One Year Postpartum Update

Hooray! We survived the first year and kept our little babe happy and healthy! To be honest though, first year literally flew by. I feel like it wasn’t too long ago when I could feel her tiny feet kicking in my belly, now she is taking steps with those tiny feet!


At the end of 9 months she started crawling on her hands and knees then she was off! I think she was waiting for this discovery, because once she found out how to crawl, she moved around the entire house on her hands and knees in warp speed! By 10.5 months old, she was pulling herself up on everything she could get her little hands on – sofa, consoles, stairs, chairs etc. One of her favorite activities is pulling out the drawers and taking everything out. More work for mama to clean after her mess… LOL. The first time she stood for a long time unsupported was around when Emma was 11 months old. She pulled out a drawer from her dresser and pulled herself up. She dug around and found something she liked then magically started standing on her own with the object she pulled out of the drawer in her hands. From then on, she started standing on her own longer and longer, and now she is standing and taking a couple of steps without any support. I think she’s a very cautious baby though. She’s scared to let go of our hands and walk freely. I’m not in a hurry for her to walk anyway because that means we have to chase her 24/7. Haha.


in traditional Kazakh hat and handmade booties I bought when I was on a business trip in Kazakhstan ❤

At one year old, she has 6 teeth visible, her 4th tooth at the bottom came out at 10 months and by 10.5 months, she had two top teeth. We now see another set of two coming out from the top, but they have not broken through yet. She is also  more verbal now, repeating a lot of things we say and making all sorts of different sounds. She would mimic animal sounds and lets us know when she is fascinated about something by making “OOohhH” sounds. It is the cutest thing! It’s super darling to see her very animated, copying everything we do – she does this one thing where she puts her hands on her head and says “WOW”, and she knows when she is being cute! She would scrunch her nose and put on the biggest grin while tilting her head to one side. I mean, come on! You can get away with ANYTHING with that face! We are so in trouble!!

As for solids, we are now off of formula altogether. She kind of started weaning herself off a week before she turned one. She’d eat more table food and less formula. Once she turned one, I transitioned off of formula to whole milk. We still give her whole milk in a bottle when she wakes up and before she goes to bed – but no more bottle feeding during the day! Man, it feels good not having to do that and lugging around bottles and water! Now we gotta tackle getting rid of bottles. I tried giving her morning milk in a sippy cup, but she didn’t drink any! Babies are strange, she does fine with water in a sippy cup, but not milk. We shall see how this transition goes.. as always, I’m mostly going with the flow.


She was saying, “oooooh!”

For me, one year postpartum seems surreal. I just cannot believe my baby is one and it’s been a full year since I gave birth! I definitely feel more like a seasoned mama, haha. I’m not as anxious or paranoid about raising a baby. I definitely feel more comfortable in my parenting style and I no longer freak out if I forget to pack something in her diaper bag. 😉 Now only if I can lose the last stubborn 10 lbs of preggo weight…I’ll be golden! But I really can’t complain since I haven’t done much to help lose the weight. I shall report back once I have done so. 😉 All in all, the past year was an amazing experience for me, I grew as a mother which in turn made me grow as a person. Believe it or not, I learned more about motherhood through Emma than anything I’ve read in books or the internet. She helped me shape into the mother I am today and my only hope is that Emma will always be proud to have me as her mother.

The monthly postpartum update will end here, but stay tuned for periodic toddler updates!




Nine Months Postpartum Update

Hello world! I know it’s been complete radio silence from me, and I’m embarrassed to say I have not kept up with the blog in a long time. But I have a good excuse. We bought a house and moved! I have a separate post lined up on this big milestone of ours, so please stay tuned! Anyway, it’s been super hectic, moving and getting settled into our new house. On top of that, I had to travel for work – first travel since giving birth! This will also be a separate post. I tell ya, I have all these posts lined up, I just need to polish them and post. 😉 So you see? It’s been quite busy in our household!


Alright, so onto our 9 months postpartum update (I had already written this when she was actually 9 months old, so the timing is kind of off) –

Oh my goodness, is she really turning one in three months? Cue the anxiety overload of planning her first birthday/돌. 😛 Weighing in at 20 lbs at her nine months checkup, she is 27.5 inches tall with her head circumference still at 94th percentile. Now at nine and a half months old, she is a little firecracker! Miss wannabe independent is on the go! She can’t yet walk unsupported, but she can stand for several seconds on her own AND get this, SHE TOOK THREE STEPS on July 19! (Video here). We were all in awe. All this little pumpkin wants to do is walk around the entire house. She still isn’t a fan of tummy time so she is late to the crawling game. She isn’t quite crawling on her hands and knees yet. She gets her little tooshy up in the air and gets on her knees; however, she has not mastered the coordination of moving forward. She does army crawl, but of course, gets super frustrated because she’d rather walk. She is a curious cookie too, she likes to open up all of the cabinets she can get her little hands on. We need to baby-proof our house pronto!


