Thursday, December 20, 2007
The xue fell last week. I missed her first day in the real stuff as I had to go to work. When I came home, we went outside and made xue-angel hands on the top of the picnic table. Then we made xue-balls and threw them to Talley, who ate them. Grace is intent on crushing the xue-ball in her fierce grip, willing it to collapse into something dense and hard. I think she may be strategizing an improvement for the next generation of Super-conducting super-collider.
[Note the really great rocking horse from Pap.]
Grandma "Honey" visited last week to help out and spend some time with her granddaughter. Gracie nicknamed her "MamMam." And since Mommy was out of town for three days, Grace has started to substitute "DaDa" every time she would have called for "MaMa."
We were also treated to great visits by Aunt Elaine and Uncle Lee, bearing gifts of pink Harley-D. clothing (thanks! She would also like a Hog, please), and Todd, who coined the "raised by a pack of dogs" comment. Todd brought her a doll, her first (other than the one the pawn shop lady gave her) -- she pulled it in next to her cheek and ear and nuzzled it close. Awwww...
Next week is Grace's first birthday. It's hard to believe this much time has passed.
She is loving the books and other toys everyone has given her. She also gets great joy out of running her hand along the handrail as we carry her up the stairs. And standing at the back sliding glass door yelling "TAAAAA!" at the top of her lungs. That would be Ta for Talley, the dog we are most likely to be yelling at/for....
Here are some more pics (photo credits to MamMam). Stories to follow.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Walking--almost! Climbing stairs--full tilt! 3.5 teeth and counting. More pics and a few stories to come...
Funniest comment to date from a friend who did not put this on the blog so I will:
"Thanks for the blog link. I've now caught up on the past 5 months of your life [...] and was a little astonished to not see one photo of you or your husband holding her, cuddling her, etc. Are you photophobic? I know that Grace is darn cute, but from all the pictures, I would guess that she is being well cared for by a group of dogs."
[With apologies to my husband, who cares for her very well.]
And there were five different dogs -- although a yorkie, a pit bull, two beagles and another dog-of-indeterminate origin were all lurking just outside the shots for a grand total of ten. She's not afraid of any of them.
Saturday, November 3, 2007
On that point, she is now well into 9 month-12 month clothes. Thankfully, our dear friends and neighbors (no names but you know who you are) and family are keeping her well-clothed and shod. We are so lucky to have the support of all of you. And to those who send gift cards, rest assured we are putting them to good use (mundane essentials like formula, diapers -- but all of us appreciate those things). We have a library of board books and some precious ones we'll save for her later years. We have blocks and blankets, homemade quilts and rockers to take her into
her elementary school years!
I am LOUSY at thank you notes. Ah, but you know that by now.....My current plan is to sit down at Christmas and properly thank all of you with a hand-written note (and somehow squeeze in a birthday party for Grace). I don't think I ever sent ones for our wedding gifts, though, so my deepest apologies to those for whom this is an unpardonable offense. Know, though, that Grace is getting great love from us and that your thoughtful gifts were very much appreciated.
We can't wait for the first SNOW!
Grace is gurgling, hiccuping and crying out in her sleep tonight. Par for the course. She is never a restful girl.
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
And lest we forget who is in charge, the fussing over the baby monitor (A.K.A. Grace TV) caused me to dash upstairs and miss the last pitch of the World Series. She is definitely a Sox fan, but her timing is lousy. I think she is actually a bigger soccer and football fan and was trying to signal as much to me.
Monday, October 29, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Answer: Nothing. The scales in China don't appear to be calibrated.
Too much information? Okay, I promise not to post any pics of Grace (or any of us) on the pot but I swear on my late Grandmother's peanut butter captain crunch that our daughter was "Potty Aware" at 8 months! Back in China, when we would have her in the hotel bathrooms and stick her over the toilet, she would compliantly pee. Now that we are going through enough diapers to build a 9-hole par 3 on top of the landfill, we are more diligent about getting her on the potty.
[I think they call the diapers "Cruisers" because they know you will have spent on them the equivalent of a first-class cabin ticket for Alaskan whale-watching departing from Key West by the time you get the baby potty-trained.] Nevertheless, I am ecstatic to report that we have achieved both #1 and #2 on the pot with great regularity (don't call between 10:05 and 10:07 am!). Once she has the dexterity and foresight to take off her own diaper, I feel certain we will have a potty trained baby!
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Less interesting was the bland dim sum in Guangzhou and Hong Kong, although the seafood was nice and the Thai food (sweet and spicy shrimp and shredded green mango salad) at the Cow & Bridge was a welcome respite from buns. We also did some damage at the fusion buffets, enjoying shrimp dumplings; eggs scrambled by chopstick; green tea ice cream; glutinous rice packages, bean curd and vinegar, enough bacon each morning to make me cringe when I watch "Babe" and fresh fruits like star fruit, mango, lychee, and papaya.
Grace partook of some of these, starting slow with congree and fried rice and working her way toward roasted poultry and pork dumplings. She has a special talent for sucking a noodle in record speed (think retraction of a tape measure or canister-style vacuum cleaner cord...) Here we have catalogued her enjoying the four foodgroups, from the top: Juice, Goose, Fries, Formula.