Wednesday, November 02, 2005
Lanzhou - Day 4
Sorry that I haven't written in a while. I have been down with the flu
or something for the last 2 days and haven't left the room. And since
we have no internet in the room here, I haven't been able to update everyone.
Back to the 31st.... Katie-Beth slept wonderfully the first night. Right
to sleep, no problems. She is a very restless sleeper though. She moves
around all night.
After breakfast with the rest of the group and babies (who are all doing
great) we went to get passport photos of the babies. Too cute! As soon
as I get hold of a scanner I will send you Katie-Beth's. From there we
went to the Civil Affairs office to deal with all the paperwork. It was
all in Chinese, so who knows I may have pledged her to military service
at age 14 but we put our fingerprints and her foot print on everything.
Then we handed over the $3500. After everything we heard about them needing
new crisp bills, they didn't even check, just counted it and we were
good. It was a relief to not be carrying that money anymore!
So she is ours now! Ours, ours ours! Nobody can take her away! (We still
have to do all the paperwork to take her out of the country but that
doesn't happen until Guangzhou)
The second night was MUCH harder than the first night. (Apparently it
was for everyone. I guess the babies figured out that this was it they
were stuck with these funny looking people) Katie-Beth refused to go
to sleep and then she woke up furious around 4:00 a.m.
She is a very stubborn little girl. She won't eat until she can convince
you it is her idea. She also gets loudly frustrated when she can't get
things to go the way she wants them to. But she is very smart. We caught
her trying to put her own shoes on yesterday! And Mary Edwards, she LOVES
that baby faces book you gave us. She stares and stares at it!
I haven't taken her around town, but Mike has. He says everywhere we
go people surround him and want to hold her. They are all amazed at how
cute she is. He went to the grocery store the other day and she was held
by at least 6 different people.
Mike is incredible with her. Watching them, I am falling in love with
him all over again! He is such an amazing father. And she is just nuts
about him. Her eyes light up whenever she sees him.
a picture of Katie-Beth on her first Halloween!!! Go Gators!!! And
I finally got one of her smiling. She smiles all the time, but doesn't
like to do it for photographs!