Monday, September 5

Monday: Gotcha Day!

Click below to view our Gotcha Day Video!

Today was GOTCHA day. We're exhausted so we'll post some pictures now and then try to get some sleep (baby is sleeping now) and flesh out the details for you tomorrow. Enjoy the pictures!

The first picture is the very moment we saw Gwen. She's being carried to us -- about 10 feet away. I tried not to cry but it was no use. She was pretty scared and cried immediately after being handed to us.

The Director of the Shenzhen Social Welfare Institute is standing with us.

After a bottle, Gwen fell into a deep sleep and slept all the way through the bus trip back to the hotel. When she woke up, she was very cheerful and didn't cry again until bedtime. She's so incredibly precious. Our heart sang when she finally smiled at us. She's smiled a million times since then. We are so happy to have our baby girl!

Gwen loves her Daddy! Her first smile was for him. Aren't they beautiful! I'm so happy --- and sooooo tired!

Until tomorrow....


Blogger smallbean said...

What a happy girl! Congratulations!

September 05, 2005 7:34 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Donna and Andrew,
My eyes are blurred and I have to wipe them just to write this. The picture of her sleeping in your arms, Donna, she looks so perfect. She's beautiful. When she smiles she smiles with her eyes as much as her mouth. I'm so happy for you...your time has finally come.
Hugs! Karen.

September 05, 2005 8:55 AM  
Blogger Chris Colby said...

Great pictures!

September 05, 2005 10:14 AM  
Blogger Chris Colby said...

I showed the pictures to Phyllis, and we agree that Gwen ranks very high on the cuteness metric. And as you know, we are completely objective.

September 05, 2005 12:55 PM  
Blogger 33458 said...

'Feels good to get passed that hurdle, doesn't it? It wasn't until baby M was in my arms that it seemed REAL.

Gwen is absolutely beautiful and I am so pleased that your 'Gotcha Day' conditions were a bit more comfortable (AIR CONDITIONING IS GOOD, M'KAY!?).
I see that she's only wearing two layers of clothing instead of the 4-5 Morgan was subjected to. :D

Congratulations to you both, and now we'll get to see if she lets you on the computer more often than my Morgan Qian does me. ;)

Happy day!

1:30 PM

(Again without the typos)

September 05, 2005 1:32 PM  
Blogger Jana said...

Hi Donna & Andrew!
It's great to see your day has finally come....i am so excited for you and your new little girl...she is precious and looks so happy and content with her new family.

September 05, 2005 2:46 PM  
Blogger Singlemommydom said...

Congratulations!! She is so very precious. What a beautiful family. The picture of Gwen sleeping in your arms just brought me to tears!!

September 05, 2005 2:49 PM  
Blogger Diva said...


I'm so happy for you. She's perfect and has a beautiful smile!!! Congratulations!!

M (from MSN)

September 05, 2005 10:36 PM  

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