She now has three teeth! The bottom two which sprouted when she turned 6 months old, has a little neighbor 🙂 The third bottom tooth (left of her front two teeth) has sprouted at 9 months but is not yet fully out. The third tooth took a lot longer to poke through her gum than the first two. Thankfully, she didn’t teethe as bad as when her first two bottom teeth sprouted, but she was a bit cranky for a day when her third tooth was starting to erupt.Her top two teeth are still MIA.



“photoshoots are tiring, let me lie down”

I think the most exciting thing about Em at this age is that she is so animated now! And she is starting to pick up everything and learn what certain gestures mean. She gives kisses whenever we say  kiss, “bbo bbo”/”뽀뽀” in Korean; waves bye and hi; gives high five; claps; dances to music and says “mama/umma/dada/appa (Korean for dad)”! And let me say it for the record, her first word was “umma”/”엄마” which is mom in Korean. It is beautifully captured here in this video. 🙂 There’s never a dull moment with her, she is always doing something new trying to explore everything in her line of sight!

As for me, not much has changed since the 6 months postpartum update. Maybe at my next postpartum update, I have something exciting about myself to talk about… Whatever that may be. So until then.. ta-ta~


Six Months Postpartum Update


Hooray! We kept her alive for 6 months! ;D I’m joking, she has been an absolute joy, and we cannot believe she is already 6 months old! I swear I’ll be saying that every time she gets older. Little miss Emma has been growing like crazy! At 6 months, she is checking in at 17 lbs 12.5 oz (81st percentile), 26.7 inches (81st percentile) tall with a head size in the 94th percentile, no surprise there [points at Steve]. And wait for it… she has teeth!! She JUST sprouted bottom two teeth shortly after she turned 6 months old. I can’t wait until they fully sprout, it’s going to be the cutest thing ever! What other exciting news do we have? She is still sleeping through the night, still clocking in those glorious 12 straight hours of beauty rest. And she started solids! Em is such a big girl now! Her first big girl food was rice cereal. She loved it and did great with the spoon and all, but she got super constipated. [Warning – TMI] She didn’t have a single bowel movement for 4 days straight which is abnormal for her since she poos everyday, and of course with her malrotation, I got super worried when she didn’t have regular bowel movements. She was finally able to release some on her 5th day of no stool, and I had to help her by pulling it out – yes, I pulled her poop out. Welcome to motherhood. Since then, we said goodbye to rice cereal. Instead, we fed her pureed pears, carrots, prunes, and sweet potatoes thus far. She loved everything and her bowel movements are somewhat back to normal.


In terms of her development, she is definitely more aware of her surroundings. She is super alert ALL the time and LOVES to interact. She loves when we sing and dance and make silly noises. Her favorite song is ‘Old McDonald Had a Farm’, the animal noises totally get to her [Em’s animal noise vid]. She is constantly smiling and laughing, it just melts our hearts! She isn’t rolling over as much as we’d like… she surprises us here and there by rolling from her back to her tummy, but she’d rather sit or stand. She was a fast sitter as she sat unassisted for the first time at a little over 3 months old – of course it didn’t last more than 3o seconds. She can now sit unassisted for quite a while and whenever she can stand (supported) she’ll try everything in her power to do so LOL!


Not all photo sessions are glamorous… LOL


As for me, ever since Emma started sleeping through the night, I’m no longer a walking zombie. I’m more productive at work, and my brain is functioning better with more sleep. I feel like I’m beginning to get my old self back. I still have about 10 lbs of pregnancy weight to lose, and I have to admit, I haven’t really been trying to shed the weight..BUT SERIOUSLY THOUGH, I will be working out and getting back to pre-pregnancy body…eventually. Aside from still having some flabby skin, my hair started falling out shortly after Em turned 3 months old. You all know I already don’t have a lot of hair to begin with, so when I started losing chunks of hair in the shower, I completely freaked out. You can clearly see some bald spots and little baby hair growing out from them… I went back to taking prenatal vitamins again hoping that will help with my hair loss problem. Fingers crossed that I won’t go completely bald.

