|Juliana, already an expert with chopsticks, is all ready for China.|
The other day we calculated that the total trip will take about 37 hours. 37 hours! Assuming there are no delays. I'm used to long trips, but that's a really long trip. With an infant. And three hundred baby things. How many diapers does one need for 37 hours? How many changes of clothes - for baby and for you, after she spits up and/or poops on you three hours into the trip? I am not looking forward to this. I am really glad my mom is going to be there too. I can't imagine trying to do it by myself. Yikes.
Hopefully Juliana will be a good traveler. If she's not, the next...oh...rest of her life...are not going to be fun. Actually, this might be the easiest trip we take with her for a long time, while she is still unable to get around on her own. She does like lots of noise and movement, so hopefully she will be lulled by airplane. And the jetlag might not be as bad for either of us, since she still hasn't quite figured out night and day. Besides, we will be so dead exhausted that time itself will probably have very little meaning.
Kevin has already been back in China for a week and a half or so. I know he misses Juliana. He has gotten to talk with her several times on video Skype. When she hears her daddy's disembodied voice, she turns and looks perplexedly toward the camera, and then amuses him by going through her series of funny expressions. The wide-eyed shocked face. The yawn. The concentrated stare. The sleepy-grin. And my favorite: the shiny eyed, open mouthed, delighted-to-see-you smile.
|All the sisters|
Tomorrow Juliana goes to the doctor for her one month checkup. She is already one month old! And still smaller than a lot of babies are when they are born. She has grown, though, and is fitting much better into her newborn clothes. She is already changing too - eating better, becoming more sociable, sometimes sleeping longer (4 hours a couple of times! Incredible!), getting more expressive, and yes, even cuter.