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Welcome to our family blog. You're welcome to look if you're not friends or family, but frankly, we can't imagine why you'd want to. If you're visiting for the first time, then feel free to start at the beginning (don't worry; it's not the VERY beginning; just the beginning of when we found out we'd be changing from zero kids to one, or X, to be more specific).

keo’s tenth month

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Some highlights from Keo’s ninth month:

  • 5/2: second tooth poked through
  • 5/6: sorta’ said “bye bye” as Mama was leaving with Exie for preschool
  • 5/10: managed to get himself from a laying down position to a sitting up position
  • 5/10: maybe (just maybe) signed “Baba”
  • 5/11: definitely crawled a few steps!
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  • 5/14: cruised ALL the way around Ama’s coffee table today, he’s also frequently making the transition to objects behind him
  • 5/19: Played catch, sorta; I rolled the ball to him, and he picked it up and sorta’ threw it to the ground. Rinse and repeat
  • 5/20: Crawled 10 steps. Also let go with both hands to get from table to Mama.
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sleep training for #2

The nights have been killing us. Keo routinely gets up 3, 4, even 5 times/night. Sometimes I can get him back down, sometimes Susan feeds him, whatever. Both parents are exhausted after months of this. We haven’t done “sleep training” yet because he’s always been sick (over 70% of his life he’s been sick – drag), and also because… well… we just don’t want to do it because “sleep training” seems to usually mean the crying-it-out method. But he’s been healthy now for about 2 weeks, we we’re making a go of it.

Two nights ago we started in earnest. We put him down normally, and gave him a “dream feed” at 10:30, but after that it was Baba’s job to get him through the night (or at least the next 5 hours) without eating. The fourth hour was brutal (he was a very unhappy camper), but he did it. The few times he got up after that, he managed to go to sleep after just one quick visit. Phew. Tired Baba.

Last night was better. I put him down without food (he had fed earlier). He cried, but I only had to go in a few times and he eventually went to sleep in about 15 minutes. Not bad. Dream feed at 10:30 went fine. Woke up in the night again, but it wasn’t as bad as the previous night. A few more wakings went quickly, too. Mama and Baba have their hopes up – is this really going to work relatively quickly?

Tonight, he didn’t get tired until very late (about 8), but at that point he went down without crying a bit. He has blue blanket and seahorse and apparently that’s sufficient. He woke up a LOT in the night, however. Fortunately, he only cried for a little while each time and was relatively easy to get back down, but it was still enough times that we’re pretty darn tired today. Still, seems like we’re making progress. Fingers are crossed.

UPDATE (Jun 3): We’ve had some ups and downs, but last night he made it all the way 10:30pm “dream feed” to 6:30am (wake up time) without any assistance! Good job, Keo!

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my brother’s at home

Exie drew this at school today. The writing is what she said while she drew the picture.

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playing together

Exie and Keo have slowly been playing together more over the last few months. Obviously, this is limited since Keo is still so young, but occasionally there is a moment that brings tears to their happy parents’ eyes. Every once in a while they both find something so funny that they go into a cycle of contagious laughter. Sometimes Mama and Baba don’t get the joke, but that doesn’t really matter.

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dead snail

Exie found a dead snail being eaten by ants today. She’s been kinda’ crazy about snails lately, so she was very intrigued. I said that the snail was done with its life and the ants were taking it back to Mother Earth. (Actually, what I really said was, “… back to Earth-is-our-Mother” – that’s from a song we sing a lot.) Of course she doesn’t understand this yet, but after a while she started to softly cry because she was said for the snail. She kept going back to look at it and wanted to keep talking about it. Eventually, she said that she wanted to say goodbye to the snail, so she did, and we went inside. But she kept thinking about it for a while and some tears would come to her eye. I don’t know if I did the right thing in explaining it to her.

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so polite

Two funny things Exie said today:

Baba: Exie, can you bring your scissors upstairs?
Exie: I certainly can.

Mama: Would you like a glass of milk with your snack?
Exie: Yes, please, Mama. Thank you so much for offering!

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welcome to the family, ronnie

presenting gifts

presenting gifts

Ronnie & Charlene

Ronnie & Charlene

Charlene (one of Susan’s cousins is getting engaged). We had a big family party where her fiancé, Ronnie, presented the family with a whole cartload of traditional gifts – flowers, food, money, the works.

Welcome to the family, Ronnie! Hold on tight! :)

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exie’s apr 2011

working on her laptop just like Baba

working on her laptop just like Baba

For inexplicable (and probably non-reproducible) reasons, I seem to have kept better tabs on things this month. So instead of making a zillion more posts, here are some Exie highlights (and one lowlight) from the month:

  • 4/2: She changed Baba’s diaper. For some reason, she decided she should wear gloves. I tried not to be offended.
  • 4/6: She got her first Time Out ever, for pushing Keo over. We’ve never used Time Outs before, but we decided that for physically hurting Keo, we would. Can somebody please write a trustworthy parenting manual so we know what we’re supposed to do?
  • 4/8: had a long discussion with Baba about why some e’s are silent and some aren’t
  • 4/9: learned how to play hopscotch
  • 4/10: Had her first poop in the big toilet. “I feel really proud of myself.” Reward: 3 chocolate chips.
  • 4/11: She gave Mama a “potty try,” by climbing up behind her on the dining chair while she was feeding Keo (similar to how we currently hold Keo when he is using the potty). “Oh… you need to go pee and poop. Pssswssswsss. Good job!” Then wiped Mama’s butt with a napkin.
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    carrying a baby just like Mama

