Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Forced March Across China

Well, if you have been following the blog you know we got a little behind and are now going back and catching up. Tuesday basically was a forced march across China. We woke up around 5am, packed the bags, got the baby ready, ate a quick breakfast and then left for the airport around 8:30am. All of this was in preparation for a flight back to Guangzhou that was scheduled to leave at 10:30 am. Once in Guangzhou the plan was to go get the baby's visa physicals and also complete some consulate paperwork before checking into the new hotel.

Never having flown with Chloe before and not really knowing how long the day was going to be, Heidi and I were strapped down like sherpas supporting an Everest expedition. Diapers, wipes, changing pad, cheerios, toys, cameras, crackers, changes of clothes, medicines that we didn't want to lose, etc.

The funny thing was we only has one backpack and had to put the rest in plastic shopping bags. The Chinese citizens must have thought we were lunatics. I mean - they don't even use diapers for their children. Just pants with a split through the bum. When junior has to go - you just take him over out of the way - let him go on the floor if need be and then wipe everything up. It basically means you travel with just a couple of wipes. A much lighter load than what Heidi and I were bearing.

Chloe was asleep at takeoff and we just let her sleep. She woke up about 15 minutes into the flight and we put her on our laps and let her play with toys and paper on the folded down tray table. She was a joy. During the descent we fed her Cheerios to help make her swallow so the pressures would not hurt her little ears. Seemed to work like a champ. She was very interested in watching the landscape once we were close enough to the ground to see.

Another 45 minute bus ride and we were at the doctors office. It was a production line with about 5 different doctors checking heights, weights, hearing, heartbeats, breathing etc. Super efficient and the whole physical took about 15 minutes. Chloe was 15.9 pounds in a onesie outfit and 23.6 inches long. Everything else appeared to be in good order. Before we got back to the hotel it was close to 4pm and we were pooped. We rested for a brief while, took an afternoon stroll with Chloe, and then had a nice authentic Chinese dinner with another family. The pigeon was a little gamey tasting, but all in all the food was excellent. Flash fried pumpkin was awesome!

Chloe's rash has dissipated now that we are limiting her solid food to noodles. Must have been a food allergy of some sort and we are holding off on further experimentation until we get back in the states. We have started feeding her with chopsticks and she loves using them. Much easier than feeding noodles with our fingers!

Sorry for not posting sooner - we will try to get back on schedule!


Blogger GG said...

Love the line "got the baby ready" - makes you sound like you have been doing it for years. Also loved the picture where you could see the teeth - 2 up and 2 down? How about her height and weight - she was 11 lbs. and 21 in. when they took the picture they sent - talk about thriving!!! Sounds like things are going great. Praying for a super safe trip home. Much, much love, GG (Mom)

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