We made it! We had a lot of fun at the last minute trying to get out of Salt Lake (flights canceled because of bad weather in Dallas). But we got here and made it to the orphanage OK.
We actually met Jessica's birth mother today. That was a very special experience for us. I can't imagine what it's like for her to give up this beautiful girl - I can't even describe what it's like for us to become her parents. I'm so grateful she was there today (she wanted to see the people that were getting her daughters as Jessica has a half-sister who met her new family today as well).
Because we were able to meet with Jessica's birth mom, we were also able to find out that she's about 6 months younger than we originally thought. She's about 2 months older than Nathan. So, they're essentially twins but it's WAAY too complicated to actually explain to all the future well-meaning strangers that they're not biologically related and, yes, we know that they look nothing alike, etc, etc. Good times, good times. I'm SOO looking forward to our first eighteen hundred trips to Target when we finally get them home. :)
My sister-in-law gave me a diaper bag that folds really flat so we could fit it in our luggage. It has places on the front flap where you can put pictures and they show through these little openings on the flap of the bag. At any rate, I had two pictures of Nathan and two pictures of Jessica and one picture of our little family in the bag. It helped us get nice exit row seats because the lady at the airline counter asked about the pictures on my bag and she was so excited for us that she gave us the exit row. But the best part was that it meant I had pictures right there to give to Jessica's mother.
A good, exhausting, wonderful, fabulous day!