Day 6: medical exam and down time

XiXi did very well on the flight to Guangzhou last night. She had never been on an airplane before so I wasn’t sure if she would be scared. No way! She was so excited you’d think she was on an amusement park ride. She smiled as the plane started down the runway and after we took off she would point out the different things she saw, the city below, the lights from other planes and, once we got above the cloud deck, a very bright moon.

Our guide, Elvin, picked us up. He had been our guide when we adopted Finnley so it was nice to see a familiar face.

By the time we got settled it was after 11p and neither one of us had a problem with going straight to bed.

XiXi and I have shared a king bed each night. At the beginning, she stayed in her space and I stayed in mine. Last night I had a bit of a cough and hoped I wouldn’t wake her but I felt her little hand patting me on my back. I held it and fell back asleep. Such a sweet girl; so loving and trusting.

This morning we tried out the breakfast buffet and then had to quickly go to the medical exam. This is needed in order for her to have the “clean bill of health” to get her visa to come home. The exam involves going room to room to see various specialists: general, ENT, vision and blood work. She checked out fine and was so brave.

Our guide was kind enough to take us to a local grocery to get some snacks. Elvin took us by the chicken feet and (jokingly) asked if we would like some. I assured him we would be fine without feet, and without heads to be on the safe side.

We had no other adoption business or sightseeing today so I thought we’d stay in and just hang around the hotel. We even had lunch in the room. We had picked up some noodle cups at the store as there is a kettle in the room. Since XiXi’s awesome selection of Dan Dan noodles at the snack street shop in Chengdu I had her pick for me. I ended up with beef noodles that had special packets of chili sauce and pickled greens. She made a good choice!

XiXi has a weakness for Chinese soap operas but I tried to steer away from that. I had her play some apps on my iPad (Angry Birds knows no cultural limits) and we put together a Lego set.

Not to be totally lazy, we got out and walked around the hotel complex. We are at the China Marriott which is part of a huge complex with shops and restaurants. We did some window shopping and then we picked up some Haagen Dazs and took it back to the room. Dinner was Corn nuts and beef jerky–her daddy will be proud.

Don’t tell the kids back home about all the TV, iPad and junk food we had today or they’ll mutiny. But honestly, we just needed to chill, we’ve got some big days coming up before we get to head home.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Patti Karshis
    Feb 06, 2015 @ 10:12:57

    Love it! I bet you teared up when that little hand patted you on the back!

    She sounds delightful!


  2. Tammy Brenn
    Feb 06, 2015 @ 10:31:59

    She is so brave and so are you. Rock on ladies and enjoy the rest of your time with just each other. hugs and high fives and hoping for peace and health


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