We made it Guangzhou last night and arrived at the White Swan Hotel around 8 p.m. The hotel is amazing and we now feel like we are among the living...you know us westerners! We spoiled! :) Any-o-hoo...LK screamed through most of the flight here but she did great last night. She laughed and played and NO FEVER! This morning we had her medical check and she has been very lethargic again today. She has been sleeping for the last several hours. I cannot wait to get her home and let our pediatrician check her out. She is so small. This afternoon we will meet with our guide for more paperwork and then tomorrow is our free day to shop. I am very excited about that because things here are very reasonable. LK only has like 3 outfits that really fit her so I have been alternating them with a pair of PJ's until I could get out and buy her some things here. Guangzhou is definitely more westernized and that helps tremendously. I just had my first cup of starbucks! So yummy! The coffee here in the hotel is so much stronger than what I can stand. I am soooo glad to see a STARBUCKS! On a funny note, I can't remember if I posted this already but the girls have had some "first" potty experiences while in China. We had been told that LK could tell us when she needed to go so we sat her on the western potty (her first time on a western potty) and at first she started whining and then I gave her the "word" she needed to hear and she did her thing. Ever since then if we take her she will go. Pretty cool because she is so little, it doesn't seem like she should be doing that! The chinese use squatty potties and so Bella had her first experience with that and although she did exactly what she was supposed to, it ended up on Momma's shoes. This trip has already been so memorable. I would have never just taken a trip to China but because of adoption we were able to see how the chinese live. We miss you all and can't wait to get back so you can meet sweet LK! Don't be fooled by that sweet smile though, she is still a two year old! :) She can be a bit fiesty! We will post later with some pics. We still don't have the adapter for the camera to download them. Love and hugs to you guys!
Our journey to adopt Lili-Kate
November 21, 2008- Got the call on a little girl with a birthday on Christmas eve. She has a mild heart condition. We said YES! Can't wait to meet her!
February 18, 2008- Our official Log In Date- The real wait begins...
December 31, 2007- Got our CIS Aprroval
July 28, 2007- Received our passports today.
July 1, 2007- Decided on the name "Lili-Kate" for our baby: Lili means "God is my oath" and the lilly is a symbol of purity and resurrection. "Li" in Chinese means upright and with strength. Kathryn means "Purity".
April 12, 2007- Mailed paperwork to request permission to bring our baby to America
April 9, 2007- Had our first homestudy visit
April 2, 2007- Lifeline accepted our application for adoption