January 30, 2005

Emma braved the cold Always thought that I was too OLD to celebrate my birthday. It used to be startling reminder of that one more year had gone. Used to thought that birthday parties are previleges of the young, the powerful, the rich and the vain. Ha, WHAT A THOUGHT! But now everything felt natural. With my parents here, once again I became a child, entitled to the love of my parents, my sisters, Leo's sisters and in-laws, Leo, and Emma, yes, the little charmer Emma.

We went to a Chinese si chuan restraunt, Lao Chi Chuan. We ordered a good many dishes, ate a good deal of food and said a good many wish-your-future-better blah, blah. Emma remained the center of attention. Relatively a new comer, she checked around the restraunt, hardly broke a smile until she had enough of her favorite fish.

Yes, at night, there was the traditional birthday cake and the traditional birthday songs and the not-so-traditional filming. So loud!

So this was MY birthday party! A party that was delayed for years!

MY birthday party

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Emma braved the cold Always thought that I was too OLD to celebrate my birthday. It used to be startling reminder of that one more year had gone. Used to thought that birthday parties are previleges of the young, the powerful, the rich and the vain. Ha, WHAT A THOUGHT! But now everything felt natural. With my parents here, once again I became a child, entitled to the love of my parents, my sisters, Leo's sisters and in-laws, Leo, and Emma, yes, the little charmer Emma.

We went to a Chinese si chuan restraunt, Lao Chi Chuan. We ordered a good many dishes, ate a good deal of food and said a good many wish-your-future-better blah, blah. Emma remained the center of attention. Relatively a new comer, she checked around the restraunt, hardly broke a smile until she had enough of her favorite fish.

Yes, at night, there was the traditional birthday cake and the traditional birthday songs and the not-so-traditional filming. So loud!

So this was MY birthday party! A party that was delayed for years!

Sunday, January 30, 2005
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January 28, 2005

Yeah, Dinner Time! The first friday since I went back to work! So on the night of this Friday, we had a party, a Chinese party. Everybody sang, emma danced.

Dinner Time

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Yeah, Dinner Time! The first friday since I went back to work! So on the night of this Friday, we had a party, a Chinese party. Everybody sang, emma danced.

Friday, January 28, 2005
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January 27, 2005

A chinese flute boy. Unfinished Emma is really getting used to my parents, then her aunt and uncle came to stay with us for a few days, then the little one-bedroom condo was quite crowded (at night, the couple has to sleep on a airbed). Little Emma is quite pleased, happy with all the attention and a variety of food. She seems to have gotten used to the food my mom made for her (Unlike the first two days, she basically would not eat any). The most magic thing is that she understands Chinese more and more, she definitely understands the word "ci" for eating. So mom said it was like boblof(?)'s conditional reaction, on the words of "ci", she would just comply so well, sitting in her high chair and eating with the greatest satifaction. Ha, ha ...


As a mom, I am happily relinquish my duties to all the people surrounding her. I can even draw some pictures while she is awake. Wow ...

The little mouth that likes to eat

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A chinese flute boy. Unfinished Emma is really getting used to my parents, then her aunt and uncle came to stay with us for a few days, then the little one-bedroom condo was quite crowded (at night, the couple has to sleep on a airbed). Little Emma is quite pleased, happy with all the attention and a variety of food. She seems to have gotten used to the food my mom made for her (Unlike the first two days, she basically would not eat any). The most magic thing is that she understands Chinese more and more, she definitely understands the word "ci" for eating. So mom said it was like boblof(?)'s conditional reaction, on the words of "ci", she would just comply so well, sitting in her high chair and eating with the greatest satifaction. Ha, ha ...


As a mom, I am happily relinquish my duties to all the people surrounding her. I can even draw some pictures while she is awake. Wow ...

Thursday, January 27, 2005
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January 21, 2005

Despite my doctors' confidence (none of us can understand the doctors here, why they cannot just treat patients. Or they treat you this way: if it is not life-threatening, they ask to buy over-the-counter stuff, like Tylenol, if it is life-threatening, you are on your own to go to the emergency room, if you go there twice, they diagnose you as insane), Emma was sent to emergency room. The first major sadness and great torture she has ever experienced. Poor baby. It was hard for her to get all sorts of poking, trying, puncture(?), it was hard on all of us watching her cry like never before.

In the emergency room

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Despite my doctors' confidence (none of us can understand the doctors here, why they cannot just treat patients. Or they treat you this way: if it is not life-threatening, they ask to buy over-the-counter stuff, like Tylenol, if it is life-threatening, you are on your own to go to the emergency room, if you go there twice, they diagnose you as insane), Emma was sent to emergency room. The first major sadness and great torture she has ever experienced. Poor baby. It was hard for her to get all sorts of poking, trying, puncture(?), it was hard on all of us watching her cry like never before.

