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Monday, November 22, 2010

Day 4: Gotcha Day (Part 1)

Vuong woke up sick today.  He promises me that he did NOT eat anything from the street vendors here.  I'm not sure if I believe him.  He's had tummy troubles all night and then today.  I finally convinced him to take some Imodium so hopefully he'll feel better soon.  He's trying to rest right now and we wait for 2:30pm, when we'll meet Mary in the lobby to take the short ride to the other hotel where we will meet Parker.  She told us yesteday that he would be coming by car and that his trip would be about 5 hours.  Poor kid.  We're expecting a grouchy baby, for sure.  She also said that our time at the hotel, which will also double as the Civil Affairs Office, would most likely be 30 minutes to an hour.  That's good because we've heard that place is H-O-T!
Speaking of hot, on our van ride from the airport to the hotel yesterday, the air wasn't on and only the drivers window was cracked.  Vuong and I thought we were going to roast in the back seat.  Our driver and Mary both had on jackets, too.  She told us that we would need to keep him in long sleeves (even throught temperature outside is in the high 70's) so that he doesn't catch cold.  We just thinking about how he will freeze to death this winter as our heat is at 68 degrees during the day and 62 degrees at night!  So, we're expecting a bundled up kid when he gets here. 
We went for a walk to Walmart today which other than the sign, doesn't seem anything like a Walmart.  Somehow during our packing, both pairs of Parker's swimming shorts are missing.  :o(  We don't know where they are so we're not sure if we'll get to take him to the hotel pool while were here. Walmart has all winter and I mean winter clothes out now.  No clearance racks anywhere.  Oh, and also no air conditioning.  Everyone was bundled up.  They probably thing we're crazy with our short sleeves on!  So, we didn't find any swimming shorts for him.  Vuong says he can just swim in his underwear, but then I get this horrible vision of us looking like some white trash foreigners!  We'll have to see...
We had some lunch at a Vietnamese place near our hotel.  We both had soup so hopefully that will make Vuong feel better.  We also walked through the mall which is behind our hotel.  We're not going to buy anything because we can't afford to!  It's all super, duper expensive stores, which is interesting to me that people that live here could afford to buy it either.  I don't know who buys it, but it must be enough people to keep them in business. 
Now we're just lounging in our swanky Marriot hotel room.  It's very, very nice!  (Hey Jenni, this place makes the Marriot in Savannah seem like a Super 8 Motel!  No kidding!  AND it's only $100 a night!  Wowee!)  We have about an hour and 10 minutes before we need to meet Mary.  I can't wait!  I'm nervous, excited, scared, and worried all at the same time.  But I know it's going to be good.  I can't wait to see that baby in person!  Yes, it's going to be good!
I'm going to rest a bit and get myself ready for the big moment!  I'll update again in a few hours! 
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