The Journey of a Lifetime

Ryan and I have decided to pursue our forth adoption and add another beautiful baby to our family. We couldn't be happier and are thrilled! Join us in our journey in adopting baby Schlenner!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

We are in Chengdu, China!! October 9th

As I write this I am totally and uttertly pooped! Everyone has been sleeping for 3-4 hours and I'm crazy excited because..."I'm getting my baby tomorrow!!!" So I've been up organizing "stuff" for the diaper bag and necessities for when we go to the Childrens Welfare Institute (the orphanage) tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I had the hotel deliver a crib to the room this afternoon and that MADE IT REAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The hotel in Chengdu is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We are now at the Crown Plaza Hotel in downtown Chengdu (pronounced Cheng-doo.) I upgraded to a suite with a king bed, seperate lounge area and 2 bathrooms. Nana has a connecting room to ours and Grandma Peg has a room 9 doors down. I think this room assignment worked out best as I don't have to worry about my girls leaving the room on their own and going to Nana and Grandma Pegs room constantly. This way, atleast, we have 2 connecting rooms and a quiet room for naps!! For my adoption friends, I highly recommend the Crown Plaza HOtel Premiere rooms!!! Everything and more here!!! I'll try and post pics of our hotel room later.

Let me back up a bit....We said good0bye to our wonderful coordinator Nancy in Beijing! She was adorable and it was so nice to have her in Beijing. We felt safe the whole time and Nancy went out of her way to do what was needed for us!! THANK YOU NANCY!!!!!!!!!!! Here's a pic of us leaving the Novotel Peace Hotel in Beijing!

Today we flew out of Beijing via plane to Chengdu! Chengdu is home of "HOt and Spicey" food! Children born in Sichuan Province are said to be "hot and spicey!" Yes, Magnus is considered a "hot and spicey" babe! Meaning both behavior and temperment! And Yes, I should be scared!!!!

The flight was highly eventful!!! Gabriella had major diahrea and stomach pains , Jocelyn had overactive bladder issues, and Ahnya puked on a man next to her on the flight!!!!!!! I am NOT exaggerating either!!!!! All this happened in the 2 1/2 hours on the flight!!! Nuts!!!

Nana and Grandma Peg are exhausted and have hit bottom with the jet lag! They hopefully will sleep well tonight as I kept them up later tonight!
Overall we are ALL wonderful and doing well!!!!!

I will post picture tomorrow of our lil' Magnus and the 1st Gotcha' Day celebration!!!!!!!!!!! We will be at the orphanage tomorrow on Monday at 9:30 a.m. -8:30 p.m. Sunday night your time! Wish me luck!! I hope he likes me!


Nichole said...

It's finally here! In just a few hours, you will be meeting your little man! He is going to be so blessed with his four new mommies (LOL) and I know your family will be very blessed as well to finally have some blue around your home!!! The girls are just going to love on him all of the time! I can't wait to hear how everything goes, please know that we are pray for all of you and for little Magnus. I'm sure it will be a very exciting as well as a physically and emotionally exhausting day for all of you! Congrats, best wishes, and prayers being sent to you!

Kevin and Michele said...

Goosebumps and tears of joy for you!!! I can't wait to see him in your arms! It's been a journey! Sleep well tonight!

Amy said...

Ann, I'm sooooo excited for you!!! I can't wait to see pics of him in your arms. Which Crowne Plaza are you at???

Amy (aggies9698)

Mysty and Anthony said...

AHHHH!!! I am sitting here with chills knowing that in 4 hours you will get to see/hold Magnus!!! OH MY GOODNESS!!! I will check til midnight here to see pics! Hope you post, not sure if I can wait til tomorrow!! I mean, it's not like you are going to be busy or anything!!!! HAHAHA
AHHHH!! Prayers for you and esp Magnus!!! CAN"T WAIT!!!!!

Tammy said...

Schlenner girls!
You should be recieving Magnus as I post. Christina has been watching the clock since she understands what you are all feeling and experiencing right now. I wish she could talk to you in person.

Hope you are all feeling better this morning. Gabby, Christina said that smelling mint gum helped her on many of the plane and bus rides. Ann, remember no ice and don't eat any of the foods that may have been washed in water. Pepto and Bonine were our best friends many days. Ann, I hope you were able to get some much needed sleep. Glad to hear the grandmas "crashed". You will need them these next couple of days.

Know that we are thinking and praying for all of you. This is the moment you have all patiently been waiting for. Take your time. We will hear from you when things have settled.
The Purringtons

water heater said...

nice pic....enjoy all chil with her mom...happy journey