Monday, February 25, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
There is still a lot to be done in a few short weeks for our projected March 1 opening. But given the progress that I’ve witnessed, I feel confident that we can do it. This week some of the nannies will begin work to get the home ready for the babies. We will also begin their very important training so that the babies will get the best care available.
Aren't they all precious?
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Wednesday, February 20, 2008
The push is on now to complete as much as possible before the Chinese New Year (CNY) celebration, when everything stops for a week. The kitchen and baths have been tiled; the kitchen cabinets and appliances have been ordered and should be installed before CNY. Door and window trim has been added, as have lots and lots of shelves for storage. We have stairs now and the walls are ready for paint.
We have paint colors!! Soft shades of yellow, green and blue for the babies’ rooms.
Our house manager in China, Zhang Ming, has been very busy pulling all of these details together for us. He has also found a wonderful head nanny who we witnessed working magic with the babies on one of our cleft mission trips. He will begin interviewing possible nannies before CNY begins.
We are getting ready to order the baby equipment that our donors have provided for – the bouncy seats, crib mobiles, walkers, high chairs and strollers that will make this house a home for these babies. Our first shipment of cleft bottles is due to arrive soon, the real essential ingredient for these babies to thrive.
Monday, February 18, 2008
A lot has happened in a few short months in our Cleft Healing Home, in fact some days a lot happens in an hour! In October it became clear that renovating the older apartment we had in mind would be too costly and perhaps not provide the result we wanted; a safe homelike environment to nurture very frail babies. So, we changed gears from renovating an older apartment to finishing a new apartment. The new apartment is located in the same area as the older one and still close to Anhui Children’s Hospital. It will allow us to build to the specifications we need and things are moving along!
Custom construction began soon after we procured the use of the apartment. A new floor has been added upstairs to allow us to have 2 playrooms. The plumbing for the heating system has been installed. The electrical wires and extra plumbing required for the outside laundry room should be finished this week. We have chosen tile for the bathrooms and flooring for the rest of the house. The tile in the kitchen is supposed to be laid this weekend. Lisa Raymond, an interior designer living in Shanghai, is helping us choose paint colors. Hopefully painting will be complete by the end of December. Once the rooms are painted, the radiators will be installed. We had hoped to be open in January, but it looks like the apartment won’t be done until February. Of course we wish it was done yesterday, but we all know you can’t rush construction.