First time to dine out on a high chair! 

Since it was his first time sitting on the high chair, he was looking around everehere to see whats going on. He even made a friend! 😊

Luca: 10 months old

Luca just had the first dine out at the Souplantation!! This place is great that we don’t have to worry about him crying or making a mess! If he wants more, we can get some more!! Thanks to the coupons too!! 😁👍🏻😄

  

Let’s come here again!

Much Love,
Your mama

First stairs to climb!!

  
Luca: 10 months old

You and I visited at one of good friends of mine yesterday. She has two daughters, 4 yrs old and 2.5 yrs old. (Emma AND Hanna)  They had a lot of toys and big living room that you could crawl cruise around. You guys chased each other, you are together AND they showed you how to climb on stairs! I think you had a lot of fun that you took a nap right away when you got in my car and had a good night sleep last night! It is a great thing to be around kids for you. I know you are stimulated by them and you learn a lot from them. 

I hope you will see them again soon! I’m pretty sure they will show you more new things again! ❤️😄

 

My friend, Maki’s hubby, Take was happy to meet you! And it was our first time to meet Kou chan (Mayumi’s son)
  
You were so excited to be on stairs!
 

First milestone of 2016 and new year resolutions 

Taking a bath makes him soooo relaxing ❤️

Luca: 7 months and 3 weeks

It has been already 3 days after the new year came along. 

You got a little cold-ish symptoms so we stayed low-key this year (not like we had a big plan every year though… Lol). Stuffy nose and dry cough occasionally (no fever, no runny nose). Nothing major so we just make sure you are warm, hydrated and rested. Last night, we bathed you with little warmer water and rubbed some Vics on your back. It seemed to help that you slept so well. You didn’t wake up since 1:30am until 6:30am. Wow that’s pretty good for 5 hours. I wish you can sleep this good everyday (you usually wake up 2-3 times per night. 10pm, 1 or 2am and maybe 4 or 5 am 😩). 

But that is not your first milestone of 2016. On New Year’s Day, you learned how to wave at us! Probably coincidence? But definitely you waved at us for a few times by raising your hand and giving us a smile. And you started to crawl with your knees. Not army style that you use your arms. Yay!!

Anyway, the holidays run so fast that today is the last day to enjoy until… Martin Luther King’s day. That’s like in 2 weeks! Lol I mean the major holidays are gone and that makes me sad! But around this time next year, you will be walking around and probably we are doing more stuff hopefully. I can’t wait till then. 

Since this is my first blog to enter of the year, let me make some new year resolutions. I don’t know if I can achieve any of that so why would I make any at all but let’s just make some … for fun!

  1. Put myself in art little more (in any way. Cooking, baking, taking some photographs, going to museum etc. I just miss being creative and be inspired)
  2. Be active – exercise more (since you are born, I thought I was going back to spin class or playing tennis but I haven’t done none of them!)
  3. Look for a good school (day care and pre school) for you. 
  4. Look for a next place to live (your papa is ready to sell his condo. Where shall we live?)

I will do #3 for sure. You need to meet kids like your age and learn a social skill soon. You shouldn’t stay home until kindergarten. I would love to take you to Japanese school and hopefully I will find one that we like and think suitable for you. 

I wish our daily lives will be full of fun and full of good, positive energy this year. Be happy, keep smiles on your face and be healthy. 

A Happy New Year, Luca! 
Much Love,
Your mama

 

Both of you and Happy begged for my food. lol
  
We went to the park again! This time with your Papa!
 

Solid food: carrots

  

When you see this, tight closed mouth, you immediately know he doesn’t want it, don’t you?
 
Luca: 6 months and 3 weeks
Solid food: carrots (4 days 11/27/15 – 11/30/15)

After the wall painting was over in our house, I finally was able to re-start to feed Luca solid food again. I know he is ok with rice cereal, and avocado so far so now I wanted him to try carrots. 

Oh boy oh boy… When I gave him the first spoon of carrots, he made a face “Wth…!?” And he looked at me. He made an expression almost same as he’d had a bite of lemon or something. Or it was too hot for him.. I’m not sure which one but I made sure it wasn’t too hot so I think I can cross that out. 

