Friday, March 28, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
In this photo taken last week the band aid is where the needle was that did not get the blood we need for the standard post adoption tests . . . . after 2 hours of going to one lab, being sent to another, finding parking and walking two little kids in. We waited and spent 20 minutes with the blood guy (I have no idea what his title really is!) and he poked and put hot compresses on Tia's arm, then pushed her arm around more (I couldn't see a vein!) finally he plunged the needle in TO NO AVAIL! My poor baby girl has to go back again. Oh yuck this is not fun! anyway I haven't had the heart to take her back for more of the same abuse as her arm is still bruised from the first attempt :( and she doesn't actually like to drink a lot of liquids that will increase the amount of blood (does it even work that way?) . . . poor sweetie, it is all too frustrating.
Here is a photo of Elijah, wanting equal time in front of the lens :) More than one friend had an amazed look on their face when meeting Tia - thinking that she really resembles our Elijah. I think they are both cute :)
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Here are a couple of Easter Photos. She is so totally silly :) She is always making us laugh! Noone taught her this, it is just her own idea . . . . (I know she shouldn't be sitting like this . . . . )
They are ready to go get those eggs . . .
Friday, March 21, 2008
She is wonderful, adorable, beautiful and quite a stinker as you can see. We just adore this little girl and cannot remember what life was life without her.
Monday, March 17, 2008
Today just two weeks later I am filled with so much hope and love and joy for my precious little girl. That little girl who just laid there and whimpered now crawls everywhere, walks when we hold her hands and says: Mama, DaDa, Googol (good girl) uhuh (uh oh)nn nn nn(no no no no), she sings with me when I sing, she giggles at the littlest tickle and her smile can fill our entire house with joy. This little girl is our daughter, our beautiful, funny, charming and somewhat sassy daughter. I can't imagine what life would have been like if I had listened to fear instead of to God.
Tia is our daughter, she just is.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
We arrived in Sydney at 8:30 am and were at our house by 10:30 (via taxi by a cab driver originally from Guangzhou - how great is that?). The house was decorated with a welcome home sign and balloons (thanks Sonia, Johannah, Stephanie and Kristen!) There were meals in a cooler (thanks Lisa and Ian) and groceries arrived soon thereafter (thanks Ashlyn & Sonia) and gifts for Tia too! (Thanks Lucy, Carl, Oliver, Jessica, Macy & Ashlyn, Chris, Sophia, & Rhianna, Tony, Sam, Zoe) . . . . It was so fun! The kids slept on the flight . . . . well, Tia, not so much :( Matt & I are pretty exhausted, we both took naps today. Tia is enjoying her room and house, but she does seem a little stressed by yet another change. In another day or two she will be settled in and livin' the good life!
It has been really fun sharing our journey with all of you. I was finally able to read all the wonderful comments - thanks to each and every one of you for encouraging us. We are blessed - really. God is so faithful and our little Tia is such an answer to every prayer that we prayed and you prayed with us. We cannot even believe how blessed we are. I promise to post photos of Hong Kong Disneyland tomorrow (It was really fun:). I do want to say Happy Birthday to Casiana Madalina Covaci in Romania. Six years old today. Casi, we count our blessings and you are one of them. We continue to believe that God has a plan and his ways are perfect. Casiana, you were meant to be a part of our lives, we will always love you, dear little girl and pray that God fulfills the plan he has for your life. Happy Birthday sweet 6 year old, someday you will know how very much you were wanted by a family . . . . .
Cheers from Sydney, home to the Witt family of SIX!! (seven, if you count Zeke) We could see the blue sky today and the stars tonight! It is good to be home :)
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
We returned to the hotel and took "Red Couch Photos" with the two other adoptive families here with our agency. The babies did really great and I think we got some fabulous photos. We did some family photos also and are hoping to have some good ones. Say CHEESE!
