Sofia: 3 years old

I haven’t done a recap of her development recently but so much has happened during this year. She turned from a babbling girl to a fully articulate person. She can express herself so well in 3 languages (spanish, english and shanghainese) that keeps amazing me.

Sleeping: pretty well. She take one nap between 1-3pm at school, and between 2-4pm at home. Most of the time, she sleeps for 1.5 hours, but sometimes she’d do 2-2.5 hrs. Her bedtime is still 8:30pm and usually she sleeps until around 7pm. Recently, she’d wake up around 6:30am and goes to the bathroom, then she’d sleep a bit more or hangs out with grandparents. There are still days that she’d wake up and cry in the middle of the night because she’s too warm, or she wants to pee, or she just couldn’t sleep. But those are rare occasions. Overall, she’s a good sleeper.

Eating: she is definitely eating more these days. She eats very well at school, normal amount and normal pace. At home, it’s a hit and miss. Sometimes she’d eat by herself, sometimes she wants to play so I feed her. But recently we’ve mandated that she has to be sitting around the table at meal time, she can’t run around the house while she’s eating. We also mandated no TV during meal time, so even if we’re watching something before dinner, she will turn it off before we start. ย She is not a picky eater. She stills don’t like a lot of vegetables, but she has been a bit more adventurous on trying new things. She starts to eat regularly fish, tofu, green beans, broccoli, mung bean sprout. She still loves dumplings, chicken nuggets with ketchup and all kind of pasta. I don’t prepare her special food as often as before, she usually just eats whatever we are having. Of course, I’d make sure she’ll have at least one dish she’d like. If one day I know nothing she’d like or we’re having spicy food, I’d prepare something simple for her. She also loves fruit except pineapple. Because grandparents usually take her out to the playground after dinner, when she comes back, she wants to eat something, either fruit or yogurt. My goal for next year would be to expose her to more food varieties so she can develop a versatile palate.

Character: she’s a strong will girl, everyone can tell that. Since a month ago, she’s into the “terrible three”. Her default answer is “no!” and often times she’s not respectful to grandparents and Tony. If she wants something and I don’t give her, she’d start waning. Usually I don’t give it to her because of her bad behavior. If she’s really behaving bad, I’d ask her to go to the small room to reflect and come out when she’s done crying. Sometimes we have to do this 2-3 times in a day. It’s tiring, but I guess it’s part of their natural progression. I’m reading some books to learn how to parent at this age, hopefully I’d getting enlightened. When she’s her normal self, she’s a sweet girl. She loves her mama, and want to hug me, kiss me, or simply be with her all the time. That’s really sweet.

Likes:

  • she loves water. We started swimming lesson in September, and she loves it. It’s a 25 min class where one parents accompany the kid. Tara is also in the class, so it’s really nice that they get to have one activity together.
  • she’s a girly girl. She likes playing with baby doll, she’d hold one all day one at school. She likes “shopping”, “cooking”, legos, drawing. She also started to sing a lot, and she dances where there is music.
  • she loves going to playground. If she could, she would go to play everyday.
  • she is finally playing with other kids. For a long time, she only plays by herself, but now during birthday parties, I can see that she’s playing with other kids, as silly as just running in circles chasing each other.
  • she’s not that into reading, partly because of my fault. My goal this year is to read her 15-20 min everyday after dinner.
  • she likes to do things by herself, including changing, eating, even put her seatbelt. Usually I let her, but sometimes when in rush, I’d do it for her.

Dislikes:

  • she doesn’t like waiting when she asks for something. She would keep asking like a broken radio until she gets what she wants.

Can’t think too much of things she dislikes. Overall, she’s a pretty flexible girl and would just go with the flow of the adults life.

Stats:

  • She’s 92 cm height, 13 kg.
  • She wears 3T cloth and 7-8 for shoes.
  • She’s now in pre-schooler class, 16 kids with 3 teachers.

Another great year having this little person in our life. Seeing and accompanying her growing is the most fulfilling thing in the world! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Rest of September: swimming class, birthdays

We started swimming class!!! It’s at a local recreational center. The class is called Toddler-and-Me, a 25-min class where one parent is with the kid all the time.

The first day of the class was raining, so she had swimsuit and raincoat on.

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they first had few minutes of warming exercise

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then they got into the big pool and did different kind of exercises.

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Sofia doesn’t always follow the instruction, but she does always have fun! a lot of it!

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even she class ends, she doesn’t want to leave the water

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then we attended to the birthday part of her best friend at school, another Sofia.

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followed by grandpa’s birthday

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she song the birthday song with the cutest voice ๐Ÿ™‚

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last weekend we went to apple picking.

