Sunday, November 16, 2014

IVK 4-5 months

Happy 5 months my Little Dollface!

Time seems to be going by so fast.  It seems like you were just born yesterday but at the same time it feels like you've been a member of our family forever.  It's weird.  This month has been awesome.  You've changed so much--not really in appearance but in your personality and activities.  We all love and enjoy you.  We also love watching you go through each milestone.

You and your brother are still best buddies.  He loves you so much although sometimes he forgets you are more than half his size and plays too rough.  You, however, let him know when he's doing so by letting out one of your usual blood curdling screams.  Yes, you have one of the loudest screams I've ever heard.  You usually scream whenever you are hungry or tired or bothered by your big brother.  Otherwise you are pretty happy.  You love to laugh and smile.  Your favorite thing to do is stare at your big bro and laugh with him.  Sometimes you guys will sit next to each other and crack up.  It's so sweet to watch you guys together and I pray that you guys will forever be close and care about each other.  You also love smiling with your daddy.  You are so sweet, I just want to eat you up!

You love to grab at everything you see, especially food.  I haven't started you on solid foods yet but I'm looking forward to it.  I have a feeling you'll be a good eater (fingers crossed).  You can roll over from belly to back but not from back to belly.  When on your back, you roll over on you side but don't get quite on your belly.  When doing tummy time, you get up on your elbows and look around.  You like tummy time a little better now that you are stronger.  You sit well with support but can only support yourself for a few seconds before toppling over.

I'm still enjoying nursing you, although we are also supplementing because my milk production isn't the greatest.  You are a pretty good eater and a fairly good sleeper.  You nap3-4 times per day and they are pretty organized (surprisingly).  You like to sleep and you can hardly stay up longer than 2 hours before you start getting cranky.  You first nap is about an hour, the second is about 2-3 hours, and the third is about 45 min to 1 hour.  Bedtime is around 7pm and you get up once at night mostly then wake up around 630.  You have a little cold right now so you've been getting up way too many times to count.

This month we've done a few hikes, a few playground visits, a museum visit and went to a birthday party.  Oh, how could I forget...you went trick or treating with your brother and a few of his friends.  You were dressed as a ladybug and your brother was Spiderman.  You still seem to love being outdoors.  You are also very friendly and smiley (even with strangers when being held by me).  You don't like to be held my strangers if I'm not around however. You  love to blow bubbles and imitate facial expressions and sound.  You are just so much fun.  Your dad and brother are enjoying you a lot too.   

We just love watching you grow and we are thankful to be blessed with such a sweet little girl as you.
Mrs. K

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

IVK 3-4months

Happy 4 month birthday (my Little Dollface)

This is the first month since you've been born that we've had you all to ourselves.  We've had family and friends for the past 3 months hanging out with us so that they can see you.  It's been fun living as a family of 4 and it's been interesting not having help BUT we all did good!

You continue to have a sweet personality.  You seem so laid back (most days) except for when you are mad (like when you're sleepy, hungry, or when we get you out of the tub).  You looove baths and calm down so nicely as soon as we put you in BUT as soon as we take you out, you start screaming.  By the way, did I mention you have the loudest scream I've ever heard--yes.you.do!  You also seem to love your brother and smile when he's around.  You definitely have been smiling consistently and even laughing.  I love hearing you laugh and coo.  They are like music to my hears.  It warms my heart to even think about you smiling and laughing.  You love to kick around during diaper changes and bath time.  You also love to blow bubbles and try to imitate facial expressions and noises.  Really cute!

You still look sooo much like your brother.  You are still tiny but growing.  You have kissable chubby cheeks and thighs.  You still have a head full of bone straight hair when it's dry but gets wavy when wet.  I love your big gummy smiles.  You even smile with your eyes.  Gosh you are sweet.  I can't stop kissing you. 

