Today was our Consulate Appointment and Oath Ceremony.
We had to stay in our hotel room while Emma was at the U.S. Consulate finishing up our paper work. She called us at 10:30am with congratulatory wishes!!! Yeah....we passed!!! Then later in the afternoon, Faith, Avery, Emma, and I went to the consulate with about 60 other families to make our promise that all our paper work was truthful and correct! Whew...another milestone!!! For some reason, this was very emotional for me....after all these months....we are finally done....and Avery is really and truly our little girl.....forever!!!
This girl of ours is such a blessing....
She is utterly delightful....
And has completely enchanted me!!!!
She now tells people her name is Avery Qing Zula....a few days ago she was only responding to Qing Zula.
She walks around the hotel room pointing to everything wanting to know the English words....we do this several times a day!!!
She can also count her little toes and my big toes up to five in English!!
Three nights ago while falling asleep, she grabbed my hand and held on to it until she closed her sweet eyes.
Two nights ago while falling asleep, she was touching my face ever so gently....as if, accepting the fact that my non-Asian face was really going to be the face of her mommy.
Last night while getting ready for bed, she said "I lub (love) you". Oh!!! My!!! Can it get any better?????
And yet, I worry....
Are things going too well????
Was that first night of intense grieving really enough????
I know she will have more adjusting to do once we get home....maybe this is when she will show more grief and sorrow????
Maybe it will show up when least expected???
All I do know is that Avery was greatly loved and cherished....by someone before me.
She is confident....
She is strong...
She is happy...
She is not perfect by any means....she gets sassy, demanding, and a trifle bit naughty....well, at times she can be quite the stinker....but, that's good. I want her to be comfortable enough to be just herself and to know that no matter what, I will always love her!!!
Moving on to some super great pictures......
Here's the 'baby white tiger'!
Lovin' the slide!!
Giving Mom kisses!!!