It’s Official and passport paperwork
Well, yesterday Sophie woke up at 7 am after a full nights sleep. She fell asleep in my arms and I transferred her to her crib. She is oh so precious. We can’t wait for you all to meet her. She did very well today with all of the paperwork appointments. Our guides ,Tina and Rita, are amazing they understand adoption so well. They explain about hoarding, crying, needed safety, bonding with only one parent first, eating issues and so much more. What a blessing they are to some of the new adoptive parents.
Our first stop today was the office where we were given the official adoption certificate which finalizes Sophie as an official Haines. Welcome to our family Sophie Wenhong Haines! This brief ceremony took place in the same building where we received both Wyatt and Hudson and where we officially adopted them too. The director of the orphanage where both Wyatt and Sophie stayed sent a photo of our gotcha day with Wyatt to our guide yesterday. He went out of his way to find a photo of precious Wyatt from over 4 years ago. Not only did he remember Wyatt’s name but he sent the picture. The director was indeed happy when I shared our Christmas card photo with him. We will be touring the orphanage on Thursday and hope to see him again. On Thursday we will also get the chance to see Wyatt’s finding spot which we believe is across from the orphanage near a science and technology college. This is something we did not get to do before. Sophie’s finding spot is 2 hours away and Hudson’s finding spot is at least 2 hours away in a different direction. Wyatt is happy we are getting see his spot. Wish we could have brought him back with us again this time. He really can’t wait to return to China to visit again. He asked me to bring him a hot dog on a stick! Not sure it would travel so well!
After the official decree we headed to the notary and to get our passport papers notarized. I had to climb the 6 flights of stairs with Sophie. I felt like I was back at the Great Wall! We arrived back to the hotel after over 3 hours of paperwork for a quick lunch. So incredibly thankful Conner came with us or all we would be eating is crackers and fruit and Raman noodles in the room. He grabbed us Chinese food for lunch. The rice was delicious! We headed back out to the passport application office. More waiting and more staring. With 8 kiddos 14 parents 4 travel companions and 11 siblings we stood out! We arrived back to the hotel by 3:40 and then headed to the pool with some of Christian’s new friends. After the kids swam , Conner headed out to get us Pizza Hut. So much for being dairy and gluten free. I so can’t wait for a big salad when I get home!
Bedtime was harder tonight. Sophie only wanted to play with Emily’s phone and became upset when I took it away to settle her down. She did not want me to sit down to rock her but instead wanted me to stand up. I finally rocked her to sleep. My arms were aching after only 30 minutes. I put her in bed and she immediately woke up screaming again. I laid her in our bed with Emily while I ran to the bathroom and she kept crying. When I came back to bed and pulled her next to me she stopped crying immediately and fell fast asleep. She is still sleeping as I type this. She slept all night, although she pushed either Emily and I all night. So glad she seems to be attaching to me. She likes the kids but truly prefers me. She said mama referring to me multiple times. Emily already taught her high five and I taught her the sign for more. She jabbers in baby Mandarin and said “guh guh” which means big brother. She is bigger than we thought she would be , so today we will be heading to the local mall to find her a few things to wear. We are heading to our favorite pigeon park in Zhengzhou with a few families today. It is nice to be in a large group with everyone else going through the same things together. We had a large group with Wyatt for the first and last part of the trip but the in Province group was just us. This time we will have started and ended the trip with all the same families.
Please continue to pray for all the families as we bond to our precious new children. Adoption illustrates the gospel so beautifully and every time we adopt another child God vividly reminds me that this is exactly what he has done for me. He has chosen me, redeemed me and called me his own. Oh what a mighty God we serve. Please pray for all the precious little ones and older ones who are waiting for families that they would not remain orphans any longer. God did not leave us as orphans, he came to us in our sinfulness and redeemed us. Let us not leave these children as orphans but instead run to them with open arms to welcome them into our families so that they can hear and understand the gospel. Oh may all of these forgotten ones be adopted twice. Once into our family and once into God’s family. Adoption is a beautiful picture of God’s grace and mercy !
Mother of 11 and writes this blog.