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Here are photos of Gwendolyn at the hospital. We’ll load more on this same page soon. Check back in a week once we get the rest of the memory cards rounded up!
Lauren with Gwen one day one, still in the hospital.
Mike and Gwendolyn, a few hours after birth.
Lauren’s mother with Gwen, hours after birth.
Gwen’s tiny feet– day two.
Gwendolyn, day one. Hours after birth.
She looks like a little umpa-lumpa! Day one.
About her name: Gwendolyn Xiaolong. “Xiao” means “little” in Chinese. Long means “dragon,” so her middle name is “little dragon.” Xiaolong is pronounced “shaow-long.” All one word.
We named her this because it is the year of the dragon, a fortuitous year to be born. She was also born in the 8th month, the luckiest month and one associated with fortune. Since she was born in China we wanted her to have a piece of her story in her name. Plus, she really is turning into a little dragon beast!
Here are some of our nurses and our translator. We had about 20 nurses on various shifts and three doctors. (Photo from Dad)
Gwendolyn in a tiny monk hat. So adorable and grouchy looking. Three days old. (Photo from Dad).
Here is our last photo before we went into the delivery room. Still pregnant and oblivious to the trials ahead!
The first moment Mike saw Gwen. Minutes old.
Lauren’s sister, on her birthday, the 4th. Also, Obama’s birthday she informed me. (Photo from Dad).
Gwen with her fairy god mother, Lauren’s sister. (Photo from Dad).
With all the photos FROM Dad, this is the only one OF Dad and Gwen.
Here she is in her little sling. We tried to take her out for her first outing a few days after we came home from the hospital and she just wouldn’t have it. Ended up staying in.
Aaron came over to see the mini-me. He held her for less than five minutes and she pooed on his lap. Least she was in a diaper and Aaron was a good sport about it!
Grammy all dressed in white for the baptism.
Uncle Sam, reclining in his baptism garb.
A great shot of the baptism of Gwen by Dad and Grammy. A beautiful ceremony in the park.
Our little family at Gwen’s baptism.
Lauren and her siblings at the lake for the baptism.
All the boys at the baptism playing Abby Road.
Gwen at her swearing in ceremony at the US Embassy. Applying to get her passport and SS card. Yay, another American!
my auntie is awesome!
look at my pretty dress!
“i feel pretty, oh so pretty!”
Two of the girls, and the cat is still bigger!
The godmother supplied little Gwen with so many pretty clothes.
Tiny cargo pants for a newborn! ha!
Gwen in one of her godmother’s outfits. This one was hand made!
Uncle Sam holding Gwen.
Gwen visits her friend Lily. They have a stare down in the nanny’s arms.
Nuts about Grandma.
Alfalfa hair and princess shoes.
My princess shoes.
pretty in my squid dress.
my other babies!
Gwen in her birthday suit, on her one-month birthday!
At one month, Gwendolyn in her Great Grandma’s hand-made baptism outfit.
_________________From China to the USA____________________
————–And now, a series of photos of Gwen’s blowouts————
Here’s Gwen pooping in grandma’s arms.
————–Back to poop-free photos————-
mama rocks a baby to sleep in a cute snail-themed nightie. Ironically, she fell asleep slowly, too.
Gwen wears little Bear Paws cuz she missed her BearPaw and Honi.
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