12/31/2001 - 1st Day with Anna
We had Anna in our hands on 12/31/.01 at about 10
am. She is more beautiful than her picture. Our adoption agency did
great job to make the receiving baby process ceremonial. We have 8
families all together. Two of the babies including Anna came from
Huainan and all others from Chuzhou orphanage. All other babies are
younger, 12-14 months old. The two Huainan babies are older, Anna is 20
months and the other is 22 months old. The babies from Chuzhou were
obviously are doing much better than those from Huainan. At 12-14 months
of age, most of them start talking and they are more alert too.
We have noticed that Anna had been breathing very heavily since we got her. Toby had many episo of brochodis when he was baby, so we immediately knew that Anna had brochodis. We offered her a plenty liquid. The other baby from Huainan also sounds the same.
She bonded to Toby and Joshua very quickly. She let Toby hold her while we were still doing paper work. She smiled for the first time in the afternoon when Joshua started to dance for her. A small smile, but was very sweet. A smile we had been waiting for. She spent a quite a lot of time just simply staring at us, one by one. Everything is so new for her.
We did not want to go out to get anything to eat. We wanted simply being with her. Sue ordered a birthday cake for Berthold and to celebrate our new family union. After a nap, we went to the market. We needed so many things – bottles, diapers, clothes which fit. We had over estimated her ability and size. The clothes we brought are too big for her. The pull-ups would not last long.
She slept peacefully overnight without waking up. We just could not keep our eyes off her. We are so blessed to have her. She is a little angel!