I am loving and appreciating all of the comments so very much! Thank you!
Linda, you asked what we drink with our meals. The Chinese drink hot tea. They also drink hot water. Very strange to us. But they usually ask for sodas for us to drink. Yesterday at the meal I had a Sprite, and Suhui wanted some. She has been drinking Sprite in the room. Our guide, driver, and the director all told her “no” that it was too cold. They really do not believe it is good for you to drink cold things especially children.
I had heard how the Chinese bundle their babies and that the older women will fuss at you if you don’t have the child in enough clothes (3-4 layers!). But I did notice our guide looked under Suhui’s jeans on Day 2 to see if she had anything under them. She didn’t seem to approve commenting to the driver on it. She’s in her 20s, so these ideas seem to pervade the culture. We think it is funny that they have the infants and toddlers so bundled up that they can hardly move, but then their little bottoms are exposed to the cold because of the split pants. 🙂 Yesterday Suhui wanted to dress herself, and she put on two pairs of pants. She first put on a knit pair. Then she had to have her socks so that she could tuck the pants into her socks. Then she put on a pair of jeans.
It is kind of funny when she gets frustrated trying to communicate with us. I know it must be hard for her though. Sometimes when she is repeating something over and over, I tell her in Chinese, “Sorry, I don’t understand.” Then she will yell it saying each word slowly, or sometimes she will put her mouth to my ear saying it loudly and slowly.
I have decided to spend a few minutes everyday telling her in Chinese: “We love you. Mama loves you. Baba loves you. We are very happy to have you in our family. We are very happy to have you as our daughter. We are your forever family now. We will not leave you. You are safe with us.” I ask her “Okay?’ and she nods. I hope it is starting to slowly sink in that we are her forever family.
She reminds me of Titus in so many ways. She is very energetic like him, she loves candy and loves to sneak a snack, she loves to snuggle, and she is delightful as long as she gets her way. 🙂
Yesterday Tommy and Caleb went to play some more games, pingpong, pool, while Suhui and I napped. Then later Caleb and I went to the exercise room. It was nice to relieve some stress there, and Caleb had a ball. When we got back to the room about 6pm, I was exhausted. I laid down and went to sleep. Tommy was great taking over Rachel for the evening. He took Caleb and Rachel to eat at a restaurant in the hotel. He brought me back a nasty hamburger. The meat tasted awful! I could hardly swallow the one bite I took. Besides waking up briefly when they got back and waking up to get in bed with Rachel because she was crying, I slept til 5am. We are pretty much getting a good amount of sleep even with waking up early. We’ve been going to bed early than we are used to. But this is more emotionally draining than it is anything else.
Pray for Caleb. I am afraid that he is getting a cold. He had a sore throat yesterday. And I just now had to give him some decongestant because he could hardly breathe.
We do not have anything to do this morning. The first morning we haven’t had to be somewhere. This afternoon we are going to the Provincial Museum. It is supposed to be one of the best museums in China.
Tomorrow morning we go to visit the Yellow Crane Tower. It is a very famous site in Wuhan. We will pick up Suhui’s Chinese passport at some point. In the afternoon we are going to the airport to fly to Guangzhou. I am ready to go. There will be many other adoptive families from the US there at our hotel. I am excited to see our friends Aaron and Erica and their new little Clara!
Eli and Titus, we love you so much and can hardly wait to see you and give you lots of hugs and kisses! When you wake up in the morning it will be one week until we are home!