Gotcha Day


Can you believe it?  After over 2 years of paperwork and waiting, we finally have our baby girl, Surae Yaxue and boy was she worth every second of the wait.  She is absolutely amazing.  She has been an angel baby so far.  I keep thinking I need to knock on some wood.  The gotcha process was a whirlwind.  We landed in Nanchang and got whisked to the hotel.  We only stayed at the hotel for 10 minutes and then went straight to the Jiangxi Center for Adoptive Services Office in Nanchang where we walked into a room full of babies.  It was crazy and chaotic and my heart was racing!  Surae was placed with us and although she whimpered, she never really cried and hasn’t since.  She has been wonderful.  She has taken to Michael and I both so far and doesn’t seem to prefer one over the other.  She is very curious and loves her toys we brought.  She can examine a toy for hours.  She can already stand without any support too.  She seems really healthy and loves eating her cheerios and biscuits.  We’re already making her smile a little too.  We are in love!!



  1. benoweiser said,

    October 28, 2007 at 1:43 pm

    Congrats!! She is beautiful and we are so happy for you guys – Ben wants me to keep reading your blog over and over again!! We cannot wait to meet Surae!

  2. K.Priestley said,

    October 28, 2007 at 2:19 pm


    I just wanted to say congratulations on becoming a family! I have been following your journey the last couple of days. My husband and I are LID August 6, 2007 for our little one from China. Surae is absolutely beautiful! It is wonderful to read about your adventures. Thank you very much for sharing. It reminds me of what we have to look forward to and why we are willing to wait so long. Best wishes for you and your family.

  3. dad said,

    October 28, 2007 at 2:27 pm

    Danielle & Michael,She is beautiful and I am so excited for the both of you and I can’t wait to see my new Granddaughter. Graham was excited to see the picture of his new baby sister also. You have no idea how happy your father is Danielle :o) …….. I saw her cousin last night at the party at Andrew’s house and she is just a beautiful baby to. I just can’t wait till you get home. Love ya both….Dad & Graham

  4. iris said,

    October 28, 2007 at 2:54 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! she is absolutely amazing… you have made such a beautiful family. we so look forward to meeting her!…iris & andy

    p.s. guess what? apparently your temporary departure from the neighborhood was so depressing for one neighbor in particular, that she has decided to move. YEP! one less SUV in ‘da hood is soon to be a reality.

  5. Bonnie said,

    October 28, 2007 at 3:14 pm

    What an amazing day! she is precious. I am happy that things are all going so well. enjoy the rest of your trip. Good luck..Bonnie
    traveling in 1 month…

  6. Nana Lewis said,

    October 28, 2007 at 5:20 pm

    What great photos! I believe Surae is even cuter than the pictures we have of her. She is just beautiful and we cannot wait to hold her close and love her! Graham is such a good looking boy and now he has a good looking sister to play with and, on occasion, drive nuts. HAHA! Love to all, Nana and Poppy

  7. Aunt Sandra said,

    October 28, 2007 at 9:14 pm

    How absolutely gorgeous. Please hurry home with our new family member. Enjoy your time there (looks like you have been) and have a safe, quick trip back home with Surae. Love to all of you. Sandra

  8. Cousin Sam said,

    October 28, 2007 at 10:01 pm

    Oh my gosh you guys! She’s even more beautiful than before! I’m so so happy for you.

  9. asacrificiallamb said,

    October 28, 2007 at 10:59 pm

  10. Melanie said,

    October 29, 2007 at 2:19 am

    Your week in Nanchang will be busy and Guanzhou goes even faster.
    David says to eat plenty of the steam cakes for breakfast for him. For me please eat the steamed dumplings with red bean paste. Yummm.
    The 11th floor of the Jim Feng has a common area we would all meet and let the babies play. Have fun!

  11. Adrienne said,

    October 29, 2007 at 1:35 pm

    Danielle, Michael, Graham, and Surae,
    Congratulations to all of you on your expanding family! Brad and I are so happy for you and can’t wait to see you all when you get home. Take care, AA

  12. Heather said,

    October 29, 2007 at 2:23 pm

    She is sooooo beautiful!!!!! Everybody here at ScanSource is so happy for you guys and we can’t wait to meet her. Have a great rest of the trip!

  13. Erin said,

    October 29, 2007 at 2:50 pm

    Awwwwww…….she is so beautiful! Congratulations! Reading your story and seeing the pics got me teary-eyed. Must be the new Mommy in me. Can’t wait to see her in person. Enjoy the rest of your trip and have safe travels home!

  14. helen said,

    October 29, 2007 at 10:55 pm

    You don’t know me but I’ve been reading your blog and I am just so happy for you. It seems strange to say that to someone I don’t know at all. I’ve not started the adoption process yet but look forward to the day that I am where you are now.


  15. Chris said,

    November 3, 2007 at 4:24 pm

    We can not wait to meet her Danielle and Michael, what a relief it must have been to finally see the end of that long road. COngratulations!!!

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