Tuesday, August 21, 2007

FINALLY! SHE’S IN OUR ARMS!

I hope this post works! Our internet access is quite limited and so many things are blocked. We arrived in Hefei, yesterday. It was a two hour flight…seemed like a blink of the eye compared to the trip over here! LOL We went to the Civil Affairs office where the babies were presented to our group. We have a small group this time with only 5 families. The babies range from 17 months to almost 3 yrs. old.

All of the babies cried when they were taken from their caretakers, but I think Doodlebug won the prize. Every time I reached out to her, she cried. When she cried the caretaker pulled her back. I didn’t think they were ever going to hand her over to me. Once the caretaker left the room, she got better, but it took a while.

I guess you can tell how DD feels about it all!

Finally!

We spent the rest of the evening in the hotel room just getting to our new little one. We tried a lot of different things, but still no smile. ..and yes, this is the same dress!

Maybe “cheese” isn’t pronounced the same way in China.

Still no smile, but at least we were able to wash her up and dress her in a different outfit.

Desheng Darling is just thrilled to have a little sister!

Today was our day to complete the Chinese portion of our adoption. We went back to the Civil Affairs office, had our pictures made, answered a few questions, signed our names a few more times, and left with our little Doodlebug. She’s all ours “according to the Chinese govt.” We still have to complete the American side of things, but we won’t be able to do that until next week.

Here they are in the matching dresses I made for them. Too cute!! Doodlebug thinks Daddy Darling is interesting, but she still won’t let him pick her up. She didn’t know that he was behind her in this picture. She let him take her for a stroll without me this afternoon, but he still hasn’t won her heart yet. I’m sure it won’t be long, though.
At the Civil Affairs office

Well, at least Daddy D and I are smiling. This is the photo taken at the Civil Affairs office for our official adoption document.

Hope you enjoy the photos because we are really enjoying “the real thing.” Can’t wait to come home!

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

It posted. I can't wait to have you home.

Love Sandra

Holly said...

Oh she is beautiful!!!! You must be so happy to finally have little Doodlebug!!

Sophie's Mom said...

Reminds me of my Sophia. It wasn't until day 2 or 3 we got a smile. You must know that this reaction is good, she's grieving. Better than a baby that comes giggling and happy, who thinks of you as just another playmate. Congrats!!!

Panda-Mom said...

OH MY GOSH! She's perfect!!! Love her already and CAN'T wait to meet her!

DD and the ear coverings made PG crack up laughing!
LOVE-LOVE-LOVE! ; )

Anonymous said...

She is beautiful! I love her already!!Keep the pictures coming!! This is so exciting! Can't wait to get all of you home. Travel safely and come home as soon as you can. We love you, Kisses to Gracie, from Uncle Al and Aunt Sherry

Ashley said...

How exciting!! She is absolutely beautiful!!!! Congrats ... I know it's been a long wait for your beautiful daughter.

JenLo said...

Congratulations on your new little one!

Anonymous said...

She is a doll, hurry so we can meet her. love the pic of G. with her ears covered. All is well here, will call J.P. tonite.They look good in the matching dresses. Miss you.Nanny

Anonymous said...

Smile or no smile, she is adorable. I hope she and DD will bond immediately. The dresses look great! Before long, she, too, will be saying, "How do you like me now?" I can hardly wait to hear about your trip. Love to all of you. Aunt Muh

Chelsie and Alan said...

Poor girl, still in that same dress!! She is still as cute as when we saw her about a week and 1/2 ago. Where the other children in your group from Tongling? We all need to keep in touch so our Tongling bugs can try and stay friends. Are you going to visit the orphanage? I can't wait to see a smile on that little girls face. CONGRATS!!!!

Chelsie and Max, who was in your shoes only two weeks ago!!!

Amy said...

She is really beautiful. It took forever to see Sarah smile but it's been so worth the work! Bless your family!

Team Mom said...

Yea! I am in tears once again seeing you all together! The dresses are precious. Keep the updated comming, we love seeing you. Love & hugs to all!

mommy24treasures said...

oh precious. Such a story behind those serious eyes... and a little girl that will soon love her new family...

Kelley said...

I am so excited for y'all and boohooing over here! Love the photo of DD covering her ears...so funny! I bet that Doodlebug is going to flash a smile in a day or so that will knock your socks off.
Hugs,
K. (Glamour Mommy)

Mommy Spice said...

I did get your email but was having a hard time replying to it. I think I got through though. She's just a doll. It won't take long. She'll be smiling before too long. I can't wait for you guys to get home!!!!

LaLa said...

She is beautiful and I know it won't be long until you have her giggling. DD covering her ears sure made me giggle....

Mommy Firecracker said...

I tell you, I have been checking a lot and we are so excited to see DB! We are so happy for you! She is beautiful. DD looks so precious in her cute outfits [you are such a wiz with the sewing machine.] I can't wait to see DB in hers. She will be smiling soon, how can she not with her jie jie there? What a beautiful family.

Praying for her to settle in quickly, for the Darlings in China and for the Darlings back home who are holding down the fort.

Kayce said...

Congratulations!

Olivia said...

here it is!! the post that i have been waiting for! I can't even begin to tell you how happy I am for you! This is the first adoption I have gotten to "expierence" since I have been in the blog world and it is such a blessing! May God be with you and your family as you bond with you beautiful new girl!

=]

ColoradoDreaming said...

How happy we all are for you! I am sure it won't be long before she will know how much you love her and be smiling like your other precious daughter. Enjoy and safe travel!

Anonymous said...

Phil & Ouida---Doodlebug is just the most precious thing...Loved Desheng Darling's hands on the ears! DD looks just as fresh and rested as when she got on the plane...what a world traveler! We love travelling with you. The girls look so cute in their matching dresses...what lucky daughters and lucky parents.
Congratulations!!!

Love, Jennifer & Pat & girls

Ski Patrol said...

YIPPEE!! Snow Bunny and I had a wonderful time looking at your beautiful daughters and talking about how that will be us some day!! She has the prettiest eyes!! And yes love the pix with the ears covered!! I am so excited for you and your family.

Anonymous said...

Hello from the Gentile family! She is just perfect. She will be smiling very soon! You giving her the love that she needs will make a big difference. Dont worry it will take a few days. Just remember how bad Olivia was the first three days.

Love to all
and congratulations!
Deb G and family!