Thursday, January 05, 2006

Day 4/5

Hi all,

Our apologies to everyone who tried to get our blog from yesterday & were disappointed to find nothing there. As you can imagine, yesterday was quite a day. There are simply no words to describe the experience of walking into a room and being united with a daughter that you have prayed for and loved from 1/2 way across the world . . . the whole day was so emotional that I collapsed asleep next to Danielle as soon as she went to bed while Tom attempted, unsuccessfully, to connect to our blog from our new hotel. We had to leave at 6am from Beijing to board a plane to Changsha, the capital city of Hunan Province where our daughter was born. After a 2 1/2 hr. flight on seats that were designed for tiny Asians (in other words, it was a rather tight flight), we arrived in Changsha at our luxurious hotel where we immediately dined at their absolutely amazing lunch buffet. After that we quickly took a jaunt to the local dept. store to stock up on last minute groceries/baby supplies before we headed to the Civil Affairs Office to meet our babies. It was all a whirlwind, b/w frantically getting all of the necessary paperwork together before heading to the Office and getting our babies, having "official" adoptive parent photos taken w/ Danielle and then returning to the hotel room to set up "shop" w/ feeding/bathing/sleeping arrangments . . . it's funny how it all (the baby thing) comes back to you quite quickly after just a few hours w/ a little one. Danielle took to me first and had some questions as to whether or not Daddy could be trusted or not, but by this morning, she was sleeping contentedly in his arms. She is still sleeping as I write; she had bronchitis this week and so we're giving her penicillin and hoping she continues to get lots of rest. Tom said she already sounds 80% better than she did yesterday. Danielle appears to be a very healthy girl w/ quite a large appetite. We joked b/c she's already had some hamburger and french fries (seemed to be a hit, surprise, surprise--we ordered a Westernized meal from room service) and we've not even had her a full day yet! She is absolutely beautiful and has already said "Mama" and smiled/giggled. She has 4 teeth on top and bottom and now has bangs (she's no longer bald on top!). She is even walking. She did not like her bath at first but then settled in and appeared somewhat content; I think the bath really helped clear up her chest. I could go on and on, but the bottom line is she was worth absolutely every minute of the wait. We can't wait for you all to meet her.


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