Elijah lying on my desk at school
Last week Monday, when Justin returned to work, I had to take Elijah to get his birth certificate. Fortunately, my friend Amber (fluent in Chinese) was able to go with me, so the process was very simple. I promised Justin that I would stop by the school so that he could see Eli and I before we went downtown. At only 6 days old, this was the furthest that Eli and I had ventured from our home without Justin. Little man was having an extra hungry day, so he wanted to eat as I left the front door, then again in the taxi, and of course, when we got to school. He’s got a good appetite!
I dressed him in a cute little outfit – one of only three that fit him at the moment – and even put a small pair of newborn shoes on him. It won’t be long before they don’t fit him anymore, so it’s best if he gets a few wears out of them while he can. This also seemed like a good day to try out the Ergo Carrier that my folks sent from South Africa. My parents also bought the Ergo Newborn Insert so Eli could use the carrier right from the start. It didn’t take long at all to figure the insert and carrier out, and get him strapped to my body. I love the Ergo because people cannot see him, and even if they tried to touch him, for now he is completely out of reach. When he gets a bit bigger, we will take the newborn insert out and use only the carrier.
Once we arrived at the school and students spotted us, they started to shout and run towards us. They were all so amazed to see Eli. It was almost as though they couldn’t believe I was holding a baby. They had seen me pregnant for 9 months, but seeing him finally made it all real. I was not able to get my camera out in time, but one of the classes on the third floor were all up against the window banging on the glass and shouting with delight!!! Although it did look like they might fall through the glass because of how they were banging on it, it was still very amusing! Some of the girls appeared to be crying with happiness and the boys were jumping up and down.
The two Chinese teachers you see below share an office with us, and we have worked side-by-side with them all year. They have watched my belly growing over the last few months, and they therefore have both been eagerly asking questions and awaiting the day that they get to meet this sweet little one of ours. It was very proud to finally introduce them to Eli!
Taking pictures of little Elijah
Justin was so happy to have us with him at school! A couple of other teachers saw me and came into the office to meet Eli and see how I was doing. We were not able to stay long because I had to head downtown, so once I had the birth certificate I returned to the school to wait for Justin. I am pretty sure that any time I visit the school with Eli in the future the kids will go crazy. I can’t lie, it’s awesome to see how happy they are to see him.
Eli’s first time on a bus
It was great to visit the school and show off our little man, but I didn’t stay long. In fact, I didn’t even go and see the primary school teachers. I know that they want to see Eli too but I didn’t want to trapse him around the school too much at only 6 days old. Next time we go for a visit, I will introduce him to more people.
When Justin returns to work after the summer vacation, in September, I am sure that Elijah and I will stop by there once or twice a week to visit daddy. It will be nice to take the long walk to school and deliver some lunch for Justin, or just hang out for a bit. We haven’t yet figured out which bus routes are suitable for our stroller, but unfortunately most of them are probably not because the buses have extremely small doorways with poles in the middle of them. We will find all of that out during the summer.