I have to say, having a 6 month old is SO much easier and so much more fun! She is a little person with her own personality, and we cannot wait until she starts walking and talking!!


Three Months Postpartum Update

What’s sleep? When I was pregnant, someone told me and Steve to prepare ourselves for no sleep for the first year. I’m pretty sure we laughed it off, but boy, he was not kidding. And we are only into month three!

Real talk, when the little bundle of joy flashes her first toothless gummy smile, everything melts in your heart, but no one and nothing can prepare you for the life with a newborn. It’s hard as it is when you are first time parents trying to figure everything out for the first time, but when you are sleep deprived in addition to that, it’s exhaustion times 100. And there will be days and/or nights when you just cry and desperately miss the days when you were pregnant. But I promise it gets better each day. Soon you get used to running on 5 hours of sleep (on a good day), and when your baby hits their milestones and shows you something new, you forget all those sleepless nights and mental breakdowns. Oh, and wait until your little love bug looks right into your eyes and starts getting so excited to see you. Emma does this every morning when she wakes up. I die. Nothing can compare to those little moments! But for real though, it ain’t easy having a baby. The life as your know it, will literally change forever – for the better, of course. 🙂


[10.10.2015] Leaving the hospital for home

To be honest, the first month or so postpartum is bit of a blur to me. Thank god we had help from our parents. Although I was extra cranky and sensitive and probably was a pain in the ass, I’m so glad I had my mom and my MIL here to help. My mom came the day after my delivery and stayed for full two weeks. Then my MIL stayed for a week following my mom’s departure. Even though Steve and I wanted to take care of Emma on our own, having them around to cook and do household chores was amazing. It was one less thing we had to worry about, and looking back, we really appreciate their help so much!


Em’s first bath!


Now into three months postpartum, Steve and I are just getting in the groove of our life with a baby. Emma’s schedule is becoming more apparent, she is more active and alert and sleeps less during the day. AND she went from waking up every 2 hours at night to feed to doing 4-5 hour stretches at night. On a good night, she even goes 6 hours! Hallelujah! I feel like Emma is now more human like and we are having so much fun with her. Just the other day, she started laughing because she found something funny! [Emma’s First Laughing Spell Video] She also discovered her hands and is fascinated by them! She grabs everything, puts her hands in her mouth, reaches and hits her toys… Human development is such a powerful thing! We are so amazed at all her milestones, she literally does something new every day! I seriously cannot believe it’s been over three months already since she was born. She is growing up too fast! Now I know why our parents always said, “Stop growing up!” I feel like her newborn days are long gone already. Gotta soak in every cuddle moment as much as possible before she stops wanting to be a mommy’s girl. Fortunately for me, I get to work from home, so we decided to hire a sitter to come care for her while I work in my home office. It’s been two weeks since I went back to work from my maternity leave. I’m still getting used to not spending all of my waking moment with her. Even though she’s just downstairs of my home, I miss her terribly! Is this what motherhood is like? 😛



As for me, even with going back to work, my days seem to fly by. Sometimes I don’t even get to wash up. I know it’s nasty, but it’s reality. I want to snooze that extra 5 minutes instead of brushing my teeth, give me a break. But being back at work makes me feel a bit like my old self. My physical appearance isn’t anywhere near pre-pregnancy, I still have 13 lbs to lose to get to my pre-pregnancy weight, and my roots have grown out to the point I can probably pass for having a bad ombre job done, but it’s a slow working process. My pregnancy weight is coming off, albeit turtle speed, and I shall make that hair appointment in the near future to feel alive again. I am still holding on to hope that my pre-pregnancy jeans will fit, eventually. And yes, I gotta start working out again which probably would help  with shedding my preggo weight quicker. But again, I’d rather sleep than go to the gym.. problem #483423698723. But overall, I feel good! Oh, other than the fact that I am experiencing postpartum hair loss. It started exactly at three month mark. Y’all know I don’t have a lot of hair to begin with, so having fuller/thicker hair during pregnancy was heaven. But now that all that pregnancy juice has expelled my body, my hair is back to being limp and lifeless with extra hair loss. Le sigh. Gotta start popping prenatal vitamins again.

All in all, Steve and I have survived the first three months with a newborn! I hear the first three months are the toughest! And not because Emma is my daughter, but I have to say, she was/is a pretty easy, non-fussy baby for the most part. And of course, we are most thankful for Emma being healthy and growing like a weed! We cannot wait for what this little cutie has to show in the next three months!