Sunday, April 20, 2008
After Willow wolfed down the Cherrios, her dinner and dessert, Grandma remarked that she had a "very healthly appetite" which warms the heart of every self-respecting Italian grandmother.
Last night Willow decided that she wanted to party all night and was not happy that we did not want to join in. We put her to bed at about 9:30 pm; she was up again at 11:00 pm and refused to go back to sleep!
Since we've been back, we have tried to have her sleep in her crib but that was a lot to ask since she was used to sleeping with me after she climbed out of her crib in Nanjing. The first couple of nights, she would start crying as we came to the doorway of her room! The day before yesterday, we began putting her into the crib. She would sleep there for the first two hours (after a fuss, of course) then she would be up again, crying, so we would bring her back into bed with us. Well, last night nothing worked. Every time we made a move toward the crib or even our bed, she would start wailing all over again. Poor Michael had to go to work on Saturday and at 3:00 am decided to just go into the office since she would not let him get any sleep. Meanwhile, I was on duty and did everything possible to get her to sleep. Unfortunately, nothing worked; not even a bath (which was the last thing I expected to be doing at 2:30 am!) Talk about being helpless and frustrated. By 3:30 am, I was crying with her! She finally wore herself out at 4:00 am and fell asleep. A half hour later, I joined her in our bed.
I am almost afraid of what we will encounter tonight. I am sure that we will have this experience again but I hope that it doesn't happen for a long, long time!!!
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Testing a Pair of Squeaky Shoes
(Never thought I would agree to getting these but they do encourage her to walk.)
The Newest NJLHS Member!
Lunchtime Laughs & Giggles!
(Sorry about the food in her mouth. We are working on table manners.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Monday, April 7, 2008
(How wonderful to be on terra firma again!)
Our first stop was a brief one in Beijing where we were to connect to the flight for Nanjing. The airport is beautiful and the people are friendly.
We managed to successfully exchange some US dollars for Chinese yuan and to find out from which gate the flight to Nanjing was leaving. Actually, it was leaving from a different terminal. After a 15 minute shuttle bus ride to another terminal, we were grateful that our baggage was checked through to Nanjing.
About 45 minutes before we were due to board, an announcement was made (which we did not understand) and everyone at the gate got up and started heading for the stairs. Fairly certain that this meant a gate change, we followed. At ground level was a shuttle bus to take us to the new gate. We took a right turn at the end of the terminal building and started heading out for the tarmac! Yes, we boarded on the tarmac. The last time I remember boarding a plane that way was in the PeoplesExpress era!
An hour and a half later and we were in Nanjing! So far so good; we are on time and looking forward to getting to the hotel for a good night's sleep and to be ready for "Get Willow!" day. I am not sure which of us said this (probably me) but we jinxed ourselves. While we had arrived in Nanjing without incident, our luggage did not! After reporting this to the baggage claims personnel, we were told that even though it had been checked through, we were supposed to have claimed it in Beijing and then re-checked it for the Nanjing leg of the journey. The Beijing airport was contacted, arrangements were made for the luggage to be placed on the 11:00 pm flight and then sent onto the hotel.
We had thought that we were to be met at the airport by our Nanjing facilitator but after taking care of the luggage debacle, we did not see anyone. Any where. The airport was deserted! So we found a cab and arrived at the hotel just seconds before a van pulled up with another family - Stacy and Steve Roth - who are here to pick up their daughter Sabria. Apparently, there was someone to meet us and they were waiting for us the whole time! With all parties now relieved to have found one another, we checked-in. The room was fabulous! A sitting/living room, a little "kitchenette" with a washer, refrigerator, safe, twin beds (hmmm...) and a little dose of reality staring us in the face: a crib!!!
The itinerary for the week (from the facilitator - I had nothing to do with it) told us that we needed to be downstairs in the lobby by 9:30 to go to the Jiangsu Provincal Civil Affairs office where we will "Get Willow!" So we had to have food, water, diapers, toys, clothing (for the Adoption Day photo) ready to bring with us. Unfortunately, all of that stuff is in the luggage will be on the 11:00 pm flight from Beijing to Nanjing! We cannot do anything until it arrives somewhere around 2:00 am.
Looks like another all nighter!
On the ride there, we could not believe that we were still awake and charged up like energizer bunnies. We talked about just how surreal this whole experience is. It was hard to believe that in just two days, we two would now be three! We could not even begin to fathom the changes in our life.
The flight was long (14 hours) but fortunately we were tired enough to sleep through a good part of it. Then we ate, then we tried to read and fell asleep again. Then we ate again, tried to read again, fell asleep again...you get the picture! During our waking hours, we noted the time remaining and watched the progress of the flight on the monitor just willing the plane to fly faster!
Finally, at 3:30 pm, we touched down in Beijing.
Friday, April 4, 2008
At 5:00 am with only 3 hours until the car service was to arrive, I said to Michael (with that edge to my voice which some of you might be familiar with), "I beginning to worry about being ready in time." He agreed and said he was too. Not a good sign!
But we did it! And with 30 minutes to spare.