Wednesday, November 28, 2012


I think I’ve said this here before, but truly an unexpected perk/blessing of having a baby is seeing our families get excited about the baby. It's neat seeing them interact because it’s like hey! you two are related! You guys are going to know each other forever! We were pretty excited for the Thanksgiving holiday because it meant more time with family and more time to be around people who are somehow almost more excited about the baby than we are. Almost.

We spent the first part of the break with K.’s family and I have spent – count ‘em, 1,2,3,4,5, yes FIVE, Thanksgivings with the Lu’s, but this was the first one with a baby! Sloane also hit her four month mark and she is more interactive than ever, grabby with her hands, and the cutest chub baby I have ever seen. We had our Thanksgiving Day meal with my sister-in-law’s bf’s parents, who welcomed us with open arms and were super sweet. Also, there was turducken involved. Yes, a chicken inside a duck inside a turkey. I still can't wrap my head around this.  Afterwards we had a nap to end all naps, and then we did as the crazies do and went out to the mall at 12AM.  I was tickled cause I had chick-fil-a at the mall’s food court at 12:30AM. We scored some socks and we stumbled home, back into bed. (If you're wondering,, the baby was not with us for this expedition.)  The next morning, we ran some errands, did some more shopping (I know!) and came back home to have hot pot for lunch – a Lu family tradition. If you don’t know what hot pot is, it’s kind of like shabu shabu,, and if you don’t know what that is, it’s like fondue.  The Chinese style is to have it with soy sauce, bbq paste, green onion mixture, and you cook thinly sliced meats, seafood, and all sorts of vegetables in the hot broth. SO good.

One last thing of note before I proceed on to the photos: K’s grandmother doesn’t speak English, but she speaks Mandarin to Sloane, and even though I can’t understand a thing she is saying, it is kind of the best. Sloane responds to it just as much as when we are talking to her in English and it makes me happy to see K’s grandmother so happily and enthusiastically interacting with Sloane in her own language. It is going to be so interesting to see the effect of Sloane’s language abilities as she is exposed to Mandarin, Korean and English!