Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Day 5--What I Wish I Had In Congo

Today was another day of mostly waiting.  The girls slept fairly well, but I had a really bad case of insomnia.  Mostly I was going over and over in my head the things I really wanted at that moment.  Some of them include:

  • My own pillow.  The one provided is hard as a rock.  If I knew I was going to be here for more than a week or so I would recommend bringing it.  And my own slightly higher thread count sheets.  Heck, while we're at it, I could really use my whole bed. 
  • A Big Mac and fries.  Or food from any drive thru restaurant in my neighborhood
  • A better internet connection so I could skype during the day and watch Hulu at night.
  • A bathtub with hot water.  My girls do not like the cold shower anymore than I do.
  • Ice tea with ice in it.  Like maybe an extra large ice tea, unsweetened please, from Chik-Fil-A.  And some waffle fries with Chik-Fil-A sauce.
  • A big blanket that we could lay on the ground outside so the girls could play.  The small square of our bed is getting boring.
  • More baby toys.
  • A roll of paper towels and box of tissue and some American toilet paper.
  • A hot pot that doesn't blow the breaker.  Leave your American appliances at home, they don't work here.
  •  A mini-fridge.
  • Two high chairs
I hope this list doesn't sound whiny.  Really our trip has been very smooth and relatively stress free.  The accommodations are clean and safe, the staff has been very pleasant.  But I am a foodie and the cook here apparently is not, so a good meal has been on my mind almost constantly.  The food has been very traditional Congolese fare, but I have decided that I am not a fan of anything made with cassava. If I had to choose a country to live in based on its food style, it would not be Congo.  I think maybe China or Italy would be my top choices.   They did serve those little pre-wrapped wedges of Laughing Cow cheese at breakfast this morning, which was a lovely treat. However, no matter what they serve it is hard to enjoy a meal with a squirmy infant on your lap.  It's almost impossible to get the fork from your plate to your mouth without interference from 2 little hands.  Baby K threw a coffee cup on the floor this morning.  It didn't break, but boy did it get every one to turn around and stare!

The calories that I'm not getting at meal time I making up with beer.  There is a small bar area where you can buy water, Coke, Orange Fanta (the national drink of Congo) and a pretty good selection of pretty good beer.  When we went to China we drank beer with every meal as a preventative maintenance plan for our guts.  We figured the alcohol would kill anything crummy we consumed.  It worked for us and neither of us got sick for even a day during our 3 weeks in China.  Now we haven't had beer at every meal, but it is nice place to escape from the room.  We've made friends with both the bartenders and they don't seem to mind having K and L crawling around screaming baby talk.  And so far no travelers gut for either of us.  Keeping our fingers crossed on that one. Tonight we tried a Pineapple Fanta.  Pretty yummy.  It tasted just like a pineapple Lifesaver candy.

Well, enough about food and drink.  Here's some more news on Baby K and Baby L.  We think the girls may have parasites.  Their tummy's are quite big and puffy and they are both pooping some pretty remarkable poop, many times a day.  So we started them on a parasite treatment this afternoon.  We are hoping for some quick results because these current diaper changes would not be fun on an airplane.

K is younger, but considerably taller than L.  It's like Manny and JoJo all over again.  Their personalities are just adorable.  K is a little more delicate and sweet, but very inquisitive.  Her fine motor skills are quite good although she doesn't want to hold her own bottle one bit.  Her gross motor is getting stronger already.  She was belly scooching all over the bed today and doing more and more standing. Baby L is the life of the party and I can already see that she and JoJo will be competing for class clown status.  She is smiley and giggly.  She likes to imitate your facial expressions and she LOVES to give Baby K kisses.  It is the cutest stinkin' thing ever.  I will try to get video of it and then force all of you to watch it when I get home.  They are both attaching beautifully.  We saw the foster family today and the girls didn't hesitate a bit about coming back to us at the end of the visit.

Well, I had probably better try and get a few minutes of sleep before they both start howling for milk.  By the way, thank you all for all the comments and Facebook messages.  It is so wonderful to open up the computer and see them there.  It's like getting letters from home when your parents sent you off to summer camp!

There were a couple of you that asked specific questions in your comments.  Can you shoot me an email or find me on Facebook so I can follow up with those questions? 

Tomorrow we are going to have an adventure and visit the local grocery store.  I'll tell you all about it tomorrow night.  Please excuse any typos you might find in my post.  My chief blog editor is snoring away with his two baby girls. 

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