Happy 1st Birthday

Dear Ella,

It’s been a year of many blessings. It’s hard to put into words the love I have for you. The sense of pride and joy I have when we see you reach a new milestone.

I can’t believe it’s already been a year. I wish I can freeze time or perhaps put you in a bottle so you can stay tiny forever.

I will always remember the first few weeks we spent together. Holding you in my arms letting you sleep on my chest or snuggling with you on the couch. Nowadays you don’t fall asleep as easily in my arms but in the rare cases that you do, I just hang out and savor every bit of it until you wake up grumpy because you’ve shifted into a less comfortable position.

I still can’t believe I’m breastfeeding you. They say its the best thing you can do for a baby. Going into it I was thinking it would be max of 8 months. And there are many times in which I wanted to give up. I am happy to say that I stuck it out for the full year and will miss the bonding and attachment when this process is all over in a week or so.

As for eating solids, you’ve become quite unpredictable. You started out loving food. And I loved planning out your meals and pureeing all thee different organic veggies I can think of. Then somehow you became a picky eater. There were days when you didn’t want food and days when you wanted more. It’s so hard to tell what you like or don’t like because you treat all food items so inconsistently. I hope we get past this soon and enjoy food as much as your mom and dad.

Another inconsistent behavior is your sleeping habits. It’s the second most annoying thing (next to your eating ones). I can’t figure out what it is maybe we are just too tired to think about it. But half the time you sleep through the night and the other half you wake up screaming. Luckily the last few weeks you’ve been able to fall asleep on your own but for awhile we thought the cycle would never end. We still try to nap when you nap because you wear us out!

I’m writing this post in light of a horrific tragedy. One that certainly hits close to home. Something unimaginable caused by evil that I hope someday you’ll never have to encounter and learn about. Unfortunately in my lifetime there have been many of these tragedies and as your mama I will do my best to protect you and show you as much love as a being can give. You will always be kept safe.

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Busy holiday

What a whirlwind of a weekend. It was definitely too short, especially since this is my first work holiday since going back to work. How long has it been? Only two months? It feels like ages ago.

We took our first family vacation over the weekend. It was intended to see family, my mom and brother and his family. That part was nice, but we were able to squeeze in some sightseeing while in Seattle. The weather couldn’t be more pleasant. It was nice and sunny and just cool enough that a hoodie would do. I wish we had more time, but I’m sure we will visit again soon. My mom loved seeing E, and couldn’t believe how big she’s gotten. She kept commenting about how chubby her cheeks are. They are quite squeezable.

She was an amazing baby during our flights to and from Washington. Luckily we had window seats on both legs so I was able to nurse during both takeoffs and landing. She did get a bit fussy for no more than ten minutes at the beginning and e d, but only because she was super sleepy. I hate early ,or my flights, but for a short trip, I wanted to maximize our time at the destinations. Anyway, she slept through most of the flights which was great. The only part that was embarrassing was her gas. Boy was she gassy. I hope it was confined to just our row because it stank! Poor baby hadn’t had a bowel movement since Thursday. She finally pood this morning. 20120529-213258.jpg

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Anyway, to recap, we got there Friday morning, grabbed our car rental, and made our way to my brothers house. It’s nice staying at a place for free! My mom was about to head out to a doctors appointment, so we went and grabbed lunch at a Szechuan restaurant. There are lots of Asians eateries up there. Food was ok, I don’t think I like the numbing, tingling effect of the szechuan peppercorn. It was odd and unpleasant. After lunch, we napped before heading out to go your the town. We drove around, but didn’t really have any place to go, so we ended up on Mercer Island and stopped at a cute little coffeeshop called Starbucks.

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After feeding her we had dinner and headed back home. We got an early start the next day, and headed downtown to Pike Place. First we picked up some donuts for breakfast at Top Pot Doughnuts. It’s supposedly famous for its donuts, but after spending
34 dollars for 1.5 dozen donuts it tasted a bit overrated. Hope the rest of the family enjoyed it. Pike place was nice. I wish we had something similar in Dallas, but I don’t think we ever will. We don’t even have water!

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The next day we reluctantly agreed to go on a picnic at Deception Pass National park. Reluctant because it’s a two hour drive, and we wanted to spend our last day with my mom. I’m glad we w t though because the puget sound mixed with the forest and sunny weather was great. We made it nome for dinner and hung our with mom before baby had to go down for bed for the night. We will return soon. More pictures to come. These are just images from our phones.

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Her faces during our drive home

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Finally some time

It’s 6:47 and I actually feel like I have time to blog. The baby is napping. Brian is picking up dinner.

It’s usually go go go during the weekdays. Once dinner is over, we wake the baby from her nap, give her a bath, then put her to bed. I’m still super tired by then so I’ll be in bed soon after. Maybe we will watch tv for a bit before I pass out. I’m still getting used to my 5 am wake up. It’s no fun.

