Monday, February 4, 2008

So Much Information...Such Slow Internet Service!

We're here! The flight was looonnnggg but fine. The plane wasn't very crowded and we both had room to spread out. This morning the sun came up as we were flying over the Nile and desert. It was amazing and would have been the highlight of the day except...

We met our kids! My mom is going to kill me because we didn't have the camera ready to record meeting them - we were waiting and waiting in the office and then suddenly the nannies appeared holding Norah and Atticus!

They're delightful. Neither of them cried all afternoon while we were playing together. Atticus is rolypoly and likes to push high up on his hands and sits pretty well unassisted. He laughs like crazy when you tickle his belly or play with his toes. He fell asleep in Paul's arms.

Norah is much smaller and shorter than Atticus. She was quiet and very happy to look around at us. Her main talent right now seems to be spitting up and she doused both of us several times. She's not pushing up or crawling yet, but she's very alert and seems like a happy baby. She has more hair than I'd expected. She kicks her legs like crazy when you put her on her belly.

We met another adoptive parent from our agency this morning who recommended we take toys with us when we went to the orphanage. I'm glad we did because the meeting room didn't have any toys! The kids both especially seemed to like the rattles that light up.

There are no words to describe Addis Ababa. It's beautiful and chaotic. The roads are primarily dirt, goats are herded along the streets, apparently none of the traffic lights work, there are donkeys on the city street outside our room and goat entrails along the road. It's insane and I'll be sure to take lots of pictures!

13 comments:

JenJen said...

God bless your travels, and all the adoption details! Praying for you, Jennifer (friend and neighbor of your mother-in-law, and another adoptive parent!)

Ed said...

YEA...you finally got to see and hold your children...you may leave the goat entrails there, no need to bring them home with you for a reminder of the trip.

AnneMarie said...

AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! I want to be there with you!! I'm dancing up and down with excitement! Love you all FOUR of you!!

Mom

Alexandra said...

Woot! I'm so excited for you guys! What a wonderful way to start off your adventures!

Jen said...

Yay! You met your kids! I'm so happy for you!!!

lindsay said...

OH MY GOD! I am so happy! I love your descriptions of Nora and Atticus. I can't wait to hear more! How wonderful!

Julia said...

Hooray!! Hooray!!! Soooooo exciting - can't wait to hear more, but enjoy them first!

gerkat said...

Oh wonderful wonderful! I'm so happy for you to finally be with your kids. Please give lots of kisses to those babies! -geri

LilySea said...

Yea! I'm with your mother--get that camera out and send us some photos asap!

Hope everything goes smoothly from here and safe trip back. Enjoy Ethiopia!

Ila said...

Fantastic. Looking forward to reading more.

Ila said...

Fantastic. Looking forward to reading more.

Zoe said...

CONGRATULATIONS!! I'm so happy for you!

Madeline said...

So thrilling! Mazel tov on meeting your children at last!! -GriGri