Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Shubo Nobo Borsho!

Or, in English, Happy Bengali New Year! Bangladesh celebrated the New Year yesterday with festive cultural celebrations all over the country. We took the kids to see some singing and dancing at the park new our house. Everyone was dressed in their finest red and white clothes.

Considering the stressful months that have passed since western New Year's on January 1st we're looking to the Bengali New Year to bring us a fresh start. This includes a renewed commitment to the blog!


My son doesn't know what winter gloves are. Therefore, any 'gloves' are used as a sporting goods.

And miles to go before we sleep...

Wow, it's been a while since the last blog. A lot has been going on and this is part of my excuse.

In the first week of March Lily and I were back in the USA for 2 weeks. She received endless love and affection from great-grandparents, grandparents, cousins, aunties and an uncle while I attended a pneumonia surveillance workshop and presented some of my data on bacterial meningitis and hospital acquired respiratory infections at the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases in Atlanta. I must admit, nothing says "Moms are scientists, too!" like a stroller at a scientific conference. However, I'm not sure that I'll be bringing children with me to the next one. The travel was absolutely brutal- 36 hours door to door each way. And it took 2 weeks to get over jet-lag when we returned to Dhaka. But the visit was wonderful! My professional work went very well and the time spent with family and friends was fabulous. Aunt Lori and Grandma and Grandpa Adams get a special shout out for taking on Lily care for very long hours!

So, we recovered from the trip a few weeks ago. Here are a few pictures and highlights from our long adventure.

Lily celebrated her first birthday in Greenville, SC

The cake says it all

Mimi feeding Lily some birthday cake

Lily with a birthday gift
Posing for Mommy

Lovin' with Aunt Lacey- girls in their jammies

Emily with colleagues in Atlanta

Emily presenting her poster at the conference

Lily discovers that she loves, loves tutus. Aunt Lori isn't sure how any daughter of mine could be "so fancy".

Lily hanging at the United Airlines business class lounge in Hong Kong

Lily up at 2 am to play in Dhaka- baby jet-lag is serious business