I remember one of my mommy and me threads in Facebook that they talked about feeding carrots to their babies and most of their babies had the same type of reaction or worse. And they said “don’t worry about it. Keep trying. Your baby will get used to it and eventually he/she would start liking it”. So I gave him a try for 4 days. Probably the first impression of carrots was so bad that Luca didn’t want to give a try next day or the following day at all, AT ALL. He would get excited at the very beginning of the meal each day but as soon as he sees orange stuff on the spoon, he refused it (as you can see in the photo above). I tried some bites myself but it tasted good to me, actually it was sweet. So I have no idea why he doesn’t like it. Well maybe I can guess… The transition from avocado to carrots, the flavor and texture are completely different. So if that’s his point of view, I get it. 

So when I was observing his rejection of carrots, he showed me how much he didn’t want try anymore by closing his mouth so tightly like the picture above. And also, he turned his head away to the west, to the east, and to the south. So quietly and no cries. 

I kind of noticed he doesn’t cry much when the diaper is wet or when he is hungry. He cries only when he doesn’t want to go sleep and he wants me to hold him. Interesting. I feel like I need to watch him closely otherwise I won’t notice what he needs and what he wants. Should I be graceful for him not crying? I don’t know. I just want to notice and make sure I can provide his needs. 

As for trying carrots… I don’t want to force it. I think I should move on to peas and come back to it. Maybe he will like it eventually. 

First time change

 

Good morning! After a rough night, Luca shows a great smile! You don’t remember how much you cried last night?? lol
 
Luca: last day of 5 months!

It has been a week and two days since we changed our clock back an hour. You would think you would adjust after a couple days. Not us with this baby. 

On first day of the change, I thought Luca adjusted pretty well and he went to bed about 8pm (that means 9pm before the change). More days we spent, I think he realizes it’s getting darker sooner so by the time I get home from work around 530pm, he is already tired and sleepy! That means I don’t get to play with him that much. 😕

Today, I got a text from his papa that Luca wanted to take a nap at 530pm. That was when I was driving back home from work. He can’t take a nap after 5pm! He won’t be able to sleep when he is supposed to sleep. 

I hurried and came back home and fed him right away and read some books. I didn’t think I would do the routine right after my work. But I can tell he was already sleepy. 

He is being like this this 3 days. I wonder he will adjust himself to stay up little longer after a while… 

   
 

Happy Halloween! 👻

  
Luca: 23 weeks old 

Happy Halloween!

Obviously it is Luca’s first Halloween so you can imagine how excited I was what his costume to be. Since his Papa loves Star Wars, I wanted to find one of the characters but it’s either too expensive or too big. 

So I was browsing around in Amazon, Etsy and other websites and after so many disapproval from his Papa, I finally found something we could agree on: Little Bear costume from Amazon (above). 

I should’ve tried out before Halloween came but of course being procrastinated that I tried to put it on him today. I already could imagine Luca would cry when I tried to put the body suite on him and sure enough he did. 

So when we got there at mommy and me class, I just put the head part on him. He was so cute enough, he didn’t need to wear the body suite. ❤️😍

 

A baby with a bear head
You are just too cute! ❤️❤️❤️
  
A baby with a bear head. Halloween
Omg, you look like a stuffed animal😍!! I just want to hug you so tightly!!
  
A  baby with a cute smile!
In mommy and me class. You are the cutest!!

In the evening, Frankie, Luca and I went to “Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns” at Descanso Garden. My coworkers told me how cool this event was so I was so excited to see the Jack O’Lanterns. 

I don’t know how many of pumpkins were carved but there were SO many of them. So details, so many themes. We were impressed that made us think who did the work! Art Students? Artists? Volunteers from Descanso Gardens? Amazing art work. 

There were so many themes but if I had to pick my favorite, that would be the Dragon. I liked the patterns which creates Dragon’s scale. And the tiger. It reminded me of Nash (my cat). He sits like the tiger in the picture. Lol

 

Descanso Garden, Rise of Jack O'Lanterns
At Rise of Jack O’Lanterns, Descanso Garden. My favorite, Dragon.
  
Look at this details!
  
Tiger: pumpkins
Oh hey Nadh! What are you doing here?
  
Sesame Street: pumpkins
Sesame Street
    
  
Luca was up at the beginning but…
  
  
I had to eat a hot dog even though I ate a tacos and ceviche tostadas like 2 hours ago!! lol Frankie was too full to eat something after his burritos…
 

Very impressive work!

See… he fell in sleep for the whole time. Good thing your mama keeps a blog and some pics for you so then you can see and read later on!

Of course Luca fell in sleep for whole time…

We got home around 830pm. It passed way over his bed time AND he slept throughout the trip so I expected the worst. 

