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. 🙂

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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. 🙂

 

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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. 🙂

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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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