Sunday, May 03, 2009

Day 1

The rest of our lives began today. Precious little Cassie showed up, shy and a wee bit scared. She didn't know who we were, or what to do, so she just sat there, looking a little bit bewildered. Mommy sat down next to her, and she was OK with that. Then Daddy got to work with the CWI people - lots of paperwork to fill out right away. Daddy didn't see it, but something made little Cassie cry, and she let mommy rub her back. That seemed to calm her down. The first of many important steps. Then Daddy was done with his end of the paperwork, and most of Mommy's paperwork, but Mommy still needed to sign some things, so she tried to hand Cassie to Daddy. Well, Cassie wasn't having any of that. No sirreee. She gave Daddy a "stiff-arm" to the face that would have made Jim Brown proud. And the frown was priceless.

Cassie has been in foster care on a nearby farm. There, she was known as Zhen-Zhen, a nickname for the name her orphanage gave her - Xi MingZhen. She has really hit it off with Mommy, probably at least in part because Mommy is the only person in the room other than Daddy, who is currently on the "scary person" list. Good thing he's got thick skin. He can handle it.

Mommy has been with Cassie since the moment Cassie arrived. That's the way Cassie wants it at the moment, so this post and the accompanying camera-work are courtesy of Daddy.
Cassie Arrives - Shy and Confused

Mmmm - THIS thumb tastes good

Maybe a little lap time is OK - at arm's length

Bottle time!


Cynthia said...

Congratulations !!!!!! Mommy, Daddy and Cassie are finally together :) What a great day. She is absolutely beautiful. You are glowing and that has nothing to do with 3 days of no shower!!!!! I am so glad you arrived safely and got her so quickly. Hope you all have a good nights sleep tonight. Enjoy this very special time. Can't wait to see more pictures.

Susan said...

She is just beautiful! I teared up immediately when I saw her little face, but even more so when I saw the photo of you feeding her a bottle! You're a natural momma! I can't wait to see more photo's, but more importantly, I can't wait to meet Miss Cassie when you guys get home. Enjoy every little moment of your time together now -- it's such a precious time, so take it all in and love that little girl to pieces!

Susan, Maiya and Roger

Lynn said...

Oh, so beautiful! Cassie and you!! You look so natural - being a Mama is what you were meant to do. Look forward to the coming days and watching your little flower blossom.

Melissa said...

Congrats on your new daughter Mommy and Daddy. She is just so darn cute! You must be on cloud 9. Enjoy your time with your new daughter. Can't wait to see more pics!

Lesa said...

Sherry and Sonny,

SO very EXCITED to finally see her in your arms!! She is so beautiful and the first thing I noticed right off was they repaired her little lip!!
How wonderful that they were able to bring her to your room.
Sherry, you have such a mommy glow about you.
Take it all in....) This is a very precious time of your lives.

LOve you all.

Now to read the other post.


Pam said...

Wow. Beautiful girl! Feels nice to have her in your arms, doesn't it? Congratulations. I'm sure she'll warm up to Sonny in no time. Thank you so much for posting pictures. It's glorious to see you together with your girl!

Mary said...

Sherry, I was thrilled to open your blog today and see photos already!! And what a little blessing God has given you and Sonny. Could there be any better Mother's Day gift? Take care and enjoy your time there with Sonny and Cassie.

Rachel said...

Congratulations! She is just adorable. She will warm up to dad over the next few days - our Lily wanted nothing to do with Daddy for almost a week!

Enjoy these first few days and just give Cassie some time.

M & M said...

Congrats to the new family of 3. I am so so happy for you all...what a wonderful day this is!!! Long overdue. Cassie is just beautiful and with lots of hair. Love seeing you both together.

Can't wait to hear more.

LOve you lots!!

Drea said...

Sherry & Sonny! We are soooo happy for you guys! She truly is adorable! I'm glad that your flights went well, and that Cassie is finally safe in your arms! Can't wait to see more! (sorry I didn't post earlier, technical difficulties!) Enjoy your first night together as a family!

Beth said...

I could not be happier for the 3 of you. Cassie is absolutely adorable! I can't wait to read more. You all have been in my thoughts all weekend. I am so happy for you that this day is finally here! xoxo ~ Beth

michelle said...

Sherry, congratulations!!! She is absolutely beautiful, and i know you are soooo happy, you have waited so long for this. You are definitely in my thoughts. Love to all of you, and have a great journey home, Happy Mothers Day, Love Michelle

amy said...

Congrats, precious pics and I pray you have a smooth transition