It's hard to put into words the emotions that we were feeling as we drove to "A's" apartment to meet her for the first time. There was certainly nervousness and excitement mixed together! Seriously, what do you say to the woman who is going to change your life forever?!?!
We went out for a quick lunch together before heading over to a business that does 4D ultrasounds. "A" graciously let us sit in while she had the ultrasound done and we were able to see our baby girl! We've got several pictures from the session that we will share later when we have time to scan them onto the computer, but let me assure you, she is absolutely beautiful! She didn't want to give us any clear pictures of her face, but it was amazing to see her little heart beating (167 bpm!) and see her hiding her face behind her curled up fists, stretching her legs up by her head, and finding out that she was sucking on the umbilical cord while we were watching! We need to invest in lots of pacifiers! The ultrasound technician also showed us on the ultrasound where you could see all of her hair - she's got a full head of hair already!
We headed back to our hotel fairly early Friday evening (we were pretty tired after our early awakening at 3:30am to make our 6am flight!). On Saturday, we spent most of the afternoon and evening with "A" and her boyfriend (the father of the baby, lets call him "B"). It took a little while for all of us to get really comfortable with each other, but by the end of the night I feel that we can truly call "A" & "B" our friends! We even had the opportunity to meet "A's" father and pray with him about our adoption and the baby's future. We truly hope our time with "A's" father helped him become more comfortable with the adoption plan that "A" & "B" have made. "A" & "B" expressed to us that they are confident in their adoption plan and we truly feel blessed to have them in our lives. There is no doubt in my mind that God has brought us together and we are looking forward to future visits with "A" & "B" and continuing to build our relationship with them!
Houston's reputation for heavy traffic proved to be true! Thankfully our GPS kept us from getting lost, but a little relaxation tonight after travelling so much the past 5 days sounds great to us!