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Play Time

Days just flew by when we are spending time just with the kids. With four of them in the house, it still seems there’s little time left for ourselves. Yesterday four of them were napping together, Sharon was still like a busy bee, she’s amazing as a care giver and I don’t know how she keeps the house spotless, a lot of hard work! I had time to file for my reentry permit since our bad experience at Detroit Immigration.

We are continuing to make our plans for the rest of the trip, in the meantime seeing as many friends and family as possible. Fiona will be coming today from NYC and she will be taking the Bieber Bus service, it’s real close to us in Wescosville.

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PA for a Change

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Time flies and we are in PA for a week already! Lin and Li are very happy to see their cousins, Madeline and Anna, Uncle Matt and Aunt Colleen, Grandpa and Mima and their great grandparents, Rose and Steve. The girls are very good with the babies, they kiss and hug them all the time, these are very special moments. I looked at Lin and Li’s pictures at around 4 months, they look so different now.

The day before yesterday, both of them for the first time, were able to pull themselves up to a sitting position from a crawling position. And throughout yesterday, they have mastered the skills already. It was so much fun to watch Li going back and forth between crawling and sitting, I am sure he was happy about that as well. Lin, on the other hand, love to play with Maddie’s toys. They apparently loved going to Sharon and Gary’s house, since there are a lot of things to see and play, and of course, many people who hold them.

We are staying at Staybridge Suites nearby, and we took the boys to the pool, they thoroughly enjoyed the swim, even though we forgot to bring the other life preserver, and the swim suit we bought at Target didn’t work at all. So Michael had to hold Lin. They just love the water! Li threw up again a few days before, from us overfeeding him probably. I forgot to write about the details of him throwing up like a faucet at the train station when we left for Hangzhou, it was horrific, this time as well, it’s hard to watch him suffer from the discomfort. Lin didn’t seem to have problem eating the same amount of the food but every child is different with their digestive system.

We found a Wegmans grocery nearby and some Chinese staying at the hotel told us about the Far East Grocery Market in Whitehall, which is less than 10 miles away from us so we stopped by yesterday and picked up some of our favorite eats. Michael and I both miss the food in China, although we are happy to get our Duncan Donuts coffee and even Munchkins (can you believe it we are eating those???), we do know it is a temporary thing or a fix…we were here for Colleen and Matt’s birthday, which is great. Last night ordered Chinese food, and I did enjoy the ice-cream cake. It’s just so hard to find the usual food we like, and all these sugary foods are so in front of our eyes and its really hard not to eat them because there are few alternatives to choose from. We also went to a nearby Chinese restaurant Panda & Fish, the owner was happy to make authentic Chinese food, that was good, Gary, Matt and Sharon all enjoyed it.

First few days we were here, the weather was lovely and then it snowed, we are not used to the cold weather, and its hard to think one month before, we were in Thailand with 90 degree temperature. Traveling poses a lot of changes, and it’s good for my mind, and good for the boys I think, they do get to see a lot of different places and people. I am happy that they behave really well in the restaurants, like they always have. It is more difficult this trip because of the jet lag, it took them a good week to sort of get back to their normal schedule. They did go to bed earlier now, at round 8:30pm, and this morning they got up at 6:30am, back to their routine, so we are happy about that.

We are making plans along the way, this weekend Fiona will be visiting from NY, and maybe next weekend the Reohrs will be coming, then we are planning on visiting Tracy in DC then spending maybe 2 weeks in North Carolina. Maybe even stop by Maui to visit Laurie’s family on the way back to China, this escape is really turning into a world tour 🙂

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Yes we are back in the States

What happened in the past 24 hours is like a story in a movie! We returned from Hangzhou, knowing that situation in Japan is getting worse, Liang Xin called and told us her family is planning on leaving Shanghai because of the concern over possible radiation in Shanghai, which is only 1200 miles from Sendai.

We did a lot of research on the consequences of the radiation, and Tuesday afternoon we decided it will be the best if we get out of dodge, at midnight, Japanese has adjusted the status to 6 over 0~7 scale, Chernobyl was 7, so we booked the flight with Delta at 1am and took off at 10am Wed morning.

My aunt was still asleep when we did all that, I called my dad, who was in Shanghai and he cried over the phone, I didn’t think it was that big of a deal since we are just taking measures to ensure that IF something happens, the boys will not be affected. Packing was easy since we are always on the go, but leaving was difficult, my aunt woke up at 6am, she had one hour for me to talk through all the things that she needs to do, including telling our ayi the plan, and also for her to get a passport first so she can leave if it is necessary. Dad came over at 6 and helped us with packing, dressing up the babies, and they both came to the airport with us. My parents have passports but do not have a valid US visa now so I asked them to get one just in case situation gets worse. For Chinese, it is very difficult to flee because even if people have passports, they will have to obtain visa going to almost any foreign countries, they can’t just pick up and go. For us, since I still hold a Chinese passport, we can either go back to the US east coast or go to Mauritius, which do not require a visa, like Liang Xin. I spoke with her a few hours ago, they are at the beach in Mauritius already.

So here we are, in PA, 18 hours later, we are staying at Staybridge Extended Stay at Allentown West, about five minutes away from Mike’s family. The hotel has nice breakfast and even a pool. We are not sure how long we will be here, but Mike’s family has been extremely helpful, we are happy that we can spend some time with them, and it’s wonderful to see Mike’s mom and his grandparents to see the babies, since the grandparents may not be able to visit Hawaii this summer.

