Today, Caroline started playing with a toy. We have been trying to engage her in toys, books, etc., but she would just sit and stare. We decided (based on recommendation from Anne's friend) that perhaps Caroline was getting too much stimulus......an overload. So, this morning I took Caroline to a quiet room on our floor where there is lots of floor space. I took only one toy and we sat on the floor together. At first I modeled 'playtime' for her....her eyes followed every move that I made. Then, I just moved back a bit to see what she would do...and she started picking up the toy and playing. I cried. This was a big deal. And, to top it off, she was doing some vocalizing....a quiet hum. Good stuff. I am including a picture of Caroline playing with the toy.
Our tour coordinator took us to a Buddhist Temple. This was certainly my first time visiting a place like this. The incense was very strong. It is an open area with many small temples. We then went to a shopping area that was quite overwhelming. The most interesting thing about this excursion is that I was stopped by a group of Chinese teenage girls who wanted to take a picture with me. Then, a group wanted a picture with Anne. I've always heard that they like to have their picture taken with foreigners...now I know it's true.
Tomorrow....the Guangzhou Zoo. And, the rest of our tour group arrives tomorrow. I'm very excited to meet them and their kiddos.