My Panda and Spidey… oh how I love them. (click the photo above to see the entire album)
After breakfast we went to Shamian Island, because it’s tradition and I wanted to look for some fingerprint paintings and a name chop for Dani. I also found some really COOL shoes for the girls, and I picked up a pink Jie Jie (big sister) shirt and super cool Panda Vest for Amelie. She has been wearing it non stop. The rain stopped and the girls had a chance to run around the island and we took a bunch of photos of the statues around the place. It looks so much like Louisiana on the Island. We had a quick lunch at Subway and then walked around some more until it was time to meet up with our group.
These paintings are awesome and I am glad I had a chance to buy more.
Dani is not a fan of group photos. Here she was just starting a massive tantrum that included some Rockette Kicks.
Amelie loves elephants.
Happy in the stroller with her new toy. Mike got all 3 girls some really cute frogs that are also musical instruments.
Eating makes this girl so happy.
After we left the island we headed back to the hotel and put the girls down for a nap. Once they woke up we headed downstairs to exchange some money and hunt down the indoor playroom. When we found it and opened the door Nadia squealed with delight and said, “I don’t care if it’s small!!!!” Her and Amelie were manic going around the room playing on stuff. They are so accustomed to playing outside for hours at a time creating their own made up worlds that all this hotel time has made them a little stir crazy.
After playtime and talking to another family in the playroom we met up with Jaime, Chris and Sawyer to head over to Pizza Hut for dinner. Mike and I decided that it was the worst service we had ever received in a sit down restaurant. And for China it was sort of a surprise since they usually have exemplary service. It got so extreme with us trying to flag down help that Jaime and I finally gave up and went to the 7-11 downstairs to buy drinks for the family. The staff didn’t seem to notice or care. Mike ordered a drink that never came and after I flagged down a few people we got a piece of cake to go for Jaime. I can’t help but laugh about it because it was like they had the most apathetic staff in China.
By the end of all that the girls were beat and we decided to skip showers and put them to bed since we had to be ready to roll early in the morning for the Consulate appointment.
Dani kept herself busy putting her socks on and taking them off.
The day started with the breakfast buffet of course. Then we came back up to the room to make sure we had everything we needed for the medical exam. Dani didn’t freak out when we got in the van, but she did scream in the elevator when so many people got on. We knew that she was going to flip out during the medicals because you go from room to room and she just likes things to stay the same. She was so hysterical that the doctors and nurses ended up laughing. She had a female doctor, but for you adoptive parents reading the blog, I did see the male doctor that seems to have done 10,000 medical checks over the years
“Don’t you people know I don’t want to be weighed and measured?”
Accepting some comfort from Mommy after some of the drama.
They move the kids from station to station to have each item checked. So she would freak out, calm down, freak out, calm down. Then in the middle of that Amelie didn’t like something Nadia said so she sucker punched her in the belly. Nadia moved to another seat and then Amelie started crying because “Nadia doesn’t want to sit by me any more!!!!!!!!!!!!” Oh mercy. After the medical clinic I had to go with the other parents to do paperwork to get ready for the consulate appointment. I grabbed lunch for us from the deli in the lobby and it was nap time.
After the nap the big girls did their sticker books and colored a lot. Dani went back to putting socks on and off. She grabbed Amelie’s at one point and had two socks on each foot.
To make things easier I ran over to McDonald’s to bring dinner back to the room. I started to put my shoe on and Dani flipped out and had a full on tantrum. Thrashing all over the floor and kicking the furniture. At that point I knew she was comfortable with us
Group photo before leaving Nanchang. No cooperation from Dani (click the photo to see the entire album)
Nadia and Dani when they first woke up.
Play-Doh was a big hit for the big girls when we were trapped in the room due to rain.
The girls and our guide Maggie in Nanchang.
The girls got up at about 6:30 and we went down and had breakfast. Then we returned to the room to make sure everything was packed up for the airport and trip to Guangzhou. We got checked out and took some photos in the lobby and then loaded up into the van to go and get the babies’ passports. Then Maggie took us to the airport and helped us buy a lap ticket for Dani and it was time to go through security. They were super strict because of the train attack in Kumming last week and wouldn’t let us take the stroller to the gate or let Jaime take a milk box for Sawyer through security.
