Sunday, September 27, 2009

Catchin' Up

Saying goodbye to China.
Playing "Lady and the Tramp" with Mama!
Wearing her pretty little welcome home dress.
First time being tucked into her own bed and saying bedtime prayers.

Thursday we made a quick last trip to the market to get a couple of little things. Our flight was at 6pm and a few others were leaving at 4pm so with the bus only making one trip to the airport we had no choice but to go 5 hours early. We made the best of it though. I'd rather be early than late anyway. Mind you it was a long time for our little Sugar Pie to have to wait before a 13 hour flight. She fussed a little at the gate (boredom I'm sure) but seemed ok once we got on the plane.....noticed I said *seemed*.....first of all she had been waiting for what felt like forever in the airport, we put her in this seat and put a seat belt on her(Chinese aren't required to wear a seat belt in China...I totally don't understand this with the way they drive!) She started to wiggle and squirm and fuss until she knew it was a battle she couldn't win then she fell sound asleep for a couple of hours. 13 hours later we arrived in Toronto to be welcomed by this sweet bloggy friend with her 2 sweet daughters and a sign welcoming us home. It was nice to see a familiar face. Thanks Lisa!
We spent the night in a hotel close by and got up early to catch a flight home. Sugar Pie did pretty good on the flight to Halifax but once again there was a long wait. This time it was only 4 hours. Two days to get home with all this waiting in airports and such! We boarded the plane from Halifax to Charlottetown and she slept threw the entire thing! It was only a short flight anyway. We arrived and headed up the ramp and were met by a wonderful welcome home committee here too! It was sooo nice to see Jaclyn and K! I missed them so much! It was nice to see so many family members and friends from church, a few of the youth came down and they made a welcome home sign too, it was adorable! Carolyn and Marvin were there too, it was nice to have the support and welcome from others in the adoption community.
Lori and Dara grabbed our bags and took them out to the van which was sooo nice! We were pretty happy to be finally heading home...*sigh*. We arrived home and took Sugar to her room and let her check it out. She was so overwhelmed with everything she didn't know where to begin. She wasn't entirely impressed with the cat and dog though. She has probably never seen one so close. We got her dressed for bed and after a little melt down she finally fell asleep. It didn't last long though, we ended up having her sleep with us. I did try to rock her and it worked a tiny bit but not enough I guess. Her timing is pretty messed up still being on China time.
We stayed around home yesterday and today. Sugar hasn't been bonding to me as much as Baba and only wanted him to do stuff for her so we thought it best to just lay low from people until she gets more familiar with the house and new surroundings and bond to me more. She woak up at 1 am Friday night and was up for the day...then last night she was up at 2 and didn't go back to bed. We kept her up all day today, had she wanted to nap early we would have been fine but when she started to fade at 4pm we kept her busy to stay awake until at least 6. After a little supper and a bath she was ready for bed . She fussed a little but was down for the count in no time. I'm praying she will sleep the night threw but if she doesn't we will just try again until we get her on a schedule. Both Sugar and myself have jet leg. Shane was more bothered on the way to China.
We are trying to settle this week, I've done the travel laundry, my sweet little sister had the house all cleaned for us when we got home. She made a chicken soup for us for supper which was sooo wonderful. I really appreciated this! It's been a long couple of days I have to admit. We will find a new normal soon. I figured I'd better try to catch you up on what was going on since we left China, I hadn't had a chance until now. Sugar is doing better today than yesterday, she played and interacted with me much more. ;O) this is good.


Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

It is great to see you are all home and doing well... I love to travel (as you know) but then with all those layovers in the airport would be a killer for a child...
Hope that the sleeping patterns settle down sooner rather then later...
It must be awesome to finally see that little bed being used by Jazmyn that you have waited so long for...
Hugs to you all...

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

I am sooo glad you are home and things are going pretty good..
It has to be hard on her with all these changes..
She will soon be all over you..
Missed you sooo much..
Love ya girly..

Alyson & Ford said...

Glad all is well. Love the Lady and Tramp photo!
You are doing marvelous! Enjoy getting settled, it is overwhelming but will all even out in a few months!

