Friday, March 7, 2014
Hopefully the bloodwork will come back showing that the immunizations that she received in China were at the correct dosages, that she has the necessary antibodies and that everything is as it should be. I'm not holding my breath, however. She'll probably have to get poked a few more times. Ugh. Such is the reality of international adoption.
Finally, she goes for a speech eval on the 26th. March is definitely proving to be a month filled with doctors appointments.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
I'm still finishing up a few posts on our travel blog, here so you can see how the re-entry is going. In short, some good, some bad, some ugly--kinda like life!! At least all of our body clocks have (mostly) readjusted to Eastern Standard Time. Never underestimate the power of sleep!!
Thursday, February 6, 2014
The mirror was a garage sale find for $3.00 which got some pretty green spray paint. The name bunting and colorful fabric hanging balls were Pinterest inspirations. I had some serious trigger-finger issues from my glue-gun making those balls. Ouch! At the last minute, I figured I better put on the flannel crib sheet, so it is a throw back from the Noodle as well, but we'll need it for warmth.
here. There are so many beautiful ones, it was hard to pick, but this one certainly spoke to my heart!
Saturday, February 1, 2014
I think one of the things that is so challenging is that you have this small snippet of information about your new child (size, weight, eating habits-bottle? sippy cup? straw? cup?, toileting habits-diapers? pull-ups? big girl panties?, sleeping-crib? cot? bed?, health?! etc., etc.) and you have to plan accordingly...for 2 weeks. Add to the fact that you're in a different country, and well, you can see the confusion! This of course doesn't even take into account the other people who are also traveling and their needs. Yes, I realize that W@lmart has come to China and that we could certainly buy something if we didn't have it. I'm sure we will--but still you want to be as prepared as you can!!
Only a few more days!!!!
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Madison called, I about fell out of my chair. The Noodle immediately asked "Are we going to China tomorrow?". I laughed and told her no, but it almost feels that way--the short turn around time should be interesting! We've gone into full "nesting" mode--tubs, bins and boxes have been hauled out of the attic so that we can go through them and start packing. It was fun to take a walk down memory lane and while I spent all afternoon sorting through clothes, the Noodle was perfectly content to play with the Noah's ark and mega blocks that had enthralled her for such a long time a few, short years ago.
BabyJellyBeans website If you go to babyjellybeans.com and locate the "search for a website" box, you can type in MeiMei's first and last name and find our page. If you're experiencing difficulty with it, leave me a note in the comments.
Thursday, January 9, 2014
"She can walk by herself. She can walk downstairs and upstairs, chasing with playmates. She lives in the foster family inside the orphanage. There are two older girls, one older boy and one younger boy. She can talk now. For example, if foster mother says "meimei", she will say" what's the matter?". If the little boy cries, she will go to ask "didi, what's wrong with you?” She is active and extrovert in the foster family, a little shy outside."
The Noodle and I both laughed when we opened them--such a sweetie :) After reading the little blurb, I think she definitely sounds like her big sister...especially the last sentence! Still no word on a travel date--sigh. Still, we'll hold onto the good news and focus on that!
Saturday, January 4, 2014
To welcome and celebrate a new life, there is a tradition in some parts of Northern China for making a Bai Jia Bei (100 Good Wishes Quilt). When a baby is born, family and friends donate to the child’s mother fabric scraps from old clothing with a written wish for the new baby. A quilt for the child would be made from the scraps. It is said that the luck, energy,prayers and good wishes from all of the families and friends who contributed the fabric surround the child when she is wrapped in the quilt. The quilt is then passed down from generation to generation.
We started late last Spring preparing to make MeiMei's Bai Jia Bei quilt.
Stuffing letters requesting fabric and wishes...
...and the backside
Now all we need is MeiMei to wrap up in her 100 Good Wishes Quilt!