Monday, October 31, 2005
We have her now!!! And she is just as beautiful as in her pictures!!!
Okay, here is how our day went....
We met the rest of our group (858) in the lobby at around 9:00 am. There
are only 5 babies in our group so it is very small. (Of course our group
of 5 families there are 2 Mikes and 2 Marys!) We all went to the airport
and flew to Lanzhou. We arrived here around 2:30 when we were met by
our guide Sophie. She told us that the babies were already here and we
would get them at around 4:30. Then she called the orphanage director
and changed that to 4:00! By then it was already 3:00!!! Needless to
say I spent a very nervous hour pacing around the hotel room.
we went to the hotel play room where the nannies were standing with
the 5 babies. I knew right away which one was here! She was unmistakable.
There is no missing those gorgeous eyes!
Sophie called out the families to get their babies and I was just shaking!
She was the third one called.
When we went to get her she came to us right away. She didn't cry or
anything. She just stared at us in curiosity. She was very interested
in Mike's beard. She is a very big baby! I am sure she weighs more than
the 18 lbs we were told. She is chunk!
After that we stayed in the play room a bit and talked to the nannies.
They gave us her feeding and sleeping schedule. She was named Rui Xue
(Auspicious Snow) by the orphanage director because of her beauty and
to welcome a good growing season. (ZhangYe is very agricultural)
She just played on the floor and was very calm. She was so cute! She
is VERY active. She doesn't want to sit still at all. Ever!
went back to the room and she realized she was stuck with us she did
start screaming. For about 1 1/2 hours. (She was sreaming for her Ne
Ne which Sophie told me is the Chinese word for Grandmother) But she
me hold her and comfort her, she never once pushed me away. After
on the bed. She has to get her little hands around everything! And she
loves toys that make noise.
want to fall asleep, but once we turned the lights out she was out
like a light. I know why she slept in a crib by herself though.
She is a very restless sleeper. She had all the toys off the bed and
was flipped completely around when she woke up around 6:30 this morning.
Today we go to the civil affairs office and do all our paperwork and
hand over all the cash. We have until 10:30 this morning to decide whether
or not we are going to keep her. Are you kidding me? ;-)
Here is a picture of everyone in the play room and Katie-Beth after
her first nap.