Wednesday, June 03, 2009

HOT Hot HOT GZ




There is so much rain in the clouds above us causing the humidity to be HORRID. I look like a dripping mess.... sweaty, YUCK! We have had a few storms but nothing that would alleviate the HORRID HUMIDITY.
Tate is such a trooper.... She is always happy. VERY active always, exuberant, but ALL WAYS HAPPY. The poor sweetie is dripping hot too. I found some water and wet her burp clothe (which she does not need) and wiped her sweet little sweaty body. The whole time she is smiling and babbling.
Today's adventure in bullets....
  • Today was the very laughable "medicals".... and happily she passed! Tate is 19 lbs and 27.5 inches tall. The whole time she is babbling and laughing. The poor lady who was checking her hearing was not liking that Tate was grabbing all the squeaky toys causing havoc to her very high tech testing.
  • The last forms are filled out and will be submitted to the Consulate tomorrow. We will be banished to our rooms for 2 hrs before we will be let loose on "the Island" to shop. I kind of like the banishment for 2 hours, maybe I will be able to get some rest while the little one sleeps....
  • One of the things I really wanted for Tate while here in China was a Buddhist blessing. Today we were brought to a beautiful temple and I knelt with Tate and were blessed. I feel this is important because more than likely, Tate's birth family would have been Buddhist. I wanted this blessing so as she leave her birth land, she would take with her a blessing for her future.
  • During our outing to Guangzhou, we went to the pearl market. Even though I had bought a strand of pearls for Tate in Nanchang and a small pair of earrings for when she first gets her ears pierced at 8 years old from Beijing. I decided that even though I have gotten the best gift and memory from China in Tate, I wanted a pearl that would always remind me of this time here in China. I bought a tear drop pearl pendant for me.
  • I have not bought a whole lot of "stuff" here on the Island. I figure tomorrow I will hit the markets. I am not a shopper and everything starts looking the same to me from shop to shop. I think I will head to ONE shop and get everything on my list there.
  • We wandered the White Swan (we chose to stay at the Victory Hotel) and ate at Lucy's Place. Good old American Cheese burger and fries never tasted so good.
  • While we were in Lucy's the clouds decided to release warm soaking rain. Tate LOVED the rain and was excited for each wet drop. She is such a delightful baby.
  • All this rain was way too much excitement for one little baby, so after a warm bath and bottle, she was off to bed. I had on my hands one cranky, overtired baby who did not want to miss out on anything and would not sleep. She cried... I felt so inadequate that I did not know what how she wants to be comforted. It is all a guessing game. Trying to read the signs, know what she wants, and giving it to her. She wanted me to hold her, rock her, yet she cried such tired sounding tears. I know when we are in our own space just the two of us, I will learn to know how to comfort my baby. Right now all I can do is try.
  • I am so ready to come home.

14 comments:

Suz Mole said...

Lisa,
You're doing a wonderful job! Just keep loving her!!! I am so ecstatic for you--I just can't wait to get to Salt Lake sometime and see you two. Much, much love and well wishes!

Suz!

Marmee said...

Sounds so lovely!! I miss Guangzhou, I really do!! Anyway, don't forget to try The Cow and Bridge. You can't miss it walking on the river side of the Victory! My girls couldn't get enough of the shrimp cakes! ~~Anne

LiLi said...

Each day I play the guessing game as to how to comfort Mila.....I am fond of Tiffany's mom's advice (so is Rob).....don't get used to anything (stage) good or bad as it will change. My girl is no longer fussy all the time but now hates the car...who knew?

Do they give you a hard time for not bundling her up? I don't know how they would expect you to bundle her up in that hot weather but I've heard sometimes the Chinese can be sticklers.

Although I did not travel as far to get Mila.....I know that yearning to be home and yes- you'll feel better in your comfort zone.

I realized I'll be out of town 8 & 9th not 9th & 10th. We will come over on the 10th if that's okay. I'll hold Tate as you get over your jet lag :)

KHM said...

Ahh - sounds mostly good.
I clearly remember needing to rock and rock JJ when she was tired but too wound to sleep - which was 3X a nite by the way.

You will be glad to get home - then you will find you miss China.

What is up with that anyway.

Congratulations again - she is lovely

Judi said...

Loving your blog, and your peanut is SO cute! Standing ovation for honoring your daughter with the blessing. Great idea, too, about her first earrings coming from China. We're SO stealing these ideas - someday. :-) Cheers, Liza.

Alyson and Ford said...

Enjoy your time in GZ (sorry it is so hot, remember we went through a typhoon, flooded streets!).
Shop and shop. It is the only time you will have gifts bought right from her home country. Traditional Chinese dresses in many sizes are great for Chinese New Years.
Glad you bought yourself a pearl; I did too. We have to match our daughters! And someday it will be hers.

Alyzabeth's Mommy

Linda said...

Tate is so adorable!! You will learn what she wants or needs as she will tell you.. You are still getting to know each other, and how lucky she is so happy. You are so lucky getting to see life through her eyes it is such a gift to you...
I see in Donna's face the great joy Lauren brings her and she brings to Lauren and it will be the same for you. Wishing you many more miracles each day with your girl. Linda

Linda said...

Tate is so adorable!! You will learn what she wants or needs as she will tell you.. You are still getting to know each other, and how lucky she is so happy. You are so lucky getting to see life through her eyes it is such a gift to you...
I see in Donna's face the great joy Lauren brings her and she brings to Lauren and it will be the same for you. Wishing you many more miracles each day with your girl. Linda

Linda said...

Tate is so adorable!! You will learn what she wants or needs as she will tell you.. You are still getting to know each other, and how lucky she is so happy. You are so lucky getting to see life through her eyes it is such a gift to you...
I see in Donna's face the great joy Lauren brings her and she brings to Lauren and it will be the same for you. Wishing you many more miracles each day with your girl. Linda

Donna said...

Guangzhou was hot enough when we were there in December - I can't imagine how hot it is now!

It sounds like you and Tate are doing so well...but I bet you can't wait to get back home and settle in!

Sandy W said...

Hey Lisa! My name is Sandy and I live close by Sunny and Kjell - I met you at Bob's 90th birthday party. Thank you for sharing your precious time with Tate on your blog so we can enjoy your journey. Tate is exquisite - she looks like a baby you would see in a magazine. I have shed not a few tears reading about all you have done. I love the blessing idea and the pearls - I love that you have already visualized Tate's future. She has so much to look forward to with you as her mother (and such awesome grandparents, too). We are so happy for you. Reading about your experience gives us a renewed sense of hope that our time will (eventually!) come. Best wishes.

Erin said...

Have fun shopping. I didn't buy nearly enough! Hang on! I know the plane ride is dreaded, but I was so excited to just get it over with! And Libby did pretty well. Hope Tate does too!

Lost and Found said...

I was in GZ last June/July and E wouldn't walk for 2 whole weeks so it was THAT much more hot. Does anyone ever fail the medical? I bought myself a beautiful ocean pearl bracelet at the market and it always brings me back to that time. You're in the home stretch and Tate seems to be doing GREAT.

Jill, Mike and Maya said...

I soooo remember that feeling of longing to be home! I am loving seeing and hearing about your adventures. It's been 2 years so I don't know if he's still there but go visit Jordan's store if he is. He was the best. Great stuff in his store and no hasseling. He's also so interesting to listen to and he'll do a free calligraphy of Tate's name. His store was up the street in front of Lucy's.