Thursday, September 03, 2009

More and More in Love Every Single Day!!!

I cannot begin to tell you how in love I am with my precious daughter!! More and more every single day!!

I knew that the moment Hannah was placed in my arms she would have my heart forever and we would be inseperable!! What I wasn't fully prepared for (and maybe had a bit of my 'guard' up just in case it didn't happen) was how she would grab my heart the instant I heard 'Congratulations Mom! You have a daughter!!' It was that very instant that my heart opened up and Hannah jumped in. When I saw her precious pictures on Saturday those feelings only intensified and every single day I am more and more in love my beautiful baby girl and soon we'll be together forever!!

This picture is of the first moment I saw Hannah's beautiful face across the table. Angus had been talking and I'd done my best to listen but then it happened. He moved a piece of paper and I-SAW-HER!!! Suddenly Angus' voice was a muted 'wah, wah, wah' in the background and all I wanted to was get a closer look at Hannah's sweet face! (Sorry Angus! ;o)

Before I knew it he handed me 3 pictures of Hannah and suddenly I was all alone, just my baby girl and I. All I wanted to do was to look at her and memorize every single detail about her. I couldn't stop staring and drinking in her beauty!

Once again I was blessed to have mom and dad with me so when I could part with each picture I passed them on to the proud Grandma and Grandpa who were just as quickly falling in love with the granddaughter they have loved in their hearts and prayed for for many, many years!! I cannot tell you how blessed and thankful I am to have parents who are so very supportive of my decisions and who are as madly in love with Hannah as I am. They have been with me every step of the way and will be right beside me in China when Hannah is placed in my arms. Thank you Mom and Dad!! I love you so very, very much!!!

Angus had a lot of papers to go over but as you can see, I wasn't doing very well at listening yet. LOL!! Thankfully he was patient and gave us all the time we wanted with the pics before moving on with the remainder of the paperwork. I'm guessing he knew that if he didn't wait he'd only end up repeating himself so he waited patiently.

We eventually were able to go through all the paperwork and I learned what I need to do this week to prepare to formally accept Hannah's referral next week. I took her medical to the doctor yesterday and he said it looks great! She's tiny by North American standards (25th percentile at birth was still in 25th percentile at 4 months) so I'm wondering if she'll stay that way? Next Tuesday evening I'll meet with my Social Worker and he said before he leaves that night he'll have everything packaged up to go back to the agency. (Our agency rep had delayed her vacation until the end of August sure we'd receive our referrals in July so now we have until early next week to return it to them.)

I was also so blessed to have M & M with me and they were able to share in the excitement as well as capture all these great pics and a video too! Thank you!!! I'm so glad you were there to share this extra special day with me!!

A few of my favourite pics from the day!

Mommy and her precious daughter!!

Thrilled new family!!

And yes....almost 2 weeks after referral and I'm still floating on cloud nine feeling like this!!


  1. Ah, I am just SOOO excited for you, I can't tell you enough! I have a feeling you're going to be on cloud 9 for a LONG time, and you deserve to be up there! It makes me teary eyed seeing you see your daughter for the very first time!

  2. Love the pictures of your referral review with Angus, our dear frienda & travel mate twice over!
    Laurie Nesbitt
    PS-> Hannah is BEAUTIFUL!

  3. So sweet!!!! I bet you will be walking on air for a long time to come:):)

  4. So happy for you Catherine! You deserve to be so happy! It's so nice to see someone truly excited, it gives me goose bumps!

    Congratulations again!

  5. It was an HONOUR to share the day with you and your parents!!

    We were so excited to be there and get to experience everything!!

    I can't wait to meet Hannah in person now!!

  6. I remember that feeling so well. It's magic!!!

  7. Congratulations. Hannah looks like such a sweetie. No worries about her size; the 25 percentile is fine. So long as Hannah is on the growth curves she is growing within normal ranges.
    Take care. CTG from RQ

  8. She is so precious!!! I know exactly what you mean when she grabbed your heart... each and every day will intensify the love you will feel for Hannah....

  9. This is the BEST post ever!! I love the picture of you staring at one picture of Hannah and your mom and dad holding another picture of their grand daughter together!! It's PERFECT!!!

