Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
This kind gentleman sent me a lovely email with lots of information about Sofie Dang Hongyan. He remembered her and her "big smile when we see her every week. She like smile very much."
He also told me that Sofie Dang Hongyan was fostered by not one, but two different families...one she joined at about 9 months old and was then sent to another family about 15 months later. Wow.
And, there was a picture attached to his email...it looks like she was about a year old...just precious. The file is too big for the blog so I am going to see if Brandon the photoshop wizard can help me with that so I can post it.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
The english is coming along - she repeats most of what has been asking for things (banana, snack, juice) in english. She wants to know what everything is and what it is for. We've been out shopping a few times and she is very helpful - likes me to hand everything to her, tell her what it is for and put it in the cart for me. She also likes to unload all the items on to the belt at the checkout.
Hongyan also likes to stash things - perhaps behavior remaining from her time in the orphanage. I keep finding her things in drawers or tucked away somewhere. She is also obsessed with what belongs to who and making sure she repeatedly identifies everything that is hers. She is very proud to have her own things. I was going to start back at the gym this week, but Hongyan is still a little bit clingy, which is fine. She can be clingy for as long as she needs to be.
Now for some photos...from my Blackberry...I need to remember to keep my camera handy
What started out as organizing the storage containers...and has become a take them out and throw them back in the cabinet game...several times a day
Monday, March 22, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
We've also been getting lots of outdoor time, which she loves. We went to the park for a nice long walk today...
Sofie Hongyan has been reading Baba's snake books with great interest - they are the only books she actually sit and look at for any length of time, beside the book Auntie Peanut and Cousin Drew made for her. So, Baba decided it was time to meet the pet snakes. She was fascinated and sat on the stairs after looking at the snake books for a long while.
One of our adoption friends and fellow Inner Mongolia Mom, was kind enough to send Sofie a package to welcome her home. I let her open it yesterday...thanks Tammy & Joy!
We've been adding Sofie on to the beginning of her name this week and she says Sofie, but from what we've been able to translate, she is say "not Sofie, Dang Hongyan". We'll keep working on it. For those of you who will speak to her on the phone or by Skype, she only really knows Dang Hongyan...pronounced Dong Hoy Yen.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Sofie went to bed for the night at 6am on Sunday and Monday morning, which was her bedtime in China. Of course one of us had to be up with her overnight so I took the first shift Saturday night and we all slept until about 3pm on Sunday. The three of us stayed up all night on Sunday/Monday early morning. Monday was rough! Sofie went to sleep at 6am and we decided to get her up at around 9am. It was the only way we were going to quickly break the cycle. We had all been up all night and were so, so tired. But come dinner time, Silly literally fell asleep at the dinner table! And slept the entire night in her own bed. Hooray!
We got her up this morning and did not let her nap all day, so she feel asleep at 8pm. We are hoping she will sleep the night again...a few more nights and I think we'll all be good.
We have incorporated Sofie in to her name as we use it and she is already starting to point to herself and say "Sofie". She also knows many English words now, which is great. We had our first battle of the wills today and what a battle it was! They told us she was stubborn...but Mama is stubborn too and has infinite patience. It took 45 minutes to get her to clean up all the papers she tossed on the floor...but I know she'll think twice next time...she's a smart kid.
Some photos from our first days home...
Bird watching with Baba
Spaghetti was a hit She also loves ketchup (apparently they produce it in the city she came from) and strawberries. Can you tell I am a new Mom? Who's idea was it to feed the kid spaghetti in a white shirt...?
Reading her special book written by Auntie Peanut and Cousin Andrew
Paperdolls were also a big hit
Such a happy little girl!
Sunday, March 14, 2010
When I posted last night we thought Sofie was out, but she popped back up at about 1am...she & I were up until about 6am while Brandon got some much-needed sleep. All three of us slept most of the day today which was a bummer because it was sunny and 80! We got up, had some lunch and headed out for a nice walk and explored the backyard. Sofie learned that she can only get so close to the pool and that she has to lay down on her belly if she wants to splash around in the water with her hands. She also helped Baba clean the pool and skimmer baskets. She's a very helpful girl!
The three of us had some dinner...Chuy's never tasted so good! Then watched a little bit of a movie, read books and played a bit and she fell asleep at about 11pm. We're hoping she'll sleep through the night. Fingers crossed!
Some new things we have learned about Sofie:
- Sofie loves tomatoes, bananas, leafy greens, spicy food (she macked on the creamy jalapeno from Chuy's tonight!) and of course noodles and chicken wings.
- Sofie does not like bread, cookies, crackers (not even Gold Fish!) or red meat
- Her favorite toy since being home...flash cards and her "baby", a bunny from Auntie Lisa
- Home girl knows how to pull weeds! Yes!
- Did I tell you how much she loves to be naked?
- She would NOT go in the squatty potties in Asia. Nope, not having it. Girl likes her a nice clean toilet.
- She loves, loves, loves to be outside. Perfect!
Tomorrow we will venture out to get some kid supplies - we'll see how she does out and about in her new hometown.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Favorites so far...Stella the Cat and her room. She learned how to pet Stella and which parts not to touch and so far Stella seems to really like her too. I just checked on Sofie and Stella is curled up at the foot of the bed...purring up a storm.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Hong Kong is really incredible. We wish we could spend more time here but honestly, we are ready to go home, get settled and spend quality time continuing to bond with our girl. Our flight leaves at 9am tomorrow morning! We head to Tokyo, then on to Dallas with a quick hop down to Austin and we'll be HOME!
A few photos from the day... Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Photos of Sofie in her traditional Mongolian celebration dress and hat...I'm sure you know by now what a bright smile she has and how much she likes to ham it up for the camera. You can just tell by the look on her face in these photos, she was not having any of the group photo chaos. And, that she was very much a Baba's girl today...which is always so sweet to see.
Monday, March 8, 2010
We skipped the agency touring today as well. Not only because it is very cold, but we want to spend as much quality family time with our girl right now as possible. It gets a little overwhelming for her when we are with all the other families - there are 23 of them here from our agency. So we headed over to Starbuck's for some coffee and coloring. Then we had to hang out in our room while our guide was dropping off our paperwork at the Consulate. Sofie and Baba are down for a nap right now and Mama is enjoying a nice glass of afternoon wine.
I know I've said it before, but we can't imagine a child more perfect for us. Sofie Hongyan is so, so smart and silly and funny and outgoing...and of course spicy, sassy and stubborn, but we would have her any other way. We just love her to pieces! And Brandon as a Baba...what can I say. I knew he would be a great Dad...he is amazing. He steps right in and handles anything and everything...knows how to meet Sofie's needs...and makes sure I get some quiet time. And as far as Sofie is concerned, he is the most fun Baba in the world.
The sun just came out and my two loves are up from their nap, so we are going to head out for a walk along the Pearl River. All of our paperwork was in order so tomorrow afternoon we will head to the Consulate for an oath ceremony.
Just a few photos so far today...
Sunday, March 7, 2010
"Aw" moment of the day...we've been watching Kai Lan videos (and reading books - thanks Nana Joyce!) I downloaded on iTunes and in one of the episodes Kai Lan teaches the Chinese word for happy and sings a song about being happy. Sofie Hongyan & I were playing on the bed giving each other kisses and we decided to get Baba. We each took a cheek and started planting kisses on and hugging Brandon. Then little Silly starts singing the Kai Lan song about being happy...it was SO precious!