You sleep pretty good at night--getting about 6-8 hours per night straight then wake up and get 3-4 hours more.  You are still a night owl and it's sometimes hard getting you to go down for good at bedtime.  Nap time during the day is a little more consolidated or organized.  You nap around 930, 1230 and 330.  You try to take a late nap in the evenings although we try to avoid that.  You end up winning though.  I still swaddle you for naps and at night.  You still eat pretty good every 2-3 hours during the day time.  You nurse mainly but at bedtime I give you a bottle.  You still are the spit up queen but you don't seem bothered by it.

You have great head control.  We do some tummy time but need to do more.  You hate tummy time by the way.  You roll over on your side but not all the way.  You have been trying to sit up on your own a lot.  When you are in you car seat or we try to lay you flat, you pick your head up, flex your abs and try to sit.

We have done so much this month--church as usual, several hikes.  We went on a few walks with Caroline, your buddy who's a month older than you who lives up the road.  Went shopping in Sacramento this month and stayed the night in a hotel--you did great.  You also visited Yosemite this month and did great.  You are still loving the great outdoors and love being carried facing out in the Baby Bjorn.

We are all so delighted to have you.  We love seeing you sweet little face and interacting with you.  We even love you loud piercing screams at times.  It's hard to believe that someone as little as you can be so loud.  Feeling so blessed right now.   

Here's a recent pic of my little Dollface:

 

Mrs. K

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

On being a mom of 2

I remember having so much anxiety when I was pregnant with my daughter (#2).  I worried about if  I would love her as much as my son.  I just could not imagine loving another child as much as I loved my son.  I mean, I really thought it was impossible.  I think I also thought that it would take away from him if I "shared the love."  It made me so sad to think that my second child (and possible subsequent children) would not be loved the same.

Well, all that worrying was for absolutely no reason.  I don't know what I was thinking.  I can't say that I love them the same or equally because it's really hard to measure how much I love them to begin with.  But what I can say is that I love them both so much with every fiber of my being.  I love them with everything in me.  I just do.  Loving them is so easy.  So natural (even when they are screaming in my face at 2am or accidentally kick me in the nose while horse playing).  I look at them and it just amazes.  I can't measure how much I love them, I can't fit it in a container.  There's no depth or width or height.  All I can say is that I love them to infinity and beyond.  Sometimes I'm so happy that I could burst with joy.  What a blessing these two are!  Such hardwork (lol) but such a blessing.

I also worried about my son (#1) feeling left out or as if he's replaced when his sister arrives.  I sure didn't want him to feel less loved because my attention was now divided.  Well, all that worrying was in vain too.  Although it's hard, especially at first juggling two young kids (and yes it does feel like juggling sometimes)--you find a way to make it work.  I'm not saying that my son hasn't tried me so that he can get some attention (even if it's negative attention).  But he knows he's loved despite his little sister being added to our family.  Hubby and  I spend a lot of time with the kiddos together but we also take turns spending alone time with each kid.  In fact, last Friday I took my son out on a date (we went to get ice cream at our favorite shop and then we visited the pet store).  I know--cheap date but he was so happy.  We talked about his day and had fun playing at the ice cream shop (they have a little play area for the kids).  And the pet store visit was awesome.  It's like a cheap version of the zoo/aquarium BUT he loved it!  It doesn't take much to fascinate and entertain my 2 year old.  As our kids get older we plan to make it a regular thing for us to take them on dates individually.  I really look forward to future dates with each kid.

So let me also add some realness.  Being a mom is challenging period.  Being a mom of 2 is even more challenging (for me at least).  Yes, it's overall awesome and I wouldn't have it any other way but it's difficult.  My kids are 2 years and 3 months apart.  Although my son is potty trained fully, he's a little squirt and still needs my help to the potty.  He never has accidents (not even at night) but he wakes me up at night when he wants to use the potty.  This was ranging anywhere from 0-6 times per night.  NO joke.  Imagine doing that while trying to nurse a newborn in the middle of the night (it was so hard, especially on the nights my husband worked).

For someone as Type A as me, I've learned to lower my expectations to preserve my sanity.  I've realized that it's impossible to do an awesome job at everything all the time.  I've realized that it's ok to let my 2 year old watch a little TV so I can tend to his sister then make it up later by spending special time with him.  I've realized that it's ok for us to not all have dinner as a family at the table every night.  These are just some of the realizations I've had.

