Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Serena:) first word!

Serena:) says "Ba ba ba ba ba".  It is her first word, and it is in Chinese meaning Daddy. At first, it sounds like babbling, but once we reinforced it, it sounds more like words. I love hearing it. It is so cute, it happens when she is usually playing. she had been saying for over a week and it only sounds cuter and cuter. Daddy loves hearing it, and stating, of course she would say Baba first :) Serena:) also says "ma" but only once or twice a day. But "bababa" she says more often during the day. Even Lina<3 recognizes  that Serena:) is speaking now. I can't wait til my little Serena:) speaks more and her vocabulary begins to develop.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

our 4th of July weekend

4th of July was a rainy and start of the day. It ended well with some neighbors doing fireworks at nighttime. Lina<3 was so cute when the fireworks started. She likes the idea of firework and does not enjoyed it outside. So we enjoyed the fireworks from our window. She thinks the fireworks are too loud from outside and inside by covering her ears every time she hears it. The fireworks lasted 1.5 hours. And it woke up Serena:) who was in bed by 8pm. Serena:) was able to enjoyed her first fireworks her first 4h of July. They both got to stay up later than usual. Firework is the word of the day :)

BBQ Saturday was fun at Auntie Helen’s house :) Lina<3 loves bubbles. At Auntie’s house, Lina<3 actually played with a little girl that was there.  The little girl was so sweet, playful, and attentive towards Lina<3. And Lina<3 actually played with the girl, not just for a second, but the rest of the night. It was so cute to see her socially play with someone else besides family. They played bubbles together. They played inside the house together. Lina<3 tried to have short conversation(s)
with her, but all she really said is “bubbles”, “more bubbles”, and “what’s your name” (this question Lina<3 asked over and over). My little LIna<3 is learning about social play.


On Sunday, my little Serena:) pulled herself up to standing position for the first time. A new new milestone!  She had been pulling self up onto her knees for a week.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Recap Time


It started to get nice out since April, and what do we do when it gets nice out, go out! We have been spending time outside as much as possible.  The weather has been so crazy, with extreme periods of dry spells, wet weather, humidity, and cloudiness.  Lina<3 had been enjoying every bit of her time outside when possible. Since April, we have been spending a day a week at PorPor's (grandma in Cantonese) house.

Serena:) is now 8 months, and has grown so much in terms of development, in weight and length.  In April, she could barely crawl, and did not even like tummy time at all. But as we did more and more tummy time, she began to crawl, sit up and now starting to crawl on all fours and pulling self up to her knees. There's a lot of babbling of "ahs" "oh" and "coo".  As well as some words that sound like "ma" to me and some words that sound like "ba" (for baba, which means daddy in Cantonese) in the last week or so.  She puts everything in her mouth, which is very alarming, and needs to keep a closer eye on her.  With the beginning of solids at 5 months old, she loves to eat. It was hard to get use to the foods (in the beginning, when the spoon does not work well, I used my fingers to feed her and once she got use to the idea of eating, she was more willing to take the spoonful of food).  Serena:) is enjoying playing with her jie jie (big sister in Cantonese). It is so cute watching them play together espeically when Lina<3 in the mood to play with her mui mui (little sister in Cantonese).

Lina<3 is developing fast too.  She is 2 1/2 years old, and it is amazing how fast time flies.  There is so much energy when her temper tantrums are not overwhelming her and us.  She is speaking more, and putting words together.  There's still an obsession of apple juice (especially when she knows it is in the refrigerator.  She loves to read.  We read every night before bedtime and at least once or twice during the day for a few minutes at a time.  Her eating habits varies just like her mood, and her nap time.

That's what has been happening in the last three months.  Now it is July, time really does fly.

"Happy Feet" Crying Fest

Happy Feet  is a great movie for kids, or so I thought.  Since Lina<3 is 2 1/2 years old now, I thought that she may enjoy this movie.  Also, I needed something to distract her from her nap because she woke up so whiny for Mommy - it was Mommy this, and Mommy that.  At first, the movie was great, Lina<3 sat down, and watched it as I tell her what is going on, on the screen.  But as soon as Mumble (the main character in the movie) was born, the water works started.  There were times when Mumble was alone, Lina<3 kept saying, "mommy, mommy, mommy", pointing to the screen, and crying a lot.   I tried to explain to her that mommy was coming back, and Mumble is big now, and does not need mommy to go places with him. Lina<3 just kept on crying, and saying, "mommy" as she points to the screen.  My poor baby, with a waterfall of tears down her cheeks.  When she does not stop crying, it was time to put an end to the movie, almost 30 minutes into it. Don't worry, as soon as the movie was turned off, Lina<3 was fine.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A trip to the phlebotomist


Lina<3 loves to play doctor and pretend take care of patients' boo boos or whatnots (most of the time her patients are Daddy and I).  Lately, she likes to give shots with a infant medicine syringe that I had lying around but never used, so it became part of her medicine kit (oh, which I still have not been able to find a good one, a medicine kit, that is).  Lina<3 also likes to call the doctor when Daddy or I get "hurt". So a trip to the phlebotomist (on Saturday, March 29, 2014) was just what she wanted to do when we told her that she was going to doctor's office. It was scary for us because we didn't know how she would react to the blood being drawn. As the technician got the needle ready, cleaned her arm with alcohol, I told Lina<3 exactly what was going on. Lina<3 was not worried or anxious at all, as I held her in my lap throughout the whole process, even when the phlebotomist had to try another arm because it did not work on the first time due to her small veins. My little Lina<3 was so brave. There was no crying, and no whining. Just my big girl saying "okay" to everything I was telling as it happen.

It was a bittersweet moment for me. I wanted her to need me but I wanted her to be a big girl and cry at all. Who would had thought that she grow so fast?

Lina<3 got a coloring book afterwards, which she was excited about. She has been preoccupied with her new coloring books as soon as we got to the car, and after we got home.

I am glad that getting blood work went well for my little Lina<3 ... She took off her bandages too, such a big, and a brave little girl. She is my girl!

Friday, March 21, 2014

These are one of my favorite things:

 

From the Sound of Music, this phrase/song comes from. I would like to go over some of my girls favorite things, at the moment.

Ahhh…. juice, first it was orange juice, now Lina<3 had moved on to apple juice. It was started from PorPor with the juice boxes. Lina<3 likes to be silly when ask to stay still and take a picture, lol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lina<3 also enjoyed talking a lot. Some of her favorite phrases are no, come on, one minute, let’s go, shopping, wait, don’t move (as she tries to take my picture with a camera), right here/there.  And singing along with me (ABCs, Twinkle Twinkle, Row Row Your Boat) and sings along with Daddy (our song, John Legend’s All of Me).  She enjoys watching her favorite show on YouTube Qiaohu and now it has become a daily thing that she has to do.

 

Serena:) continues to enjoy playing with her turtle very much especially when she is sitting on the bouncy chair. Serena:) has also moved on to playing with more toys, speaking more often with a lot of baby babbles. She is considered now to be spit-y as she is drooling a lot whenever she put her hands or toys in her mouth.