Saturday, September 29, 2007

2 month update

Tovina had her 8 week check up on Friday. This healthy (not as) little thing now weighs 12 lbs 7 oz! Up from 8 lbs 7 oz just 4 weeks ago. And you can see one of the many dimples in her elbow to prove it.
She is also a little longer than 23 inches.
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Friday, September 28, 2007

Biting the Hand that Doesn't Feed You

Tovina was enjoying some cuddly time with her father when she suddenly became ravenously hungry, as she is wont to do. While I was scrambling to feed the poor starving thing, she took matters into her own hand, or at least arm, and started sucking on her wrist. We are usually content to let her use this method of self pacification, so we were completely unprepared for the results this time...
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Yup. She gave herself a hickey.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Passport Photo

We need a photo for Tovina's passport. How hard can it be? Just need a straight on shot of the her face with her eyes open and a neutral expression.
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Monday, September 24, 2007

MBAs for the whole family

Class is done for the month (other than my final exam which I still have to write and turn in.) The university had been very supportive of me and Tovina. They sent this to get Tovina ready.

In case you were wondering, she can't actually sit up on her own. Here is the 'just before' pic.
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Sunday, September 23, 2007

Back at the Ranch

And just what is going on back at the apartment while I at class?
Daddy and baby are working hard too!

Though we should probably review Tovina's posture is for proper ergonomics positioning.
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Friday, September 21, 2007

L'shanah Tovina

The Jewish new year has come to us again and we would like to take this moment to wish everyone a good year - L'shana tova!

A week ago, on Rosh Hashana, we named Tovina during services. It was a very special event to share with our Jewish community here in China. With much effort, Michael and I managed to stay dry-eyed. We were told afterwards that we were the only ones.
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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Play date

Here is Tovina on her first play date. That's Sophia with the dark hair. She is 1 month younger than Tovina (the giant on the left).
Just to give you a sense of perspective - Sophia and Tovina had all the same dimensions when born. That means it is sort of like looking at a before and after shot.
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Wednesday, September 19, 2007


My next MBA class started today. This means that Michael is home alone with our attention-demanding little one. Hopefully there is enough expressed milk in the fridge to prevent her from starving.

As a side note, Tovina decided to change her opinion concerning bottle feeding about 2 weeks ago. When she was 2 weeks old, she took the Advent bottle with no problem and she took it right out of the fridge. Then, 2 weeks ago Tovina started fighting that bottle and made it sound like we were torturing her when we put the cold liquid in her mouth. She also spit it right out of course.

Hoping for the best, we went and bought a few other bottle types and crossed our fingers. Luckily that 1-month-old, who apparently thought she was allowed to have her own opinions, liked the Nuk! She does still want it warmed up though.

I bet that when she is older she is going to want her food cooked too. Sheesh!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Kitties relaxing

They weren't quite sure what to make of Tovina at first, but both cats are becoming more comfortable around her now... or at least they are becoming more comfortable with her toys.
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Monday, September 17, 2007

30 (plus) days

In Chinese culture, a new baby and mother are absolutely, upon pain of public humiliation, under no circumstance to deviate, allowed to leave their house for 30 days after the baby is born. This means that if you have not had a baby yourself, then it is possible for you to have never seen a newborn.

When we took Tovina out during her first week of life and Chinese people saw us, they were quite startled and one 23 year old was so nervous about having such a young baby out of the house that she didn't even want to come closer. Shocking as it may be, there are still plenty of Chinese who are thrilled to see a baby and give us great smiles.

Even last week when we went shopping, one Chinese grandmother came over to us and was incensed that not only was Tovina too small to be outside, I shouldn't be out either. And to top the whole thing off, what were we thinking having Michael carry the baby instead of me, her mother? Michael didn't mind being taken to task too much though since, even though he was carrying Tovina, this nice grandmother yelled at me.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Eating out (re-posted)

We took an opportunity earlier this week to eat out. Tovina seems to like the noise and all the people.
Though, admittedly it is a little hard to tell from these photos :)
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Tuesday, September 11, 2007


Some times, one simply has to be amazed that an infant can process enough liquid to overwhelm a diaper, soak a onesie, and threaten to drown the two poor teddy bears Cara appears to have impaled with her feet.

And as impressive as that is, just check out the hickey Tovina left on Cara's shoulder as we got the little pee meister washed up! It turns out that although she was content enough soiling herself, the offense of diluting it down with warm water and a little baby soap was simply more than Tovina could take. Poor kid! All that hard work down the drain. We have confidence that she'll figure out a way to trump this performance, though.

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Tovina at 5 weeks

I know that I have been a little behind in posting, so in order to make it up to our Tovina fans - we have video!

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Back in Black

As you can see below, the halcyon days of classic rock are far from dead here in Beijing.
Of course, I'm betting none of you really expected these to be the stylish jammies of a retiree shopping for his weekly pig's feet and pickled vegetables.....
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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Hello from Ohio

Today we had the treat of extended family visiting with us while on a tour. Here is Lu, myself, Tovina, Michael and Barb after a lovely dinner which Tovina slept through.
Tovina prepped for dinner by taking a series of naps in the afternoon. We appreciated her effort.
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Monday, September 03, 2007

Dad's home!

Michael's paternity leave started today!
Here is Michael doing his daddy duty and carrying our little bundle around so mom could finish her exam for last month's MBA class.
So nice!
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Sunday, September 02, 2007

Lunch with my co-workers

There was a going away lunch for Terry last Thursday and Tovina thought we should go so she could say goodbye. This first pic is of Terry holding Tovina.
And here is Katie holding her.
And here is Wendy holding her.

Tovina sure makes friends easily.
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