Monday, October 31, 2016

Lucas' 2nd year


You are obsessed with all electronic devices. Every evening you demand for the phone or iPad so you could call your grandparents, over and over again. You will say 'papa pa dette", which I think means Dette's papa.
Seeing a little 18 month old so proficient with the phone or tablet is quite amazing. You just know what to click and swipe your little fingers. You even showed your mama how to get hidden emoticons on the tango app that I never even knew existed! And you love watching videos of yourself over and over again, giggling and imitating yourself.

In September, we went to the Apple festival in Hendersonville. Dada had a gig. You were eating your vege chips. But you picked out all the colors and left the red ones behind.

September 2 was your first day in playschool. Only twice a week for 4 hours. You cried. And when they moved you to the playroom or playground, you cried again. Perhaps you were afraid your family wouldn't be able to find you if you moved.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The First Year



Dear Son,
You have brought us a year of joy, excitement and filled our hearts with love.
It was the biggest anticipation waiting for your birth. And you decided to show up late. 12 days late. And mummy’s belly got bigger and bigger. The 24 hours leading to your birth was an excruciating wait and when the doctor finally pulled you out and we heard your loud cry, that was the best moment in our lives. You were perfect in every way.
Your eyes were opened the moment you were born and your eyes were bright and never missed a thing. They still are. They tell us all babies slept for 10 hours. But not you my dear son. You were awake every hour for your feeding and loved to be held in our arms. In fact, that was the only time you slept. You did not like to be wrapped up and liked your arms and legs free. And those strong legs of yours could really kick. You were also very tall. 21 inches at birth. And 9 pounds.

You had both sets of grandparents wrapped around your little finger. You loved talking (blabbering) to them especially to Kung Kung every morning.
Your first words were Baba, Mama, Dada, La, Mek.. You would say Ba (for bus) each time the school bus came by. Baba (for your milk bottle), Ah Mer (for Summer the doggie) and Ber (for bear). You loved Aspen the Owl that Godma Fiona gave you. And you went to sleep each night with your Goodnight Moon Bunny Lovey (you named him Tata). We would read Goodnight Moon together every night.. over and over again.
And Flashcards. You were curious why the circle, orange and ball all looked alike but were named differently. It was always a joy to see how your little mind worked.

Your laughter is probably the best. That little chuckle warms my heart and the way you raise your eyebrows is too cute. Everyone says you looked like a little man the minute you were born.
You first rolled over at 10 weeks old. Sat up at 5 months. And took your first steps on November 8 – around 11.5 months old.

You will eat anything pureed but will gag at just about anything not pureed or textured, but you will eat puffs, rice crackers and saltine crackers and even a couple of potato chips. So I think we have to work on this eating activity with you some.

The zoo was your first roadtrip adventure with your cousins, grandparents and Aunt. And your first weeklong vacation without Mommy and Daddy was to the Tennessee mountains and to Dollywood.

We went to the beach this summer. You enjoyed the early morning walks with Mommy by the beach and being carried in the Ergo. The cousins adored you and always wanted to play with you. But you did not want your feet in the sand, nor in the water.

You had the little cyst on your ear removed on September 20. Mommy could not sleep all night even though it was just a little surgery. You were so brave going in. But was not happy after the surgery. With all the tubes sticking into you, that is not fun at all.

Por Por got to come back for a 5 months visit to spend time with you watching you grow.
You love watching other children play. And always gave a smile to strangers at the grocery store or in restaurants. You laughed at the employee in Costco who was arranging meat in the freezer.
When we say “love love”, you will touch your forehead to ours and you give the best hugs.
You love looking at yourself in the mirror. And you think the snot sucker is funny. You will watch videos of yourself laughing over and over again and burst into uncontrollable giggles each time. Cutest thing ever.

Riding in the red wagon is one of your favorite activities with your Paw Paw. Paw Paw also made you a swing and you enjoyed it so much, even in the cold.

For Halloween, you were supposed to be a giraffe but you had a fit when we put the costume on you so you went as Calvin and Hobbes and rode in your red wagon.

On your first birthday, Mommy planned a cupcake themed party with family and our friends, The Austins. We tried to get you to taste your very first cake but you would not even touch it. A poke was all we got from you. And that is okay.
We look forward to many more years with you.
I love you, son.


