This morning we got up bright and early at 6:30am after getting to bed after 1am. The White Swan breakfast tasted like heaven. Steve and I took the little girls to the medical exam while the 3 older kids were sent to explore the hotel.
First we walked with the group to have Visa photos taken. It was nice to catch up with the other families we had met in Beijing and see how their new children were doing. Next we went for the actual exams. There were 3 stations: ENT, weight/height/temp, and surgical exam. First Jia Wen needed to have a TB test which ended in a meltdown. At least she didn't need to have all of the immunizations since the law passed earlier this month.
On the walk back, we enjoyed all of the lovely flowers and greenery. We even watched 3 wedding parties taking photos in the park area we walked through.
We ordered Papa Johns pizza for lunch in the room before Steve and the kids went out for a walk in the park. I remained behind to fill out the paperwork (yes, more paperwork!). Tonight we plan to go out to a Chinese restaurant with the group and Helen, our guide.
Tomorrow morning's agenda includes some sightseeing and shopping. The weather is very pleasant here. It was a little cool this morning so we made the little girls wear their coats, but by mid morning it had warmed up quite nicely.
Some things we know about Jia Wen:
**She can be very naughty. If you tell her no, she just laughs at you and does it more.
**She has never been expected to mind. She blows out when I make her stop or tell her no.
**She can eat nearly as much as Jacob, but takes quite a bit longer to do it.
**She gets very loud and wild and likes to roughhouse, but usually gets too aggressive when in that state.
**She loves, loves, loves bath time, getting dressed in pretty things, and having her hair fixed with bows.
**She is starting to warm up more and more. Today she let Joseph hold her hand when out walking, which is new. It used to only be the females of the family. Yesterday she even let Steve carry her (of course, she was exhausted from walking and no one else was willing to do it).
**She is learning to communicate a little. She has occasionally pointed to something that she wants.