Wednesday, January 09, 2013

4 Months since Gotcha!

I can hardly believe it has already been 4 months since that day in a hot sticky second floor office in Guiyang, Guizhou Fu Han Yu was place in my arms.  She was so scared, confused and almost devoid of emotion for the first 10 minutes and then tears.  She scratched at my face and ripped off my earring as I took her from the people she knew.  That first night was scary for her and us.  What were we doing on the other side of the world getting a toddler who doesn't know a word of what we are saying or us what she was saying.  But some stacking cups and an order of french fries seemed to make it all better.

Now I can't imagine life without her.  She is such a joy, has an amazing giggle and smile and the cutest wrinkles on her nose when she laughs really hard.  She is so comfortable in really any surroundings.  She goes on in to Sunday school and child care at the gym without reservation because she is confidant mommy will be back soon.  She will entertain herself so much that I often feel badly when she is off playing alone and I am doing something or playing with Zane but she is super content.  Although she is very happy when it is her turn to have my full attention.

She is speaking a new word almost everyday and seems to understand most anything said to her.  She loves her shoes and is eager to get her jacket when it's time to go.  She must have a bow on her head before leaving her room but it hardly ever lasts by time we get to where we are going.  She knows what she wants and let's you know when it is not going the way she wants it.  She loves her big brother and imitates him often.  And she is crazy about dogs.

She is starting to sit in my lap and listen to a book and look at the pages.  From her reaction/behavior a few months ago when I would try to read her a book, I am pretty sure she had never had a book shown to her or read to her.  And she really likes puzzles.

I am so impressed by how well she has done and adapted so quickly.  She is super sweet and fun and the answer to my prayers!!  She was well worth the wait!


Doreen said...

Your daughter is BEAUTIFUL (and Zane as well)! Wonderful pictures of an obviously happy and centered and stable family. I'm forcing myself to limit myself from reading more due to limited time I have, but I was enjoying skimming through your blog. I have a question for you please. Were you able to access your blog while in China? We adopted our first daughter from China in 2004 (10 months from LID) and our second daughter in 2009 (37 months from LID) and now we will be traveling in
one month for our son (very minor special needs - hopefully). While in China the second time, I was unable to access my blog. I am rather technically challenged and this limited us a great deal to share w/ friends/family back home. I'd like to try this again, but don't want to waste time if I won't be able to use it for it's sole purpose. Any info you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Congratulation to you and your husband. Good things come to those who wait!

Kelly (Mike, Zane and Mia Jade) said...

Hi Doreen,
Thank you for the wonderful comments regarding my family. Mia Jade has done wonderfully! And congratulations on your son! I hope you have a wonderful trip and everyone adjusts well. I was able to access my blog thru a service called VPN Express. It's a service you sign up for and set up BEFORE you go to China. Then you access their server which is located in the US to get on anything such as blogs and Facebook. It's a month to month service around $12 a month so I only sign up for one month. But it will keep renewing/charging you until you cx so make sure you go back and cancel. Google it and go to their site. It's very easy to do. What is your blog? I'd love to read about your family and referral!

Doreen said...

Thanks for your help w/ the VPN Kelly. My blog is now "up and running" tho not alot of posts, yet (too busy getting ready) at

Kelly and Matt said...

I can't believe that we finally have them home! Reading about Mia Jade and how well she's doing melts my heart. I need to get my journal and start typing becasue I'm WAY behind. Can't wait until we can meet up again. Hugs for you all, Kelly & Emily