Monday September 3rd found us leaving the hotel early to go back to the Civil Affairs Office to finalize the adoption, after the “Harmonious time” (the Chinese name for the 1st night with the child before finalizing the paperwork). We arrived and found ourselves in the same room we were in yesterday…a room full of all the adoption groups from USA, Spain, and Canada. Needless to say it was crowded, hot, noisy, and exciting. Within about 90 minutes the paperwork was finalized, and Tian was officially a Bodo! We then went to the Public Affairs office for a photo of Tian, although I am not sure why, and then to the notary of the province. After that we headed back to the hotel for lunch and a restful afternoon.
After nap time for Tian and daddy we all gathered in the play area on our floor to let the babies and kids play for a while. Then Dana, Tian, and I joined Veronica our tour guide for a Chinese meal at a great restaurant next to the hotel. We had a beef dish and a broccoli dish that were among the best we have ever tasted, and the entire meal cost about $8 in US currency, with tip!
While Monday was “mommy day”. Tuesday was all about daddy as Tian was stuck to me like glue all day. We started out the day by going to Wal-Mart which was quite an experience. The Wal-Mart is downtown and has multiple floors. All of the non-grocery items are on the top floor and all of the food items (it was a Super Wal-Mart) are on the bottom floor. We shopped for some toys, childrens chopsticks (which, by the way, Tian LOVED) and shoes for Tian and then mosied down to the grocery section with the rest of the group. The coolest part of the shopping experience was when we rode the escalator down to the grocery area with our cart. The escalator is essentially flat so that you can take your cart on it. The cart has wheels with grooves on them that fit into the grooves on the escalator and when they are in the grooves on the escalator there is a pad that touches the floor on each wheel to keep the cart from moving. Additionally, on the way down between floors there were bins with items that you could buy as you were moving along. Aaahhhhh…capitalism and marketing are alive and well in China!
After shopping at Wal-Mart we checked out and were met with another american staple just beyond the check-out line, KFC. NOt quite the same as in the states, but the mashed potatos and gravy had a little more pepper and were really good. We returned to the hotel for naps and then a tailor arrived to take orders for custom made traditional Chinese dresses. Total cost for 3 custom made dresses for Tian, Annie, and Mary: about $100. Gotta love the prices here! After that we decided to stay in the room and order room service. Tian chowed on noodles, rice, and spring rolls. Anyhow, we are winding down tonight, so more tomorrow!