Our flight from chengdu to Guangzhou took a toll on us. First, we have a lot of baggage (checked and carry on) and it gets difficult to move it from one place to the next with 3 kids in tow. The boys are quite helpful with the bags, but it is still a big production to move from city to city. Also, Hannah had a rough time when we first got to the airport and during the last 30 mins of the flight. It's hard to know why she gets so upset, but it is heartbreaking. She just cries and cries and can't be consoled. She was in my carrier when it happened at the airport. I didn't want to get her out because the airport was so busy and I wasn't interested in playing the Chinese version of "Where's Waldo." I was very proud of her though because despite her fit she didn't pinch me and when I saw her clinch her fist I held her arm and she didn't try to head butt me or hit me with the other arm. I know this sounds funny, but it truly is progress! I think the business of the airport freaked her out, but I don't if it was that for sure. After a while she was fine and enjoyed the rest of her time at the airport. She was doing great on the flight, but in the last 30 minutes it went downhill. She resumed the same type of fit as before. It really is a sad sight to see. She won't make eye contact and she is clearly in distress. It didn't seem like her ears hurt, just more sorrow than pain. Either way it is one of the most horrible things!!! But, a positive thing, she didn't try to hit, pinch or head butt at all on the plane. Progress is progress right! She seemed great once we got out of the airplane.
Okay, on a happier note, Hannah has decided that Chris is the best ting ever!!! Yep, just like Hailey, she thinks he hung the moon. The pictures speak for themselves!!!! Chris was throwing her in the air and being a human baby swing much to her shear delight! You must know that Chris is loving this girl and watching her delight in him was just priceless. She is a blessed girl to have such a great daddy.
New city = new guide!!!! It would have been hard not to improve from Tina, but we hit the jackpot with our new guide. He is awesome! He has been a guide for 7 years and you can just tell he is great!!! I'm so thankful. This journey is long and at this point it is a welcome change to have a competent guide. I feel like we can relax and let Elvin take over. Tomorrow Hannah has her medical exam. I hope she doesn't smack the medical provider. If so, I'm sure she wouldn't be the first!
Blessings from Guangzhou!!!!
Chris, Amy, Travis, Chase and Hannah