Minah and her foster mother
Minah's foster parents trying to keep our busy girl in one place.
Minah and her foster father
Minah, her foster mother, our social worker, and her foster father
All of us
Minah and Daddy reading a book in the taxi
She loves books
Not too sure about Mommy
Finally fell asleep in Daddy's lap
Matt and I arrived about 15 minutes before our scheduled time this afternoon. When we got up to the 7th floor we decided to sit down and wait until our appointment time. Suddenly Minah and her foster mother walked out of the office and noticed us. Her foster mother and Minah started smiling and waving at us. She then motioned for us to go in the office. Minah had just had her pre-flight physical. We went in and there were several foster mothers and their babies waiting for their check-ups. It was cute seeing the little babies! We then were motioned into the next room. When we got in there the woman from SWS gave us several gifts-a beautiful jewelry box, a necklace with a Korean flag on one side, Minah's name in Hangul and her birth date on the other, a Korean flag, and a CD of Korean lullabies. We were also given 2 cans of formula, diapers, wipes, and bottles. Minah's foster parents also gave us a bag full of her favorite snacks, a book on Korean culture, a puzzle of Korea, a framed photo of Minah's 100 day, 2 CDs of pictures, letters SWS will translate and send to our agency who will then send them to us, several outfits that she wore on special occasions, and much more. They were all so generous.
We filled out a bit of paperwork and were given her pre-flight information. Basically it was a summary of her schedule and habits. We asked a few more questions and it was time to go. The social worker called us a cab, told the foster mother and us to go to the elevator to say our good-byes. I had been struggling staying composed most of the meeting. I didn't want to upset Minah by crying but I couldn't hold it in any longer. Luckily Minah's foster mother waited a few minutes to come to the elevator and she was still holding Minah. I cried for a a minute or so with my back turned to everyone. It was hard when her foster mother came out. She was now crying, said her goodbyes to Minah, and gave her to Matt. The elevator doors opened and I hugged her before we got into it. Most of the way down and to the taxi I cried too. It was just such an emotional experience. The taxi was waiting and we got into it. Minah was good during this time. She was really tired though and shortly figured out Omma wasn't coming with us. She screamed and cried for about 10 minutes before Matt (the baby whisperer) calmed her down. He held her in his arms and whispered to her until she fell asleep. When we got to the hotel she woke up and wasn't too pleased to still be with us. She doesn't like our hotel room and won't play with the toys. She does like to be outside so we spent most of the evening outside walking up and down the nearby streets. She likes to look up at the canopies of the trees overhead. While we were eating dinner (Papa Johns delivery) we did get to see a glimpse of her cute personality. She wanted a few bites of pizza so we gave her a bit. I asked her if she had any in her mouth and opened mine and said, "Ahhhhh..." and she repeated it. Now it is our game. I pointed to my nose and said nose, pointed to her nose and said it again, and Matt's nose. She now likes to point to noses and will sometimes do it if you ask her to. She is a very smart little girl! She has been grieving pretty hard here in the room. It is heartbreaking to see her so upset. I finally got her to sleep about 10:00 by putting her in my ergo on my back and watching Playhouse Disney. She is overall pretty happy in the carrier. She even cuddles a bit and likes to rub my arms or hold my hands. She seems to like affection which is good and she will let me comfort her. Hopefully she does well tonight and tomorrow we leave for home.