Ella was actually pretty good on the flight. Only a few fits. Some things just are not negotiable. Like a seatbelt on a very turbulent flight. She is figuring out that I do have some boundaries! Thankfully she fell asleep for 1 1/2 hours. We landed and our guide met us at the airport. This is the guide that has been responsible for planning our entire trip. He handles all of the documentation here during the process before we arrive and while we are here. Richard also found Ella for us when she had been moved from the orphanage to foster. He speaks very good English and he's been doing this for so long that he just "gets" it. I wanted to kiss him I was so happy to see him!
Our hotel is amazing again. It's very westernized in Guangzho and there is alot to do here. We have a starbucks and pizza hut across the street too! There are several restaurants and shopping-I think we'll survive the last week! Guangzho is where all of the American families come to do the US paperwork so there are alot of families here in the same boat we're in. The best part? Our friends from Beijing are here and they have the same guide as we do (Richard works for 2 agencies, ours and theirs). Yay!! We were so happy to see them and meet their little boy, Isaac. We met other families too-one from Flower Mound, TX-but Dan and Jodi became family! God definitely put us 4 together because it has made the trip so much better! We will have so much fun this week and it will help pass the time. I miss my babies at home!
This morning was Ella's medical exam. The US requires the exam before leaving China. It's a bit of a joke but it works. Actually, it was very well run and we were in and out in an hour. There were 2 other families in our group. One of them adopted 22 month old twin girls! Yikes! The news team showed up with their cameras on gotcha day. Apparently they were a big deal here when they were abandoned 12 weeks preemie. The family had no idea until that day everything that had transpired with these little ones. There is a mom here adopting a 10 year old with CP. She is traveling alone and this is her 6th adoption from China. I am so happy there are people that can open up their lives that much to do this multiple times and with older, more serious special needs. Her daughter is precious. During her medical exam she had a seizure so we were there about an extra hour until they would release her. Richard and Eric helped carry her to the van and we'll all be checking up on her. I admire her-I would be freaking out by now-I know my limits.
Ella did so good at the medical exam. They took her to another room to do a blood draw for the TB test and she came out without a tear. She even smiled at me when they handed her back to me. Other kids came out screaming and screamed for a while. Sadly, she is probably used to being poked and prodded.
She is attaching to Eric now. She reaches for him and wants his kisses and hugs him tight like she does with me. I, again, am so thankful. A few families we've seen today are having some serious attachement issues and I know it must be so sad for them. Overall, we are so so blessed with Ella and how well she is doing. We've only had her 6 days and it seems like she's been with us so much longer than that. When the boys facetime her, she lifts her shirt to show her tummy EVERY time, and she blows kisses or kisses the screen. She said "Connor" yesterday for the first time. He is so happy that he's the first name she learned other than mama and daddy. She knows his voice. She wakes up with a big happy smile and she is sucking her thumb less and less. It is very clear that she is comfortable with us and happy to be with us both. She is saying new English words every day but a few times she's let Eric had it in her native tongue! I'm teaching her to say "hey y'all!". We don't say it but it sounds so cute with an Asian twist!
Last but not least-the full girly girl has emerged. She is loving all of her bows and her shoes and we don't have any more issues getting dressed every day. She's excited when I pull out an outfit every morning! You'll probably see a few outfits a day this week because it is HOT. Steamy, humid, hot like Houston. Good thing I packed plenty. :))
looking out of our window at the city of Hohhot
the stair case she liked to climb in Shangri La hotel, Hohhot
in front of the medical exam office
love the nurses hat...
why don't we have these in the U.S.?
should have seen all the parents trying to use the vending machine of wine after the medical exam!
streets of Guangzho-reminds me of Dallas
she found her tutu and wanted it to put it on
See what happens when I skip a day? Many more pics!