I know Tommy already posted, but this is my first time to post from China. It’s almost 6am here. We’ve been up since 5am, not counting waking up at 2:30am for awhile. I know that you’re supposed to stay up til your normal bedtime, but we just couldn’t make it. Tommy and I slept very little on the flight. Caleb tried to sleep but couldn’t. He enjoyed the games and movies on the plane. He’s been great. But after being up for 24 hours, he melted last night. We walked around outside our hotel looking for a place to eat in the freezing cold (MUCH COLDER than NYC was!). But Caleb desperately needed sleep, so we went back to our room to eat a snack and go to sleep at 6:30pm.
We all were awake at 2:30am. When I tried to explain to Caleb that he really needed to try to lay still until he went back to sleep. He said, “I can’t! My feet are used to running at this time!” So he flew around the room pretending to be an airplane for awhile before we put on a movie so that he would lay down. He finally slept a few more hours.
This morning first thing he wanted to know was in Florida won. So now he’s performing the replays of Tebow that he saw on tv for me.
Our flight was very good. Plenty to do on the plane to help pass time. While waiting to board, we met another adoptive family. Then we were seated next to a couple from Indiana who are adopting. Rebecca and I spent several hours of our flight sharing adoption stories.
I did realize on the flight how little Chinese I know. I have been taking lessons once a week from my dear friend Audrey who is from Singapore for several months. She has been great! I unfortunately have not been the greatest student. We have just been too busy the past several months for me to practice much between lessons. I initially wanted to learn Chinese just to be able to speak to Rachel at least a little when we get her. I am surprised at how strong my desire to communicate with the Chinese people is now that I’m here. I have a small notebook filled with notes to help me. I am hoping that I can practice some with our guide Gaby today. We are off for our city tour of Beijing in a couple of hours.
Still haven’t figured out how to post photos. Hopefully we can do that later.