This morning, Baby K took an extra long nap – she slept through us being in the room with the other babies (who were all awake) for almost an hour. We got to see that she likes to sleep with her arms stretched up over her head. She was so cute while sleeping, and then, true to her pleasant demeanor, she woke up with a big smile. I made her promise she will always be pleasant upon waking. 🙂 We really only had a few occasions throughout the week where she was unhappy, and all of them were at meal time. Otherwise, though, she was just happy and content. We did have a bit of fussiness from her this morning, which was relieved as soon as she spit up on me for the first time. I felt like I had been inaugurated into motherhood at that time.
After lunch, Craig and I decided to go to the National Museum of Ethiopia with another couple. We had access to two drivers while we were there – M, who works directly for our agency and handles transportation (and other things) to/from the airport, the courthouse, the Embassy, and so on, and Y, a taxi driver who is very trusted by our agency and who is available for hire to take us to various places around town. So, we arranged for Y to pick us up and drive us to the museum.
This drive, like all of our drives around town, was very interesting. I could have stared out the windows for hours, just taking it all in. The following photos were taken through the window of a moving vehicle, so they are not great. But they’ll show you some of what we saw.
We enjoyed the museum. We decided to hire a guide to take us around, figuring we would get much more out of the experience. It was a good choice; our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly and spoke great English. At the end of the tour, we had a bit of a challenge in figuring out what to pay him, as he would not name a price and insisted we just pay him what we thought was right. But in the end he seemed pleased (I think we gave him 100 birr per couple) and our driver told us we’d paid an appropriate amount.
In the museum, the main attraction is Lucy (well, a replica of Lucy).
We also saw Ardi, who doesn’t get as much attention as Lucy. She was found in Ethiopia in 1992, and she was even older.
We toured a fairly extensive collection of fossils (human and animal) and learned some about how they are identified and dated. We also toured a floor of a variety of artifacts, ranging from arrowheads and pottery to emperors’ robes and crowns. And finally, we had a quick tour through an art gallery, which included an Ethiopian version of the Madonna and Child.
And here’s one patriotic car, seen in the museum’s parking lot as we left.
Once back at Horizon House, we spent the rest of our afternoon with Baby K, of course. We got to hear her little baby laugh today, which of course was wonderful to hear. After another baby threw up on me (more prep for motherhood, right?), I did some laundry in the bathroom sink; I was glad I’d brought along a couple of travel packets of laundry detergent.
After a dinner of Ethiopian cuisine (yum!), we retired to our room for the evening by about 8pm. Our evening routine was pretty predictable and included reading, jotting down some notes from the day, and games on the iPad. We usually went to bed pretty early, too. Craig was still struggling with sleep but I continued to do fine in that department (which is amazing because I am a terrible sleeper at home).