Sunday, June 25, 2006

Sydney...oh yeah, Great Wall, too


Sorry that we missed a day but it's amazing how quickly the time goes when you're having fun! We spent the previous day climbing The Great Wall.....I thought that was the best part of the trip so far but today topped the charts!! Today (6/26 over here), we finally met Er Wei. She was very slow to warm and didn't want us to pick her up or touch her at first. She is definitely a Daddy's girl and took to Donny and Alycia really quickly. Within a matter of a couple of hours, her caregiver and the orphanage director were gone, along with everything else that she has known. We stopped to take her passport photo on the way back to the hotel and the rest of this day we don't have anything scheduled.

Sydney is sleeping right now and Donny and Alycia have taken off to find Pizza Hut. It's also amazing how quickly you get homesick for the things that you know! We found a market last night, thanks to another adoptive family here, and loaded up on Pringles, Oreos, and Diet Coke. We've decided that it has been fun touring China but now we're ready to be home! It will be good to have some time to let us all adjust though before we have to leave.

Sydney is quite a little character. So far she has shared her feisty, playful side and her loving, gentle side. She likes to throw toys and giggles when you put things on your head and tip them off. The communication gap is tough, so we're hoping she picks up some English words soon. We're also working on our Mandarin words but our pronunciation is not very good! We'll try the picture cards after she wakes up from her nap. It's difficult to read any cues from Sydney, like when she is hungry or tired or has to use the bathroom.....she just takes what you offer and uses the toilet when you sit her on it. Hopefully, she will have us trained to her schedule pretty soon.

She seems to be in good health other than a little, loose cough. She has some old bug bites and a scratch on her leg. She is making me nervous when she keeps scratching her head but I don't see anything other than a dry scalp. We've only been with her for a few hours now so that's about all I know of Sydney for today.

We're counting down the days until we can see you all again!


Blogger Jo said...

congrats....were all excited for you and she looks like a doll.
Jo Ellen

9:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW, she sure looks GREAT, and so happy..... Mom looks pretty happy too!! Hope to see you all soon. Diane

2:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A grandma and great-grandma shared tears of joy this morning after getting the pictures of our new angel!! Of course, we always want more! We are waiting for pics of all four of you!! Guess we can wait for another week or so if necessary. We send our love.
Mom E.

2:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we just finished reading the latest and enjoyed the pix. Sydney looks and sounds like a very normal 3 yr old. I did send an e-mail this morning cause I didn't know how to send a comment, so am trying again!Continue to enjoy the adventure and the experience.
Grandma Heisler

4:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She looks like a little cutie. I'm very happy for you all! Mom sent me the web site so I could read about your progress in China and getting ready to bring Sydney home to the U.S.A. I've enjoyed reading about your blog.
Love, Peggy

5:31 PM  
Anonymous Cheri said...

"...giggles when you put things on your head and tip them off." Good to know she's a sucker for physical humor like her Auntie! Oh, and don't worry - I'll have a stuffed Caribou for Sydney! We'll start her off right! I love her already. My thoughts are with all of you every day. Be safe! Your Seester, Nante, Auntie - Cheri

8:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, just Auntie Dodee here! just showed the pictures to Bud. We think she is so cute: say, Momma, you look pretty perky so soon after a "delivery" :-) We look forward to seeing her in person when enough adjustment time passes so we won't overwhelm her.
Love from Bud and Dolores

10:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are enjoying the "play by play" story of Sydney! She sounds like a smart little girl and hope her ear is better soon. What is VSD? the only thing I could not figure out? Also what did two fingers mean when they listened to her heart? Or did they not speak English. Aren't I full of questions but it shows our interest in Sydney.
Love and a good trip home.
Bud and Dolores

1:51 PM  

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