I've only been a mom of 2 for 3 months but I'm loving it.  It's challenging and some moments I feel like crying (lol) because I don't feel like I have it together.  But I remind myself that I'm doing the best I can and that my kids seem to be very content.  One of my biggest realization is how my love for my kids give me the strength to deal with the challenging times.

Thankfully for now, my son loves his little sister and she smiles and coos at him all the time.  He's protective of her and showers her with kisses.  I know the day will come when they'll have nonstop fights so I'm basking in this time when they are so sweet to each other.

So overall things are tough and it's an adjustment for all of us BUT overall we are all doing great AND I thank God for that.

Mrs. K

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

IVK 2-3 months

Happy 3 month Birthday my Little Dollface!

Our little bundle is 3 months old.  I can't believe it.  Time does fly.  She gets sweeter and sweeter as the days go by.  Gosh I love that little girl.  I can't get enough of her gummy smile and those cute little dimples.

She's so into her surroundings.  She's very inquisitive and wants to know what's going on around her.  She's also super smiley.  She wakes up so happy in the morning (something I'm not used to--big bro was a grouch when he wakes up, much like his momma).  She doesn't cry, she just kicks around and makes sweet noises.  When we go to see her she gets excited, smiles and flails all 4 extremities.

My Little Dollface is a pretty good sleeper.  Once down (by 830pm) she wakes up once at night to eat then goes back down and doesn't awake until 730-8.  Naps are still short but she takes about 3-4  per day.  She's still awesome at nursing although she spits up a lot.  She's a happy spitter.  I've been pumping this month because I know she will start childcare soon.  We've been giving her a bottle at night before bed (which is good because that's one less worry about transitioning to daycare)

As I said, she's super social and smiley.  She knows me, her dad and her brother.  She also smiles for others too and doesn't have much stranger anxiety yet.  She's still pretty quiet in church too.  Overall she's pretty laid back although she has her fussy moments--mostly later in the day or when tired or hungry or need a diaper change.  When mad, she's feisty.  She may be tiny but she's a tough girl.  She has one of the loudest screams I've ever heard.  Wow!

She has pretty good head control AND can move her head to look around without problems.  There's not much need to support her head anymore although we are careful about this.  She rolls over on her side but not all the way.  She likes to look at mobiles or anything you dangle in front of her.  She also likes to hold things in her hands.  She loooves her fingers and seem to prefer them over the pacifier lately.

I'm pretty impressed that she's demonstrated some ability to self soothe.  In the middle of the night right after I feed her, if I put her down and she wakes up--she whines for about a minute then goes to sleep.  She loves to "talk."  It really seems like she's talking.  Just lots of cooing and seems to  pause when we talk to her.  IT's really neat and sweet.

She loves baths but screams like mad as she gets taken out.  Her big brother loves her and is still very protective of her.  He's also very sensitive to her and tries to comfort her when she's upset.  Cara is still the main baby she hangs out with.  We've done a few more trips this month and I'm amazed by how flexible she is.  We did two trips which required us staying in a hotel and she did great.  She did well for the car rides (longest 3 hours) and well in the hotels too AND awesome on the hikes.  I think she'll be a nature girl like her mama, papa and big brother.

I just feel so blessed to have her.  I couldn't ask for more.  I look forward to watching her grow and learn and explore.  Can't wait...well, yes I can.  I don't want her to grow up too quickly now.

Mrs. K

Saturday, August 30, 2014

IVK 1-2 months

Happy 2 month Birthday!

From here on out, I will be documenting milestones etc of my Little Dollface as if I'm talking to her (like I did for her brother).

Your second month was marked by your paternal grandma visiting all the way from Florida.  Your Nonna could not wait to see you and she was so happy when she finally did.  She actually spent 6 weeks with us.  Your brother continues "to love you so much."  He is gentle with you and very protective of you.  When someone comes around he puts his arm out and says "stop, that's my baby sister."  He is attentive to you crying and cares a lot about you being ok.  Your dad and I still adore you.  

