This was our first full day in Guanghzou. I was so excited this morning to see the breakfast buffet. Finally after 8 days in China, the hotel has a breakfast buffet with pancakes, waffles & french toast and REAL syrup!!!! You might think I'm being a little dramatic but, try eating asain breakfast (or an asian hotel's attempt to make a western breakfast) for 8 days, and you'd be excited too!! We are staying at the Marriott, and I have to say, they nailed the breakfast buffet! I will survive!! LOL!!
We were also really excited to see the rest of our travel group again this morning. We were with 3 other families in Beijing, then we all seperated to go to our child's province, now we are all back together again. It's amazing how much you get to know people in just a short time. I guess because we are sharing a life changing experience together! But, it was great to see everyone with their adopted child. Two of the families are adopting infants like me, and one family is back for their second adoption and this time they are adoptig a 10 yr old girl. Everyone is doing great & it's wonderful to be with other Americans again! LOL!!
Today was the big medical exam for Elise. As far as I know she passed with flying colors, however, we are not supposed to know what the doctor writes down about her. The exam gets sent directly to the US Consulate and will be reviewed before our appointment on Tuesday. I do know that she weighed in (fully clothed) at 19 1/2 pounds, which is actually better than I thought it would be. She is 28 1/2 inches long. She is definitely short and slightly on the chubby side! She'll fit into our family just fine!! LOL!! Actually, I'm glad to see the little rolls on her. It makes me think she was well cared for & well fed!
We spent some time at the pool this afternoon. It's an outdoor pool here. I was so excited to get some sun! The weather in Guanghzou is a lot like Florida, so we are soaking up the warmth & sun! We also have a playground and playroom here, so we spent some time there too.
It's now Saturday afternnon here, and I'm off to a "paperwork party" LOL!! Where we set down with our guide and go through all of the paperwork to make sure its all ready for the consulate office. I have my updated paperwork now, so I'm breathing a sigh of relief, my agency thinks everything will be fine, but still no guarantee until that appointment on Tuesda! Keep the prayers coming!
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