Friday, February 26, 2010

Sophie's first flight

We arrived safely in Guangzhou last night, but late. Our flight was supposed to be at 5 p.m., so we left the hotel at 3 and were all checked in by 4. Then the announcements about delays began. Around 5:30, they handed out boxed meals to everyone. The plane finally left around 8:30. Luckily, we had met another family from Philadelphia (they noticed Ed's Flyers cap) and we hung out with them. They were traveling with both sets of grandparents, plus their 7-year-old daughter.
 
Sure enough, as soon as the plane took off, Sophie took the biggest poop of our 5-day history with her. Sam did the same thing on his first flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi, except I seem to remember him pooping more than once. The man in our row was nice enough to move so we could haul out the diaper bag and get situated. And unlike Vietnam, the plane restroom had a changing table, we took care of that. The flight was just over an hour and she was fine the rest of the time. Loved eating some endamame-type beans and rice, and holding hands with the little boy in the seat in front of us.
 
She is very social and will babble baby talk to strangers. When our guide, Grace, met us in Guangzhou, Sophie said "Hi!" Grace was so impressed, but I think it was a random babble that just happened to sound like "hi." We got situated in our room and fell right asleep. We are not staying at the White Swan, a famous Guangzhou hotel where most adoptive families stay. The Victory is right down the street, quite a bit cheaper, almost as nice and less of a zoo with adoptive families everywhere.
 
Today we have to go to the medical clinic for Sophie to get her shots. Because we are a Hague family she has to have all her immunizations before she can get her visa. It could be as many as 8 shots, so I am dreading this. She does have a mark on her shoulder, so I can tell she's had some immunizations already. We will bring her immunization record, and hopefully it will show she doesn't need many.
 
I didn't take any photos on the plane, so here are some random cute shots from Fengcheng. In the next photos we will be wearing shorts, as it is hot here (70s, maybe even 80s). So funny, as I had to buy mittens in Beijing.

4 comments:

Di said...

Glad you made it safely! Gosh, Sophie is just adorable.

I am reading another adoption blog Fireworks and Fireflies and they too just arrived in Guangzhou with their new little girl (and their 2 other kids also adopted in China)- they are staying at the Garden Hotel - gosh - there must be hotels full of newly created families in the city!

I hope Sophie doesn't need too many shots!

LaLa said...

Enjoy Guangzhou...shopping and Cow and Bridge (which I think is near the Victory. Don't forget to find A Gift from China : )

Glad you had a safe flight though not uneventful LOL Are you at the Victory with the pool on the roof?

Annslee has the same mark (all the babies in our group did) and we were told it was a small pox vaccine.

She is such a cutie!!!

Kristin said...

Beautiful pictures. She is so adorable! Thanks so much for sharing this personal journey. I make my coffee every morning and log on to read your updates. It is so much fun! Glad you got there safe. You will be coming home in 1 week! WOW!
Kristin, Jon and Lincoln

Sue said...

I just LOVE those cute pudgy cheeks! She is a true beauty! Good luck at the doctor's office! I hope they don't have to torture her too much.