Our Beijing Excursion

Early Monday morning Grace, Megan, and I took the 1 hour+ train ride to Megan’s former stomping ground, Beijing.  Grace had a checkup at the hospital where we were extremely happy to learn we have a very healthy girl.  According to American growth charts, Grace is at the 50th percentile in height and head circumference and at the 25th-50th percentile in weight.  Grace is carrying 8.5 kg (not quite 19 pounds), but I was thinking she was heavier due to the massiveness of her thighs.  I was a bit surprised that her head size is average as well.  I thought her melon was of the larger variety, but maybe her lack of hair threw me a curveball.  After receiving the good news from Beijing United, the three of us hunkered down at Annie’s – an Italian eatery that can’t be found in our neck of the woods.  Grace was unable to eat any Italian, but she is all about the Heinz green pea paste.  Mmm.  Instead of heading back to Tianjin after lunch, we booked a room at the Novotel for a couple nights upon my suggestion that we do this to celebrate our two year anniversary.  A shout-out goes to Zhang Jian for saving me some major dead presidents.  What did we do during our stay in the capital city?  We ate great food from both the East and the West – Singapore/Malaysia, Japan, and good ol’ America.  We hung out with some old friends from Megan’s Beijing and Nanchang days.  We went to the 2nd biggest IKEA in the world where we looked at approximately 7,000 items we don’t need.  We did find some cool picture frames and a shelving unit that will go up in Grace’s ever-changing room.  We also went shopping in some other locations where mom purchased some new clothes as part of an early birthday gift.  Grace also found some highly fashionable pink shoes despite being totally asleep.  All in all, it was a most delightful three day excursion.  Two thumbs up.  Way up.   
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