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Posted on Jan 1, 2014 in My Life | 0 comments

Sleep? What’s that?

Last night, we were finally able to get a sleep span of more than 1 hour each time, we had 2 hour span of sleep.  Wow!  Now, I remember what sleep feels like.  I actually feel more rested that I can sit here to write a post and look at the million photos I took of our little baby in the last….well 2 weeks.  I feel so lucky to have my hubby here during this time.  I probably would not have survived without him.  I am dreading when he will be going back to work in a few weeks.  Luckily, grandma and grandpa are also here.  They are learning to watch the baby too.

As I was looking at the hospital photo, I remember a conversation with the nurse there that made me smile.  We were cooing and playing with our new baby, when the nurse walked into the room.  She commented on how cute the baby is and said “Now, you understand how parents thinks their baby are the cutest.”   I looked confused at her then my husband.  I totally did not get what she was talking about at that moment, because in my mind I thought to myself “What do you mean?  He IS the cutest baby in the world.”

Haha… Yes, welcome to parenthood, Kat.

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Posted on Dec 18, 2013 in About Me | 0 comments

Our Wedding

Happy 3 year anniversary to my hubby.  This year is extra special for us because we just brought home with us our little bundle of joy.   I wrote the following post awhile back and planned on posting it on our anniversary.  Here it is.  Meanwhile, we are going to be busy learning to be new parents to our little one. 🙂

 

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Our wedding took place in the winter of 2010.   In Northern California, we don’t have snow in the winter.  We have occasional rain.  Water is good luck, that’s what I kept hearing as I saw the rain pouring down on our wedding day.  Yet, I couldn’t help but to think everything was perfect except for it.  As time pass, I began to see it more as a blessing.  When I look back at it, I know that is what made our wedding so warm and special.  The fireplace inside the cabin was so cozy and welcoming. The memories of everyone checking weather forecast along with us was so memorable.  Not to mention it allow for such magical backdrop for the photos.

 

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 Originally, we planned to have an outdoor wedding ceremony in the redwood forest.  It wasn’t until an hour before the wedding that we moved it indoors!  We had even bought nearly a hundred umbrellas as a precaution.  Alas, we couldn’t really ask our guest to stand outside in the rain.  So, we moved indoors where it was just as beautiful.

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In addition to our ceremony and reception in the forest, we also incorporated some Chinese wedding traditions to start off the day.   Red is the color for joy, luck, and celebration in Chinese traditions.  Traditionally, the day starts off with the groom and his friends passing obstacles set up by the bridesmaids before he meets his bride.   Afterward, we had the traditional tea ceremony where we offered tea to our parents as a form of gratitude.  (Plus, it allowed me to wear a tradition Chinese wedding outfit!)

 

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I was definitely a very hands-on bride (with a helpful planner guiding me in the right direction when I consider changing the colors again for the 90th time.)   I used Excel to keep track of every little detail.  My inspiration for my wedding was Alice in Wonderland.   It was filled with teacups, teapots, playing cards, lanterns  and hydrangeas.   The final colors were dark blue with hints of purple and fuchsia.  I wanted our wedding to be whimsical and cozy.  After designing details and we tried to create everything ourselves.  It was so much fun!   I had the excuse to get my hubby to do crafts with me!  And I was so lucky he actually entertained me in many of these projects.  He actually drew his own wedding topper (so I didn’t ruin his “look.”  Ha!)   I have to say he did a pretty good job.  🙂

 

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Location: Nestldown / Planning: Simply Perfect Weddings / Photography: Jean-Philippe Dobrin Photography / Flowers: Chic Designs & Floral / Makeup + Hair: Tiffany Chiang / Hair Accessory:  Etsy / Thumbprint Tree: Etsy / Catering: Le’s Kitchen / Cake: Jen’s Cake /  Harpist: Krista Strader

 

 

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Here are a few of our many umbrellas!

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Posted on Dec 5, 2013 in My Life, Pregnancy | 0 comments

Our Little Nursery

It’s been awhile since my last post.  The last hurdle of this pregnancy has been energy draining due to so many changes happening.   But, just a few more weeks!!  I keep on reminding myself it will all be worth it when the little one arrives!

Also, looking at our nursery makes me incredibly happy.  🙂  I use it often as it will serve as a nursery + also my studio.  🙂

Here are some photos of our completed nursery.   I wanted to keep the style very simple and clean even though there are already tons of stuff in there.  My way of trying to accomplish this is using mostly white color.  I know once the baby arrives, we will be adding more splashes of color.  So, I am trying to have as clear of a “canvas” as possible.

