Swimming, Yay!

Lily had her first swimming class today! We were supposed to start last Saturday but she was sick, so we skipped it. Today was officially her first day. She wore her cute little Imse Vimse tankini swim suit, and off she went! She was the tiniest baby there. Heh. She wasn’t too amused when she first got in the water — we went into the big pool first, so it was not as warm as the baby pool. Her little lower lip started quivering from the cold, and she clung onto me for dear life. She had a look of panic on her face — “WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON, MAMA?!!” Heh. But, after a while, she got used to it, especially when we took her into the baby pool. She was really happy about the warmer water there. We even got some smiles!! We played games and all. We really enjoyed it. We stayed a bit over afterwards too, so that we can spend some family time with her. Nana Sylv came with us and took lots of photos (though most of them were blurry, unfortunately).

See how she’s clinging onto me?

She’s so itty bitty! I love her!!!

She really enjoyed swimming with Daddy!

We can’t wait until next Saturday! We may even go before then. We’re loving the water and spending time with her in it!

6 Months Old?! Already?!

Oh our little baby girl is 6 months old!! So many new things to see, so many new milestones! We’re waiting anxiously for each and every one of them. Everything she does everyday is exciting and new and wonderful. She turned 6 months on Monday, but I haven’t had the chance to update much because I’ve been very busy with work, personal stuff, and cleaning the house after my bro left after his visit. Boy oh boy. But I do want to document what has been going on because as time goes on, details will leave us and all we have are written memoirs of Lily’s First Year.

  • She is laughing a LOT more. She finds certain things so funny, but then the next day those same things aren’t funny anymore and she’s moved on. It’s our job, she feels, to figure out what she finds humorous next. We have a blast doing so, though!
  • On Sunday, she had her very first taste of solid food — rice cereal with breast milk! She was totally not a fan. I think she thought it looked much better in theory. Heh. We caught a video of her very first. As you can see, she was not impressed. It’s gotten better since though!
  • I’ve been feeding her everyday since then, and it’s gotten a lot better. Yesterday she finished her whole bowl of cereal! Yay! She’s learned that she needs to open her mouth when the strange, new contraption comes near it (aka: the SPOON!). We will introduce avocado into her diet this weekend.
  • My sister-in-law, Kami, showed me Your Baby Can Read, and after seeing the video demos, I wanted to give it a shot. I ordered the starter kit yesterday, but have been showing her various flash cards of words and playing around with them with her. I mean, if it works, she’ll be reading before she can even speak! If it doesn’t, that’s okay — she got an introduction of the written word. No harm, no foul, right? Here’s a video of me teaching her words in English and Vietnamese. She was so excited and she loves every time I show her a new word.
  • She’s sitting up on her own, for the most part! Still a little teetery, but she’s learning she can hold herself up by using her hands and arms! So cute!
  • She’s still getting over her very first cold — going on a week now — but it has gotten a lot better. She’s not waking up numerous times throughout the night anymore. We took her to the doctor’s on Monday, and by then she was already getting better, so the doc didn’t really have much to tell me and I was already doing everything he wanted me to do. Go figure.
  • She’s definitely teething. The girl can’t stop gnawing at things. Still no signs of any certain “white” objects poking through the gums though!
  • Since her cold started, she’s been waking up at night. Although she doesn’t wake up because of the cold though, she has now made it a habit to wake up once a night, in the middle of the night. We think it’s because she’s not getting enough to eat before bed time and wakes up hungry. It is also a combination of teething, changing, being 6 months old, and getting over her cold. She wakes up singing. That’s right. You heard me: singing. I hear her through the monitor, singing to herself. Talking to herself. Wide awake. I go check on her and she whines for me to pick her up, and I realize she’s hungry. She downs a whole bottle in under 5 minutes, and most of the time she goes right back to sleep. It’s been more difficult though, because she wants me to stay up and play with her. Silly girl. The last two nights, I’ve just resorted to putting her back down in her crib wide awake and going back to bed. She whines and sometimes gives a few yelps — some noisy ones that says, “Mommmmaaa!! I wanna PLAY!!!” After about 5 to 10 minutes though, she’s fast asleep again.

Today, we have her regular 6-month check up with our doctor. Will find out how much she’s grown and how much she weighs. Here’s a pic of the little cutie pie in her big high chair. She looks absolutely itty bitty. She gets her own spoon to hold during her meal times, too, so that she feels a bit more in control. She likes holding onto it while I feed her the cereal.

The Holidays Come to an End

Lily’s had a very, very busy few weeks, ever since the holidays started! Now it is all back to normal, so Mommy can finally update regarding what’s been going on in the Life of Lily.

First, Auntie Sophia (my sister) visited for a week for Christmas, and then, a week later, Uncle Eddie (my brother) visited for a week. It was the first time both of them had met Lily, and of course, they both fell in love with her as soon as they saw her. Eddie even got the baby voice out, and started talking to her in a high-pitch tone (which sounds oddly off because his voice is so raspy and deep). At first, she wasn’t sure if he passed her approval scale, as she only let him hold her for two seconds upon the first meeting before she cried out for Mommy to take her back. But, an hour later, he tried again and she was fine. The rest of the week, she was completely fine with him.

Then, as the week progressed, we had some fun with Lily. It was still snowing up here in Southwest British Columbia, so we decided to finally take some advantage of the snow, and Eddie and Bianca (his girlfriend) made a couple of snowpeople! It’s supposed to be of me and Lily Bean. They were going to make Dave as well, but it got too freezing cold for their poor hands (they weren’t used to this weather — in North Carolina it only maybe snows twice a year, if that).