On the flight we got split from Amelie and Nadia. They were on the same row, but with other adults in between; Mike and I had the aisle (with Dani in Mike’s lap) and the girls had the window seats. There was an incredibly nice man sitting next to Amelie and he helped her open her water and even peeled her orange at meal time. On a side note, it’s just amazing that the Chinese airlines will give a drink and meal on an hour and ten minute flight. And as we have found on every flight in China, the Chinese eat really fast and they zoom through the cabin to collect the trash before I feel like I have even started.
Dani did well on the flight. We were totally expecting her to flip out because she doesn’t seem to like any sort of change at all. But she seemed okay while we were waiting to take off. When it was time to take off and she started to get fussy I pulled out some snack sticks and handed them to her one at a time. That distracted her enough to keep her from getting upset. By the time we landed, however, she had missed her nap and you could tell she was very sleepy.
They all fell asleep in the van on the way to the hotel.
Our guide, Lily, was waiting for us at the airport with a van and helped us all get checked in at the Garden Hotel in Guangzhou. After we had taken our stuff to the room, Lily took us on a whirlwind tour of the neighborhood stores and restaurants. After that we were beat and so Mike and the girls stayed in the room and I ran over to Pizza Hut for take out. I love the Pizza Huts in China because they set them up like an Italian restaurant at home with a full menu of items. I also ran by 7-Eleven for some milk and cokes.
Playtime in the hotel room before bed.
After dinner we got our bags unpacked and the girls settled in for bed. We were all beat but so happy to be in Guangzhou for the final stretch!!
She hates the elevator. I mean HATES it. Screams and cries for the entire ride. Doors open, you step out, and she stops.
She loves her shoes that we brought from Texas. LOVES her shoes. She wore them over her footie jammies today and didn’t want to take them off for her nap.
They have these “milk boxes” here that she sucks down in no time flat. Zoom and the box is empty.
She likes all food so far except congee and carrots. Every other thing from veggies to cookies she has loved.
She opens her mouth so wide to take a bite. It’s really, really cute.
Her little voice is adorable. We are hearing it more and more as she gets comfortable with us.
We saw more of her personality today. She showed us a little mischievous side and a stubborn side. Plus an actual tantrum.
This was about 24 hours after meeting Dani.
This was taken on 3.06.2014
Pretending to give Daddy food.
The day was very mellow for us because it was cold and rainy outside. In the morning we basically watched Dani play She is so meticulous and curious about the toys we brought. Mike put a coloring book in front of her and gave her a twistable crayon and showed her how to color. She didn’t like that and instead set up a couple stacking cups and grabbed an empty soda bottle and some of the crayons. Then she proceeded to pretend to pour some of the bottle into the cups. After that she used the crayons to stir and then pretended to paint on the coloring book. She looked exactly like an adult artist. It was so cute! A little while later she had the bag from the crayons and she would unzip it, empty the bag, zip it, fill the bag, zip it and repeat the entire thing. This went on for over an hour with her trying all kinds of combinations of crayons.
I knew that Nadia was in serious need of some “Mommy time” so after getting the big girls a bath I took her with me on a walk. We bundled up and borrowed an umbrella from the hotel and headed out. She talked to me every single second that we were gone. We needed to cross the street at one point and I asked to stop talking and hold on tight. We ran across the street, stopped in the middle and then ran the rest of the way. She screamed at the top of her lungs the entire way because of all the horns honking. Once we crossed the street she said, “We’re not Chinese Mom! We should have just taken a cab back!” We picked up more diapers and lunch and went back to the room. I didn’t take any photos of our adventures because it was raining and we were dodging so many people on the sidewalks.
Trying so hard to get her shoes on.
The girls had a nap and Dani didn’t cry at all when Mike laid her down. We gave her a bath when she woke up and she screamed like crazy, but she really needed to get clean. The rest of the evening all the girls played and we just watched. We ordered room service for dinner and I started packing up our stuff since we were going to leave in the morning. Dani was a lot more relaxed with us all day and let me feed her and hold her a little bit too.
*PS for those who have been praying for Amelie. She is getting a little better each day with the jealousy. We just keep hugging her and telling her how much we love her.