I have nothing to tie these together except for the fact that they all happened over the last 24 hours. So, bullet points it is...
- John ordered dinner last night, including going up to the tanks and picking out our (delicious) whole fish that a certain small child devoured. At one point she stuffed an unholy amount in her mouth, chewed, swallowed, then opened up to reveal all the fish bones she'd carefully separated. She spit them out one by one onto John's plate. He might have deserved that after ordering a mystery dish, urging us all to try it without telling us what it was, then revealing it was SIZZLING FISH INTESTINE. Even he didn't like it.
- As we ate dinner, three glasses of ice wine appeared - the group at the next table over sent them. Yum.
- While Beatrix Nan Yu still won't call us Mama and Baba, she seems to know we are her people. She will (sometimes gently, sometimes not) tap me on the shoulder or take my hand and lead me to whatever it is she wants or needs help with. She will only let me, John, and Olivia feed her; even if it's something she really wants, she won't take it from anyone else. This is all good - exactly what we hoped would happen.
- Yesterday I put her on her little purple potty chair. She got up, dragged the potty chair so it was right in front of the coffee table (where her toys were strewn), then plopped back down and played while she pooped.
- Pearl shopping is apparently very boring when you are two. She slept through all the damage we did in the pearl market yesterday - rings and a necklace for me, necklaces for both girls when they are older, bracelets for all the nieces, gifts for our parents... I seriously could have taken one of everything in that store. It's unreal how inexpensive it was. Olivia had a fabulous time and managed to cajole some gifts for her friends from me.
- We visited the local, old-school Guangzhou market yesterday; it was one of the most fascinating places I've seen. That -- and the pictures -- will need to be its own post.
- Dude, I got peed on last night. I sat Nan Yu on her potty but she didn't want to go and instead laid down for a diaper. When I tried to put it on her, she giggled, wriggled away, and went running into the other room. Not two minutes later, she followed me into the bathroom, stood next to me while I brushed my teeth, and PEED ALL OVER MY FOOT AND THE FLOOR. Ah, the things I'd forgotten about toddlerhood. Since it meant a second bath for her -- her favorite thing -- I fear this might become a habit.
- I am seriously going to miss the lack of breakfast bar at home. I'm spoiled by the espresso, the fresh fruit that is already peeled and cut up, and the noodle bar where the chef creates whatever concoction of noodles, veggies, and dumplings you want. Going home is going to be one very rude awakening. What do you mean, I have to make my own damn breakfast?!
- After an infusion of ice cream and french fries, Olivia is feeling much better. She's still a little (ok, a lot) fragile, but I think we'll make it. I'm hoping that once we're back home and she's back in her routine of school and dance and friends, it will be easier for her.