Wednesday, November 14, 2007
I left for Ethiopia on October 29th, and arrived there at 2 am on the 31st. The airport is Addis is nice. The Metal Detectors are very old though (I think). Getting through was no problem...except when we were getting our luggage...a man (who had no id) wanted our luggage tags. I had to assume he worked at the airport. We got our luggage and met Selemnah our driver.
On the way to the guesthouse he asked me if I wanted to see Nathaniel that day...ofcourse I did. We were sooooo excited to get to the Guesthouse. Finally I was in Ethiopia. The guard and Selemnah brought our luggage up for us to the 2nd floor and we settled to sleep. 7 am I woke up WIDE AWAKE!!! That was not a great idea...4 hrs of sleep after 24+ hrs of travelling. But we got unpacking and went down for Breakfast. The breakfast at the guesthouse is really quite good. We got orange juice and tea every morning. I had an omlet most mornings and Hillary had the pancakes.
Selemnah came at 10 and said we could leave in 15 mins. I ran up those stairs soooo fast and started packing a bag. I threw in toys, clothes, diapers, bottles...I had no idea what I would need.
Off to the van we went and met Selemnah downstairs.
Soon we were off. I had not seen Addis in the daytime yet and this was quite an eyeopener. So many people, so many disabled men, so many children selling kleenexs. There were women cutting the grass by hand with a small hatchet (no lawn mowers there). Soon we were going down a dirt road and we stopped outside a gate. I asked if we were here,...and we were. The gates opened and one of the caregivers met us. I was already crying. We were ushered into that famous living room with those awesome couches. I have been waiting forever to sit on that couch and see my son come through the doors. Haregewain came in and we hugged for what seemed forever.
Soon Nathaniel was in my arms...I couldn't believe it. He was real and I could hug and kiss him FINALLY!
After about 10 minutes he relaxed a bit and we played. Selemnah then came in and asked if I wanted to take him with me today...OFCOURSE I DID!!! (Not thinking about the 4 hrs of sleep I got). So after getting formula and Diapers we were back at the guesthouse. He had a great day (minus a few crying bouts after his nap). And was in bed by 730. I was soooo happy to have my head hit the pillow with my sweet baby boy sleeping in the little crib next to my bed!
More on Day 2 to come.
Posted by Louise at 7:20 AM