Baby Talk: Starting Solids

Starting solids is both super exciting and super nerve-racking! I debated between traditional weaning and baby-led weaning and decided to do both. I felt more comfortable giving her purees and incorporating chunky foods for her to pick up. We started solids when Em was about 5.5 months with rice cereal per our pediatrician’s recommendation. Bad move. Em immediately got constipated even though she only ate it twice! After that, we never went back to rice cereal. It broke my heart to see her struggling with constipation not to mention constantly worrying if it has to do with her malrotation. Thankfully, with apple juice and prunes, she went back to having regular bowel movements. Post rice cereal episode, we gave her food that helped with her bowel movements – peaches, peas, pears, prunes (all the “p” foods). Then we gradually incorporated everything else. She loved everything we fed her except eggs and avocados. She literally cried when she first tasted eggs – video here. It’s hilarious.

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5.5 months old – first time trying solids!

highchair – Graco Blossom 4-in-1 Seating System in Winslet

Now at almost 9 months, she eats pretty much anything allowed for her age (she still doesn’t like eggs). She chews and swallows pretty well and is crazy about food! It’s so much fun seeing her get so excited about foods she tries for the first time. We gave a slice of watermelon because um, what’s summer without it? And she LOVED it! Can’t wait for her to get more teeth, it’s going to be a fun journey enhancing her palate.

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Summer Babes

It’s officially summer, y’all! Although, here in North Carolina, it’s been summer for a while with temperatures averaging in the high 80’s. At one point last week, it even hit 100. I’m definitely not a summer person due to heat. I don’t do well with heat. Last summer when I was massively pregnant, I lived at the pool after work and on weekends. So you won’t be surprised if you find me at the pool escaping the heat this summer too. Except this time around, I’ll be with my little babe ❤

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Swimsuit – Gap | Sun Hat – the North Face

The first time we took Em to the pool, there were tons of kids from the neighborhood there. I think she got scared with big kids splashing and making a lot of noise. Needlessly to say, she did not have a pleasant experience.

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not a happy camper

Second time around was a success! There weren’t many people at the pool and she even got in her float. We found this baby float at Costco (similar found on Amazon), and it is amazing! We love it and so does Em. After making sure that she enjoys the pool, we even had an afternoon of playdate with her new friend, Adair. The babies were so cute together talking and splashing (video)! So glad that Em enjoys the pool as much as we do! Next thing to tackle is the beach. Hopefully she’ll like the beach even more!

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Hope everyone’s enjoying their summer!

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Father’s Day

Father’s Day means so much more to me now since I get to celebrate the love of my life on this day too! I always knew Steve would be a great dad, but I had no idea he would surpass all my expectations of what it meant to be a father. No words need to be said about how wonderful he is with Emma, a few minutes of observing these two, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about! My heart explodes when seeing these two together!

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Em and I wanted to make Steve’s first Father’s Day special by making him a present. We made some finger paint pictures to put in a shadowbox and he LOVED the present! Em and I also had fun getting a little messy. We used Crayola’s non-toxic washable finger paint I purchased from Target. It was her first time playing with paint and though she was more confused than anything, I like to think she enjoyed it. 😉

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After church on Sunday, we went to the Tumble Gym in Raleigh with our new friends we met at church and their 14 month old daughter. It was our first time there, so we didn’t really know what to expect. Though the gym is for ages 0 and up, it is definitely geared towards kids and not babies, but there was no one at the gym so we were able to let the babies roam freely. Em had tons of fun bouncing on the trampoline and hanging from a bar (video). We are still amazed that she hung for a few seconds on her own. Strong girl!

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always wanting to practice walking… are you going to skip crawling?

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our best attempt at a family photo. -_-

After the gym, we said our goodbyes to our friends and headed over to Pullen Park since we were in the area. We heard so many great things about this park, and the park definitely lived up to its hype! There were TONS of things to do for children. Em was a bit too young to take full advantage of the park, but we still had a lot of fun exploring and trying new things. She even got on her first carousel ride, well..sort of. She got scared once the ride started and didn’t want to sit on the horse. But she still wanted to grab onto a poll and pretend she was riding it. So I had to hold her while she held on to a stationary pole next to the horse (video). It was pretty funny. Silly girl. ❤

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the parentals while the baby naps

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Spending time at the park was a perfect ending to Steve’s first Father’s Day. The only regret is that we completely forgot to grab the memory card case for our camera. I was hoping to take some nice pictures of Em and Steve for Father’s Day, but we had to settle on phone pictures. 😛

Happy Father’s Day again, Babe! I hope you enjoyed your day with us gals! 🙂 You are such an amazing man and seeing you with our daughter reminds me every day how lucky we are to have you in our lives. We love you so much! 

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Chicago Visit

About a month ago, we visited Chicago for the first time since Em was born. Almost all of Steve’s side of the family are in Chicago including his parents, so it made for an exciting trip – Em’s first time visiting her paternal grandparents’ house! Because we were going to be there for a little over a week, we decided to drive. Yes, with a 7 month old (at the time). I was definitely nervous to do a long distance traveling (about 13 hours without stops) in the car with an infant, but we figured we’d have to do it sooner or later so why not sooner? 😉 I’ll do a separate post on our experience and tips for long distance traveling later, but Em was an angel! We could not believe how well she behaved and endured the long car ride!

Needlessly to say, our week in Chicago was packed! The weekend we arrived was filled with family functions. My sister-in-law, Mina’s dental school graduation was on Saturday (congrats, Dr. Hwang!) followed by Mother’s Day celebration with our extended family.

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During the week, we had playdates with baby friends and I got to catch up with my friends. Catching up with my friends was totally a different feel with a baby (phone pictures on my Instagram). We dined at baby friendly restaurants instead of hip/trendy lounge like we used to. Chicago felt a little different to me this time around but in a good way, I promise. 🙂 We had an opportunity to take Emma to the city (we were staying at Steve’s parents’ in the suburbs) for a bit. Steve was taking pictures of Mina in her cap and gown, so we tagged along to snap some shots of Em at Lincoln Park Zoo. Unfortunately the zoo was closed, but we did get some beautiful shots near the zoo.

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The last two days in Chicago, we got to spend it with my best friends and their hubbies and baby Charles. My best friends, Amy & Sabrina, and I tentatively planned on getting together to go on a vacation for our 30th birthday year, but life and babies happened. So we decided to meet in Chicago instead and do a full day of reunion in the city with our hubbies and babies. Amy and her husband, Jeff actually live in SF, and they flew to Chicago just to spend some time with us. I think Amy was more excited to see the babies than me and Sabrina. It’s okay, we forgive you. We spent our day being tourists – taking the CTA, walking downtown, eating at Portillo’s, going on an architecture tour, and ending the day in Chinatown for dinner at Joy Yee. And our sweet, sweet babies did amazing! It was actually Charles’ full day of being out and about, and he was a trooper! Of course, being around other first time parents and baby loving friends made it so much easier! Gahhh, I miss my best friends so much already!! 😦

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There’s never enough time when visiting Chicago, too many things to do and people to see. I’m glad to have met up with most of my lovies while we were there, and sorry to have missed others! But we’ll be back for Thanksgiving! And y’all are welcome to come visit us in NC in the meantime. 🙂

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Gap Baby Girl Summer Picks

I am becoming obsessed with dressing Em. Forget worrying about my own #ootd, let me first make sure my little babe is looking adorable! Summer is a GREAT season for making sure your baby girl’s outfit is on point! There are too many choices from sun hats to rompers to dresses! Here are my must haves for Em for the Summer from Gap. Can’t wait to put her in them! 🙂

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