You are still very tiny although at your 2 month check up you close to double your birth weight (9lb 13oz) and grew over 3 inches.  You seem to be filling out some especially in your face, tummy and legs.  You still have a head full of bone straight hair when it's dry but when it's wet it gets a little curly.  One day this week you woke up with a natural mohawk.  Everyone we encountered thought it was the most adorable thing ever.  You are not as pale as you were last month and your eyes are clearly brown.  You still have the most adorable little pouty lips. 

You still have a pretty laid back personality, it seems although you let your needs be known with your girly ear piercing screams.  You began showing some social smile at around 5 weeks although not very consistent.  I'm definitely less rigid and more laid back (if I dare say so) the second time around.  Although this newborn stage is still rough, I feel less stressed when it comes to caring for you. 

Nursing is still going well and you remain a pretty good eater--meal every 2-3 hours although very fast.  Nursing the second time around seem so much easier.  I am still having to wake you up every 3 hours to feed you but getting you to go back to sleep has been difficult.  Your naps are still not organized during the daytime.  We are still swaddling you when you sleep and this seems to help.  You like the pacifier AND if it falls out you get really upset.  That's been a bit challenging for us.  Although I'm nursing you, you got your first cold (your brother goes to preschool and has been getting everyone sick).  You did pretty well for being sick.  Thankfully we took care of you at home without having to take you to your pediatrician.

We have been on several outtings this month--mainly to church, shopping, and a few hikes.  You are such a trooper.  The more I get to know you, the more I adore you.  I just love you so much and feel very blessed to be your mommy.  I think you will  be just as sweet as your brother when you get older.  You still look very much like him.

Mrs. K

IVK 0-1 month

It's time to blog about my other baby.  As you know I've been blessed with another wonderful child.  It's an awesome feeling being a second time momma.  It's just as good as the first time and the LOVE I have for my baby girl is just the same as the love I have for her brother.  Our capacity to love amazes me.  Anyway, she's almost 3 months old so let me introduce you all to my Little Dollface.  

My little darling was born close to 4 weeks early on June 6, 2014--very tiny at 4lbs 13 oz BUT super healthy.  She's a sweet California baby.  I had to be induced AND the labor and delivery went very smoothly.  She lost a few ounces and was down to 4lb 8oz but quickly gained back her birth weight and more (within a week).


She looked so tiny coming home in her car seat.  She was swallowed up by the premie one piece she was wearing.  We called her our little squirrel because she was so small.  Her brother first saw her right after she was born and his love for her was instant.  He wanted to hold her and he was kissing all over her.  He loves her so very much and has shown no jealousy or meanness.  When she got home, we showed her around the house.  My cousin, Dee, was there helping us out for the first 2 weeks.  Ryan and Carolina visited us while we were in the hospital, along with some of her dad's work partners.

As far as physical appearance, besides being very tiny, she was pale white with straight black hair, brownish-grayish eyes and super red lips.  She had one of the cutest little faces that strongly resembled her brother's.  She loved being swaddled and being held.  The pacifier was her best friend and my savior.  Her first real bath was at home right at 2 weeks when the stump of the umbilical cord fell off.  Her brother and her dad helped with the bath.

She nursed like a pro immediately after she was born and has been awesome at eating thereafter.   I had no problems with latching or any other aspect of breastfeeding.  I did supplement with 10-15 ml of formula at each breastfeeding for the first week to help get her weight up.  My milk came in fully on day 3 right after I drank mother's milk tea.  We had the usual sleepy while nursing newborn stage but this ended after a while.  I fed her mostly on demand but did not let her go past 2 hours during the daytime and 3 hours at night.  She does spit up a lot but I expect this to go away in a few months.

Her sleep was pretty good for a newborn.  Most nights I had to wake her at the 3 hour mark to feed her.  One night my alarm did not go off and  she slept 4.5 hours straight.  She was sleeping in her bed since day 1.  While sleeping she would make these funny little noises.  Her dad and I joked that she sounded like a dinosaur.  We swaddled her for naps and at night.  Naps were irregular as usual.  She seemed to be in a sleepy slumber for this first month.

