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Scientist in the making

A lot has been going on lately.

It was my birthday last Wednesday, we didn’t do anything fancy, just a little dinner and cake and ice-cream with families.

I got two presents from my kids.

First, I took my baby to his 4 months well check that day. He got 3 shots and was sleeping peacefully afterward.14333754_10157525929435201_1340415188493448999_n

Second, my sweet girl gave me this coloring page:14291770_10157526343485201_5134271652071743808_n

What’s so special about this you ask? Well, as the free spirit that she is, she usually doesn’t do her coloring page following any line (which I don’t really care because I don’t want to limit her creativity). However, she colored within the lines just for my birthday!

On to the not so fun stuff.

Constructions have been going on literally in our front yard. We basically had to use 4 wheel drive to get into our driveway, at least little girl thought it  was fun off roading.

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This makes a napless baby. If you know what I meant! Napless baby = NO SLEEP AT NIGHT FOR MOMMY AND BABY!14370362_10157539916130201_7862115844029905838_n14291644_10157518057930201_1858912223401377777_n

He is still so cute though regardless.

It also has been an eventful week for my 4 year old (and Mommy).

#1 We went to the Mcdonalds play place and there was a black guy. She burst out saying (pretty loudly), Mommy, daddy said not to trust black guys. I instantly told her not to say that. Then she said, Why Mommy, but daddy said not to trust black guys while pointing AT the black guy………14344142_10157527117300201_1501127479236439848_n

(Disclaimers: My husband never said that. She just took something he said out of context.)

#2 She has been learning about the solar system in preschool. When we were driving home, she asked, Mommy if the earth is going round and round and round, why do we not feel dizzy? What a good thinker! I seriously was shocked by that and forgot the answer!14322518_10157536128170201_573469275920656411_n

#3 Since she has been learning so much about the solar system, she wanted to see the solar system. I am not as smart as she is, so I had a hard time explaining to her that we can’t actually SEE the solar system. However, I said you could probably become an astronaut and go into space. So her career goal changed from becoming a doctor, to an astronaut, Rapunzel, and spiderman. She said, “I want to be so many things!”. Oh, and construction worker, because digging in the mud with heavy equipment looks really fun.

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#4 We went to her preschool field trip to the BYU planetarium yesterday. They were showing some silly things at the beginning, like what belongs and don’t belong to the sky. Then she asked me, “Mommy, when are they going to show the planets?” You know, she meant, come on, we are here to see planets, not silly things!

After the show, I asked her if she wanted to take a picture with the planets on the wall. She said I WANT to take pictures OF the planets, so she did.

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I basically had to force her to stand in front of the wall so I could snap a picture to prove that we were there.

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Bonus video: Baby brother is helpless sometimes with a crazy big sister.

 

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Little boy is 4 months old

Warning: Naked pictures ahead!

It seems like forever ago that I gave birth to this boy, but then where did the time go that he is 4 months old already?

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Thinking back the day that he was born, actually, let’s rewind it to a couple days before that.

It was Mother’s day. I started noticing my contraction was about 6 to 7 mins apart. I thought, it’s time. This little boy was going to be my mother’s day present this year. Well, we went into the hospital around mid-night, it was almost 24 hours since contractions started, and just to get told, YOU ARE ONLY AT 2 CM. Needless to say, we got set home.

I barely had anything to eat or to drink because the contractions were so frequent that I just didn’t want to eat or drink. We feared that we would get sent home again, so we waited almost another 24 hours to go to the hospital. By that time I was in labor for almost 2 full days, and I was simply extenuated. They checked me, and said, “well,  you are at a 4, you are staying”. I was relieved to hear that, but at the same time, I thought what the heck? only at a 4 after a whole two days?!

I planned on going natural, but since I literally had no food in my system, and no sleep in two days, I gave in to epidural. It was nice that I didn’t feel the pain, but I wouldn’t say it was completely comfortable. I tired to get some sleep before the big moment.

I was then told, you are in active labor now, so you should see your baby in a few hours. Boy were they wrong! After 4 hours of admitting to the hospital, I was still at a 4. So I was induced. They needed to monitor me closely because I had a C-section.

In the morning of May 10th, I was told that my dilation was too slow, and I might need a C-section, because they broke my water over 10 hours ago, and baby got kind of distressed every time I had a contraction.

Finally around 1 pm. I was told that I was finally at a 10, and should be ready to push. I pushed for 2 hours hard, and baby boy just wouldn’t want to move. They kept saying I might need a C-section because baby was distressed, and I was having a fever, so they were afraid that baby would be infected. Another option was that we could try forceps, but the doctor wasn’t sure if that would work because baby’s head was still too high.

We finally decided we would used forceps. With that and the final two pushes, baby boy was here! Whole 9 lbs and 3 oz!

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Recovery was hard, I was tore from front to back. No one told me that I would not be able to sit or control my bladder. I thought I was damaged for good, I got a little depressed because of that. After about 2 months, I finally feel somewhat normal again.

Now, it’s 4 months in. I would say I am about 99% normal. Although it was hard, at least for me, I would say it’s well worth it for this little face.

This boy is hungry all the time, I feel like the only thing I have been doing the past 4 months is to nurse him. He is healthy and strong. He basically won’t sit still. He gets excited very easily, and kick his legs non-stop when he does. He talks a lot and usually has big smiles especially when we talk to him. However, when he is hungry, he would tell you off. I am so thankful that he is a perfectly healthy baby. There is nothing I want more than the health of my babies!

His big sister loves him very much and wouldn’t leave him alone. I just wish that they would become best friends when they grow up and always have each other to rely on no matter how far life take them apart.

