Our daughter, the cutest two-month old on the planet, receives a red envelope from one of her uncles on Lunar New Year’s Eve. Tomorrow, her grandparents arrive in Taiwan to meet her.
Hope everyone had a great New Year’s Eve! Mine was spent with my wife and baby at a Zuoyuezi clinic. We all fell asleep two hours before countdown began and woke up two hours after the festivities were over to the sounds of a hungry baby. Welcoming our daughter Josephine to the world on December second really made 2010 an unforgettable year. On the blogging side of things – long periods of inactivity were interrupted occasionally by sudden furies of postings. I expect a similar blogging schedule in 2011. So what were some of my favorite posts during the Year of the Tiger?
- Images from Bopiliao Old Street – exploring a once important passage between Monga [present-day Wanhua] and Guting Districts.
- Dihua Street – Taipei’s biggest Chinese New Year market.
- Puli’s Paper Dome – a beautiful church made out of recyclable materials after the Kobe Earthquake of 1995 and transported to Taiwan following the 921 Earthquake of 1999.
- Nantou’s Mefeng Farm – NTU’s Highland Experimental Farm’s Peach Blossom Festival.
- Taichung’s Rainbow Military Dependents’ Village – a village that has become popular from the paintings by veteran Huang Yung-fu.
- The Jhongliao Loop – I didn’t do nearly as much cycling in 2010 as I originally thought I would due to an injury early and later due to other life changing events, but this was by far my favorite route of the year.
- Low Tide at Bitou Fishing Port, Nanwan Beach, Hengchun’s Historic Gates, and The National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium were all about the awesome places we checked out during our nephew’s visit to Taiwan.
Wishing everyone a great 2011!
Photograph 1 - This picture was taken during the fortieth week of Cathy’s pregnancy outside a restaurant in Jhongsing Village. I had a dream the previous night that her water would break while we were eating in the cafe and I would need to rush her to the hospital [which wouldn't take long, as the hospital is less than a kilometer away]. The dream didn’t come true – most likely because we ate in a restaurant two doors down from the cafe.
Photograph 2 – Under our doctor’s advice, we went to the hospital on the morning of Wednesday, December 1 – the beginning of the forty-first week of Cathy’s pregnancy to induce labor. Around noon on Thursday, December 2, it became clear that induction wasn’t working. We had a brief meeting with our doctor and agreed that a cesarean would be the best option to ensure a healthy delivery for our baby. After about an hour of sitting in the waiting room, nervously looking up every time the door opened, our daughter Josephine was carried to me by one of the nurses. She weighed in at 7.8 pounds and shares a birthday with my mother.
Photograph 3 – Josephine waits in the newborn center while Cathy is under supervision after the surgery.
Photograph 4 – Everyone says she looks just like me. What do you think?
Here’s a small collection of photographs taken over the weekend featuring my wife Cathy. She’s in her 35th week of pregnancy and looking great. Very soon we’ll be welcoming our first daughter Josephine into the world! Hope you enjoy the pictures!
I’ve decided to stop compiling Weekly Links. I hope readers found them helpful during the year or so I posted them. I’ve recently had a drastic work schedule change and in the upcoming future I’m expecting an even more drastic lifestyle change.
Looking to conquer mountains, flats, or your morning commute? My friend Michael C. is selling his 2009 Bike Day Giant LTD along with extras.
I won’t be writing any posts for the rest of September. For two weeks of this month my wife and I will finally be on our honeymoon [better late than never right?]. Most of my additional free time will be spent doing last minute planning for the big trip and wrapping my head around creating a curriculum for my new classes.
See you later, Space Cowboy.
Typhoon Morakot left a path of destruction in its aftermath. The full extent of the damage may not be known for a few days. The AP reports that 400 people are missing in Pingtung after a mudslide buried a village. Michael Turton and David Reid have both compiled several links of typhoon related news. Taiwanese Secrets posted some basic information on typhoon season and how best to prepare for a storm.