Overall her personality seems pretty chill BUT she definitely lets her needs be known.  She has the loudest scream I've ever heard.  It's a super high ear-piercing screaming when she's mad.  She definitely screams like a girl!  She's been pretty alert from the get-go and has been trying to pick her head up.

At 4 weeks old we took her to church for the first time and she did very well.  She also went on her first hike at 4 weeks old (in Lassen National Park).  Its amazing how much more comfortable I am the second time around.  She seems to fit in with the rest of our family perfectly.  Her father, brother and I just love and adore her so much.  We cannot get enough of our little munchkin.  We took newborn photos at 3 weeks old and here she is:



Mrs. K

Sunday, August 24, 2014

IEK 2 year old update (w/pic)

IEK (Mr. Smarty Pants) is doing great!  I haven't written an update on him in a while.  He's 2 years and 6 months old.  This will be a fairly long update, I anticipate, as I want to document as much as I can remember.

He turned 2 years old in February and had a joint birthday party with Abby, one of his buddies from North Carolina.  It was a cowboy themed party held at the Little Gym and it was great.  I made his outfit (kind of).  I ordered a cowboy vest and chaps online.  I didn't have to do much altering for the vest but I attached the chaps to a pair of jeans.  He looked so cute.

First haircut was 12/31/13 and he has had 4 haircuts to date.  They seem to be getting shorter and shorter each time.  He's had 2 haircuts in NC and 2 here in California.  He has done well with all his haircuts so far.  He gets into the toy airplane or car or whatever he chooses, mommy acts like an idiot and voila haircut is over.  I prefer his hair a little longer but the hairstylists seem to do whatever they want.  Since we are talking about hair--interestingly, his hair has gotten very lighter (no longer dark brown (now a light to medium brown with some hints of red-ish-ness in the sun).  I think that's because it's the summer.  Also the more we cut his hair, the straighter it gets.  He has no curls anymore.

His brown hair compliments his big brown eyes and his adorable smile.  He's still not very tall--fairly average I guess compared to his classmates at preschool.  Oh yeah, he started preschool the same day his sister was born--BIG BOY!  Staying true to his pattern, the first few weeks of preschool was rough (for both of us).  He cried everyday when I dropped him off and intermittently throughout the day until I picked him up.  I felt so terrible and stressed everyday for the first few weeks.  After about 2 months he started liking it and goes without crying.  Everyone once in a while he'll tell me "mommy, I don't want to go to school" or "mommy come with me at school" but besides that he's great.  I like his teachers Ms. Cindy and Ms Heather.  The preschool is great although I wish the class size was smaller but he seems to be adjusting well (was worried because he was in a home daycare up until then).  We were proud parents the first time he brought home something he made from school.  It was a father's day gift for his dad--a card and a handprint (which his dad uses as a paperweight on his desk in our home office).  The card is hanging in his room.

His second year so far has been interesting: we moved from NC (where he was born and lived for 2 years); we had our first vacation away from him for 1 week (Nonna kept him and he did great, I had the hardest time); he was potty trained fairly well with minor accidents before he turned two but fully potty trained during  the transition period between moving from NC to CA.  He actually traveled from NC to CA (2 flights) without an accident.  He potty trained really easily and once potty trained he did not want to go in his pull ups.  OK so what else happened this year...yeah we moved to California (different time zone), upgraded him to a big boy bed, and he now has a little sister.  

He is such a good big brother.  He looooves his sister so much and is very protective of her.  He does get a little competitive at times for our attention but he's very sweet to her.  He always says "I love my baby sister" and gives her hugs and kisses.  I think it was love at first sight for him.  He seriously immediately loved her.  He's so funny, he goes "awww...she's such a tiny baby." LOL.  He also looooves his daddy.  He is currently a daddy's boy although he cries for me when he wants something. Ha!  He and his dad will have private time in the hammock and if I go outside to say hi, he'll so "no mommy go back inside."  He and his dad are so sweet to watch.  My husband wrestles and rolls around on the floor with him but they are also tender to to each other.  I love watching my husband giving him kisses and hugging him.  He's a great dad.  Anyway, I've been the enforcer I guess.  He says "I love you mommy" mostly when daddy isn't around--haha!  I'm very loving with him too but I'm also firm and consistent and doesn't let him get away with much.  He likes to test limits like any 2 year old but it's not that bad.  He also occasionally will try to whine or "tantrum" but these are also not bad.

