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 obviously well fed in the orphanage.

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 was the White Swan Hotel. However, the White Swan was booked for the first two nights of our trip. So we stayed two nights in the Victory Hotel. And then moved to the White Swan Hotel for the remainder of our stay.) We checked into the hotel and then walked to the White Swan Hotel to go to one of their restaurants for a group dinner.

On Tuesday, we boarded a bus at 3:30 PM to go to a Guangdong provincial government office where we would get the babies. The nine families got to the government office at 4 PM. We gathered in the hallway for a while and then were called into a conference room. Eventually, babies were brought to the conference room one by one to be given to their new parents.

There were two representatives from Megan’s orphanage. We were allowed to ask them questions with Chris (our group’s guide) interpreting.

After the meeting, we went back to the Victory Hotel.

On Wednesday morning, our group went back to the Guangdong provincial government office to take care of adoption paperwork. We were done by lunch time. We went back to the Victory Hotel, packed our bags, checked out, and then moved to the White Swan Hotel.

On Thursday afternoon around 2:30 PM, we went to the Guangdong police department to apply for Megan’s passport.

Note: This post will be updated with more details and corrections once I find the time (it’s been busy the last few days).

Trip pictures can be found here.

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 were on the same Hong Kong Island tour as the Texas contingent of Team Salsa (one set of grandparents) and discussed Team Salsa’s (Mary-Mia and Rod’s) adoption of twin girls. Team Salsa’s China trip ended at about the same time ours started.

In Hong Kong, it is hot and humid, but not unbearably so.

On Monday, we fly to Guangzhou. And then on Tuesday, we meet Megan.

November 4, 2006

On Saturday, we arrived at the Hong Kong Airport at 6:33 AM. We used the Airport Express to get from the airport to the hotel. The Airport Express is part of the Hong Kong subway system (MTR). The Airport Express stops at the airport and only three other stations in Hong Kong. At the three other stations, there are free Airport Express shuttle buses that transport people to/from area hotels. We were at our hotel by 8 AM. We are staying at the Renaissance Kowloon Hotel. It is on the waterfront on the other side of Hong Kong Island (where downtown Hong Kong is located). Kowloon is very busy with lots of businesses and very upscale restaurants/stores.

Susan and I did not get much sleep on the plane so we used the morning to recover. At 1 PM, we left for Hong Kong Disneyland using the Hong Kong subway system. The Hong Kong subway system is very easy to use and clean. All of the signs and instructions are in English and the ticket machines are very intuitive to use.

Hong Kong Disneyland is much smaller than the Disneyland in California. There is no Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Carribean, Raiders of the Lost Arc, or It’s a Small World. There is the Buzz Lightyear ride, Dumbo, Teacups, Space Mountain, and River Cruise. There are major expansion plans for Hong Kong Disneyland. It was a fun day. We stayed until the closing fireworks at 7 PM. Most of the restaurants at Hong Kong Disneyland serve Chinese food (which was actually very good).

Our itinerary:

Thursday, November 2: Leave for China (officially our Singapore Airlines flight from San Francisco to Hong Kong leaves at 12:05 AM on Friday)

Saturday, November 4: Arrive in Hong Kong at 7 AM. (due to international date line, we lose a day in the process). Tour Hong Kong all day on our own.

Sunday, November 5: Tourist day in Hong Kong

Monday, November 6: Fly from Hong Kong to Guangzhou (where we will meet Megan).

Tuesday November 7: Receive Megan

Wednesday, November 8: Complete paperwork and adoption at the Civil Affairs Office. Pick up Adoption Certificate.

Thursday, November 9: Go to Guangdong Police Station – Apply for Megan’s Chinese passport.

Friday, November 10: Free Day in Guangzhou

Saturday, November 11 – Monday, November 13: Tour Guangzhou

Tuesday, November 14: Go to Notary office. The Notary is more like a judge and not like a notary public in the US. The notary certifies that the adoption certificate and accompanying documentation is valid.

Wednesday, November 15: Go to Guangdong Police Station – Pick up Megan’s Passport

Thursday, November 16: U.S. Consulate Appointment

Friday, November 17: Family Interviews at US Consulate; Pick up visas

Saturday, November 18: Fly home: Guangzhou to Hong Kong to San Francisco (due to international date line, gain a day in the process)

Regarding the reason why we will be in China for nearly two weeks: In order for Megan to be able to leave for the United States, she needs to get an immigrant visa from the US consulate.

In order to get an immigrant visa from the US Consulate, Megan needs to have a Chinese passport.

In order to get a Chinese passport, she needs to apply for a Chinese passport and wait for the passport application to be processed (about a 5 day process).

In order to be able to apply for a Chinese passport, her adoption to American parents needs to be finalized by the Chinese government.

So as you can see, the process can’t be shortened by trying to do multiple tasks at the same time. One action can’t be started until another action is finished.

We start our trip to China tomorrow with a departure to San Francisco in the afternoon

I’m going to Disneyland! (maybe)

Just three more days. On mid Thursday afternoon, we head to San Francisco to catch an evening flight to Hong Kong.

For those who have asked: Yes, I will be bringing my laptop to China. I will be blogging (with a lot more detail than my typical blog entries) and posting pictures from our trip during our trip.

Slight change in our schedule: We’ll be flying out of San Francisco shortly after midnight on November 3 (essentially the evening of November 2), arriving in Hong Kong on November 4, staying in Hong Kong for two nights, flying to Guangzhou on November 6, and hopefully getting our baby on November 7. We’ll leave China on November 18.