Happy 4 months old, little guy. Mommy loves you!

 

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Little girl learning to be a mechanic

My husband is in the process of fixing up a military truck m37. You could go to his Facebook page and check out his progress if you are interested.

Anyway, the above video was taken when daddy was explaining something to her, and she was eager to try. She has a lot of interests and is curious about many things. There really isn’t a single thing that she doesn’t take interest in . I am glad about that on one hand, but on the other hand, I sometimes feel like I can’t take one more “Why” from her.

Just the other day, she was listening to a song about Mount Rushmore, and the lyric mentioned George Washington. So she asked me who George Washington was. I told her it was the first president of the United States. She then wanted me to show her pictures of George Washington. Then she asked me where is George Washington. I said he is dead. Then she asked me why did he die? I first said because he was old. Then I realized I actually didn’t know how he died, so I looked it up for her, and if you are interested here is an article about his death.

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That wasn’t the end of it, she then asked me where United States is. I said we are in the United States, and I show her the world map and pointed to her where China and Hong Kong are. I told her that’s where Gong Gong and Po Po (maternal grandparents, and yes, in Chinese, we distinguish paternal and maternal grandparents)are.

Then she asked me if they were coming back to the States, I told her not for a long while. She was upset because she misses them. I told her maybe we could take a trip there, and we would need to go on a plane. Then……

Anyway, here are some pictures of her modeling for the m37, and pretend to drive it.

 

Post Pregnancy Weight loss Journey

I got 7 hours of sleep

Fitbit told me I had almost 7 hours of sleep last night, it’s a WIN! I haven’t have this much sleep for forever.

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I got the Fitbit for a discount price from work. I am usually not big on keeping fit or doing exercise. However, I can’t seem to be able to get rid of this second post pregnancy weight.

Well, I am guilty about that one, I really haven’t done anything to try to loss the weight. You know, I didn’t exactly feel somewhat normal until after 2 months postpartum. To tell you the truth, as of now, almost 4 months later, I still don’t feel 100%.

BUT, I am feeling much better, and the baby doesn’t need me every hour of the day and night anymore (well most of the time).

Would you just look at this cute boy?

Sorry, I got distracted by this sweet face.

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I am starting to have the energy to feel like I need to do something about my weight. So that’s the whole Fitbit thing comes in. I am keeping track of my steps, my sleep, and my diet. So far, I haven’t once met the 10,000 steps goal in a day. I got close today at 7728 steps. Well, considering my average has been 3500…..

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This is the one I got, because it was the cheapest one, hahaha! My goal is to loss 20 lbs. Hopefully, it won’t take a year.

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Perfect Pedicure

Do you ever feel like you are torn in half when it comes to your kids?

For example:

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This little girl decided to take apart the couches and build a pretend restaurant. Do you praise her for her creativity or yell at her for making a mess?

So the other day she took some finger nail polish home from grandma’s and decided to paint all over her doll house with it. We all just about choke to dead. Do you praise her for being artistic or get mad at her for ruining her toy?

She then decided to give me a pedicure while I was nursing the baby. I couldn’t really do anything but to let her do it.

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Do you get annoyed or thank her for making your toes look pretty?

I sometime feel like I just can’t help myself but to get mad at her, but then you look at her cute, “innocent” face, you would instantly feel guilty and had to learn how to just take a second before loosing your temper. It’s proven that it’s hard to do, but I am trying to remind myself everyday to appreciate her being a kid.

I think I would  be more worry if she doesn’t make me feel helpless at least once a day!

By the way, the pedicure is perfect, and so is she. It doesn’t mean she is an angel 100% of the time. I think it would take all the fun out of being a parent if your kid behave like a robot: doing exactly what you want it to.

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Second day of school

Well, I feel like an awesome mom today, NOT!

I totally forgot that there was a first day of preschool on Monday. So here we are the picture of 2nd day of preschool.
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Little girl has been going to preschool 20160831_084730since she was two. This will be her 3rd and last year going to preschool. Next year, she will be in kindergarten. What?! Time flies. My 4 year old is definitely not a baby anymore, but she will always be my baby in my heart.

I have been thinking about if we should put her into language immersion program. We have one more year to decide. It’s kind of a hard decision for me. All the Chinese immersion programs are for Mandarin Chinese, but my native language is Cantonese. I wanted her to learn Cantonese rather than Mandarin.

It’s hard for me to teach her Cantonese alone (mainly because I am lazy about it, again, what an awesome mom!). If she were in the Cantonese immersion, it would give me and her more chance to communicate in Cantonese (I can hear my husband say, “we will see”).

Anyway, time to get some work done, oh, maybe not: the baby is crying for milk!

Yes, Spider-man is her favorite. She plans on being Spider-man this Halloween.

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Rice for dinner

So I made rice (and other things, although I have no problem of just having white rice as a meal) for dinner tonight, and little girl loves plain rice. She was sitting down to eat dinner, while I was on the computer finishing up some work. All in a sudden, she came running and yelled, “Mommy, I got rice all over me!”

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Well, if you ever had rice, you would know how sticky rice could be and how hard it is to clean it off your hands and clothes. There is really no quick way to get rid of all the tiny sticky rice. If you know of a quick way, you can share with me!

So, I spent the next 10 mins trying to clean her up and gave up on whatever I was working on and finished my dinner.

No sooner I sat down, she came running and said, “I still got rice on me!” I just wanted to throw her into the washing machine and be done with it.14212541_10157453253780201_7308900747544847342_n

Oh well, I could only dream, but if there was a machine that could clean kids up with a push of a button, I would definitely buy it. Someone better start inventing it.

PS, she thought it was funny that she got rice all over herself.