Tuesday, February 13, 2007

We are in Guangzhou






It is Tuesday night at 9:15 pm and we just got back to the room after a very long day. We arrived late last night and boy were we tired. Lily Rose did excellent her first time on an airplane. She didn't cry at all and I guess her ears didn't bother her. Our hotel room is huge and we have air condition. Whoo Hoo!!!!

This morning around 10am Connie, our guide who is very nice came to our room and we went over all the paper work. Then when that was done we went to get Lily Rose's visa pictures and then over to the Medical Building. We gave them her medical report from the orphanage and then a few Dr.'s started to make noise and Lily Rose didn't know where to look first. So now they are all standing around reading her medical and I think at that point every Dr. in the building came into the room to make noise. They kept asking us if her medical was correct. They checked her ears a few times and said other then a huge build up of wax her ears were totally fine. We knew that because she can her us perfect. So as far as the medical staff here is concerned Lily Rose has perfect looking ears inside and out and she CAN HEAR. They were more concerned with the burn mark on her hand. I am not sure if I mentioned it in an earlier post, but Lily Rose has a burn mark on her hand. The nanny told us that she was being held at the orphanage and they were sitting by a heater and Lily put her hand out and got burned. It's a nice size pink scar on her hand. So the other night we were sitting on the bed playing and out of no where Lily Rose picks up her hand with the burn mark and with the other finger points to it and starts to cry. Well Anthony and I were floored. She put her hand up to each of us so that we could kiss it and then she cradled her hand for a while. I was so upset that my daughter remembered that. I felt so bad. So when the Dr. was checking it out she put her hand up for him to kiss it but he didn't so she turned to me and Ant and we kissed it for her. After we got her clean bill of health we were free for the day.

We went to the White Swan to bring the photo's to that family and they invited us to lunch. We had a really nice time and then they had something to do so we went shopping and ran into some of the families that we met at the Dolton. We had a really fun day and we got lots of presents. Mostly for Joseph and Lily Rose. :~) Tomorrow is our Consulate Appointment and then after that we have somethings to do with Connie and then tomorrow night we are going on a cruise. The Pearl River Cruise. How nice that it is Valentine's Day and we will be on a cruise. I am looking forward to that. Then on Thursday we have another free day and we will finish up shopping and then come back and pack. We have to leave the hotel at 6am Friday. I am jumping for joy about that. I called home before thinking it was 7:30 am and it really was 5:30am so I woke my mother up. She has a really bad cold and she told me Joseph is really sick too. That freaked me out. I worry that he will have an asthma attack and I am not there. I know that I have nothing to worry about because my mother is there and so is my cousin Gina. She is staying with them. Hey Gina, your last comment was just singed GINA. Are we not Aunt Godmother Gina anymore? lol

Ok, everyone keeps asking me what size she is, well she is 21 lbs. I bought her an outfit the other day and it was 12 months and it just fits her. I have 18 months also and they are kinda big. But the clothes here are made different. So if you guys can hold off on asking me until I get home and try on some 12 month clothes, I'll let you know because I will still be posting from home too. Or you can just call me.

We got to eat at Lucy's today and I liked it. We also went back after we finished shopping with another family just to sit and talk and have something to drink. I will go back there again. The shopping here is amazing. Anthony bargained his butt off today. He is getting really, really good. I found a pure white silk Chinese dress for Lily Rose's Christening. I just have to get the shoes now. I also bought her a Chinese outfit for Joseph's Communion. It's red, I love it.

I am having a problem posting pictures. I got these 4 up and we have no idea who or what the lady is all about, but Anthony loved it. I am going to relax now. Talk with you all soon. We love all the comments. Thanks for taking the time to check in. Hey Lisa, a Starbucks just opened here 2 days ago. You know what that means!!!!!!!!!!

As always, Joseph we love you very much and miss you. 3 more days. Feel better, my heart I love you.

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey guys! Seems like you are all enjoying your time there. I have been checking day and night for your new posts!!! Please let us know when we can come over and meet Lily Rose. Enjoy the last few days there.
Love, Danielle, Mike and Tyler

Anonymous said...

Wow this was yet another tear jerker of a post! And again, of course, tears of complete joy! The whole part about her holding her hand up to you guys to kiss her scar and then to the doctor....uhh I just completely melted. I literally have a lump in my throat. Lily Rose is only 17 months and she already knows how lucky she is to have parents like the both of you. So excited that you found a dress. Thats awesome!! We'll discuss more when you get home! :) I love you all! See you soon! Whoop whoop!

Love,
Aunt Gina
better known as...# 1 GODMOTHER

Anonymous said...

