|Esther eats all the foods.|
I learned some new Chinese words, like earwax, boogers, and eye crusties.... they literally translate to ear shit, nose shit, and eye shit. You gotta love when language is uncomplicated.
I learned some differences in Chinese vs. Western thinking. There weren't many as bad as the following example, but here's one situation where i was frustrated being in a Chinese hospital. When we were figuring out breastfeeding, we had a lot of resistance form the nurses, and some from Jordan as well. I'd read a lot in the past few months, so i have a decent idea how to take care of a baby. I was also reassured by Suzanne (our midwife) that Jordan can get all the nutrients he needs from breast milk, even in the first few days. But i lost count of the number of times and number of people who told us we need to feed him 1 oz of formula every two hours. You'd think they were getting kickbacks from the Big Formula Lobby or something. First off, we don't trust the generic Chinese formula they gave us. And second, breast milk is unquestionably the best thing for a newborn. Instead of just pushing formula on us when we clearly didn't want it, the nurses would have better served us by helping us breastfeed properly. It wasn't until our last day there that someone started to give Esther some tips, and we praised that nurse highly to her superiors.
But we persevered, and eventually we won the war of Force Feeding Formula vs. Let Nature Work Magic. And don't get me wrong, aside from the few nurses who seemed to not care about our wishes, most of the staff were really excellent and eager to help.
I learned that i absolutely love being a father and caring for my newborn baby. And i'm good at it. Esther is doing her Zuo Yue Zi, which translates to "sitting out a month". Not just common in China, it's a necessity. Here are two different perspectives on it, both very interesting. Anyway, she's not supposed to feed or change or bathe Jordan for the first month, so i'm happily doing all the work. It helps that he's extremely well behaved, sleeps four hour stretches every night, eats well, cuddles, waits patiently while we warm his breast milk... he's just amazing.
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