First of all, let me thank you for your concern. SickDad is on the mend and rejoined the group at the hotel last night. He won't be partying up a storm anytime soon, but he's with us, will join us on the bus outings and at least is feeling well enough to enjoy his daughter. As for which airline, it's no secret: this was an in-China flight on the Chinese airline.
Yesterday was clinic and embassy day, followed by an afternoon of powere shopping for Wilma and I. The cute independant baby store behind the Poly Plaza hotel, which I discovered on my last day in Beijing 3 years ago, is currently empty of anythign in our 4 daughter's sizes. Sorry for the others, but we had to get everything, there was no way around it. We also went back to the shoe stall in the market from 3 years ago. Obviously, they didn't remember us. But we layed out the story for them: we had come 3 years ago, we will buy a LOT over the next week, this is just our first time, for essantials for the 2 babies. There will be no two hours of negotiations, we are not kidding. 6 pairs of leather shoes for 350 yuans. yeah us! And the sales lady can't wait til we bring the big girls today!
Most overheard comment at the clinic yesterday: that is one BIG baby. The nurses, the staff, Dr. Pauline, they were all amazed at the size of our Sprout. she topped 11 kilos. The next biggest baby was an almost 2 y.o. boy at 10.3 Kg. Dr. Pauline told us she was certainly not malnourished at any point! (that was not a newsflash!) Also, she is the only one who didn't have either pneumonia, airway infection or a cold. I guess the fat keeps away the germs!!!!
Sprout is hilarious. But she has got a mean streak, and can take Dumplign down in one tackle. Also, she can dunk Dumpling's head in the tub, even with only 2 inches of water and both parents sitting on the edge supervising. We will have our hands full!