Hi Lee & Anthony, Lily's pictures are just more and more beautiful every time. She is such a doll!!

Wow Lee, Lily Rose weighs the same as Valerie Rose (smiles), but must be a lot taller than she is because I can see from the pics that she is much leaner - as you know from holding Valerie she is a bit far from lean....lol!

CANNOT wait to see you all in person and hold that beautiful little baby girl!! Enjoy your last few days there! Have fun on the cruise! HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!! Love, Liz

Vicki said...

I was given your site by my sister-in-law Connie. I have been on this site several times everyday since before you even left. Congratulations! She is beautiful. Have a safe trip home. Vicki

Anonymous said...

Glad to know you are so close to getting home. I know you are so ready to be back. There is no place like your own home!! Also that Lily Rose had such a wonderful health exam...especially the report on her ears! I have really enjoyed going back and reading your past posts. Like I said on the plane "makes me want to go adopt a baby from China" I will keep up with your story. I have a couple friends working your flight home. I did email Theresa and told her you guys would be on there. (She was the tall blonde on the flight over to Beijing with us.) However she will be working in the front on this trip. I hope you are able to get row 32 DEF it would be more comfortable for you. Hoping you have a safe,great flight home.
I will keep checking in.
Once again...a great story.
Sandie-from Continental

Anonymous said...

Hi Guys,
Soooooooooo glad to hear that Lily's ears are free of damage. What a wonderful gift!! Glad also that all the legalities seem to be going well. It's countdown time for your return......can't wait!
LOL........nancy

Anonymous said...

Hi Lisa,Anthony & Lily, Well it is Tuesday afternoon here and we are getting some bad weather. They are calling for snow, freezing rain, rain, ice and all kinds of stuff from tonight into tomorrow. I am jealous to see you guys in pictures with short sleve shirts and no jackets. Enjoy the remaining time you have in China. Memories you will have forever. Love the picture of Lily with the sun glasses, adorable. Miss & love you guys. Maryann, Joe and the boys

Anonymous said...

Hi Lisa,
You don't know me, but I wanted to let you know how happy I am for your family that you finally have your beautiful little daughter. My husband and I along with our 2 daughters have just begun our journey to adopt a little girl from China as well. Reading about your journey has helped me understand a little better how the whole process works.
I was suprised to see that it took under a year for you guys to get through the whole process! We were told it will take aprox. 2 years.

Anyway, Congratulations!
I look forward to hearing more about Lily Rose!!

Linette from Canada

alison said...

The infamous "fat lady" with her pug dog by Lucy's is apparently how some of the Chinese view American adoptive mother's....over-weight, dog lovers?? I meant to get a picture of her on our last trip so I'm just going to "steal" the one of LilyRose holding her hand.

By the way....PRAISE GOD....on LilyRose's ears.
Alison

lara said...

Thats fantastic news about lilyrose hearing , what a thrill that must be.so glad you had a good plane ride and are having fun shopping.

The Heller's said...

Lee,
So great to hear from you! Sounds like the first airplane trip was a good one...YEAH!
BIG YEAH & PRAISE GOD for her hearing being a non-issue!!! YIPEE!!!!!!
However, I had tears in my eyes about the burn. Poor little babe. I just cried at her wanting it comforted AND that she readily is accepting that comfort from you and Anthony....Wow! I know that your heart must really hurt for her that she does remember that though...sigh.
I am so sorry to hear too that your Mom and Joseph are both sick. I am so grateful that Gina is there to help them both and I know you will be glad to get back home with them.
Now...on to the great stuff...LOL...sounds like the shopping is wonderful and I can't wait to see Lily Rose's pic. in her christening gown! It sounds absolutely beautiful!
Guess I will get off now as this is supposed to be where you blog and not where I write a book! GRIN
I love you guys and am still praying!
Miss you.
Love,
Peggy

AnnaClaire's Jie Jie said...

Sounds like you are having a great time! I'm so happy for you all that Lily Rose can hear!!! That is so exciting! YAY! Enjoy your last few days!
BTW, she just gets cuter and cuter every day!
Emily

Anonymous said...

Hey!..it looks beautiful there and i must say lisa your a fashion expert because that little red dress is the cutest thing on her and the little shoes..i love it haha well i miss you guys soo much and i cant wait to meet her..joe came over here the other day but i had to go babysitt so i didnt spend much time with him but he and thomas had a great time banging loudly on the drum haha well love you see you soon
Kathleen♥

Anonymous said...

Wow, Lisa, I am in awe of how easily you are doing all of this. You and Anthony are just incredible. Enjoy the last days in China. My love you you guys and your KIDS!
Much love,
Ann H.

