Monday, September 19, 2011

Gotcha Day!!

 Our wonderful new friends that are travelling in China with us....they are adopting a beautiful 9 year old little girl from the same province. This is the 4 of us before we left for the civil affairs office in the hotel lobby
 The moment Tatum walked into the room with her Nanny
 We are all getting to know each other
 My first smile from Tatum
Our family of THREE!!

We had a great day meeting and bonding with Tatum. It was a long one though. Poor thing didn't get a nap until about 4pm....and we woke her up around 6pm and headed to dinner.

The day consisted of getting to the Civil Affairs office at 9:15 am. Tatum was the last child to arrive out of 4 families. (There was 3 in our group and one from Spain) Of course...she's an Elliott! :) There were NO tears when she was handed to me. Her Nanny loves her so much and really stayed a long time. That caused some tears, but we dealt with it and calmed down pretty quick. Since then....NO tears I am so happy. We went to Wal-Mart to get a stroller and a few snack items. She is completely on table food now.

We all were exhausted when we got back to the hotel. Tatum took a nap and then the 3 of us headed to Pizza Hut for dinner. What a success that was!

She went down around 8:30-9pm and slept until just a little before 7am this morning. We are now enjoying some quiet time, she had some banana and cheerios for breakfast and we are working on warming up to Daddy this morning....she will take food from Todd but this morning hugs and kisses are a little more hard.

We couldn't be happier with our new we go back to the Civil Affairs office to sign all the paperwork and then we are going to her orphanage this afternoon to visit. Tomorrow will be much more of a free day, and we are looking forward to that. We are also looking forward to leaving Hangzhou and going to Guangzhou on Friday. The hotel here is NOT the best....and I am ready for some more American food!! I never want to see or cook rice again when we are home! LOL


Laura said...

So glad to hear she slept well, i was worried how that would go. In her pictures she appears to be pretty laid back!

Dreams of Grace said...

AWESOME! She's glad things are going well. SOOOO HAPPY FOR YOU ALL!!

Debbie said...


christine said...

HI Diane - 2 birthday messages...
From your Mum & Dad - Marg sent me a text to say their e.mail wasn't working so would I pass on their love & birthday wishes to you, so please consider that done.

From me, Jon & Marc - Many happy returns for your Birthday! - one to remember no doubt. I hope you are having a wonderful (if rather daunting) time. I can imagine/remember how strange it will be to be suddenly travelling with a toddler - trying to fathom out how they work, and I hate to tell you but there is no 'OFF' switch!
Enjoy the rest of your day and stay in China
Love from Christine

Serving the King said...

She is GORGEOUS!! Congratulations!!!

Jo said...

Yay, you are a beautiful family! Little miss is just adorable ~ congratulations to you and your new daughter.