|Amber and Justin cheering me on!|
We had two close friends leave Qingdao in August. They won’t be gone forever, but they will not be returning to this same city after their time in the States. Before they left we spent some good quality time with them — you might recognise Amber from Eli’s Birth Story pictures, she is the friend who helped me through all of my prenatal check-ups and was with us for the delivery of Elijah. She assisted in translating everything and talking to the doctors. Of course, having her there through such special moments made us very sad to see her and her husband leave Qingdao. We hope to somehow end up in the same place as them one day soon because they really are wonderful people, and we enjoy their company. Amber is pregnant with baby number 2, and even though we were all unaware of it at the time, she was pregnant while I was giving birth. There’s something really special about that. Poor Amber gets the worst morning sickness so she decided to head back to America to enjoy her pregnancy instead of battling it out here. Yes, being pregnant in China is tough! The smells, the lack of amazing food, and the huge cultural hurdles that need to be overcome. I wish that I was pregnant again and sitting with her in the States, but I’m happy that she is feeling much better. Morning sickness seems to be amplified when you are in China — and for that I am truly thankful that unlike Amber, mine only lasted about 8 weeks!!
We had a couple of farewell dinners to say goodbye to Amber, CJ (her husband), and their sweet daughter, Violet. The first dinner was especially sad – even though I didn’t want to admit it at the time – because Amber left first and took Violet with her. We got to spend some time with Amber’s mom before they left, and that was great too. For some reason, even having other people’s family around makes us feel like we are not a million miles away from everyone! You can’t really tell from the pictures above, but poor Amber was feeling dreadful on this afternoon. In fact, we had to pull a fork out of her hand just to take the picture at the top of this post. Just like my morning sickness, she has to force feed herself even though she absolutely does not want eat. That really is the worse feeling ever! We’re so proud of you Amber, you’re doing great!
Here are some snapshots from the first farewell dinner where we said goodbye to Amber…
|Voilet, Amber and Eli|
|Next time there’ll be six of you!|
|Eli gets some cuddles from CJ
|Marrick playing in his bedroom|
|Holding back on the comments for this picture.|
|Goodbye Uncle CJ|