Ian turns 17 months old today! Only 3 months ago, we received our first pictures of him since his referral pictures, which were from 8 months old. He had transformed from a bald headed chubby cheeked baby into a little boy. Still chubby and not as bald, but growing with or without us. Who knows what he looks like today, SO MANY days and weeks later (well, not that long ago, but it still seems like forever!)
Now, almost 3 months since our last pictures of him, we are into our 8 week countdown to travel. I imagine that by now Ian is walking and has teeth to show for all that drool that was in that first video we received.
The above pictures are of his home province Zhejiang. Namely, Wenzhou, his hometown and Hangzhou, the capital, which is where we will meet him for the first time.
His picture here is from 15 months and he is already looking thinner than his first chubby pictures. I imagine it is probably because he had started walking by then and was running around like a little mad man, burning up calories and growing like a weed.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
- There's a reason why kids are tax deductible.
- You can't return diapers. I am expected to guess whether Ian will wear size 3, 4, or 5... and they don't sell these suckers in 6-packs.
- There is no way to practice walking my dog while pushing a stroller...without looking like a complete nut job.
- Hangovers, jet lag, and illness are for childless couples.
- The best way to fit in something frivolous, like a shower, once Ian is home will be to strap him to a stationary device for 15 minutes. They've cleverly named these things "Exersaucers and pack n plays", but they are really just large handcuffs with cute toys attached.
- HSM2 is not a vaccination...and made more money than T3.
- Single moms with well fed, educated, and adjusted children are miracle workers.
- Everyone assumes you want their parenting advice.
- Those families at the movie theater, popcorn and soda in every hand, have money trees growing in their back yards.
- People actually buy brand name Crocs and Keen sandals for growing feet (witnessed hundreds of parents buying child sized Keens at REI for $40 a pop today...on sale).
- In 8 more weeks, we will have to reschedule future "sleeping in" for after retirement.
- Baby dressers cannot be carried up a flight of stairs without inviting half the family over and buying everyone lunch.
- Daycare costs as much per month as a 5-Day Caribbean cruise for 2.
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Friday, August 24, 2007
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Sunday, August 19, 2007
I just received the all clear from someone with family just a few minutes from Ian's orphanage. It is raining hard, but they are not being evacuated! My heart goes out to anyone who might have had children in an orphanage or foster care in an area hit by the typhoon.
Thanks for the positive thoughts, everyone! Now I need to go back to celebrating our Travel Approval!
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When looking at the map above, notice the distance between Wenzhou, where Ian is now, and Hangzhou, where we will be meeting him for the first time.
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Friday, August 17, 2007
I guess it's time to seriously start making lists and checking them twice...and not for Santa. For our long awaited trip to Ian! As I suspected, I received "the call" today that our Travel Approval has arrived! Sadly, our very meticulously planned process has gone without a hitch except for this last piece. A year ago, we had already identified that we would need to travel after September for a bunch of reasons that I won't bore you with again. Ian found us at the right time, but this last segment of the process took a little fast than we had thought it would. Without a solid itinerary in hand, we'll plan to head off into the sunset at the end of October. If you're curious as to why, read the post below. It tells the story in greater than necessary detail. In a nutshell, this is the last piece of information we need from China before boarding a plane. They can't easily change their minds now... they're stuck with us now. Here we come, ready or not!
So, now we plan...and wait...and wait...and plan... and then revise our plan...and then wait a bit more. When most of today's other TA's are boarding a plane in early September, I'll be sitting in from of this computer, I'm sure, driving myself crazy with last minute details! Here's to all the families getting their travel notices today and in the next few weeks!
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Wednesday, August 15, 2007
I put Ian's video clips on the right margin, but a few people have mentioned that they are a bit small. Since I don't have any room there, I'm reposting the bigger versions.
These are from May... almost 3 months ago now. About the same amout of time has passed since we first saw these videos that is left before we hold him in person. I've actually been making up stories lately about what I think he's doing. Yesterday, I imagined that he was playing outside (probably wearing a pink jumper with some random saying or cartoon character) and is finally walking, although still unstable on his chubby little legs. He probably has his new China summer buzz cut by now and has all of his front teeth already.
We should be expecting our Travel Approval any time now, so hopefully we're in the home stretch of our wait to find out if I'm right about the above. Until then, please enjoy our first glimpses of Ian in action!
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Monday, August 13, 2007
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Tuesday, August 7, 2007
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