Also today I really noticed how much stronger she was in general. Her core was now strong enough to hold herself up easily in the car and while sitting. It was amazing how fast her body responded to all of the play and attention she was getting with a family.
On the agenda for the day was a trip to Shamian Island. It is a very traditional spot for adoptive families to visit. It is where the US Consulate used to be, and it is very quaint with a European feel so families used to stay there. It is quiet and pretty and has many shops that cater to adoptive families for traditional Chinese gifts. I snapped a few pictures on the way there because I didn't want to forget the many apartments and how every single one of them had clothes hanging out to dry. Also on our way there we video chatted with my parents because it was my mom's birthday. When we said goodbye, Vivi started saying bye-bye for the first time. It is her best and cutest trick to this day and it was so fun to hear her talk for the first time. She heard her nannies say bye-bye along with Chinese so it wasn't like I had taught her to say this, but I was pretty excited to hear her talk. Her voice is really the sweetest.
Shamian Island has all of these statues and it is kind of a tradition for all adopted children to get their picture with one of them. I thought it was kind of a silly tradition before, but when I got there I suddenly HAD to have that picture. It was just crazy to be there after seeing pictures of all the other little loves before her pose in that spot. It felt like her adoption wasn't complete until she got that picture. First Stella posed with her and then she posed by herself. At that spot we ran into a family that I follow on Instagram. I turned around and they were just there, and it was fun to meet them and their new daughter. We also met another family at lunch and Stella asked me: "Mom, how do you know that girl?" I told her I didn't, and had just met them. I don't know how she isn't used to having a mom that talks to everyone, but sometimes she still is surprised.
We had lunch at Lucy's which is a restaurant that caters to American adoptive families. I had a hamburger and it was pretty tasty. The only trouble with my meal was that by this point my tummy had shrunk tremendously and I could not finish it.
Soon our morning was over and it was time to head back to the hotel for our little lady to have a nap.
Häagen-Dazs ice cream. That one scoop cost as much as Brent and I's dinner combined, but it made her very happy. When it was time to go I said "let's go" to Vivi in Chinese and she totally understood me. She came right over to me and grabbed my hand and was ready to go. Her face was all lit up because she had actually understood something I had said. At this point I didn't really realize how much Chinese she understood, so it was really cute.
We just hung out at home the rest of the night. I popped some popcorn and Vivi loved it. We watched some bad Chinese children's TV shows and then went to bed. Except Vivi did not want to go to bed, she wanted to play with Stella. And she did this adorable thing with her daddy where she pretended like she was going to sleep when he would walk in the room. She would be standing in the crib, and he would come in and she would slink down, put her thumb in her mouth, and grab her blanket. It was hilarious, our little trickster.
Things for me and how I felt about Vivien were getting easier too. I was starting to think she was the cutest thing I had ever seen. Every time we left the hotel room, I loved watching her watch me in the hotel hallway while Brent carried her to the elevators. She would always look back at me and make sure I was following and give me little smiles. It was so sweet.