Anonymous said...

Hi Guys. We knew Lily Rose was perfect from the first time we saw her picture. So happy that you are having the time of your life and the Lily Rose is perfectly healthy. Have a safe trip home and give Joseph a big hug for me, too!
Connie

Millie said...

Hi Lisa, Anthony and of course the Princess Lily Rose (god you picked the perfect name for her)I am glad your having a great time.....I haven't posted much comments, but i want you to know that i have been following you everyday. And i am enjoying a bit of it...can't wait to meet your daughter. Take care and have a safe trip home

Love Millie Chaparro

Anonymous said...

Hi Guys - Great pics!! We love the one with the sun glasses on. And of course the pose with the statue - way to start her early in front of the bar. :) I cried when I heard about the doctor's appointment. Remember when we talked about it possibly being a mistake and perhaps it was just a build-up? It is just another miracle of this entire experience - we are so happy. It's amazing that your journey is almost over - 2 more days until you leave to go home. You must be very excited and surely Joseph is counting the minutes as well. We can't wait to hear about the cruise - it sounds like a wonderful experience. Of course - all of it has been amazing so it's hard to narrow down one thing better than the next. Bottom line - you have your daughter and that is the best part. The experince is all an added bonus so that you can share them with Lily when she gets older. Good luck at the consulate - everything will be fine and soon Lily Rose will be headed home to grandma, joseph, uncle ralph, aunt gina, and all of your wonderful family and friends. A beautiful life she will have! Thanks for keeping your eyes out for Starbucks - I will be so excited if they have a mug but honestly - this whole blog and reading about your journey snhas been more of a memory to me than the mug will ever be. But thanks for thinking of me! Can't wait to talk to you - I have written a book so going to sign off. We have a lot going on here but we will talk to you when you get back. We miss and love you guys! Lisa & Derrick

Anonymous said...

Hi guys...
What an awesome day you had!! Your dreams and prayers have definately been answered! You have 2 BEAUTIFUL HEALTHY children and a wonderful family and group of friends that are all waiting to continue this journey with you all!
Get as much relaxing time in now that you can-you are going to have people knocking on your door for the next year!! Who is in charge of the appt book? haha
Anyway, have fun shopping and enjoy your next few days!
Hope your mom and Joseph are feeling better soon, it is going around I hear!
Love you's
Joey, Trish and Joey Wayne
PS-HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!!

Anonymous said...

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY Lee, Anthony & Lily Rose!!! Hope you guys had a fabulous day today.

Lee, TWO more days!!! I cannot wait to meet your perfect little beautiful DAUGHTER!!!!

Love you!
Liz

Anonymous said...

HI GUYS,
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!!! YOU ARE ALL GOING ON A CRUISE TODAY AND WE ARE HERE IN NEW YORK WITH SNOW,SLEET,AND RAIN...I WISH I WAS THERE WITH YOU!! YOUR JOURNEY IS COMING TO AN END AND YOU GET TO COME HOME REAL SOON TO YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS I WISH I COULD BE THERE TO SEE YOU GUYS COME OFF THAT PLANE IM SURE THE AIRPORT WILL BE FLOWING WITH TEARS...TEARS OF HAPPINESS LOVE AND JOY THAT IS! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALLOWING ME TO BE PART OF YOUR JOURNEY...READING YOUR BLOG WAS THE BEST PART OF MY DAY:)LILY ROSE LOOKS SO HAPPY AND IM SO GLAD TO HEAR SHE IS IN PERFECT HEALTH GOD BLESS!! THIS HAS TO BE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL STORY I HAVE EVER HEARD IN MY LIFE AND HOW WONDERFUL IT WAS TO SHARE IN WITH YOU AND ANTHONY!! I REALLY CANT WAIT TO GET TOGETHER AS SOON AS YOU ARE SETTLED IN PLEASE CALL.ALL THE PIC'S ARE SO NICE. ANYWAY HAVE A SAFE TRIP HOME I HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON.
ALL MY LOVE YOUR COUSIN JANINE XOXO

Anonymous said...

Hi,Lisa,Anthony and beautiful Lily Rose. I can not find the words to tell you how wonderful you three are and how happy I am reading all about your journey. You and Anthony are so special and Lily Rose looks so much in love with you both. Can not wait to see you all. Have a safe and wonderful trip home. My love to your Mom and Joseph. Love, Michele (Nancy's buddy).

Mary said...

Woohoo! It's about time that someone else posted pics of the big fat lady! lol Everyone takes pics of that stupid bulldog (which I believe was stolen a couple months ago). It was walking right in front of the big fat lady.

Mary
www.oneblessedfamily.com