...it feels like a train hit you at 6:00 pm and if you don't lay down on the sofa now you will fall on the floor
...for 2 little girls, it feels like sleeping ALL the time during the day at different times, no set patterns, and having this new person in your life you are calling mom wake you up all the time by making you sit and stand up in a vertical position, because absolutely nothing else (loud noises, shaking, tapping, name calling) will wake you up.
...lest you think this new mom is cruel waking up these girls who have never lived on this side of the time zone, these wake-up sessions come after a sleep from 1 am to 1 pm, or 11 am to 3 pm after they woke everyone up that morning that dared sleep after 5 am !
...it means that if you go to bed at a normal time, like 11:00 pm, that you will be awake around 3-4 am, and if you are under the age of 12, it means that you can only stand it so long before you are in your brother's room bouncing on the beds.
....it feels like it will never leave, but praise God, we all had sleep inside the range of NORMAL last night on our 6th night home, so I think it's getting tired of our family and ready to go pounce on some other home and family that dared travel 7,000 miles in a 14 hour time period.
The next enemy to fight is how to feed our new multi-cultural family, because all attempts to be Chinese thus far (stir-fried rice, noodles, Chinese vegetables, Chinese take-out) are not working! They are getting stocked up on Vitamin C with an overdose of fruit - watermelon, cherries, grapes (peeled, mind you) bananas, and peaches are the only sure-fire things that we can get down them. Fortunately, we have resources that are being called in!