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and just like that, my two weeks of leave are up. it’s hard to believe it’s gone by so quickly, yet i feel like i have spent more of these two weeks awake than any other two weeks of my life (except maybe when i was studying for the bar).

kai is starting to sleep for slightly longer periods – we hit a record 4 hours yesterday – which means things are generally starting to get (a bit) more regular. he’s also awake more during the day than he used to be. he was quite patient yesterday as we wheeled him up to the u.s. consulate for his baby passport and social security number. this is definitely one aspect of travel that i failed to consider – even babies need passports and visas, and since the us is such a popular country with its immigration policies, this means the highest fees for some of the se asian countries (and china).


i think the consulate/embassies are a bit funny – alicia noticed that because of the two-inch thick bombproof glass between you and the official, they speak through a microphone which broadcasts your conversation to the entire room. also, there is no microphone on your side, meaning you either have to shout your side of the conversation or try to lean down and speak through half inch gap at the bottom of the window where they pass papers through. it is all a bit awkward. but the people were very nice and we left $150 lighter in the wallet with the promise of documents in the mail.

on the hong kong side, kai was able to prove his chinese ancestry and get permanent residency here. so on his birth certificate he is listed as chinese american – hahaha. i think the korean relatives might have something to say about that!

speaking of which, my uncle passed away a few hours ago after a long and painful battle with cancer. i have fond memories of communicating mainly through smiles and a combination of his broken english and my broken korean. i am glad alicia had the opportunity to meet him a couple of years ago when we spent some time in korea to meet the family. imo-bu, we will miss you!

it began as a critical part of kai’s life and was about the closest part of alicia to him. it saw everything passed through from alicia to kai, including those spicy meals of the last few days leading up to the birth. it was pulsating on each ultrasound to show us the blood flow moving back and forth. and finally it held kai to mom on that final bungie jump from the womb to the hong kong world outside.

once dr dawkins had clamped it off in the right places, i was handed the fat scissors to do the deed – to cut the ceremonial ribbon celebrating kai’s entry into the outside. only the scissors weren’t that sharp, or i don’t have the doctor’s touch, because i had to snip about 10 times before it finally cut through.

today the stump fell off – the umbilical stump, the belly button, the tube of life, etc. it had become a black and white mess in its heyday, requiring some delicate cleaning around its edges to prevent any unwanted infection. now its glory is gone, and all that is left as evidence of its once important tether is a hole – an innie.

happy mothers day to all the moms out there. for the first time i have some secondhand (i was just a witness) knowledge of what that’s all about – wow.

hey all,

still alive after two nights and three days away from professionals at the matilda hospital (although we’ve had help from professional grandma, alicia’s mom). so far my record is three dirty diapers in a single change, but my changing speed is slowing down so i’m sure i will break that soon.

kai managed to pee five times during a single bath, which was about once a minute. other than that, i will cap off the bodily functions topic with the fact that he long ago moved from tar to mustard, for those in the know.

so here is my question – i’ve been viewing our rapidly growing trash bags (and accordingly rapidly declining supply of fresh nappies) – what is the secret to the single wipe diaper change?

i’m sure most of you are experts at this by now – we are working on getting some free time to do all the other necessary parts of life (like blogging!) but as of now kai has us going nonstop.

here are some pics – more to come…(click on the pic below to access more pics/video).

may 2007 – kai's birth

we’re about at that point where everyone is asking whether the deed is done. the days continue to slip away, but so far he has not ventured out of his home in alicia’s tummy. the other thing i keep hearing is to enjoy my sleep because i will not have normal nights again for a long time. i am not a fan of sleep unless (i) i am already in bed and asleep or (ii) it’s a nice warm afternoon and i want a short nap – otherwise i feel like it’s a waste of time and i wish i didn’t have to. maybe that’s a sign i’ve been in hk too long.

it’s another week of beautiful weather while i’m stuck in the office, followed by rain on friday and saturday, before more beautiful weather forecast for monday. funny how that works.

i think we are as set as we can be, both mentally and with all of the “stuff”. i know most of you have gone through this process before, but somehow it doesn’t seem to translate until you actually experience it. i’m looking forward to that with excitement and a little trepidation.

will keep you informed and post pics once the little guy makes it out.

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