Autumn is here!

Autumn is one of my favorite seasons. Everything about it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I’ve been waiting for the heat wave to end here in NC to enjoy some breezy weather and Pumpkin Spice lattes at Starbucks. Yes, I know. Basic. However, I’m sad to report that I have yet to grab a PSL because the temp is still hitting the high 80’s here in NC. I cannot wait to pull out my sweaters and jeans!

Anyway, what’s Fall without a trip to a pumpkin patch?! This year, we checked out Page Farms with our friends.  I was extra excited this year because Emma is old enough to actually enjoy the visit. Page Farms had a lot of kid friendly activities including a petting zoo, corn maze, play areas, swings, and corn kernel pool, Emma’s favorite! We also took a hayride to the pumpkin patch to pick out our own pumpkins. Emma was so excited to pick her own pumpkin to take home. 🙂 Our front porch is now decorated in fall theme and we are ready for Halloween! Can you guess what we are going to be? Make sure to check back for the Halloween post later. 😉




how cute are these two little ladies holding hands on the hayride? ❤




Fourth of July

Emma and I have been super sick with a nasty cold this past week, so naturally, I am drugged up and really missing summer! But really, I’m just a lazy blogger and have not gotten around to do this post until 3 months later. 😛

This past Fourth of July was an exciting one for us and mainly for me because my best friends came to visit! Ever since leaving Chicago 6 years ago, three of us have been living miles apart, in West Coast, Midwest and East Coast. Although we try our best for all three of us to get together, life happens. We have been through it all, from college to break ups to first jobs to changing careers to getting married to having babies! I honestly cannot live without them, and legitimately feel a void in my heart when I don’t get a notification for our group chat on a daily basis. It has been more than a year since all three of us were together, so our reunion was way overdue!

Of course, Charles and Emma’s reunion was just as exciting! Remember their first date? Long distance relationships are tough, even for babies! ;D They got to spend 24/7 with each other for 5 days straight and Emma was asking for Charles for weeks after they had left. And I was told Charles was doing the same..these kids… tugs at our hearts! ❤

We spent most of our days at the pool, going to museums and eating (what we do best)! We cannot wait until we are together again! Hopefully sometime soon!


@Sarah P. Duke Gardens


4th of July photoshoot.





@North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences



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~


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!


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. 😉


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!



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



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. ❤


the parentals while the baby naps


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! 


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!!


Real Mom Talk: Sleep Regression Sucks

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Although I don’t have any previous experience with babies, I think Em was/is a great sleeper for the most part. I know I talked about never getting enough sleep in the previous posts, but that’s pretty normal and expected for parents with newborns. Now, we weren’t as lucky as those whose babies slept through the night as soon as they came home from the hospital. Em was a normal, textbook baby. She slept the right amount of hours according to all the baby books I’ve read, she woke up every 2-3 hours at night to feed which gradually stretched out further to 4-5 hours. She took great naps, 2-3 hours on the dot, and I was even following  the E.A.S.Y. method with a breeze (I didn’t actually purchase the book, Secrets of the Baby Whisperer by Tracy Hogg, but read a mommy blog post I found after Googling the E.A.S.Y. method). Go me! Then she started getting older and having a mind of her own – too soon I tell ya! Right around 4 month mark is when their world opens and everything is fascinating and exciting for these tiny humans. Simultaneously, this is also when their sleep starts to become more adult like… Goodbye sleep champ, hello sleep monster!

About two weeks before Em turned 4 months old, Steve and I started to loosely sleep train her. I read everything from CIO (cry it out) to no-tear sleep training to the Ferber method and everything in between! Can’t you tell I was desperately longing for Em to sleep through the night? ;P I believe 4 months is too young for a strict sleep training. I feel like they are still in that vulnerable stage of development, so I wasn’t comfortable with diving in full force with a strict method. However, we did start a bedtime routine – bath, Pjs, bottle, book, rock while humming nursery rhymes – around the same time every night (8pm ish). We also started putting Em down in her crib drowsy. She’s always been a great bassinet/crib sleeper for the most part. The challenge was putting her down drowsy and having her learn to fall asleep on her own. When I say we loosely sleep trained her, we’d let her fuss and fake cry a bit before going in to her room to console her after putting her down drowsy. The first couple of nights, she fussed and cried which is natural because up until that point, she always had help falling asleep by either of us rocking her to sleep. Whenever she fussed, either Steve and I would go into her room, pat her, stroke her head, give her the paci (if she spat it out), and tell her it’s okay and that it’s bedtime. We didn’t pick her up unless she started crying. After a week or so, she caught on and started falling asleep on her own after we put her down in her crib. She would babble, toss and turn in her crib and eventually fall asleep and stay asleep! She’d only wake up 1 or 2 times at night to feed (still sleeping) and go right back to sleep. SUCCESS! Please give us a gold medal, because we #WINNING! Not so fast…

