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07 September 2010
Below is a picture of the "rinse/shower" to clean off before entering the pool; after passing through this outside shower area, one had to walk through a very shallow wading area to wash off feet.
Tupie (too-pee) was initially terrified of water, but has gotten fond of warm showers; below is her first pool experience. Dory took Willow to the pool each afternoon (and on this day we all joined them).
Willow with her Ayi Sara, our friend and adoption facilitator in China:
General shock (good shock, though), exhaustion (it took about a week to get over the jet-lag hump), and sketchy access to posting to the blog rendered me without extra words to describe all our experiences here in China. For example, our adoption agency's in-China partners book all their families at 5-star hotels (at special rates). It was delightfully posh and over-the-top frankly, but the comfort was welcomed at the end of every day. Above, Auntie Dory converses with the girls outside her suite at the Garden Hotel, standing on the beautiful plum-blossom carpet (above). All going quite well with Tupelo's adjustment. We finally had a straightforward bedtime in the cribs, with smiles and barely a sound (contrasting with the dismay and crying of previous nights). Below, the little ones (and teddies) luxuriate on puffy linens and pillows:
Dory catches some shade in a small bamboo grove:
We promised Dory a panda, so our guide arranged a trip to the zoo:
06 September 2010
Leaving Nanning (capitol of Guangxi Province, the province Tupelo was born in) and heading to Guangzhou (Guangdong Province, the province Willow was born in). This is the last city in our journey, and we have come here to complete some additional tasks and paperwork before we bring Tupelo home). We will also have some great R&R—we love this city and there are so many interesting places to visit.
The scene here is interesting and hectic. The adopted children are seen by a series of doctors in different specialties: general medicine; weight & height; ear, nose, and throat; and lastly the injection room. Tupelo received 6 vaccinations (and thankfully did not have any negative reactions, injection-site pain, or run a high fever). She does not have any ear infection (which is fabulous for a cleft-affected child). The doctors nibbled and cuddled her, and were so pleased with her girth. She weighed in at a whopping 21 pounds.
Still a lot of technical blips trying to post. My friend in the states has been posting for me but is now encountering additional blocks. Soooo … I am going to try using blogger’s email-to-post function. Here we go….
Day 3: Tupie has decided she wants to walk. In fact, she actually can walk great distances (though slow and tipsy). On Day 4, she decided she wanted to feed herself (and feasted on pumpkin/spinach baby food and baby pureed prunes). Most ended up on her face and body. Day 5: Though gentle and quiet (we think), she loves to knock things off surfaces and generally wreak havoc by moving and tossing everything around. She’s also still grieving as of this time (spoiler alert: as of day 6, she woke up smiling and by day’s end, was actually laughing). Willow has also become a wee-bit jealous and it culminated in a 30-minute hysteria-meltdown when judiciously brought (i.e., carried kicking and screaming) into a closed room with Mommy (who decided it was time for a little tough love). After which the 3-year-old rose blossom smoothed off most of her thorns and opened her petals).