Happy 17 Months old Lily! She currently weighs about 20.5 pounds (finally broke the 20 pound mark and can officially sit front facing in the car seat now!!!), and stretches about 30.5 inches! She fluctuates around the 20 pounds mark, but it’s ok, she’s still growing so that’s progress! She is so full of energy and is such much fun to play and laugh with all day long! She really likes to babble sing, dance, and play at the park! She loves the slide and the steering wheel at the park! She’s understanding us more and more each day, and she’s getting pretty good at putting her toys away when she’s done, but every now and then she likes to drop things for fun or throw them behind her. She’s so silly! She likes to have lots of conversations with you, even though we aren’t sure what she’s saying, but she’s determined to put sounds together, and it’s super cute to listen to! Happy 17 months my lily pad, (my post is a lil late, but happy 17 months anyways!!).
Here’s a video of Lily telling us all a story while playing with Elijah her elephant!
Lily was recently a flower girl for Vy and Chris’s wedding, here’s a little 15 second clip of her being silly!
Lastly, Lily and her daddy are relaxing in bed on a casual Sunday and we started the morning with some silly giggles! I just love the sound of her laugh and giggles!!!! So in love with our Lily pad!
Here’s a video of Lily singing with her daddy! I love her voice and her movements, so she’s silly!
As I stand there for about 25 minutes, hunched over my kitchen island, with my neck straining from concentration, I meticulously peeled a bunch (literally) of grapes for my precious Lily pad for her snacks for the school week. I thought back to when my mom would peel grapes for us, and boy do I have a new found appreciation for that! Thank you mommy for all the little things you do just to keep me safe and happy! Now as I do the same for Lily, I know one day she will appreciate all the little things I do for her. Some fun facts about grapes are that they are very high in vitamins A and K and have lots of potassium and some calcium as well. They are small but delicious healthy snacks for kids, and reduce risks of heart attacks, and reduces blood clots. Grapes also can prevent muscular degeneration and cataract, associated with aging as well. Also, 2.5 pounds of grapes make about 1 bottle of wine! I guess that’s why they say 1 glass of wine a day is good for the heart (adult hearts at least)! Anyways, I will do anything to make sure my precious Lily pad is healthy and happy, even if that means peeling grapes and cutting them in half for who knows how long!
More fruit snacks that Lily likes to eat are Kiwis and Tangerines and Cuties. I won’t get into the science of it, but here are the benefits to kiwis! They helps and improves your digestion with enzymes, helps manages blood pressure, boosts the immune system, helps clean out toxins, helps fight heart disease, creates alkaline balance (supplies a lot of minerals to balance out excess in acidic foods), which results in great skin! Kiwis are easy to just peel and chop into little finger food bits that can be done ahead of time and packed ready to go for the next day! Also, it adds a nice green to their colors of food! Tangerines and Cuties talk a little more time. I usually take out all the seeds in each piece of tangerine, and I tend to peel out most of the skin so that it’s not so chewy for Lily. Cuties are a little easier since there’s no seeds and she doesn’t mind the skin compared to the tangerines. Benefits of tangerines and cuties are that they’re loaded with flavonoids, which boast certain anticancer properties and can even prevent growth of cancerous cells and stop the growth of tumors! They are loaded with Vitamin C and A, which helps the body heal wouds, and hold together tendons, ligaments, bones and blood vessels, and units of vitamin A also helps with the immune system, vision and much more. Tangerines also have a lot of potassium that are important for the proper functioning of kidneys, muscles, nerves, heart and digestive system. Although it takes some time to cut, chop, and peel these snacks for Lily, it’s important we take the time to make sure Lily gets the nutrients she needs. It’s all about the little things!
Speaking of little, I wanted to share my most recent finds! Check out these cute little drinking glasses that I got for Lily! Her school at Le Port has them and when I saw it, I just had to find out where they got it from, and it’s from Ikea!! I know what you’re thinking, it looks like a shot glass, but the glasses are beveled on the sides and that makes it easy for the tiny fingers to have a firm grasp around the glass! I just had to get some for Lily and they were only $3 for a pack of 6! Each glass holds a little less than 2 ounces of fluid! It’s perfect for training Lily how to drink from a glass, and so far she’s able to hold it and even tried to drink from it a few times! Half the time she tosses the water out of the glass but luckily it’s just water! Also the nice part about it being glass is that she learns to hold something with real weight, and IF she drops it and it breaks, then she’ll learn about consequences (that’s the Montessori way). So far, no broken glass yet, phew! Also, her teacher put clear silicone caulking on the bottom to create a rubbery bottom to make it grip to the table surface and not be so slippery, brilliant! So we did the same! I also got these Duralex Gigogne glasses on Amazon that holds about 5.75 ounces of liquid for when she’s older, maybe next year! =) These glasses are under $16 and come in a set of 16 as well. They also have a slight ridge on it for little hands to easily grip as well!! Isn’t just so cute! It’s a perfect size for our little Lily to master drinking from a glass! Here’s a video of her using her baby size glass!
