Lizzy: 6 months

Lizzy turned 6 months this week! Look how much she’s growing.

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We love this new person in our lives so much that we probably takes too many pics and videos everyday. But well… they grow too fast to catch. Need to preserve as long as we can.

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Eating: now that I’m back to work, she takes bottles during the day. Usually I nurse her between 6-6:30am. Then she’d sleep until 8am. She takes 3-4 bottles while I’m away. At 8:30am, 12:30pm, 3:30pm, 5pm sometimes. She’s taking 5-6 oz. each. Right after I come back from work, if her last milk was before 4pm, I’d nurse her few minutes before we have dinner. If not, I’d nurse her before bed around 7pm.

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We started solid with her just few days ago and she’s doing great, she turned from eating anything to just wanting sweet fruit pouches.

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she started to take them in from the start. The first day she had two meals, now she’s taking 2-3 solid a day about 30 min after milk. So far she had kabocha, carrot, sweet potato, peas, potato, lentil, zucchini, pear and avocado. She seems to like thicker consistency such as lentils, kabocha. Somedays she’d open her mouth wide open to take the food, other days she doesn’t want to open. We insist few times, if she doesn’t seem to be interested, we stop. At this stage, it’s more practice than relying food for nutrition.

So after the initial success, she’s now refusing to eat solids unless they’re fruit. She loves peaches and would open mouth wide asking for more. But vegetables? not interested. We started to give her baby oatmeal. The first time she took it well when I mixed it with breast milk, but not sure if she really like it. Need to try more.

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she liked kabocha at first, but not anymore. 😦

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Sleeping: she was a good sleeper since the beginning, sleeping through the night from 2 months and half. But then we regressed a bit and she’d wake up few times a night that I rushed to nurse her. At 5 months mark, I decided to let her cry a bit before running into her room because I know she doesn’t really need to eat and she was probably ready to go back to sleep by herself. And I was right. The first few nights she’d wake up few times but she’d go back to sleep within 15 min. Now at 6 months, she consistently sleep from 7-7:30pm to 6-6:30am, nurse and go back to sleep until 8am again. 

She took naps in the swing until she was 6 months old. We tried 1-2 times to put her in crib for nap, but she had problem falling asleep. We tried again at 6 months and the transition went very smooth. She still naps 2-3 hrs in the morning, then another 2 hours in the afternoon, and maybe a catnap of 45 min in late afternoon.
One curious thing is that Lizzy doesn’t know to sleep when we’re on the road. Even in the stroller, she’d always be awake looking around. Sofia used to nap in the stroller when we go out for a walk, but Lizzy doesn’t.

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Likes:

  • to observe the world in her tummy supported by her hands

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  • she likes us to hold her and make faces to her. She’d laugh so badly.

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  • she likes putting everything in her mouth.

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  • she smiles a lot. Unless she’s in bad mood one day, otherwise she’d be happy all day long.

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  • she loves jamperoo. She can easily stay there jumping for half an hour.

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  • She loves going out too. Starting at 5 months, we’ve been taking her out more often and she has always been so cooperative and quiet. Really easy going.

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  • now that the weather is cooler. Grandma tries to take her out once a day. And over weekend, I try to take her for a walk too. She loves it. She’d sing and move her leg on the ride.

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Dislikes: really not much. She doesn’t fuzz much. If she does it’s usually because she wants to eat or sleep. Otherwise she’s really peaceful. Sometimes she’ll get bored, and if we change the scenario or walk around with her, she’d calm down right away.

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I’m still her favorite person I think. She always try to smile to me when I talk to her, even when it’s not her best day.

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It’s heart warming to see how Tony transitioned to be a father. His love toward Lizzy is devotional. He takes good care of her and is learning to be a father to Sofia. I think that’s because now he really understands what’s to be a father and it’s beautiful to see his transformation.

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Stats at 6 months appointment:

Height: 26 in (52nd)

Weight: 15 lbs 10 oz. (40th)

HC: 16.75 in (59th)

Family: Sofia 4 years old

Sofia turned 4 and I’m still beyond shock how time flies. I still browse her baby pics and those moments are like just yesterday, so vivid.

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But at the same time, I know she’s a big girl already. She knows so well what she wants. She can communicate almost perfectly (with all 3 languages she manages) what she wants, how she feels. Sometimes she talks a bit too much. She can literally talk nonstop since she wakes up, specially when grandma is around. The bound she and grandma has is so unique. Grandma does her morning and evening routines, and takes her to the mall almost every weekend. Those are their things. I’m sure Sofia will remember them for a long time.