    I cried at the picture of your mom and dad smiling looking at Hannah!! It's support means everything!! It's so great that they will get to experience EVERY step of this journey with you!!! What a blessing!!

    Congratulations again my friend!!! LOADS and LOADS of love!!


  10. Good for you. Fly high on those feelings for the rest fo your life. You deserve to enjoy every single moment of your happiness. It is only going to get better and better.

  11. Love those pictures! I promise you will NEVER forget those days of your referral and seeing those pictures ;-)

    Congrats again...

  12. I can feel your happiness ooze through the computer. It is a wonderful moment, isn't it? Now you get how we all grow instantly attached to that first glimpse of our kids.

  13. Of course you are still on cloud nine!! I can't tell you the number of people I've shown Hannah's referral photos to in the last week. My parents were over the moon happy for you and so are we!! How much do I love the fact that M&M were with you on that very special day!! They are GREAT friends!

  14. but you never gave us the stats??!!

    she is how tall?

    weighs how much?

    like on the baby announcements? or did i miss it?

  15. Congratulations! I think it is so wonderful! She is darling!

  16. Feeling rather emotional today . . . this post has me in tears.

    Sigh . . . I'm so happy for you and Hannah.


  17. What a beautiful moment Catherine. Your smile says it all. Mama!

  18. Your parents look like they are in heaven...the look in their eyes made me cry....what a blessed little girl Hannah will be and, so loved and wanted!

  19. Congrats again!! How blinking exciting, huh?

    Do you have the Chinese Growth Charts? 25%ile is excellent on the North American charts!! You might even find her at the 50th or even higher on the Chinese Charts. :)

    Let me know if you need them. I still plot both my kids on both charts. :)

    Snick :)

  20. Oh man, that picture where you first saw her face is PRECIOUS!!! Love it. Hope that one is getting framed.

  21. I suspect it will be a very long time before you ever come down from this cloud...he he!!

  22. OMG, I'm so happy for you!!! This is just AMAZING and your little Hannah is just BEAUTIFUL! I hope you post the other two photos of her soon!!! Enjoy EVERY SECOND!!! Hugs! Stephe & Giorgia! Stephe

  23. You are just the cutest thing ever! I love your excitement! Just a thought....Adam was small too, by North American standards. He was in the 10th percentile. When I had his medical done, he is now in the 95TH!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yeah, he's grown a bit. :-) My doctor said it was good nutrition and lots of love. :-)

    So happy for you!

  24. What a beautiful, incredible moment..... It is so hard to explain all the love and emotion that goes in to that special time, but you did so incredibly well verbalising it!

  25. I am soooo happy for you. I had tears in my eyes reading your blog.

  26. Oh, Catherine!! She is LOVELY!! Those lips and those sweet eyes! Hannah is so tiny and sweet! I haven't had access to the internet since the "two hours til Hannah's picture" post and she is! LOVE your description of your response to seeing her picture!! It is an amazing feeling, isn't it? YAYAYAYAYAY!! =)

  27. Oh, Catherine!! She is LOVELY!! Those lips and those sweet eyes! Hannah is so tiny and sweet! I haven't had access to the internet since the "two hours til Hannah's picture" post and she is! LOVE your description of your response to seeing her picture!! It is an amazing feeling, isn't it? YAYAYAYAYAY!! =)

  28. Oh gosh yes, those amazing butterfly, blessed-beyond-belief, TOTALLY-in-love, feelings your having...but just wait till you hold her, you think you're smitten now... :)

    Jill xx

    ps - saw this little girl today and i made me think about your Hannah. Maybe because she is a Hunan girl too.

  29. I am sooooo happy for you! I still stare at LiLi's picture and get goosebumps. As Hannah grows, you will wonder how you were given such an awesome gift and wonder how she fits so well with you and your family.

    Any news on your travel? I am hoping before Halloween!!!

  30. We love the excitement too!!
    We will follow you every step... keep posting!

    Alyzabeth's Mommy

  31. Your daughter is absolutely beautiful!! And you are absolutely glowing!! Congratulations!!! Can not wait to follow along the trip!!

  32. What a face :) Your long wait if finally over and soon you will be holding your Hannah in your arms. You have so much to look forward to.

    Best wishes.

  33. Such a thrilling moment!! She is incredible precious and adorable!

    Keep smilin!


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