Friday, November 04, 2005
Lanzhou - Day 5
Here we are on our last day in Lanzhou. I am not feeling 100% but I
am better. I was able to leave the room and walk to the park and eat
a full lunch.
This is our last day here. Tomorrow we leave for Guanzhou where we will
get Katie-Beth's Visa and have a swearing-in ceremony at the U.S. Consulate.
I guess this is where she officially becomes a US citizen.
Mike and Katie-Beth have come down with colds. She had a very grumpy
night last night, woke up screaming at about 3:30 am and only slept fitfully
after that. Mike thinks the pollution has made them both sick. The smog
here is incredible. L.A. just doesn't come close. You can't see the skyline
at all. I have included a picture of the view outside our window so you
can see what I mean.
is a handful! She is so smart and so stubborn. This afternoon we were
trying to put her down for a nap and she kept
taking the blanket
up from her crib and trying to tear up the plastic that was on top of
the mattress. Mike would pull her back and tell her "no" and
she would crawl right back over and lift the blanket again. And then
she would look around to see if he was noticing her doing it. This went
on about 5 times. I told Mike it was a little strange to be having
battle of will with a 10 month old!!
She pays attention to everything and is a great mimic. She tries to
put her own clothes on and wants to eat with the spoon herself. She doesn't
quite crawl yet, but if you put all her toys at one end of the bed and
her at the other she will scooch over to them in no time at all! And
she can't pull herself up, but if you stand her up she can hold onto
things and keep herself up with no problem. But she starts to think she
doesn't need to hang on so she lets herself go and plop!
I just can't believe she is mine and that I got so lucky to get such
an amazing little girl!
I have to admit though, I am very ready to be home. I guess I am not
a traveler. I want to be in my own house, with my own things and able
to eat American food.