Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Gotcha Day!!!

On April 2 we arrived in Chongqing around 3PM, our guide came to our room around 5PM to inform us that the children were in the hotel and we would be receiving them at 8:30PM. What a shock, it was very unexpected to be so sudden.
We picked Ella out of the group before we received her, when they called our name and the Hallmark moment was ready to begin. Stop! The Hallmark moment, Ella had a BM and they didn't want to give her to us with a dirty diaper, so in front of everyone Ella's diaper was changed and the Hallmark moment could resume.
So far the experience is complete opposite of Claire. Ella went to bed last night at 11PM and slept in her crib until 8AM. She loves her crib and is a good sleeper. Ella is tiny but a chunk, she loves her feet (so much she uses them to scratch her head), music and stuffed animals. From what we can tell Ella is the second youngest in the group and the smallest. She didn't smile or cry the first night, but today all that has changed. She let's us know when she is unhappy, she does cry, and has cackled out loud all night. Ella is already attached to her big sister, when Claire is in the room she can't keep her eyes off her. Claire has been great helping feed Ella and she loves taking pictures of her with her camera.

Claire at the Great Wall
While in Beijing we visited the Great Wall, it's an amazing site to see in person. On your way down from the Wall you walk down a path with vendors on both sides, the path is probably a 10th of a mile long. Every person you walk by is aggressively trying to sell you something. Now to us it was pretty annoying but to Claire, she thought it was great; at one point she said to us "all these people want to give me something". As we made our way down I would had the "no not interested" with the hand wave saying leave me alone. Claire's comment on the other hand was "no thank you, but I'll come back tomorrow and buy something".
And now the adventure continues!


Angela said...

This is just so great. We couldn't be happier for you! I need my Kleenex. Can't wait to meet Ella - Ethan's excited too!! Hurry home.

mary beth said...

Ni Hao and Congratulations!!!
What an exciting day!
Ella is so sweet and precious!!!
Gotta love those chunky Xiu Shan girls!!! Claire really looks likes she is enjoying China.

Can not wait to hear and see more of your trip!!! Will you be going to hot pot?

Rich, Mary Beth, Maggie and Katie Grace

Quackenbush Family Blog said...

Ella is BEAUTIFUL! We are all here at Mom and Dad's house looking at the pictures and can't wait to get our hands on her. Claire looks very happy to be a big sister.
Have a safe trip!

katie said...

awww....she says, "i finally have my mama!" yeah!!!!!! (oh, and of course my daddy and sister too)