The Famous Red Couch
We had Maddy's medical exam at the clinic on Shamian Island today so we took the opportunity to visit the White Swan hotel and get a picture of the girls on the famous red couch. We didn't do this when we adopted Gwen since our agency never stays at the White Swan but we promised ourselves that we'd do it when we retured someday. That someday was today!
There are several of these red sofas in the hotel and we spent the better part of an hour searching for The One only to learn that they're all the same.
The tradition is for adoptive families to plunk their new babies onto this velvet throne and get a group photo of all of the screaming infants. There's something about sitting on this that sucks the happiness out of the children since I don't think I've ever seen a baby smile in any of the Red Couch pictures. Our girls are further proof of this.