Monday, September 21, 2009

See you soon & Mongolian Spots

Well, as mentioned in the previous post--we are coming home. We have Janie's visa in hand and are set to leave Taipei at 9:35am on Tuesday 22nd (Taiwan time). We then fly to Tokyo for a short layover and then on to Atlanta. We are set to arrive in Atlanta at 2:55pm on Tuesday 22nd (where did that day go?!?!--we lose time over the ocean somewhere). Then of course we have to go thru immigration and customs but at least we arrive home soon!!! YAY! 

We are so excited about introducing everyone to our newest family member. We are nervous about the flight--but we are just hoping for the best.

Now for something a little serious that I need to share with people ready to meet Janie......

Janie has something called Mongolian Spots. They are very common in babies of Asian descent and look very much like bruises. They are kind of like birthmarks or skin discolorations. They can appear in many areas of the body but especially appear on the ankles, wrists, backs, and buttocks. Many people mistake them for bruises and many adoptive parents are often accused or suspected of abusing their child. Mongolian spots fade over time and are usually gone by age 4 or 5. 

Janie has them on both of her ankles, part of her lower leg, her shoulders, and all over her back/buttocks. So, when you see them, don't be alarmed. She has not been abused by anyone in Taiwan! Everyone involved in her life has taken great care of her. I have taken pictures of her spots and will make sure my pediatrician documents them. I just wanted to let you know before you see her so you don't get concerned and think she has been bruised.

Below is a link to a website with a short description and picture of Mongolian Spots:

See you soon!!!! We love you guys!


Charlene said...

Ok - so we can't wait for ya'll to get here. It is 9:30 Monday morning here and I'll bet ya'll getting ready for bed now in preparation for the big day tomorrow - travel safe. Love to all 3 of you from "the family"

couey2007 said...

Great post. My daughter Brooke had these also. Very wise to educate everyone! Loved following your journey. We adopted Brooke in Dec 08 from Taiwan and live in AL. Not many from the south adopting from Taiwan!

Michelle C, AL

Rhonda said...

Can't wait to meet her and I know she will be in a little cheer outfit before long! Have a safe trip home and we will see you ALL soon! God Bless you!


Blessed Single Mom said...

Hope you have a safe trip home. Wish we lived closer and could meet all of you. Janie is beautiful. I love all the pictures.

Tami and Bobby Sisemore Family said...

Congratulations on your daughter! And welcome home! :) My son Noah (adopted 2008) has mongolian spots too. I am not sure if Jeremiah has them, will find out when we get to go get him from St. Lucy's Center. I look forward to hearing more about how things are going with your little princess!