Piper Files

Sunday, August 13, 2006

She's In Our Arms

I don’t even know where to start with today. It has been an amazing and exhausting day. It started like our other days have in China with everyone gathering for breakfast at the hotel, but today there was an added excitement as we ate. After a quick drive by the site of the 2008 Olympics it was off to the airport. I am so glad we have our guide David on this journey. He took care of everything for us, and got rushed through check-in, security, and on the plane without any problems. After about a 2-hour flight, we were finally in Nanchang, the capital of Piper’s Province. Once on the bus to the hotel, our local guide told us the babies were on the way to Nanchang, and we would be able to meet them at about 4:30. We checked into the hotel at about 2, and were told to meet in a conference room at 4. The 2-hours from 2 to 4 were possibly the longest 2-hours of our lives. What are you suppose to do in a hotel room when you are about to meet your daughter for the first time? Watching CNN just didn’t seem to pass the time the way we had hoped. Finally, we made our way downstairs, and were soon joined by 6 other families. And then it happened. Our guide walked in the door, and with a huge smile announced, “the babies are here”

We have dreamed about the moment for a long time now. We both had thoughts of what it may be like, but nothing prepares you for those words. The guide then read the first couple’s name. They made their way to the door, where they held Abbey for the first time. While we celebrated with them, the second set of names was read, Michael and Vicki Seltmann…. We walked to the front of the room, handed the cameras to someone, and there she was in our arms. No longer did we only know Piper through just a picture and medical update sheet. She is this wonderful, beautiful baby girl, in our arms, looking at us. From that moment on, we were the only three people in the room. I don’t remember anything beyond that moment other than her. We would have loved to celebrate with the remaining families, but our focus was with Piper. It all happened so fast, and before you knew it, all families were united with there daughters.

Piper is doing very well. She started to cry shortly after she was handed to Vicki, and continued to cry until we go to our room where we were able to feed her. She drank her bottle quickly. It is obvious and expected that she is very confused, scared, and grieving the loss of those that have cared for her up to now. We thank them so much for all they have done for her. At 5:30, Michael had to leave the room to start filling out paperwork. When he returned, Piper was asleep, and remains asleep to this point. We anticipate an early morning with her going to bed so early.

We have only a few pictures at the point, (like I said, it happened very fast, and she has been sleeping a lot). If you click on the picture above, it will take you to a link with some of the pictures.

Thank you all for your wonderful words of encouragement, prayers, and thoughts. We thought this had been an amazing journey, but now realize the journey only started today.


At 11:47 AM, Blogger veggiegrrl said...

We are all happy-crying here (except Nathaniel, who is saying "Piper!"). SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!!

She is beautiful. Hope her transition (and your transition) goes smoothly...

And we need more pictures of Piper & Daddy!

At 3:36 PM, Blogger jim said...

As I read your workds I started to
tear up! So happy for you. Has Michael gat to hold her? Robert is
in love with her.

Jim & family

At 3:37 PM, Blogger jim said...

And we are in love with her too!

At 4:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We all enjoyed your pictures of China but we especially loved the pictures of you guys with your precious little angel, Piper. She is so beautiful and has so much hair. Your pictures were very moving and touched all our hearts. Steve, Kristin, Katie, Alli, Randy, Kim, Robert, Kelly, Baylee, Abrianna, and of course Mom & Dad and Lucille were all here to celebrate the pictures and what they spoke to each of us. We are all so happy for you and we can't wait to meet Piper in person and to be able to give your family hugs and kisses. Congratulations from the whole gang! We love you and will pray for your safe return. May God be with you as you continue your journey to bring Piper home. God's speed!

At 6:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can hardly type!!! The tears just keep coming!! We are so excited for all of you. The kids have been reading the blog and checking for daily updates...and then....there you are with Piper!!! We just can't wait to meet her in person! We'll continue to pray for your safe travel home and all of your many adjustments! Congratulations, we love you!

Pat, Natalie, Brianna, Jonah, Rachel, Isaac & Micah

At 6:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vicki and Michael, Your new daughter is just beautiful, can't wait to meet her in person and to hold her.
Dale and I are so happy for you both, we know you will make wonderful parents and Piper will be very blessed to have you guys as her mommy and daddy and you will be blessed in return.Enjoy the rest of your stay in China and have a safe trip home. See you soon.
Love, Kathy and Dale
PS Give Piper a kiss and hug from me.

At 7:56 PM, Blogger Chris and Tami's family said...

Seltmann Family~
Amy saw the picture of you guys holding Piper and said "Awwww - Baby..." as we cried tears of absolute JOY for this miracle. We were with our jr. high kids out of town and kept telling them "only ___ hours until Michael and Vicki get Piper!" They were so excited for you and don't even know you!
We can't wait to meet her!
In Him~
Tami, Chris, Ashleigh, Austin and Amy

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