Just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has sent emails and commented on the blog. We aren't able to respond to the blog comments but please know that we are very appreciative of the kind words and well wishes. We wake up every morning between 4 and 5 am and go straight to the computer.
Thanks to Debbie for letting us know about the morning exercises outside of our hotel room this morning. We went and it was something to see. The speaker/boom box powered by a car battery was a hoot. We were surrounded by women asking questions about Meili. They wanted to know how old she is and how many teeth she had, etc. It's amazing how effective a means of communication pantomime is! Of course, I didn't have our card with us that explains who we are and why we are carrying around a Chinese baby. That would have been helpful!
Today we are going to go to the park and then to the porcelain district. After that, we have to pack up for a late flight to Guangzhou. Please keep your fingers crossed for us as I have caught Meili's cold and am running a fever. That could buy me a one way ticket to Q-town if I can't get it under control this evening.
Meili is still all smiles and giggles this morning but will still scream during diaper changes and during her bath. She is fine once fully clothed again. Between her thumb-sucking and petite stature, she has earned herself the nickname, 'Thumbelina.' She will still go to either Matt or I but if she's tired, she wants mama and wants to curl up on my shoulder. We call that her 'happy place.' She has an amazing appetite and likes things that are spicy. She can eat a pile of noodles the size of her head and then still put away some steamed egg and rice congee.
Taylor and Audrey are doing extremely well. We are so proud of them for how well they are behaving (they usually are at war with one another), how helpful they are and how willing they are to try new things. They are trying any of the foods put in front of them and actually like most of it. Audrey put a chicken claw on her plate at breakfast yesterday and gave it a try. She said it just tasted like chicken fat. She's looking for some duck tongue to try next. Audrey was also the first one to get a giggle out of Meili and both she and Taylor have play time with her while Matt and I get things done in the hotel room. We debated for years about whether to bring them or not and we're definitely glad that we did.
It may be a while before I post again since we have to pack up the laptop. I'm hoping that the internet access will be as good in Guangzhou as it has been here.