We have had a very busy past 24 hours! Not only was March 9th Lydia's gotcha day, it was also her adoption day. Provincial rules usually require the adoptive family to spend one night with the baby, but for some reason we were allowed to do both. So we promised to never abuse or abandon her and signed many many papers and poof! We're paerents again! We could not be happier! She is such a sweet baby. She has 4 teeth, weighs 21lbs, and LOVES her daddy. She has been smiling a little for us, but mostly she is content to look around and be held. She does not want to be put down. I had to put her in my bed last night and today Mark held her for her nap when she fussed about being put down. We learned through our guide that the Chinese language has 4 tones, and tone is everything. This afternoon Mark sat Lydia on the bed and she began to fuss. Mark jokingly said to her in a fatherly tone "you're not gonna start that little girl," and she squalled her head off. Lesson learned, tone is everything. We have been to the city center park today and Wal-Mart. I have heard about the magnetic carts on escalators, but seeing it was unreal. I have a photo of it to post later. Tomorrow we are going out to the country and we can hardly wait. Thank you all so much for the e-mails and blog comments. It is wonderful to hear from you while we are so far away. We are overwhelmed to be a part of this wonderful journey charted by God. We continue to ask for your prayers, Lydia has a bit of congestion in her head and chest, but no fever. :-) She is not rolling over yet and only sits up for short periods. We have much ground to cover! Much love to you all!
Mark, Cindy, and Lydia