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Sleep: Sofia still naps at home (1.5-2 hrs) but she almost never nap at school. She just plays with toys or read books while everyone else naps or do the same. At night, she starts bathing/teeth brushing at 8pm. We read 1-2 books around 8:20pm, and by 8:30pm light is out. In the morning, grandma wakes her up at 7am. On weekends, sometimes she sleeps in until 8am.

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Eating: she eats like a kid. By that I mean she doesn’t eat as good as I wish but not worse than kids at her age. Unfortunately meal time battle is a constant in our house mostly because she eats very slowly, likes talking and playing while eating and always ended up last on the table. She’s not picky in what she eats although she does prefer certain food. She likes fish, noodles, dumplings, mango, watermelon, beets, milk, pan fried eggs with soy sauce, green beans. She started to like meat recently so that’s good. Her breakfast recently has been either yogurt with cereal, milk with cereal or toasts with PB and blue berries goat cheese. For few weeks, she liked oatmeal with PB and honey but hasn’t asked for it for a while. For meals, she eats what we eat. Usually rice with fish/chicken/meat and 1-2 types of veggies (small portion though). Half hour after meal, she’d have fruit as dessert. She snacks at school but not so much when we’re at home on weekends. If I have a snack (nuts/fruit/crackers), then she’ll have some, otherwise she wouldn’t.

She likes:

go to school. They do so many activities (crafts, gym, music, writing, singing, dancing, museum, soccer) Sofia is always excited when we go in the morning, and still wants to play a bit more when we pick her up. She has her favorite friend in the class, another Sofia. They’ve been classmates for 3 years. They are always together in school pics. I hope they continue to be friends for coming years. Friendship is so important for girls.

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ballet. we started during the summer and she loves it so we continued.

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swimming. She’s in Pee Wee Paddler III. She absolutely loves it and looking forward to it every weekend. Tony takes her, so that’s their activity.

go to playground. I take her to playground whenever we have time in weekends. That’s our girl time.

reading. She always asks me to read her. Reading before bed is her treat for the day, she’s so looking forward to it. I need to do more!!!

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play with her friends. whenever we don’t have anything planned for the weekend, I’d arrange play dates with her friends.

dresses. oh mine!!! She wants to put on dress EVERY DAY!!!

do whatever mom does. Now that I’m running, she wants to run too! She goes with Tony to see me racing and says wants to run too. We plan to take her to a race where she can run too.

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watch cartoons. I only allow her to watch on Sundays so she enjoys it so much when she does.

cook with mama. when i was on maternity leave, we did one baking project every weekend. Now that I’m back to work, weekends are hectic, but we need to do more baking together, it’s bounding for us.

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she will like climbing as soon as she tries it. I’m sure. She was so focused seeing me climbing. 🙂

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going to festivals. We went a couple this summer and she had a blast.

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going to watch shows. We went to a concert and twos shows. She love them all.
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Her favorite people:

her mama

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little sister

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she absolutely love Lizzy. She loves playing with her, read her, hold her, give her kisses and hugs. When we go home in the evening, the first thing she does is to wash her hands so she can play with Lizzy. And whenever Lizzy is crying for something, she wants us to give that to her ASAP because she hates seeing Lizzy crying. She’s so protective.

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grandma. I’m not even sure if she loves grandma more or  less than her mama.

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her friend Sofia at school

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Laura

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She dislikes

  • rushing her into eating
  • not having activities on weekends
  • take naps

Reflections:

I’m constantly feeling I’m not a good-enough mom. I should spend more time with her, be more patient with her, and have our special time more often. But life gets busy and if we want to accomplish everything on schedule, I often ended up rushing her. I guess I still need a lot of work to do.

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Next year she’ll start kindergarten, so it’s gonna be a big change for everyone. I hope she enjoys fully her last year at daycare and the innocent childhood without school pressures. These moments are so precious.

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I love you Sofia, so much! I know I don’t show it to you all the time and that I’m very strict with you. But trust me, I love you deeper than you can ever imagine. All I want and do is to give you the best, prepare you for the life journey for happiness and sense of purpose.

Lizzy: 4 months old

Lizzy turned 4 months old last week. Look how much she grew the last two months. From a tiny little cute girl… to a chubby girl with the cutest thigh and coolest hair style baby!!!

