Archive for the ‘Babes in China’ Category


Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

I haven’t posted in a long time, and Chris has taken over my blog.  Putting together a series of coherent sentences is far outside the realm of my cognitive abilities lately.  Why?  Because I haven’t slept.  Not a wink.  In a month.  Okay, that’s an exaggeration, but not by much.  Wee P has been waking up hourly through the night for weeks.  I initially chalked the behavior up to a growth spurt, but clearly, that’s not the deal.  At home, she would sleep for five or six hours at a time in a baby swing.  We didn’t bring the swing here, and there seem to be none to buy.  Are the Chinese a swing-hating people?  I would Ferberize her wee self and let her cry it out if we didn’t have neighbors on all sides.

I am desperate for REM. Not the Michael Stipe variety, but the kind that magically renders one fit to deal with waking life the following morning. I would truly welcome any suggestions as I am on the verge of losing what precious little is left of my gourd.  Sorry, no pics with this post, though I realize how entertaining a photo of my bug-eyed, crazed face would surly be.

Get Your Own Square!

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

The Chinese love “physical checks.”  Chris and I were required to have all sorts of medical tests done back in December in order to get our invitation letters from Tsinghua. These tests included EKGs, HIV tests, and lung x-rays, and our doctors had to verify that we weren’t suffering from such ailments as leprosy, black plague, or yellow fever.  A few days after our arrival, we were notified that we would need to have our physical checks verified by the Chinese government, so we were loaded into a van and carted across the city to a place where we were told we’d have to have new physical checks done.  Who knows why, but the good news is that we’re still HIV and plague-free.


Home, Sweet Home.

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

We’re finally in our apartment and can tell already that this place it going to feel like home really quickly. P loves her new bedroom and is having a fantastic time setting it up to her specifications. She’s currently in the living room watching Dora the Explorer in Mandarin. The kid is in heaven!

While I’m on the topic of P, this morning, she brought me a piece of paper and asked me to write her name on it. She then went into her room and came out a few minutes later to show me this:



Monday, February 16th, 2009

Forgive the telegraphic nature of this post.  It’s 3:30 am and all four of us are wide awake.  P is in bed eating from a box of cereal proclaiming it to be the “bestest Chinese cereal in the world.”


Three Themes of Day One.

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

Three themes ruled our first day in China.

1)  Gratitude. We’ve been amazed at how incredibly helpful people have been to us since we arrived.  The Chinese love children, so I think we’re receiving VIP treatment thanks to the presence of P and Wee P.  Everywhere we go, people go out of their way to help us in various ways.


The Writing on the Jugs.

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Is it just me, or do orange juice and milk containers in grocery stores speak to other people?  With my first pregnancy, I remember the day I noticed that the expiration dates on orange juice cartons were after my due date.  To me, those cartons were saying, “It’s getting close.  Life as you know it is almost over.  Hope you’ve been doing your Kegels.”  I got even more freaked out the following week when I realized the milk on the shelves would outlive my placenta.   “For the love of God, woman, pack your hospital bags,” those cartons implored.


Trip FAQ’s.

Monday, January 19th, 2009

When I tell people that my family and I are moving to Beijing in February, I get the same questions over and over, so I thought I’d give a little background on this trip by addressing some of those questions…