Tuesday, December 25, 2007

A Bird Is A Bird, Is A Bird On Christmas Day!

We've recovered physically from our day yesterday. We had a good night's sleep. DoriGrace finally had her first little cry at 3:30 this morning. We were given information that the babies were fed every three hours, four ounces for our girl, six for the boys. I know they are in shock, but none of them seem to be eating that well. We are so lucky, she is very healthy, but I am starting to hear the little rumble in her chest. I think the A/C is probably getting to her.

We started this morning with getting passport photos. Needless to say, with our hair issues, DoriGrace's will be most memorable. (I did find some hair rubberbands at the store, so we have that problem corrected.) We then went to buy our tickets to Hanoi. We leave on Thursday. The dads are now off applying for the passports and then they'll come back and we'll go to the hospital for DG's physical.

JB brought us a lovely Christmas lunch. KFC. WB and I decided that it just doesn't get any better than that. My family has given thanks over our Christmas bird and tonight we'll break Christmas bread (pizza dough counts, right?) with friends.

Tomorrow is a day of rest and shopping and we really need it. The emotions of this journey make it exhausting.

Our week gets a little more complicated after we arrive in Hanoi. Of our group, we are the only one that had our I-600 prior to travel. As a result, we are the only ones with interviews scheduled for Friday with the US governmental officials in Hanoi. This is heartbreaking and stressful for our companions are we are hopeful they get a Christmas miracle and their paperwork is approved after the holiday. Please keep them in your prayers.

We should have passport with VISA in hand Friday afternoon and get cleared to come home. We still want to do the HaLong Bay tour, so we may wait to come home until Monday. Tickets are tight around the holidays and we'll just have to see what kind of magic Todd can work for us!

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Now a little more about our girl. You will marvel at her spirit, for she exhudes calmness. She is at this point, hands down, the easiest baby I have ever known. She smiles and coos, and melts our hearts with huge brown eyes and a toothless grin. Her eyelashes must be 1/2 inch long...she is perfect...and beautiful...and everything we've ever dreamed of.

I seem to have a lot to say, so look for more posts and pictures in the next few hours.

Love to all,

Leigh

5 comments:

Robin said...

merry christmas from oklahoma! we are going to miss the booths' this years at the jones' house but, you are where you should be. this will be one christmas that you will NEVER forget! i can only imagine all the hustle and bustle on the streets. if it is anything like the electrical lines, WOW!!!!
God has blessed your family this christmas with the most precious gift of all. much love and can't wait for you to come home with baby girl!

~bobo

Heather said...

So sorry to hear about all of the stress getting to the G & R and back to HCMC...however, I know it was worth it!!! Congrats to your new family of 4! Can't wait to see pictures...MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Heather M.

Laura said...

I bet KFC never tasted so good! Merry Christmas to the Booth family of FOUR! I hope you're soon home and snug in your own beds, but that you can enjoy the craziness and beauty of Vietnam until then. Congratulations!

Malia said...

Merry Christmas! You have all been in my thoughts and prayers and I'm so happy for you. Love hearing all about your experience.

Anonymous said...

This Christmas was so special for me because I got to be a part of the army of friends and relatives rooting for the Booth family!

I look forward to every update and photo. Is this GREAT or what?

Love, Susan Mc

Adoption Timeline

  • 01/01/08 - Home at Last
  • 12/24/07 - G & R
  • 12/18/07 - Travel
  • 12/7/07 - Travel Packet/VISA Authorization
  • 12/06/07 - I-600 Approval
  • 11/16/07 - I-600 Received for Review
  • 09/26/07 - Referral
  • 03/23/07 - Log in Date
  • 02/23/07 - Dossier to Vietnam
  • 02/08/07 - Dossier to Agency
  • 08/08/06 - Switched to Vietnam Program from China Program