First Roll Over

Just a quick note: Lily is officially two months old, or 9 weeks old. She ROLLED OVER for the first time on her own on the flat ground early early this morning at 1:30am!!! :D :D She was as surprised as we were! I was asleep, though, and Dave saw it. Grrr.  He woke me up all excited and I ran out right away, but she was too tired to do it again. Heh.

Hopefully I’ll be able to see more today and get a video or two!


The Parental Visit

Our little baby girl is almost two months old! According to the weekly calendar, she is a little over two months old now, but we’re going by the calendar numbers, so she’ll be two months old on the 12th of this month. This past week, my parents and my aunt visited for the first time since she was born. They stayed in a mobile home in our driveway (conveniently and generously borrowed from my mother in law, bless her heart!). It made the stay a little softer on us, since we both value our privacy a LOT. The first half of the week was a little rough, getting used to so many more footsteps in the house, but the second half of the week went a lot smoother. Needless to say, my parents (and aunt!) are absolutely in love with Lily Bean and they think she’s the cutest baby ever. While we were out at the beach at White Rock, she even stopped an elderly couple and asked them if they wanted to see the baby in the stroller. Haha. Dave and I were embarrassed but we were very amused. The elderly couple asked who the mother was (assuming it was my mom) and when I announced that I was the mother of the baby, they were very surprised and taken aback. I guess it’s because I still look like a teenager. They must be thinking, “The poor baby with a teenage mother… what is this world coming to?” Oh well.

Lily Bean adored my parents and aunt too. They held and talked to her a lot, and she responded and interacted in like. She was so communicative, gooing and gaaing everyday. They were so impressed with how strong her head and neck are, and how she held her own in conversations. Heh. They were also impressed at what an easy baby she is overall — sleeping a lot and very happy and cheery most of the time (except when she’s tired). They kept jokingly trying to bargain with us to let them keep her and take her back to North Carolina. We weren’t having it. We can’t even joke about such things!

We also went to get us a new car — traded in my Nissan sedan for a bigger family car: a Dodge Caravan minivan. Yeah, you heard me right. A MINIVAN!! I never thought I’d see the day when I actually admit to owning a minivan, but here it is! I feel all old and grown-up. The next stage is just being called a soccer mom!


The left car is Dave’s Neon sedan, and the right car is our new minivan.


We went to Chinatown, Vancouver, BC.


We also went to Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC. Another family portrait!


Lily Bean was asleep for most of our trips!


We even went to a Chinese Buddhist temple in Richmond, BC.
Lily Bean loved being in her new sling!


We ended their week-long trip with dinner with all the parents (and Gran!)

It was a lovely trip, though I am glad we have the house to ourselves again. However, my parents are seriously contemplating moving to Washington and getting a house in Bellingham so that they can be closer to us. It would be nice, seeing how much they just adore Lily Bean, and how much she seems to be taken with them. It also gives my mother a chance to be around her to teach her more Vietnamese, as I’m not being very good at speaking to her in my mother language right now. It comes more naturally to my mother than to me, I suppose. Lily just seems so captivated when they speak to her in Vietnamese.


Lily just stared so intently when my dad (her grampa!) talked to her.


My mom just absolutely adores her first grandchild!


Bits of Updates

Wow, I haven’t updated this site in a while. It’s been very busy. We’ve been getting ready for my parents’ visit tomorrow. They’re coming to stay for a week, so Dave and I have been cleaning as much of the house as we can (my mom’s a bit of a neat freak, so I’m sure she’ll still find things to improve on no matter how much we clean). Lily has been sleeping through the night since about 5 weeks (meaning she sleeps 6 hours straight every night). She is really a very good little baby. She doesn’t even cry when she’s hungry anymore, knowing that I’m right nearby to feed her and tend to her right away. She usually just smacks her lips really loudly, and starts sucking on her hand. If I don’t come right away, she would then proceed to doing a one-time holler: “GEH!!” And then she’d wait for me to come. When she sees me, even in the middle of the night, she has this big sleepy smile to greet me. She’s such a beautiful little kind soul. She’s a very kind person. A happy baby. We’re both very blessed.

She’s been on a really good schedule too. She sleeps from about 10p to about 10a (with the first 6 hours straight through, and then waking up every 3 or so hours just to feed). After that, she’s up for pretty much most of the day, with intermittent sleeping times in between. It’s getting a lot easier to put her down for the night too, in her own little bassinet. She used to not want to be put down — wanting to be held while she slept. But after about 3 days last week, she’s started to accept that she can sleep in her own bed and we’d still be near. During the day, we reward her by spending a LOT of 1-on-1 or 2-on-1 time with her. Cuddling, playing, dancing, singing. Even when she’s napping sometimes, she’s napping in our arms. She loves that.