  • 4/11: She got her second Time Out (for pushing Keo over again). Afterwards she went to Keo and gave him a big hug and said, “I’m sorry, Keo. Are you okay?” We used to ask her to say sorry for stuff she did, but we stopped a while back ‘cause it didn’t seem like it produced a genuine response. This apology, however, was obviously genuine. And as she gave him a long hug, she whispered, “I love you, Keo. I love you.”
  • 4/11: She told Mama, “I love Keo, but I don’t like him.” Then a bit later, “I like his hair, but I don’t like his hands.” To be fair, his hands grab her hair a fair amount.
  • 4/11: understands how a sentence is read differently if it has an exclamation point (had a long discussion with Mama about it)
  • 4/11 (that’s right; a lot happened today): She let Mama braid her hair for the first time, and then asked Mama to braid her own hair, too, so that they were matching.
  • 4/19: Parent teacher conference. Apparently Exie just loves to sing at school, too. They told us about a time when a bunch of kids were parallel playing at the water table and Exie was just in the middle of them belting her lungs out. Go, girl.
sharing a smoothie with Mama

sharing a smoothie with Mama

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keo’s ninth month

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Some highlights from Keo’s ninth month:

  • 4/2: can clap (on cue, instead of just randomly) – his hands aren’t fully open (though they’re no longer tight crumpled little fists)
  • 4/7: moved from sitting to crawling position (but not crawling yet)
  • 4/8: pulled up (unassisted) on the laundry basket
  • 4/9: Twice consecutively picked up a single cereal puff and got it into his mouth. If you can do something twice in a row, then you really can do it. Well, ok, he can sorta’ do it; it’s still pretty hit and miss.
  • 4/11: officially (finally) cutting first tooth
  • 4/17: Successfully and convincingly made the “yay” sign (raising both hands over his head). He kept doing it, and we all kept doing it back to him. He would smile and do it again. This went on for many minutes and several times throughout the day.
  • 4/17: Took first in-diaper poop in a LONG time (many months). Yes, that’s right… that means he’s been pooping in the potty for months. Crazy. Unfortunately, this one happened either just before or while he was in the bouncer, so he really flattened it into a wide-diameter poop pancake.
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  • 4/22: Said “mba mba” – somewhere between “mama” and “baba.” And it seemed like he kinda’ knew what he was saying. For a few weeks he’s sorta’ made a “mama”-ish sound sometimes when he’s been distressed, but this was much more convincing. He’d look at one of us and say it. His most said phrase is still something like “uhn,” but it seems there is a special emphasis on it when he might be referring to exie, more like “ehn.”
  • 4/23: Standing while holding onto Exie’s art project table, Keo noticed that there was a Lego piece on top of the table (he can barely see over the edge). Instead of doing the normal grab-and-throw-to-floor baby thing, he actually proceeded to grab other Lego pieces out of the adjacent nearby bin and move them to the top of the table! This is awesome; it obviously indicates that he is the smartest baby in the universe, or maybe just a tiny bit of forethought and some early categorization, but most of all, the ability to at least once in a while not choose to smash everything.
  • 4/25: definitely saying “mama” once in a while now
  • 4/27: He got onto all fours from a sitting position, all by himself. Then he managed to get each of his four limbs off the ground and then back down on the ground. He didn’t actually move forward, but it was nonetheless a groundbreaking maneuver, compared to what he’s done in the past. We’ve decided that this is Keo’s style. He doesn’t practice; he just waits for a while and then does it. No spending ages on all fours rocking back and forth; just wait for a couple months then get on all fours and go. He seems to start doing things a bit later than some other babies, but then he catches up quickly ‘cause (like his Mama) he doesn’t like to do the practice level.
  • 4/28: He pulled himself up on the bouncer, from sitting to standing. The last week and a half he’s been spending about a half an hour after dinner standing while holding onto the bouncer. At first, I was basically keeping him upright most of the time, but now we can just leave him there for 5 or 10 minutes at a time. Each day is a marked improvement over the last. And today was the first time he actually managed to pull up by himself.
  • 4/30: Susan thinks he’s actually sometimes signing the word “more” instead of clapping. When he claps, his hands are a bit more open and when he signs more, they’re a bit more closed. Susan can interpret this; me – not so much.
standing near the bouncer with some 'help' from jye-jye

standing near the bouncer with some ‘help’ from jye-jye

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moving to San Jose, albeit temporarily

Today and tomorrow we’re moving to San Jose. We’ll be staying in Susan’s parents’ house for a few months while we finish renovations on the house. Unfortunately, this means a lot of driving, and a lot of not being able to find our stuff. We do get the benefit of seeing a lot more of Ama, however!

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