Last night Hugh sobbed, he just collapsed in Dan's arms as Dan was telling him how much he loved him and was kissing him. It is almost as if he exhaled and it all came out. He cried hard and was inconsolable for a bit and fought going to bed. I just laid next to him and he finally put his two favorite fingers in his mouth, started sucking and fell fast asleep. I have been co-sleeping with him and he will wake up and make sure I am still there. This morning he woke up, ran over to me and we kissed and hugged. He woke up very happy. It will be interesting to see how tonight works out.
Today was Hugh's medical appointment. Let me tell you he was a trooper! He didn't even cry when they he had a blood draw. Basically, he appears to be healthy but has really bad eye sight which his host mom forewarned me.
I am just amazed at how well the 3 kids are getting along. While we waited for the medical appointment the boys played cars. All three of them were laughing incredibly hard, just having a great time together. Today, Kai started showing some of his rigidness. While serving dinner tonight, Kai counted the number of sausage I served Hugh and made sure that I served him the exact same amount. Same for the grapes and carrots…I told him I am not playing that game and we aren't counting every time I dole out food. We will see who wins that battle…sometimes his rigidness just wears me down and he wins.
We also had the joy of witnessing Hugh's motion sickness today, puke and all! Dava Thomas shared with me that Hugh had motion sickness and she is right. He has been using SeaBand's on his wrist which have worked but today somehow he ended up in the back seat of a mini-van. The traffic in Guangzhou is awful, a lot of jerky motions and it was inevitable that he would get sick. The worst was the Tanzmanian Devil (Kai) decided to melt down at the same time. I am sure our guide wanted to escape that car. It was not a fun car ride. Dan handled Hugh because puke is honestly more preferable than dealing with the Tanzanian Devil. We made it back to the hotel and we went and had a very expensive lunch of over $100 because we were so desperate to feed the T-Devil.
Kai has been wonderful in ways, by including Hugh and wanting to engage him. But any trip outside the hotel usually means that he will go into melt down mode. On the fourth day we decided to go to Shamian Island, which is the island that all adoptive families use to be on for their adoption trip. There are a lot of cute shops and a place called Lucy that serves good American Food. Have I mentioned how oppressive the heat is here with the humidity. Me, a person that boast that I never sweat had perspiration running down her back. It was the perfect storm for Kai to have a tantrum and he had a doozy! While we are driving back to the hotel, Bei says I want to go to the zoo tomorrow and I thought to myself, he, Dan and Hugh will have a great time, because there is no way I am going with the Tanzamanian Devil. I love the kid, but he can be a handful! Hugh is very easy by the way.
Tomorrow is a free day and we want to stay by the pool. Right now, at 5:00 in the morning it is storming. The pool has been closed 2 of the 5 days we have been here. Not a good thing when you have three little kids, because there is nothing else to do in this oppressive heat.
Friday Hugh gets his TB vaccinations read to make sure he doesn't have TB.