JD is three weeks old now and seems to be doing very well. He's been something of an "eating~sleeping~pooing" machine up to now, but is starting to show signs of being aware of his surroundings. Pleasingly, he whimpers for milk when hungry rather than screaming the house down. He's more relaxed about his daily bath now, has a strong grip and is starting to look outside his bedroom window with increasing interest (or so it seems - I sometimes wonder whether parents read too much into their baby's random movements and noises!). Ava and I are starting to look into registering his birth in China and/or Britain, and thinking about nationalities and passports. Not as easy as it sounds. China only recognises one nationality (Britain is OK with dual passports). China insists that every child born in the country is automatically Chinese unless, or until, they renounce their Chinese citizenship, at which point they have no right to stay in the country without a visa. Babies can't leave the country without a passport and exit visa. And so it goes on. Something of a red tape minefield.
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