Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: When we went to China to bring our daughter home, the agency required us to tour Beijing for a few days first. They want us to see the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, and the Forbidden City, for example.
Then we went to the province where our daughter was. At that point, it all becomes focused on the child. When my husband and I met to meet our daughter, we brought along Cheerios and a blanket to make her feel more comfortable. She was a very very happy baby!
We spent five days there in the province with our daughter, and then we spent five days in China’s equivalent of Washington DC, which is called Guanzho, to do most of the paperwork.
Then we got to bring our daughter home. The plane ride she was really good; our daughter slept through much of it. There were lots of families on the plane, and the airline was very accommodating. They had lots of things you don’t see on a typical flight, such as yogurt, apple juice, and baby food. They knew ahead of time it was a “baby bus.”
From the very beginning, my husband and I talked with our daughter about her story. We told her that she was meant to be here, that God was controlling the situation, that it was not an accident. We explained that anyone can give birth, but people choose to become parents.
And now, we’re explaining to our daughter that we’re building a story for her brother, as we’re going through the process of adopting a baby boy. Our daughter knows that we’re going to have to travel a long way to get him. She thinks we’re taking the minivan, though. I’m working on setting her straight on that!
–Kindra Browning, DO, a mom of one with two more adoptions on the way and a board-certified physician at Union Hospital in New Philadelphia, OH, who specializes in the treatment of hypertension and diabetes and in preventive medicine