Li Lin is an absolute doll, and one smart cookie! She was feeling much more comfortable with us this morning as we walked down for breakfast and climbed into the van. She was even teasing Logan with a little plastic ball thing that they had been playing with before breakfast. But... once we pulled up to the government office- she recognized it immediately and was not happy. She wanted to stay outside and not go in. Once we got in she got more agitated and started crying a bit again. She settled down some when she recognized her orphanage director. She was happy and walked over to see one of the nannies from the orphanage. After the paperwork was completed and it was time for the orphanage director and worker to leave, Li Lin was bound and determined to leave with them to go back and see her foster grandma and grandpa. She once again burst into gut-wrenching sobs as they left. Immediately after this we had to take a picture of Sara, I and Li Lin for the adoption certificate. Who knows what it will come off looking like!
Good news though. Once we got outside and into the van, Li Lin settled MUCH more quickly than yesterday. She snuggled into her mama and the sobs changed to whimpers and then stopped. She then fell asleep, exhausted. And here she still sleeps in mama's arms.
During her talk with the orphanage workers, Sara was told that Li Lin has been walking around telling people that she has a Canadian mama and baba. So, she is aware of what is going on, and though she doesn't seem to like it all that much now, she seems more accepting of it. Another thing they told us was that her little 'wa wa' (the doll we sent for her birthday) has been her constant companion. She always insisted on bringing it with her wherever she went and made sure that she was never left behind. It is nice to have some memories of her past somewhat tied in with her present and future.
|This is a paper cut-out made for Li Lin by the orphanage director, and Li Lin's wa wa that we sent her as part of her third birthday celebration|
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