Baby E is going through some changes the last 2 weeks. Early last week all she wanted to do was sleep. And if she wasn’t sleeping, she was super hungry!! I had to pack a forth bottle. This week she learned how to flip from her belly to her back. She has only done it twice and I’ve missed both times. I hope to catch it over the weekend. The other fun milestone is she’s starting to laugh. I’ve played peekaboo with her a couple times and she gives me the cutest belly laugh. Can’t wait to hear more giggles.

She’s changing nearly everyday. I wish I can bottle her up so she can stay tiny forever.

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Mother’s Day

I’m so glad I get to be a mom to a wonderful baby. She’s become quite the handful but oh so fun. I love her and can’t wait for many more mothers day.

Monster baby.

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Bad Habits

I’m sure this is just a phase, but it’s quite an annoying one. Baby realizes she can suck on her fingers. Grrrr. She even spits out her pacifier just so she can shove her fingers in her mouth.

When she turned 4 months, we decided not to swaddle her arms. We figured she will start rolling over one of these days. In lieu of that, I guess she needed another way of comforting herself. So
She sucks on her fingers. We’ve avoided giving her a paci at bedtime up until now. Hope it’s only a phase…

The other annoying thing is that she likes to scratch her head. She’s been doing that since 2-3 months but recently I noticed some scabs from her scratching. The doctor told us to use Aquafor which seems to be working. It’s only been two days but I haven’t seen her scratch her head. Poor baby just had an itchy scalp. She inherits all her dry skin from me. We got a bunch of California baby shampoo and lotions for our shower awhile back. While the products are nice, I think I may switch to something for more sensitive skin. Last thing I want is for her to get eczema like I did when I was a kid.

Despite her silly bad habits, she’s still a happy baby. In fact I was able to get her to laugh the other day. It wasn’t a full out laugh but she chuckled and her belly shook. Can’t wait to see more of that. :)

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Miss E at 4 months 5 days.

We missed her 4 month photoshoot. The weekdays are too busy and exhausting to get anything done. But here are some pictures we took today.

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Happy 4 months

A lot has changed over the course of the month. For one thing we are a lot busier and more exhausted than ever.

I started work at a new place. Baby E started daycare. Since then we’ve had very little time to just do nothing. It feels like its go go go nonstop. Not sure how working moms do it. But it’s rough. But mentally and physically. I can barely keep my eyes open at 8:30 in the evening. I blame my revised work schedule. Due to the long commute to downtown, I decided to adjust my schedule from 7-4. This allows me to get home around 5ish. But that also means I get to be awake at 5 or earlier depending on the baby. Ooof.

My first day back was ok. But when driving home and realizing I wasn’t going to get home till 6:30 that night I bawled all the way home and kept wondering if I made a mistake. The good thing about the last job is that the hours are flexible and the commute was easy. I was used to rolling out of bed at 7:30 and getting to work at 9. But thata the only thing I miss…

Anyhow, I’ve adjusted well to the new place. I’ve just got to get my groove back with my energy. The only time I can see myself squeezing any type of fitness routine to keep myself going is at night. But of course I’m usually asleep by 9 if not earlier. Once this nursing business is done, I can probably head to the gym at work. Thank goodness there’s one in walking distance.

Speaking of, pumping at work has been fine with the exception of Tues/Thurs. that’s when the health room is occupied by the massage therapist. On those days, I’d have to run to my car which is parked a block away. I’m not looking forward to walking to my car in the summer. Its totally awkward pumping in the car, mainly bc of the space and the fact that occasionally someone is getting in and out of the car next to me. Luckily the garage is somewhat dimly lit. I’m so ready to be done with this pumping business. :p

So the baby…
She’s changed a lot!! We have started dressing her in 6 months outfits. She’s gotten so big and starting to develop a personality. Just today we saw her grab her toes for the first time. She’s getting used to her hands and is starting to awkwardly grab on toys and putting them in her mouth. She’s developing a bad habit of eating her fingers. She got her first cold, probably from the other germy kids at school. She’s no longer spitting up. She’s pooping less like 3 times a week instead of daily. Because Of that, her poop is smellier and thicker, yay…

She’s getting bald and losing her hair. She smiles a bunch and is starting to develop a laugh. No belly laughs yet. But the biggest thing is that she no longer cries for every little thing. Instead she screams. She still cries when she’s absolutely unhappy though. To sum up her personality, I’d say she’s inquisitive. It’s all in the expression she gives.

She’s perfect in every single way and the most beautiful baby ever. I can’t wait to see her hit her next milestones (ie. rolling and laughing).

Her 4 month checkup is tomorrow. I hope to post stats then. I also need to post about our experience with daycare.

We didn’t get to take a 4 month picture but here’s one from the weekend.

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