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Evelyn @ 2.7

Watching Daddy Cook

Watching Daddy Cook

It’s been a while since I wrote about Evelyn. Partly because of work and house stuff, but mostly because both Ethan and Evelyn has been keeping us well occupied over the last few months.

While I was going through the photos for Ethan’s post, I rewatched some of the videos that we took around Evelyn meeting Ethan for the first time. Her vocabulary since then is night and day! She doesn’t stop talking and always has something interesting the say.

Here are some of her choice moments:

*Evie trying to go downstairs to wash her hands after dinner, Daddy goes to help her down the stairs
Ev: No Daddy! I want to go down by myself!
Daddy: I am here to help you down, I don’t want you to fall.
Ev: No Daddy, you go back over there and eat.

*Ev gets out of her bed, throws open her door, and runs to our door
*Daddy opens the door
Ev: Oh no, Ethan is crying! I have to go and help him!
*Ev opens Ethan’s door, takes a step in and comes back out
Ev: Can you come and help me?

Ev: Can I have a cracker? I want a cracker mommy.
*Mommy pull out half a cracker from the bag unintentionally*
*Evie stares at it for three seconds*
Ev: This is not a good one. I want a different one.
*Mommy pull out another full cracker*
Ev: Yeah ok. That’s a good one.

Ev: It’s cold. I have to wear my scarf and my hat. But not my jacket.
Mommy: But you have to wear your jacket when it’s cold…
Ev: Snowmen don’t wear jackets.
Mommy: Are you a snowman?
Ev: No

Ev: Ethan’s eating a peach
Mommy: It’s an apple. We don’t have any peaches.
Ev: We have peaches at the dollar store. We have to go buy some. Ok?

It’s like her energy is unlimited. She can jump up and down on the trampoline for hours and then go running circles around us for many more after that. Maybe she is taking it from us or something… I have only seen her be really tired once. That was at the cottage, when she was too excited for her nap time, she almost fell asleep eating.

Her memory is pretty good… At the very least, much better than mine. Maybe it’s the lack of sleep, but I have asked her where something was and she would be able to find it for me!

Since the last post a good year ago, she has done some pretty amazing things. Looking back at her just crawling around, it’s fascinating how fast she has grown!

  • She can walk and run around very steadily now. From the videos when Ethan was born, I can see she still had some wobbliness in her steps, but now, she is surefooted as ever.
  • Ever since she was growing up, she has been a tough independent girl. I am proud that she is still this way, she would pick herself up after falling and keep on going.
  • In terms of TV (courtesy of Netflix), she has gone through Daniel Tiger, Bubble Guppies, Curious George, and a few others. She is currently on Paw Patrol and Cat in a Hat. She’s allowed one or two episodes a night and she fully understands the storyline as well as remembers details which she likes to recount in detail to us. Her teachers at Daycare tell us that she would console her friends who are crying, saying things like, “It’s ok. Grown ups come back, don’t cry.” (Daniel Tiger episode)
  • She has fully embraced the big sister role. She loves to teach Ethan how do things, console and entertain him when he cries, hug and kiss him, as well as discipline him and feed him treats that we tell her not to give him, much to our chagrin. It has been really special to watch these two interact and it is very clear that they have a very strong bond.

Here are some pics:

More photos after the jump!
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Year One! + 4 months…

She's ONE!

She’s ONE! BTW, this balloon lasted until I put this post up… It’s incredible.

I had prepared a big Year One post at the first year and started writing before my schedule kinda went to crap. I never got the chance to finish the post but I will post what I had written so far and update it with with the last 4 months. This is going to be a long post! Here’s what I had:

— Year One Draft —
Year One! I can’t believe that it is already been a year! Time really flies when you are having fun and/or quite possibly sleep deprived. This week has been a big week for us, as we geared up for the long weekend and also the events for Evelyn’s Birthday. We had guests over and the grill has been on, non-stop! Mmm…

Anyways, as for Evelyn, there has been some significant milestones that we hit in this last month of her first year.

  • Locomotion – Evelyn took her first steps! We were so ecstatic that we were both there to see it. She was holding on to her toy station and wanted us to pick her up. Instead of just picking her up on the spot, we motioned for her to come our way, just out of reach for her hands. She took 3-5 steps before collapsing into our arms. While it was a short walk, it’s one small step for Evelyn, one giant leap for progress. Since then, she has been happily pushing her cart around the house and have even figured out how to get unstuck when its rammed against the wall. It’s amazing looking at her and seeing how quickly she is growing. It’s hard to think that a year ago, she was just a baby swaddled in a crib that could have fit 9 of her!
  • Weaning/Eating – The journey continues to get her off of the breast milk. We weren’t quite sure how we would do it. Would we go cold turkey? Or slowly ween her off of it by eliminating feeds one by one over the course of a month. We still haven’t really decided yet, but the goal right now is to get her to sleep through the night without waking up and wanting to feed. She tried organic whole milk this month too, and she hates it. The first sip was ok, and then the aftertaste kicked in and she refused to take any more. I ended up drinking the rest of it. It was really good and I was surprised how good local organic milk is. It was totally like the scene is Ratatouille when Anton Ego went back to his childhood. For me, I remembered back in the day when the milk came in jars at school, it was so yummy. Anyways, I guess the challenge now is to see how we can sneak it into her diet and slowly cultivate the appreciation for this kind of milk.
  • Daycare – Daycare has been great. When we pick her up, we get these report cards that talk about what they did, and it seems that she is interacting more with her teachers and peers.
  • First illness – I think she has more or less fully recovered from the actual thing that she was sick from. She has been energetic, expressive, and continues to challenge our limits, in terms of having to chase after her and making sure she isn’t getting into trouble. The only thing that doesn’t seem to be going away is a runny nose and, likely due to the runny nose, a lingering cough in the morning. We are still trying to get her used to having her nose wiped and not smearing that stuff everywhere as a reflex.

