(The monkey photo should have been with yesterday's set of photos...oops! Poor monkey...poor Tom, the monkey's behind left a little something behind. (Think Gracie the cat at Christmas!!)
We set off early this morning, early as in 5:00 wake up call. Our flight was only about 45 minutes, the shortest flight ever for us. Which was a really good thing because Eli was a SPAZ with a capital S!!!! He squirmed and wiggled and hollered the whole way. I’m happy that airplanes are noisy and for the most part people can’t hear you more than a few aisles away. It made me super nervous to know that we have 17 hours of flying ahead of us on Wednesday. Gulp!
When we got in to the hotel, we dumped our bags and ran down the street to the medical examination. There weren’t any families in the room at the time and our guide began to explain the procedures. Little by little other families were filing in and within 10 minutes the place was a zoo. You see, when newly adopted children need to lay on tables naked for doctors/strangers it causes great alarm! Everyone in the place knew the wonder of our son’s lungs by the time we finished with the doctor. I remember Em looking at me the same way he did, like “Mom, why are you letting them do this???” Poor thing!
Afterwards, we had lunch and got the kids down for a nap. I then went down and filled out the rest of the paperwork with other parents from the group. We had to complete all of the paperwork for the American Consulate, line by line, and there are about 15 papers and forms to complete. It took us 2+ hours!!
When I got back we set off to enjoy Shamian Island and ate some dinner. We did dinner at “Lucy’s” an American-style café, even though we weren’t that impressed the first time we were here. It was fine tonight, and we learned that Eli likes spaghetti, which is great because it’s a staple at our house.
When we got back to the hotel we took a dip in the rooftop pool overlooking the city of Guangzhou. The kids loved it! We decided however that we will always be completely wary of taking Eli to the lake or pool. The child has no fear and wants to jump in with or without us. He just walked to the end and stepped in. Luckily I was hanging on to his hands! Life jacket for that one for sure.
We laughed because there was a little “foot pool” where you basically walk through to get to the big pool. I’m sure it’s just to rinse of your feet before you get in. Em was saying sweetly to us, “You guys can sit here in this little pool with me and swim around, want to?” Meanwhile, Eli is shrieking with glee about the pool. Shrieking, LOUDLY! He’s bombing into the deep end and she is quietly flitting about in the two inches of foot bath water. Tom looked at them and said, “Yep, this pretty much sums up our children!”
I hope those who are close to us realize that there will be no more peace and quiet when we come to your homes because we will be arriving with Trouble!! You will love him to pieces and he will dazzle everyone with his charming personality, but quiet? Calm? Relaxed? Nope!! Not gonna happen!
I feel like he was really grieving more today when I put him down for a nap and for bed time. He is also really not wanting Tom to hold him. Which is difficult and a bummer. He is however starting to call us and use some English words. He says, “Daddy” “Emmie” “Mama”…more like “Maa,MAAHHH!!” (again with the loud exuberance or tearful screaming, depending!) He also says, “tickle, tickle” and “I did it!” which Tom taught him to say when he does a trick, but he says it whenever anything is funny. Which makes us laugh to no end.
Em had a great day today, even though she struggled at the airport for a bit…lack of sleep I’m sure. A few more minutes and I would have been close to a tantrum too. But later she got to sit by the big kids in the bus and that made her day. Luckily she also got to hang out with Riley, another new friend, during the medical exam. She’s acting more and more like her true self, which is great.
So far we are enjoying our time at the Victory, loving our big suite, although we are so excited to be making our way home soon. Even more so, we’re still in awe of the two most amazing children that fill our hearts to the brim!