After Julia Mei realized that her foster mama was gone, it was a rough night. She called out as she gazed at the door. It sounded like Baba over and over again. She has a pretty big voice for such a little thing. She slept in her crib until about 2 am, when she cried herself to sleep on the floor. She wanted nothing to do with the bed so I let her be.
After all of that running around I figured the kids would be ready for a nap after lunch. I certainly was since I was up since 2. The kids, however, were not having it.
Tuesday was a free day. My guide decided to take us to check out Tengwang Pavilion, one of the top tourist attractions in Nanchang. On our way there my stroller wouldn't fit in the trunk so we just left the trunk open as we drove. Anything goes when it comes to driving in China, I guess. Our driver wanted to know about my children. She figured that they were about 3 years old. She continued on to tell us that she had to abandon one of her children-a daughter, in 1995. She said she already had a daughter and this was her second child. At that time the government was very strict about the second child policy, and she felt that she had no other choice. The baby's grandmother took care of it and abandoned the child for her. She did go on and eventually had a son, which was acceptable to have as a second child. I wanted to ask her so many questions but I didn't know if it was rude to do so. The only question that I asked was if she went on to have her son. She was very straightforward about the whole thing, as though a fact of life for many women in China. Little baby girl abandoned in Nanchang in 1995: I may have just met your mother.
Once we arrived at Tengwang Pavilion we were greeted by beggars. Actually, on our drive over there were multiple beggars coming up to the cars at stoplights, some with children. As I got the stroller put together my guide mentioned that this place might not me stroller friendly. Ahh, this would have been useful information back at the hotel so I could have planned to baby wear. My guide and I hoisted the stroller up to the top.