Wednesday, December 17, 2008

First Days in Chongqing

I am sorry I haven't posted in a while. I have been busy getting to know this little one. She has a beautiful smile and makes the room light up when she giggles. We still haven't figured out a good bedtime routine, and nap time can be a little rough too. On the whole, though, it is amazing how well she is doing considering her whole world has changed.

This is a picture of us outside our hotel in Chongqing. There are Christmas decorations everywhere, but somehow it isn't the same as home. The Santa does help us locate our hotel when we are out and about.

After spending a few days in the hotel to finish paperwork and bonding with the baby, we ventured out to do some sightseeing. This is The People's Hall in Chongqing. We also went to the zoo to see the panda bears. We were able to see 6 or 7 of them. The pandas are local to the region Juliana was born in.

I couldn't resist this picture of Juliana in her new hat. The babies here are bundled -- really bundled. If we take the girls out with any skin exposed it is only a matter of minutes before natives start clucking. It is 60 degrees, but you would think it was freezing by the way the children are dressed. After too many comments, I broke down and bought a hat to fend off some of the hens. The bonus is how cute she looks in it....

I have really enjoyed our time in China, but I am quickly getting very homesick. I miss the girls, I miss my own bed, I miss coffee and breakfast of something besides fried noodles and vegetables. Thankfully we leave soon for Guangzhou which is our last stop in China. More later, I need a nap....


Kim H. said...

"natives start clucking" - that's hilarious. And yes, she looks tootie cute in that hat. I'm a sucker for hats.

Boy, that Santa is one sure way to find your way back to the hotel. You couldn't miss that.

Hang in there - just days away from your beautiful girls, real coffee and American breakfasts.

Hugs to you all!

Herd Momma said...

I am a major coffee drinker. Do I need to Fed Ex you some? I don't think I could go long without mine.
She is adorable and I love your clucking reference. That's hysterical. 60 degrees and they want them bundled? How funny.
Continue to enjoy your time with her. You will soon be home and the hustle/bustle/drama of homelife will soon set in.

Unknown said...

She is so beautiful! You'll be home soon!!!