Life: last few days of maternity leave


I’m heading back to office next Tuesday. 😦 SAD SAD SAD to leave this little person.

So what I did over the last few days?

  • Soaking up with her ALL the time!!!

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I say this over and over again, but I’m loving her more each day!!! She’s been the nicest baby girl ever!!! Sooo adorable to be with!

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She still loves bath time. The other night when I was holding her, my mom said. You know what she looks like?

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the koala I hold in Australia! πŸ˜†

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of course, Sofia is so much more fun!!! She smiles at the camera! πŸ˜‰

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  • I set up the curtain for the nursery, ALL by myself, with the drill and all! So proud of myself! πŸ™‚

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We have blinds but during the day the it’s still very bright. After four months, babies begin to behave more like adults and need dark room to sleep better during the day. So I got the block light curtains from overstock.com. I got in the lightest shade (beige) but it stills blocks most of the light.

  • Watching her several times at time because she could turn all the way to the other side of the crib!!! I’m terrified that one day she’ll roll over or get stuck at the side. Swaddle days are limited.Β 

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We do tummy time everyday to catch her first roll, and after she does that, we won’t swaddle her anymore at night.

We’re trying to let her sleep in the crib for naps as well now that we have the curtain. She has no problem falling sleep, but her naps are shorter this way. So she’s not ready to wean the swing. We’ll try later.

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Healthy nut butter cookies with raisin (12 cookies)

  • 1/3 c. almond butter
  • 1 T. ground flax + 3 T. water, whisked and allowed to sit until thickened
  • 1/4 c. almond milk
  • 1/3 c. stevia baking blend
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 2/3 c. oat flour
  • 1/3 c. vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 t. baking soda
  • 1/4 t. sea salt
  • 1/4 c. raisin
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Using an electric mixer, cream together nut butter, egg, milk and sweetener and vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine oat flour, protein powder, baking soda and salt.
  4. Add flour mixture to the wet ingredients and beat until well combined.
  5. Fold in raisins.
  6. Scoop dough out by heaping spoonful and place on a lightly greased cooking sheet.
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until cookies are set and lightly browned. Allow to cool for one minute before transferring to a cooling rack.

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I find it a bit too sweet, so next time I’ll decrease the sweetener. Otherwise it’s really good. I’ve been having 2 in the afternoon as snack and loving it! πŸ™‚

I also found a new breakfast combo that I’m absolutely in love and portable to work! πŸ™‚

It’s STUFT Mama’s protein pumpkin cookie dough

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Protein Pumpkin Cookie Dough
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • 15 g protein powder
  • 2 tablespoons PB2 (12 grams)
  • pinch of stevia extract
  • 1/3 cup oats
  • cinnamon, splash of vanilla
  • 1/2 cup Tj’s rice crisp
Combine all ingredients except for rice cereal. Carefully stir in rice cereal. Cover and refrigerate.
The first time I made it, I refrigerate for 30 min with the rice cereal mixed in. When I ate it, it was not crunchy so the next day I mixed it before eating and I like it more. πŸ™‚
With added cocoa powder.

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YUM YUM~~~ Love it!

I also tried making a new chinese dish: soy glazed duck!

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My parents loved it!

Still enjoying black chicken with black fungus and bok choy.

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a new tofu which is called vegetarian chicken in China. Used it for stir-fry and it gives a great flavor.

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Got to enjoy the last weekend with my loves! πŸ™‚ See ya later~~~

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6 responses to “Life: last few days of maternity leave

  1. OMG! Your Mom is so right about the koala pic! But Sofia is 100 times cuter! πŸ™‚

  2. LOL that is sosooooo cute! The koala’s hair and position is quite similar to Sofia’s πŸ˜› And I can’t believe you got to hold one, I’ve always wanted to do that.

    I hope your transition goes really smoothly~I’m sure it’s soooo bittersweet but you can do this! Whenever she sees you she’ll appreciate you even more I bet.

  3. Good luck on Tuesday! I’m sure it’ll be an emotional day. But just remember that even though you won’t be there all day anymore, you’ll make the time you do have with her really meaningful. I love all the photos of the two of you!

  4. Anonymous

    Kevin does the same thing in his crib! I have no idea how he moves like that while swaddled but it makes me nervous too. He has turned himself almost 180 degrees before!

    Good luck on Tuesday! Going back to work wasn’t easy but it does get easier with every day, and it makes me cherish the time we have together and really make the most of it. It will be okay!!!

  5. Sofia is MUCH cuter than the koala you held in Australia!! πŸ™‚ I’m so happy you’ve been enjoying the last couple days of maternity leave with your precious girl. I’ll be praying for a smooth adjustment for you both!

    I’m so glad you’re enjoying Stuft Mama’s cookie dough, too! I love the pumpkin version, but as you already know, I’m an even a bigger fan of the chocolate. The cookies, duck, chicken, and tofu you made all look really good as well!

    I hope you’re enjoying your weekend, Coco! ❀

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