Luca struggled to fall back in sleep for 2 hours. A lot of crying, and a lot of fighting with himself (rubbing his eyes and yawning). Finally he fell in sleep lying down next to me. He woke up once at 130am, was fed and slept next to me again. I tried to put him in his crib once but he woke up right away and he ended up sleeping next to me. Argh, I hope all of the effort I have done in this past few days don’t go down on drain… 

Let’s see how he reacts and sleeps tomorrow…

Aw, btw tomorrow will be time changing. Summer time is over. It means I have another challenge with Luca. He has to learn how to adjust himself one hour ahead… 😱

Good night!

Much Love, your mama
  

Sleeping Habit #3

      
Luca: 23 weeks old 

Another long night…

Tonight Luca slept pretty well again until 1015pm (from 730pm). Now I’m struggling again to put him in sleep. I’m doing cto method, letting him cry for 3 min and holding him and sooth him if he doesn’t stop cry and I repeat the steps over and over. It’s 1137pm right now. After rocking him in my arms for several min and bouncing him for over 10 min, walking around and bouncing him again on the bouncing ball for another 10 min, finally he fell in sleep!! I feel a victory here. Lol 

I want to train him to fall in sleep without my feeding eventually. And I think I am doing it!

I am pretty sure I will have another rough night tomorrow but dealing with a little over an hour is not too bad… So far. Who knows how he is going to react next 2 hours… I hope he will sleep until at least 2 am or so. 

I need to get some sleep! Good night. I’m sorry I rocked you a little hard tonight, Luca (but it helped you to fall in sleep for a min or two). 

Love you very much, your mama

Sleeping habit #2

  
Luca: 23 weeks old

Tonight is same thing as last night. Luca cried a lot. Although he slept through for 2.5 hours from 730pm. This is not too bad. 

I changed a little bit of routine. 

As I came back home from work, I took him out for a walk for about 20 min. Not too short, not too long. I didn’t want him to fall in sleep before his bed time. I fed him solid food: tofu but no Popsicle. I bathed him a bit, but no shampoo on his head or wiping his face. After putting clean diaper and pj on, I read a couple books which I usually do before the bath time but I switched it to after. After the reading, I finally fed him. He had about 6-7 oz of milk which is a lot more than usual. So I hope this new routine relaxed him a bit. 

Now, it’s 1130pm. After a lot of crying for an hour, he finally fell in sleep. It has been about 30 min now. I am hoping he will sleep until 2am or longer. That would be a record if he can sleep till then. I hate to say it and I hate doing this to him but I guess letting him crying makes him tired more. I don’t want him to cry. I am not the type of mom that she doesn’t care about her own child. I do care. But crying works… Cry all you want Luca. I’m here for you. Good night 😘

Much Love, your mama 

Sleeping habit

  
Luca: 23 weeks old

I feel I’m a failure when it comes to his sleeping habit. I want him to sleep throughout a night without feeding him before he goes to bed. That is my ultimate goal. But last night, something was off . He cried every 2 hours and demanded me to hold him. 

Usually, he mumbles but he doesn’t cry much. After holding him for a while, he falls into sleep. After midnight, he wants to drink a couple of times so I feed him. But that’s about it. Last night though, it was rough. A lot of crying. Why? I don’t know. It wasn’t a wet or dirty diaper for sure. Because I checked and even changed it just to make myself feel better. Maybe because of Breaskmilk Popsicle that I gave him. Maybe he had a stomach ache… So I gave the gripe water (he liked to drink it). I am not sure it worked but after 30 min or so he fell in sleep. 

I didn’t want to give in to let him sleep with me. So I hang on and tried my best to wake myself up and take care of Luca. But at 6am (I had one more hour that I wanted to sleep), I gave in. Too tired. And Luca was so peaceful and sleep in till I woke up. Ohhh poop… 😕 

First solid food

 

Baby rice porridge
10倍粥 Luca’s first rice porridge
  
Baby with a rice on his face.
Luca tried his first solid food!!
 
Luca: 20 weeks old (reached 5 months old last Sunday!)

Luca finally has tried his first solid food: rice porridge. Cooked with 2 teaspoon of rice and 20 teaspoons of water in the rice cooker. And after its done cooking, I puréed it. 

He sat on my lap and I fed him with a tiny baby spoon. I couldn’t see his face expression but from his hands gesture (he wanted more), he seemed to like it. I am not sure he swallowed it but I’ll continue trying to feed him once a day for 2 weeks. 

From tomorrow, he will sit in his high chair and eat! He is growing and growing… Somebody stops him from growing!! 😩😊