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I’m amazed by how happy she is everyday. Whenever she wakes up from a nap and sees up going to pick her up, she’d smile at us nonstop. She also smiles at me when I talk to her… babble to her… play with her. She’s just a happy baby. She brings so much happiness to our family.

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we started to take her out more often and she always behaves really really well.

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she’s been obsessed with eating her hands

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stare at us with her big eyes and cute face

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yeah~~~~ she’s chubby

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Schedule: We don’t follow any schedule but she’s naturally developed a schedule. Wakes up between 6:30-7:30am, goes down for her nap 8:30-9am, wakes up between 11-12, goes down 12-1pm. Wakes up again around 3-4pm, goes down at 5pm, and wakes up to have dinner with us around 6pm. Then night routine starts with bath by Tony, then eats, then sleeps in the swing until 9pm (when I’m ready to go to bed), I’d transfer her to the crib after I nurse her while she’s mostly asleep.

She eats whenever she wakes up from the nap and plays a bit before going to nap. So, we loosely follow EASY.

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Sleep: she naps in the swing during the day, usually 1.5-2.5 hrs. She doesn’t fuss when she goes to sleep. We don’t help her but let her to fall asleep by herself. She started to sleep through the night around 3months, waking up around 4-5am. But then she started to roll to her tummy but can’t roll back, so she’d wake up crying asking for help. If that happens, I have to nurse her, otherwise she’d keep rolling and doesn’t sleep. When she started to roll, sometimes she wakes up 2-3 times, but it has been better lately because she now can fall asleep in her tummy. When that happens, she still sleep through the night.

I know… I’m so lucky to have such a good sleeper. Even in those nights that she wakes up, I don’t mind just going to nurse her because I know this period is so short and soon she won’t need my comfort.

We still need to transition her to nap in the crib… yeah…. will start soon.

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Eating: she eats well, has became more efficient nursing. Usually she nurses both side in less than 15 min. If she gets a bottle, she has 3.5-4oz.  Since she’s growing well, I don’t worry if one day she eats less.

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Doctor visit: she woke up extra warm one day but acted normal. But after her morning nap, she woke up very fussy and crying. She didn’t want to nurse either. So I knew something was wrong. I took temperature and she definitely had fever (close to 39C). We went to the doctor 2 hours later. She didn’t have any infection so doctor ordered to take tylenol until fever comes down. One tylenol later, she was happy as herself. But then two days later, fever came back. It was not as high as the first time but fever nonetheless. Just to be extra safe, we took her to the doctor again. This time we did strep test, urine test and blood test. All came back good, just indicating presence of virus. So nothing to worry about, just wait until it goes away (usually 5 days). She acted normal, ate well and slept well, so we didn’t worry and fever didn’t come back.

She behaved so well during doctor visit and went through all the test without much fuss. Such a lovely girl.

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Milestones:

  • hands munching
  • roll into tummy
  • grab things and our fingers
  • smiles at us on “demand”
  • babbling funny sounds

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her head control is getting better although still can’t hold herself

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and lastly she LAUGHS all the time!!! 😀

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Stats on 8/19/2016

weight: 13 lb. 15 oz. (45th)

height: 25 in (73rd)

HC: 16.44 in (82nd)

End of a transition year

Life is good.

Life is hopeful.

Life is joy.

This is now, it was not for the most part of the last year.

Tony moved to the US June 2015. Although our love was strong, we were both committed, it was not an easy sail as the fairytale. We haven’t been in contact with each other for almost 10 years, we lived our lives apart, we grew to a semi-different person than when we fell in love 15 years ago. So we had to learn about each other, the good, the bad and the ugly. During this process, I also learned a lot about myself. I got a new understanding of love, relationship, respect, and communication. Going to therapy really helped me to learn these. Yesterday I emailed my therapist that I’m ready to take a break from weekly sessions because I feel I’m in a good spot and I can be on my own.

The transition year was not only about love and relationship with this new person. Tony also needed to adapt not only me, but also our family and a new city. He with only two suitcases and left behind his family, his friends, his job and his comfort zone.

I had no doubt that he’s capable of settling down here well because he lived in Canada for 8 years, so this life is familiar to him. BUT finding a job was not easy. He got frustrated, defeated; I got upset, angry. He gave up looking, I kept pushing and we both ended up feeling like a failure. It was hard, really hard. The feeling of not knowing where the future lies for him, the anger of not knowing where to put the effort to see hope, and the constant feeling of self-pressure. I know it was hard on him. I knew it. But I found it useless to cry and to be upset together. So I kept trying. I kept encouraging.