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Posted on Nov 12, 2013 in General, My Life | 0 comments

An Early Holiday

Christmas is my favorite time of year.  It gives me this warm and fussy feeling that no other time of the year gives me.  Apparently, every time we drive around our neighborhood, I couldn’t take my eyes off the few Christmas lights that’s already up.  I did not realize that until my hubby pulled out all of our Christmas decoration from the garage a few days ago.  So, we just put up our Christmas tree and lights this year.  It is a little early, but it will give me extra time to enjoy the holiday. 🙂  Oh, and that’s Mr. Penguin.  He has been with us for a few years now and never miss a holiday!  We like to put him up indoors so he can share the holiday spirit with us.  He’s practically family!

 

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Posted on Oct 13, 2013 in Pregnancy | 0 comments

Water Bottles with Straw? Yes, please!

Seriously, I am not even 9 months pregnant and I already feel like this when I try to get off the couch or bed:

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Source: The Pregnant Husband

 

I get thirsty often.  And often in the middle of the night.  We have TONS of water bottles at home, and I usually put two of them filled up on my bedstand for this purpose.  But, it’s getting harder and harder to sit up to just reach for the bottle and take a sip.  Then, I found that we have a Camelbak bottle but straw!  I was like a little kid the night before Christmas when I went to bed last night.  The only thing was, I was waiting for myself to wake up from thirst to try out my new found bottle.   Boy, was it great!   I didn’t need to roll out of bed just for one sip of water.   Yay!   Camelbak Better Bottle, you just got yourself a new fan!!

 

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Posted on Oct 10, 2013 in Pregnancy | 0 comments

Pediatrician “Meet and Greet” Questions

I’ve just set up a few pediatrician interviews so that we can select a doctor who will see our baby after birth.  Before going to the meetings, I’ve researched a bit of questions to bring with me.   I assume our meeting will cover most of it, but in case anything is not covered this will be a handy list for me to go over.   Most importantly for us will be to find a good doctor we are comfortable communicating with and has views that align with what we want for our child.

 

Take note from Observations during the meeting:

  • Try to arrive a little earlier to see how the other patients and receptionists are?  (Happy?  Grumpy?  Looks like they have waited forever?)
  • Clean environment?
  • Kid-friendly?
  • Staff friendly?
  • Parking available?
  • How long was the wait?
  • Was there a sick/well waiting room?
  • How’s the doctor?
    • Do you like the doctor’s communication style?
    • Do you feel comfortable with the doctor?

 

 

My Pediatrician “Meet and Greet” Questions

About the Practice

Operations

  • Is there a separate well and sick waiting room?
  • What are the office hours?
  • Are extended evening and weekend hours available?
  • When the office is closed?  Where should we go for urgent and emergency care?
  • How will we reach you if my child gets sick after hours and on weekends?
  • Are same day appointments possible?

Physician

  • How does the practice work and can I expect to see the same doctor at each visit?
  • Who will I be speaking to if I call with a question or concern regarding my baby?
  • When are you not in the office and not on call?  What happens if we need to come in and you are not in the office?
  • What hospital are you specialized in?  If my baby is hospitalized, will you be treating the baby or someone at the hospital will?

Non-emergency concerns

  • Is there a nurse hotline or do we need to come in for everything?
  • Are calls or emails for routine/non-emergency questions available?

Labs

  • How are lab works (blood testing, vaccine shots) handled in the clinic?  Is it done inside the clinic or do we have to go to an outside lab?
  • What happens if more testing is needed but the clinic doesn’t have the equipment?

About the Doctor

 

  • Do you sub-specialize in anything else?
  • What are your thoughts on vaccination?  What immunization schedule do you follow?  (Are you open to alternative and delayed schedule?
  • Views on breastfeeding/bottle feeding?
    • Will you be available to discuss issues with breastfeeding?
  • Views on developmental milestones?
    • Will you be available to discuss behavioral developments?
  • What would be your standard advice and procedure if my child has a fever? A viral infection?

About the Baby

  • What happens when my baby is born?
    • Does the doctor see newborns at the hospital or at the first office visit?
  • When should I schedule to bring my baby in to see the doctor after birth?
    • Do I need to get the birth and medical records from the hospital before leaving? 
  • Should I give vitamin or iron supplement to the baby after birth before I come in to see you?  If yes, what would you recommend?
  • How often will my baby need to be seen during their 1st year of life?

About Me

  • If breastfeeding, should I continue to take prenatal, Vitamin D, and DHA supplement after giving birth?
  • Anything else you would recommend I do after birth?

 

Source: Baby Center, Baby Center Community

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