July 11, 2005

Michal and Kenna Day . . . and babies make four!


And they're absolutely beautiful!

Eric and I have both looked at each other 100 times today and said, "can you believe this really happened?"

Today was truly incredible!

At 2:15 this afternoon our travel group met in the White Swan Lobby to go to the Guangzhou Civil Affairs Office. It only took 10 to 15 minutes to get there and the babies weren't scheduled to arrive until 3:00 p.m.

We had been waiting just a short time when XiXi, our guide, let us know that the babies had arrived. Earlier in the day she had had the whole group practice responding when their child's Chinese name was called but instead of calling our girls' names she would just say "Som Bo Tai," which means "twins" in Chinese. So, right after she told us the babies had arrived she said "Som Bo Tai" and everyone in the room said "twins" so we jumped up because we thought we were getting the girls then. Nope. False alarm. She was simply telling us that there was another set of twins in the room next door.

Not long after, someone figured out that the babies were just across the hall so one by one we snuck into the hall to get a look at the babies. They were all dressed in darling sun dresses and there, no more than five feet away from me, were Michal and Kenna toddling around the room. They were wearing identical pink,flowered dresses and bright pink sandals. We weren't in the hall long though before someone came and told us that we had to go back into our room.

They called out the girls' names one by one and since Eric and I had been told we were last, we were busy video taping and taking photos for other families when it was our turn.

I actually had to call across the room for Eric to come up to the front.

They first handed Michal to me and Kenna to Eric and both girls came to us easily and didn't cry at all. (Actually, not a single baby in our group cried.)

This photo is of Michal.

They are both so cute! Michal is bigger than Kenna and her hair is cut shorter. (Because of the heat, all of the little girls have very short hair.) They told us right away that they can tell them apart because one has one swirl in her hair and the other has two.

We spent about an hour at the Civil Affairs Office and the nannys spent time with us answering questions. They told us that both girls talk a lot and that they wake up at about 2:00 a.m. and wake the other babies up! They also told us they steal the blanket from the others' crib.

The girls are very busy, especially Kenna.

This photo is of Kenna, our very busy girl.

They both can walk but Michal is much more content to stay in one place. They love the stacking cups and anything else they can bang together. They also love the ball and Kenna was holding it today and spinning in circles. It was pretty cute!

By the end of the day we were getting grins and giggles from them. I can't wait to see them blossom in the coming days.

The whole group had dinner together tonight at the Cow and Bridge, a Thai restaurant. (For anyone coming to Guangzhou, it's the best food I've had in China!) Trying to eat dinner with two tired toddlers (say that three times fast!) was definitely a new experience.

Trying to get the girls to bed tonight was also interesting . . . I think I should have spent more time reading parenting books and less time reading Chinese history books! I guess Kenna and Michal don't know what rookies we are though and hopefully they won't figure it out.

We couldn't be happier!

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