Sophie was supposed to arrive at 4 p.m. Sunday, but I nagged Ed into being ready early, just in case. At 3:25 p.m. we had a knock on the door. I was knitting; Ed thought it was the laundry pick up. There was our guide and a man holding the cutest, chubbiest little girl in a traditional red Chinese outfit. She was not crying. The men didn't stay long. I took her first, which now means she won't go to Ed and is glombed on to me at all times. She cried at first (says something like Mama--meaning her foster mom) but stopped pretty quickly, as long as she is being held constantly.
Observations so far:
* She is so advanced developmentally. At 14 months, she can almost walk on her own. She babbles baby talk and is really curious and exploring things. There is a playroom in the hotel and she was having a blast trying to kick this big ba..
* She eats! As you can guess from her chubby cheeks, she is a good eater. At dinner she ate steamed egg, rice soup and mashed up peaches. So no having to teach her solids.
* She is snuggly. She likes to be held at all times, and will press her face against mine. It's very common for them to attach to one person first, and apparently it's me. Ed did try to feed her her first bottle, which went OK as long as I was lying right next to her.
* She sleeps! I was cuddling her after dinner and she dropped off around 7:30, with her clothes and all the lights on. At 10 she woke up (no crying) and we put her in jammies and gave her a bottle. She sleeps practically on top of me, and woke up around 2 or 3, but again didn't cry.
* She is playful. Already she likes laughing at herself in the mirror, sticking her tongue out then touching my stuck-out tongue, and shaking her head from side to side imitating me and laughing.
Today we do our paperwork, and the adoption is official. We'll be in Nanchang for about 5 days waiting for processing, then off to Guangzhou (I think I'm spelling that wrong but don't have time to look it up. She is stirring in bed.)
Thank you for all the wellwishes and prayers. We can't believe we're finally at the end of this long journey. Of course, the real journey is just beginning!