Wednesday, February 15, 2006



This is our last full day in Guangzhou....

Our trip is definitely winding down and all of us are ready to go home. Hotel living is great, but I am ready for my soft bed that actually has more than just a fitted sheet and a down comforter. The good thing is we have been so tired here that the bed never stopped me from sleeping, but others were not so lucky.

The above pictures were from a few days ago. We went to what is know as the 6 Banyan Temple. It is a beautiful Budist temple just tucked into a crowded and busy street. You wouldn't know the beauty inside from the curb. The carvings and budist statues were amazing, and many locals came with incense and offerings while we were there. The last photo is when we got a blessing for Gwynn by a budist monk. Brad said that he stood as far back as possible just incase the lightning struck, hee hee. I thought it was a wonderful experience and wouldn't have missed it.

Brad got the opportunity to climb the pagoda and take pictures from the top. There was no way to carry a baby up, so I was left to watch Gwynn and the stuff. When Brad came down he was hunched over and totally red in the face. I guess it was really hot and very difficult to climb down. He said I was an easy climb up but that he had to almost squat down to get through the door ways on the way down.

Gwynn has been an amazing gal. She is still very reserved when we are out in public but is all smiles and coo's when we get her back to the hotel. Yesterday I had to take a special trip to the American Consulate with our guide Michelle. I had spelled Gwynn's Chinese name wrong on one of the papers (really, I can't spell in English so what do they expect) so I had to stand in front of the consular and sign something saying I am not totally incompetent, hee hee. On the trip I got to talk to our guide a lot about China and her life. She told me that Gwynn was her favorite out of our group, I am sure she says that to everybody but, she said that she has a very classically Chinese disposition and is the standard for beauty in China. Of course I am just gushing over this and I think that Michelle just doubled her tip, but I do totally agree with her. Not only does Gwynn look Chinese but I think she will always carry more that that with her, no matter how American she gets. She is an absolutely stunning baby. I just can't wait for you all to meet her.

Ok, I keep hearing that her stats never came through so here we go again. She is 17.3 pounds, maybe more since we got her. She totally has a buda belly and her butt just keeps on going, adorable. She fits perfectly into GYMBOREE 6-12 month clothes, hint hint. She is already bow trained, and loves shoes. Good thing because I bought just about every color and size of squeaky shoes while I was here (don't worry, you can remove the squeak) She is 69 1/2 cm long and her head is 16 1/5 inches around. Otherwise know as totally perfect. Her runny nose and cough has almost gone away completely, and the rash she developed on her face is just a few little bumps now.

9 comments:

Amy Winters said...

I LOVE reading your blog! Gwynn is absolutely beautiful and will fit right in with all the cute girls in our neighborhood! (I'm just a bit prejudice!) We can't wait to meet her. When do you get home?

Virginia said...
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Virginia said...

Tomorrow you begin your journey home... and I can't wait to hug each of you once you get here! This has been such an amazing journey, and I appreciate so very much your allowing us to "tag along" through the blog. Gwynneth is so blessed to have you as her parents, and I know that each of us will be the richer for having Gwynneth in our lives. Please be safe and know that you remain in my heart and prayers. Vaya con Dios and God bless, Virginia

Erin Smith said...

I have enjoyed reading your postings so much - I feel like I'm there with you! You do such a wonderful job and you'll love having this to go back to with Gwynn! She is truly beautiful - I told your Mom she is by FAR the most beautiful from the pictures!! We look forward to seeing you when you return! Be safe -

Cynetha said...

We miss you so much!!! Brandon asks me everyday, "Is Andrea STILL in China?" He and Eme can't wait to meet Ethan and Alex's new little sister. They oggle over her pictures everyday. I'm not sure, but I think we've talked about her so much that they think she's coming to our house to live. Hurry home with our baby!! Love, Cynetha, Brandon and Eme

Our Happy Family Adventures said...

What? Brad didn't carry the baby to the top? Russell took Mia and did the Michael Jackson - hang her over the edge trick. Kidding. But he did take her, I didn't have the energy. :)

Sam said...

Okay, I've got to see photos of the Buda belly and butt! BTW, I know where you can get more squeaky shoes when you get home!!!

Don't worry about Gwynn being so quiet in public. Kieren did that too. As long as she is doing well in your room with the two of you, she will be fine! Kieren now screeches in public!!

Sam

the christner's said...

Have a safe trip back. Will see you soon.... :-)

The Waters said...

Are you guys home now? Your blog was always fun to wake up to in the mornings! I cant wait to see more pics of Gwynne!

xo
Michele