I was hoping to have an update done sooner, but day number two has been a little rough on all of us.
Let’s start with the recap of today and then I will give you some more details about our precious girl.
Reagan slept really well her first night with us. We put her to bed around 10pm and she slept straight through until 6am this morning.
She woke up a little cranky and we hurried to get her to breakfast thinking she was extra hungry. She managed to eat a little congee, but nothing else. She has not been taking her bottles all that well. We have tried the formula that they use here as well as adding rice cereal and cutting the nipples so they flow faster, but nothing seems to make her suck them down.
Shortly after breakfast we went the Civil Affairs Office to complete the paperwork process. After I answered a few questions from the government officials, provided a thumb print, a footprint from Reagan, a photo of the two of us, and signed many documents…. She is OFFICIALLY OURS in the eyes of the Chinese Government. It was such a good feeling to hear those words!
Yesterday, I was in a state of shock when she was handed to me. I did get misty, but never let out the good hard cry that was bottled up. Today it came out…… there are so many feelings tied to this process. I am feeling so happy that we finally have our beautiful daughter, but at the same time I am so very sad for her loss. Today was pretty tough all the way around. There was not much I could do to comfort her. Nothing was familiar to her and she cried most of the day. The only things that console her are sucking on her two fingers and constant motion. She loves to be held and walked around and she seems to really like the Ergo….thank goodness.
I know that it is going to take some time to get adjusted. We are only on day two and as each day passes I will become more familiar to her and things should get easier. Along with all the change our girl is cutting some major teeth……which doesn’t help. She has two teeth on top and two on the bottom, but it looks like a few more are ready to break through. She was actually running a slight fever this afternoon so I gave her some Motrin and it seemed to help her a little bit.
After the motrin was on board, we decided to give her the first bath……. We didn’t want to shock her yesterday and actually it seemed as though the nannies gave her a bath before they brought her to me because her hair smelled freshly washed.
Marla got some great pictures of her first bath in the little baby tub and then a few on the bed wrapped in her towel. She discovered cheerios today and seems to love them!!! She sat there in her towel eating them as she dried off. I was so happy to see her eat something and we almost got a smile in the process. At dinner tonight she did also try spaghetti and seemed to love that too.
I am anxious to see how much she weighs. I have brought all 6-12 month clothes and some fit and some are a little too big depending on the cut. Those referral photos are so deceiving. She looked so much bigger in the photos than she does in person. Especially her feet……. They are teeny tiny!!
Reagan is sleeping right now and Marla and I will not be far behind her…… the jetlag has hit us pretty hard today, We are hoping that tomorrow we will all be feeling better and well rested.
We are meeting our guide in the lobby at 8am and we are heading to Chenzhou by High Speed Bullet Train. We are going to the orphanage to visit the children and to go see Reagan’s finding location. We were told it is not far from the orphanage and that the Orphanage Director will take us there to see it and then we will most likely take him out for a meal before we head back to Changsha.
I am not sure when I will post next so I am doing my link for black and white wednesday today. I will do my best to get something up very soon.
Time to go to bed and get that much needed rest!
Love to you all and thanks for the encouraging words.
PS. Hoping my camera will see the light of day tomorrow. Believe it or not, I have not taken one photo yet in China. Looking forward to getting a few scenic shots along the train ride and of course some photos of Reagan and her friends in Chenzhou!!