Kaili was born on January 16, 2017 at 7:50 PM central. She was born in Rochester, MN and weighed 5 pounds, 13 ounces and was 19.25 inches long.
Kaili was born in the Chinese Year of the Monkey. The Year of the Monkey for 2016 ends on January 27, 2017 in the Gregorian calendar with the Year of the Rooster starting on January 28th, 2017 – the beginning of the Chinese New Year!
Kaili’s name holds special meaning and ties to both of us – her Daddies. Her full name is Kaili Marie Xu. The name Kaili, in Chinese, is 凯丽. The first character, 凯, is the same as the first character of Keith’s Chinese name – 凯斯. Kaili’s middle name, Marie, is also a tie to Keith as it is Keith’s Mom’s middle name as well. The last name, Xu – 徐 – carries on the Xu name from Zhengbin!
Kaili had a lot of help coming into this world. We obtained the help of IARC to start a surrogacy program. Eventually we were matched with a fantastic surrogate and learned more about her and her family while they learned about us. We all traveled to Toronto, Canada nine months ago where things really got going with the help of Dr. Librach and the Create Fertility Centre! After nine months together, we feel ever closer with our surrogate and her family. We were able to arrive several days before the birth to spend time with their family as well!
We look forward to our wonderful future together with our new daughter and the many joys and learning experiences we will all share together!