Finally, something came up. We were all cheerful. We shared the news with family and friends. But the joy only lasted for a week. We were back to zero. We didn’t understand why this happened.

But I told him and myself, everything happens for a reason, we just don’t know at the moment.

And I was right.

A month later… he started working. Not at an ideal place, not an ideal job. But at that point, anything was better than nothing.

He started working everyday. I didn’t allow myself to be cheerful, not yet. What if this is temporary again? I can’t stand another disappointment.

But then he continued to work, I got used to our new routine. He working during the day while I stay at home taking care of household tasks and Lizzy.

One month after he started, something unexpected happened. The company offered him a permanent position just few weeks before his temporary contract expires. It was exhilarating!!!! I was sooooooo proud of my beloved husband. How much effort he must have put in this job, a job that is beyond his capabilities, for them to want to offer him a position so soon. This is the man I fell in love. I knew he is capable.

Now that he has a full time permanent job. We also laid out a medium plan for his career path. I did the research, he was excited, and one week later, he has started this new project!

This marks the end of our transition year.

We are in a sweet spot now. Content with present and hopeful about our future. 🙂

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Family: Lizzy 2 months old

Lizzy turned two months old last week and she became such a happy baby. Smiling at us and making funny noises as if she wants to talk to us. Such a joy to our life!!! 😀

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Eating: she’s been eating well, 5-6 times a day, between 3-5 oz. of pumped milk or 15 min of nursing. This month she started to refuse bottle for the night feeding, for no apparent reason. We tried few nights and she just wouldn’t take it even if she hasn’t eaten for +6 hrs. She was definitely hungry, crying but still not wanting the bottle. I’ve read that babies tend to need mommy the most in the evening. It has nothing to do with being hungry or not, but needing the bounding and security from mom. So I nurse her now. Since it’s only once, I don’t mind at all. However, it got me worried that if she doesn’t take bottle, then what are we gonna do when I go back to work. Fortunately she takes bottles during the day.

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Sleeping: she sleeps really well. She wakes up between 6:30-7am, naps around 8am, 12pm, 4pm for 2.5-3 hrs usually, many times we have to wake her up, otherwise she could continue. Her last nap is a bit shorter, 1.5 to 2 hrs because we want to make her bed time before 7:30pm. She still naps in the swing but sleeps in the crib at night. She goes down before 7:30pm, she’d wake up for a feeding anytime between 2-4am. One time she went all the way through 4:30am. I don’t even change her during evening feeding, I simply feed her, wrap her up and put her back to the crib. She doesn’t always fall asleep right away but she doesn’t demand company either.

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She likes taking bath, looking at us talking to her, or simply checking out her surroundings.

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We are so lucky to have such an angel baby.

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She loves to stretch after eating and we love seeing this face!

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She’s developing a bound with grandma. For unknown reason, grandma always finds the most comfortable position to hold Lizzy.

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Daddy’s job is to change her diapers and to takes thousands of pics and videos of her. Since we know this age goes so fast! we want to record every bit of her development, or simply face of the day. 🙂

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She makes us company during dinner time. She doesn’t participate yet, she simply quietly observes us and listen to us. So sweet.

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She started to respond to our attempt to make her laugh.

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She’s even a good company to us at restaurants.

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The only times when she cries is when she is hungry or ready to sleep. Once we feed her or put her to sleep, she’s happy again.

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Although she’s not as interactive as Sofia, but she’s soooo cute! She’s like the doll of the family. I remember when Sofia was little, I’d want her to grow so she could amaze us with each of the milestones. But with Lizzy, I’m not in a hurry. I am enjoying this stage because I know she is probably my last baby and I want to enjoy the little baby feeling for as long as I can. With Tony we often say if we could, we want to keep her at the current stage forever!!!

Stats. She is a bit heavier and taller than Sofia at this age.

Weight: 10 lbs 15 oz (38th)

Height: 22.5 in (48th)

HC: 15.5 in (80th)

 

Family: Lizzy is one month old

Time flies. Lizzy turned one month old two weeks ago and I am amazed how much she has already changed. She’s chubby now and so peaceful. She is truly an angel baby. She doesn’t fuss much when she’s been fed. We are enjoying her presence more and more.

