17 posts categorized "China 2006"

August 30, 2006

Last day in Nanning

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Andrew and his girls.

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Cute matching outfits (under $5 each!).

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Maddy loves to play peek-a-boo in the curtains of the hotel room.

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She weighs less than 20 pounds but she's a pretty good eater!  Here she is shoveling the sticky rice into her mouth.

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This is our reflection in the window at Pizza hut.   Even though we've eaten here three times, we seem to be getting thinner? 

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We visited the Nanning zoo.  It was really clean and very nice. 

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Andrew couldn't resist snapping this photo of an ancient playground set.  The only thing I could think of when I first saw it was tetanus and lead poising.  But other than that, it looks fun!

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Two happy girls!

August 28, 2006

Maddy's foster mother

20060516_foster_motherMadeline was in foster care and we received a CD of many pictures and reports from the agency that sponsored her care (I'll blog more about that later).   

This is my favorite picture of Maddy and her foster mother.  It was taken in June when Madeline was 23 months old.  Her foster mother is 50 years old and has two sons and one daughter.  I think only one son is still at home and Maddy loved to play ball with him.

We know she'll eventually forget all about this wonderful family who cared for her for nearly a year and a half but we know they'll never forget her.    We'll send pictures to the SWI and ask that they send them to her foster mom and we'll print and frame this picture and keep it on the wall in Maddy's room at home. 

August 26, 2006

Playing in the hotel lobby

It's been pretty hot the last few days here in Nanning so we've looked for ways for the kids to burn off some excess energy without spontaneously combusting. The hotel has many adoptive families so they've installed a wood ramp for the strollers and the older toddlers love to use it as a slide. They'll happily play on this thing all day!

Maddy is a very happy little girl and she and Gwen get along very well when they're not competing for the same toy.  In wide open spaces (like the lobby), they'll chase one another and squeal in delight.  Everyone can't help but watch and smile. 

Today was a bit hard for Maddy as it seems that she's finally starting to figure out that this isn't just one really long play date.  She's been very weepy and she cries for her foster mother.  Fortunately, she's really attached to Andrew and he's able to give her some comfort.  She won't let him out of her sight!  In the last picture, she's asleep on him during the 5 minute taxi ride home from Walmart.  How cute is that!

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August 24, 2006

Adoption Day

20060824_adoption_040(Andrew wrote this to Mom and Dad and I don't think I could summarize the last 24 hours any better.  So, I'm reposting it here)

They're just down for their nap, Maddy's first -- coming up on 24 hours that we've had her.  First day has been unbelievably smooth.  She's only cried twice, each time before falling asleep.  She's clearly a little shellshocked, but seems to be settling in very readily.  We went out shopping this morning with our guide, and Gwen and Maddy sat next to one another in the stroller like old chums.  I was walking them around, and heard noises from them, and wondered what they'd found to fight about -- when I looked, it turned out that Maddy was sucking her bottle out of her mouth making a big POP, and Gwen was convulsing in laughter.  It was incredibly sweet to watch.  I got a couple of pictures -- people in the store were just staring at them, they were so adorable.

But they do pretty frequently want the same thing, and within half a second it can go to complete chaos of tugging and screaming at the top of their lungs (mostly Maddy, but Gwen is learning).  But they've had lots of supportive and cooperative moments, too.  All told, I'm sure they're going to be a handful, but they seem as though they could be really close.  It's amazing how similar their personalities are.  We were both worried that Gwen would bully Maddy, since she has a strong personality, but Maddy is pretty scrappy too.  And they're both tough -- there have been various banged heads and the like, but no tears from either.
So that's the latest - we're keeping our fingers crossed, but it's been incredibly smooth going so far....

20060824_adoption_036(Donna posting now) Today was Maddy's adoption so she's officially a member of the T family! 

The woman on the far right is the Director of the QinZhou SWI.  The man on the far left is a Guangxi Province government official that oversaw the adoption.  The woman next to him is an assistant from the QinZhou SWI.

We were given a wonderful assortment of photographs of Madeline from the moment she was found (obviously a premature baby) all the way up to the present.  We were also given a copy of the birth note that was left with Maddy.

August 23, 2006

Gotcha!

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This little beauty is our Madeline Abigail!  She's a darling and she's tiny but don't let that fool you!  She's got an opinion as big as the state of Texas!

She didn't cry when she was handed to Daddy (Gwen was attached to Mommy like Rhesus monkey baby during the whole thing!).  After a few minutes, she spotted some toys and wanted to get down on the floor and play with them.  She LOVES to play! 

Gwen thought all of the toys should be hers so she ran around shouting "Mine!" and trying to take things away from Maddy but Maddy didn't accept that for an instant!  She's SCREAMED at Gwen and Gwen looked at us in disbelief and backed right down!

Maddy is several inches shorter than Gwen and several pounds lighter.  Gwen wears size 2 and Maddy is probably closer to wearing 12 months!  She's TOTALLY potty trained and will grab her crotch when she needs to be taken to the potty chair.  She's also a little jabber box!   Our guide told us that she was counting to six at one point and when Gwen handed her a stuffed bear, she wouldn't accept it and said "not mine" in Cantonese. 

The similarities between these two girls are so amazing.  They have a sweet/stubborn disposition.  They're both really happy kids and smile all the time.  They both were named "Xiao" and they both have double swirls in their hair at the back of their head.  It was really unusual that Gwen had this (two swirls twisting opposite directions right at the crown of her head) so imagine our shock to see it on Maddy's head too!   

Enough talk.  Here are some more pictures.  She's not smiling in these but she's been all smiles since we've been back in the hotel room.

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