Our little girl is a lot more active and a lot more vocal. She loves to talk (as evidence by the many videos I’ve been taking of her). She enjoys play time on the mat, though is not too fond of tummy time. She gets frustrated when she can’t roll over right away, and starts to yelp for help. She is also learning how to grab onto the rings and toys that are waved in front of her. Her arm and hand movements aren’t as coordinated as she’d like them to be (you can tell she tries SO hard!), but she is so determined, every so often she’d grab the rings on her own, or bat at it, and she’d have a giant smile on her face and starts yelping in satisfaction. It’s so cute!

We’ve been singing lots and lots of songs to her — some made up (Dave is better at this than I am), and others not. Her favorite song that we both sing to her is “You are my sunshine.” She calms right down and relaxes in our arms when we sing that song. Almost every single time. Sometimes Dave ad libs for her sake (“You are my Lily… my baby Lily… you make me haapppyy, every single day….”). It brings a tear to my eyes sometimes hearing him sing to her. It’s so cute. Daddy’s little girl.

Here’s a video of her in the mornin’, all happy again. This was taken a couple of days ago. I’m usually the first one to see her wake up in the morning. She never cries. We only know she’s awake when she starts making gurgling and giggling sounds like in this video.

This one here is of Daddy and Lily Bean rockin’ and rollin’ together. She is very patient and tolerant. Heh.


The Happy Giggly Baby


Slept Through the Night

So last night was a bit difficult in terms of getting her to bed. At around 10:30pm, we gave her a warm bath (which she LOVED). She was already winding down and doing her “I’m not at all tired because I want to stay awake and play even though I can barely keep my eyes open!” dance. This meant that she was fussy, irritable, and tired. At 11pm, we fed her one last time and I rocked her to sleep in my arms. She was out like a light in less than 5 minutes, half asleep in my arms. I put her down into her bassinet in our bedroom, with soft Buddhist music playing in the background and the lights off. She was still sleeping. I walked out. 5 minutes later, we heard screams from the bedroom. It was the her famous “I told you I’m not tired and I want to be held!! Why are you putting me to bed?!!” scream. The fake “cry.” We decided to wait a few minutes before we tend to her… so that she can eventually behaviorally associate that time to be bedtime and not time to play and be held (heck knows we give her enough of that during the day time!).

So then I went back to the bedroom after her cries continued for about 10 minutes. They were quite fake, and it was very cute, and they broke my heart. It was all I could do not to tend to her right away. This was bout 11:45pm. The instant I came in and spoke to her (“Lily Bean, why are you still up, baby? Don’t you know it’s bedtime?”), she immediately started smiling and laughing. Yeah. “Cry” my butt! Then when she realized I wasn’t going to pick her up, she squawked again. She said she was hungry (hand to mouth and sucking on hand motion), so I fed her again. Another 25 ml of boobie juice. She instantly fell asleep after a quick burp. I put her down, walked out. 5 minutes later, she cried again.

Hm.

Rinse and repeat another two more times. Dave and I switched duties. He went next. She said she was hungry again, so he fed her another 25 ml. She fell asleep, he put her down. I went to bed with her. This was after midnight by now. She was so darn tired by that time that she wasn’t even going to stop crying when we picked her up and sang and danced with her. When she finally went to bed, it was around 12:30am. She squawked one more time just for the sake of it, and I kissed her and she was instantly asleep. Too tired to battle it out again.

So then she proceeded to sleep through the entire night after that. I guess she tired herself out so much. She had stayed up from about 6p to midnight last night, with little bits and pieces of half-hour naps in between. She’s been doing her marathon awake times during the day for a little over a week now. It’s about time she did a marathon asleep time! I had to wake her up this morning at 6:30am to feed her. I nursed her and after getting her fair share, she was instantly asleep again. So she’s still sleeping. Woo! I’m grateful, though, because this was my very first 6-hour sleep, straight through, uninterrupted (I’m not going to count the countless times I woke up whenever she squawked in her sleep — I chalk that up to average Mommy-dom) in about a month. It was nice.

Here’s a photo of the sweetie bean in her kimono outfit (which was the last time she will be wearing it because it no longer fits her too well – so tight!):