|I'm getting my sister today!|
|Our first glimpse|
Finally 2:00 arrived. We went to the lobby and had to wait on our guide to leave. She told us the building was 20 minutes away. Somehow we got there in ten! We weren’t prepared! We got out the van and there she was in the lobby looking right at us! I rushed to hand our guide our camera to go ahead and video our moment, but it was hard to hold back from running to her.
|Meeting Lottie Hope|
|Photo taken for her paperwork|
When we got to the hotel she still stayed shut down for a while. Everything in the room looked foreign and scary to her. She was in 4 layers of thick clothing so little by little we peeled off layers. We gave her a doll from her Grammy. She didn’t know what to do with it at first, but followed Anna Faith’s lead with her baby and learned to play with it. Then we pulled out markers and coloring books. She really got into them. She acted as if she had never colored before, so we taught her how to use colors. Then she started finding any paper in the room to test the markers on them! Oops!
|first smile in the room- markers are fun!|
|With their baby dolls|
Eventually we asked if she would like to wear clothes like big sister. She nodded yes. So we dressed them alike and she smiled really big.
Anna Faith was amazing through all of this. She never showed an ounce of jealousy and jumped at any chance to be a help. She was always by Lottie’s side talking to her and encouraging her. What a great big sister!
We went to the adjoining mall for dinner. We didn’t know how she would handle all the stimulation with noises, sights and sounds she had never seen before. She actually got happier! We went down an escalator and she laughed! We ate Chinese food she was reported to like but she only ate some pork. The rice must have tasted different.
|With Daddy after he dipped her down and up|
|Matching outfits- she liked it!|
Then she met her Grandma and Grandpa VanKampen. They were so excited 😆. She waved and smiled for them. After that Grammy Dixon met her as well. By then she was getting giddy with exhaustion. Everything she did with her toys made her laugh.
Lottie doesn’t give affection yet, but by tonight she wasn’t pushing us away from giving it to her. She is starting to put her guard down and let us see her. And she is so, so beautiful.
|Our elevator photo- just like with Anna Faith|
|Hand in Hand down the hallway|
|Getting dressed for dinner|
Tonight Lottie can rest her head never being fatherless again. She is still confused and trying to cope with the losses and gains she is drastically going through, but she now belongs to a family, OUR family....forever.
|At dinner together|
|Matching pj's- Lottie just had a traumatic shower|
|In the bed together- happy!|