I gave three years of my life to this place - plus one ear. But in return, I got the best gift ever.
My little surprise baby just turned two. She has a Chinese birth certificate and an American passport. She can switch back and forth between Chinese and English: "Daddy shangban" instead of "daddy goes to work," and "bao bao me" instead of "pick me up." My personal favorite is when she shrieks "mama hui lai le!" as she runs to greet me when I come home from work.