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Eating: she’s a good eater. She eats  every 3-4 hours about 15 min each time. We started bottle two weeks ago and she’s doing great! It allows me to be away from her sometimes and sleep 5-6 hours in one stretch at night. She takes 3-4 oz. when bottle fed. Usually I nurse her first thing after she wakes up from nap, then change diaper in between breasts in case she’s sleepy. I try not to give her snack so she can have full meal each time.

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Night sleep: we’ve reduced night feeding from 3 to 2. She goes to bed around 7:30pm, then wakes up betwen 10:30-11pm. Tony gives him a bottle and she goes back to sleep until 3:30-4:30am. I nurse her and she goes back to sleep until 5:30-6:30. Then I usually transfer her to the swing and she’d sleep until 8:30-9am or even later. We didn’t purposely impose that schedule, but she naturally fall into it. Sometimes she fuss a bit in the middle of the sleep and we don’t run into her because she might just be in between sleep cycles. If she fuss for more than 10-15 min then I pick her up and she’s usually content.

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Naps: she has been a great napper too. Some days she’d take two 3 hours long nap, one in the morning one in the afternoon. Then a catnap of 45-60 min at dinner time. Other days she’d nap 1.30-2 hrs usually. 45 min naps are rare but it happens too. She now naps exclusively in the swing. We resisted a bit but then I read enough research of it that I was comfortable to let her nap in the swing.

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Tony is truly in love with her. He showed me a side that I didn’t know before nor I expected to see. But I love him more for being such an incredible father. No matter what he’s doing or how he’s doing, the moment he sees Lizzy, he’s happy.

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Since her awake time is an hour, there’s not much play time involved. We also don’t do anything special to entertain her. Just let her look around. She is happy to be just like way.. while she moves her hands and feet nonstop. So cute! 🙂

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Family: Sofia at 3 years 7 months

This morning I saw this video and it brought me nostalgia about Sofia’s babyhood. Although I always reminded myself that time flies with babies, and that I want to catch every moment of life of Sofia before she becomes a real person… well… once again.. I feel I failed. Too many days I rushed over little moments with her… hurry up to dress up, to leave the house, to finish dinner, to brush the teeth… hurry up… while my heart wants to slow it down. I am truly blessed to have her in my life and can’t imagine it without her… she brights my day and brings me hope and happiness, she frustrates me, irritates me, true, but most importantly, she makes me feel loved, needed. Her unconditionally love makes me feel guilty of not giving her more… more attention, more patience, more time.

So… here I am… pausing for a moment, remind myself in time to “see” her grow once more, and remind myself to LIVE every moment with her as the last one, because she will grow TOO fast TOO soon.

At 3 years and 7 months… she’s developed a personality. She’s hilarious, fun, caring, has strong will, knows what she wants, understands everything (according to her teacher) despite being the youngest in class, friendly with strangers, likes to show off her outfit and toys, fearless, loving, loves her mommy and grandpa.

Sometimes I wonder whether the divorce have affected her.. whether I’ve made the wrong decision, but every time I see her smily and silly face, I was assured she’s fine. She’s happy. She knows she has two daddies and she says it as it is something she’s proud of.

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somedays I see her as a grown up person, others I feel she’s still just a baby. For example, when I tell her that when she wakes up in the morning, she can’t leave her bed except to go to the bathroom because when it’s dark outside, there’s a big bear looking for kids who leave their beds, and she totally believes me.

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Although I’m very strict with her, when I say no to something, it means no, she stills loves me and wants to be with me before anyone else. Although when grandma is here, I wonder if she says she prefers me over grandma because she cares about me feelings.

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We try to go out every weekend with her to explore new things, and she loves getting on a boat

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to the capital wheel

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even groceries trips are fun for her. Her favorite thing to do in groceries stores are to taste free samples. when there’s none, she would complain about it. Going to the groceries store is part of our weekend routine. There’s only one weekend that we weren’t going (right after Lizzy was born) and she asked grandma why we didn’t go.

Kids imitates parents… i enjoy doing groceries, explore new food and plan for new meals… Sofia seems to do so too. I plan to let her get more involve, such as letting her pick 1 fruit, 1 vegetable every week so she feels part of the process, and hopefully encourage her to eat them too.

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Her school has every friday show and share, in which each kid brings a toy to show and explain it to the class. Sofia loves that and wants to bring something to show off every day.

