It's hard to look at little Maimie and believe that it's been 4 years since the day we first met. To see our original Gotcha Day posts for Maimie click here and here.
What an exciting day that was for us and so full of surprises. We had received Maimie's referral just 3 months earlier in November of 2006. We were given 3 photos of a 6 month old child with unrepaired cleft lip and cleft palate 3rd degree.
As we walked into the civil affairs room to meet our 15 month old daughter, we saw several nannies and babies, but not ours. None of the babies had an unrepaired cleft lip. Our guide was surprised as well and spoke to the nannies in Cantonese asking them where Guo Zhen was. To our amazement, Guo Zhen's lip had been repaired just a few weeks before we travelled to meet her.
As she was handed to me, her eyes took in everything. We gazed at each other, each of us wondering about the other. There were no screams or cries. Not even a whimper. She was easygoing and tolerant. For the most part she still is.
Maimie is a such a fabulous part of our family. No one snuggles closer, kisses more often, or enjoys helping like Maimie. She is a bright ray of sunshine with a sweet spirit, a friendly smile, and a compassionate heart. Truly we are blessed to have her in our lives.