We are having a lot of trouble with accessing email, facebook and blogger. We can see facebook messages and our email though. So Denise -- I got your email! That is why there is such a delay in posts! I know everyone is waiting to see pictures of our day.
We got up very early to head to the airport to catch our 7:15am flight to Chengdu. The flight was just over two hours long. We had about 2 hours at our hotel to get settled before heading to the provincial adoption office to get Zoe. She had a four hour drive from Guang'an to meet us. The experience is so much different this time. We were in a general government office where other people were there getting marriage licenses, filing for divorce etc. She wasn't there when we got there.
She arrived shortly after with the Director of the SWI (I found out that her SWI has orphans, elderly people, homeless people and disabled people) and one of the nannies. She seemed to know who we were and seemed to have an idea of what was going on. She was very shy, but did not cry or fuss when they brought her to me. We gave her a doll, which she loves. The first 24 hours with her, we are only her guardians. The next day (today) is adoption day, when she is officially ours. She was scared and very serious.
She is fairly healthy and looks very well fed. She is one solid little girl! She has bites all over her body (likely bed bug bites) and bad eczema, but she loves helping rub Aveeno on herself. She will do anything we say. We dress her, she lets us. We give her a drink, she drinks. We feed her, she eats. She loves suckers and bread and cake, and even though she is from Sichuan (a spicy province) she does not like spicy food. She is left handed.
We haven't heard too much speech from her yet, a little bit here and there and she is quite quiet so far. She is not too sure of Tim yet, although at breakfast this morning she started to take food from him, yesterday she wouldn't. If he goes near her, she shrinks away from him, but I think it will only take her a few days to warm up to him. She does have fun with Lilah and so far they are playing well together. Zoe has even tried to copy a few things that Lilah has said.
Zoe has pretty good dextarity with her crayons and food, she goes to the bathroom when she needs to (with help), but in some ways she is a bit delayed (like most orphanage kids) but I am sure she will catch up. She is a typical orphanage child, who takes whatever comes her way, if you put her down, she is fine with it, if you pick her up, she is fine with it. I carry her around when we are outside, and everytime we head out the door, she gets a little nervous and holds on somewhat tight. She is content to be touched as well. She slept on a cot with Lilah right beside our bed and I stroked her hair and she grabbed my hand so I could rub hers.