After a lovely Christmas holiday in the UK we were off to the hospital the morning after we had flown back. We were a bit jet lagged but as always excited to check on our little baby. What on paper looked to be a fairly boring appointment was far from it and it took a turn of events you would only experience in a country that was not your own.
The appointment consisted of blood tests (which I had been fasting for), urine test, fetal heart Doppler, physical examination and consult with the doctor.
Things got interesting whilst the doctor was looking to find the heart beat with the Doppler. It seemed to take quite awhile, I myself was feeling quite nervous and that didn’t even compare with how Mr T was feeling on the other side of the curtain. Heartbeat found and we all breathed a sigh of relief! Our translator then proceeded to tell me that the doctor was having trouble with the Doppler due to the amount of fat on my stomach. She continued to say that the doctor was surprised, as my face looks quite thin, she would not have expected so much fat on my mid-section!
WOW! This only partially explains how I felt and the expression on my face at the time. Luckily I was able to laugh it off for a few reasons: 1 – I have always carried extra weight in my middle, I have thanked my parents and grandmother many times for this. 2 – I have even experienced strangers and co-workers asking if I was pregnant years and years ago when I wasn’t even close. Finally 3 – I have been abroad and in China long enough to know that things do get lost in translation and sometimes different cultures do not always express the same sensitivity about things that they would back in the US or the UK.
To continue our amusement during the consultation time the doctor showed concern about my weight. Since the last appointment (4 weeks prior) I had gained 4 kg/ 8.8 lbs. In the moment I felt a bit defensive as I had just been on a three week holiday, in which I did spend a lot of time indulging in my favourite English treats as well as being off work which means a lot less time on my feet walking around and chasing five-year olds all day. Even though I knew this and expressed this to the doctor I did take the weight comment to heart and was already thinking about how I need to ramp up my physical activity and be a bit more conscious about what I was eating.
We asked how much weight I should gain over the whole pregnancy and the doctor said 9 kg/ 19.8 lbs. It wasn’t until after the appointment that we were able to calculate and realize that 9 kilos over 9 months is one kilo per month. At the 16-week appointment I was up four kilos from the very start, which is in line with one kilo per month. This did ease our minds a bit but I wouldn’t soon forget the weight and fat criticism from the doctor.
Four weeks until our next appointment…
Lovely visit to ‘At the Chapel’ in Bruton this morning. A wonderful establishment with rave reviews!
It is located in the middle of Bruton which has been earmarked as one of the ‘coolest and trendiest places in the UK’. This is supported by the new gallery from Hauser and Wirth which boasts other locations in Zurich and New York.
Check out this article which was featured in The Guardian. Bruton – Hauser and Wirth.
Since being abroad we have got used to the small import section in supermarkets where we could find a few treats from home at ridiculously high prices!
Anyway, we were surprised, but delighted to see that Tesco in England now have a section (small!) dedicated to the USA! How many items do you recognize?
Only an hour flight away from Tianjin, Dalian seemed like the perfect choice for a quick get away! We were not wrong and were lucky enough to have the perfect hosts in some co-workers who were there visiting family.
Day 1 consisted of a 9am flight from the new terminal at Tianjin Airport. Upon arrival to Dalian we first dropped our bags off at our hotel. We stayed at the Aloft hotel, an SPG hotel where we were staying for free courtesy of a few thousand ‘Starpoints’. Despite being a category 1 hotel the hotel was lovely. The room was very spacious and modern with all the facilities you could want from a city centre hotel. From the hotel we went off for a long walk along the coastline and it was gorgeous! It reminded me of a coastal walk along the Cornish coastline and Viv the Oregon coast. The greenery and picturesque coast was definitely something we have missed.
The 10km walk certainly took it out of us so after a bite to eat we were out for the count!
Day 2 was very exciting as we went to Dalian Zoo. We have read a lot of horror stories about Chinese zoos but this proved to be one of the better ones. We met up with some other friends and their children from TJ and spent the day exploring and playing.
After a delightful Japanese meal in the evening we headed back to the hotel to see Europe defeat the US in the Ryder Cup (sorry Viv).
We had a great time in Dalian and is definitely somewhere we will visit again in the future!
TJ to Dalian – Air China – 740RMB return
Flight time: 1 Hour
Tianjin Airport to Central train station via Metro – 30 to 40 minutes
Have just watched ‘Chef’ with Jon Favreau and what a treat it was! If you enjoy food shows and eating then this is for you.
Was interesting to see that the movie was produced by Roy Choi, owner of Kogi food trucks on the west coast serving Korean/Mexican fusion! Check out the website Kogi BBQ.
We were lucky enough to sample the food last year in L.A. during a visit to Venice Beach. Below are pictures of a hot dog covered in Kim Chi. TASTE SENSATION!
I guess we are going to have to go back next summer….damn!