Suhui is feeling much better today. She slept until 12:30pm. I let her. I figured she needed the rest. I had a good night’s sleep also. 🙂 Makes for a much better day. When she woke up, she was hungry and ate a huge lunch. Then she started complaining about her stomach hurting. I wasn’t surprised as much as she ate.
It was nice here today, so after lunch we all went outside to play. Suhui drew with sidewalk chalk and even ventured around the side of the house (away from me) to watch her brothers play in the dirt. After a couple of hours she started looking and acting tired, so we lay down for a nap.
I woke her up for supper. She was really zoned out. She didn’t want to eat, but she finally tried a bite of plain spaghetti and did not like it. We even had watermelon–a favorite, but she didn’t want it. (Wal-Mart has these great-tasting small watermelons for $3.) She was really out-of-it for several hours. She wouldn’t even really respond to me. I think that this is the first obvious grieving that we’ve seen from her. It’s a good thing, but it is sad to see her like that. She fell asleep on the couch for while. After a bath, she’s back to her old self, including the not-so-good habits. 🙂 She did play with Baba while I worked-out. Yes!!! Thank God for small blessings!
We were busy traveling the last couple of days we were in China and did not have access to a computer. So I thought I’d post a some photos from then.
This is our family on the dinner cruise our last night in Guangzhou.
Suhui got mad because we wouldn’t let her run around the dining room, so she lay down on the window ledge by our window for a while. It was kind of nice (and quiet).
Jackson, Caleb, and Carter on the top deck of the riverboat. They had fun trying to jump up and touch the bottom of the bridges we went under.
Suhui and Youyou on the riverboat
Suhui and Mama on the riverboat
Views from the riverboat
We went to the Botannical Garden in Guangzhou on our last day there. It was amazing! I did not get to see all of it. Tommy had to go sign some papers that morning. I put Suhui’s stroller in the van because of all the steps–mistake. She refused to walk after a while, and I’m such a mean Mommy I refused to carry her 35 pounds all over the garden. So we sat and people watched while everyone else toured.
Many of the decorations at the garden are for the Spring Festival
Chinese New Year decorations
Carter, Caleb and Jackson
Caleb playing a drum
Our guide Rebecca bought the kids some food to feed the fish. It was amazing–the number of fish!
Not-too-happy Suhui–I wouldn’t let her climb around in the flower beds. 😦
New Year’s decorations
Suhui eating ice cream
Suhui and Mama on the train to Hong Kong
We got to Hong Kong so late that we didn’t get to do anything. Our hotel was very nice with a living area, dining area, small kitchen, and view of the harbor. We left at 8:45 the next morning for the drive to the airport. We and the Hammond crew had to rent a 21-passenger bus for us and all of our luggage to get to the airport. Sad thing is that we really needed that much space.
Our 15-hour flight from Hong Kong to Newark, NJ wasn’t too bad. After 6 hours of sitting with Suhui, I needed a break and wanted to try to sleep. So I switched seats with Tommy. He and Caleb were in the row behind us. Suhui did not want Baba to sit beside her, so she cried for 2 hours! I kept thinking, “I would expect an infant or toddler to cry on a flight that long but not a 5-year-old crying because she can’t get her way.” She wasn’t afraid of the plane either–she was just as excited as when we flew from Wuhan to Guangzhou. After 2 hours of crying with Baba trying to entertain her, walk around with her, etc, she fell asleep for several hours.
After we got through immigration in Newark, we found out that they had moved us to an earlier flight to Atlanta. Good thing because originally we only had a 40 minute layover between our arrival in Atlanta and our flight to Columbus. I really did not want to spend the night in Atlanta. I was so ready to be home! So everything worked out perfectly.
On the flight from Atlanta to Columbus, Caleb was so excited that he was bouncing in his seat. In the Atlanta airport, Suhui and I had been looking at her photo album with all of our family. I was telling her in my broken Chinese that we would see them when we landed at the aiport. Caleb and I both became more and more excited the closer we got to Columbus. But Suhui seemed to become more and more anxious and clingy. Understandably.
We had many friends and family at the airport to meet us. My camera battery was dead, so I didn’t get photos. I’d appreciate any of you who did get photos sending them to me. Suhui met Eli and Titus first and then Granny. Caleb and Titus were so excited to see each other. Titus told us on the drive home that he missed us(Tommy and me) but he missed Caleb the most. Caleb also was very excited to see his best friend Robert. We spent a while visiting. Suhui was thrilled to get a bag of candy and GUM and also a stuffed panda.
My dear friend Angie not only cared for my boys and animals while we were away, she also did an home makeover. It looked awesome! Caleb walked in my bathroom and said, “What happened?” When I told him that Aunt Angie did it, he said, “It looks like she got some of those tv people to come here.” So, Angie, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! I have been noticing new things for days.
Also, thanks to Linda and Angie who painted our playroom. Can you believe it? It is much brighter and pleasant in orange than in that dark purple. THANK YOU!!!