Today was exactly what we were hoping for, operating entirely on our own schedule. L slept for about an hour more than we've seen, probably because we weren't up moving around and getting ready for the day. We took a trip outside to see more of the area, and found (cue chorus of angels) a Starbucks. It was such a treat, and apparently if you don't specify the type of milk in your latte, it is made with whole. Yumminess ensued.
We had some lunch in our room, then L went down for a long nap. This afternoon, we went swimming, and he proved far more daring than yesterday, going in the big pool and leaving the steps while clinging to one of us. We think he's never really played in water before, but is absolutely loving it. Tonight we had some dinner, a long bath, some play time, and he's down for the night. He's a big-time index finger sucker, with his finger sporting a huge callous--and I swear it's a lighter color, as if he's sucked the life right out of it. But it's a good indication for when he's getting tired, so we can fend off meltdown behavior at least a little bit.
I think L enjoyed today. He seemed more relaxed, slept sounder, and was less concerned with us leaving him-- he's gotten upset with the game peek-a-boo in the past week, but today found it highly entertaining. He has officially learned a new word: "Hu-loooooow!!!", accompanied by a big wave and is very proud of himself. He has yet to learn the word "no", but I'm sure it's just a matter of time. He did throw a hissy fit about losing iPod priviledges after he threw it on the floor, but it was over relatively quickly and we moved on with the day.
Tomorrow we go back to the clinic to have the TB test read. As he has had no reaction to the shot, this should go smoothly and quickly. After the clinic, our guide is taking the families to Shamian Island, where the US Consulate used to reside, and which apparently has a European flair. We have heard a lot about the area, and are excited to see it.
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