Thursday, November 30, 2006

We are three!

Hola from Bogota!

It took me a while to get an internet connection here, so I'm sorry I didn't post sooner. Right now, I am sitting here typing in the living room of our hotel, and our beautiful new son is sleeping. But how we got to this point, is quite the adventure.

Wednesday morning was uneventful, we had actually gotten everything done in time, and left for the airport on schedule. We got on our Delta flight with no problems. We thought everything was smooth sailing, but uh...no, the fun was just beginning. Our seats totally sucked, we were in the LAST row, with NO window, in front of the bathrooms, in very squooshy seats. My throat started hurting and I was exhausted. We asked twice about our connection, because we took off late. Twice we were told we would have plenty of time. So when we get off of the Delta flight and go to Avianca to check in, imagine my surprise when the agent looks at me like I'm crazy, and tells me she thinks we are too late to make the flight! After some pleading, and frantic checking, she decided that maybe it was possible to make it. She decided to escort us RUNNING through the terminal. We did make the flight, but we were told our bags may not have made it. I'm thinking okay, well I'll just have to meet my son in a pair of jeans and a ratty hairdo - oh well, it's not like he won't see that again! Avianca, thankfully is a wonderful airline. We got hot towels, a great meal and a decent movie (you, me and Dupree). And, we were told the bags did in fact make it, yay!

We got off the plane and made our way to immigration. A long line not helped by the fact that I had to pee really badly. We got through that and ended up in the baggage claim area. Oh my GOD what a nightmare that was. Total chaos. People running around in all different directions and NO ONE speaks english. And no one cares that you do not speak spanish. I was finally able to figure out that I needed to fill out a form to allow us to leave with our bags. Once I got the paper in english, I filled it out and we moved out into the main terminal. All I remember is seeing this WALL of people standing outside the doors. They don't let anyone inside like they do in the US so everyone is outside, pressed up against the barricades. We spotted our name on a sign and found our driver. As we waited outside I noticed that it was a beautiful night. Kind of like an early spring night, a little cool, but nice fresh air. There were lots of trees.

We are supposed to stay at a place called El Refugio, which is a kind of bed & breakfast especially for parents adopting Colombian children. Our driver tells us that we will be unable to stay there for the first night, because some of the couples at El Refugio have been delayed. He takes us to another hotel where a room has been secured for us. Except when we get there, it hasn't. They have no room either, and they have secured a room at a different hotel. So we lug all of our baggage back down to the car and go to the new hotel. It was wedged between some stores, and it was all dark when we pulled up. Our driver had to speak into a speaker for a good 5 minutes before they opened the gate and let us drive in. The room was just okay, kind of skanky, but we were so freaking tired by this time, we didn't care. And what were we going to do anyway? So we lay down and try to sleep, try to enjoy our last night with no kids. We both slept okay, but only for a few hours at a time. We woke up at about 6 am and just sat around and waited for the orphanage to call and tell us when we would be picked up. It was sheer torture just sitting around and waiting. At least the tv had CNN and FoxNews, and even some movies in english. Finally she calls at 10 and says the driver will be there at 11:15. Another freaking hour to wait!!! Evenutally the clock hands tick all the way around despite my stares willing it to move faster, and the driver arrives. Here we go!

The orphanage is in another part of the city...more industrial, poorer I guess you would say. Just different from the urban city area that we are staying in now. If you have ever been to New York, it reminds us alot of Brooklyn or Queens here. Croweded streets, lots of stores and apartment buildings, and big office buildings. Anyway, we are dropped off at the orphanage and we are met on the second floor and escorted into a waiting room. We hand over the outfit we have brought to dress the baby in. There we meet another couple from NY who is there to adopt their second child. We meet the nurse, and she goes over his medical information again and his feeding schedule (thank the good Lord the kid drinks Similac). After a few minutes the other couple is instructed to stand up because their baby is coming! Their cameras and video camera are taken by the staff so they can document the event. In comes an adorable little baby girl with a whole lotta hair. Everyone's crying and taking pictures. Okay, now it's our turn!

