Engida did not want to make eye contact with me, but would do a sideways glance into the mirror and look at me. He seems a little more comfortable with me when we are in private and not in the big group of families he doesn't know. His curiosity could be quenched because looking into the mirror was not as threatening as looking directly at my face. Through the mirror I was able to tickle him and even make him laugh! We spent a good 15 minutes playing in the mirror- all the while he was making eye contact while being held by his nanny, who was standing shoulder to shoulder with me. The nanny told him to tickle me, and he felt safe tickling the palm of my hands and letting me tickle the palms of his hands. These are exciting baby steps!!!! He absolutely will not let me hold him, hug him, or get too close (or he pinches, hits, screams, cries, pushes, etc). However, after the games in the mirror he was a tad bit more comfortable with me, and decided it was OK to play stickers with me. I encouraged him to put them on my face and he accidentally looked me in the eyes a couple of times:). At the very end of the day, all of the families were gathering up their bags of goodies and saying good-bye to their beautiful kids. The nanny told Engida to give me a kiss-- time froze- he hesitated, I smiled.. and he came and kissed me right on the lips and smiled!!! And the whole courtyard full of adults (parents, grandparents, nannies, director) started to applaud:). He ran away, but I had him for a second:).We have such a supportive group of families with us, I am so lucky.
After lunch at a fancy Italian-Ethiopian restaurant, we headed to the Post Office shops. I picked up a few more souvenirs for the kids and other family members- you're never really finished souvenir shopping, right? It was starting to drizzle and so I went back to the parked van to relax and stay dry with another family. All of a sudden, on the side of the van, someone's mom was walking and being a little harassed by some teenagers selling something-- when one of them reached out, ripped off her necklace, and tore down the street. What happened next was incredible- customers in the shops, shop owners, and people on the street immediately sprinted after the muggers. Our driver (Mesfin) was the fastest and actually grabbed one of the kids and handed him over to the cops, who arrived straightaway. They spent the rest of the afternoon in a police station filling out paperwork, watching the thief get interviewed in a small room with a single lightbulb while he cried and swore he was only the friend of the thug. The witnesses were released so they could spread the word on the street that the accomplice was in jail overnight. Just for the record, the crime rate in Addis Ababa is very low, with pickpocketing being the most common. We felt safe everywhere we went, and we so pleasantly surprised by the kind reaction of the entire crowd.
For dinner we ordered in from the hotel and stayed up talking and laughing in the little kitchen at the guesthouse, giddy with excitement and ready for tomorrow!