Also, my friend Luce gave me the recipe to make porridge, I mean it’s rather simple and I could have tried looking it up myself, but word of mouth is always the best kinds of recipes! I recently made lily porridge with tofu, chicken and mixed veggies (corn, green beans, peas, and carrots) and added some chicken broth for flavoring, and boy does she love it!! She was starting to want “REAL” food and so when I try to give her steamed veggies in it’s normal form, she would just spit it out. So now I blend up the veggies and chicken, and mix it into her porridge and she eats it all up and gets a good amount of protein and vitamins all in one meal! The best thing about porridge is you can put whatever you want in it, so this second batch I made has tofu, ground beef, and veggies! I’m using ground beef cause her pediatrician says she needs more fats, so bring on the red meats!! She’s getting so much better at feeding herself too, check out this super cute video of her eating yogurt all by herself!
One of my friends (Mel) from Lily’s modeling agency, whom I met at an Infantino photoshoot, came across another toy that Lily was on the front cover of!! The Infantino toy is the Go Go Activity Trio Jungle Pals! She was so kind enough to mail me the toy, not one but two of them so that I can have one for my Lily’s modeling shrine, and one for Lily to play with! She found this at Home Goods, really random right? Either way, it’s so exciting to see her on the box!!! We are always so proud of you Lily!!! Here’s the LINK to my previous post of her and this toy!
It amazing how much I can fall in love with you from just the very second of knowing you existed. My mind was having the time of its life planning out how to make room for you, thinking about when to move Lily downstairs into her new room, picturing you playing with your sister and causing so much trouble together, and imagining our house more full with laughter. For 37 days we loved you and our love for you grew stronger each day, even though I didn’t know that you were getting weaker. Our excitement and joy awaiting, preparing, and planning for you, our second miracle, suddenly got cut short, and in an instant, my angel was gone. How can my heart be filled with so much joy suddenly be filled with so much pain and emptiness? I couldn’t understand why you had to go and I never will. Sadness consumed me when my body was suddenly empty, and my heart shattered into a million pieces. I cried myself to sleep many nights, blamed myself, went into denial that you weren’t really gone, and felt so much pain. It’s now been 19 days since we lost you. I want to let you know that I love you so much and will never forget you. Our tears have been shed not only by us, but by our friends and family, your friends and family. We all have lost you, and we all will miss you. Even though you are gone for now, I feel your soul will come back to us again, and I hope it’s soon. As each day passes, my heart slowly starts to heal. Your daddy and I will never give up, and we will keep trying and hope that we will soon reunite again. Today is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, and so tonight we light a candle for you. I first fell in love with you in my womb, and instead of holding you in my arms, I will always hold you in my heart.
Happy Sweet 16 Months to our precious Lily pad!! She’s still small, hasn’t grown too much since last month, weighing in at 19.6 pounds and is stretches about 30.5 inches tall. She recently got bronchiolitis and had to breathe through a nebulizer for a couple weeks, but she’s all better now, no more wheezing! Also, Lily is finally off the bottle, woohoo!!! We were so happy and proud of our Lily pad when she started drinking a significantly more amount of milk from her thermos straw cup. We tried sippy cups, normal straw cups, and finally the thermos straw cup. We tried to ween her off but it wasn’t working so we decided to do it cold turkey. Eventually she realized the only way she can have her milk was through the straw cup, so instead of pushing it away, she now takes it without a fight! It felt good to put away the bottle drying rack, we now have more space on our counter, and Khoa’s super relieved he doesn’t have to wash anymore bottles (for now). Good job Lily pad!! She also is so good at listening, we’ll ask her to put her toy back when she’s done playing with it and not only does she put it back (most of the time), but she’ll put it back in the right spot on the right shelf and everything! I’m just so amazed by how much she understands and how well she listens! She loves to babble and she’s learning to say a lot more works too even though sometimes she likes to add a “buh” sound at the beginning of some words, like “baiper” instead of “diaper” and “bup” instead of “up”! haha. She even knows to say her name, except she says “yiyi” instead, close enough! haha. That’s our cutie pie! She’s also signing a lot more words and picking up new signs a lot quicker now too! She’s also very good at feeding herself, eating bananas by herself and hold a spoon and scooping yogurt, oatmeal, or porridge into her mouth! It’s still messy but it’s all part of the learning process! Lily loves playing at the playground and going down the slide, feet first but on her belly haha. She loves being outside, playing with friends, and riding on her elephant Elijah (thanks Cynthia!).
