Chicago bound! #bonkerbaby
Mr. Zebra holds rank as Elise’s favorite toy! #bonkerbaby
Lovely brunch at Liquid Laundry in Shanghai with old friend @delisalou! #liquidlaundryshanghai
Elise loves a good shopping trip. Here we are at Hu&Hu, one of my favorites for the best antique finds. I came home with a handwoven table runner from Xin Jiang province.
On Baoqing Lu near Fuxing Lu in Shanghai’s former French Concession is a large school. I always pass on walks with Elise and seem to be arriving as the children are either on a break or leaving for the day. Outside are multiple street vendors selling snacks and toys all trying to gain the children’s interest.
One vendor has a pet shop on the back of his bike with dogs, birds, cats, hamsters, rabbits and crickets. As you can see in the picture, the kids love it but I do worry about the animals. How does one get into the traveling pet shop business anyway?
Elise found her black and white mobile and loves it! #manhattantoycompany
Children’s toy, China-style. A gift for Elise from her Grandma @grandma.in.the.basement
One of the perks (or not) of being a new mom are the sleepless nights and late feedings. You can see by the time stamp on this picture it was about 4 a.m. when I took this screen shot. What to do in the dark with 30 minutes and an iPhone? Shop…obviously.
One of my favorite baby sites at the moment is CultureBaby.com, which curates baby clothing and toys from all over the world. You can shop small collections from India, Spain, China and more. Not only is everything unique and adorable but you can tell the quality is top notch. It’s like a gift shop for babies and I love a good gift shop!
Current favorites include these adorable baby espadrilles from Spain Japanese flip flops featuring a footprint bottom in the shape of a cat, dinosaur, monkey or gecko so kids can make the prints on the beach!
They also have a partnership with the charity Maternova a group that provides pre-bundled kits to assist in childbirth in developing countries,. You can donate directly on the site and a portion of proceeds from sales also go to the cause.*picture from CultureBaby website.
Baby photo shoot! Elise at 47 days ready for her close up :)
Elise Turns 6 Weeks!
How can it be? Elise is six weeks old already. My mom spent two months in Shanghai to help me and boy, did I ever need the help! I know babies are a ton of work but I wasn’t prepared for the complete exhaustion.
Our first few weeks were a whirlwind but now we are settling into a routine and I’ve even been able to get back to Pilates a few times. It’s a start anyway.
To celebrate Elise we hosted a party at Goga Hai, one of our favorite restaurants. It was so nice to see everyone and celebrate our new arrival. We are lucky to have such an amazing group of friends in China :)