Alyzabeth's Mommy

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

WELCOME HOME!!! I am glad that you made it safe and sound and with little sounds like Jazmyn handled the flights incredibly well. It is so nice that you had a clean house and a warm meal prepared by your sister....isn't family the best!!

Hope you get to catch up on your rest...I look forward to more CUTENESS:) LOVE THE PICS!



Sherri & Todd said...

WELCOME HOME!!! I bet it feels just great to be home. The pictures are adorable as ever and I hope your sleeping patterns fall into place for all of you. Jazmyn looks so cute laying in her own bed saying prayers.


Kelly Green said...

Oh do I remember the jet lag, Maddie not sleeping at night and adjusting to being a new Mom. It's joyously wonderful and challenging at the same time. Welcome home and congratulations. Before you know it there will be a blessed rhythm :)...

a Tonggu Momma said...

Ack! That jet lag! So glad to see y'all home though and continuing to bond. Loved that Lady and the Tramp photo. Hang in there - y'all will soon get into a routine of sorts.

Kristy said...

Oh I am so happy to see all of you at home. I know you are so tired. Please dont worry about anything, it will all come. Again I am so happy that you are all safely home.

Love, Kristy

Adrian Roberta said...

Welcome Home Sweetie!!! You made it!!! Your actually DONE. I'm next (-:


Briana's Mom said...

Welcome home! It is wonderful seeing Jazmyn in her bed! Jet lag is the worst, but it will fade. Once you all get adjusted to the time - it will hopefully be smooth sailing!

Lesa said...

I just love the photos you have posted! Especially the Lady and the Tramp photo. hehe...
Wendy still insists to play that with Daddy. So sweet to see her in her pretty bed as well.

Welcome home and take your time catching up with the times.

Noella said...

Welcome Home! Cannot wait to meet Jazmyn sometime. Congratulations. Noella

redmaryjanes said...

What size does she wear?

OziMum said...

Aaaawwww DEB!!! I've got goosebumps from head to toe!!! I've just read your entire trip!!! I feel terrible that I wasn't there from the start... guess thats life with a toddler?!!!

Jazmyn is just divine! (and I saw the jacket I sent... eeekkk!!!) I'm so so happy she is finally in your arms. Each day, is another new adventure - another day that you realise that God truly heard your prayers!

:) Hugs to you all!

Kelly Green said...

Hey there! Thanks for the message. Following your blog has brought back such memories of the wait, wait, wait...and then the adjustment and joy all mixed in. Thanks for sharing so much. Jazmyn's cheeks are edible :) Your daughter (doesn't that sound good?) is such a cute little peanut. We gave up on the crib too and just had Maddie stay on a low trundle with bedguards. So many adjustments. I LOVE Jazmyn's room - so light and cheerful. Maddie too was soothed by water and (for some reason) the vacume :) Take care...we're all rooting for you!

Kayce said...

So glad you are all home safe and sound!! Your trip sounded just amazing!! Enjoy the first few weeks home and getting to know eachother better and better!!

Ho said...

What a wonderful experience Debz and yes I'm sure the bonding will get better as time goes by. I can see the affection and love for her, what a blessing!

I am so happy for you and I'm sure she'll love you just as much.

Best wishes Buddy :D

geminirn said...

Happy that you have your angel safely at see that little beauty in her own bed is simply precious,hope you all recoup fast and we are able to see some more of that cutness very soon.

Hugs from across the waters!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Deb:

This is Rhonda one of your fellow Sep 12th travel mates. I didn't get a chance to tell you in China but I was following your blog before we left and just now was able to catch up on your actual trip. It was fun to read about our same travel itinerary through someone else's experience! What an amazing experience we've all had.

Glad you're home safe and sound. We too are still trying to get our days/nights turned around. No rush except for Glen who is already back at work. And we're also all trying to get over this lousy cold.

All the best to you, Shane and Jaz (such a little sweetheart!)

We've blogged our trip too at
I think you'll find a couple pics of yourselves there probably at dinner time

Rhonda O'Neill

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