We had to get a passport photo for Phoebe, and I think it’s the cutest thing ever.
It’s mostly finished, just a long list of final touches and we should be ready to open!
I made it back in time for Thanksgiving. Phoebe has grown so much while I’ve been away.
After five days in the hospital, Hòa is recovering nicely and we brought Phoebe home for the very first time. We’re spending most of our sleepless nights staring at our beautiful baby girl.
Everyone in the hospital said Phoebe looks more like me than she looks like Hòa. I didn’t really think so until I saw her make this face:
Phoebe Vi* Warnock
Born September 16 in Halong Bay, Vietnam at 8:55pm (9:55am EDT), 3.5 kg.
*pronounced “vee”; We originally named her Phoebe Victoria Warnock, but we found out that at least one part of her full name should be a Vietnamese name in order for Phoebe to gain citizenship in Vietnam (as well as her US citizenship). We chose “Vi” as her middle name. “Vi” doesn’t mean anything specific in Vietnamese, but to us it means “Victoria” 🙂
Construction is progressing nicely, and with the roof you can start to see how things will look when it’s finished.
Next month I’ll be back in the US on some job interviews. Hopefully Hòa will be able to travel in June. The baby is getting bigger and bigger, and from I can tell she has her Mom’s lips and maybe Dad’s nose, but it’s hard to tell just yet 🙂
I’m going to miss the relaxing day-to-day in Ha Long, especially the constant supply of juice and tea from Hoa’s Mom. Even on days she can’t be here, she comes over early in the morning and makes us a bunch of juice and tea. We woke up to this one morning:
We got a tiny Toyota Wigo, and are now able to drive around Halong Bay. The car feels like a go-cart, but it’s really fun on the curvy roads around the city.
We went car shopping in Hanoi and visited with Hòa’s older sister, niece and nephew.
Moved to Halong Bay, and took a quick trip to Hanoi for a minor surgery (which is why there’s a bandage on my head).
“Vợ ơi,” I said to my Bà bầu.
“I’m bored Bà bầu,” we’re packing our lives, readying for a new life. There’s nothing fun to do today.
“Take your vitamins Bà bầu,” get lots of rest, and drink lots of water. I can’t wait till we are in our new life. I can hear it.
“Listen Bà bầu,” the wind whispers the soft secrets of our future. Listen, and you can hear it too. Dance, and the wind will dance with you.
“One day Bà bầu,” one day we will look back at quiet boring Manila with endless gratitude.
“Anh yêu em, Bà bầu,” let us never forget these beautiful boring moments.
After spending a month together in Manila, we’ll soon be moving to Halong Bay to start construction on the guesthouse / homestay.
We visited my Mom and Grandparents in Prescott, AZ.
After getting married in Vegas, we drove up through Utah, and then after a few days went down to Arizona
We got married, eloped rather, in Las Vegas!
Visiting Hòa in Manila. I got a lot of writing done at the Starbucks in Hòa’s condo. And was also extremely jetlagged from the back and forth trips between California and Manila.
We visited my brother in Lakewood, and also drove down to Solana Beach.
Hoa visiting NY for the first time, and Tim was working at the nytimes. Who knew that years later we’d end up married and starting a family!