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Waiting at the offices of the Jiangxi Provincial Registration Center of Foreign Adoption and Foreign Marriage for the facilitators to bring Victoria. Signe was receiving text updates about their arrival time, and knew they were coming soon; she and Cory watch for Victoria to arrive.
Victoria's foster mother, center left, encouraging a hesitant Victoria to go to Signe, center right.
Victoria, in Signe's arms, cries out as her foster mother leaves her with her new parents. Victoria lived for a year in her foster mother's care.
In their hotel in Nanchang a facilitator has more paperwork for the family to compete and sign. Cory comforts an inconsolable Victoria.
Cory gives Signe a reassuring touch in a quiet moment after Victoria has cried herself to sleep.
The agency official gone, Cory and Signe bring Victoria to a window looking across the Ganjiang River toward old Nanchang, calming her by showing her things within their view.
Victoria is bathed on her first day as Signe and Cory's daughter.
Exhaustion finds Victoria during story time with Cory and Dr. Suess.
The positive step: being able to relax to sleep in Signe's arms was a welcome sign.
Victoria examines herself in the mirror while her parents look on.
Victoria was born with a heart defect. After she was found, and while in the care of the orphanage, Victoria underwent surgical repair to her heart, leaving this scar on her small chest.
Victoria points out things that catch her eye on a car ride in Nanchang.
Victoria and Signe enjoy the play area of an indoor gym at their hotel.
Victoria didn't eat for many hours after she went to Cory and Signe. They offered her an apple; she didnt eat it but chose to hold onto throughout the day. In her other hand is a coin that Cory had spun for her, to engage her in play.
Victoria is calm before bedtime as Signe gently strokes her hair
With Cory's help, Victoria reaches to unlock the door into their hotel room.