What does a newborn dream?
We’d like to introduce you to Senna Lilly Kleinert. Born in our apartment on April 5th, at 9:38am. 7.1lbs and 19.9in.
Senna means “brightness” and Lilly comes from Shorel’s great-grandmother, Lilly McMurray.
Our prayer is that she would reflect the light of Christ on this world even as her great-great-grandmother did.
This morning the kids were pretty content to play with the travel toys that Hubs purchased for them. Schäfer selected a nerf gun. Sianna and Selah each received a rose.
Mid-morning, I had a meeting with our midwife, Abigail, who also happened to be visiting Kunming. Schäfer played quietly, but the girls were active so Hubs took them outside for a walk.
While Hubs was outside, a friend sent a text about a car that would drive to Dali. Because of the holidays, we were unsure if the bus station would even have tickets available, so Hubs went ahead and booked the car.
Somehow, I ended up in the back seat with 2 big kids, a suitcase and a carry-on. The sun was so hot that I put a blanket up to shade us from the bright light.
This sweet one slept in my lap almost the entire ride home.
It was so great to be home. We ate lunch leftovers for supper. Bathed the kids and had everyone snuggled in their beds by 7:30pm.
To our surprise, the weather is much warmer than when we left for vacation. Normally, we have a difficult re-entry going from balmy Thailand to the frigid heartland of China. It’s hard to put on 3 layers after spending the past few weeks in shorts, t-shirts and sandals.
As soon as we stepped off the airplane, we noticed that the weather in southwest China is much warmer by March. We were surprised to find our outdoor thermometer close to 60 degrees + winds.
Unlike previous years, this year we are celebrating Lantern Festival on an airplane. For airline security purposes, we won’t be lighting any lanterns while in flight.
We had a surprisingly quick trip to the airport this morning. Bangkok traffic is notorious, but today the roads were clear.
Once we got to the airport, we joined the masses waiting in line to check-in. It took us over an hour and a half to get through check-in and security. Thankfully, the kids love airports so they were all well behaved – not to mention the abundance of snacks in my bag.
Today, we flew from Bangkok to Kunming.
Selah was so very 2 on the flight. I gave in and just walked around the plane with her.
The big kids watched movies and played with new, small toys
When we landed in Kunming less than 3 hours later, the kids were tired. Schäfer fell asleep on the van ride to our hotel.
Normally, we would go straight to the bus station with our suitcases and 3 kids to purchase tickets for the next bus to Dali. Depending on the bus schedule, maybe immediately or maybe an hour later we would begin the 4+ hour ride back to Dali, but because of pregnancy I just can’t push myself to travel that much in one day. It’s really, really hard on the kids too.
Tonight, Kunming set off a large amount of fireworks to celebrate Lantern Festival which marks the official end of Chinese New Year. To our surprise, all 3 kids slept through it.
Once Schäfer and I returned to the guest house from the Homeschool Gathering, he was all about spending time with his Papa.
I put the girls and myself down for an afternoon nap while Hubs and Schäfer went to the hospital to pick up some test results. Then they went to Toys R Us to find a vacation toy.
It was so great to be back with my little girls.
They are a wild, precious gift.
I thought that we had another day in Bangkok, but as usual I’m confused. We leave tomorrow. Time has passed so quickly. Hubs never bought the waffle iron he’d been eying. I never got to eat at my favorite salad place. Nor did I make it to a grocery store to pick up mouthwash for the kids.
Tonight was about repacking, booking transportation, and getting ready to travel once again. Thailand has been a wonderful place to visit. I’m ready to begin the long journey home.