May certainly was a fun-filled month! At my last well baby appointment on 4/28, I weighed 10 pounds, 10 ounces and was in the 50th percentile for my height and weight. My next appointment is on 7/2, when I will be measured and weighed again. May highlights: Mother's Day - Trip to Southern California - Memorial Weekend BBQ.

Z55, born 4/8/2009, 35 pounds shipping weight, Intel i7-940 processor, 1,792mb NVidia GeForce GTX 295 plus, 6GB DDR3-1333 Triple Channel Ram

Fianna Reagan Bressler: 6.5 pounds, born about 2:15pm, February 28, 2009

The worst part of any trip to the other side of the world is getting there and getting back. China, in particular, doesn't offer much flexibility in that regard. For the most part, no matter where you are going in China, you need to fly into and out of Beijing. There are some flights into Shanghai and you could start at Hong Kong, but those are even longer flights, with even more connections from SMF. Since I have no desire to put up with more than 20 hours of flight and airport time in one shot, I always plan to spend the last night and most of a day in Beijing, try to catch up with friends and/or just walk around.

We spent most of the 24th getting to Xian. Almost as soon as we made it to town, we were on foot headed to the City Wall. We estimated that walking there from the Square Youth Hostel would be a quick hike. Wrong. We did make it, sometime after dark, and managed to see a lot of interesting stuff on the way. I'd been to Xian in 2003 but it was rushed as there's quite a lot to see in Xian. Xian has a long and distinguished history as the first Chinese Capitol city and home to some of China's signature attractions (like the Terracotta Warriors). In 2003, it seemed like a pretty beat up, dusty and depressing city. It's still dusty (smoggy) but they have been building like mad in Xian since then.