Tenley's bedtime, according to the orphanage, was 8pm. She sleeps through the night and gets up around 6am. So naturally, last night, we kept her up until almost midnight and then woke her up this morning to go and finalize the adoption. Today was busy. Miss Tenley had two longish bus rides, two interview with Chinese Officials, a passport photo taken by the local Police Dept. , a nap, a walk in the park and a dinner out with all the other families in our group here. That is a full day for a 9 month old cutie pie.
So it was no wonder that by almost 8pm tonight she was ready for bed. She was, of course, cranky and that was the sure sign. Sleepy but completely unwilling to surrender because something hugely important and fun might happen while she was asleep. Michelle and I made promises not to have any fun until she woke up tomorrow morning.
About 20 years ago I used to babysit for a cute little girl and my magic touch was that anytime, anywhere I could get that girl to sleep in 10 mins flat. No fussing no mussing. I have often bragged about this to Michelle over the years but I wondered if that would hold true when we got our daughter. I am here to tell you it still works. I have the touch. This kid was cranky and squirmy but I held her tight and whispered "Wo Ai Ni" (I Love You) and she was out in 10 mins.
Michelle decided now would be a good time to take a shower and I am sitting here staring at this little creature that is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. From the moment I saw her tiny picture I was in love. Today I promised the Chinese Gov't that I would never adandon her, never abuse her, and always take care of her. Just 4 days ago I couldn't really imagine my life with a child and now after just one day I can't imagine my life without her. She is amazing.