Michael and I were looking forward to seeing the pandas.
Gracie was not so excited. She covered her eyes the whole time not wanting the panda to see her. Needless to say, we spent most of the time strolling and avoiding looking at most animals.
I did get some good lovin' today. She has been hugging me and has even given us both some kisses!
There were all sorts of unusual creatures at the zoo;-) They probably had 20 raccoons in two separate exhibits.
Bunches of different monkeys.
One very large Chimpanzee!
Our own silly monkey! She makes this face all the time.
After a very difficult night (and several nights of trouble getting Gracie to sleep) we asked our guide to contact the orphanage and ask about how she went to sleep at night. We found out that she did NOT sleep in a crib but rather a toddler bed. She was in a room of about 20 kids. They put them to bed and close the door. My guess is then they determine for themselves when they lay down and go to sleep.
We decided tonight to take the crib mattress out and put it on the floor. We then laid down beside her until she fell asleep. So much easier than the fight we have been having and why she likely wakes up and wants out of the crib. I am guessing the success we had with a crib the first couple of days (and our desperate search to borrow one for when we get home) was a result of the change in her environment and not really knowing what to do. As she has come out of her shell, she has began expressing her opinions on many things; particularly how and when she goes to sleep. Tonight was successful. Tomorrow may be a different story. Please continue to pray that she will feel safe and secure with us and the attachment that she is beginning to feel with strengthen and take deep route in her heart.