After lunch we went to Tia's Consulate Appointment and took our oath. It was fun to see the other 20 or so families and their new children. Tomorrow morning we go to the Australian Consulate and get Tia's Australian Visa. Everything has been going really smoothly and we are looking forward to being back in Sydney on Saturday morning. If all goes as planned we should be in Hong Kong by 2 pm. Our flight doesn't leave until Friday afternoon so it looks like we will get a chance to take the kids to Hong Kong Disney. We are all packed and ready for a 6:30 am wake up call. I'm not sure we will post again until we are home on Saturday -
Monday, March 10, 2008
After finding out that great news we went to the Pearl Market. It was very BIG! and cool to go there. We got the girls some pearls and yes they were pretty reasonably priced (we think). Next stop was The Walking Street. Big, busy and very interesting. It was a fun trip. We came home and celebrated the birthday of Marcy, a Mom also adopting through CHI. It is nice to have other families to share these experiences with and Marcy has been such fun to get to know.
It has been wonderful spending the past 4 days here in Guangzhou. If we were ever to adopt from China again (Matt says NO!) I would love to spend our entire trip in Guangzhou. Shamian Island is seriously a vacation type of place. We have enjoyed every minute of our time here. It helps that Tia has been a dream baby and we are finding the transition to life with 4 kids to be incredibly fun so far. The kids have been so good - they are all stepping up to their new place in the family and we could not be prouder.
Tia has been coughing a little and having serious stomach cramps at night - we would really appreciate your prayers for her little tummy. She had a great day and started making some new sounds and saying MaMa and Dada a lot today. She babbles and sings a lot of the day - too cute. She is also waving goodbye, she is a little doll! spicy too :)
Jonah, Isabella and I went shopping tonight after the little two littleys were in bed. We got some great deals and enjoyed a balmy beautiful evening walking around. Jonah loves to barter - he is so funny because he is a cheapskate and doesn't want to part with a single Yuan more than he has too . . . and Isabella just loves to shop! I enjoyed being with them both and discussing how enjoyable our time in China has been.
Cheers from China, where the sales people always give us "best price".
Sunday, March 9, 2008
After the Safari Park I tried to get Tia down for a nap. She never fell asleep but was having a good time playing in the crib. After a while I set her down on the floor with some toys while I checked my email. I think she finally allowed me to put her down because everyone else was gone and the room was quiet. I was so excited when Tia started crawling everywhere! She was really cute picking up a little ball and throwing it, crawling to it and then throwing it again. She crawled to the coffee table and pulled herself to a stand, then giggled and gave me a cute sneaky little smile. She reached over and grabbed some crackers and sat down and started eating them. She was so cute and proud of herself for getting a snack all by herself :) Sorry for the poor picture quality . . . and the messy room! But isn't she so cute?
Saturday, March 8, 2008
Today was a great day. We started the day out by meeting two other families from our agency and Connie our facilitator for the medicals for our kids. We really enjoyed talking to Marcy,Christine & Mark and meeting their adorable children. It was really nice to chat with others in our same situation. The medical went okay. Tia's hearing seems fine, she passed everything except Tia does still have a heart murmur so the surgery was not 100% successful. Did I even post that Tia did have surgery in June? When we met Tia on Monday the SWI mentioned the surgery did not go as well as they thought and so we have to go to a cardiologist and find out if there is something else wrong with Tia's heart or if it is not a big deal.
PLEASE PRAY THAT TIA'S HEART WILL BE HEALED! I am praying Tia will not have to go through another surgery, she needs some time to enjoy being in our family without that trauma. God is able to heal Tia and I believe he will if we ask him to. Please join us in this petition. He has been so faithful to answer our prayers so far. We are so thankful!!!
After the medical appointment Matt met with the other families and Connie at the White Swan for the Consulate paperwork. We tagged along to the White Swan to check it out and get a few photos and then my mom and the kids and I went shopping! We had a lot of fun pricing some of the items available here on the island. Tia and Elijah had fun riding in the stroller together.
For lunch we went to Lucy's which is a favorite with American families visiting. The food was great and we had fun . Elijah made a little friend from somewhere - speaking what we think was Spanish. I love that about little kids, they had a blast playing gameboy and had their arms around each other and were chatting, each in their own language. China is an amazing country and we have been really enjoying our trip, what incredible experiences we are having. Here on Shamian Island it is pretty easy. There are more people who speak English here, it is nice to have some Western food and it's wonderful talking with other adoptive families. This feels like a vacation! The time is going very quickly and in just a week we will be on our flight back to Australia.
