Tuesday, August 21, 2012

4 months!

I can't believe how fast this month went by. Hink is more and more fun to play with everyday. He is responding to me more everyday and has the most contagious smile. He loves reading books and his favorite is currently Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus (Thanks Terri!).

I have been running all over Beijing lately and Hink has been such a trooper. He is happy to be in his Bjorn for at least a few hours a day. I started letting him face out sometimes and he loves it. When I make him face in he turns his head as far as he can to try to peak out the sides. It's so funny.

The one thing that makes him fussy faster than anything else is being hot. If I try to walk to the market with him in the stroller he gets angry quick. We have to go really early in the morning before it heats up outside to keep him happy.

Our Dr's appointment went really well this month. He only had to get one shot (pneumococcal) and he wasn't too upset about it. He also rolled over for the first time while we were at the doctors. He hasn't done it since, but we are working on it a lot, so hopefully he will have it down soon.

Here are his stats:
Height- 62 cm (25 percentile!)
Weight- 5.54 kilos (3 percentile- we have a skinny boy)
Head- 41 cm

We have to see the Dr again next month again to get some more shots. She wants to see him once a month for the first 6 months, but I really enjoy seeing how tall he is and when they weigh him since me holding him on the bathroom scale isn't too accurate.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Hink is already addicted!

To TV that is...
If we turn on the TV he is happy on his tummy at least 3 times longer than otherwise.

He is fixated!

My cute pup :)

Saturday, August 11, 2012


We went on our first mini vacation with Hink a few weeks ago. We took the speed train to Tianjin on Friday afternoon. It took about 30 minutes to get there. It was kind of a spur of the moment trip. Nick had to go there for work one day and enjoyed it so we went back. It is always nice to get out of Beijing for a little while. Even though Tianjin is still a busy city it didn't feel near as hectic as Beijing.

We stayed at the Astor Hotel there. It was beautiful. It is almost 150 years old and back when it was first built it was used for a lot of diplomatic purposes (the American consulate was established there for a long time). The hotel had a museum downstairs that was fun to walk around. It showed pictures of all the famous people who have stayed there over the years, showed how the rooms would have been decorated and included the menu from Christmas dinner in 1949. Nick said he had never heard of anything on the menu.

After we laid around for a bit we went out to explore Tianjin. We found a yummy restaurant for dinner and then walked along the river outside the hotel. The next morning we explored some of the other buildings around the hotel, then checked out the Italian district before heading home. We got back just in time to catch a taxi before the crazy rainstorms that caused massive floods in Beijing started.

The train

Picture in the hotel museum. Ulysses S. Grant when he stayed a the Astor.

We really wanted to ride in the elevator.

Outside the hotel at night.

An old church in Tianjin

The Italian District
We had a great time and will definitely be going back to Tianjin. It was a great way to escape Beijing without having to travel for hours with Hink.