Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Lauren got two shots today and was fussy this afternoon, but then started the usual laughing, blowing raspberries, head-shaking happy routine after a little dose of Tylenol. What a sweetie.
Ryan dressed Lauren the other day in a little dress, sweater and leg warmers!
I am having so much fun introducing Lauren to new foods. She isn't really eating the apple, just gumming it. She lunges after everything we're eating. All you "Big Lebowski" fans out there will appreciate our "The Dude Abides" sticker in the background!
Cutie in the high chair:
And two more photos that our friend and photographer Jim Hatfield took the weekend before last. I think these are amazing!
Monday, March 26, 2007
Monday, March 19, 2007
Lauren, my mom and me:
Lauren meeting Amy, one of my oldest and closest friends:
With the hat Amy gave Lauren at my baby shower:
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
And just one more picture of Lauren that I couldn't resist posting, in her Baby Lulu dress:
Monday, March 12, 2007
Checking out her new room:
She seems to already know that Bethie is a special person!:
Hanging out in my lap post-bottle:
Meeting her friend Chase last night:
Enjoying some rice cereal for the first time this morning:
Friday, March 09, 2007
Had trouble posting pictures in Taiwan. Here is one of Aidan and me across the street from the Longshan temple on Tuesday night. So many lanterns all lit up!
Lauren adoring Daddy:
Lauren smiling with Daddy:
At the airport with our sweet guide, Mei-Ru, right before going through security:
Finally home last night...yay! What an amazing adventure we have had!
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Mei-Ru brought by Lauren's passport and her visa today. It is a relief that all of that went well. She will automatically become a US citizen when we land in San Francisco on Thursday afternoon.
We really love Taiwan and will be sad to leave. The people are wonderful and we've really enjoyed being here even though everything has been so hectic (and we are also so glad we brought Aidan). We are attracting a lot of attention out and about with Lauren, most people just stare at us but for the most part everyone is very friendly and nice. We met another very nice couple (with their 10-year-old son) at our hotel that just picked up their new daughter yesterday (they are not with our agency but also adopted from the foster care program). They live outside of Chicago, so maybe we can visit them next time we go see our family out there.
At the Chiang Kai-Shek memorial yesterday. The barrettes in Aidan's hair are his new style, he says "I'm a girl now." (He was playing with them with Grandma Bev.) The weather has really run the gamut while we've been here, the first day was broiling and yesterday it was rainy and cold. We took the kids out late last night to go to a night market (we put Lauren in a snowsuit per the local custom) and the doorman at the hotel was very worried that we were going out and told us how cold it was.
Here is the smile we were waiting to see (this picture is actually from Monday night). It was well worth the wait! She is so ridiculously cute!
A quick meal on the go this morning. Grandma Bev watched Aidan while Ryan and I went out in a frantic attempt to buy some stuff to bring home. It has been hard to do all the things we wanted to do with both kids.
Monday, March 05, 2007
This morning we had our AIT (American Institute in Taiwan) appointment to get Lauren's passport and visa. It seemed to all go fine. Then we went shopping at the handicraft market and then to the CKS memorial. Now everyone is napping and I should go join them.
A few more details from yesterday: It took a very long time to drive to the agency from Taipei (more than three hours) because of traffic. The drive back was easy and it was just Mei-Ru, Lauren and me because Ryan and Aidan took the train back. We did not meet Lauren's birth mother, we were told the day before that she would come but when we got there, Samantha (the agency representative) said she wasn't coming. We were able to get two pictures of her. The foster mother was very sweet and answered all of my many questions. Lauren was dressed in one of the dresses we sent in our care package (over pajamas) and we got back all the things we had sent, including the two disposable cameras--can't wait to get them developed. She called Lauren "Ling Ling" as a nickname, which we love. Aidan is a bit grouchier about everything today but is still hanging in there. Last night he climbed on the couch where Ryan and Lauren were sitting and said, "Daddy, you are a sweet daddy" and "Lauren, you are a sweet baby" and gave everyone kisses!
In the car driving away from the foster family's house:
At the agency (all the adoptive families sign a wall):
Enjoying a rice cracker with Daddy back at the hotel:
Saturday, March 03, 2007
Please keep Aidan in your thoughts/prayers tomorrow as we all travel to meet Lauren. He has been numero uno in a big way for the last nearly four years and we are worried about how this transition will go for him. He did wake up this morning saying "let's go get Lauren," which was really sweet. We keep trying to emphasize that she'll be staying at our hotel with us and then coming home on the plane with us, to try and help him understand. And of course please send out good thoughts that Lauren can have an easy transition into our care.
Ryan and Aidan in the lemur area at the zoo:
Aidan and me watching the Chinese otter (his favorite):
Aidan's other favorite: the water pump. You can tell how into it he is by how his hair is flying!:
Our hotel from Taipei 101 (it's the L-shaped building to the left of the building with the pool on the roof):
Aidan checks out the view from the world's tallest building:
Family at the Martyrs' Shrine:
Aidan saying "I want to go out of this place!":
Aidan on the moving walkway at the Portland Airport:
Our plane arrives in San Francisco:
Aidan's little sleeping nest on our flight! He slept great on the plane; they turn all the lights off and it's pretty quiet, so he did really well.
Watching the traffic outside our hotel: