When we got back to the hotel, Erik and Ethan ran down to a restaurant outside our hotel to bring back some hopefully familiar foods for Liana and all of us for lunch. Erik got Ethan and Ella in chairs and somehow, Ethan leaned back in his and fell backward, hitting his head on the entertainment center. His head immediately started gushing blood so we called up our guide and she hurried back to take us to the children's hospital. I didn't know what to do...go with Ethan or stay with the girls. Erik made the decision to go with Ethan while I stayed back and I cried, knowing that I wasn't going to be there with Ethan. I've never not been there for a doctor's appointment of any kind. This is one of the hardest parts of being a mom, I think. Not being able to always be there for all of your kids. I have always said that I can't believe we made it to two with Ethan without him getting a broken bone or stitches. He saved it for China on our first day with Liana. Poor boy came back with stitches with his head wrapped in a huge bandage.
While the boys were gone, Ella and I played with Liana. She was so much fun. I got her first smiles as I put noodles in her mouth. She hanging out of her mouth and she must have thought that was amusing because she gave me a tiny smile. Then she would throw her head back like a baby bird as I put more noodles in her mouth and smile each time. I was recording her with our video camera and said, "Jie Jing, say 'mama'" and she did it! First time and I caught it on camera! Not that she knows what that really means yet or that I'm her mama but still...it was pretty cool! We learned that she loves to color when Ella got out her coloring book and Liana swiped a marker from her and went crazy with it. I was a bad mama and instead of putting her down for a nap, I was having too much fun so I kept her up until she passed out on our bed. Everyone is napping way too late, except for me of course.
Okay, enough rambling and let's get to the good stuff. All you really want is pics anyways, right?!
Shanghai Children's Welfare Institute
Last pic as a family of four!
Look at her nanny's face <3
Meeting her jie jie (big sis)
Please don't cry, please don't cry!
Aw, she cried
First pic as a family of five!
With her ge ge (big brother)
I have a bunch more I'd love to share but I'll leave you with the first smile I caught on camera