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22 posts from September 2006

September 12, 2006

Momma's birthday in the park

Gwen and Maddy at the park on Mommy's birthday:

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Everyone asks me if the girls are as happy together as they seem on this blog and the answer is .... mostly yes!  They're two years old and they can fight over a toy like life depends on immediate ownership but they crack each other up pretty often and they both have a great sense of humor and a happy disposition.

Maddy is hungry for life.  She gobbles up all experiences.  Today she visited our Pediatrician and just laid there and looked at him while he checked her over from head to toe (she's perfect).  Meanwhile, Gwen clung to me for dear life and looked to be constantly on the verge of crying.   

You hand Maddy a meatball, and she'll cram it in her mouth, chew twice, then swallow it down and stick out her hand for more.  Gwen will sniff the meatball and throw it back at you.   Maddy easily consumes 4 times as much food as Gwen.    This morning, Gwen weighed 25.5 pounds and Maddy weighed 22.5.   I know for a fact that she's gained weight since August 23rd when we took over her care and feeding.  But she still looks so tiny compared to Gwen.  Gwen wears a 2T or 3T.  Maddy wears 18 month size.  But she's going to catch up with her "big" sister soon! 

September 10, 2006

Birthday

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My birthday is 9/11.  Yep, September 11.  But I laid claim to that date long before the terrorists did.  Still, it was the crappiest day ever to turn 40!

If I lived in China, I'd be 45 years old already (it's 9/11 there).  To the left, are pictures of me during my cute years.  Notice that there's nothing past age 18. 

Post only condolences, please.  <grin>

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I know my "older" cousin, Jana (hee hee), will get a kick out of this one.  I very much remember the day this picture was taken.   That pink poodle (I'm holding) was very much coveted by both of us and I was crying hysterically before I got to hold it for the pic. 

My "twins" are so much like Mommy!

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CongeeYou guys are awesome!  Your recipes actually make this stuff sound tasty!  If Maddy could type, she'd be typing THANK YOU to all of you!

She's in no fear of starving though.  This child eats everything except the tablecloth.  Still, she'll so enjoy the breakfast of her home country. 

Thanks a million!  Pass the soy sauce, please.  I love you all!

September 08, 2006

Happy Travelers

Do our girls like riding in the car in their carseats?  You be the judge:

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(I originally had a bunch more to say but stupid Internet Explorer ate it when I tried to publish and I'm uninspired to say it all over again so you just get the short/sweet post tonight. Grrrrrrrr!)

Home at last!

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We got home about 3:30 yesterday afternoon after a 12 hour flight from Hong Kong to SFO.  All told, it was pretty comfortable.

We flew Cathay Pacific and used the car-seats we purchased in China.  Since the flight wasn't very full, we were able to move to the bulkhead so we had lots of leg room.  Gwen slept soundly in the car-seat for the best part of 8 hours.  Maddy is a tummy sleeper so she wasn't comfortable sleeping in the car-seat and we were really lucky that we had enough room in front of us to lay her down on the floor (with tons of blankets and pillows).  The flight attendants were amazing.  They did so much to make us comfortable and we strongly recommend using Cathay Pacific on that particular route.
Zz20060907_homecoming_016 Once home, Gwenny took Maddy on a tour of the house.  Here she is meeting Kitty for the very first time.  She loves Kitty and we're pretty sure she's not just imagining her in a good gravy. 

Kitty was very happy to see us but seems to have not suffered too much while we were away.  Mary-Mia checked in on her several times and so did her friend Maggie.  Thanks M&M!

We kept the girls up until 7:30 PM last night and they slept until midnight.  That would be the time they would get up from their nap in China so we weren't frustrated that they were wide awake.  We let them play quietly (if there's such a thing) and put them back to bed about 3:00 AM.   We think the trick to helping them adjust to the time difference is to let them get lots of time in the sunshine and resist the temptation to let them sleep too long during the day.  Eventually, they'll be guided them into their new night schedule.  We're also making sure that we sleep when they do.  When we brought Gwen home last summer, I was so ready to finally have some personal time after Gwen fell asleep that I didn't go to sleep myself.  A few hours later, I was ready for bed and Gwen was wide awake and not willing to be entertained by anyone other than me.  We're not making that mistake again. 

This morning, we all got up at 10:00.  We could have easily slept longer but we feel pretty good and the girls are happily munching dry cereal and raisins and drinking their yogurt drinks.  Poor Maddy won't get her usual breakfast of congee until I figure out how to make it (feel free to post your easy and tasty recipe for congee in the comments).

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