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November 2006

November 30, 2006 Update

It’s Emily’s birthday today. She turns 5 years old.

November 22, 2006 Update

We arrived back in the United States on Saturday night. The flight from Guangzhou to Hong Kong (less than a hour) was easy. There were three adopting families on the plane and there were no problems with the babies on the plane. The flight from Hong Kong to San Francisco was a red-eye flight (left […]

U.S. Consulate Day

Yesterday, our adoption agency coordinator went to the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou to turn in our travel group’s paperwork for an immigrant visa for our adopted children. Today at 3 PM, every one staying at the White Swan Hotel with a U.S. consultate appointment (which included multiple adoption agencies, not just Heartsent) hopped aboard a […]

Gotcha Video

Here’s video of the first minute with Megan.

Medical Exam Day

The reason why all American families who adopt in China travel through Guangzhou (no matter where in China the child is adopted from) is because only one US Consulate in China handles immigrant visas for international adoptions and that consulate is in Guangzhou (as opposed to anyother US Consulate in China or the US Embassy […]

Notary Appointment

Today (Monday, China time), one member of each family went to the Notary Office to pay the notary fee and receive three official (notarized) copies of the adoption certificate, baby’s birth certificate, and abandonment certificate. These three documents are required in order to obtain an immigrant visa from the U.S. Consulate. Tomorrow’s a free day […]

Temple of the Six Banyan Trees

Saturday and Sunday were sightseeing days in Guangzhou. On Saturday, we went to the Temple of the Six Banyan Trees. As I did in 2002, I climbed to the top of the pagoda. There are steep steps with very narrow walk ways that lead up to the top of the pagoda. Emily also climbed to […]

Megan Attachment Update

There have been no attachment issues with Megan. She likes to be held. When she is awake, she is mostly in either Susan arms or mine. Megan is a healthy eater. She drinks lots of formula and eats lots of baby food. As it appeared on the referral pictures, Megan is not skinny. She was […]

Gotcha Day

On Monday, we flew from Hong Kong to Guangzhou. At the Hong Kong airport, we met up with the 8 other families in our adoption agency’s travel group. The flight was short (less than an hour). Once in Guangzhou, we took a bus to the Victory Hotel (Our first choice for a hotel in Guangzhou […]

Hong Kong: Day 2

Sunday (China time) was day 2 in Hong Kong. We met up with the Reynon family in our travel group and spent the day with them. We went on an afternoon Hong Kong Island tour , got back to the hotel around 8 PM, ate take out from McDonalds, and then went to bed. We […]