Then this monstrous thing called sleep regression came for a visit. It was about a week or so after she had turned 4 months old. Steve and I were still feeling like winners because we had this bedtime/sleeping thing down. We even managed to push up her bedtime to 7-7:30pm! But out of nowhere, our sweet little sleep champ did a complete 180 on us and turned into a sleep monster! Em decided without consulting us (LOL) that she is no longer going to go to sleep at her bedtime and will fight us by crying immediately after we put her in her crib. Sometimes she would start crying while being changed into her PJs as if she knew what’s coming next. And when we finally got her to sleep, she’d wake up every 1-2 hours, literally. It also transferred to her daytime naps – goodbye 2-3 hours of naps, hello 30 mins – 1 hr catnaps! It was pure hell. In my delirious state, I was Googling how to get through 4 month sleep regression at the wee hours of the night, e.v.e.r.y. night for a week straight. Speaking of Googling anything baby related, I have learned that everything you read online can be a great resource, but take it with a grain of salt. And yes, everything you find online contradict each other on what works best. In the end, Steve and I did whatever it took to get her to sleep during the grueling week of 4 month sleep regression. We reverted back to rocking her to FULL sleep, forget putting her down drowsy, she would scream her head off. We also used the swing, the carrier and sometimes brought her into our bed (GASP!), don’t judge until you go through it yourself. But one thing that stayed constant was her bedtime routine. Thank GOD it only lasted a week (or so we think..knock on wood that we have jumped over the hurdle), but sleep regression really, really sucks. Big time. Now that we think the storm has passed, Em’s been back to normal – sleeping at her normal bedtime, falling asleep on her own, not waking up at night except to eat once. Actually, I want to note that last night (Feb 22, 2016), she slept through the night for the very first time (YAYYYYYYYYYYY)!! This is a huge milestone for us parents, so I just have to document it. She went down for her bedtime at 7pm and slept until 7am this morning! Did not wake up at all to eat. Hallelujah! I don’t want to be TOO optimistic that she’ll continue to sleep through the night, but she is getting there! Slow and steady wins the race, right?

All in all, we have survived the dreaded 4 month sleep regression. Although it may not have been as bad as what other parents have experienced, it was brutal for Steve and me, and we are so glad it’s done and over with!…At least until the next sleep regression. One thing I learned from all of this is that we have to be flexible. Having a Type A personality, it was tough for me to come to terms with the fact that what I think should work may not work for Emma. Not all babies are the same, so whatever I was reading on the internet or in the books may not be the right path for Em. We just have to roll with the punches! In the end, we do whatever is best for our babies, right? We wanted Emma to have better sleep, so she can be a happy baby even if we had to take a step back from what we thought was a great progress made. After all, these babies are helpless, they just want lots of love and nurture to be able to overcome their developmental milestones. Can you imagine what it’s like being a baby where they are experiencing something new every single day? It’s like sensory overload for their brains! BUT I still would not want to go back to that week from least not until the next one hits. ;D

So as a first time mom, I wanted to start a series of my mom experiences in the rawest form in order to capture whatever I have going on in my head. This was the first post of the series and hopefully I’ll have many more to come! It’s probably just a lot of my mumbo jumbo word vomit, but hope you enjoyed it nonetheless!


Cheers to Another Year Well Spent!

Happy (super) belated New Year everyone! Can you believe that 2015 is long gone and we are off to a start of another year? I cannot tell you enough, it’s crazy how time flies! I started this blog at the end of last year, and looking back on everything that has happened in 2015, it sure was eventful!

With everything going on, like having a baby, I didn’t get to write separate posts for our year end festivities. But we did celebrate Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years with loads of fun. Even though Emma was just shy of being a month old, we dressed up for Halloween and passed out candy to our neighborhood kids. It was kind of a reality check that we are actual grown-ups, passing out candy instead of partying somewhere. LOL. To honor the new Star Wars movie, we decided to dress up as Fin, Rey and Ewok. I mean, how CUTE is this little babe?


For Thanksgiving, my parents came down to spend time with Emma. My mom came a week early to help out a bit with the baby and to spend some quality time with me. It was so nice having her around and maybe it’s me becoming a mom myself, but I truly, wholeheartedly appreciate everything my mom did/does for me and my sister. Becoming a mom opened my eyes to see how selfless my mom was/is when it comes to her children. If I could be half the mother she is, I know I’ve done my job right. Okay, enough sappy stuff.  Thanksgiving was intimate, chaotic but fun. Steve and I cooked the entire Thanksgiving dinner – our first time and it turned out better than we thought. 🙂 And it was nice spending time with my parents – they are just crazy over Emma!


As you may have read from my last year’s Christmas post, Steve and I started a family tradition to buy a real Christmas tree and new ornament(s) for each year. This year was a bit more special because we had Emma with us when we went to pick out a Christmas tree, we felt more like a family. Picking out the Christmas tree was easy, the ornaments on the other hand was tough! Not because we had a lot of choices, but because we didn’t have ANY. We searched for some kind of Christmas market/festivals in the area to purchase new ornaments for this year, but we were very disappointed when the only one we found didn’t live up to our expectations. Initially, I wanted to find something unique and one of a kind for Emma’s first ornament which was also going to be her first Christmas present from us. After our failed attempt at finding something, we ended up getting her a handprint ornament for her first one. It actually turned out great, because we had a lot of fun getting Emma to actually imprint her hand! Although our parents weren’t able to spent Christmas with us this year, my sister and her boyfriend came to celebrate with us. It was baby’s first Christmas well spent!


Em’s first Christmas card photo! 🙂


@Mistletoe Meadows picking out our 2015 Christmas tree



Cutiepie ❤ on Christmas morning!

Needlessly to say, 2015 was an eventful year for our family. We definitely got the best Christmas present ever, little miss Emma ❤ We ended this fruitful year in San Francisco for my best friend’s wedding and our first family vacation. Emma did great on her first flight experience! She slept most of her 5 hr flight to and from SF. I think I was more nervous about flying with an infant. 😛 Overall, we had a great travel experience with the baby! With 2015 long gone, we cannot wait for what 2016 has in store for us! I’m sure it’ll be even more chaotic, but surely, we’ll have that much more fun!


How gorgeous is my best friend? Love you to the moon and back!


Em’s first wedding!


Cheers to 2016 everyone!