Wednesday, September 20, 2006


Here's Katie and Zoe in their matching dresses. Katie loves for them to look like "twins."

Zoe woke up fussy today, and she only wanted Mama. She wanted to be held by me and she didn't want me to leave her sight. It is a good sign, I know, but a little stressful. She had a lot of fun playing with Jerry, Doug, Katie, and her cousins, but only if I was right there with her. I got to relive those days of holding a baby while brushing my teeth, putting on makeup, eating dinner. I was thrilled when during breakfast, she looked right at me and said, "Mama"! (The word means the same in Chinese and English). Afterward she got all shy and hid her face. It was so sweet!

I finally got on the scale with her. She weighs 10 kgs, which translates to 22 lbs. She is a good eater, and had 3 8-oz bottles today, fish congee and eggs for breakfast, chicken, rice and veggies for lunch, and nibbles of everything we had at dinner. She's also a great sleeper, and has been sleeping about 12 hours each night, with a 2-hour nap during the day.

We are seeing a lot of her personality. Here are some of her likes and dislikes:

Likes: Peek-a-boo, blowing kisses, giving hugs and high fives (she is high-fiving Grandpa below), tipping over backwards, dropping things for someone else to pick up, looking at herself in the mirror, eating, and playing with water bottle caps.

Dislikes: Cameras (she cries whenever we point one at her), watermelon, diaper and clothing changes, loud noises, crowds, and people in her face.

The adults and babies in our family went "out" to dinner at our hotel tonight, while Jason watched the kids in one of our rooms. We went to an authentic Hong Kong restaurant. Joe made the reservations, and they set us up in a private room with two waitresses dedicated to us. We got to try a bunch of different dishes, from fried duck wings to cashew beef to chicken with peaches and broccoli, but we stayed away from the deep fried chicken feet, pickled pig ears, and ox intestines. For the seven of us, the meal cost about $100 U.S. -- including beer!

Below is a picture from the Forbidden City that Susan, a grandma from our group, took. Don't the kids look happy? You would never guess they had walked the equivalent of about 25 football fields.


At 11:58 AM, Anonymous Mary Beth said...

Congratulations! On behalf of the First Coast FCC waiting families, thanks for sharing your experiences with us. We enjoy reading the blog and imagining our turn.

At 2:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi again Lisa,

Zoe looks so much more comfortable in your latest photos. Amazing the difference a day makes. How is her cold? Fran

At 2:37 PM, Anonymous Greg & Liz said...

Congratulations! We really love reading about your trip -- and seeing all your great pictures. What a great way to keep in touch. Can't wait to see/meet everyone next year.

At 5:22 PM, Anonymous Jack said...

That picture of Zoe and Katie is quite a statement. They sure belong together.Looks like they think so too!! Keep those pictures coming.

At 5:34 PM, Anonymous Sally Hepler said...

It looks like Zoe is doing the Gator chomp!

At 9:03 PM, Anonymous Julie said...

I love the latest pictures-I think my colleagues are going to get sick of me showing off my newest niece :) Thanks for sharing more about Zoe's personality-Kyra and I will be sure to give her her space when she comes home to JAX. Aunt Julie

At 9:54 PM, Anonymous Brian Hepler said...

Hey Lisa, Hey Jerry
Looks like the whole family is having a grand time. Zoe has a great smile. Your description of the dinner with two servers, mirrored our experience, New Years Eve, 2002. If you see any root beer spare ribs, on a menu try them. Stay away from any wine with the brand name, "Great Wall". Your blog makes me feel as if I am traveling with you. Thanks

At 8:46 AM, Anonymous Sandy and Gertie said...

Today I can think of only one word to describe how I feel reading the blog and seeing the photos: good, so very, very good.
LOVE to you all.
Sandy and Grandma Gertie


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