Friday, November 16, 2007

Home at Last!

Hello everyone.

We are home at last! Deanna did great on the 24 hr trip home. And she loved seeing the family and friends that came to visit.

We've been spending the past week trying to establish a routine. Deanna was still on China time while I adjusted to EST really quickly. The big deal is that Deanna now likes baby food. While in China, she would only take bottles and we were having 8-10 bottles a day. Now she likes oat cereal and the stage 1 Gerber foods.

She's had some medical tests done and we're waiting for the results to come back. We'll see the doctor again next week.

Here are some pictures of her at home. In the first one, she is sitting in her sit-n-play and looking at herself in the mirror. In the second one, we are going for our first walk in the stroller. She went out to meet the neighbors and they all had a good time.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

The Moment We've all Been Waiting For!

Hello everyone! Greetings from Chongqing China.

I have so much to blog about, but if you are here, I know why. Everyone wants to see pictures of Deanna. Who could blame you? She is so adorable! So I'll post a picture here and then blog more later.

I do have to give a little background first. Deanna and I met Sunday night at about 10:30 pm (10:30 AM in the US). She is very shy and reserved. She smiled for me the first night and the next day. She really likes to be cuddled and kissed. Her muscles are underdeveloped and she can't hug back or put her arms around me, but she throws herself at me so I hold her and she pulls my hair to get my face near hers so I can kiss her.

Today (Tuesday) she laughed out loud for the first time. She thinks her Uncle Dean is hysterical and he had her laughing for a long time today. That was the greatest sound I've ever heard.

Here are some pictures of their laughing session.

Friday, October 19, 2007

It's All Coming Together

The itinerary for our trip has been finalized.

Here are the plans:

Oct. 27 Saturday - Depart for China
Oct. 28 Sunday - Arrive in Chongqing, China at about 8pm (8am EST)
Oct. 28 Sunday - Family Day! Meet Deanna that evening
Nov. 2 Friday - fly to Guangzhou
Nov. 6 Tuesday - Consulate appointment
Nov. 7 Wednesday - receive Deanna's visa
Nov. 8 Thursday - depart China
Nov. 8 Thursday - Everyone back at home!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Getting Closer!

I have my consulate appointment so the agency is planning my trip to China. "Family Day" is scheduled for October 29th! So I will be holding Deanna in 20 days!

Last week I sent Deanna a care package. It felt so great to be doing something for her. I sent her a blanket and a little Elmo and a photo album with pictures of her, and me, and the house. I hope that she wants to look at the pictures of herself and will notice me too! Hopefully it'll help her to be more comfortable with me when we're together.

So I'm getting closer...

Thanks for checking in!

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Happy 9 Month Birthday Deanna!

Yesterday was Deanna's 9 month birthday. I thought about her all day (but I guess I think about her all day every day :-). I hope her day included cuddles and hugs and laughter and joy.

Our travel plans are still not final, but I hope we will be together for her 10 month birthday.

I know we'll be together for her first birthday and every birthday after that.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Making Plans

Things are starting to happen. :-)

The agency called yesterday and they have our TA's and have requested CA appointments. The plans aren't final, but it looks like we'll be leaving for China somewhere around October 26th and will head home around November 8th.

I should have Deanna in my arms in 4 weeks.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

What's Next?

So the big question on everyone's mind is... "when can you bring little Deanna home"?

Right now I'm in another waiting phase. I'm waiting for my Travel Approval (TA) from China. Once I have TA, the agency can make my Consulate Appointment (CA). The travel will be scheduled around the CA appointment. So right now, I'm still waiting for the TA and there isn't much new news until that is ready.

But this time, I don't mind the wait at all. While the 3 years of waiting was painful, I am ok with this part of the wait. (Or at least I am today. If it goes on too long then I may have a different story.) The most likely scenario is that our group will travel to China at the end of October and be home the first week in November. It could be faster than that, but probably not much slower.

I've been keeping really busy getting ready for her to come home. It's so much fun! I'll post more about that later.

Oh, and by the way, I bought Deanna a "Baby's 1st Thanksgiving" outfit this weekend. Yeah! Deanna will be home for Thanksgiving. This will be the best one ever! Yeah!

Thanks for checking in!