Last week she graduated from her Parent & Me Beginner swimming class and will move on up to her Parent & Me Intermediate level swimming class! She got this cute certificate and got to dig through the treasure chest to pick out a toy for graduating from the beginner’s class! It took her awhile to pick a toy cause she kept shaking her head no at all the things the worker showed to her, but she finally settled on a green stretchy plastic guy that you can bend and shape! You can also check out a short video from my instagram of her swimming too below!
I also found Lily on the cover of another Infantino toy, the Teether Links, at Babies ‘R Us! I went to several different Babies ‘R Us and was finally able to track this down. I was so excited when I saw her darling face that I grabbed three of these, then I stood there for a minute pondering if I should just but the rest as well, since there was only two more on the rack, and so I did! BUY THEM ALL!!! haha. I was so excited, I didn’t even have a cart, so I’m juggling all of these and plopped it onto the cashier counter. I had a proud momager moment and told the cashier guy that that’s my baby on the cover!!! I’m so proud of her and this is the first time I was actually able to find one of her toys myself!!! Just look at that sweet chubby little face, don’t you just wanna squeeze her? So proud!!!
I also took a gamble and bought her Funflower, seen HERE, and her Soft Safari Foam Puzzle Set on Amazon, and look who’s on the cover!!! My dad also found her Jittery Pal at Babies ‘R Us, it was the last one at the time! Woohoo!! So excited that my collection of Lily’s toys are growing bigger and bigger!
Happy 15 months to my precious Lily pad!!! Lily weighs in at 19.6 pounds (6%) and stretches 29.25 inches (13%) tall with a head circumference of 17.5 inches (12%). She’s still small for her age but at least she’s growing at her own pace, and she can finally be switched to whole milk now! Yay time to save some money haha! She also still takes 2 naps a day, and it can be from 1 hour to 3 hours or more! She loves to eat porridge along with yogurt, bananas, and fruits like strawberries! She loves snacking on crackers, goldfishes and cheerios! She has a lot of teeth growing in too, lots of molars in the back!! She’s starting to pick up sign language a lot more now too, she’s currently able to sign “milk”, “eat”, “more”, “wash hands”, “please”, “thank you” and “cracker”! She loves to “talk” and say “hi” and “bye” and of course she’s an expert at saying “mama” and “dada”. Whenever she sees something new, she holds it up and says “what’s this” or “what’s that”! It’s so amazing how much she’s starting to understand as well. I’ll tell Lily it’s time for a bath and she’ll start walking to the bathroom, or when I tell her lets go wash her hands, she’ll sign wash hands and start walking to the bathroom. I set up her double stepping stool and she’ll start to climb the steps, andI turn on the water and she reaches for the water! She’s so smart! She also knows to sit in her chair when she wants to eat and sometimes she’ll go to her chair first and sign eat and wait for me to bring her food!! It’s so amazing watching her grow and develop! I’m always so proud of her and love her sooooo much!!! Happy 15 months my Lily pad!!!
Lily can now also go down the slide all by herself!!! She loves the slide and roaming around the playground!! She’s so cute, we love watching her play and having a great time outdoors!!
Also, Lily loves to walk everywhere and explore! Check out this video of her walking everywhere at her grandparent’s house (Ong Ba Noi)! It’s amazing how much energy she has in such a tiny little body, there’s no stopping her!! Go Lily go!!
Also, check out this super cute reaction to me (her mama) picking her up from school yesterday!!!!
Lily just had her first week of the new school year (2013-2014) this week starting on Wednesday September 4th! She hasn’t been in school for almost a week due to the Labor Day holiday, and so when I was driving her to school, I was wondering if she’ll be clingy to me or not. So when I got to her classroom and let her down on her feet, she immediately started to walk around the classroom and checked out the new layout! She was waving “hi” to her teachers and totally looked ready to start her day! She’s so cute I wish I can stay and play with her allllll day, but I’m glad she’s in good hands!! As I was leaving, I was telling Lily “bye” and she just waved back at me waiting for me to leave so that she can play haha! How they grow so fast! Her new head teacher, Ms. Stacey Dee took emailed me some great pictures of Lily at her first week back at school! Her teachers tell me that she insists on feeding herself now, and that she loves to greet everyone (adults and babies) who come in and out of the classroom! They say she loves to talk and always has a smile on her face!! That’s our little bundle of joy!! =) This is going to be a great school year!!!
Enjoy these pictures that her Head Teacher Ms. Dee sent me of Lily at school!
