We’ve been in Taiwan for over a week now. The first few days were terrible because there was a typhoon and we were stuck indoors at Cerise and Tom’s house. It was really nice to catch up, though. After that it’s been a flurry of activity. Taipei-Taichung-Kaohsiung-Taichung-Taipei in 4 days.
Natalia mentioned how she couldn’t believe how much joy their daughter Marianna brought to their parents. I didn’t think anything of it until I went to visit my mom in Taichung and other relatives in Kaohsiung. My mom actually prepared some blankets, pillows, baby wipes, a bathtub, etc. for Jasmine. This is the same person who would tell me to take a taxi instead of picking me up if my flights got in late. She even told me she’s going to take Jasmine to taekwondo lessons nearby when we visit again in a few years. What! When I was 9 or 10 i begged her to let me go to taekwondo and she did let me and my brother take classes but refused to take us to our final exam so we never even got our white belts 😦 Giving my mom a granddaughter allowed me to see a different side of her. It’s amazing, really.
Jose and I also got to enjoy our second ever date alone together (first was when his sister Montse watched a 1-week old Jasmine while Jose and I went out to get ice cream). We put Jasmine to bed and told my mom we were going out for a few hours and could she please watch the baby for us. It was only then I realized how important it is to have family support when raising a baby. My mom was happy to do it and we got a little bit of “us” time.
When we went to Kaohsiung our relatives gushed over Jasmine non-stop. My aunt even offered to play with Jasmine one morning so we could go swim at the pool/spa. It’s so nice to have family around, I swear! I wish we had this in Saudi.
Well, we are now back in Taipei and Jose has to do his experiments in National Taiwan University for the next two weeks. We rented an apartment nearby. The Shida/Gongguan area is my favorite neighborhood in Taipei so I’m glad we’re back here.