Today was our Consulate Appointment. This is our last stop on the paperwork trail before we can leave China and head for home. The U.S. consulate visit was very organized and orderly. Completely unlike the medical exam we had on Saturday. At the Consulate, they had lines outside the main entrance where you could line according to appointment time. Our appointment was 8:30 and when we arrived there were already people lined up in the 9:30 and 10:30 slots. We were just a few minutes early so we were whisked inside and up several floors before going through two different security checkpoints. Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures from inside the consulate since we weren’t allowed to bring any electronic devices inside, including cameras.
There were about a dozen or so other families who had the same 8:30 appointment with us. At the beginning we all stood up, raised our right hands, and took an oath stating that all our paperwork was true and correct to the best of our knowledge. After that, each individual family was called up to a window where we turned in our paperwork packet. The officer quickly browsed through everything to insure we had all the required documents. Then after signing a few papers we were on our way out again. They must have gone in alphabetical order because Michele and I were dead last, but even with being last, we were in and out within the hour. Tomorrow afternoon, our guide, Lucia, will stop back over at the consulate to pick up the girls’ finished visas. Once we have the visas in hand, we are free to head for home!! Yay!!
This afternoon, Michele, headed downtown to find some silk dresses for the girls. I decided to hang back at the hotel with both girls. I was a little nervous about how Quinn would be with just me and no Michele, since she has been very heavily attached to Michele. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Quinn adjusted quite well and was content just hanging out with me and Jenna.
Left Jenna. Right Quinn.
The girls and I found a small little playground near the pool of our hotel. They had lots of fun climbing up and down the slides. And I had fun snapping pictures.
When we first met the girls, a week ago already, they were both wearing cute little red sandals. They were both very attached to their sandals. I’m guessing their foster mother had just bought them new for the girls specifically for gotcha day, because they were in really good shape yet and hardly even broke in yet.
The girls did not like it at all when Michele or I tried to take off their sandals. They cried very loudly and quickly slid into one of their temper tantrums. Funny thing is, both girls have a habit of rubbing their feet together during their tantrums and will often manage to kick their sandals off. This causes them to cry even louder. At least until Michele or I help them put the sandals back on, and then sometimes, they have completely forgotten what they were originally crying about.
Jenna was so closely attached to her sandals that she wore her sandals to bed the second night we had her. She absolutely refused to let us take them off. We decided, it wouldn’t necessarily hurt anything to let her wear them. She slept right on top of me that entire night – sandals and all – and was very upset every time I even thought about moving.
The last several nights have gone really well. Jenna has slept through the night in her own crib without waking at all two nights in a row. Quinn also has been doing really well and is sleeping on her own. She sometimes wakes up during the night, but often falls back asleep in 5 or 10 minutes. In addition, Michele and I are catching up on our sleep. We have all stayed relatively healthy for the entire trip, which I know isn’t necessarily the case for some of the other families that are here with us. There is another couple who is here in Guangzhou that is adopting a cleft lip and palette boy through Crossroads Adoption Agency like us. We are sharing a guide and driver and have been hanging out with them for most of our stay here in Guangzhou. Sandra has been really sick the past two days, and skipped the trip to the Folk Art museum on Sunday. She wasn’t doing much better today, but had to tough it out to make it to the Consulate Appointment. She quickly retired back to her room as soon as we made it back to the hotel.
So thank you everyone for your prayers. God has been good to us and is protecting all of us thus far throughout our journey. I pray he will continue to do so.