I can’t believe the boys are going to be almost a year already! The area near Shanghai usually goes into the Plum Rain Season (梅雨季节) this time of the year, and it usually last about 20 days. And it is the most uncomfortable time of the year. A lot of rain, really high temperature, very humid. It’s been raining a lot in the past 2 days, and it’s been difficult for us to take the boys out since when it rains, it really rains. We now like to go out in the early morning, it’s quiet, cool and we like to go out for breakfast, we’ve been going to New Element, Bistro by Waga, New Asia Buns. Its been really fun to try out the western breakfast and Chinese breakfast, the first two serves typical American breakfast, really good but also pricey, around $25 for both of us. And the Chinese one was excellent, we tried noodle soups, shumai, and wonton and it cost us 25 RMB ($4), what a difference! We’ve been walking to Red Town a lot, since it’s close-by and often we see interesting things going on there. Red Town is a new art district, many design firms, restaurants, bars and a little park with very strange sculptures. Today we had lunch at Beca Cafe and Bar, they serve Italian food, it was excellent and we enjoyed watching the Harley-Davidson guys shooting pictures with their shiny bikes, reminds us of the South Park episode “The F Word”, pretty funny!
Lin and Li both have been standing a while with support, in the past few days, Lin was able to stand without support for up to 10 seconds, it’s amazing. He also crawls really funny, with his right knee and left foot on the floor. Li has become very attached to me, often when he sees me, he starts fussing and wants me to hold him. He’s definitely the more clinging guy. Lin, even though he’s afraid of pigs, he’s the tough guy at home, hitting and scratching his brother’s face. Li usually doesn’t fight back but he cries right away. As they grow, they definitely become more “dangerous”, when I hold them, they love to grab my glasses, and sometimes it involves hitting and scratching. I don’t really know how to stop them from doing so, since they laugh when you say no. But I think if we really put a stern face and look on, they know. Lin would be having a unhappy face. They also scream more, which can be really loud and frustrating.
They seem to continue to have a great appetite, when Li eats, he opens up his mouth so wide it’s really funny. He eats faster than Lin but both of them are not picky eaters at all, as a matter of fact, they love food so much and they will take anything! I’ve been adding kidney beans, walnut and peanut to their multi-grain cereal in the morning, and eggplant in the veggie mix for dinner. I do believe keeping food very bland at the very beginning (at 6 months) was a great idea, so they are not picky about what they eat. We are indeed very lucky to have no trouble at all to feed them solid food.
They also have adjusted their biological clock to the Shanghai time, I found the bouncing ball still works great and the Cloud B sleep sheep is great, Nora got us a travel size one and a giraffe, those are the greatest things to help soothe a baby, other than my breast 🙂 Now they go to sleep at 7pm, thanks to the China-US flights, and they usually wake up around 5 in the morning. I’ve been trying to make them take naps during the day but the morning naps seem to be shorter and shorter, now about only 30 minutes, but in the afternoon they can still sleep for about 1.5 to 2 hours, not at the same time but I can’t complain too much about that.
Here are the pictures that I took, most of which were on the morning walks, some were at Red Town, some were at Michael’s university and Xujiahui Park.