Sorry for the delayed update. Just got internet up and running a few minutes ago. We left Hefei yesterday. Our flight to Guangzhou was scheduled to depart at 6:30pm. We left the hotel about 4, got checked in for flight, and then started hearing the announcements that the flight had been delayed. Many flights were delayed because of the weather. We probably flew out around 8:00 and by then Elli was already tired. It was her first flight, we think, and we had more turbulence than we've had on any flight. She did ok for a few minutes and then she teared up and was not happy. She did eventually eat a little bit and did ok the rest of the flight. We had to wait at the airport for another family whose flight had also been delayed, so it was around 11:30 when we checked in.
Once we had breakfast this morning, the fun began. The medical exam office was a mad house. Screaming children everywhere. So many people adopting . If we hadn't been there for such a stressful event I would have enjoyed sitting down with each one and listening to their stories. Elli did fine for the exam. They checked out her limp and the scar on her inner leg but weren't sure what type of surgery she'd had.
Then we waited a while and... on to the torture chamber. She had to have five shots and the TB test. Virgil held her and she broke our hearts with those tears. Once it was over she was fine again, and has been going 100 mph today. We go back on Monday afternoon to have the TB test read. That should be our final hurdle. We still have paperwork to do, but the exam was the biggest thing.
She is doing well still and is calling for Baba if she can't see him. If we are out and she doesn't see one of us she gets upset. One of the other families we're traveling with said their first daughter has been that way since she was adopted 3 years ago. Both the families are doing well. It was good to see them again and compare notes, and also suffer through shots together. Please remember them in your prayers also for their TB tests.
We went to a restaurant tonight that had American food. Cheeseburgers, fries, and ice cream :) !!!!!!!!! By the way, our eldest daughter is also doing fine. Even better now because there are lots of stores to shop at all around the hotel.
I want to wish each of you mothers a happy and joyful Mother's Day - I know mine will be, even though I'll be missing my kids who aren't with us (and grandbaby!!!). Love you all and thanks for all the encouraging emails!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!