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Goodbye my feline friend

Today we had to say goodbye to Trouble. It was so hard.
He was 20 years and 7 months old.
Even though I only had 7 years with this cat, he became my buddy real quick. Smart, funny, a great communicator and a total brat. That's not all. He sat with me all day when I was sick. He woke me up when I fell asleep downstairs in front of the TV and led me upstairs to bed. There was always a warm spot at the foot of my side of the bed, and he would let me put my feet under the covers under him during winter to keep them warm. He kept me sane when the husband was out of town, which was every week.

Now, my feet will always be cold. But I will always have wonderful memories of the only cat that has kept my heart warm these seven years.



And I thank you for being Jason's best friend for the past 20 years. You made our family complete.

I hope they have your favorite flavor of Greenies up in cat heaven.

I miss you Trouble. I just wished I could pet your head for one last time....Goodbye my feline friend.


Monday, September 24, 2012

Baby Shower

Sophie and Susan hosted our baby shower yesterday. The day before, a group of girls at work organized a little shower just amongst six girls. And my department will organize one at work next month. I feel loved! Baby is lucky boy.




Friday, September 14, 2012

Goodbye to PUPPP

My PUPPP (Pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy) finally went away after seven days. The first three days I spent researching and reading what other women did. On the 4th day, I was totally miserable. And I finally managed to get an appointment with the dermatologist on the 6th day.

In the meantime, I was trying out all sorts of lotions, creams and ointments. Some made it worse.

This is what worked best for me:
Sarna Lotion
Grandpa's Pine Tar Soap
Shower with cool water. (Warm water made the rashes flare up and itched more)
Steroid cream (from the dermatologist)
Dandelion Root capsules (1 capsule, 3 times a day)

I also avoided sugar. And cut down on fried foods. I drank freshly squeezed lemon juice every morning.
Ate brussel sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli and avocado every other day. Walnuts and apples as a snack.
Basically, foods that support liver health was on my diet list.

Three women told me to avoid cocoa butter lotion. I think that may have been what triggered the rash in the first place.

Sunday, September 02, 2012

The Home Stretch

29 weeks! We have 11 weeks to go. We can do this baby!

But first I have to stop scratching. Two days ago, I came down with PUPPP (Pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy). They say it is a common rash in pregnancy but it is driving me crazy. The itch is beyond imagination!! I need mittens. It started on the belly. Went to my neck and now my hands are on fire.
I called up the clinic nurse last night and she told me to go to the emergency room. But I did not. Because they will just put me on steroids and I'd rather not go that route.

After googling about this for hours, I have decided to try taking dandelion root capsules. Many pregnant mammas and midwives swear by this. So we'll see. I am also applying calamine lotion, hydrocortisone cream and fresh aloe.

Just when I thought I was so over with the shingles, now this. (I had the shingles on Friday, July 13)

Baby has been very entertaining with all his little kicks and punches. And occasional hiccups. Tho I still have a hard time telling the difference between a hiccup and his rhythmic kick. He "moves like jagger" when  Maroon 5 is playing. And is soothed by Debussy and Mozart. And dislikes Adele.
He wakes me up at 4am every morning and pretty much sleeps all afternoon.

The foot that kicks and dances
He should be 2.5lbs now and about the size of a butternut squash. People are still asking if I am carrying twins. Nope, just one lovable butternut squash swimming in lots of fluid.

Friday, August 17, 2012

A birthday cake for a geek

My geek husband wanted a Star Trek Voyager cake.
But I wasn't brave enough to attempt it. Because you know.. I do not bake fancy stuff.
So I was just going to stick to something round or square. Simple enough right? But at the same time, I wanted it geeky.

So a trip to Michaels' did the trick. They now have these sugar sheets and stenciled alphabets! How cool is that!
So here's what I did ( a bit sloppy on the icing part, but oh well..) :


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Trouble gets to be on the wall of fame

Our neighbor, who is a very talented artist, offered to draw a portrait of Trouble.
She enjoys painting animals and has a lovely studio in her home.
This really looks like Trouble... except in real life, he usually almost always has a furball hanging out of his mouth.