Nanjing at night

I decided to take a little walk around the streets that carve out a unique area around our hotel here in Nanjing. It is amazing what the city looks like at night – one last opportunity to absorb this fine city before leaving…...
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A Visit to the Orphanage

We just returned from our trip to visit the orphanage where Meili spent the first 16 months of her precious life. It is located about 120 miles east of Nanjing in a city named Jiangyin. The experience was deeply moving and I (Steve) am glad Tracy insisted we take the rare opportunity to take this...
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She is a smart little thing…

So we are still getting to know our new little daughter, Meili. Yesterday was day 2.5 without a bowel movement (yes, I know, too much information!) so we began to wonder if our western parenting skills were confusing our daughters eastern ways. Off to the local drugstore I went to locate a baby laxative (of...
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Walking around Nanjing…

Meili woke up this morning at 3:30am, 4:30am and then again at 5:30am so we figured she was hungry and gave her a bottle that she quickly guzzled down. Unable to go back to sleep, I decided to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime trip to China and went for a walk around 6:30am. Here are...
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She is officially ours…

We spent the morning finalizing the last of the adoption forms and procedures with the result being that Meili has a new name and a new birth certificate from China. Her new certificate lists Tracy and I as the official parents of Meili in the eyes of the Peoples Republic of China and certifies their...
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Good Morning Meili

No crying or fussing this morning – just a few small whimpers and some tiny fingers playing with the old wooden slats on her worn crib. Meili is still trying to figure out the two pale giants with weird eyes that seem to inhabit her new world and caution is the theme of the day...
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GOTCHA!!!!

Meili just fell asleep in my arms…I placed her gently in her crib where she is sound asleep.  I’m about to fall asleep myself from exhaustion but I wanted to post a few pictures of our daughter.  She’s amazing!!  Beautiful, sweet, quite but her eyes tell a story….I wish she could tell me.   So...
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Just arrived in Nanjing

We literally just walked into our room at the Mandarin Garden Hotel in Nanjing, China. It was awesome passing under the ancient city walls that surround the old capital city as we snaked through the curving and busy streets. Nanjing is a world away from Beijing and we are excited to be here. We are...
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day two…done!!

Climbed the Great Wall today and visited jade factory.  We only have about 6 hours before our luggage has to be outside our door ready for the airport.  We get to Nanjing tomorrow morning (Monday) and Meili somewhere about 2-3 pm.  Not sure what to expect when we get there…don’t really care as long as...
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day one…done!!

So, we just got finished with the day…sheewww…day one…done!!  Started at breakfast with eggs, assorted breads, pineapple juice and LOTS of coffee for me.  Then piled onto the bus. The sites today…Tian’anmen Square, Forbidden City, Pearl Factory, Summer Palace, Silk Factory!  We took numerous photos so we could prove to ourselves later that we were really...
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