Yesterday was the Forbidden city (not so nice in winter), Tien*nm*n Square (our guide still isn't convinced it wasn't media manipulation from the West!!!!) and then, full-on, all-afternoon, no baby shopping spree. I apologize to anone arriving in Beijing looking for girl's shoes in my daughter's sizes or baby clothes in the 18-24 months range, there are none left. I got them all. 13 pairs of shoes (I know, still a far cry from the 40 I promised, but I'v still got today), lots and lots and lots of tops and sweaters, a few 2 piece winter ensembles to dress the Beach Ball (I know she will always be Sprout to you, but to us, she is now lovingly referred to as the Beach Ball)
Speaking of Sprout, she is by and large a very happy little (big) girl. The last 3 nights have been tough. She wakes up in a stupor and only wants Daddy, who then has to spend anywhere from 2 to 4 hours getting her back to bed. He's been a champ, taking her to the conference center on the second floor at 3 am so that Dumpling and I can still sleep. I'm sre he's getting tired of it, and I would love to do it, but she will not have me, no siree. I am day-time parent, food-parent, diaper-parent, but absolutely-not-in-the-night-parent, by her choice, not mine!
A completely unrelated observation about China: why is it that if they can have a 4 story tv screen attached to the building across the street, and they sell Pampers and Huggies at the store, why is it that feminin hygene products are still 1970's technology and comfot level????? Maybe it's just the one store I went to, or I coulnd't figure out the packaging, but man, they need to figure this out!
Today we visit the Hutongs with a bike (you know the one, you sit and they pull you) and then go to the chinese circus tonight. Tomorrow, half a day of packing and more shopping and we go home in the late afternoon. I will attempt one more post before I leave, bt if I have to pick between shopping and you guys, you'll have to wait til I'm home for the next post!