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. 🙂

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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. 🙂

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Life lately – inlaws visit

Inlaws came to visit us last month. They were particularly excited to meet Lizzy. She’s such a cutie and adapted really well to the grandma and grandpa. My parents had to go to shanghai during that time due to an emergency dental issue, so Lizzy was being taken care by new grandparents right away. She did so well.

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Sofia also welcomed grand-parents. She’s such a friendly girl and always get to be friend with visitors from day 1. Both grandparents like her as well… spent time playing with her everyday.

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Last week Tony and I had a special Valentine’s day celebration. The original idea was to go on a solo-date. But due to DC traffic in the evening, I couldn’t take Sofia back home.

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so she was our special guest on V-day.

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our date was “paint night”

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we had a quick dinner at Berducci, the location for the paint nite, and ready to start

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pink was the color of the night

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2 hours later…

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very very proud of ourselves

Friday was another ballet class for Miss S. Her last few classes

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on Saturday we took Tony’s parents to National Harbor first

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It was a gorgeous day to be outside

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Sofia got a marshmallow covered in white chocolate as treat

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soooo yummy

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then we visited the new MGM casino

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next we went to Alexandria…visited the farmer’s market

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then walked toward the harbor

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Sofia had fun feeding the birds

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then we went to Fontaine for lunch… my favorite spot for french crepes

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I had the farmers crepe that had assorted veggies and goat cheese. So so good. I love that their crepe is made with buckwheat, the real deal.

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then we went to Sofia’s first piano class. I got her enrolled for a group class for 4-5 years old. I had to be with her the whole class, not just accompanying, but interacting and participating the class.

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She liked the class so I enrolled her right away. It’s the Yamaha method. Let’s see how she likes it. So far so good because there’s little real playing with the piano, but more on learning musicality with songs and games.

For in-laws last dinner here, we made a BBQ (grilled chicken, pork tenderloin, salmon, and sweet potato), and a salad.

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They loved the meal and even took the leftover sweet potato for the flight back. 🙂

On Sunday, Sofia and I went to watch “Disney Ice show: dream big”.

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she was entertained the entire show. Success!

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Lizzy stayed at home, played with grandma who came back last weekend.

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oh… my cutie turned 10 months few days ago.

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she’s starting with the swing…. hard to tell from her expression whether she likes it or not

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same with slides

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still undecided about this one too

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I did a lot of mea preparation for the week on Monday… and rest. The past few weekends have been hectic, too many activities, too little rest. Finally catching up with my t0-do list. 🙂

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What I Ate 2/12

Last Sunday I didn’t have long run for the first time in months because I had a 5k race later. I had time to prepare a proper breakfast and enjoyed it with the family, all excited about the upcoming race.

My oatmeal had banana, chia seeds, quinoa, topped with frozen berries and crunchy almond butter. Sooooo good and filling.

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then we headed out for our pre-Valentine’s race. Sofia tag along together with my father in-law. After picking up the packet, both of us put the shirt to feel more festival.

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The weather was  uncertain that day. We were afraid that it would start to rain right before the race Fortunately it hold up until after the race. I ran the same course 7 months ago and finished 3rd place in my age group with 26 min. This time I finished at 23’56”, a new PR!!! I ended up placing 25th in overall female runners, 4th on my age group. Tony finished about 30 min and kept complaining how the ups and downs ruined his chance to PR. So not true! The course was fantastic, more downhill than up hill. He’s just out of shape, but I’m glad that we run it together. Running with my loved one is the best way to celebrate Valentines.  I know he’s not naturally inclined to run, but he’s still running twice a week about 3 miles with me. I know he does it to make me happy, I really appreciate it. Just hope one day he get bite by runner’s kick and start running seriously for himself. One can always hope! 🙂

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after the race, we went to Costco and Hmart

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arrived home just before lunch

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I made a stir-fry vermicelli for the family with minced pork and assorted vegetables, paired with a miso soup. They all enjoyed the meal a lot.

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I was craving something spicy, so I heated up last portion of jamalaya. It freezes really well. Will definitely make it again.

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after a nap for the whole family, we went to a friend’s party. Lizzy spent almost the entire 1.5 hrs eating puffs and berries. She didn’t even need us to be by her side as long as there was more food on her plate. People were passing by and found her so amusing.

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and she loved playing with the little boy… kissing, hugging, pulling his hair.. opss…

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the party had assorted appetizers and fruits. I had berries, cocktail shrimp and nuts. I’d rather spend the time chatting with friends than focusing on food.

Once home, I put both girls into sleep and had my evening snack to end a busy but fun day.

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