Monday, January 12, 2009

Gotcha Day Pictures

Allison on the bus to the Civil Affairs Office
On the bus...all smiles!
Eighth Floor - Registration Office
Precious Panda Girls with Travel Letters in hand. Helpful hint, when your guide asks for your travel letter, it is about to be your turn!
The orphanage director hands Kaelie to me!

First glimpses...above and below!

Happy Mama and baby!

Sitting on the floor playing with a dragonfly Lamaze toy. This is the one that Jeremy picked out for Kaelie when we first began the adoption process.
It was a very good and busy day. She didn't take her first bottle until this morning. She likes them so, so hot! She's never eaten any solid food as evidenced by the crying and spitting out of the bits I gave to her last night, even congee! Kaelie is ticklish on her tummy and sucks her left thumb to go to sleep. Kaelie is recovering from the chicken pox and has scabs from the blisters all over. She also has some Mongolian spots on her lower back and bottom that we will have documented when we take her for her first doctor's appointment.
Today is Adoption Day. In one hour, we leave to the Civil Affairs Office to complete the registration. Then, in the eyes of the Chinese government, Kaelie will be our daughter! She is so beautiful and is the light of our lives.
I apologize about not posting. I've had internet connection problems but thankfully today they seem to be resolved! Keep the positive comments and emails coming. David, I love you so much and miss you and I can't wait for you to meet this precious child. She is going to be the apple of your eye! I love you!


Linda said...

How wonderful to see your pictures.. She is just adorable!! You look good together...Another great match!!
Can't stop the tears from all the Happiness today seeing so many families being formed. Hugs and prayers to you..... Linda

Mike and Rhonda said...


Kaelie is just beautiful and sounds like you guys are doing great!

So glad that you got to post! We were jonesing for some info and post.

Kim said...

Great pictures Karen! She is beautiful! I have been going back and forth between your blog and Emily's. Two babies, more excitement than I can take!!!!!!!!!
I can hardly wait until the next get-together!

Sophia's Mama and Baba said...

OK this made me brake down crying like a baby. She is so beautiful and we are so happy for you..


MeiLi's Adoption Journey said...

Happy Gotcha Day! SO glad to see her in your arms Finally! She's beautiful!


Sharon said...

Yeah! Karen, she is so darn cute. It sounds like you are doing just fine on your own. Congratulations!!


hiltonsheadeast said...

Awww!! Karen, David, Shelby and Jeremy ...your new little daugther/sister is just precious !! Congratulations! We're so proud of you, Karen. What a woman!

Lori, Andy & Qiao

hiltonsheadeast said...

I think Kaelie looks like Jeremy! :)


Jen Talley said...

Congratulations Karen and David!!! So exciting!!! She is truly breathtaking!!

TimandKim said...

COngratulations! I'm so excited to see her with you.
Making those bottles for the Yagn girls is tough, but once you get it, they love it. If you need some tips on bottles, email me.
Katie sucked and still sucks her left thumb to go to bed.
She also had the mongolian spots as well. So glad Linda showed me what they looked like before we left.
Enjoy this time together!

Kim O.

my3 kids said...

What a sweetie your little Kaelie is. Our Yangxi babies sure are beauty's!!! Really enjoying following your journey:)


Gail said...

What beautiful pictures.
Kaelie is adorable!
I am so very happy for you.
Happy Forever Family Day.

amy said...

should not have checked this at work. How beautiful, congrats

Norma said...

congratulations.........what a cuppie cake!!!!

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

Sitting here reading your blog... I see your daughter is from Yangxi SWI... last month I got my referral... our daughter is from Yangxi SWI too and hoping to get to China mid to late March... love to read more about your adventures in China.. take care...