Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Dentist






I was trying to get Jingju out of the house on time for camp this morning. When I reminded her she had a dentist appointment this afternoon, she perked up and said, "hurry mom, I like to go to the dentist now." We have a wonderful dentist, and Jingju has no fear. The last time we went, she had to have a couple of fillings, and she was really intrigued by the numbing sensation of the novicane. Today she had to have more fillings done. At the dentist, she is most cooperative, and as always, curious and inquisitive. At one point, she actually got hold of some of the instruments and used them on herself. In one hand, she had the little water dispenser, and in the other, the suction thingy that sucks all the water out of your mouth.

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Saturday, July 25, 2009

First Swim

Jingju had never gone swimming before today. Thanks Shirley, for having us to your pool. Jingju loved swimming, and I did too.







Thursday, July 16, 2009

Jingju Skypes With Jing Xin

My friend Sandra, is in China now with her newly adopted daughter, Jing Xin. Sandra and I met online through an adoption website and found that we were both adopting girls of the same age from the Social Welfare Institute of Beihai City. When we were in China, I asked Jingju if she and Jing Xin were friends and she said they weren't. When I received pictures and reports from Jingju's Half The Sky program, she was pictured very often playing with a girl named Jing Huan. The reports also said that Jing Huan was Jingju's best friend. When my friend Sandra created a blog of her adoption journey, I showed Jingju pictures of Jing Xin and she started to get excited about her coming to America. She would talk about her friend, Jing Xin, and I just figured she had created a story in her own mind that they had been friends. Sandra received her daughter in China a few days ago and the nannies told her that they don't use Jing Xin's given name, but they call her Jing Huan! Now it all makes sense that Jingju didn't know who I was talking about and why she responded positively to Jing Xin's pictures. The girls were able to Skype with each other for the first time last night. It was wonderful to see the girls reunited. Sadly however, Jingju has lost her Chinese almost completely in the 3 months that we've been home. We plan to get her a Chinese tutor ASAP and hope we can help her recover her language. Seeing Sandra with her daughter brings back so many memories of my time in China with Jingju. She has adapted so quickly to her American life. A part of me is grieving for the little girl I first met with her language and culture wholly intact.

I am so happy to have met Sandra and so excited now that it is finally her turn to hold her beautiful new daughter. And how wonderful that our girls have the opportunity to stay connected.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Making Music

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Jingju started camp this week, which means the end of our concentrated mother-daughter time together. I go back to full-time work on Monday, and Jingju will be at camp through August and start Kindergarten in September. This time together has been so wonderful, and how sad I am to have it end. Jingju on the other hand, is flying high out of the nest. I had planned to be at camp with her for the first few days to help her acclimate, but it was clear after just 30 minutes that she didn’t need her mama there at all. She has a kind of confidence and self-assurance that amazes me. This parade is the conclusion to a week of making musical instruments out of found objects.






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