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Photos by MJ Klein, including FOOD PHOTOS
Last Sunday, Hui-chen and I hosted a traditional Chinese banquet to introduce our new daughter to family and friends.
Right after I arrived with Phoenix in her car seat, I took her out and gave her to Ma. Needless to say, Ma was very happy to show Phoenix around to our guests.
You will notice, that at no time was Phoenix crying or fussing whatsoever as different people were passing her around and holding her. I have to say that Phoenix is a truly remarkable baby in that she takes just about everything in stride and is probably the happiest baby I have ever seen (or heard of). Even on the ride over she was calm and very easy to care for. She is so small that the car seat is very uncomfortable and of course, she has to be tightly strapped into the seat to be safe. Not a peep out of her.
Our friends Michael and Peichi were able to join us on this occasion and we were very happy to have them.
This is the table setting for each table. Now, onto the food.
The red stuff is vinegar. It adds an interesting dimension to the soup.
Classic Shrimp & Pineapple, Taiwanese style.
Boiled octopus with a really great sauce.
An all time favorite of mine: duck meat.
Salt grilled shrimp.
A traditional Taiwanese mein dish with chicken.
I have to ask Hui-chen what this is, but it’s over spinach, and it was good!
These grilled pork cutlets were fantastic.
Now we have a couple other shots for you:
Hui-chen’s sister, Ping-chen became pregnant about 2 weeks behind Hui-chen, believe it or not. Ping-chen’s baby arrived while we were still in the convalescent center (same hospital, btw) so for awhile, Ma had both babies to play with!
Naturally, I just had to include this shot of Phoenix looking at Ma.
Remember that I told you Phoenix doesn’t really fuss or cry (unless necessary) and is a very happy baby? I have some more shots for you (with some focus problems on the D7000, which I’ve since resolved).
A problem for new babies is the bath, which takes time for them to get used to:
Mommy washes Phoenix’s face with a washcloth.
Absolutely no problems with that.
Now the baby’s hair gets washed.
That’s my happy girl!
I love this shot. Peek-a-boo!
Hui-chen placed Phoenix into the wash basin. At first she was scared, but didn’t cry. She just made this face which she does when she’s scared.
But then she decides she likes the bath.
This is one happy baby.
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