We’ve been busy celebrating milestones these past few months. First off was Galen’s 100 day celebration. Much like with Arlo, we didn’t celebrate the Chinese way, which includes shaving the baby’s head, but we did use the date as a chance to show friends who hadn’t seen Galen for a while just how much he had changed.
He was passed around from person to person (perhaps because their arms started to seize up after a few minutes) and was pretty chilled out most of the time.
He saved the tears until he was home and we sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to him.
Arlo had a great time, too, hanging out with her friends.
Galen after his four month check up – 10.4kg and told to do more tummy time as he was “lazy” with lifting his head up…!
Not long after Galen’s 100 days we celebrated some sunshine (along with several hundred other people) at the arboretum near Geoff’s school. We had never been there before, but it was lovely, once we found some space alone.
Just last week we caught up with our Aussie friends in Shanghai, Matt and Rachel, and their sweet girls Aiva and Hope. Hope, who’s birthday is the same day as Arlo’s, was having an early 5th birthday party, so we joined in.
Boy, are we going to miss these guys. Though we didn’t see them that often, just knowing they were so close was great. They’re off to Korea so we may have a new holiday destination in the coming year or two…
Then this weekend another celebration – Arlo’s third birthday party! Three years old – where has the time gone??
The cake requested (from the Australian Women’s Weekly Birthday Cake Book – every Aussie kid’s cake bible for decades) was the Hickory Dickory Dock Clock.
It took three attempts to get it right because our oven has had it. I ended up having to bake it at a friend’s house!
Blowing out the candles.
Choosing the slice she wanted.
Slice number three?
Gifts! Such a lucky girl.
And after her nap, with just some of the fun stuff:
This weekend we fly to Australia, landing in Sydney on Arlo’s actual birthday. There will be more celebrating, along with visiting friends and family and places we’ve missed for two years. We’ll be there for seven weeks and WE CAN’T WAIT!!