Thank you Linda for the new discovery of Lily on the package for Infantino’s Bell Bottoms Bunny! I’m so excited to own a toy with Lily’s face on it, I’m going to have to hunt down another one so that I can have one for keepsake and then let Lily play with the other one haha! I went onto the Infantino Site and found her on their for the Bell Bottoms Bunny too! I think this was taken back in May! Just look at those cute little toes, she tends to curl them, how cute! It’s always super exciting to see Lily’s photo shoots make it out into the market! We are so proud of you our Lily pad!!! I also attached Lily’s new updated photosheet, doesn’t she look so darling?? =)
Happy 14 months old our precious Lily pad!! She weighs in at about 19.0 pounds and stretches about 30 inches tall!! She is super happy all the time and is very healthy! Lily loves to talk! She’ll talk to herself while playing, talk to us, strangers, anybody and anything! She loves to eat and even has a molar tooth growing in the back! She really likes to eat “normal” foods now, and some of her favorites are bananas, strawberries, grilled chicken strips, and turkey and cheese sandwiches! Lily is getting better at drink with a straw too, and sometimes she can drink a little bit out of a glass with our help of course. She loves to walk EVERYWHERE and she’ll just keep walking till she’s completely pooped! She’s still a great sleeper and naps twice a day and it can range from 1 hour nap to 3 hours! She sleeps about 11-10 hours straight at night as well! She’s so good and we feel super blessed and lucky every single day!! Lily is so much fun and she’s starting to understand and respond so much it’s scary haha. Happy 14 months old Lily pad!! Best 14 months of our lives, and going!!
Enjoy these videos of our Lily pad and her newly developed skills! Here’s a video of her signing to eat! (This was recorded last month when she was around 13 months old!) She tried to sign more too by putting her arm close to her, so we can see her efforts!! Good job Lily we are so proud of you!!
Here’s a video recorded yesterday of her signing for more! Her fingers are bunched together too where as before she had her hands flat almost like she’s clapping her hands. Now she’s getting so good at signing more!! More more more baby signing please!! =)
Also, here’s a video of Lily enjoying her first funnel cake at the OC Fair, click HERE!
Lastly, here’s a video of her enjoying a turkey cheese sandwich after a long day at the fair, click HERE. I love how happy she is!!! =D
For more pictures of Lily’s first time at the OC Fair with my parents, click HERE!
I found some more of Lily’s modeling photos on Infantino, Amazon, and Target online! I believe these photos were taken back in maybe April! On Amazon and Target she’s modeling the Infantino Touch and Feel Critter Ball Set, doesn’t she look so engaged in them?? The critter balls are sold for $19.99!
Here is the Infantino Go Go Trio jungle pals! I remember when she did this shoot, it was one of the first times she sat on grass, it she was so fascinated with the grass and kept pulling on the grass. I’m happy to see that they ended up getting a cute shot of her, and man doesn’t she look so young and chubby?? I just wanna squeeze those cheeks! I like how she always curls her toes haha! These jungle pals are sold for $12.99! I must find then in stores!
We were finally able to record Lily (13 months old & 3 days old) getting off the couch properly and safely! She started to do this by herself for maybe a month or so but when she lands on the ground, it’s a lot more solid now and today she even took some steps afterwards like a pro!! We’re so proud of you Lily pad!!!
Best birthday present a mommy can ever get; Lily walking so much today!!! She stumbled once but then tries so hard to get back up and walk some more!!! I was screaming and cheering with so much excitement inside! I don’t like to talk much while recording her cause I love her sweet little voice so if she does say anything I don’t want to talk over her. hehe. I’m so proud of my Lily pad, best present ever!!!
This isn’t a video of her on the move, but it’s still worthy of sharing! Lily (13.5 months old) is so good at not sharing her food that it’s so funny! haha. Enjoy this video of her sharing skills and of her and daddy being silly during dinner with her new skill she learned to do!! I love these two monkeys!! Haha!
We took Lily (13.5 months old) to the park and let her roam free!! She improved in her walking SO much and just loves to walk everywhere now and she hardly crawls. Everytime she falls down, she just picks herself back up and continues to walk! We’re so proud of our baby Lily pad, and although we’re sad she’s growing up so fast, we are still super proud and excited with her developments! She loves to explore her new surroundings and I love how she puts out her arms when she walks to balance herself!
Here’s a video of our Lily pad (13.5 months old) climbing up the stairs!! Look at her go!! Normally I don’t like vertical videos but in this case, it works!
Lily (13.5 months) loves to talk a lot now, but now she’s developing a more advance level of her baby language! I just love listening to her voice and just when you think it doesn’t get any cuter, she proves me wrong! I wish can just bottle up all that cuteness!! Now as to what she’s saying…no clue…haha. Enjoy!
Earlier we knew that Lily was on the cover package of Infantino’s Funflower, but here she is on the Infantino website (3rd image) for the product online as well!!! This picture is so big and clear, much better than the tiny picture on the package, that’s so exciting she’s on both packaging and online! Yay, go Lily pad!!!
UPDATE: You can also buy it at Amazon and she’ll be on the cover!!! I took a risk and bought one hoping she would be on the box and it arrived today (October 11, 2013) and there’s my Lily pad!!! You can buy it HERE!
Here’s the link to the first post with her Funflower packaging!