Life lately: march

I went to Rio de Janeiro for work for a week. It was my second time there, the first time was 10 years ago. I enjoyed this second time in Rio so much. Having this view from the hotel room made a big difference.

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and being able to run everyday by the beach was a privilege

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although I was exhausted by the end of my 8 mile one day… so hot!

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but the best part in Rio was the food. I ate sooo well and soo many octopus! My favorite dish ever!

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and the company was great. I really liked the people I work with. Such a genuinely kind people.

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I also tried the 6 mile loop by the lake with this breathtaking view

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on the last day I had two hours to do a mini tour, visited the new museum by the city center

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and selaron stairs

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I missed so much my girls who was growing so fast

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when I came back, all I wanted was to soaked up with them

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Sofia got sick (flu) and had to stay at home for 4 days. Yikes! Poor girl.

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but she collaborated most of the time with grandma by eating well, taking the medicine and rest

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when she was too bored, she’d ask grandma to do her hair

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This pic of Tony feeding Lizzy melts my heart. It makes me love him so much! Β He’s such a good father, so patient with her and wants to spoil her. But he also trusts me and listens to me when I say we shouldn’t spoil her all the time. So glad we agreed on that. πŸ™‚

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we didn’t do much on weekends other than Sofia’s piano class. Mainly because I was very busy at work, my marathon training is getting more intense, so all I want on weekends is rest. Fortunately the family is fine with that, we all enjoy our time spent at home. πŸ™‚

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Lizzy: first birthday party

Our baby angel turned 1 today! We had a birthday party with friends on Sunday. Everyone had a lot of fun, especially the birthday day.

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Party started at 11am, just few minutes after she woke up from morning. She was ready for the party. πŸ™‚

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I ordered a birthday hat for her and I love how cute she looks with it. She was in great mood that day. Smiling to every guests and doing all the fun things grandma props her to do (clapping her hands, waving bye, saying papa, mama and grandpa).

I was such a proud and happy mama.

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She’s such an adorable, easy going, happy baby… she only “complains” when daddy is going… otherwise she’s zero-complaint baby

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although she’s not into toys yet, she spent some time exploring the gifts.

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trying to “play together” with other babies.

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but mostly simply smiling to everyone and enjoying the party

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I enjoyed catching up with friends as well

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particularly with miss Sofia who was excited the whole week for the party because she got to wear her new Elsa dress

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we ordered the cake from Harris Teeters this year. I simply showed them the picture of how I’d like the cake and they made it perfectly.

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can’t believe Sofia is already a big girl, like a real princess

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what a happy day. It amazes us how time flies, a year before I was in labor, not sure who is this girl. And now, I can’t imagine a life without her. Her silly smiles melt my heart, EVERYDAY.

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I had prepared a spread of food for our guests including egg curd tart

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sauteed vermicelli with chicken and vegetables. It doesn’t look nice but it was one of the most popular dish of the day, many friends went for second and third servings

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classic empanadas

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chinese radish cake

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salad with cilantro cashew dressing. It wasn’t as good as I expected but at least it was colorful

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Sofia and I made pink cupcake with natural food color (dry raspberries)

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cheese board

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and the most popular dish that I forgot to take a pic before they were all gone, korean baby ribs.

Although I was exhausted by the end of the day due to a stressful week at work, 8+18 miles run, and all the party preparation, I was happy! Happy to be the mama of two lovely girls in my life. πŸ™‚

 

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Lizzy: 10 months

How time flies! My little baby turned 10 months a week ago! I can’t believe how fast she’s growing… and how fast she’s reaching her milestones. I’ve been semi-good taking monthly pics, but really didn’t have time to write a full post… so I’m trying to do every 3 months or so. She is definitely reaching milestones sooner than Sofia. She started cruising at 9.5 months, currently cruising “professionally” around her crib like nobody business. She can spend easily over an hour turning around her crib without many a sound. πŸ™‚

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Her personality is showing too. She laughs a lot and easily be amused by us. She loves waving her hands requesting to be kissed.

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she loves going out… and wouldn’t want to miss anything

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love love her chubby face

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and laughing all the time

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silly girl

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my favorite pics of all time!

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Sleeping: she still sleeps very well. Takes two naps a day. Until last week, she’d take 2-2.5 hrs nap in the morning from 9-11:30 and 1.5-2 hrs nap in the afternoon from 2.30 – 4pm. But this week she only takes 1-1.5 hrs in the morning, and another 1.5 hrs in the afternoon. But she can spend more time in the crib playing by herself. At night, she’s usually in bed by 7:30pm and sleep through the night until 7-8am.

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Eating: she’s such a good eater. Thank God!!! She drinks breastmilk during the day and I nurse her before bed at night. Her breakfast start with solid (homemade puree made with sweet potato/zucchini/pear/banana/pea), followed by a bottle of breastmilk (5-8oz.). Then for lunch, she’s been having 1-2 pancakes made with breastmilk, whole wheat flour, baby oatmeal and egg yolk. Also some fruit or frozen peas, followed by another bottle (5-8oz.). In the afternoon, she’d have some fruit/yogurt, and another 4oz. of milk. In the evening, when we have dinner, she’d have some puffs so she can nurse well before bed. This girl seems to be bottomless. Whenever we give her food, she’d take it. And often times, if she wants food, she’d let us know. Started at 9.5 months, she’s really good feeding herself. She can grab food as small as green peas and put it into her mouth. She takes blueberries, raspberries, bananas without any problem. We give her big pieces and she has no problem eating them with only two teeth.

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She loves playing when we are by her side

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she crawls very well and fast

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she likes to grab us to stand up

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yogurt is still her favorite food

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she treats veggies as candies…

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she makes a really funny gesture. Every time she puts food into her mouth, her right hand always push it into her mouth. This gesture continues even when we feed her puree/yogurt. Really cute.

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when we go to parties, as long as she has food in front of her.. she’s quiet and concentrated

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same when we eat out… she can eat the entire meal

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she got Tony’s look

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she stands very well… and for quite a long time sometimes

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she’s totally uninhibited. She’d grab someone she meets for the first time and kiss him… sooo funny!

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she tried swing. the first few times she wasn’t sure she likes it or afraid of it… but by the third time.. she was laughing

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same with slide

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She always loves playing with Sofia. Sofia could be annoying sometimes, not sharing toys with her… but she’s still loving her sister… following her. Her face lights up when Sofia comes home. Sisters’ love is there for sure.

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I am already missing her babyhood. I enjoy every night our nursing session so much that I don’t want it to end.. like ever. Although it’s unrealistic and inconvenient, I love it so much that I’m thinking I might go beyond 14.5 months this time. Starting at 9 months, I’ve cut one pumping session at work because freezer is full, so we really need to use up frozen milk. Now I pump first thing in the morning, once around lunch time, and nurse her at night. By mid-march, I’ll cut one more session, so I’ll be pumping only in the morning and nurse her at night. If my milk supply regulates well like that… I might keep going until she’s 2?

My love to her grows everyday… her smile is contagious… her cheek so delicious… her singing so angelical. She’s our angel. I wish I could keep her at current stage forever. πŸ™‚

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