Journey to Sophie

In March 2005 we traveled to Hunan, China, to bring Chen Xu Yun into our family. This is our journey to Sophie.


April 4/05 ~ Baby's Medical

Sophie has been taking her formula now without a fuss but she still won’t eat jarred baby food. We had to leave at 7:30am for the drive to the clinic. The Monday morning traffic here is crazy during rush hour. The Beijing Clinic specializes in Chinese adoptions. We were taken to a room to fill out more forms and then had to wait for Sophie’s name to be called. We were the third family in the group to be taken in. Sophie didn’t fuss when she was weighed and measured. She is 7.8 kilograms and 72 cm long. The doctor we had was originally from Montreal and therefore we had no language barriers to overcome. She said that Sophie is long and lanky, so I’ve been calling her "my little sausage". Her lungs, heart, and ears are good. She has a mild cold and nothing to be concerned about. We paid our fee and then waited out in the bus for the other families. It took just over 2 hours for everyone to be seen. Some of the babies had to go on antibiotics. We then headed for the Canadian Embassy to drop off the final reports and paperwork. The Embassy is highly guarded by armed Chinese officers. We waited in the bus while our translator took the forms in. After lunch we went to a silk factory where we saw a demonstration of how silk is made. You guessed it! The tour ended in another showroom. There were a lot of other families there buying traditional silk outfits for their new babies. We are now back to our hotel and thinking about strolling up the street to window shop. We need to keep Sophie up a bit so that she will sleep better through the night. Tonight we decided to order a pizza to eat in our room.
Arriving at the Beijing Clinic.
Waiting for Sophie's medical.
Weighing in.
She's good to go!