Today we went to the local shops and looked around and I got Chloe a couple dresses. I am going back to get her some squeaky shoes and a few other things tomorrow. Although I don't think we will come back with as many souvenirs as I thought we would. It just does not seem that important any more. We are anxious to get home and we have lots of pictures to remember this trip by.
We went to the pearl market today and then to a Buddhist Temple. Tomorrow we are going to a University or a Museum or something. I think it is just a way to pass the time until our appointment on Wednesday. I am just glad that it is not too cold to get out of our rooms like it was in Changsha.
Tonight Jim and I went out to dinner at a Thai restaurant around the corner from our hotel. The food was good, the baby was not. She was tired and we were hungry, it was a bad combo. But what else do you do? We had to eat. We were told by the waitress that Chloe was a naughty girl because she would not sit in the high chair and was fussy and wiggly. I wanted to say "well you try becoming a parent for the first time in another country, living out of suitcases and a hotel room and then be hungry enough to take your 16 month old daughter that you have only known for a week to a restaurant and see how you do" I know it is not supposed to be easy but if we were at home attempting a sit down restaurant meal would be out of the question. If she could or would eat solid foods maybe she would sit in a high chair and nibble but that is another thing we will work on when we get home.
We have made huge progress in the sleeping in her own bed area. I was going to wait until we got home to worry about that but both of us needed more rest and Chloe sleeping on my chest was not working. Last night she cried for about 30 minutes with me checking on her a few times and laying her back down. tonight it was 10 minutes and she was out. We both sleep so much better and are much happier in the morning.
If you want to see more posts and pictures check out Jim's blog here and I will try to post more when I can. Here are a few pictures of today.
We started the day off with Starbucks, which was a little taste of home. Chloe loved the hot cup it reminded her of "lava" bottles and NO I did not let her drink any.
Chloe was getting a little "spicy" (as they call Hunan girls) so I handed her off to her Dad for a while. I think he was happier with the arrangement than she was.
But eventually it was back to Mama.