Quick post as we have to get over to Shamian Island for Meiying's medical exam and TB test. To clarify, we had to leave Nanning even before her passport was ready (i.e. before the provincial processing was done) because of the US's new rule that all children over 2 yo get a TB test. It takes 48 hours before they can read the skin result. So, now you have to be in Guangzhou for the test and allow the extra time. It's a shame because it really interrupts your time in your child's province. I am so upset that we couldn't get to Guilin, Meiying's hometown. That was the most memorable part of my trip back in '06 for Eliza to her orphanage. And this would've been even more meaningful because of Meiying's age and her foster parents living there.
Okay, so she loved the airplane ride (her first). It was quick; 1 hour. Guide-less and lots of locals talking to Meiying and pointing to me. I'm not sure I want to know what they were saying. She stood tall though. She started out withdrawing from me again as we drove to the airport. On the plane, she was challenging me big time. Ignoring me, as I would tell her to put her seatbelt on, for ex. I told the flight attendant to tell her and after she walked away, Meiying took it off again. So...being a mom to a child w/ autism, parenting Eliza, I have to be in control and learned a lot of techniques for redirecting and getting cooperation. I pulled it out on Meiying on that flight. I immediately took away the coloring book, told her to fasten her seat belt and then gestured that I would give the coloring book back. Well, she finally complied. We had a few other challenge moments like that, but she's starting to get me. So, you could say we're starting to dance.
At the hotel (I love this Marriott in GZ), we're in a beautiful suite; already spent an hour on the concierge floor in the game room playing Wii bowling. She caught on quick and had a blast. This will be a great outlet. There was a new mom (single) sitting on the floor with her very withdrawn babe. Well, Meiying lit up that child and the child started engaging before all of our eyes. She was enthralled with Wii and of course, Meiying's giddiness. She's been very happy today, hugged my waist during Wii very spontaneously and has been interchanging english. We're both starting to understand each other; I'm picking up on mandarin too. Life is getting better. (p.s. if I type a word in mandarin, I'm spelling it phonetically!) Still exhausting with the ups and downs of her mood, but being in GZ has helped start anew. Enjoying some Ramen noodles that were in my beloved suitcase and she's enjoying them too. Okay, pictures later...gotta scoot to Shamian to get up with the other fam's and do the medical stuff.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Arrived in Guangzhou and starting to dance
Posted by The Ordinary Horse at 1:29 AM