Friday, January 21, 2005
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January 20, 2005

Again last night Emma threw up a big pool of things. She still had diahierria. To skittish parents like us, this was really scary. So we took her to see doctors again. To have-seen-it-all doctors, this was just nothing. They said they have seen thousands of babies like this, this may last a couple of weeks, on and off, off and off, as long as the baby was not dehydrated, everything would be all right.

Doctors! Doctors! It is good (?) to have these kind of confident doctors. ... I do not trust doctors. My parents are especially frustrated by them.

Anyway. Leo and I returned relaxed and happy. We bought for baby another few bottles of Pedialyte.

About me? My lazy bones are now itching for work. As for Leo? He got sick, really sick. I hope he can get better soon.

Still sick

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Again last night Emma threw up a big pool of things. She still had diahierria. To skittish parents like us, this was really scary. So we took her to see doctors again. To have-seen-it-all doctors, this was just nothing. They said they have seen thousands of babies like this, this may last a couple of weeks, on and off, off and off, as long as the baby was not dehydrated, everything would be all right.

Doctors! Doctors! It is good (?) to have these kind of confident doctors. ... I do not trust doctors. My parents are especially frustrated by them.

Anyway. Leo and I returned relaxed and happy. We bought for baby another few bottles of Pedialyte.

About me? My lazy bones are now itching for work. As for Leo? He got sick, really sick. I hope he can get better soon.

Thursday, January 20, 2005
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January 16, 2005

A deceivingly bright sunny day. Yet dry biting-cold out. We stayed home.

Emma has not been very well since yesterday afternoon. She got pretty bad diaherria, then last night she threw up a pool of white mushy thing. We all got a little worried. Yet this morning she woke up in a good spirit.

My parents got really interested in my brand new computer, busy learning how to use mouse, keyboard, internet, ... the sort of thing.

Days after days just passed without trace.

Sick baby

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A deceivingly bright sunny day. Yet dry biting-cold out. We stayed home.

Emma has not been very well since yesterday afternoon. She got pretty bad diaherria, then last night she threw up a pool of white mushy thing. We all got a little worried. Yet this morning she woke up in a good spirit.

My parents got really interested in my brand new computer, busy learning how to use mouse, keyboard, internet, ... the sort of thing.

Days after days just passed without trace.

Sunday, January 16, 2005
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January 15, 2005

Today two couples, two aunts and uncles came to see Emma. Too much attention, too many people, and too much love. The new uncle and aunt are very shy, I can see. The not-so-new uncle and aunt just adore Emma. So, they all just have their eyes on Emma and Emma only. And Emma is such a charmer. She danced her little dance, tilted her big head this way and that way, she signed her most charming baby sign, she gave little little apple to this one, then that one, and she walked back and forth with the new toy her new aunt brought her (that is such a cool and precious toy) ... everybody just looked at her and laughed ...

They are spoiling Emma!

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Today two couples, two aunts and uncles came to see Emma. Too much attention, too many people, and too much love. The new uncle and aunt are very shy, I can see. The not-so-new uncle and aunt just adore Emma. So, they all just have their eyes on Emma and Emma only. And Emma is such a charmer. She danced her little dance, tilted her big head this way and that way, she signed her most charming baby sign, she gave little little apple to this one, then that one, and she walked back and forth with the new toy her new aunt brought her (that is such a cool and precious toy) ... everybody just looked at her and laughed ...

Saturday, January 15, 2005
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January 13, 2005

Back again! Back to blog for my dear Emma again, the most adorable and beautiful and the truest Emma! Back to celebrate all the joy and love in the world! Emma does not understand any of this! She may have sensed something! Where was mommy in those days? She cried with all her might! But now everything is back to normal, even better. More people are showering her with attention! Grandma, grandpa, daddi, and mommy. My parents dance, sing songs for her! Now, again, she is the happiest baby in the world! She finally got used to her Chinese grand parents. Suddenly she does not follow me everywhere. Suddenly she is calling "ye, ye", pounding the bathroom door, demanding in her own language my dad to come out to play with her.




Back Again!

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Back again! Back to blog for my dear Emma again, the most adorable and beautiful and the truest Emma! Back to celebrate all the joy and love in the world! Emma does not understand any of this! She may have sensed something! Where was mommy in those days? She cried with all her might! But now everything is back to normal, even better. More people are showering her with attention! Grandma, grandpa, daddi, and mommy. My parents dance, sing songs for her! Now, again, she is the happiest baby in the world! She finally got used to her Chinese grand parents. Suddenly she does not follow me everywhere. Suddenly she is calling "ye, ye", pounding the bathroom door, demanding in her own language my dad to come out to play with her.




Thursday, January 13, 2005
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