The trip was tough on the boys, they did excellent on the first leg from Shanghai to Detroit, the airlines screwed up the seating, they totally ignored our request, actually they confirmed that we will have bassinets but once we got on the plane, they put us on one window, one isle seating at the opposite ends of the plane, on different rows. Finally the crew were able to work things out with other passengers and we were able to sit in the front row with one bassinet. At Detroit we had two hours layover, we ate lunch and fed the boys, and changed them and got to the gate with no problem. Again we had to work on changing our seats so we could sit with each other. Luckily people were nice enough to switch their seats for us. Lin was fussy during the whole hour from Detroit to Allentown, and finally when he went to sleep, at landing, the armrest fell and hit him right on his head and he was upset from that point on. When we got home, Maddie and Anna were so happy to see Lin and Li

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Spring in Hangzhou

Just returned from Hangzhou for a quick weekend trip. We stayed at the brand new Courtyard in Wulin, everything was great other than we found out the traffic was horrific there. I never remember having any trouble getting a cab but it was so difficult this time, thankfully the hotel got the cabs for us most of them, even then we had to wait 45 minutes at 2pm on Sunday. We took a boat and walked on Su Di (苏堤), watched the show on West Lake “Impression: West Lake”, and really enjoyed the visit to the former residence of Hu Xueyan. We also spent half a day at Hefang Street, it was very crowded as well but we liked the snacks and dinner there.

The train going to Hangzhou wasn’t that great, our first class seat was an area for six people divided out in the second class compartment. For the first time, we overfed Li before we left the house, at 12 I fed them milk, at 1pm, they each had a toothiepeg while we were eating lunch, at 1:30pm, we gave them veggie juice mixed with cereal, at 2pm, I fed them again, this time Lin bit my nipple and Li didn’t refuse the milk. So we were all happy when we got to the train station, then Li vomited while we were at McDonald’s getting the taro pie. Everything poured out of his mouth and the vomit was on the floor, on my pants on his clothes. So we had to hurry up and wiped him clean and got on the train, I sat him on my lap, and that’s when he threw up the second time, I am glad that I had my scarf because I used it to catch most of the liquid. I have never thought that a baby could throw up so much, stuff just poured out of his mouth once again. It was indeed amazing. Fortunately my aunt traveled with us this time and she’s a life saver.

Michael and I talked about how out-of-date and poorly the modern cities are designed, the traffic congestion was caused by sales of automobiles. Hangzhou downtown is very small, there are plenty of cabs but in recent years, people have been buying cars like crazy so today it doesn’t matter what means of transportation you take, you are stuck on the road. It took us 45 minutes to travel from the hotel to the train station and another 45 minutes to get to Shanghai by the newest high speed train. We love the train going back, it is fast, clean and equipped with real nice change station for babies. Jacque Fresco has pointed out this long time ago that it is very difficult to fix this kind of problem it would be much better to design cities from ground up. http://www.thevenusproject.com has all his designs, I don’t know why no one has adopted his design, it’s simple and makes so much sense.

Shanghai, with a lot more people and a lot more vehicles, restricted the number of vehicles from the very beginning and took other measures to ensure better flow during rush hours. I really don’t understand why so many want to have a vehicle in a city since it’s so much trouble maintaining the vehicles. We met a family at Courtyard who drove to Hangzhou, she said she got stuck in traffic for an hour three traffic lights away from the hotel, and circled West Lake twice looking for a parking space. Well I guess we did okay.

Nevertheless, Hangzhou is so beautiful, it will just be even better if there weren’t that many tourists and cars.

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Boys interacting with each other

Well, we’ve been taking a lot of videos and uploading them on youtube since the boys are so cute, but more importantly it is obvious that they have reached a critical development stage. They wave their hands when they see us, smile and they definitely know what’s going on. Their favorite toys are remote control, keyboard, and they love chewing on things with their 7 teeth (yes both of them have only 3 teeth on the bottom at identical places), whether its a teether, a pacifier (they love the edge of it not the nipple), remote control, their spoon, our fingers, their own fingers…it is the time they stick everything they can get into their tiny little mouths.

It is also a great relief now that they can sit on the mat and play by themselves for a while, this is such a great change for us because they don’t require us to hold them all the time, since they are getting heavier and heavier as well. It is so much fun to watch them doing anything!

 

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Li saying “Hi”

Li seems to be wanting to talk already!

 

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Papa me fait des guilis

Since I am starting my French lessons again, and I happened to know this sentence so it turned out to the perfect title for this video:

I play with my daddy:

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Li doesn’t want to sleep yet!

Sometimes when we put the babies in bed, thinking they would go to sleep after they were asleep for a while in our arms, this is what happens. Although who would get frustrated with such a cute face!

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Lin making faces

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Drinking Smoothie

Now we feed the boys twice a day. My aunt told me about this great mixer made by Philips and it’s so much easier to use than my blender, mostly because of the cleaning. All we need to do is to rinse it and hang it up, takes a minute. In the morning I make porridge (now using corn, quinoa, millet, brown rice, purple rice), then blender it with a banana, strawberries and an apple. In the morning, I mix in Bellamy’s rice cereal and baby porridge (oatmeal, etc.), make it into a thicker consistency so that we can feed them with a spoon and it doesn’t get too messy. In the afternoon, we add the veggie juice into the smoothie, and make it thinner so that they can drink it right from their bottle. They have no trouble getting it down but they still love the milk, by far the breasts are still the best soothing method 🙂

We also noticed whenever they see food like the smoothie or toothiepeg, they get really excited waving their arm, leaning forward and so forth. Li does the same thing sometimes when he sees me breastfeeding Lin it’s real funny.

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