Tuesday, August 10, 2010
So, we were able to ask a plethora of questions to Addison's orphanage caretakers yesterday about her likes, dislikes, habits, etc. One thing stood out to me...the caretakers claimed she loves to nap and she sleeps straight through the night, 10pm to 8am. Well people, there is truth in advertising, the girl napped for three hours and slept straight through the night. Robin and I actually had to wake her for breakfast!!! (I just knocked on wood 100 times!!!) Speaking of breakfast, the girl put on an eating display-- one whole banana, congee with egg mixed in and bread. AJ can put it away!!! (just like her mommy! hahaha...i will pay for that one) After breakfast, the first poopy diaper was changed (go mommy!!!--although I handed her the powder and carried the thing to the trash (Ba Ba rocks). After the change, we went to the Chinese Provisional Officer for more paperwork, followed by a trip to the Chinese Walmart for some essentials-- bottled water, lotions, diapers and powder for AJ, dates for Robin (she is hooked on these things, and they keep her regular!!!...i will pay for this comment as well). Robin also begged our guide Elvin to take her to Starbucks for a caramel frap, and being the cool guide he is, Elvin obliged. Robin panicked when finishing the frap, fearing that the frap was made with regular Chinese water (hello bacteria), but Elvin assured her that Starbucks uses purified water (I begged Elviin to tell her she was going to experience stomach pain like never before, and he was tempted...but to no avail) A little blurb now about Guangzhou... it is very, very hot and humid. Very similar to Florida, except hotter...and more humid!!! It is also very clean, no doubt due in part to the fact that the Asian Games (like the US World Championships) are coming to Guangzhou in the fall. Lunch for AJ consisted of steamed rice. Quick AJ fact...the girl drools...allot, due in most part to her cleft, so we are always carrying around tissues. Although it is a cute drool, Robin and I have very wet shirts. We had our first family night out to dinner, and we went to Lucy's (also known as the house that Tony Linen built) where they have a wide array of American style food. Hello cheeseburger and fries!! We will go back to our Asian ways of eating tomorrow. After dinner, we went to get AJ some sandals, a special kind of sandal called the squeaky shoe, which obviously squeeks every time a step is taken, thus motivating the child to walk. AJ is just plain cruising around. She is such a sweet baby --very loving, very laid back and extremely inquisitive...she needs to know everything that is going on around her. She is just smitten with Robin, and is slowly getting used to me. After having all female caretakers for the past 19 months, it is very hard adjusting to a male, especially one who ate half of her cupcake yesterday (I know I told you I only had a small piece...but I lied!!!!) I have been attempting to bond with her through food, so I have been feeding her often. I also watched some finding Nemo with her (thank you Howie and Jill) on the portable DVD player that the Hulmes family told us we must take with us (Lifesaver guys!!! we owe you big!!) She is just transfixed by that thing. We bought her a couple of Chinese cartoon dvd's as well as a chinese lullaby dvd for tonight. Ok, enjoy the pictures and I will check back tomorrow! Keep the comments coming!!