Gotcha Day #1
After traveling for 30+ hours, we arrived at our hotel in
Fuzhou, Fujian around 10:30 pm. We crashed about midnight and we all got a
great night's sleep. We had breakfast in the hotel, and the boys were pretty
grossed out by what the Chinese eat for breakfast. They managed to find
something to eat. There was bacon. William was happy about that.
we got back to the room we watched the Bama-LSU game on the internet. Roll
There's a huge lake in front of our hotel with all kinds of parks
and a greenway around it. We set out for a little stroll to pass the time until
we got Cora Li at 3:30. (Our guide was to meet us in our room at 3:20 to go
down to the 3rd floor conference room.) We had no idea how big this lake is
because you cannot see all of it from our window. What we thought was to be a
leisurely stroll turned into at least 2 hours around the entire lake. The
scenery was beautiful, with lots of gardens to walk through. There was also an
amusement park and a museum along the way. I had worn some fairly comfortable
flats, but developed a blister on my pinky toe before we made it back. Those
last few yards were not comfortable. Henry kept reminding us of how he didn't
want to go in the first place and how we should have listened to
When we got back to the room around 2:45, the kids were hungry so we
fixed them some instant macaroni & cheese that we had brought with us. Our
guide was at the door at 2:50, telling us that Lihong was here! We had the kids
eat quickly and then quickly gathered up our cameras and headed down. So
surreal. This is happening! She was wearing a white ruffled shirt, black
leggings, and a tutu skirt. She wasn't too sure about us, but she came to me
right away. She quickly decided that she would rather be with a Chinese lady,
so she reached out for Rebecca to take her. She cried when I handed her to
Billy. I took her back and walked her around the room a bit, letting her look
out the window, while Billy signed some of the paperwork. I then sat down
with her in my lap to do the same.
We went back to the room, which was
strange to just take the elevator. Normally, you receive your child in a Civil
Affairs Office and then drive back to the hotel. She warmed up quickly to the
kids, having a blast with the stacking cups. She laughed and laughed at them
dropping them, putting them on their heads, or just generally being silly. She
has the sweetest and cutest personality.
We ordered pizza and chicken
wings for dinner. It wasn't that great, but she put away some chicken
Bedtime went pretty well. She would not let me put her in the
crib, so I sat in a chair, rocked and sang to her for a while. She was really
fighting the sleep although it was wonderful for her to stare straight into my
eyes for so long. I sent Billy down to get some milk, which she apparently
doesn't like. We tried a couple of different bottles. I decided that maybe
laying down next to her in our bed might work. She then started sucking her
thumb and it wasn't long until she was out. I transferred her to the crib after
a little while and she slept all night.
What we know about Cora
She's stinkin' cute.
She can crawl, pull to stand, and cruise a
little. She can get herself down off the bed.
She says and waves
"bye-bye"and can blow kisses.
She can blow her nose.
And yes, we've taught
her to say "Roll Tide."
She has a little cold right now.
than John. She says a few things in Chinese, but she's more
Although she has some physical delays due to her special need, she
seems pretty intelligent.
She doesn't seem to like candy.
She didn't care
for the soft bunny blankie that I brought her.
Stacking cups are the
She's a tiny thing, with the daintiest hands and feet.
and feet seem weak. I'm thinking she'll need AFO's for support.
could use a trim.