Thursday, November 17, 2011

Big Strides...

...so bath time. It rolled around again today, like it always does. :-) Lia gave it her level best to make that water and those stacking cups look like the BEST fun ever. Jillian and Jim viewed it all from behind the window that looks into the bathroom from the bedroom. (and here...I feel the need to digress. While WE have found some use to the window...would most people? There is a shade that can go up and down...but really...what WOULD be the proper situation to put that blind UP????)

Jillian watched and laughed all from the safety of the bedroom. I got Lia out and we started to dry her off. I planned to try Jillian's bath after our McDonald's dinner (yum!). The next thing I knew Jillian got up and came into the bathroom. She went on the potty...AND THEN STRIPPED OFF THE REST OF HER CLOTHES. I wasted no time in filling the tub again...and in she went. She had a ball. She did everything Lia had done...and loved every minute of it. And we even got her reasonably clean. :-)

She cried WHEN IT WAS OVER.

What a difference a day makes. We continue to be amazed with Jillian and Lia...and are so proud to call them each daughter.

In official business...Jillian passed her medical exam for her exit visa with flying colors. She charmed all of the clinic personnel...and didn't even cry when they administered her TB test. We will return to Shamian Island on Saturday to have that read.

Tomorrow we will visit Guangzhou City SWI. After talking to our guide and feeling good about Jillian's adjustment, we have decided to take both girls with us and go as a family.

We are half way through our trip to Jillian. In some ways that doesn't seem possible...and in other ways I feel like we have been here for months. We are excited to take in some local sightseeing in the next few days...with visits planned for several parks and a temple.

Thank you all for your continued prayers and good thoughts. We definitely feel them.











This one's for you, Laura! Jillian loves the soft nightgown. It's way too hot...but she won't take it off. :-)

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

OMG!!! I made it to the blog!! Kate you brought tears to my eyes.EVERYDAY when I wake and read your post. We can not wait to meet Jillian! XOXO. Laura

redmaryjanes said...

I am so happy for all of you! She is just doing so good :)

Laurie said...

Loving these updates!! Praying that big strides continue to be made daily! She is just so precious!

Mireille said...

Another big milestone, and more to come!! How I love following these little big steps :-)
Love to you all from South Africa!!

The Byrd's Nest said...

She is blossoming like a little flower:) So happy for all of you!

Michelle R Photography said...

I am loving your daily updates!! I read yesterday, but didn't get a chance to comment, so I'll make up for that today.

Yay for loving bath time!! It's better that dragging her away from her bath will be the challenge vs. getting her to take one. ;) And what a wonderful big sister she has! I just love seeing the photos of your two beautiful girls together! As for the open shower design, we stayed at two hotels - one in Beijing and one at the Guangzhou airport - that had that. What on earth?!? I know our time in China is special bonding time, but that's a little too much getting to know each other. lol!

Enjoy the second half of your trip and keep up the great updates!!

Life with Kaishon said...

I am so overwhelmed with happiness for you. Absolutely precious. The girls are beautiful in every way!

Kim said...

Hard to believe your trip is halfway over! I love the bath story. Glad that things are going so well for you!

Kellyann said...

Jim looks a bit tired. Oh how I remember those days. Taylor clung to Dave and he was exhausted! Looks like all is going VERY well! Loving all the pictures. Lia is being so WONDERFUL!

MKBookWorks said...

The "window" bugged me too.. but I did find it helpful on occasion to check in on Sassy to make sure she was observing good hygiene... otherwise we were really good about keeping the blinds down.. LOL

SO happy to hear she is doing so well!! I am sure it is a huge relief!!

Missy

KimRabs said...

We loved Lucy's too. When we were in need of a peanut butter & jelly sandwich, Lucy's was our choice!

Don and Lisa Osborn said...

Hearing about the progress with bath time is such great news! It will come and Lia is an excellent "instrument" in this process. You can't believe how it has gone from terror at the Garden to craziness here on China Court. It is only because of Don's patience and persistence. I haven't been able to overcome my extreme angst and fear to tackle this myself but I know I'm going to have to get my hands literally wet and give it a whirl soon. I know you are giving Jillian the patience and love she needs to build the trust and confidence she needs to get over this fear.

Every day you're seeing more of your darling Jillian!

Love you~
Lisa

Tera said...

Your girls are just beautiful!!
-sweetgirls on RQ