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we tried different kinds (jonagold, red delicious, fuji, green) and all agreed that jonagold was the most delicious one. We got 20lb of it and few more pounds of hand-picked tomatoes. Love love love!!! We are already planning to go back! ๐Ÿ™‚

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I’ve been making some new chinese dishes for the family.

backed scallion pancake with black sesame ่‘ฑๆฒน้…ฅ้ฅผ

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ice moon cake with aduki bean filling ่ฑ†ๆฒ™ๅ†ฐ็šฎๆœˆ้ฅผ

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for dad’s birthday, I made him noodle with chili sauce paste ๏ผˆ่พฃ้…ฑ้ข๏ผ‰ with assorted veggies and pork, his favorite noodle dish of all time.

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aduki bean filled bread

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Sweet pork filling moon cake ่‹ๅผ้ฒœ่‚‰ๆœˆ้ฅผ

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My parents are leaving for China tomorrow for 6 months. We will start a family of 3. Kind of excited and nervous at the same time. Excited because I’ve always liked to small family life, nervous because I know my mom helped a lot with the house work, so from now we have to do everything ourselves. The good part of that is I get to cook dinners everyday again! ๐Ÿ™‚

We will miss them, specially my mom because she’s been here with us most of the time since Sofia was born. Both Sofia and I feel very close to her. But I know she needs to go back, first to get her health check up (she’s been having high blood pressure recently, which worries all of us!), and then she can get to see her friends and do some trip, which she enjoys a lot! Then she comes back next year recharged. We will miss her but we will be happy for her enjoying her life in Shanghai! ๐Ÿ™‚

Sofia’s 3 yrs birthday party!

Happy birthday to my lovely baby!!! I can’t believe she turned 3 yesterday. She amazed me that at 3, she’s a fully articulated, thoughtful, smart girl! Even her teachers say that although she’s the youngest in class, she knows everything, so meticulous with her things, so precise when she speaks. ๐Ÿ™‚

We had two celebrations this year. One at school on Friday. I made cupcakes for them, my first time making them. They didn’t turn out as pretty as store-bought, but good enough to show my dedication and love.

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we arrived after they got up from nap, the class was already decorated for the occasion.

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we wanted to take pics with the birthday girl, but she was so focused on the icing

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we song birthday song in english, french and chinese

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although Sofia was quiet all the time, I know she’sย enjoying the moment

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grandparents planned their trip to China to be able to celebrate with her

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then on Saturday, 9/26, we host a big party at home, overย 40 friends accompanied us

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I’ve been preparing the food for days… and left the hardest project for last. For the past two years, I’ve ordered the cake, but this year and all coming years, I want to make the cake for Sofia, a tradition that hopefully one day she’ll appreciate. This time, I made a four-layers coconut cake, with 4 shades of purple, one of her favorite color. ๐Ÿ™‚

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The party starts at 3:30pm so I prepared some finger food for the guests.

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a flourless chocolate cake, so chocolaty, so rich, so addicting! ๐Ÿ™‚

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blinis with smoked salmon

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cheese plate

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chips with salsa

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empanadas

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two kinds of moon cakes because the next day was Chinese moon festival. I made one with lotus seed filling

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and one with aduki beans. They were all gone because I had the chance to try one.

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biscottis

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drinks were juices and fruit punch

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Sofia was obsessed with the 3.5 months old Luna… she wanted to hug and hold her. She’s be a great sister.

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more friends came with gifts

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and her best friend at school, Sofia.

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in the middle of the party, we did Piรฑata! Such a great idea for a crowd of kids desperate for some lollipop ๐Ÿ™‚

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after that, every single kid had lollipop none stop!!! The parents must be hating me…

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The adults chat and ate… everyone seemed to be enjoying the party ๐Ÿ˜€

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some photo posing happened too

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then we did the cake. I decorated the cake with a light purple color… it turned out great! Everyone assumed that I ordered it! ๐Ÿ™‚

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once again, while we song birthday, Sofia was too focused on the lollipop

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and her old bestie Smaranda.

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It was the most popular birthday party we’ve had so far. We had a lot of fun!!! Sofia liked it so much that when she woke up the next day, she told me: hacemos fiesta otra vez! (let’s have another party!).

Each year is a milestone, and I truly enjoy preparing every one of these. I am thankful to be the most important person in her life and wish I could bring more happiness into her life. I know as she gets older, this task will get harder and harder, but it also prepares me to be a better mom. ๐Ÿ™‚

I love you, my most precious girl in the world! Having you makes me feel I have the world.