Meet Sarah Grace Dunn!

The First View We Had:
The Match Photo 
(date unknown:
received May 24)
Sarah Grace in early August 2001
The Patriot:
One Less Chicom,
One More Yank
Here  are some quick links for updates on Sarah Grace Dunn, our  family member: 
The New American Prepares for Her Second Fourth of July Sarah Goes on Vacation Notes on the approaching first anniversary of our original match
Sarah's First Easter, Second Birthday, and Baptism, Plus Some Pictures Because She's Just Cute
Sarah's First Snow (photos)
Sarah's First Christmas (photos)
Sarah Speaks: Her Words Up
to February
Some Notes by Tam on Sarah, February 2002
Sarah's First Thanksgiving (photos) Sarah in Sept. and Oct. 2001 (photos)
Hear Sarah Say a Few Words Photos in Late Summer Photos while still in China First Meeting Photos

More detailed choices:

Go to top of Original Homepage for Earliest Information After the Match

Sarah's First Snow

Some Notes by Tam as of February 2002

Sarah Speaks: About Her Words as of February 2002

Hear Sarah Say a Few Words!

Photos of Sarah Grace's First Thanksgiving!

The China Trip  Log and Earlier Photos:

Log of Our Visit To China

 Photos of Our First Meeting in China!!

Photos from Our China Trip!!

Pictures of Sarah Since Our Arrival Home!

Latest Shots: Sarah Grace in September/October 2001

Another Photo We Can't Resist Showing You:
The "Deer in the Headlights" Official Adoption Photo!

Two  New Pictures Taken in May!!

Two More Younger Pictures Below!!

Some Pictures of the Orphanage!!

Learn About Her Chinese Name

How Did We Choose Her American Name?

Sarah Grace's Chinese Chop

Sarah Grace Dunn, AKA Chang Xiao Chao (Chinese characters above), was born April 10, 2000; we learned on May 24, 2001 that she would be joining us soon.  She did join us on July 2 in Changsha, Hunan. Until she joined us she was at the Changde Social Welfare Institute in Changde, Hunan Province, China. She had been found on May 13, 2000 at the head of Sanlu Bridge in Changde City; someone named Li Jinzhi took her to the local Civil Affairs Bureau who took her to the orphanage.

To read an online log, updated en route, of our trip to China to bring Xiao Chao to America, click here.

Most of our travel data and post-return pictures are elsewhere on this site; use the links above. What follows are the original notes we put up after we first learned of our match on May 24.

Update May 31: We have just received new data taken on May 22, and pictures taken around that time. The referral picture above and the other pictures below were taken in February or before, so these May pictures show a somewhat older Sarah Grace!

Data as of May 22: Chang Xiao Chao  (metric conversions are our own):

Height:  73cm (28.74 inches) Weight:  9kg  (19.8 pounds)
Chest:  45.5cm  (17.91 inches) Head:  43cm (16.92 inches)
Feet:  11cm   (4.33 inches) HepB: negative  Teeth: 4   Sitting?: Yes
Standing?: Yes  Walking?: Yes Speaking?: Yes
How long has the child lived in the orphanage? 12 months
How long has the child been in foster care? 0 months
Other information?  Everything else is normal.
Data from original reports: In February 2001 she weighed 18.7 pounds and was 26.7 inches long. Her name apparently means "Dawn Exceeding". She's described as active;  developmentally she is crawling, stands for a moment or so, is talkative and "sometimes obstinate". (Again all these reports apparently describe her as of February.) For more on her as of that time, click here. And to let us know what you think of her, our family and friends can send us an E-mail here.

Send us an E-mail!

The picture above was the first one we received, by E-mail. We received two more on the next day. Here are the second and third pictures:

Chang Xiao Chao

(Sarah Grace Dunn)

Born: 10 April 2000
Currently at Changde Social Welfare Institute
Changde, Hunan, China

Two Pictures Taken at about the same time as her May 22 physical report (which showed she had four teeth at the time; her less than happy expression may be due to teething):


More Details

According to the "State of Growth" report on Chang Xiao Chao, here is what she was like in February (for some newer data, see above): Active, Restless, Fond of Listening to Music, Fond of Playing with Toys, Talkative, Energetic,  Fairly Extroverted. Here is what she is not: Timid, Shy, Quiet, Fond of Quietness, Fairly introverted, fond of reading picture books (remember this is what she is  not :we can fix that, and we will!!!). She "has a strong personality.  She is active and energetic and comfortable with strangers." Since she was four months old she has been eating rice cereal (congee) mixed with formula.  She has a good appetite and likes noodles. Her favorite activity is her walker and being with the other children; her favorite toys are toys which make noise (!) and stuffed animals.

We can't wait to get her and start loving her in person instead of long-distance!

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