While we were waiting to travel I ordered a necklace off Etsy with Chen Chen's Chinese name and her birthday that I would wear every day.
When we were in Guangzhou we went shopping with our guide one day and I purchased a small jade pendant that I added to the necklace. The vendor we purchased it from was nice enough to add a finding to the top so I could hang it from my necklace. It looked (notice the past tense here) like this although a little smaller...
I loved the sound that it made with the other pieces on my necklace and I loved that Chen Chen would look at it and it would start conversations about our trip. I wore it every day. Well a few weeks ago we were playing in the kitchen and then within a millisecond the following happened: mouth open laughing, I bend over to pick her up, necklace gets caught on tooth in her open mouth and then I hear *snap!* and her eyes get as big as saucers. I put her down and the first thought was "oh no, a tooth broke!" but as she stood there I saw a small glimpse of something green in her mouth. As she looked at me I told her to let me look in her mouth but instead she closed it and *gulp* it was gone! After ensuring she wasn't choking I called the pediatrician and they assured me that kids swallow things all the time and not to worry it would pass although it could take up to a week. Well, for a week I was diligent about looking for said jade but it never surfaced, well i'm sure it did but I missed it in my attempts to look for it during each potty trip.
I looked on-line for another piece and of course they cost waaaaaay more than what I spent in Guangzhou :( If anyone is reading this and is traveling soon I would be forever grateful if I could get another one. If you have pearl and jade shopping scheduled with your guide let me know. I still wear the necklace but I miss the pendant and the memories that came with it and I know Chen Chen would be thrilled to see another jade piece on it.
*Update...a family that is traveling soon is picking up a new pendant for me! They are even adopting from the same CWI that Chen Chen is from!*