjoy!

marybob143@aol.com said...

I couldn't wait to go to your blog & see you & your son!!! Yaaayyyy!!! I'm so happy for you! I can't wait to show the girls your pictures! I'm amazed at this whole process of how you actually got to Graeme! What a wonderfully fulfilling experience for families...I'm so happy for the four of you!!!

Waitingfaithfully said...

Oh happy day! Congratulations on your newest Miracle--he truly is a miracle, and he fits so perfectly into your family!

Miss Lily Wen has the best "big sister grin" going on--too sweet!

Love and congratulations to all of you! Welcome to your family Graeme, you are a brave little man!

Blessings from Texas! We rejoice with you!

The Winder Family

Robyn said...

What a beautiful family!! Congratulations!!

Robyn

Kelly said...

Congratulations! I'm so happy that Graeme is finally where he belongs... with his family. I'll be praying that he feels better and praying for you all in the adjustments that are taking place. Just remember too that he is a toddler and some tantrums might be the terrible two's :)! God bless your family!
Kelly Daniels

Deanna said...

Congratulations Miracle family! I'm soo happy to see the pictures of Graeme in your arms. I was in your shoes just over a month ago and I know how special today was for you. Lily sounds like she's adjusting well, how awesome!
Enjoy being a family of 4!

redmaryjanes said...

What a wonderful post. I am so happy for the 4 of you. You look beautiful together!

Denise said...

I am so happy for you!!!!! My 5 year old Jenna is making fun of me because I've teared up looking at your pictures and reading about your day.

I hope Graeme feels better soon. It sounds like his JieJie is helping him.

You make a beautiful family of four! Congrats!

Denise

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy said...

YEAH...
LOVE the pictures..
I am sooo happy for you...
He is sooo cute.
HUGS

Sarah said...

Congratulations on having your precious son in your arms forever!

Sarah
Adoption Assistance AP

Lizard said...

Congratulations!! I recognized that civil affairs office instantly as I was there in January adopting Mei Mei! What a sweet boy!

Waiting for Mia Hope! said...

MARGARET!!! You have your Graeme!!! Can you believe it??? I am so happy to see him with your family. I will continue to pray for a smooth adjustment and a safe journey!

Hugs from St. Louis!
Robin

Cora said...

I am so happy for you all!! Enjoy yourselves and thank you for letting us follow along.

OH MY #6 said...

you have him! YES!

Lea
xo

Rachel said...

CONGRATULATIONS!! Finally, a family of four :)

Donna said...

Big congrats!! Sounds like your day went very well! I don't agree with whoever said Bengbu babies are usually late either, Lainey showed up at the elevator, too. And, I see they blessed him with the traditional Bengbu hair cut ;)

Grannymary said...

I was so happy to see my new Grandson this morning. I wanted to reach out and hold him in my arms. He looks so sweet and I think he will do fine especially with Lily's help. I can't wait to hold him on the 20th. He is truly a blessing from God.

All my Love,
Mom

Janelle said...

CONGRATULATIONS! He is ever so handsome & gorgeous! I'm so happy for you and you look great together as a family of 4! Also I'm so proud of Lily, I'm sure you are, too.

Enjoy this precious time of getting to know each other!

Janelle

Kristy said...

Thank you so much for sharing this moment with us. I can't wait to hole my Franceska in my arms whenever that will be. Your family of four is just beaming. I love the picture of your husband with the two kids on his lap, his face just says it all!!!! God bless you and your family of 4!!!

Love,Kristy

FHL said...

Oh, I have tears in my eyes. So wonderful! I know there have been some tough times today, but how perfect he looks in the photos, like you've always been together. God is so good!

Praying for peace and joy, health, and for everything to go smoothly with all your appointments!

Dori's Mommy (Diana) said...

Congratulations! What a wonderful family day!

Wendy Cater said...

Margaret and family,
I am so very happy that Graeme is at long last in your arms! What a wonderful day!
Wishing you all the best,
Wendy Cater
Mom to Claire (a. 6/19/07, Bengbu)

Brandon Pace said...

This post is a huge relief and beautiful! This morning when I woke up, I got very worried about you and the family as the news was unfolding about what happened in China. It was a big headline today.

I was worried and ran to the computer to check on your blog. I am so relieved that you're in Graeme's providence and he is in your arms!! The pictures is too gorgeous that I had to show this to my mom!

I'm so excited and couldn't wait to see you, Wes, Lily and Graeme when you guys fly back to Kentucky.

Also, the KFC joke-- I laughed at that one! ;-) I'm surprised that the quality was good in China. I guess the Colonel sure did made his receipt to be sooo good! =) I'm sure KFC made you guys missing Kentucky, eh?

Well, as my final word for this comment: Congratulations and I'm so happy for you!

Love,

Brandon

Susan said...

Ni Hao!
Greetings from TN USA - just over the hill from you ;)! Congrats on your newest addition. He is simply beautiful. Your family looks like you have always been together. We have a daughter from Hubei that is about your daughters age. We hope you can enjoy every moment in China ~ it passes so quickly as you already know! God bless your journey!
Warmly,
Susan.