Our big event from yesterday was going back to the Civil Affairs office to make the adoption official. It was a much different mood in the room this time, with everyone happily with their babies, and walking up one by one to receive their certificate. At this point, Hannah is officially ours in the eyes of the Chinese government! Hooray!!
Our afternoon activity was going to the Chinese version of Wal-Mart. This one was called the Lotus Center. It was an interesting experience, for sure! We were able to find the essentials that we needed, but we decided to pass up the chicken legs and intestines.
Zhengzhou is very different from Beijing. In Beijing, most signs had English writing at the bottom, most people spoke with us in English, and the people who were curious about us were extremely friendly. Here in Zhengzhou, it would be very hard to navigate ourselves around the city. We have had to use more hand gestures to communicate, and when we have been out places, we have been met with more outright staring. It is really interesting. We have also witnessed some of the things that we have heard about China, such as lines really don’t mean anything. Yesterday we waited in line for a table at breakfast for quite a while as people pushed and pushed past us. Somehow we still couldn’t bring ourselves to just push ahead also. 🙂 We are having a great time though. We have loved driving down the roads and seeing a little more of the authentic China than in the big city of Beijing.
We are having a great time getting to know our girl. It is so funny how you can develop expectations on someone’s personality just from pictures. I imagined that Hannah would be really sweet and a bit shy. Ha ha ha, not so much! This girl is pretty outgoing, and wow, she is busy! She also likes to play pretty rough. We are thinking that she is going to be a great match for our D, which is not at all what we expected. 🙂
She still seems to be adjusting wonderfully. She is eating well, sleeping well, and playing happily with us. She even said, “Dada”. We are madly in love.