Wednesday April 25th
We woke up with excitement knowing we would be spending a few more hours with our son. Walking into the care center we got him out of his crib with his adorable drool soaked chin. After he started warming up to us again we got to hear him giggle for the first time. Heaven! Later on, after rocking him to sleep one of the nannies motioned for me to lay him in his crib. As I started to lay him down we heard him start to cry for the first time. Our hearts melted and I snuck him back outside and with arm muscles burning I held him through his nap.
After the care center we had a free afternoon in which we took the chance to get some much needed rest and enjoy the city a little more.
Thursday, April 26th
The day started out with some nerves knowing we were heading for our court date that morning. We met with the Holt lawyer who was very kind and reassuring and reviewed with us what would be happening in court. We rode over to the court house and after some waiting we went before the judge. A short time later we walked out celebrating that we had passed! Now our adoption can continue to proceed towards an Embassy date, which is generally 8-12 weeks after the court date.
Ready for court!
We rode over with the other two families to the care center to say good-bye with our children that afternoon. It was bittersweet. After playing and enjoying one more chance of feeding our little guy, our driver appeared and it was time to go. We had our first prayer together as a family before we left, as the tears burned in my eyes.
Enjoying lunch after we all passed court!
A few more pictures...
Overlooking Addis Ababa
Some tasty beef tibs, dora wat, and injera
Coffee and popcorn
Fikrab, our Holt driver
Steve and Christy after passing court
Waitress with traditional Ethiopian clothing
Jon and I after passing court
Ron and Julie after passing court
to be continued...