Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Today we shopped a little on the island. The Noah napped while Micah swam. We started packing before dinner and at this point have just about everything in suitcases. We had a fun dinner at Lucy's (local restaurant with Western food) with two of the families with whom we've become close. We all have older kids near the same age and adopted boys near the same age. It was relaxing and fun.
Two weeks ago a group of random strangers met in Beijing and Zhengzhou. Today these families are unalterably woven into the fabric of our lives. This has been an amazing trip, but we're looking forward to getting home. See you on the flip side!
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
And you have to try to take a picture of all those newly adopted children on the red couch. This was humorous with children rolling over or refusing to cooperate. Noah was fine until Mama tried to step out of the frame. Then we had total meltdown! This is the best shot we got of the children.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
So yesterday was our clinic appointment. Noah went through his three clinic stations like a champ. Then came the last station, immunizations. Noah needed eight immunizations, plus an oral polio vaccine. I had to hold him on my lap while he got two injections in each arm and each leg. Noah was crying, Mama was crying, Micah was upset, Baba was trying to comfort all of us. All in all, a harrowing experience. I have to say it was the worst day since we got here. But, we dosed Noah with Tylenol and he ended up giggling and smiling while we waited to be sure that he didn't have a reaction. He's a little trooper.
I'm attaching a couple of pictures from our trip to the Cow and Bridge. To answer Donna, we didn't go last time because I was so sick with a sinus infection. It was my first experience with Thai food, but what I had was good.
Noah continues to warm to us and is sweet and happy. He comes readily to either of us, though he still prefers Mama when in distress or hungry. He will play with toys and prefers things that move or make noise. At his clinic appointment he was 25.6 pounds and 32 inches tall. He's a solid little chunk.
Friday, September 24, 2010
We toured the historic Chen house and went to the Guangzhou arts and crafts. Micah was more impressed with the grocery across the street where he scored some sour skittles and potato chips. Mama got her precious "Zero Coca" (Coke Zero). Ah, the real thing!
And last night, another taste of home - Papa John's Pizza. Yum! Noah likes pizza too!
Today we went shopping for pearls, jade and toys with Ann from Red Thread China. If you are looking for a personal shopping assistant in Guangzhou, I can't say enough good things about Ann. She helped us to find just what we were looking for at a good price. Mama got a pearl solitaire necklace and Baba got a jade necklace. Micah got a cool place and Noah got a toy phone (so maybe he'll leave the hotel phone alone!) We got some great gifts to bring home, too.
Tonight we are going to the Cow and Bridge Thai restaurant. I've heard good things about that one.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Last night was moon festival. We saw families light lanterns and launch them toward the moon. The sidewalks were packed with people, yet it was quiet and serene.
Today we are touring the city and visiting a temple and the Chen House.
Monday, September 20, 2010
- Noah's palate is repaired. He even has a uvula.
- Noah babbles but has no real words.
- He can wear 12 month and 18 month clothes. The 12 month onesies are getting a little short. 12 month shorts seem to fit OK, but 18 month for shirts is a little better. T
- The Ergo is awesome!!!!! Noah gets excited when he sees it cuz it means we're gonna go, go, go!
- Traffic in China makes Atlanta traffic look like a Sunday drive in the country.
- Noah likes fried rice, dumplings and noodles. He also likes pizza. That's my boy.
- Noah is a good sleeper. He fusses a little when laying down but tends to sleep through the night.
Here are a couple gratuitous Noah pictures!
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Noah was very concerned the whole time we were there. His lip quivered when various workers came and fussed over him. He cried when the orphanage director came in. He cried when his favorite nanny tried to hold him.
All in all it was an emotional, but good day. It is obvious that he was and is loved. He seemed genuinely relieved when we left and he was still with us.
We have a free day today. We are going to take a walk to a park before lunch. Thank you all for your prayers. We feel that you are with us.
I don't know where the pictures post, but today's pictures show Noah's bed in the orphanage, Micah in the playroom and Noah's finding spot.