Good morning from Nanjing, China!
I wanted to put up a quick post before we left for the day.
People have asked different questions, so, I thought I'd just answer them here (the ones I can remember).
1) Jian's name:
We were going to change it to Jian Lee Bergeron, but, found out that Jian Feng is actually his first name, so, on paper it will be Jian Feng Lee Bergeron. When we talk about him though, we're just saying Jian. We will let him decide later what he would like to use for his name - Jian, Jian Feng or Lee. Lee is my dad's middle name, so that's where that came from :).
You pronounce his name Geeun Fung
2) If the adoption is finished, why are we still here?
The Chinese side of the adoption is complete, but, we must go to Guangzhou and have an appointment with the US Consulate there. This will allow us to get his Visa to come back into the United States. Right now, even though we've adopted him, Jian is still considered a Chinese citizen - his passport will reflect as much. So, we need to get him a visa (after a medical exam, TB test and an interview with the consulate) to return home. Once he sets foot on US soil (which will be in New Jersey when we switch planes), he will automatically become a US citizen.
3) Why are we here so long?
We were originally hoping to go home on October 9th, but, will be here until October 15th. The reason is that there's a holiday beginning on October 1st - National Day (like Independence Day), but, they celebrate it for an entire week. So, everything is closed October 1-7. We could not get an appointment with the US Consulate (they only accept appointments on certain days and only after a family has their official travel notice to adopt their child) until October 12th. So, we'll have the appointment on the 12th and will not get his Visa until October 14th. Then, we'll be allowed to travel back to the United State.
4) What are we doing today?
We are getting ready to go visit the orphanage and the deaf school. It's possible we will not be allowed in the deaf school due to remodeling, but, we'll at least be able to get some pictures! So, we'll post more later about the day!
Good night in America!