Today marked our one week anniversary as a forever family and it's amazing to me how resilient kids are. Livvie is getting more and more comfortable with us every day and the awful grief she had the first few days is almost non-existent. She still has her sad times, but the pain seems less intense and much shorter lived. I've heard many families say that kids usually attach or favor one parent over the other at first and boy-oh-boy has that happened in the last two days Livvie has decided that she only wants "ma-ma-ma" and gives Cale the stink-eye when ever he comes near her. If I won't hold her she sobs until I pick her up (not fun in 85 degree heat and 100% humidity!). She doesn't want anything to do with Cale (unless I tell her No for something, then she tries to tun on the charm for Daddy...which we've made it clear is NOT going to work). So for the time-being, it's all mama, all the time. Let me tell you, I'm looking forward to below zero temps, just so I don't have to haul her around in the heat anymore. I'm a stinky, sweaty, frizzy-haired mess!!
Today we went to the Safari Park which is a HUGE zoo in Guangzhou. Very different than zoos in the US....all the animals are very close up and they really don't have much fencing or security. We got to see a lot of cool animals, but overall it's pretty depressing because the animals are cooped up in tiny enclosures and hotter than heck. Lucky had a blast and I think it was his favorite part of the trip so far. Livvie was scared of pretty much every animal, so she really didn't enjoy it. We're thinking she is not going to be too fond of Penny when we get home. She definitely has a fear of animals.
Lucky is living on PB&J sandwiches and Cale and I are living on Subway. We've had turkey and ham subs every single day and Lucky eats PB&J for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Livvie will eat anything, so she's been the most adventurous eater out of all of us. We go to McDonald's every few days, but ordering is really tough with the language barrier and you only get 1 packet of ketchup with your meal....yep, just 1 sad little packet. We tried to get more and they won't give you any. Everything is very, very rationed her, food, electricity, water, napkins. Even toilet paper - in the public restrooms, you have to bring your own or you're out of luck.
Talk to you all soon!!