Monday, May 4, 2009

Gotcha! SSShhhh...she's sleeping.....

Pretty in Pink Sleeping Beauty

This was us leaving the place where we had our family photo taken for our paperwork

This is her nanny, the orphanage director, and one unhappy girl!

Trying to comfort her

Hanging out with daddy at the window

We had to give a red thumbprint on our paperwork.

Meeting her for the first time...

The Shanxi Civil Affairs Office Building

Well, what a day it has been! It started out with the two of us being so nervous, excited, anxious, scared...wondering how the adjustment would begin. We met with our guide at 8 am and he took us to the bank of China to exchange our money. What a process that was! All the bills were brand new, and she still looked over them with a magnifying glass!
We then left for the Shanxi Civil Affairs office. It took a little longer than usual to get there, because of sitting in traffic. The other couple we met who is staying at our hotel, were there also to get their little girl. She is 3 years old. Another couple then came in and we met them in Beijing, and they were adopting a 5 year old boy. The first child to come was the little 3 year old. She was of course scared and unsure, but it brought tears to our eyes watching their Gotcha Day unfold before our eyes! The next child was the 5 year old boy. He did very well taking to his parents. He kind of was go with the flow.
And then...I heard Danny say, oh my gosh, here she comes, and in she walked, holding the hand of her nanny. The orphanage director was also there. They brought back to us everything that we had sent to her, including the scrapbook I made for her. It was very hard to watch her nanny say goodbye to was very emotional for her and for us. I only wish I knew what she said to her before she left...Chloe was ok at first, but then, it hit her. SHe cried and cried and cried. Once we got in the van, they turned the air conditioner off, because they thought she was still crying because she was cold. Let me tell ya, she was soaking wet from head to toe with sweat. She had me soaked. She wanted no part of Danny at first. We then had our guide take us to Walmart to get her formula nd diapers and snacks. I had read about this before from other people, but, boy did we get stared at! Not to mention that she was wearing split pants, and her cute little tush was hanging out. Once we got back to the hotel, we had to finish some more paperwork, and as we were doing this, she fell asleep on me. She slept for about 20 minutes. We then came upstairs to get her something to eat. The milk she drinks is more like a yogurt milk, but they call it sour milk. It is very thick. She sucked down 2 bottles of it, then a bottle of water.
One thing we found out that she loves is looking out the window here. She sat for an hour watching the cars and people go by. She said a few things in Chinese, and I wish we knew what she was saying!
We then busted out the stacking cups, and people, if you are adopting, you need these cups. SHe played and played with these. I then got out the bubbles, and we got HUGE belly laughs from her. We also found out then that she has dimples :)
Next, we got her in the tub, and she was a little unsure of it, but I sat on the side of the tub, and even thought she clung to me, we got her bathed. I was as wet as she was! WE then put pajamas on her, and within 5 minutes, she was out like a light. Wow, I still can't believe we have her here laying in our bed sleeping. I am already anxious to get her home to meet everyone.
Tomorrow morning, we will meet our guide at 9:15 to go back to the Office to do the official paperwork. We then are scheduled to tour a park here. We are going try to upload the video soon.
Oh, and incase anyone was wondering how big she is, let me tell you, she is HEAV-Y!


  1. Chloe is beautiful! Congratulations, soak up every second and I will see you in a few days!
    Much love,

  2. She's a beauty! Too cute about the tush and split pants! I could not wait to check this out this morning! Now I can't wait to see the video!

    Take a few moments to savor everything and write down the sounds and smells and sights that you are enjoying. It will be invaluable to remembering her day.

    Have a great time!

  3. Angie & Danny,
    Chloe is absolutely Precious! It is amazing to see the three of you together. Congratulations, she is Adorable. We hope the transition is going smoothly and can't wait for your arrival home! Lots of Love,
    Eric, Jen, & Adisyn

  4. Congratulations! She is absolutely beautiful! Enjoy these days with your new daughter. You'll be back to your blue world before you know it.


  5. OMG what a doll! I am just checking real quick before I have to go to work! I looked at the pics but did not read yet! I can't wait to get to work and read it! Congrats!!! She is precious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Have a safe trip home!
    Bubba & Amanda

  6. What a cutie! I'm so happy for you guys
    she looks like she's doing really well
    It brings back such great memories of
    our first Gotcha!!!



  7. She's gorgeous! What a wonderful day! So happy you finally have her! Keep the pictures and video coming!

  8. Angie & Danny,FINALLY!!!!!She is beautiful.In a few days she will quit crying.LOL.I can't wait to see her.I love the blog.It is so exciting to watch what is happening,instead of waiting to hear everything when you get home.She is really sweet.You guys look soooo tired.Take Care and get some sleep.Watching with excitement,Shell

  9. YES!!!!!!!!! You got her!!!!!!!

    SHe is a doll!!! Enjoy every single minute. Give her a few days, and she will open up and be a different child!

  10. Wow...she looks so content and healthy!

    We had a day of tears----well, actually, screaming!

    Cannot wait to meet you in GZ =0)

  11. I just figured out how to post a comment lol. I'm new at this whole blogging thing. I'm used to just talking to you every day. Anyway, we are sooo very happy for you all! Chloe is beautiful! We miss you! Can't wait to meet Chloe! The girls are excited to meet their new friend!
    Love yas
    Joey, Tam, Josi & Kali

  12. Wow, Congratulations!!! She is so adorable we can't wait to meet and see her. We are so happy for you, now you get to enjoy all the baby dolls (with play strollers, high chairs, cribs, and carseats) and barbies, and tinkerbell, you know all the girlie stuff our house is full of!! We hope everything is going smoothly. Enjoy the rest of your time there and let us know when you get back and we can come see her.
    Have a safe and wonderful time.
    Kevin, Kim, Kenz, & Kayla

  13. Ang and Danny,
    What a beautiful little one you have,I'm so excited for you guys,Can't wait to meet her,before long Chloe and Lauren will be playing with their babydolls together!!God Bless,have a great time.

  14. You did it!! Congratulations! Happy Day!!
    Be blessed,

  15. Hi, I am orland_mom on RQ. Chanda told me to check your blog since we are also adopting our DD from Shanxi. Chloe is absolutely beautiful and it looks like she is really taking to you guys. Can't wait to keep following your blog! Enjoy your time with your new daughter.

  16. I'm so thrilled for you guys!! Actually, a few of my students at school follow your blog through Autumn W., and as you can imagine, they were all excited about your big news. It was funny to look at the expressions of the other kids (who had no idea what we were all talking about).

    Keep the pictures coming and enjoy this ultra-exciting adventure! :)

  17. I started following your blog through my daughter who is friends with Autumn. Congratulations. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  18. We also have a shanxi girl! ( I recognized the couch!)


    Safe and happy travels