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August 31st 2005
It’s the final day in Guangzhou

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Today we’ll go to the US Consulate where the girls will have their Swearing in Ceremony… I guess we’ll get to help with the swearing :-) — I double checked that I can come along. Having the Green Card is enough to be allowed in… it’s not always fun to be different.

We had a rough night again. For the first time we woke up Ja-Ja (I mean, Jackie) in the middle of the night and asked her to take H2. And even after we had them split up, S2 wouldn’t go back to sleep. Seems like she was still hungry. Mind you she had a bottle before dinner, then solid dinner, then another bottle before bed, then a bottle at 1, a bottle at 3:30, and she was still hungry. Amazing. Oh, I should mention that she was very hungry at breakfast, too. Guess she’s growing or something :-)

A moment ago the girls had their bath and then some burrito-baby playtime (naked, wrapped into the huge soft marvelous hotel bath towels). They love that.

Now we’ll begin packing – it’s still a while before we leave, but we certainly got some more stuff at every stop of the way and need to make sure it all fits. I was amused to find several suitcase stores within a short walking distance from the hotel… somehow I think they are on to something :-)

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August 30th 2005
Shopping and Eating with the girls

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Part of the program today was a trip to the Pearl Shopping Mall. Holt tries Pearl Mall to show us the culture and other highlights of China – I admit that I was more interested in the trip to the Buddhist Temple, but one shouldn’t be too picky when it comes to a chance to getting out and among people, I guess :-)

Several buses full of adoptive parents including their new (and sometimes also older) kids drove over to the mall and delivered eager shoppers to equally eager sellers. Ok, most of the shoppers were eager, some of them Sleepy Shoppers scored quite a bit, all enjoyed the haggling and negotiating. But some of the little shoppers had other priorities…

After all that excitement we headed back to the hotel. The girls were S2 Eating S2 Clean hungry, so we went straight to the restaurant. Solid foods are a huge hit. They have some downsides, for example, the table manners of the girls are not quite perfect just yet. But at least S2 tries to clean her face afterwards :-)

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August 30th 2005
Good Night’s Sleep

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Is there anything more I need to write? We are happy. And now we’re off to breakfast…

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August 30th 2005
Ups and Downs

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Lets start with the good part. We’re in Guangzhou, the last official stop on the journey before we start our trip home on Thursday evening with a train trip to Hong Kong.

The girls turned out to be daddy’s girls – they were very good fliers on their first flight ever. No screaming, no crying, no fussing – they ate both on the ascent and the descent and didn’t seem to have any ear problems.

The girls are healthy, both have gained weight, H2 has closed the gap to weighing S2 by a quarter pound or so. We were really pleased when we left the medical examination that is part of the process to get them US entry visas. When happy and awake they are simply marvelous and are showing us a new skill every day – the latest is to put in their own pacifier – a very useful skill, if I may say so.

The downside is that the trip to Guangzhou with a rather late arrival completely threw them off their just-re-established schedule, both regarding sleep and eating. S2 dealt rather well with it. H2 didn’t. So we once again had a night without sleep.

K2 just returned from a few rounds of arguing with the local staff about whether or not we’d have to bring the girls into the very scary “hospital” here in the hotel in order to get Infant Benadryl. Thankfully she proved well worth her Chinese Zodiac – she’s a dragon. We got what we needed without subjecting our girls to the dangers of getting “medical help”. Some other kids in our group weren’t that lucky – and at least one of them by now is seriously ill as far as we can tell. Prescribing an antibiotic that has diarrhea as a potential side effect to a diarrhea that doesn’t appear to be caused by bacteria seems to have made things worse. We’re very happy that Jackie protected H2 from that “help” in Fuzhou.

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