None of us can remember which day it is or how long we've been here. The trip to China is absolutely fabulous...don't get me wrong. But it's a long trip. I'm ready to get my girl home and start our life together.
Today started with some porcelain shopping. Jiangxi is known for it's porcelain. Some of the best in the world.
I set aside some money to buy a few nice pieces to pass down to Mia some day.
I found a gorgeous tea set with pink cherry blossoms. Which is exactly what I wanted since "Ying" means "cherry blossom". I also found a 100 girls vase. The vase depicts the 4 things every girl needs to do to grow up to be beautiful... learn how to play an instrument, learn to play chess....and I can't remember the rest. LOL! The vase is packed away otherwise I'd look. The pieces are beautiful, all hand painted and translucent if held up to the light. Definitely an investment but so worth it.
Then we got on the bus and headed to a temple.
(I'm really bad with remembering the names of these places. I'll have to find out and add it later.)
But first we passed through the streets of Nanchang.
Mia napped while we checked the place out.
With Grace. Mia has decided it's okay to go to someone else for brief periods of time as long as she can keep me in sight.
The teeth are really bothering her. She's been chewing on stuff all day... including her hand.
We had another fabulous lunch at a restaurant that overlooked the Teng Wang Pavilion.
We didn't get to tour because it's all torn up around the place as they build the subway next to it.
The morning was a really nice time. Mia was really good. But when we got back to the room after lunch it was a whole other story.
I don't know exactly what it was. Generally, I can pick up on her cues. Not today. She went into full on meltdown. I know her schedule was off a little because she'd slept through the night after being given Tylenol for her teeth. Usually she wakes at 3am for a diaper change and bottle. But since she'd slept straight through, she woke a little earlier at 6am instead of her normal 7:30-8am. So everything was off all day. Bottles earlier. Naps earlier. This girl is all about her schedule thanks to the discipline of her foster mother. And when it's off.... apparently so is she.
She was completely inconsolable....and it lasted for several hours. Nothing I did worked. I think it was a combination of being overly tired, teething hard and maybe even a little grieving. I was ready to cry, too. It was a very difficult afternoon. The socks on her hands were to keep her from scratching herself. When she gets stressed or tired and is trying to keep herself awake, she scratches.
This was right before the BIG meltdown happened. The pic wasn't staged. The penguin stays in her crib. I handed it to her and this is how she fell asleep. She's just too cute for words.... even during the hard stuff.
Tomorrow I expect us to be offline. We're visiting the orphanage. We're also told we'll be able to meet the foster family. It's a 4 hour bus ride one way. I'm worried about how Mia will handle it after the day we've had. But I have to go. This is for her and it'll be a priceless treasure to have this info for her as she gets older. So say some prayers the bus ride goes smoothly, that Mia is back to her happy sunshiney disposition, and that seeing her foster family isn't a setback for us. I'm a bundle of nerves just thinking about it. Wish us luck.