Wednesday, January 12, 2011
I Have Pre-Approval!!!
At 8:40pm tonight, Jan. 11, 2011, my agency called to give me the great news...
I'm going to be a MOTHER!!! CCAA issued my Pre-Approval!
My little girl will be 7 years old on Feb. 15 but she is very, very tiny. She is only 103cm (40.5") tall and 33.5 pounds, the size of a petite 4 year old.
She is from Jiangxi, China, where she lives family style within her orphanage. Her caregiver is her "grandma" instead of an Ayi (aunty) and she lives in a room with her grandma and, perhaps, 2-3 other children. The rooms are about the size of a classroom and set up sort of like a studio apartment would be. The babies sleep in large oval woven baskets. I don't know what my daughter sleeps in or on or if she sleeps with her grandma. Please note that this is not a biologically related grandma, but an honorary title give to her caregiver who is an older woman (over 50).
She likes to sing, do art books (coloring books?), and is envious of the children who get to wear a backpack and go to school.
She is very polite, especially to the elderly and is very helpful - happily so.
She is active and tried to teach herself to ride an adult-sized tricycle!
There is so much more, but I've just spent the last 4 hours trying to get my computer to work well enough to post this much. It froze when I opened my photo program and I've got to get some sleep - if I can.
I will post the whole story when I can, but I don't think I'll ever know what truly happened to make this possible! She is truly, truly The Child of My Heart, and worth all the heartache of the last 3 months and 11 days of trying to get her.