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Monday, May 25, 2009

Day Three - Where to begin??

Today was "Family Day"... What does that mean?... The Cole's Notes version is we as a couple became a family of three with the addition of Sylvie... YAY!! We woke up this morning quite early - Let's just say that jet lag is still working wonders on our sleep patterns. Tried to push through some more sleep but no go... So, we practised our Chinese (Mandarin) phrases to help Sylvie (and us) through the transition.

After breakfast, out FANTASTIC guide David took us to WalMart to buy some supplies and snacks. Shortly after that, we went to a different hotel to meet Sylvie and her caregivers. There were a few minutes of nervous anticipation while waiting for them to bring her into the room to meet us, however the transition went VERY well.

We spent the rest of the day getting acquainted with each other and completing different paperwork steps that required us to travel to several government offices. We are now back in out hotel room after a nice meal downstairs in the Chinese restaurant... To compare it (the meal) to anything in Canada would not do it justice... We will be going back.

Things we've learned today about Sylvie... She LOVES making noise with her toys - banging them together or against other objects. She loves texture and has to run her nails over everything to get a feel for it... (Sheets, Pillowcases, plastic name it) Wish we had brought some of the tag books with us, but have some at home for her to enjoy. She is very quiet so far (unlike her mother) and when she is upset or wants to be changed she wimpers very quietly. She likes being sung to and makes noises along with us when we are singing. The best part of the afternoon was when she was comfortable enough to fall asleep in Joyanne's arms... A good sign for sure.

That's a brief recount of what the day was... We know there are many parts to fill in, but it is time to put the wee one to sleep. We will try and post again tomorrow, as well as try to figure out how to get some pictures for you all to see. Needless to say, the Internet is not as "unfettered" over here as it is in other countries... A lot of sites and services are blocked, including blogspot... (which I have managed to circumvent enough to allow us to post). If anyone has any suggestions I welcome them.

Until next time...

Cory (& Joyanne, & Sylvie) :)


  1. Yay! I am so excited..I woke up early to check out your blog! Can't wait to see photos! If you need me to put them on your blog I can do that for you! I left you my e-mail address on Facebook if you need to.

    Have a wonderful day!

  2. Oh wow! Reading your blog brought tears to my eyes. I'm so happy for the three of you.....and very excited to meet Sylvie too.


  3. CONGRATS....glad everything is going good. Give DAVID a great big hug from Channing and I. He is the best!! Cant wait to see pictures....if you need help from this end I would love to help. Enjoy Nanning...we miss it!!

  4. Oh my goodness, I have tears in my eyes reading of your daughter falling asleep in your arms. Mike and I are so happy for you, and can't wait for your return. I hope all goes smoothly. Congratulations again on your new family!

  5. WOW!!!!! Today is Family Day, a day you will remember forever and ever! I'm so thrilled for the three of you. What a beautiful post!

    Hugs to all of you - Mommy, Daddy and Sylvie!

  6. YAY!!!!!! How exciting for everyone, and what a wonderful post to read! An amazing and epic day for your new family :) Can't wait to see pictures! Enjoy your first hours and days together!

  7. Congratulations on becoming a family. Looking forward to seeing some pictures.

    A fellow families with children from china yahoo group member - Rhonda

  8. A family forever. Congratulations!! Your hard work has paid off and you are able to meet your daughter. Enjoy your stay in China, have a great flight home. Waiting to meet your precious little one.

  9. Congratulations!!!! Enjoy every snuggle, giggle, that you have her I will warn you that they grow up too fast so enjoy every minute!!!! We look forward to reading more about your family adventures in China.

    Tara and Dale

  10. yes, it's totally crazy that we haven't posted yet, but I've been travelling.... and just saw the pics tonite!

    Guys - how LOVELY is she?!??! The other pics didn't do her justice. You must be so completely thrilled.

    We are so very excited and happy for you!!!!!!!!

    And we can't wait to meet her :-)

    'Nicky & Jrock'