Adventures living as expats.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Fun in Wufeng

Wanting to make the most of Jeff's last week of paternity leave, we headed out on a day trip to Wufeng.  It was so nice to forget about the laundry and chores list and enjoy a day with the family.  Our first stop was the Taiwan Provincial Memorial Park where we walked around and had a picnic lunch while Oolong rooted around in the park and returned with several ants stuck in her fur biting her.
Family photo at the Memorial Park
View from the pagoda
Behind this were several nice walking paths leading up the hill
Next stop was the "Flying Goblet Drunken Moon Pavilion" which according to our guide was built during the Japanese colonial era.

We also visited the beautiful and well maintained Lin Family Mansion but opted not to stay for the tour as we prefer to wander around on our own.
Lin Family Mansion From the outside
Detailed painting inside a courtyard
Hux and Dad exploring a back alley
Yes we're new parents and looks like we haven't slept in days
Another view from outside the mansion
Our final stop of the day was at the 921 Earthquake Museum of Taiwan which is dedicated to the 7.3 magnitude earthquake that struck on Sep 21, 1999.  We had to rush through most of the displays because Oolong was waiting for us outside the museum and not happy about being left by herself.   The museum stands where a high school used to be and they brilliantly left the collapsed buildings as is and built large tent structures over the top to protect them from the elements.  
The remains of the school track
High school main building where entire floors collapsed
What used to be the school restrooms

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Baby's First Christmas

Christmas truly is more magical with kids and we loved celebrating with little Huxley although we really missed family back home.  Taiwan definitely gets into the Holiday spirit with lots of great decorations and lights throughout the city and in our apartment building.   We all received fantastic gifts thanks to a few of Santa's helpers carrying goods from America.

We started the season out with Huxley's first party and first time meeting Santa.  Even though he slept through the "awwwws" from the crowd, Santa still knew exactly what he wanted - a Seahawks outfit so he could match daddy.

Hux meets Santa and his helper
Go Hawks!
Cute Christmas display close to our apartment
Family photo inside the Santa Express
Our Christmas card this year displaying the best gift we could ever receive
Dad's little reindeer
Oolong is always ready to celebrate
Opening presents was so much fun considering most of Huxley's gifts were really presents for ourselves.  Why wouldn't a 2 month old baby want a set of 10 of my favorite Dr. Seuss books?
All dressed up and ready for gifts
Happy Hippy toy from Grandma - Hux's personal favorite
Christmas is exhausting!

Monday, January 2, 2017

2 Months Old

This month you have grown so quickly and have already outgrown several of our favorite newborn outfits.  We don't hesitate to take you out to dinner or to parties and so far you've done great usually sleeping through the commotion and waking up for a snack once or twice.  We are hoping that getting you used to being out and about early will make it easier later on.   We also love to show you off to anyone and everyone that is wants to meet you.  Your personality is really starting to come through and you've been learning to make new sounds and love to "chat" with Dad by making noises back and forth with him. 
  • Size: You weigh 11 lb 14 oz and are 23.5" tall.
  • Eating: You have a ravenous appetite which has really spurred on your fast growth.  You still eat around 12 times per day and have learned how to drink from a bottle also.  Every few weeks you seem to hit a growth spurt where you want to eat nonstop for a day or 2.  We are convinced that you love the smell of food because you usually get very hungry when Mom and Dad sit down to eat.
  • Diapers: We are still going through tons of diapers as everyone warned us we would.  We have creams, ointments, fans, and protocols in place in order to prevent that darn diaper rash.  We also do "sun's out buns out time" while we are playing in an attempt to keep the diaper area dry.  Looks like you may have inherited Mama's sensitive skin.  
  • Sleep: You prefer to sleep on the go (surprisingly the more noise and commotion the better), but have been taking at least one nap in your bassinet each day. We try to put you down for bed before 8pm and you usually wake up 1 or 2 times throughout the night for a feed and diaper change.  We celebrate with cheers and lots of praise each morning after a 1 wake night.  
  • Play: You love to play with mom and dad and smile back at us when we talk to you or tickle you.  You've also discovered how much fun it is to play with your hands and seem very entertained by them.  You have become a lot more interested in story time and we generally can make it through a full book before bed.  
  • Bath:  As long as the water is warm enough and your belly is full, you love bath time which has become a part of our routine every other night.  Dad is in charge of washing all your nooks and crannies and lucky Mom gets to give you an post bath massage, one of my favorite times of the day.
We love to watch you grow.  So much change in one month!
Getting really good at tummy time!
Bundled up for the winter weather
We're so happy you are big enough for the carrier now
Making noises for Dad
Snoozing in your napper.
Milk coma...
Story time with Mom.
We also had another fantastic photoshoot with Hunnicutt Photography.  It was so hard to choose a reasonable number to add to the blog, but here are just a few of our favorites.  

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Huxley's first month

Your first month has certainly been an eventful one!  You got to meet your grandma who traveled over 20 hours to see you.  You've also received your American passport so that we can travel home in January to meet the rest of the family.  Here are some of the details of the life of Huxley:
  • Size: You weigh 8 lbs 13 ounces and almost 21" tall.
  • Eating: You eat every 1-4 hours, about 12 times per day, and make the happiest noises of satisfaction when you're nursing.
  • Diapers: You go through at least 15 per day and love to hold your poops until right after we change your diaper.  Mom is still learning how to avoid your clothes being soaked when you pee while she's changing you.  
  • Sleep: You love to sleep swaddled up by dad at night, cuddled in Grandma's arms, in the ring sling nice and cozy next to Mom or Dad, or in your stroller while we're walking Oolong.  You aren't very fond of naps in your crib yet.  
  • Play: You are very interested in faces and starting to enjoy using your hands to swing your toys around in your little play gym.  You're warming up to belly time, but often end up rooting for milk after just a few minutes.  You love it when we sing to you or play upbeat music.  
1 month old with Bill
Cuddle time with Dad
1st sponge bath
First real bath
Dressing up for brunch at Juggler, our favorite cafe
Nap time with Grandma
Break time at the park in Taipei after applying for Hux's passport
Showing off the Gagatko forehead, just like Dad 
Love these moments!
Walking Oolong