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    Kimberly H Guest

    Default Greetings from Hefei, Anhui, China!!

    We're here!

    This is the first chance I've had to get online - free broadband
    connection from our room at the GORGEOUS Grand Park Zenith Hotel in

    The flight from Myrtle Beach to Charlotte was uneventful and our
    Charlotte flight was an hour late leaving because of snow, but made
    uptime in the air and we arrived in San Francisco only 15 minutes
    late. However our flight from SFO to Beijing was delayed 4 hours.
    UGH! We finally met up with our online friends, Laurel and Alex, and
    others in our group - what a joy! Then we squeezed into our seats
    (some of us a tighter fit than others) and spent a pretty
    uncomfortable flight to Beijing.

    We didn't get to Beijing until 8pm-ish and our guides had already
    checked us into the hotel so we only had to go upstairs and wait for
    our luggage to be delivered. For some reason we were given a suite
    instead of a room. Yay! After a glorious hot shower, I went to
    bed, waking Robert to take off his clothes, and setting my alarm for
    5:30am. No trouble sleeping for either of us.

    Morning brought a breakfast buffet - dim sum, pineapple yogurt and
    pancakes for breakfast - with Laurel and Alex, then back upstairs to
    gather carry-ons and off we went. This time our plane was much
    newer and we were much more comfortable.

    After we got on our bus to the hotel, we found out we're getting Mia
    at 9:30am!! Much earlier than we expected, though the time will be
    flexible as our babies are coming from different orphanages and the
    travel time will be different.

    We unpacked and went to a meeting to learn how to make the bottles
    our babies are used to, how the money will be handled, and so on.
    Afterwards a large group of us met at the Brazilian BBQ restaurant
    on the first floor of the hotel and had a blast with good food and
    good friends. The tangerines here are tiny and sweet and easy to
    peel - I'm badly addicted.

    Now we're settled in our room with Robert watching BBC on TV and me
    cursing that our plug adapter doesn't fit the outlet properly and
    I'm limited on computer time because of the battery. Hopefully our
    hotel will have what I need tomorrow.

    As I said, we'll get Mia in the morning, head back to our room and
    wait for CCAI's local pediatrician to look at her and answer any
    questions, then do paperwork in the afternoon.

    Love to all from Hefei!
    - Kimberly
    (13 hours ahead of Eastern Time)

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    NEVE and TRISTAN Guest

    Default OH what great news!!!

    I swear pass the the tissue!!!!
    I am so excited for you and so happy that the journey there is a wonderful one!!!! If I'm doing my math correctly I think you have Mia now unless you get her at 9:00 "tomorrow" which would be tonight our time...

    Thank you so much for keeping us updated we are all cheering you guys on!!!
    AKA "mama2be"-forgot password
    and Baby Boy Tristan born @UNC
    Feb 25, 2003
    Brother to 3 pups "gees" and 2 kitties

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    Rachels is offline Diamond level (5000+ posts)
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    Default RE: Greetings from Hefei, Anhui, China!!

    So exciting! That's wonderful!

    Mom to Abigail Rose

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    ismommy Guest

    Default RE: Greetings from Hefei, Anhui, China!!

    How exciting. I can't wait to hear about actually holding Mia for the first time.

    mommy to Isabella 9/19/01

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    jojo2324 Guest

    Default RE: Greetings from Hefei, Anhui, China!!

    Kimberly, congrats!!!! Can't wait to hear the good news! :)

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    Momof3Labs is offline Pink Diamond level (15,000+ posts)
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    Default RE: Greetings from Hefei, Anhui, China!!

    I have goosebumps!! We'll be thinking of you tomorrow; may it be as magical as you've dreamed it!
    Single mom to

    DS ("twice exceptional") - September 2002
    DS - February 2006
    DD - July 2009
    DD - July 2009

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    hjdong Guest

    Default RE: Greetings from Hefei, Anhui, China!!

    Oh - I'm so excited for you! I can't wait to see some pictures!

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    egoldber is offline Black Diamond level (25,000+ posts)
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    Default RE: Greetings from Hefei, Anhui, China!!

    Yeah!!!! Hope to see pix of little Mia soon!
    Beth, mom to older DD (8/01) and younger DD (10/06) and always missing Leah (4/22 - 5/1/05)

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