Last night we ventured out to the Japanese restaurant in our hotel. The room service the night before was cold and not so great and we were craving some sushi and terriaki. Ruby was an angel! A few times she started to bang her spoon loudly on the table and I was already making my escape plan in my head in case the tide turned. We smiled at her and said shhhhhhhh in a cute way and she raised her spoon high (as if about to pummel the table) and then set it on the table and tapped very softly, saying shhhhhh with a cute smile. Wow. We are really lucky. She ate a little chicken ball they served as an appetizer, some buckwheat noodle soup, and some plain rice I mixed in with the soup. She loves when they give you a clean washcloth at the end of the meal. LOL, I really appreciate this, too, as she gets food everywhere! She gives me each hand for cleaning and then proceeds to grab the towel and start cleaning the table. She is too cute for words!
We came upstairs and watched cartoons which she loved and part of a Thai cartoon movie be got her with elephants. She loves elephants and says "chang chang!" whenever she sees them. We also played a few of the videos we took of her in NST and she sat giggling at herself being silly playing ball with Daddy. It was real cute. Afterwards we had our nightly bath time and she played with some of her toys. For the first time, she has taken an interest in the build-a-bear we sent her. It was so sweet to see her hugging that bear and so happy. I just sat there watching her, remembering clearly the feelings and emotions I had when I got that for her back in March. And look at us now! I feel so lucky every day to have this child in our lives. She bonds more with us all the time. Has already with me for some time, but now she will willingly jump into Daddy's arms and let him pick her up or hold her. Even lets him give her the bottle now on occasion. She really loves her Daddy and is way concerned now if he walks away for a minute or is not right there. It is so awesome to see!
Can't get her to bed earlier than 9 the last few days. She has been so silly and wide awake at night, but at least she is still getting a good 9-11 hours. We can start fresh with the schedule once we are home and adjusted. Hoping she really sleeps in today, since we have to get up at 2 am for our 6 am flight tomorrow. Wish us luck on that long flight!!
Next update will be from Philadelphia! Have our baby's Visa in hand and the Kitzmillers are headed home!