Saturday, May 31, 2008

Live From Guangzhou!

My baby girl fell asleep while pretending to eat my energy bar. Hee hee hee... How CUTE is she?



We are in Guangzhou! YAY! We are staying at The Victory Hotel while we finish the US side of the adoption. The trip here was exciting. The plane was delayed over 2 1/2 hours! UGH! We were supposed to take off at 7:10pm and arrive at 9:10. We didn't even take off till like 9:50pm. Kaiya was a little angel baby. We were so proud of her. She had a couple of melt downs but overall was amazing. We didn't get to bed until 2am and she was still smiling and cuddling when the lights went out.

The changes in her are AMAZING!! She is getting more and more fun every day. She was just charming to begin with but I feel like we are just now getting to see the real Kaiya Rain coming out. She seems to really be accepting that I am in charge. She is not challenging me quite as much. She smiles SOOO much. She is a cut up- she loves to do silly things to make us laugh. She is a bit of a dare devil and is not afraid of much.

So far she has said very clearly Mama, Dada, Oka (Polka Dot).. She also seems to be saying things in Chinese which I, of course don't understand. She calls me something that sounds like Ayee a lot. I am told it means Auntie and that is what she called her nanny at the orphanage. Isn't that adorable??? She is stinkin' cute, funny, smart and just plain wonderful!

Oh Amie had a question about how whether we have Kaiya full time or do visits. They just give you your child cold turkey when you arrive. What a ride huh?? :0) She has been with us since this past Monday when they brought her full time. Sweet girl didn't know what hit her. But kids are so wonderful and resilient. The time involved being here is getting the adoption finalized. You get the China side finalized in your child's province. Then you come to Guangzhou to get the US side finalized. Then you are free to go.

Well, today and tomorrow we are resting and hanging out. I will try to update more today. We are getting so many cute smiles I really need to take pictures. The Internet here is much slower. I have to load the pics one at a time and then walk away for awhile. Yikes... we will see if the video is even a remote possibility. I'll try. OK I got a super cute video on. It took like 45 minutes I think. Tell me if it doesn't work. HUGS to my blogger buddies!! Angel











2T clothes falling off my skinny minnie! :0)





video

15 comments:

The Engelhardt 4 said...

She is too cute. Perryn asked yesterday if we go to China to get her a sister. Gotta keep praying about that one, but I am up for it. Have a safe trip home!!

Kristi said...

WOW! It's amazing to see how much the comfort level has changed! You can see how it's changing by the look on her face and the spark in her eyes!! I hope you have a wonderful trip back with your sweet baby girl!!!

Much love -
Bamagirl!!!

Farrah and Jed said...

So cute...I'm glad you are almost done Angel, You are probally ready to come home!
And Kaiya day by day will get better and she looks amazing, So adorable!!!

Nikki said...

So sweet. That is funny- that is sooo the opposite of what I imagined her personality to be like!!!

Katie said...

So very precious . Thanks for sharing your journey with us :)

Hilary said...

Too cute for words...I especially love her little headbands!

Kelly said...

Oh my goodness I am SO EXCITED FOR YOU GUYS!!!!! She's so incredibly beautiful and you guys so incredibly blessed!!!! Big hugs and prayers for you guys!

Jane-Jane said...

love your creative way of keeping her dress straps on her shoulders! Again, thank you for letting us all walk this road with you!

Lynn said...

She is adorable and looks like a lot of fun, too. The video came through perfectly. I loved her cup trick! And, it is gorgeous there!

Dennise said...

She is amazing. I am so happy for all of you. Big hugs and lots of love,

Tessa said...

What a cutie! I love the yellow headband ... so when do you get to come home?

Amy said...

LOVE hearing every detail! She's BEAUTIFUL!! Amy

Melinda said...

I am loving reading your journey in China. Kaiya is just too cute!! It looks like such a beautiful country and I am sure you are all enjoying it. I am happy to hear about her adjustments and how she is already improving. My continued prayers are with you and can't wait to see more!
Melinda

Brandi said...

What a sweetie pie. . love your updates. . I'm just getting caught up now. . I've been so busy with RLC stuff (thanks a lot Russ! j/k!). . oh yeah, and potty training 2 2year olds! agh! Wish you were within cell distance! Enjoy your last few days of vacation with your little one!

Love ya,
Brandi

Billie said...

Angel, I'm so excited that you are sharing the details of Kaiya's adjustment. Since we are looking to bring home our own Chinese Princess over the next couple of months, I'm soaking this all in!

You all look so adorable together and are making me excited for my own trip to China!