Jodie Yong-Le Rollins Blair
Our daughter An Yong Le (awn yawng luh) was born on February 14, 1998 in the city of Xi'an, the province of Shaanxi, China.
The photos on this page accompanied Jodie's original paperwork from China. This photo was probably taken when she was seven months old, but we're not sure.
Our first daughter, Maya, was also born in Xi'an. We requested that our second child be from the same city, and our request was honored!
What we know
The orphanage report says that she has normal physical and cognitive development. It also states the following about her: "Sleeps tight at night and does not bother people. Likes to eat porridge and noodles. Outgoing, talkative, likes toys. Not afraid of strangers."
She's a tiny thing. She was measured November 23, 1999, when she was just over 21 months old; she was 74 cm (29 inches) tall and weighed 7.0 kg (15.4 pounds). As a comparison, Maya was 78 cm (30.7 inches) tall and 24 pounds when we got her at 19 months. We spoke with a pediatric nurse practitioner who specializes in international adoptions; she said that Yong Le is in the fifth percentile for both height and weight for Chinese girls, and since her head circumference is within a more average range (50th percentile), we shouldn't worry about her size.
An, her family name, means safe, secure, or peaceful (it could also mean very quiet). Yong Le is her first name; it means forever happy.
In the photo above, she appears to be sitting on some playground equipment. In the photo on the left, she is eagerly accepting something to eat from her caregiver.
In the west, Xi'an is probably best known as the location of the mausoleum of the emperor Qin Shi Huang, who ruled China between 259 and 210 BC. This emperor was buried with hundreds of full-size terra cotta statues of soldiers. The famous silk road, an over-land route linking China to the western world, begins in Xi'an. The silk road winds westward through China to Afghanistan and Iran, before moving toward India in the south and the Mediterranean in the north.