Wednesday, August 29, 2007

1 Month Later

Today is the 1 month anniversary of Naomi's Gotcha Day!

Part of me can hardly believe that it has been a month already and the other part of me can't believe it's only been a month! She has changed our lives so much in this short time. She has filled our house with giggles and snuggles and girly stuff and has fit in like the missing piece of our family puzzle.
Life is good!

Monday, August 27, 2007


I have been a very slow Blogger these days. It is just hard to find time to spend on the computer!

Things are going well, Naomi is really bonding with us and adjusting to her new life. She is usually very smiley and happy. She gets really excited when she sees Francis, the cat or her purple ball. She eats really well and if I didn't stop her she would keep eating all day. She is taking -4 bottle of formula which I am really happy about. If your baby won't take it in China, just keep trying. Naomi loves to go to the park and play on the swings. She can be in a swing for an hour before she is ready to get out.

Sleep seems to be the only issue. I have tried shortening her naps but it is not helping. If we give her a bottle at bedtime, she sleeps until about 2 am and then she is wide awake and it is really hard to get her back to sleep. If I don't give her a bottle, she will wake up about 2-4 times before she falls into a sound sleep and sleep until about 5:30 or 6. Sigh. The sleep deprivation is killing me. So is the middle of the night rocking/ jiggling / singing. A 20 lb baby is heavy - I wish I had ordered a rocking chair.

Click here for a cute slide show series where I was trying to get a cute shot of Naomi. I can't seem to figure out how to uploade the group of pictures here. sigh.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

10 months

Naomi is 10 months today!!!
I'm on a new laptop and haven't installed the camera download program so pictures to come!

Things have been really busy but we are very happy and finally settling in to a routine. Tomorrow is our 9 year anniversary!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Happy to be home!

We're a little sleep deprived but we are happy to be home!

Our last night in China, we went to a nice Italian restaurant in our hotel - the food was great and it was nice to be out just the 4 of us for a change.

The next morning we walked the 3 blocks to Tienanmen square. It was a great place to be that morning with all the noise and people. The perfect place to say goodbye to China.

The 13.5 hour flight to Toronto was loooooooong! I was glad to finally get off that plane! The 45 minute plane ride to Montreal was nothing in comparison!

We are still somewhat jet lagged but it is getting better every day. Naomi has changed since we've been home. She's a very busy 9 month old. She loves to move and to play. She loves the cat and says kikki (for kitty) she also says mama and Baba and GeGe (for Francis). She loves to eat and we finally got her taking formula in a bottle (whoohoo). She now loves the bath and she even slept through the night last night!

Yesterday my brother and his girlfriend came over to meet Naomi and to introduce me to his new son (my first and only nephew). Naomi was quite interested in looking at the baby!

Thursday, August 09, 2007


Its almost time to return home. Tomorrow is d-day (departure day). Leaving Beijing at 5:30pm to arrive Toronto at 6:30pm same day. Wow, a one hour flight! Hopefully arriving Friday evening in YUL via AC426 at 9:30pm. Otherwise likely the 10:30pm AC428.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Wednesday 08-08

Yesterday we went to Tian an men square - it was really crowded because today there were festivities as it is exactly a year to the Beijing Olimpic Games (08-08-08).

Afterwards we went to a tea house where they showed us how they make different types of tea. Oolong tea means black (Oo) dragon (long) and is the oldest and most traditional tea.

In the evening we went to the Beijing Circus which was really amazing! It was a bit like Cirque du Soleil but with children acrobats!

This morning we went to a silk store and manyfacturer and learned all about the process of making silk. A beautiful but expensive store!

Afterwards we went to the Summer Palace. We were only there for a few hours so it was a bit rushed. I would have loved to spend the whole day there! We took a Dragon Boat from one end of the palace to the bus.

Afterwards we went to the Canadian Embassy for the Naomi's Visa!

Tomorrow we are going to the Silk Road (or is it market? I am translating; rue de la soie) to look for bargains. Our guide has warned us that there is no real silk to be found on Silk Road - strange!

Monday, August 06, 2007

Medical appointment

Today was the medical exam. Naomi was a real trouper and didn't cry. On the Chinese charts she is at 50% for height and 8% for weight. We have to fatten her up a bit. I think some good nutrition will go a long way. I have had some success with the formula by mixing it in to her baby food - especially into baby cereal. She weighs 7.2 kgs and she is 71 cm tall.

The Circus was cancelled because a bunch of people in our group are sick. Francis got it but he is ok now. Glad I brought the Gravol and Pedialite!

Tomorrow is Tian 'an men and the Forbidden City!

Sunday, August 05, 2007

The Great Wall

The flight to Beijing seemed really long. I can't imagine the 13.5 hour one next week!

Today we went to the Great wall, the Pearl Factory, the Cloisonne Factory and the Jade museum. I never realized how expensive real jade is!

Tomorrow we have the medical exam in the morning, then a tea house then in the evening we are going to the Beijing Circus.

Also, I just found out that I am an aunt!! My brother and his girlfriend just had their first child - a boy, to be named Hugo Kaleb. Congratulations to them - pictures soon!!!

Here are some of our pictures from the last 2 days:


When unable to speak the local language one points and gestures. Well, a 7UP was supposed to be ordered at Dicos (local fast food joint) and seven Pepsis came along...

What was cutie pie unitooth Naomi doing while baba daddy was messing up the order you say? Dreaming of baby food of course.


Friday, August 03, 2007

Goodbye Guizhou

This morning we are off to Beijing. I have been saying goodbye to Guizhou all morning. I feel sad for Naomi - leaving the place where she was born. I hope someday we can come back for a visit. Just like Kemerovo Russia, this place will be forever in my heart.

Thursday, August 02, 2007


Now we know what Brad Pitt feels like in the presence of paparazzi. No word of a lie, Francis gets stopped for pictures, hugs, hand-shakes, etc,… at a minimum of a dozen times per day. He is a superstar signing autographs. If we understood the Chinese language we are convinced that some fathers have proposed daughters in marriage with Francis. Super Naomi bro is very patient and understanding with Chinese folks that have never seen a little blondie boy before. Perhaps there is a kung-fu movie career for Francis in China where he can make millions of yuans per day.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007


It's Wednesday night here. Everyone is sleeping and I am trying to catch up on emails and the blog. Stephan did the last post if you did not guess. We are all doing well. Still tired but overall good. We are getting used to Naomi and her routine. She eats well, table food, yogurt, baby food, etc but will not drink any formula. I have tried it hot, warm, cold, in a bottle, sippy cup, glass, mug. She won't have it. She won't drink anything but water from a glass or a water bottle. When she was handed to me she had a plum in her hand and managed to eat the entire thing by using her 1 tooth. Oh, she LOVES Cheerios and these little round baby cookies here that melt in your mouth.
Guiyang is a fascinating city. Partly modern skyscrapers partly old world. It is not uncommon to see people with baskets on their backs or cows or chickens in the road. Entire families ride together on 1 motorcycle while talking on a cell phone. The people are very kind and we draw quite a crowd wherever we go - especially Francis and Thomas, people are forever rubbing their heads and taking their pictures.
Today we went to an ancient village - can't find the name right now. It was really neat to see how traditional homes were like. We also ate at Pizza Hut - I know, it's weird as we can have it at home but we have been eating Chinese food for every meal since we arrived so it was a nice change.
For those of you coming to China soon - consider a good carrier. I love mine. It is a total godsend. I use it all the time and even at night I strap Naomi in and walk the halls until she falls asleep - works like a charm. Worth every penny I spent.