Oh, how I need to kiss those sweet cheeks! I'm so used to kissing Arella's sweet face all over, all the time, that I had to really hold myself back with Zoe. She is so scared of strangers, bless her heart, so strangers that don't look like anyone she's ever seen would be terrifying. No wonder she passed out in my arms that first day. At the beginning she wouldn't let us get our face anywhere near hers. She would push us away if crossed the invisible line.
But she has come SO far in just a few days! Not only does she smile and giggle, she does it freely now, just when she's happy or looks at me. She loves it when I kiss her now and she even smiles after I kiss her lips! And when she starts laughing and squealing, sometimes she can't stop herself! And she makes a funny, sweet little purring, cooing type noise that sounds like Gizmo. Oh, how we turn to mush at this sound!
You can tell she's been craving affection and needs to so desperately make up for missing it for
We like comparing these pictures from the first day and from today to see how far we've come. But I know there is still a long way to go from here, deep inside.
Today was a fun day visiting the Embroidery Museum. It is spectacular the artwork that is produced here! Some of the pieces take 20 people working together years to finish. Here's a glimpse at some of our favorite pieces. Remember, these are not paintings, color drawings or pictures, these are each hand sewn with silk.
Some of the pictures have two sides which blows us away!
I still can hardly tell that this is not a photograph, especially his hands and face.
Zoe loved it! Well, mostly she loved being dipped back and upside down, but she was a happy camper!
And we had the opportunity to see these amazing artists at work. And I love the sign, it translates perfect (for once).
These ladies told us they had been working on this piece since April and they were hoping to finish by February.
Here the ladies were super sweet on Zoe! They all kept giving her stuff, not always stuff I wanted her playing with, but they seemed to love playing with her and seeing her. That always makes Mommy feel proud!
Here's a few more that we thought had some wow factor.
We would have loved to have bought something cool to take home but they were WAY out of our price range. Perhaps we'll find a nice knock off in Guangzhou. At least we have pictures of the real deal. Apparently for a hefty price tag, you can send in a picture and have one made for you. We heard of some people who had family portraits done. But it could take up to a year and many thousands of dollars.
Our giggly girl made it through the morning without falling asleep on me, which was a first. We made a quick pitstop at McDonald's, where I have not eaten in about 15 years, and headed back to the hotel. Zoe is having hard time sitting in a restaurant for the amount of time it takes and making her do that three times a day is too much. There's not much around our hotel, so this was pretty much our only other option if we wanted a meal. So, when in China...