Tuesday, November 27, 2007

GOTCHA DAY!!!




Gotcha! What a happy boy!

I don't think that today could have been any more perfect. I woke up very nervous and sick to my stomach, but that has miraculously disappeared now that I have my little guy beside me.

We arranged to go to the children's home at 1pm. We knew we would be taking pictures of the other children. A wonderful lady whose name I didn't write down (aargh) met us and drove with us over to where the infants and special needs children are. The staff were so wonderful, kind, warm, and obviously very dedicated to these children. We were told not to expect to see the infants, but we actually were able to do this! Amazing babies, one only two days old. We recieved a picture of Max at 2 months old from a family that had been traveling at that time that is so special to us.

Next we met with Ms. Roy and did all of the necessary paperwork and reviewed his schedule, etc. She also was concerned that our paperwork had not made it from the embassy to the consulate. We were told "no problem no problem" at the embassy yesterday, and have been calling yesterday afternoon and all day today. Supposedly they will fax it within the next half hour, but they haven't done anything else they've said that they would, so I'm a little nervous. But, if we have to stay an extra day at least we have Max, and I will not let this ruin this day. It is minor, and my wonderful hubby is dealing with it anyway.
Then, we got to meet Rup. His Ayah handed him to me and he was all smiles and cuddles. He has a little bruise on his head that Ms. Roy told us he got yesterday from rough housing with the other kids. Nancy, it sounds like your daughter beat up my son :) We took lots of pictures and videos and got to watch all of the children interact with each other. Max is walking all over the place already and was all about playing with his ball. Myles and Papa, he's all ready to play football with the boys :)

He was obviously attatched to his Ayah, and we are so thankful for these amazing women. When we said goodbye, Max waved to everyone. He immediately snuggled and fell asleep in the car. He's still asleep beside me right now, sucking on his fingers. He and Maddie will be kindered spirits :)

We took 200 pics while we were there, many of them of the other children. So here ya go, some of our favorites. . .



Our first Glimpse



Mom and Max - obviously happy




Mom finally let Daddy hold him.













Nana and Max playing ball





And this is where I am now. All tired out and sound asleep.

On our way to the orphanage, we stopped to get some treats for the dear people at the orphanage. Mom and Dan went in and I stayed with the car. I wish I could remember the name of our driver. He was very sweet and was our driver the whole time we were in Kolkata. While they were in the store, a woman with a very young baby came up to the car and kept knocking on the windows asking for money, gesturing that her baby needed milk. We were prepared for this, however right then it was more than I could take. I was on my way to get my baby, seeing all of the poverty that he could have been a part of. I was crying, and she was very persisitant. The driver kindly asked her to leave, but she persisited. Dan had all of our money - I had nothing that I could have given her. If I had, despite the warnings we recieved, I would have given her anything. I was able to pull myself together for the most part before we got to the chilrens' home.

I was so surprised that I didn't cry upon meeting Rup. But the home was so wonderful, and being able to go to the other building and focus on pics of the other kids was perfect. I wouldn't change anything about this day.

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

What an absolute doll! Every bit of stress, stomachache, etc. is worth it to see the look on all of your faces. He's gorgeous and you can tell he immediately took to you. Congrats, enjoy, and keep those pictures coming. I can't wait to hold him (did you say he's actually walking???). Thanks for the update and congratulations to the new parents.
Love, Carrie

Anonymous said...

Unbelievable. Can't wait for the kids to wake up to see these pics. He is absolutely gorgeous! What a head of hair - are you ready Aunt Moo Moo? Walking before a year old, he will be driving the four wheeler soon!

Hope you are able to get the papers soon. The final "ahhhhhh".

Can't wait to see him!
Love to all,
Aunt Dawn

Karen said...

PERFECT.

:)
Karen

Anonymous said...

He is beautiful!!!!!!!!!!
I am so happy for you all!

Praying for safe travels home.

Love,
Susanne and Family

Pam said...

I'm so excited to see him in your arms finally. Isn't it worth it all now??? ;o) I can't wait to hear more!

Anonymous said...

madeline loves max
I miss you Nana Mommy and Daddy.

Sheri said...

Kristy,
Max is adorable! I love his curls!
Congratulations! Enjoy your time with Max!
Sheri

Marleina said...

Congratulations, you guys! What a handsome little guy. Must get his curls from Dan, huh? ;)

I'm so happy for you both, and for that little boy who will be coming home to such an awesome family. Good luck on the rest of your trip!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kristy, Dan, and Aunt Debbie! He is the cutest little boy ever! I am very excited to see you when you get home, but hope you are having fun. I was at your house the other night, Maddie and Myles are fine but miss you guys and are excited to see Max.

Love you guys,
Molly

Peter and Nancy said...

What a great day! The only pictures of your family I'll look forward to more than these are when Maddie and Myles meet Max! Congratulations to you all,
-- Nancy

Tara said...

He is so beautiful especially in his family's arms. Thinking of you with lots of smiles!!!
Hugs
Tara

Peter and Nancy said...

P.S. Sorry Anya Rashi was bullying Max . . . :o) But that does mean she will hold her own with her two older brothers!
-- Nancy

Kristi said...

Congratulations!! It finally happened! So glad that the day went perfect. Can't wait to see more pictures. :)

Kristi

Amy and Clint said...

He is beautiful! Congrats!

Julie & Patrick said...

Wow! It is hard to believe you are there and Max is finally in your arms!

congrats!

Julie

Emily said...

So handsome! We are so happy for you guys!

Missy and Paul said...

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hope you heard that! Gorgeous, perfect, and sweet relief!
Love,
Missy and Paul

Meg said...

I am so relieved you guys have him in your arms. He looks so happy and healthy. I can't touch those curls for a while I love them. He looks like he is ajusting just fine with you guys. I can't wait to hear about everything in person. I will see you guys friday at the airport. I will give Max lots of kisses.(after Maddie and Myles do)

Englishteacha said...

We're all so excited for you! I'm so glad you finally have Max with you. We can't wait to meet him!
Kim H. at MVMS

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Anonymous said...

YEAHHH!! I've been staring at his picture all day. So freakin' cute. I can't wait to snuggle with him (although I'll probably have to pry him out of kristy's arms). I think that seeing pictures of Mom and him playing ball solidifies that it was meant to be, doesn't it??
Tom is already laughing about how funny your car ride is going to be from Boston to Maine... all three kids fighting for you and dan's attention and Maddie trying to boss Max around already... so perfect! Can't wait!

-Aunt Jaime and Tom

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh Krusty, he is even cuter now that he is offically a LaBonte. Congrates finally, we can't wait to meet him in person. Elaine and Freedom