— Year One Draft End —

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9, 10, and 11 Months!

We are now at Month 11! With winter hopefully receding (it keeps coming back!!!), we are looking forward to the next few months! This is a combination post as I realized that I will likely not catch up if I keep posting single backdated posts. So with this, I am now caught back up!

It’s been incredibly busy the last couple of months with work and getting everything set up in the new place. But we are now more or less settled and are working on renovations and upgrading some of the things within the house.

Here are some of her updates from the last three months:

  • Locomotion – Evelyn can now sit up or crawl around with ease. Though she has yet to walk unassisted, she loves to walk with us holding both our hands. She is able to stand by herself a little bit, but invariably sits/plops back down and starts crawling to where she wants to go. She crawls around very fast too, so we have to be super vigilant to make sure that she isn’t getting into trouble. She also likes to cruise by holding on to large objects while standing up and walking around using it as support. It’s funny because she needs to be sure that the object is stable and repeatedly taps on the surface to ensure that it’s safe and will carry her weight. Smart cookie.
  • Babbling/Talking – Over the past few months, she has been more and more vocal. It’s really funny sometimes captioning her phrasing. Helen and I would be talking, and then she would chime in at the right time as if she is making a comment on what we are talking about. We have a good laugh trying to figure out what she means to say and plugging in sentences that would match the intonation and phrasing.
  • Sleeping Through the Night – We had her sleeping throughout the night at around 7 months, but since then, she has been waking up. We think it may be her teething, but no new teeth have appeared thus far. We did notice that she is getting longer/taller, so maybe it’s just growing pains at night.
  • Weaning/Eating – We have been trying to introduce more solid foods for a while now. She is still breastfed in the morning and night, and once in the afternoon, but she is eating mostly solids now. We are feeding her bland stuff like boiled chicken and vegetables. She eats A LOT. Lots of input and output. People at the daycare are surprised at how much she can eat! I don’t want them to think that we don’t feed her at home or anything because when she comes home, she eats dinner with us and eats a lot again! It’s crazy.
  • Daycare – As I mentioned before, we put her in daycare. The whole experience itself was pretty crazy. We had about 2 weeks to find a daycare that was accepting infants due to a change in circumstances. Originally, we had planned for her to start at another daycare closer to us in September. We tried to have them move up the start date for Evelyn, however, they were out of space. So we were left to hunt for another daycare in the interim. We were sure that we wanted to best for her, and didn’t want to put her into some random/unknown/untested location who wouldn’t respect our daily routine and processes. Luckily, we were able to find a reputable place that was just expanding so they had space for some new infants. So far, she is loving it! When we drop her off now, she is happy and judging from the daily report cards coming back, she is having a blast making new friends and experiencing the social environment.
  • First illness – The downside of daycare is the illnesses. Basically, I have been told that I (not just Evelyn) would expect to be sick for 6 months after you join a new daycare. So far that has proven true as I just came down with bronchitis. It probably developed from the cold I got from Evelyn after the first week of daycare. Evelyn and Helen is fine, with just a few coughs here and there, but I got hit the worst (Mostly due to my own negligence with working and resting enough). Evelyn was actually pretty good through it, she had a runny nose and a fever that lasted a better part of a day, but after that, she was happy as a clam. It’s amazing how quickly kids bounce back from being sick. I remember I was that way too, so it’s becoming apparent that I am getting old and my body is also getting old and busted.

Looking forward to her first year, which is just around the corner!
That’s it for now.


8 Months!

Look at my hat!

Look at my hat!

Month 8. This is another backdated post because I didn’t have a chance to actually write a post until now. You can have a look at the previous backfill post here. Bandwidth warning, this post will have lots of pictures after the jump.

