On May 14th, 2003 we finally got to hold Jazzie in our arms. It was one of the most overwhelming and emotional moments of my entire life. From the moment I held her close to me, I knew I would do anything for this child and that I would love her forever.
Here are some pictures of that day:
Catching a first glimpse of the babies (Jazzie is on the far left even though we did not know it at the time):
Back in the room (after removing her quilted snow suit in 90 degree weather):
She was such a tiny peanut; barely weighing 13 pounds.
I can't believe that here we are, seven years later. Jazzie has grown SO much. She used to fit perfectly in daddy's arms :-)
May 14, 2003:
I guess she still does. May 14, 2010:
I remember our Family Day so well. It was filled with happiness and emotion. I knew that first day that Jazzie was deaf, but kept it to myself for the first couple of days. I was afraid to say anything, because I was worried they would not let us keep her since we were not approved for a special needs child. I shared my suspicions with Matt and we did not say anything the entire time we were in China until we got to Guangzhou for the medical exam. Jazzie failed her hearing test and before we knew it there were lots of Chinese people in white medical coats talking to our guide. We were asked on three separate occasions if we wanted a different baby. Just thinking about it makes me cry again. There was NO way that Matt and I were going to give her back because she was deaf. One of our travel mates told me recently that she vividly remembers me getting upset with our guide after he had asked us again if we wanted a different baby, because "it could be arranged". Apparently I got angry and told him that I did not want anybody asking me that question again, because we wanted Jazzie and Jazzie only. The interesting thing is that I do not remember that conversation with our guide at all.
Not even for a moment can I imagine having any daughter other than Jazzie...
I love that girl...
If you have never seen our travel video, it can be viewed here.