Sunday, May 31, 2009

Back Pack, Back Pack!

Jingju loves, loves, loves her new back pack. It goes with her everywhere. I think we have "Dora the Explorer" to thank. Yesterday she really wanted a pencil case to put in her back pack, so I gave in for one with Charlie and Lola on it from one of her favorite books. It was like looking at myself tonight, to watch her carefully organizing and packing her bag.

Friday, May 29, 2009


We took Jingju to see "Up," which just opened in theaters today. She loved it. She seemed to follow the story fairly well and was alert and interested from beginning to end.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Baba's Home!

Baba came home today and he seems in better shape than before he went into the hospital. Physical therapy has helped him quite a bit and now he'll have PT and OT at home for a while. Shortly after I brought baba home, I had to go out for little while to see a client. When I returned, the above is the scene I came home to. I love that baba is home less than an hour and he's been stickered and braceleted!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Peanut Butter Cookies

Another lovely day with my daughter. Baba has been moved from the hospital to a rehab center for physical therapy and so Jingju and I are still on our own. I can't get over how Jingju's English is improving and how well we're communicating. On our way to visit baba today, I passed a convenience store where the day before I'd picked up a newspaper for him. As I drove by, Jingju said, "Baba's newspaper!" I turned around to go back for a paper and she said, "Jingju remember," while pointing to her head. She doesn't miss a thing. I have to be careful now what I say as it all gets repeated back to me. All day today, Jingu asked me, "mama, you OK?" And her other favorite, "What are you doooooooing?" Tonight we made cookies for a party we're going to tomorrow. They didn't come out very well, but we had lots of fun anyway.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Monday, May 18, 2009

Children's Museum

Jingju's baba is in the hospital with pneumonia, so I took her to the Children's Museum to keep her busy. She seems to be doing OK with her father being sick. When we drove home from visiting her father, she was in the back seat repeating, "Baba sick, baba OK," which is how I've explained it to her. And he should be OK. When he gets sick, his MS symptoms get exacerbated, but he usually bounces back. We're hoping he'll be transferred for some inpatient physical therapy before he comes home.
I'm getting some nice time alone with Jingju, and a little respite from caregiving (it was a little exhausting leading up to baba's hospitalization), but I don't like Jingju and her father being apart for too long. They haven't had as much time to bond. Fortunately, Jingju and her baba are both very resilient!

On a side note, the goggles Jingju is wearing are her work goggles for summer camp at a museum she'll be attending in June. When I took her to visit the museum to try out a sample building project, she refused to put them on. We brought a pair home to encourage her to wear them and now she never takes them off! She calls them her "sun galasses," and wears them whenever we go out.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Jingju Gives In And Wears A Dress

Jingju has been unwilling to wear a dress until today. I think the matching dress for her American Doll made the idea more appealing to her, and she finally consented.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Jingju Says, "Not Sleepy."

Oh, but she is sleeping. These photos were taken during Jingju's first 2 hours of sleep one night. She is a very restless, but very sound sleeper.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Have Wheels, Will Travel

Jingju and her baba, headed for the park.