Uncle Eddie finishing one of the snowpeople while
Daddy held onto Lily Bean in her eskimo suit.

She was the cutest little snow baby ever!

We even managed to get a wave from her when the snowpeople were done!

Then, midway through the week, Lily started getting a cold. It started off small, but caught on quickly. She began with a wee bit of a cough, and some sneezes. We noticed it on Wednesday, but then by Thursday morning it was full force. Her cough was very raspy and phlegmy, and her nose started dribbling snot. No fever, but her throat hurt. We could tell because after she let out a ripping series of coughs, she looks at us and whines. Our poor baby girl. We started giving her Infants’ Tylenol on Thursday morning — the recommended amount for her age and weight. It doesn’t appear to have gotten any better, though. Her coughs are actually getting worse. We have a doctor’s appointment for her on Thursday, which is also for her 6-month check-up. I don’t think we can wait that long though, so we’re going to a health clinic tomorrow and see what the doctor there has to say about it.

I’ve also rubbed some Vic’s vapor rub on her throat and chest, and on the bottom of her feet before putting socks on her. That seems to help a bit with her sleeping, but hasn’t alleviated any of the symptoms, unfortunately. However, she is just about the cheeriest, most easy-going sick baby I’ve ever come across. She’d cough, whine, and then break out into a giant smile for us, as if to say, “I’m not feeling well, but thank you so much for taking care of me, Mommy and Daddy!” So CUTE!!

This has affected her sleep a lot. Last night, she went down at 10p, which is over an hour past her usual bed time. The night before, she didn’t even go down until 1am. She was so, ssooo exhausted, but she couldn’t fall asleep because she kept coughing when we put her on her back. And she was fussy because she was so tired. She would want to sleep in our arms, and once we put her down after she’s fallen asleep in our arms, she wakes up again with a coughing fit. She was just tired out and puckered by 1am, and she forcefully went to sleep at that time. The night before that, she didn’t go down until 10:30p. And, throughout these nights, she wakes up coughing and whining, so I have to tend to her about every hour or so. Our poor baby…

We think her immune system is down because she’s teething. She’s been trying to gnaw at things pretty ferociously. She tries to sink her teeth into everything! This photo is an example! I put this bumblebee toy of hers in the freezer for a couple of hours, then gave it to her. She immediately put it in her mouth and was instantly relieved. When it finally melted, she threw it away and cried to me. Heh.

And I want to show this photo to you here because it’s just so darn cute not to:

Today, we will be giving her her first foods! I went to B’ham’s Food Co-op to get some awesome organic baby rice cereal. We’re doing it tonight. Tomorrow is officially her 6-month birthday, but I have to work tomorrow so we want to spend some time to be able to do it today. Well, this late afternoon. It’s all very exciting!!! We’ve put her in her high chair and gave her a spoon to play with, and she thought it was pretty nifty — until she realized there was nothing on the spoon to eat, and that if there was nothing to eat, there really wasn’t any reason to be restrained in a chair with a tray in front of her. Heh. She’s a quick one, that girl.

The Little Namesake

I don’t think I posted this yet, but I’ve been meaning to. Lots to update, which will probably happen after my brother leaves us on Saturday (I will miss him very very much!!).

Lily Bean was named after Dave’s grandmother, who we are very close to and who I consider my own grandmother. I’ve grown to really and truly consider her part of my blood, and it was only appropriate that we name our firstborn daughter after her. Lily Bean’s real, legal name is “Lilias” (after Dave’s grandmother), but her nickname is what she goes by: Lily, Lily Bean, and derivatives of the two. It was a decision to use Gran’s full name because it is a family name, and it’s been in the family for generations now. It was something Dave and I mutually agreed upon for years, before we ever even contemplated getting pregnant yet. It was an easy, easy decision, and we’re so darn proud of it. We had a harder time coming up with a middle name though!

This is the Lily Bean and her great-granny, Lilias, talking. Gran is trying to get a smile out of her. Hehee.

Christmas Eve & Reading

My mother-in-law, Sylvia (aka Nana Sylv) just emailed me some of the photos taken on Christmas Eve and the gift-opening event at her house. All of Dave’s brothers and sister and their spouses and kids, as well as his parents and their spouses, and Granny (aka Great-Granny Lilias, who Lily Bean is named after) came. Hence, it was a GIANT event, repeated every year. It’s become a family tradition to get together on Christmas Eve for dinner and gift-opening. I can’t believe the absolute overwhelming chaos that you can see in the photo. In person, it was just as chaotic and noisy as these photos may suggest. And yet, we loved every single minute of it. It was Lily’s first Christmas Eve with the family, so it was extra special.

Can you spot Lily Bean, me, and my sister? Can you also spot Cousin Peanut (Kennedy) in there too? Heh.

How crazy, when all the kids were opening presents at the same time. It was absolutely chaotic. And Lily did so well! She only whined a little bit, but overall she was just really, really curious about what the heck was going on. My sister and I took turns holding her and opening her gifts. Now that it’s all over, it feels a little nostalgic. I can hardly wait until next Christmas when we get to do it all over again!

In other news, we’ve been encouraging her more and more about books and reading. Now that she is getting a little older, and becoming more aware of her surroundings and her toys and what we’re doing, we want her to get the idea into her head that books are awesome, books are toys, and reading is fun. She seems really interested in the whole concept of “reading” and “books,” as she stares and stares at the pages whenever we read to her. This morning, after she woke up and I nursed her, I sat her down in my lap and we started reading together. She wanted to turn the pages herself, and at one point started trying to eat the book. Heh. Books are fun, but I didn’t know they were yummy too! So I propped her up and took some photos, because she was looking so darn cute in all of her curious glory!