Yesterday was amazing!!! Our little guy is such a trooper, he was smiling almost the whole day except one time on the bus when it was his naptime. He just started this almost silent crying and we had the interpreter ask him if he had to go potty (which by the way, he is the expert at squatty-potties!), ask him if he was hungry, thirsty, but he was saying nai-nai (I think), which is grandma. This must be what he called his foster mom. Poor baby:(. So Toño put him on his lap and he fell asleep. Of course, in 5 minutes we got to the next office and we had to carry him in! But apparently the power nap paid off because he was running around laughing hysterically with the other kids. They all had these helium balloons that they would release to the15 ft. ceiling and then try to jump 3 inches off the ground to reach the strings:), falling over laughing the whole time. Our little scientists were obviously experimenting with the density of helium vs. Urumqi air!:) Or was it a psychological test to see how often their new parents would happily grab the string to them? The answer was forever and ever.
What is so nice, is that these kids all know each other, and look to each other for comfort. If one of them is crying, the others are very concerned and want to go over and see what's wrong. Last night before Drew went to bed he wanted to check-in on Toñito! So even though Toñito was already sleeping, we let him come on and see him sleeping, and show him that he was OK. CUTE!!
Tai chi in the plaza across the street from our hotel. Morning group exercise is very popular, and there is music piped in over public speakers. I am going to bring the video camera today to tape some scenes. The next pictures is Vivi in front of our hotel. Blogger is actually censored in China, so I can't view my blog (or anyone's) except when I am posting the message. So I am not sure if the formatting is right, etc.. but anway.
On the way to the Adoption Center (offices)...
Us with the orphanage representative (and Vivi with her silly new smile):