 So overall I think his behavior is great.  There are few times he acts like "typical 2 year old" but most times he's pretty cool.  He listens for the most part and responds well to counting from 1-3 before a consequence.  I mostly reward him with something or take away something he likes as punishment.  Although, sometimes I do pop him (ex. when he does something dangerous like ride his bike on the road).  So he has a Strider (a balance bike) that he absolutely loves.  He is sooo good at balancing on that thing.  Since the first day we gave it to him he was riding it like a pro--I think the kid is ready for a big boy bike (without training wheels).

He's a terrible eater (still).  I think this is one of the biggest challenges we have as his parents.  It's so hard to feed him because he doesn't like to eat anything.  He doesn't try new foods and once he makes up his mind, that's it.  I have to be creative to get him to eat, like blending vegetables and putting them in whatever he's interested in eating at the time.  The hard part is that he doesn't get hungry so missing a meal or two doesn't affect him.  I've also used reward systems to get him to eat.  IT's kind of crazy.  I can't wait for this no eating phase to end. 

He was sleeping great until we moved.  He's been sleeping through the night since he was a young infant, however the move and the big boy bed (I think) has messed us up.  IT was a struggle to get him to stay in his room initially but with some adjustments/training we were able to fix that situation.  He now stays in his room fine but he continues to wake up several times at night (wasn't doing this prior to the move).  He however naps very well--that required some re-training with the introduction of the big boy bed.

He's very athletic and loves the outdoors.  He loves to play baseball and can throw the ball pretty well.  We are still working on the batting skills but he's pitched some good balls to me.  He's right handed and pretty coordinated.  He loves throwing rocks too and picking up sticks.  He's also pretty good at football.  We like to blow bottles and shoot waterguns at each other.  On a regular basis all 3 of us (me, dad and IEK) are outside shooting waterguns at each other in the backyard.

He's very smart and loves book and puzzles.  He also likes to write on his blackboard and color.  Language is definitely a strength for him.  I mean, he talks better than most 2 year olds and a lot of 3 year olds I've met.  It's amazing.  He absorbs everything and remembers everything.  He talks like a regular person, although he has the normal articulation trouble (like I "wove you mommy").  He asked "you check your blood pressure, I want to press blue button."  He also is a thinker.  On the way home from church one day he says "Mommy I pay at church."  I didn't understand him so I told him that and he said "mommy not pay (meaning play), I pay (meaning pray) to Jesus,"  "Jesus made the trees."  He really thought about how he could explain to me what he meant.  He can count from 1 to 20 (almost).  He can say ABCs.  He knows a lot of the shapes but he has challenges with colors.  IT's weird because sometimes he'll say the colors incorrectly but other times he'll say them right. I dunno.  Oh, he loooves to sing and his little voice his so sweet.  He's a bit "sassy" at times (according to my grandfather).  I try to encourage his confidence but also balance that with some discipline.

He's unfortunately more interested in TV because he's had more exposure since the move.  Before the move he probably watched TV once per week (if that much).  Now he watches it several days per week. I've been working on curbing his electronic exposure but it's a work in progress.  He's social in situations that he feels comfortable in but otherwise is reserved in novel situations.  Although he's a rough and tough kid, he also is pretty cautious and isn't much of a daredevil.  He still loves to listen to music and dance. Thank God for Pandora Toddler station.

Overall he's such a joy.  He's so sweet, loving, compassionate, funny, determined, etc.  I feel so blessed to have him in my life.  I pray that God will continue to bless him, protect and guide him.  I also pray that my husband and I will continue to be good parents to him.  He makes us so happy and I would like to think that he's pretty happy with us too :).  Ok (next update will be at 3yo).  Month 1 and 2 for his sister coming soon (w/pic) too.



Mrs. K

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