Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Surprise

I just received an email from Ann at RedThreadChina.com who is assisting us with our first care package to Princess Petals.  She said it should arrive at her social welfare institute this afternoon!  She said it is a very nice orphanage and she is under the impression that they do give the kids the things we send.  Here is a picture of the final contents:

 

W has been meowing around the house since we packed up Princess Petals' pink kitty.  He loves cats and his favorite color is pink...  Hopefully it doesn't cause too much trouble when she comes home! Today is our 46th day of waiting for LOA...  Prayers for patience requested...




Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sweet Cheeks

We had two great things happen this week and are feeling so blessed!  
1. We sent our first care package to Princess Petals!  We sent our box to Ann at RedThreadChina.com in China.  She will translate our letter for us, add some tea for the orphanage director and a clothing donation to the box, and then send it on to Princess Petals' orphanage.  She'll then follow up to make sure it was received and possibly get a quick update.  Since we just got one two weeks ago we're not really expecting new pictures from them.  Here are a few pictures of what we sent:



The red book pictured above is a baby book that has English on the left and Chinese on the right.  It is full of questions about an adoptive childs life in the orphanage.  We are hoping that the orphanage staff has time to answer some of it.  Even learning when she got her first tooth would be a simple joy!  There are more indepth questions about the day she was found and a list of questions about all of her firsts.  I'm sure she'll be curious about her first year when she's older and it will make this mommy so happy if I have some of the answers.  The books can be found at the following link if anyone is interested:  http://www.sharpbooks.com/questions_book.htm 

2.  Our second blessing came by the way of email.  The angel in the Netherlands that traveled to China in August to pick up her own daughter met another Dutch family online recently.  Through their communication it was discovered that this other family had also taken pictures of Princess Petals!  This isn't truly what made me feel so blessed though, it was the fact that this woman was not just holding Princess Petals, but snuggling her!  After we got our update on October 11th all I could think about was how much time our sweet little girl spent in her crib.  Her hard steel and plywood crib.  To see someone, anyone, pressing her little cheek to theirs with true affection just warmed my heart.  I'm am so thankful for this online community!  I haven't had contact with this second Dutch family and didn't want to post their pictures online without permission so I cropped the gal out and played around with my editing tools... This picture was taken in July so she was about 7 months old.  Who wouldn't want to kiss those sweet cheeks???
I have been thinking a lot about Princess Petals' birthmother since receiving these pictures yesterday.  I wish I could let her know that her baby is safe and that she is going to have a wonderful life in America.  I wish there was some way to communicate with her and provide updates over the years.  I can't imagine the pain she must feel not knowing...

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

If The Eyes Are The Window To A Soul...

I was playing with one of the new pictures we received of Princess Petals this evening - blew it up and made it black and white.  I was looking at her sweet little face and wishing we had just one picture of her smiling and looking happy.  She usually looks "pleasant," but not happy. 

So I'm staring at these eyes that I will look into for the rest of my life and I noticed something...If you look into her eyes you can see the reflection of her crib bars.  I feel pretty confident that she is well taken care of - her basic needs are being met - I can see that in her chubby cheeks.  But what of love and hugs and whispering sweet things in her little ears?  I wish they had picked her up and posed her somewhere else for the pictures.  I wonder how often she is taken out of the crib.
Day 27 of our wait for LOA (Letter of Action) from China so we can apply for her visa.  Wait times right now are anywhere from 40 to 100 days for LOA...  I wish we could bring her home now and work out the paperwork later.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Buzz Cut

We received our first update on Princess Petals today!  We used a service that called the orphanage and requested updated photos, height & weight and answers for up to ten questions.  Everything we received is below: 

Hi Rebecca,
I received updates for you today!!! They sent me five pictures. She is adorable!!!
Below is translated update:

1.       Is she sitting independently?
Yes.

2. Can she crawl?
Yes.

3. Does she pull up to standing and/or stand with support?
Not yet.

4. Does she have a favorite caregiver or is she friendly with everyone?
All the nannies love her and she is attached to them all.

5. How would you describe her personality? 
She is extroverted. She has a ready smile. She also likes to play with nannies.

6. What are her favorite foods?
Formula mixed with rice cereal.

7. Does she attempt to talk or babble while making eye contact?
She is not talking yet. But she babbles and giggles.

8. Are there any concerns with her health that we should prepare for?
She sometimes gets a cold, occasionally gets seasonal diarrhea

9. Does she sleep well and have a consistent sleeping routine?
She sleeps very well, from 9:00pm until 6:00am next morning. She takes a nap from 11:00am until 2:00pm.

10. What does the SWI need donated most? 
We need a No. 1027 fiberglass table (8 seats). Specifications: 135*200* 76cm .  Price:RMB880.

11. Her updated measurements:
Height: 69cm (27in); Weight: 8.0kg (17.5lbs); Head: 42cm (16.5in); Chest: 46cm (18in); Teeth: 2/2; Foot: 11cm (4in). 

Please let me know if you have any questions.
Have a great day!
Angela

We are so thrilled to have this update, and happy to see that although she is small for her age, she is growing!  I never thought I'd be looking forward to the excruciatingly long flight to China!  I just want to go over there and snuggle her!  I can't wait to see what she looks like when she's not having all of her hair buzzed off regularly!

It's 10:18 PM right now...she's probably eating breakfast as we start thinking about going to bed...
                                                               ... 9 1/2 Months Old ...

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Moving In Slow Motion

It has only been 34 days since we first received Princess Petals' file from our agency but I feel like it's been months!  It's only been 20 days since receiving pre-approval but it feels like several weeks!  It has only been 7 days since we requested an update on her but I feel like we've been forgotten! 

This process requires much more patience that I thought it would!  Hopefully we'll have an update soon - otherwise nothing new to report!