So hubby and I are standing up in the appointed place holding hands. "Here he comes!" we hear. I start sobbing, I can't believe this day, this moment is finally here. A group of people turn the corner, and in the middle of it all, they are holding up the most adorable little boy I have ever seen in my life. All I kept saying was "Oh my God he is so beautiful!" over and over. He doesn't take his eyes off of me. Even when I hand him to my husband. He was probably like 'What is this crazy lady's problem?" We sign a few papers, and buy a case of formula and we are let free! Back into the cab to go to El Refugio, and no car seat! Our driver was very good though, he went very slow. Back at the hotel we got to change him out of his hot sweater, feed him and have lunch ourselves. We meet some of our fellow guests. We have met one couple from North Carolina who are very nice. Unfortunately for us, they are leaving Saturday. They are the only other people who speak english here. The maids speak spanish, and all the other guests are French. This should be an interesting stay. Thank God I have enough spanish to get us by. I have a new found respect for all of you going to Russia, Vietnam and China. We don't get a translator!

The only other problem we had here is that today we found out our medical letters had expired a few weeks ago. So the orphanage arranged for a doctor to come to the hotel and give us a quick exam. It was painless, and not too expensive. Just another crazy thing we had to deal with. Boy, you really have to be a flexible person to deal with this process!

So today we have just been enjoying our beautiful boy. He is very comfortable with us, he did not cry once. He is very alert and curious, he doesn't like to be laid down where he can't see what's going on. He likes to be held, and he likes to be spoken to. He is very smiley and doesn't really fuss. He eats pretty easily, although we threw him all off schedule today with all the excitement. We have spent most of the day just staring at him and trying to comprehend that we've been deemed worthy to be parents to him.

Tomorrow we intend to hand around with our NC friends for their last day, and maybe venture out to the various stores. I want to get my camera out into this fascinating place. It has so much character here.

Time for bed now. Please note that this post was just to give you an update. I read it back and it is boring as hell. I'll be wittier after I get some much needed sleep!

38 comments:

chou-chou said...

Who needs witty? This is a GREAT post!!!

CONGRATULATIONS!! I am so thrilled to read that you are there safe and sound, and have your little boy.

Amazing, astounding, so so great.

I'm so happy for you.

Bezzie said...

You just topped any boring-ass birth story right there ;-).

I hope your trip home is smoother. I think just actually having him w/you will make things like squooshed seats, near missed flights, and baggage issues melt away.

You realize you'll have to change your tag line of this blog to read "through the process of parenting..." :-)

Congrats to you and hubby and give that little boy a squeeze for me.

Ruth said...

Not at all boring. A beautiful post! So glad you finally have your son. How are you going with the whole name thing?

mo said...

Are you kidding? Boring?!!! So not boring. Exciting and fun and so happy. I am so glad that you have chosen to document all of this because I really am so enjoying reading all of this. How about a name though!

Karena said...

I can't tell you how excited I was to read your "boring" post! I'm so happy for you that have your son with you now! Looking forward to all the news and details you have time to post.

Lauren&Marco said...

I checked your freaking blog a hundred times before I crashed out, BUT no news.

Congrats..things sound wonderful and your post wasn't boring AT ALL!

MAMB said...

Boring? Boring? OMG woman you just became a momma! What is boring about that? I'm sitting here crying! I am so so happy for you. All three of you. Congrats!

-Jenny said...

MOM!!! Crazy. I am glad you are safe and sound and have your little boy.

Debbie said...

My goodness what a trip you had. Running through an airport. Clearing customs on your own with no help, that's huge.
And then going form hotel to hotel.
But it was all worth it you have your son. Congratz! I am so very happy for you 3. You are a family of 3. WOW!
Can't wait to hear more about your son.

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Anonymous said...

CONGRATULATIONS MAMA!

Roxie said...

Boring? Your post just radiates joy and excitement! He's real. He's really yours. Your own perfect baby boy! Squeeeeeeeeeeee!

allegra918 said...

There is nothing BORING about this post! You got me all teary-eyed! What a wonderful day you had! Enjoy every minute of it! Congratulations again!

