Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Lessons learned

My wonderful friend and co-traveler/new Mom, Kimberley pointed out to me that I had not posted many close-ups of Sophia. She is right and I am aim to correct that oversight!

Kimberley and Tuesday

Kisses from Dad.

Sophia playing with Mom's hat - we can't seem to get her to wear anything on her head.

There are many lessons new parents need to learn. Last night, I learned one of them. Never, Never, Never feed your baby too many new foods in the same day, especially if they are mostly vegetables and your baby is not accustomed to eating veggies. Note to self: introduce only one new food at a time, don't let her eat 10 spoonfuls of the that food, and if one dares to commit such a blunder, have plenty of Mylicon on hand.

The consequence of the aforementioned stupidity? 2.5 hours of non-stop blood curdling screaming related to gas and indigestion issues. 2.5 hours of us being completely unable to console Sophia and have her beat us senseless as she thrashed around. 50 Baby wipes consumed and 3 diapers full of diahrea. And AT LEAST one whole day of a very cranky little girl.

Needless to say, Sophia had a very bland, non-fiber, diet today and will likely stay on that diet until we return to the States.

Today was filled with lots of paperwork for Colin (he has the neat hand writing, poor sod). After getting very little sleep (from Kat's aforementioned faux pas)and fighting a cold he picked up from Sophia (he awoke drenched in sweat this morning), he was not really feeling well after sitting 3 hours in a stuffy room, but he soldiered on and saw to it that our paperwork was completed. Norman and the China Team checked it all out and hopefully we will receive her VISA without delay on Friday.

Tonight we took Sophia to the Rooftop Lounge with Kelly, Bill and Janey. A local trio decided to treat the girls to their rendition of 'Que Sera Sera' and 'In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight' (I can't remember what the correct name for the song is). Both girls loved it! Sophia was transfixed by the music and couldn't quite believe that she was hearing music, live. I can't wait to have my parents play for her, she is going to love it. My only regret is that we didn't have a camera with us because the picture of Sophia dancing with her Dad was priceless.

Afterward, Kimberely and I headed to the Reflexology center for a heavenly massage. OK, it was also painful, but still felt great (at the end anyway).

The streets of Guangzhou


At 7:57 AM, Blogger Kaleigh said...

I'm so excited to meet her, she is adorable! hope your having fun, it sounds like it
XOXO kaleigh

At 8:56 AM, Blogger Donna said...



PS: Hope Colin is feeling better today!

At 8:50 PM, Anonymous Catherine G-111 said...

OMG! Well I'll file that little lesson away. Sophia remains cute as ever and Kimberly and Tueday are a gorgeous pair. Thank you for sharing your adventure with us. Enjoy the rest of your trip. Catherine g111

At 9:22 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

oh yes, Mylicon drops should be in every parents travel bag to China...they can save you! poor little Sophia...I know what that is like...experienced it with both girls...we traveled with it both trips...

it's such a trying time...seeing what they want to eat, and having to see just how it affects them...it's such a learning process...

Sophia looks fantastic and beautiful..and of course has those gorgeous Guangdong Province features!

we're enjoying your journey so much!!

Catie&Meigan's Mom

At 6:51 AM, Blogger Kimber and Chris said...

Thanks for the close-ups- been dying for everyone to see that beauty closer! what beautiful straight teeth sweet Sophia has too.
Daddy did great today on his own at the school.

Thank you for the beautiful poem Daddy/Uncle Colin...wow...so creative.
much love,
Auntie Kimberleyxx

At 8:02 AM, Anonymous Nana Mary said...

It is a beautiful journey of Sophia's to the hearts of her new extended family. She is precious and mysterious - unique and charming - extremely aware and studies everything around her - she has loving, caring parents to stimulate and nuture and we are happy to be part of her life!!!!

At 3:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kat and Colin: Uncle Jack sent me your blog information and I want to congratulate you on your adorable little girl!!! How wonderful for the both of you.

Please write me at my e-mail address: lb1398@comcast.net. I look forward to hearing from you and, again, CONGRATULATIONS!!!



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