The second day with Rachel was much better than the first. We went to the hotel cafe for breakfast, like we’ve been doing every day since it comes with the room. Rachel still didn’t want to be put down, so Tanya held her while she ate. That kid really packed away the watermelon, along with congee and steamed egg. Aubrey was super helpful as usual, and she found waffles and bacon. After breakfast, we cleaned ourselves up and got ready for a Wal-Mart trip. Tanya stayed in the room with the girls, since Rachel was still a little sick.
Chinese Wal-Mart was pretty interesting. The store was on four floors: top floor was a movie theater, third floor had everything but food, second floor was food, and the bottom floor was basically rented out to other vendors. Zippo was everywhere, which I thought was funny until I remembered that just about everyone smokes here. So, I grabbed a cart and off I went.
Fortunately, most of the supplies for Rachel were easy to find on the third floor. From there, we got on this kind of sloped moving sidewalk that eased us down to the second floor. The carts sort of magnetically clamped to it so they couldn’t move until the end. At the bottom, snacks and such were to the left, and live/fresh food to the right. I decided to pass on the frogs and turtles in favor of cereal and Oreos. Oh, and I passed on the the chicken feet, as well.
The trip was a balancing act, though, because you didn’t want to buy more than you could carry. Still, that 12-pack of bottled water was very necessary.
When I got back to the hotel room, Rachel was standing and walking and being a lot more interactive. It was a huge step forward from when I’d left. Aubrey would take her by the hand and just lead her around, or follow her wherever she went. And she even smiled and babbled a little bit. So, in a shot time we’d come a long way.
For dinner we just made ramen noodles using the electric kettle in our room, which Rachel and Aubrey both liked, and then it was bedtime. First full family day, of many yet to come.