Saturday, January 16, 2010

Before we got going...

Remember my last post when I said we would have to make a trip to Zhengzhou to sort out Rosabelle's denounciation of Chinese citizenship issues? Wayne was trying to call the relevant authorities in Zhengzhou on Monday to see what paperwork is required, as well as the timeframe required for us to get it done, just so we could plan the trip. Turns out the number is perpetually engaged, and when he finally managed to get through, they refused to take phone enquiries and would only entertain us in person! And so, Wayne got his good friend to make a trip down and help him get the information in place. Information was sketchy and not forthcoming, so Wayne decided to make a trip down personally the next morning to see what was going on - he had applied for an exit permit on Rosabelle's behalf in Beijing before, and thought that he could do the same thing in Zhengzhou for her, and deal with the denounciation issue when we get back. Keep in mind that at this point, I had already packed for the trip. And so, I happily unpacked, thinking we did not need to go down and Daddy could settle it himself.

On Tuesday afternoon, whilst in Zhengzhou, Wayne got the information we wanted - turns out we needed to make the trip down after all as (1) her denounciation of citizenship requires 3 months turnaround time, so the only way Rosabelle could leave China for Singapore next month was to (2) get an exit permit, which requires her there as they needed to take a photo of her on the spot. #$%@$*!!! And so, I had to quickly pack again, and went out to get two first-class train tickets to Zhengzhou as no way was I going to travel alone with Rosabelle on the train, so we had to bring the nanny along as well.

Subject of our Zhengzhou trip will be for another post, but thought I'd just give an update on where we disappeared to for the last few daysas as we got back only last evening...

Some random stuff pre-Zhengzhou trip: I've been packing alot these days, as I am sorting out baby items for me to bring back to Singapore - items that Rosabelle cannot fit into already. I found this Gap knit dress I bought (that she had yet to wear) and let her don it - she was so happy being a lady that she swished the skirt around, and cried when we removed it, pulling at the skirt to indicate she wanted to wear it - hehe! Mental note to self: must let her wear this before she totally cannot fit into it - as it is, we had a hard time fitting her head through the neck hole...

So cute, huh? I like little girls with tummies sticking out like these...
Nowadays, if Rosabelle spills water onto the floor, or when she's too focused to the point that she forgets to swallow her saliva and thus drips it out, I will give her a tissue paper (or she will walk to the diaper tray to grab one herself), and then start wiping at the spot. The other day, she saw the nanny wiping her playmat, and proceeded to take her own towel to start wiping the playmat herself. Aspiration: to be a 小'石'工 (小时工) - or hourly maid - buwahaha...
In other play news, after having to spend alot of time digging bits of uncooked rice up from gaps in our floor tiles after Rosabelle was done with rice time, I decided to let her play in her bath tub instead, heh!
She was too engrossed playing to look at me for photographs...
She enjoyed pulling the spoons/shovel that I had hidden in the rice out, but I forgot that toddlers will wildly fling at/grab items, so she proceeded to grab the spoon out, complete with a spoonful of rice that went flying all over the place... -__-
She also liked pouring the rice out from the basin onto herself, which meant that we had to carefully shake her clean, and empty her sleeves/trousers, of rice after...
Verdict - time spent cleaning up the bath tub full of rice after was about the same time spent in digging up rice bits... oh well, it's kids' play, so what do you expect, huh?
These days, she knows the concept of 'back', as in putting things 'back', and will at times say 'back' when she places things where they belong, or when she wants to take another toy, she will give me the toy she's holding and say 'back', asking me to place it back for her. It's all quite nice, until she started insisting on putting bits of bread 'back' when the nanny was trying to feed her, placing the bread back nicely into the gaping piece of bread the nanny was holding... -__- again...

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