We almost canned our plans to visit the Guangxi Ethnic Minority Park but decided to push ahead. We were going to have our guide take us, but we thought better of it considering the situation. She agreed, so we hopped in a cab ourselves. I am happy to say that it ended up being a wonderful outing. E wasn't happy, but she wasn't sad, either. She was unbelievably patient while we looked at the gorgeous handmade items from this region. After shopping, we strolled around the park and E did one of her favorite activities, peeling clementines.
|This is the peeling clementine face|
|She mostly just peeled them, but she ate a few, too.|
Later, while P was exchanging money at the bank, I took out a yogurt I had stashed in my backpack just in case E was ready to end her hunger strike. Right there in the bank she sucked that thing down without taking a breath! We were so relieved that she ate again. The drinking isn't going well and now she's refusing the watermelon, too, but maybe that will get better tomorrow.
We played a little this afternoon with stickers and thought things were looking up, but tonight went downhill and we nixed dinner again. It's funny that our entire time here we haven't sat down and had one meal. We all just individually sneak a bite here and there when we are not in the middle of a meltdown.
Tonight was a pretty fun bath and then she makes us put on about 15 coats of baby lotion. After that was pretty rough. Now princess is standing in her crib, staring out the window. We wonder what is going through her head, as her thoughts are clearly a million miles away. As much as I love Nanning and feel comfortable here, I will be very happy to leave, hoping that it will turn the page for the 3 of us.
Thank you again from the bottom of my heart to everyone who has sent supportive messages our way. This trip is hard and scary and so very lonely sometimes, and hearing from everyone means the world to us. Knowing that you are pulling for us gives us strength. Wish us luck tomorrow for our flight to Guangzhou!