Tell me, do you celebrate the occasion? If so, what did you do to say zài jiàn (good bye) to 2012? My Traveling Troop ended the Chinese lunar year -- also known as the Year of the Dragon -- in a very special way.
First, we packed a suitcase. Then, we drove to a hospital in downtown Singapore. Many hours and contractions later, we finally welcomed our little dragon into the world! Meet our darling son Bradley:
It has been quite the journey up until this point. I experienced a miscarriage, got pregnant again with Bradley (a true blessing!), moved half way across the world to Singapore from California, went on and off bed rest a few times, and was hospitalized a few times due to pre-term contractions. But the moment I held Bradley for the first time, I knew every twist and turn was worth it. He is a miracle and I am incredibly lucky to have my healthy baby boy. We all are! (Speaking of luck, The Wall Street Journal reports that the Year of the Dragon is the luckiest of the Chinese lunar years -- good fortune that is bound to grace my dragon baby! Hooray!)
Besides Bradley's birth, one of the most special moments for us was when our daughter met him. It was definitely love at first sight for those two! (And how appropriate that out of all the lovely dresses in Bella's closet, she chose her Chinese New Year dress to wear for the occasion!)
The other highlight? When I realized all of us were together, spending time as a family for the first time.
Gong Xi Fa Cai!
My Traveling Troop