Christmas! It was Evelyn’s first Christmas. We had just finished moving the bulk of everything into the new place, on perhaps one of the craziest days of the year (weather-wise). Scroll down below to see some shots that we took of her. But first – status! Here are some of her updates from the last month:

  • Locomotion – She can pull herself up to stand now, without help from us. She still can’t stand on her own, but we can see that she is experimenting with it. She has tried letting go on her toy for a couple of seconds before sitting herself down on the floor. Actually, she prefers to stand instead of sitting or crawling.
  • Babbling – She is continuing to become more vocal and expressive. There was this one time where she was using the couch to balance herself, and then with the other hand, she lifted it up in the air and waved it a little, while on a tirade about something or other for about half a minute. It was quite amusing, I wish that we recorded it.
  • Sitting Up – She can sit herself up without help from any one or pulling on anything. She kind of just rolls her upper body and head, like you are doing a sit up, until she can use her hands to prop herself up.
  • Sleeping Through the Night – We started to wean her from dream feeds now. Initially, she was fussy and crying around the time that she was expecting her dream feed, but after a couple of days she was sleeping until 7 or 8 am. She has some occasional whining in the middle of the night, but it’s likely that she woke up from a dream or sometimes we think it’s due to her teething. She tends to toss and turns a little, and then she is back sound asleep.
  • Food Stuffs – We gave her pork to try, and she loves it. Actually, just about anything we gave her, she is more than happy to eat it – even the sour stuff. We have some priceless images of her squinting after getting a spoonful of apple blueberry puree that she (and we think so too) thought was really sour. It is interesting how that facial expression is not a learned response, and that it is reflexive and universal across individuals and ages.
  • MyCarrier – She loves being carried in the MyCarrier. Specifically, when she is forward facing and looking out from a higher vantage point than she is used to. I will walk in front of a mirror with her in the MyCarrier and she is kicking, laughing, and generally excited to see herself. Furthermore, I think she is beginning to figure out that its a mirror. I see her staring at me through the mirror and then suddenly look up to see me and then she flips back to my image in the mirror.
  • Teeth – Her bottom incisors have come up a bit more now and are pretty prominent. She knows to use her teeth to bite things. She does it with the rice husks that we give her. She sounds like an adult, munching away at it.
  • Dancing – When she hears music or a tune, she will shake her bum, squat up and down, and dance to the music. She sometimes even likes to sing along with you.
  • Waving – When you wave at her, either to greet her or to say goodbye, she also sticks her hand up and mimics the wave.
  • Fever – She had her first fever this month. I was sick, then Helen was sick, and finally, she had a fever for a couple of days. It was a scary experience for us. I kept trying to check her temp to make sure that she wasn’t over heating. We brought her to the doctor to make sure that she was alright. There were times when she was hovering pretty close to that line for parents where it becomes scary and we were ready to pack everything up and go to the hospital. Luckily, she was able to fight it off herself with the help of some baby Tylenol. After the fever broke, she had a non-itchy rash all over her body. Looking it up online, it seems to have been Roseola.

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7 Months!

Month 7. As of month 7, there were a few changes. This is a backdated post because I didn’t have a chance to actually write a post until now. With the move and everything that went on, it was extremely busy. I finally got a chance to sit down and catch up.

Here are some of her updates from that month:

  • Locomotion – Evelyn’s primary method of locomotion is crawling. This month, she is quite proficient at crawling. She was able to crawl from the foam mats in the living room, all the way into the hall to the laundry room. And she is FAST, sometimes it seems like we are turn our head to do something, and then when we turn back a few seconds later, it’s like she teleported to another location.
  • Babbling – We hear “mama mama” or “dada” more now, we still aren’t sure if she is actually calling out for us. The new thing for this month seems to be a bit of phrasing. It’s like she is trying to tell us something in a sentence, but she doesn’t know the words yet.
  • Sitting Up – She’s basically able to sit upright now, with the occasional lean/fall backwards. If we give her two fingers in front of her while she is on her back, she’ll grab them and pull herself up. It sometimes reminds me of me trying to do sit ups. haha
  • Sleeping Through the Night – Generally speaking, she still goes to sleep at around 8pm and wakes up at around 7am. But recently, she has been waking up in the middle of the night, around 1 or 2 in the morning. It might be the new environment, it might be teething, this one is still a mystery to us.
  • Weaning – We are continuing to make our own baby food by boiling down some apples, pears, and carrots to mash up and feed her with. Recently, we introduced butternut squash, peas, bananas, and even chicken. She seems to really like all of it, and jumps at the chance to eat whatever we give her. We also make her sit with us during dinner, when she sees that we are eating, she would start drooling, smacking her lips, and reaching for our food. Then she’ll start whining until we get some of her food for her so she can eat with us.
  • Drinking – She can now independently use the sippy cup. She swings it around and drops it on the floor repeatedly, probably because she forgets that she is holding it, but when she wants water or something to chew on, she’ll bring it right up to her mouth.
  • Teeth – She has cut her first and second tooth. They show up a little nubs and then you begin to see it coming it. It must be bothersome and is probably the reason why she is waking up in the middle of the night.
  • Recognition – She can recognize people now. Sometimes you catch her staring and trying to figure out who you are. But when she does, she seems very happy to see us. Usually by smiling and calling out to us. We don’t know if she knows it’s her reflection, but she is super excited when she sees herself in the mirror

Onward to Month 8! (Post will be put up shortly)