Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Ruby's Smile {more pictures and an update}

Yesterday we received a wonderful surprise:  several pictures of Ruby we haven't seen before!  They are from the sweet family who got to meet her last month.  There were some more on their other camera and after transferring them onto their computer they sent them to us.  The best part of course is that there was one of our beautiful girl smiling!!  What a special send off for us!  

I like to think she is blowing us kisses here. :)

Our smiley pretty girl!  We are on our way Ruby Mei!!!
We are literally at the airport right now!  New post on that as soon as possible.
We also got a growth update this morning.  Sadly it looks like our little peanut lost more weight since last month. :(  I don't know why- but we can't wait to give her lots of yummy foods!
height: 72cm(28.34 inches), weight: 8kg (17.63 lbs), head circumference: 42cm, chest circumference: 46cm,
 foot length: 10cm

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A surprise update and from Red Thread!

This morning I found a message from Ann of Red Thread with 8 new pictures of Ruby Mei and her updated weight, height, ect.  To say we are thrilled is an understatement!!  It looks like she is sad or pensive in this pictures though- we can't wait to make her smile and laugh and give her a million hugs and kisses everyday. :)  And her hair is still getting longer- yay!  Maybe they are letting her grow it out in anticipation of her adoption day??  Fingers crossed!  We always notice her right little hand is always out and moving- we wonder if it's a sign she uses to try and tell her nannies something?  Or is she signaling us to hurry up and come get her? ;)
She is so sweet and beautiful we can hardly stand it!  Those chubby little cheeks! This last month of waiting is pure agony- very similar to the last month of pregnancy.  So close but never soon enough...
Here is her growth update:
weight: 18.74 lbs
height:  almost 28 inches
teeth:  2
feet:  almost 4 inches
She either lost weight(we were told she was 20.5 lbs at 12 months old) -which is possible due to just having her palate surgery recently- or else there are variables to the way they are weighing her.  This current weight puts her in 6-9 month clothes!  Uh-oh!  We have oodles of cute 18 month clothes from Mary Beth and I have bought a few extra 12 month clothes just in case.  But now I will have to get a few 9 month outfits too.  She's getting pretty close to 12 month clothes at that weight so I will bring 9 month and 12 month to China.  That foot size puts her in a size 1(almost 2) shoe- so tiny!!  Everyone says to wait until we are in China to buy her shoes because it's too hard to guess correctly.  We should get one more update on all these measurements in a couple of weeks too.

Red Thread is a service that a very nice lady named Ann provides to families who are adopting.  She lives in Guangzhou and will shop for items for you to send to your child.  She also translated a letter to the orphanage for us and put together a photo album(with pictures we emailed her) for Ruby to look at until we get there.  Normally when she sends the care package she will also call the orphanage and ask for some new pictures and new measurements so she can send those to the family right away.  It took awhile for us to get them because she was in the hospital following her surgery.  :(  We are so thankful for any new picture we get- it is usually a difficult thing to get your hands on pictures.  We will treasure these always and I know Ruby Mei will be so thankful to have them later on too.  We also sent a flash drive stick and requested that the nannies take lots of pictures of Ruby and give us the stick when we arrive.  Hopefully it will be full!