My parents plane touched down in Taipei ten minutes after Toby was born on October 3rd! Luke called them not long after landing and told them the news – it was a pretty epic arrival. Thankfully we were able to organize a someone to pick them up from the airport. We were also lucky that our babysitter was able to cancel her other work and stay and look after Jude while I delivered. She put Jude to sleep and then stayed on until my parents arrived. I was really hoping to have a few days with them before baby to show them the ropes – ins and outs of Jude’s routine and how to get around the neighborhood. But it didn’t work out that way and so when Jude woke up in the morning he got quite the surprise!
Thankfully Luke was able to leave the hospital and show them around a bit.
It was great when Toby and I were finally discharged from the hospital and we were all back home together.
I was keen to capture Jude and his new little brother so one of the first things we did was have my friend take photos of us. It was an added bonus that Grandma and Grandpa were here for a few shots too.
So happy we were able to capture the special occasion.
The rest of the three weeks they were here was busy – they helped out with EVERYTHING, especially keeping Jude busy so I could rest.
There were lots of time where we just chilled out, too.
Jude especially loved watching Sesame Street on Grandma’s iPad.
And Toby loved getting his gassy belly rubbed by Grandpa, known in our family as the ‘Baby Whisperer’.
He has the magic touch.
We managed a few meals out – Din Tai Fung,
And the Diner. Both were successful thanks to lots of toddler distraction devices!
Mom and Dad took a few mornings ‘off’ to hike up Elephant mountain and go up Taipei 101.
And after getting Toby started on the bottle, Luke and I were able to sneak off for our first date night. We saw the awesome flick ‘Gone Girl’.
Before we knew it, it was the night before Grandma’s and Grandpa’s flight back to America. They helped with bath and bedtime one last time.
And in the morning we took one last group photo.
Jude and I dropped them off at the airport.
It was a very, very sad occasion.
We got back home and Jude ran right into their room. Grandma thinks he was just looking for her iPad but I think he was looking for them.
I can hardly even begin to thank my parents for all their generous support during these three weeks. They helped out so much, not only with the boys, but also with day-to-day chores. We were all very lucky to have them here and miss them tremendously! Hopefully we will see them again in Taipei in the not too far distant future.