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As every kid, she loves cake and ice cream. I think she loves the idea of them more than the food itself. Cakes are usually eaten with celebrations, birthday parties in class, and birthdays at home. Ice cream is a Saturday tradition. Each Saturday she can have ice creams. Although she needs very little of it, such as a scoop or half of it, she really enjoys it.

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Tony is her male figure now. Alt. For 2.5 years, she lived with two women, although we love her and give everything she needs, there was still something missing. With Tony living with us, she got to see what is a happy couple (most of the days), how we show affection to each other, how it is okay to fight and be kissing the next minute. She also got to know that when there’s something broken at home, either her toy or the washing machine, it was the man in the house who would repair it. She also knows that Tony doesn’t cook, drives her to class, takes her to swimming class, plays with her soccer, and reads her chinese books. When we both show up to pick her up at the daycare, she’d proudly present me as her mom and Tony as her dad to her friends.

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I thank her to be my friend too. In days that I am sad, I have her by my side. She would give me hug and kiss when I most needed. She makes me know that no matter what, she’d be there for me.

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as any kid, she can turn from crying badly to silly laugh as nothing has happened in seconds. I wish I had this ability to switch gears so quickly.

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Eating is still a struggle for us. I say for us because we both suffer. She suffer because I am chasing after her to eat her food quickly, and I suffer because she already bargain with me or ignore me when I say so. So many times dinner time turned to a fight, quiet time and more crying. I know I should let it go and let her decide how much to eat. But it’s hard when all she would eat is two bites if I let her. But if I don’t do that, I end up being frustrated with us and myself everyday. Things that I plan to implement includes few or none snacks during the day, more physical activities, more food available for her that I know she’d like, and more patience with her. Kids are wired to want to play all the time… meal time is much less fun that playing with her dolls.

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when is something she loves like the korean mochis, she can eat 1/2 of the package in one sitting.

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She loves when we do activities together  such as building a gingerbread house. I should do more with her.

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She sleeps very well nowadays. We start bedtime routine at 8pm, brush her teeth, shower, PJs, 2 story books, one song three times, tons of kiss and hugs. I leave the room at 8:30pm. Sometimes she’d be asleep by 8:45pm, other days she’d be awake until past 9pm, but she stays in her bed all this time. She still naps when she’s at home, between 1.5-2.5 hrs. It’s glorious time for the adults.

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She’s good at entertaining herself. She’s play pretend with her friends, she’d draw in the studio while I’m at the computer, plays with her kitchen, cooks us “meals”, pretend she’s the doctor and checks on us.

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obviously she loves snow too. she was quite a companion to Tony for all this year’s snow cleaning.

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more silly face

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She’s a caring big sister. Laura is one year younger than her, and she takes care of her when we visit.

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the funniest thing is that they communicate with shanghainese! It’s hilarious to hear them talk.

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She loves loves her swimming class. She’s all by herself now and so proud to show me her new tricks. We will continue that as long as she’s into it.

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She’s very independent too. She brushes her teeth, take shower, go to the bathroom, picks her outfit for the day, all by herself. She also often helps out with house work. For example, she’s in charge to put the fruit in the fruit basket after groceries, and she hands me over things to put in the fridge. And when I ask her to pick things for me around the house, she happily does it for me. A little helper we have.

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She is just a cuttie!!!! 😀

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She loves playgrounds. Now that the weather is nice, we try to go there every weekend. Usually it’s quite crowded. She likes going to the toys that other kids are playing. We’d wait and wait until it’s her turn, and then she abandon it few minutes after.

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She loves reading me books. She knows two books by memory, “I’m a big sister” & “buenas noches luna” both in spanish.

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And lately she’s became a real big sister, and she’s so proud of it. She loves watching Lizzy, gives her tons of kisses and hugs, and so eager to help. I can’t wait to see them interact!

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This little person will soon to be a grown up.  Although she upsets me when she has strong opinion on how she likes things… I am happy that she’s that way. I hope she’s strong opinionated as her mom, or even a better version of me.

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I know I’m very strict with her and sometimes she hates me for that… I still think it’s important to set the limits and keep them, it’s parents’ responsability. Teach her to be disciplined, have good manners, respect others’, and most importantly that actions lead to consequences so she can learn to be responsible.

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Other times I just want to give in, play with her as her peer, be silly, more kisses. Lately we’ve developed a mini tradition. I go to pick her up in the morning and we lie there to talk about the day that is starting, what we are looking forward, our plans for the upcoming weekend. When she’s still sleepy, we’d just lie there, hug and be quiet together. Love those moments!