Tuesday, July 31, 2007
And of course she apparently has 2 suitcases and a carry-on packed full of baby goodies.
Monday, July 30, 2007
I am very excited about this stool as I have been searching around the apartment for something just this height. Shown next to one of our dining room chairs for scale, this lovely three legged stool can be seen on the streets of Beijing as a comfortable and portable seat for some of the more elderly population. It is just slightly above squatting height so if you want to squat (which is the way many Chinese hang out) it can take the pressure off your thighs.
It is also very useful if you think you might want to do some squatting during the first stage of labor but find that your legs get tired after about 10 minutes. It is a great little stool!
Thursday, July 26, 2007
One of the great joys of living here in Beijing are the massages. (This has ever so briefly been mentioned here, here, and here.) Unfortunately for me, they are somewhat off limits to pregnant women. There are some pretty strong feelings about messing with pressure points, chi, or preggers in general and possibly causing bad things to happen to the baby. At one point I was thinking about visiting a friend's Chinese doctor and acupressurist to see if he could help with my 1st trimester nausea. (He had done AMAZING things for her.) My friend told the doc the situation and asked if he could help. His response was. "I can see her after the baby is born." Not so helpful.
So, while I am still feeling pretty darn good, a nice, deep back, foot, and leg massage would be wonderful. I tried about a month ago and the masseur asked me if I was pregnant. After I said 'yup' he told me the foot massage would then need to be "light light". sigh.Then, a funny thing happened. When I was out earlier this week I met a Chinese woman at the hospital and she didn't realize I was pregnant. Admittedly I was wearing some baggy clothes but still. I was short of shocked... and then I had a brilliant idea :)
After being joined by a friend, we made our way to my favorite massage place and, being careful to never do anything really tell tale, like rubbing the belly, asked for 2 foot massages. 90 minutes later the world was a much more relaxed place. Ahhh - it felt so nice.
Last note -I did check with various massage experts from other cultures and other than 2 specific pressure points, they all said it was safe and not to worry. But I am looking forward to being able to go with no subterfuge.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
(This is the first time we've tried to use this software and we can't really check it since we can't view the blog, but hopefully it will all be spiffy keen.)
Using my higher level math skills, I can tell you that the due date is only 9 days away.
9 months, 9 days, whatever.
UPDATE: it turns out the poll won't automatically show all the "other" responses let alone tell us who wrote them. So if you are willing to take the time to write your answers out under the comments section - even better!
To celebrate, I decided to share this class picture from 2 classes ago.
Friday, July 20, 2007
Thursday, July 19, 2007
My classmates have been very helpful by linking arms with me when I walk between the classroom and our group work rooms. They are also making sure that I eat enough and that I don't carry too much - like my laptop.
I am doing my best to just enjoy the attention and assistance.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
You heard me, a huang shu lang. This is sort of a ferret like creature who hangs around some of the older sections of Beijing. You can see some pictures of a little one here. A huang shu lang sighting is generally considered good luck and Maya was really looking forward to seeing some.
Then, when Maya and Jeremy were out hiking in the wilds outside of Beijing they also ran into a pig badger.
Again we can hear you say: A what?
Well, this one we had not heard of before, but you can read more about it here.
They got some crazy animals here in China.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
What? You don't believe me? Okay, here's a little more context for you: The recipe is for Indian-style scrambled eggs. We love Indian food, so this seemed like a winner out of the gate. The problem, it turns out, is that the Frog Commissary is a French Cookbook, not an Indian one. So they don't really understand that loads of butter and cream cheese (and enough black pepper to make steak au poive) may not make for the most convincingly authentic Indian food. But what the heck! It's got 16 eggs to go with all of that, so maybe we can pretend it's the French version of the Adkins diet.
Sorry to keep hammering on how much butter we put into this dish, but the photograph doesn't do it justice. The butter you see there is just for the scrambled eggs (which also got the full brick of cream cheese added), and the base of that omelette pan the butter's sitting in is a full 12 inches across. I had to toss in another half-stick to make the tomato relish and rice-and-dhal sides that were meant to pair up with this lipid bonanza.
We all have the same doc at the hospital too.
Friday, July 13, 2007
Also the belly itself seems suddenly much heavier and bigger.
In response to these changes I am trying to swim more and I've even spent a little time in the hot tub -Don't worry, I cleared it with the doc first, and it feels sooooo nice!
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Our 2 little pets have developed a real fondness for my closet. They have also figured out how to push open the folding doors so it is pretty impossible to keep them out. I don't always know when they are in there, but I can always tell after the fact since my shirts are on the ground and what was once somewhat reasonably ordered piles are all jumbled together and covered with a LOT of cat hair. Just in case you could not pick out the obnoxious hair balls in the first pic, here are 2 more to help you out.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Monday, July 09, 2007
Saturday, July 07, 2007
And then the rain started.
One of the hardest rains I have witnessed to date in this city. Made me think of Florida summers at 3:30pm and the regular afternoon 15 minute rain storms. Fantastic stuff.
As the rain reached it hardest drive and pounded the window ledge and glass, the skies became progressively lighter and brighter - not something I would normally associate with heavy rain. After a heavy rain as the clouds pass, sure it should get brighter, but during? This seems odd. The only conclusion I could draw is that the brown haze was actually pollution suspended in the air and it was being knocked down by this amazing rain. Yay, but also, ugh.
It became so clear that the Western Hills became visible during the downpour and the sun, still 4 inches above the horizon, (at 1 Cara-arm of full extension) could be seen in spite of the rain.
Now the rain has mostly passed and is only at a drizzle. I had to lower the thin blind to prevent being blinded by the setting sun shining down from a blue sky with white clouds on a pink-tinged city.
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Our lovely doc now has me on weekly visits to the hospital (which is totally normal) but the positive side of that is that a good friend of ours works at the hospital so it is a chance for us to go for lunch.
Moose is still growing and her movements are getting stronger though she hasn't yet given me one of the lungs or bladder kicks that I have heard so much about. In fact, she is doing so well that a second ultrasound is not medically necessary, so we won't be clearing up the last 20% boy/girl uncertainty until she makes her grand appearance.
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
The menu was as follows:
- Deviled eggs - first time we'd tried this one. came out mmmmm
- Spinach and onion dip and many veggies
- Potato chips - didn't even get the crazy Chinese flavors, but stuck with classics and BBQ flavor and Sour Cream and Onion in honor of this fine holiday
- Vegetarian stew and wheat bread - What, you didn’t see this at your picnic?
- Buffalo wings with blue cheese dressing - more on this later
- Greek salad - so maybe not so American, but tastes really good
- Lemon pie - Thank you Sarah!
- Chocolate no bake cookies
- And beer of course
Another fun new item was the chicken wings. One of our guests informed us that he has tried most of the wings available in Beijing and they are pretty uniformly bad. Today though, he was finally satisfied. I thought Michael was overestimating when he recommended we get about 90 wings for 6 adults, but since we only have about 20 left, and that's with serving the wings after all the other non-dessert food was served. If you want to try to make them, check out this site at Recipe Zaar.
Only thing we were missing was fire works which is sort of surprising considering how easy they are to get most of time.
Hope everyone in the US is enjoying the holiday!