We were greeted by the same staff that had talked with Andy on Gotcha Day. They were all so friendly and again, very helpful. They led us to the conference room, offered us all bottles of water and answered some more questions for us. I had them go over her schedule again, as I wanted to tweak some things to help us all with sleep. Apparently she is used to getting a bottle at 2:00 am! We also asked if she had ever seen a dog :) Nope.
We then requested to see a particular little boy who we know has a family waiting. They agreed to bring him to us. We were so happy they let us meet him, take photos and video for his parents. I desperately tried to find someone going to Lucy's orphanage while we were waiting but did not have any success. Knowing how priceless updates and photos are during the long wait, we had hoped we could help another family when it was our turn and sure enough, I recognized one little boy at the party that had a forever family! (he's on the right in the party pictures)
Next, they offered to take us on a tour of part of the facility. It is "against regulation" to see in most of the buildings so were unable to visit where she slept, ate, played, etc. We did walk to the back of the building where she slept, and they pointed out to us that her room (which she shared with other children) was on the second floor in the middle section.
We thought it might be pushing it, but wanted to meet the little smiley guy in her party pictures too - the one who was sitting next to her and flashing a huge grin. They graciously agreed to allow us to meet him. His name is Li Jun Ke. Apparently he and Lucy were little buddies. The precious fella is missing one of his legs and really needs a family. This was tough to see, and he wasn't so happy this day. His nannies say he is quite the clever little guy!
We walked around some more, took photos and told them how grateful we are for the care she received while there.
It has become evident as we've watched Lucy play and interact with us that someone took time with her, loving her.
She recognized the ladies who helped care for her and seemed comfortable around them. Unfortunately, her favorite nanny does not work on Fridays so we were unable to meet her. I was really hoping to thank her in person but asked that they send me a picture of her.
Lucy did great, by the way, during the entire thing. She continues to amaze us with her resilience. The most rewarding and telling part for me was that as we were leaving, one of the orphanage staff turned to me and said, "When she used to see those ladies back there, she would say "Mommy!" She didn't call them that today."
This orphanage visit was so immensely helpful, as we learned even more about our precious Lucy. Her story is becoming more and more clear as we get our questions answered. The more we learn, the more we realize just how much of a miracle it is that she is with us. Just how much of a precious, priceless, protected gem she is. That she made it to this orphanage in this city, was available for adoption at just the right time, and finally, matched with us on March 2.
Her life is a miracle. Our family is a miracle.