I’m feeling good about fatherhood. I’m doing research and actively trying to be the best parent I can. I love my daughter, read as much as I can about parenting and adoption, and talk to other parents for pointers. There’s one area I feel so deficient in I can’t imagine catching up; Chinese history and […]
A year worth of Google searches couldn’t definitively answer one question: how would Penelope react to our pets? We would only find out when we got home from the airport. During the sixteen hour flight Jenn and I wondered about this constantly. Everywhere I turned people told me our pets “wouldn’t matter” once we had […]
On the flight home I realized how easy the trip had been and how the real difficulties lie ahead. It wasn’t the length of time (a 2 week trip vs. the rest of our lives), but the lack of responsibility for daily duties during the trip. No work, no cooking, minimal cleaning, no financial concerns as long as you stay within the agencies suggested guidelines. Your focus in on your new child and spouse or travel companion. The CCAI reps were outstanding and ensured we were where we needed to be when we needed to be there. They made sure our i’s were dotted and t’s crossed.
Today was our last day in Guangzhou.
We woke late (7:30). Our little girl waited patiently in her crib for mama and baba to get up. While we were getting ready to go down for breakfast Penelope was playing with the keys to the luggage. In a flash Jenn and I were frantically looking over the hotel room, trying to figure out where she had hid them. While Jenn checked the trash I looked in the suitcase. There they were.
If we do this again we will be sure not to get a room by he elevators. What seemed great initially has become a nightmare. Every night, at all hours, people come and go. Last night it sounded like a convention was taking place outside our room. Jenn and I both woke up and looked at our clocks. 1:15. 15 minutes of non stop Cantonese. In he morning we saw a cigarette butt outside the elevator doors. No smoking is more of a suggestion than a dictate in China.