Saturday, May 20, 2006

Blessing Day

"Watson, I think we found a clue"

Sophia meets a local

Yesterday all the families that had been in another province returned to Guangzhou. We all went to a Buddhist Temple to have the babies blessed. Despite the fact it was raining, it was nice to see everyone again and the babies are absolutely beautiful. Congratulations to everyone. Tonight, we get together for a pizza party, hurray!

Sophia seemed to be feeling better this morning. Translation: she was not crying or screaming :) She seems to want to have her bottle every three hours. We probably shouldn't be starting that trend, but for now, we have just been going with it. She is so active that I think she just needs the calories to keep up with herself and she gets very cranky when her fuel runs low.

In regard to her activity level, it is really high! I've taken to also calling her squirmy wormy, wiggles, and squiggly wiggly. Several of the families got together and ordered room service last night. All the babies were on the floor playing and there were some amazing photo ops, unfortunately we forgot our camera card. It was the first time that Sophia stuck close to us. Kat sat on the floor with her and she mostly just stayed in Kat's lap, or very close by. It was probably the most relaxed we have seen her. She seemed to be taking in the whole scene and curious about what other babies were doing. She proved to very adept at taking the other girls toys without being the least bit contrite.

Later the same day:
Tonight was pizza party night. We had the opportunity to see all the families and thank Norman, the Director of the orphanage and the China Team for uniting us with wonderful Sophia. It was almost unbelievable to see all the pictures that had been posted around the room of families that have gone before us and all the update photos sent by the families. The little girls grow into young women...seems to happen overnight.

Thanks to Sophia's birth parents, the Zhanjiang SWI, Norman and the China Team for all that you have given us. Colin and I arrived as family of two and will be leaving China as a family of three. There are really no words to express the gratitude that we feel.

Side note:
I know this may seem completely off the track of our blog and our current thoughts, but as horse lovers, it makes sense. So, on a COMPLETELY unrelated note, Colin and I are keeping the racehorse, Barbaro, in our thoughts and prayers. Reading that he had been so horrendously injured in yesterdays race, was very upsetting to us and such a tragic ending to such a promising young horse.


At 7:00 AM, Blogger Kimber and Chris said...

Dear Sophia Mingci, Kat & Colin- we adore you all so much and could not imagine this journey without you. You were a lifeline during the wait and continue to be so for us. We cherish you and your friendship.
We are crazy about sweet sassy Sophia- we are so glad that she and Tuesday will be mei mei's and good friends. She is truly a shining star. Thank you for all of your love and support.
Kimber, Chris & Tuesday Grace Minghui xxx

At 7:07 AM, Blogger Mimi said...

To many cultures, rain is a blessing. The Cooper Family hopes that you all will be blessed and filled with unconditional love now and always. The beauty of loving so much is that there is always a endless supply. Enjoy!!!
Bill, Mimi & Robin Cooper

At 11:05 AM, Anonymous Amy said...

Hi Kat and Colin - my husband and I are in G115 and I'm so inspired by your blog and journey. Thank you for sharing!

At 8:10 PM, Anonymous MaryBeth said...

Thanks so much for sharing your journey with us. As a waiting family we so appreciate getting to live vicariously through you!

Congratulations on your beautiful baby!

MaryBeth & Marty
Irvine CA


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