Beagle said...

I', glad that everything is going (relatively) smoothly!! Airport fiascos always happen when you need the extra stress least!

Congratulations on your sweet little boy! A son! You are parents now! Wow!

Leggy said...

I'm so incredibly excited for you and can't wait to hear more about him. What's his blog nickname going to be?

jeneflower said...

You made it!! You did it! So much effort and work and struggle and waiting and it was all worth it! I am so happy for your family!! He sounds wonderful!

Miss Scarlett said...

Boring as hell?!?!? That is the sleep deprivation talking. This post is a thrill to read.
What a lot to go through in such a short time.
I am so happy for you 3!

Barely Sane said...

Oh Stef... that post wasn't boring at all - it was PERFECT!!! I am so incredibly happy for your little trio... I have tears streaming down my face.

I can relate to the frustration of no English but I applaud you for doing it while adopting your son.

Enjoy the rest of your trip. Can't wait to see pics of the little gaffer.

CONGRATS!!!!

Elle said...

woman you are sleep deprived! um boring... yeah... no. You are a MOM! Holy shit how good does that sound.

Anonyknits said...

Not at all boring! (Unless I am boring, which I suppose is possible.) I find this absolutely fascinating. Thanks!

julianna said...

Boring my ass..........I am sobbing buckets here.......

ohhhh.....to visualize the two of you standing there and hearing those beautiful words "Here he is!"

Just Beautiful

John Hodson said...

Stephanie,
Congratulations to you and your family. I haven't had much time for blogs since we got back from Bogota 4 weeks ago. Enjoy your time there together and congratulations again.

John

Laura said...

Amazing. Just amazing. Congratulations, mom and dad.

Thalia said...

Congratulations, I'm so very pleased for all of you!

(a picture at some point, pretty please?)

del said...

"some much needed sleep"...LOL. Good luck with that!

I am SOOOOOO happy for you & I can't wait to see pics of everything.

Carrie said...

So wonderful! Thanks for the update. I'll let you off the hook this time, but I expect your next post to be much more entertaining... JK!

You're a new mom, you'll be posting about poop in no time.

Kerry said...

I'm so thrilled to hear you have your little man with you already! You must be so relieved. He must totally be able to sense how much you love him already if he's not been fussy. Babies are amazing like that. Can't wait to hear you're on your way home! Give that sweet baby lots of hugs and kisses for me!

OHN said...

You gave me chills~~and took me back to the day we met our son. Nothing in the world can compare to those first moments. I am so very happy for you! If you are comfortable, we would love to see pictures of your new son ;)

Jenny and Matt said...

What a great day! I am so happy for the 3 of you!

Irshlas said...

Happy Happy Joy Joy!!
I am thrilled for you and your family beyond words! Enjoy your time in country and have a safe trip back home :-)

Jenni said...

YAY!!! It must be so amazing for you and your husband to have your son there with you, finally! The wait is over! COngratualtions! I can't wait to hear more about your little boy (especially his name!).

Hope you get some rest!

Anonymous said...

OK. Crying happy tears. That's about all I can type.

Denise :o) said...

Yay!!! I'm so happy for you! What an incredible experience that must have been!!! Can't wait to see pic's of your little man!!! :o)))

Sharon G. said...

I'm so incredibly happy for you! Sorry about all the hotel confusion - that had to suck. But, you have your baby boy! Awww...*sniff*

Hey, how long are you out there? We're flying out to Cali on 6Jan for 3 weeks.

Anonymous said...

woo hoo - mazel tov!!! this is awesome... i have tears reading - you have no idea how excited I am!!!

lots of love!!!

kirsten smith said...

congratulations mom and dad!! so glad things are going well. he sounds so amazing already! looking forward to hearing/seeing more! love and prayers!

Shelby said...

Congratulations!! I am so excited for you!!

Twinsanity said...

Well, of course you had to pee while waiting at customs...you were expecting A BABY, after all!

(reading backwards even though I caught sight of that beautiful baby boy when I clicked here)