Cheers from Shamian Island, home of a bit of America in China.
Friday, March 7, 2008
Thursday, March 6, 2008
We are doing great and will post again tomorrow,
cheers from Hangzhou, land of beautiful silk, including our sweet ChouZhou - silk boat :)
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Today we had a very emotional day. We started out by driving the 1.5 hours to YiWu which is the city where Tia was found and lived for her first 19 months. We stopped to get a photo taken for Tia's passport. Our next stop was Tia's finding spot which was at the ChouZhou hospital on a chair inside a room where they administer anitbiotics. Tia was named ChouZhou after this hospital. It was very interesting and very sad. Tia laughed out loud for the first time as we entered the building - silly girl :) Then we went out for a delicious lunch with the vice director of the Baby Garden where Tia lived. The food was incredible. It was a wonderful gesture of the YiWu SWI and we very much appreciated it.
Our last stop was at the Baby Garden. It was funny to see how excited Tia got when she saw her former nanny, the very one who came to bring her yesterday. Tia started laughing and smiling. They put her in her crib and she was standing there jumping up and down - this was the same little girl who couldn't even sit up the day before because of what we now think was shock and grief. By the end of the visit we had her number! She is now walking around with us holding her hands, I think the worst of the grieveing is over! In fact she is sitting on my lap playing with Isabella right now, smiling and saying something like "more" for a game they are playing. It is so great to see her coming out of her shell.
I was really happy to get to spend time and photograph and video two little girls of my friends Judy and Angel. Please see my note to you at the bottom of this email. We had a wonderful time in YiWu and are so thankful for the photos of the place Tia was found and spent the first 20 months of her life.
Our last stop of the day was to the Civil Affairs building to be declared Kristiana Hope Witt's parents and so this little girl is officially ours! Sorry we cannot access our aol or yahoo to ready or answer emails and I cannot seem to bypass the Great Firewall of China.
Lots of love from Hangzhou, land of a new Little Bitty Witty :)
TO Judy and Angel: - I hope to get the photos posted but if not please be encouraged that I got 10 or more photos of the girls. I was able to give Kaiya a very big cuddle and pray for her, XiXi, who they call by both her first names is toddling on her own! I got a series of photos of her and I can tell you she is so very proud of herself, and all the nannies were very proud of her also. Kaiya was asleep when we first arrived but I was really happy that they woke her up. Jonah did the videotaping that Angel sent and I hope he did well, it wasn't nearly 20 minutes but there is video for you and I think of Xixi too. Xi Xi is a couple inches bigger than Tia -so I think an 18 -24 month size. Kaiya is very tall, even 3 inches taller than XiXi - she may even wear a size 3T. I got an excellent photo of all three girls together that I was really excited about! I saw your girls today!
Lots of love to everyone,
Monday, March 3, 2008
What a little doll. We decided you can talk about naming a child all you want and the minute you meet her she immediately has a nickname. Tia is Peanut, or Itty Bitty Boo. She is tiny! We put a 6-12 month outfit on her and it fits. She likes to eat or at least to be holding food all the time. She is a snuggler (yeah!) and she is a bit scared by the Wild Witt gang. We think the last time she was taken somewhere out of the Childrens Garden (as they call the Social Welfare Institute here) was most likely when she had surgery on her heart, so it is no wonder she is a bit scared. We can hold her all day but the minute we try to put her down she has this sad little wimper. You know the kids are so disappointed that we have to hold Tia all the time - NOT! Tia has all three of the kids wrapped around her little finger. She gave them all kisses at dinner tonight :)
I am so hoping that I am successful at posting photos - if not then I am really sorry :(
Tomorrow we go visit the SWI at YiWu. We are looking forward to meeting XiXi and Kaiya!
Sunday, March 2, 2008
We will meet Tia at 9:30 am tomorrow at the Government Building. We are all so excited, I will post how that goes sometime tomorrow.
Cheers from Hangzhou, land of beautiful West Lake (& giant ball of cotton candy).