The past two days have been quite full. When I arrived in Addis on Tuesday, Robel picked me up at the airport and took me to a restaurant where we met up with the rest of the families (I was the last one to arrive). After lunch we went to the Transition Home for “Gotcha Day”! There was a small ceremony as the staff formally handed us our children and we read aloud a statement of commitment to care for our children. (I cried when I read mine.) We stayed at the Transition Home for about an hour/an hour and a half before heading over to the older kids Transition Home. I’m not exactly sure why we all went to that one. I think it was perhaps to allow some of the older children being adopted to say goodbye to their friends and nannies. It was nice to see, though. There are some really amazing kids there who still don’t have families. Maybe someone reading this post should pursue adopting one of them! We were traveling in 3 different vans because there are so many families. The van I was in broke down on our way back the Yebsabi Guest House. It was no big deal and another van was there to pick us up shortly. Wondimu was fascinated by the van ride…pointing at everything, babbling, and making noises. But after a while I think it was a little too much for him to take in. He laid his head down on my chest and was so still and quiet that I thought he fell asleep. But he was just taking it all in. When we got to the Yebsabi Guest House Wondimu and I went upstairs to begin unpacking. He just toddled around looking at everything. So curious! He ate like a champ at dinner time (lasagna), which I was thrilled about. After dinner I gave him a bath (which he loved), got his PJ’s on him, and put him to sleep. It felt so good to have that sweet boy sleeping in the same room with me. Today was Embassy day and all the families here made it through without any glitches! I was so relieved when that was over. I think I was just really paranoid that something would be wrong with my paperwork and Andy wouldn’t be here to resign and give his approval. But, it was easy and smooth. Wondimu will be receiving his passport and IR4 visa on Friday! Some things have been slightly tricky since I’m traveling alone, but overall it has been a breeze. For example, one thing I was concerned about was what I would do with Wondimu when I showered. I was nervous that if I showered while he was asleep he might wake up and freak out because I wasn’t there. Today I just put him in the crib that the guest house gave us with a book and a couple toys. I pulled it close to the bathroom and he could see himself in the mirror. He just waved to himself and played the whole time I was getting ready. No tears and no trying to climb out. Whew!! The other families here have been really helpful, too. Helping me carry things, helping me fill out my paperwork, sharing various supplies…America World families are truly top notch! I’m having a wonderful time with Wondimu. He is so full of life and joy! I want to cherish every moment I have with him here in Ethiopia this week.