|Laughing at daddy’s silly faces|
By the time the sun had gone down, we had reached the downtown Qingdao area. Elijah needed to feed but we couldn’t find a spot to sit down comfortably without potentially drawing crowds of onlookers. Little guy was starting to show hunger cues but we were still a couple of blocks from any good restaurants, so we followed a random guy into one of the nicest apartment complexes in the area. We simple walked in behind him after he scanned his card to get in (sneaky, I know). Inside the complex we found a nice comfy clean bench where there were no people around. I was able to feed Elijah there without any people coming over to awkwardly look at us. You won’t believe the attention Elijah gets from strangers.
|Our safe spot inside an apartment complex|
We ended up sitting here for a while. It was a good place to relax, feed Eli, change his diaper, and then decide what to do for the rest of our evening. We called some friends and made plans for dinner.
One of the things that we love about where we live is that we never have to worry about what time it is, or where we are. We can hop in a cab and head to any part of the city. It is also safe enough for us to walk around at night, even with a baby, and we never feel concerned for our safety. This may not be the cleanest country we have ever lived in, but we sure do feel safe here. We took a stroll down the Marina City, the shopping centre pictured above, and then to a nearby area to have dinner.
|Look at that skill!!|
Some good friends of ours met us at ‘The Diner’ where we enjoyed a delicious meal. My dish was absolutely amazing – Pecan Crusted Chicken on a mixed Salad. By this stage of the night, Elijah was hungry again (he cluster feeds from about 5pm until 10pm every night) so I fed him while I ate. Yes, I’m getting quite skilled in this department now! As you can see above – or not see, I should say – Elijah was also having his dinner when I started having mine.
We thoroughly enjoyed our coastal walk, shopping, dinner, and the laughter we shared with our friends. Justin and I have not been on any dates since Elijah was born in June, but since he is such an was baby we haven’t felt like we want to leave him with a babysitter yet. In a few weeks from now, we make a plan to do this, but for now we really enjoy all these family outings with our little one.