Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Monday, July 17, 2006
Here are a few pictures of the SuiXi orphanage and the bedrooms where the babies sleep. The cribs do not look too comfortable but at least it seems very clean. We have heard from other parents that have adopted children from SuiXi that the babies are very well taken care of and that it is one of the better orphanages. A few parents have told me how the caretakers were very emotional when they had to hand the babies over to their new parents. That is comforting to know. There are 9 bedrooms and about 14 children in each room with one caretaker for each room. The photo on the top center was taken in late March by a parent that was able to visit the Orphanage. The baby being carried by the woman looks like it could possibly be Bliss. She has that hair that sticks strait up.
On July 3, after almost 2 years of paperwork and waiting we finally received our first pictures of our daughter. Her Chinese name is Sui Hua Pei (pronounced Swee Who-wah Pay). We were told that she is called Pei Pei in the orphanage. She lives in the SuiXi County Social Welfare Institute. SuiXi County is located in the southern-most tip of China. She was found abandoned on September 9th in the town of Beipo in front of the rural credit cooperative. She weighed 6 pounds 1 ounce and was 18.5 inches long. They estimated September 9th to also be her date of birth. We have been given a small amount of information about her. We know that she had a medical exam on May 12th. At that time she weighed 17.2 pounds and was 22 inches long.