Sunday, October 30, 2005

The Journey Home

This post is a little bit late coming, but we've been struggling with jet lag. Still, we want to piece together the end of the trip, so we have a record for Chloe.

On October 27th, we finished up in Guangzhou with our appointment with the US Consulate. This appointment took place on the bus, due to the issue with chicken pox within our group. We had a very quick meeting with the representative where we swore that all of the adoption information was true, and we learned that Chloe would become a US citizen upon landing in Newark. After our appointment, we took a three-hour ride to Hong Kong that included two border stops. After arriving in Hong Kong, we made our first major parenting error. We thought our hotel was only 20-minutes from the city center, so we decided to take a quick trip into the city before bedtime. We heard such great things about Hong Kong, so we didn't want to miss it. We left at 6:00 and finally arrived at the city center at 7:00. Chloe was extremely fussy at this point, given that bedtime is at 7:30. After walking around for 30-minutes, we returned to the hotel directly and got to the hotel at 9:00. At this point, Chloe was furious. It took another hour to get her down. The whole time we obsessed about our horrible parenting in this situation

The next day, we woke up at 6:00AM and snuck around packing and repacking for the flight home as Chloe slept. She got up at 7:30, and we were at the airport to leave for home by 8:15. The trip was a test of perseverance, but Chloe did extremely well. She slept for much of the 15-hour flight from Hong Kong to Newark and was regularly admired by fellow passengers and flight attendants. Upon arriving in Raleigh, we were all ready for some rest, but our body clocks were shaken. It was nice to arrive home, but we already missed China.


Blogger GG said...

Thank you so much for making it possible for us to share this wonderful time with you. Chloe will really appreciate the time and effort you put into this wonderful treasure for her.
Much, love, GG

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