Monday, March 05, 2007

We Have a Daughter!!!

Today was one of the greatest days of our lives. We awoke after very little sleep & got Claire at 9am this morning. We were ushered into this round room full of parents all waiting for their babies. We were told to sit down & wait. Lance noticed Claire coming in with the nanny right away. We were the first parents called & she came right to us. She is beautiful!!!!
One thing we noticed right away was how small she is. She is the size of a 6month old. She is in 6month clothes & foot size of a newborn. We have a pediatrician in our group coming from Beijing Friday & she will tell us if she thinks she is really 10 months old. She smiled & took in everything. She has not cried yet (we know that is coming though).
Our first pictures as a family of 4 after Claire was just put in our arms (Jesse not shown due to being 6,000 miles away)
We are truly blessed!!
Lance & Claire for the 1st time! She had no problems coming to him at all!
This is right after receiving of the babies outside of the travel group with the 3 of us.....Carla (from Yakima, WA), Gretchen, & LeighAnn (from Prattville, AL) All the babies did fine & did not cry much!

This is later in the day at the same civil affairs office. She became legally ours today!! As of today, whe is content with just sitting on our laps & just playing or making the cutest noises!


Anonymous said...

Hooray!!!!!!!!!!! Gretchen, I am crying tears of joy for you right now! Claire is so gorgeous and precious. You and Lance must be so proud (and relieved) to finally have your daughter in your arms. I am sure that Jesse can't wait to hold his little sister.
We love you! Carrie and Billy

Anonymous said...

This all seems like a dream! Claire is just so beautiful (Nana is starting to salivate to get her hands on her). The pink bow is just too much to resist. Our hearts have grown again!! She is more than we could have ever imagined. Nana was up at 6:20 to check the blog so you know how excited she is. Paw Paw checked before making the coffee! Hurry home and we are so very proud of the two of you.

Nana & Paw Paw

Sandy said...

Oh my Gosh she is so gorgeous, I am crying huge tears.we are so proud for you guys. I know Jesse is so excited to see his little sister. Tell her Aunt Sandy can,t wait to kiss them little cheeks. We love her so much. see yall soon. Aunt Sandy

Anonymous said...

Hey Gobber and Gretchen.Claire is so beautiful, we are so happy for ya'll. Be careful and I can't wait to see ya'll at the wedding, even you Lance.Cody and little charlie said Claire was soooo cute.

Anonymous said...

congrats on your baby girl. we are so exited for your family. we know claire is in great hands. love, joe and Marg

Anonymous said...

We are so excited for you. The girls and I have been praying for you every night. We love you!!!!
Jack, Melana, Isabelle and Caroline

The Beatty's said...

Welcome Claire! We can't wait for you to come home so we can meet you! Congratulations Gretchen and Lance!

John said...

Lance & Gretchen, thank you so much for sharing your adoption experience with us. You have a beautiful daughter, and I feel like we already know her because you have done such a good job on your website. We are excited about meeting Claire in person and we are praying for a swift and safe trip home for all three of you!

John & Britton