Back in Jan, German and I decided that we wanted a sister for Ella (and Lucas and Noah) and started the process to adopt another little girl from China. I promised myself that I would start blogging about it once we received a referral, that happened in May and as you can see the blog updating never happened.
Surprisingly, the first question most people asked when I told them we were adopting another daughter was if I was going to blog again when we traveled to China to get her. I think they really wanted to ask if we were crazy to become a family of 6 (yes 4 kids is a lot, heck, 3 has been challenging, but sometimes crazy feels right).
So, we have our travel approval from China, flights booked and we'll be leaving on Thur, 11/1! We will meet Zoe on Mon, 11/5 and return home to California on Fri, 11/16.
Here is some info on Ms. Zoe. She was born on 6/13/11 which will make her 16 months when we meet her. She is 2 years younger than Ella and 5 years younger than Lucas and Noah. She was abandoned at the Civil Affairs Bureau of Jiancheng District of Yangjiang City in Guangdong Province on June 15, 2011. Based on her umbilical cord, her DOB was estimated at June 13, 2011. She has lived at Jiangcheng Orphanage since then. She is not small, the measurements we got of her at 12 months were about 26lbs and 31 inches tall.
Since she is from Guangdong Province, where the US Consulate is located, our whole 2 week trip will be in Guangzhou, the capital of that province.
She does have a special need, it is a genetic blood disorder called thalassemia which is very common in southern China and will hopefully just need monitoring.
I will do my best to continue to post updates from now and throughout our trip.
Here are 2 ics of her at 12 months: