Day 3 - May 20th
What an amazing day! We got up at 4:00 a.m. to get ready for the long day. By 5:30 we were rushed to the airport so we could catch a 7:50 flight to Astana. We boarded the plane, then sat on the runway. Apparently the engine was having trouble so we all got off the plane and went back into the terminal. Finally an hour later we got back on the plane and flew to Astana where we were met by Erken and Dinara (our coordinator and his translator). We rushed to our apartment, quickly got dressed, then headed to the baby house with Jen and Jesse (the other American couple adopting right now). By 2:30 p.m. we were ushered to the director's office and our coordinator spent a lot of time telling her about our family, jobs and desire to adopt. She asked us some questions, then made the call. A few minutes later, a nurse walked in carrying "Alua" who started smiling from ear to ear when she saw us. We instantly took her into our arms and held her tight. It was an incredible experience. There was lots of laughter and tears. After our meeting, we took our new daughter outside and got some one-on-one time. We had so much fun and didn't want to give her up when the time was over. Luckily, we'll see her almost every day now.

Our first meeting!

What a cute baby! We were so happy!

Katie was smiling at everyone

When outside, we got some good close-ups


...we also had some fun

Daddy loves his little girl!


And so does Mommy

The end-of-the-day goodbye (Jen and Jesse were also saying goodbye to Anelle in the background)

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