Monday, March 9, 2009

We've got her!!

Today has been a huge day. We have her and she's doing great. We all went to the civil affairs office at 9 and they brought the babies in together at once. When they handed Julia to me she didn't do much of anything, just looked around. She was calm the entire time we were at the civil affairs office and during the walk back. However, once we were at the hotel she began to get upset and cried on and off until she fell asleep. She drank a little milk though. Julia napped for about an hour and when she got up she was in a much better mood. (Well, that is, until we changed her clothes and she didn't like being messed with.) After we got her changed we went to the hotel restaurant and she ate a big bowl of congee, which is pretty tasteless rice soup. We then went and got ourselves some pizza in another restaurant in the hotel, which actually was pretty good. She was great during that entire meal and she snuggled with me and Jason while we ate. We then went back to the room and she enjoyed sitting on the floor playing with stacking cups and a few other hand toys. She began babbling to us while she played and, of course, we were quite pleased that she's obviously becoming more comfortable with us.

While we were at the civil affairs office the reps from the orphanage gave us a picture book with pictures of her at her foster home, which will be great for her to see when she's older. We also got back the toys we sent her in the care package and the disposable camera that we sent for her foster mother to take pictures. We'll develop it within the next few days.

It's been a great day. I think she's going to adjust just fine and she is cute as can be. We've attached a couple of videos of us getting her at the civil affairs office.

Oh, and we just discovered she likes Cheerios!!!!


  1. I have a minute while Sawyer and Baba are getting dinner. I am SOOOOO happy for you! What a beautiful little girl. I hope her transition into her forever family continues to go smoothly. What a blessing! Congrats Gwen and Jason!

  2. First and foremost, congrats on your successful adoption. You've added a beautiful addition to your family this week.

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    I'll be sharing your video's with my wife this evening. We've considered the possibility of adopting to make us a family of five. Best wishes!

  3. Yay yay yay! So happy to hear all is going well. I have tears in my eyes watching your video!

    ~Amy in FL

  4. Mazel Tov. I'm sitting here crying. Tears of happiness! Julia has Jasons rosey cheeks too.

    I'm so glad Julia is adjusting well so quickly. Wait till she learns to say "mamma,dadda"

    Love & Hugs,

    De & Bob too

  5. Congratulations!! Looking forward to seeing more and more pics of your beautiful baby girl :)

  6. Congrats to you guys! She is gorgeous.

  7. She looks beautiful! Glad you had a great day!

    Alyzabeth's Mommy
    LID 01/27/06
    Forever Day 09/16/08

  8. She is a little beauty. Congratulations

  9. She is such a cute little thing. Congrats! Cheerios are the BEST!

  10. MORE more, we want more!! Hope all is going well :)

  11. What a sweet little face she has - congratulations!!!