|07/29 Tues||9:15am, 10am, & 11am||Toddler Storytime||storytime||HB Central Library||1-3|
|07/29 Tues||10am||Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse||The Lego Movie for $1||Century 20 Huntington Beach
7777 Edinger Avenue
|07/29 Tues||11am||What Do You Do With An Idea||A Discover & Learn event featuring What Do You Do With An Idea? by Kobi Yamada||Barnes & Noble in Bella Terra||All ages|
|07/29 Tues||1pm-1:45pm||Baby Tales||songs and music for babies and toddlers and their caregivers. Play time and socialization time following Baby Tales program.||Granola Babies
3315 Hyland Avenue, Suite B
|07/29 Tues||5pm-9pm||Street Fair & Farmers Market||Farmer's market, food vendors, & live entertainment||Main Street 1st-3rd blocks between PCH & Orange Street.||All ages|
|07/29 Tues||7pm||Science on the Go—Which Foot Is It?||Children will learn about animal adaptations and characteristics of different animal groups in this 60-minute program. Come explore the nature of animal feet and learn how their structure helps the animal survive in its unique habitat|| Fountain Valley Library
17635 Los Alamos Street
|07/30 Wed||10am||Toddler/Preschool Storytime||storytime||HB Central Library||1-5|
|07/30 Wed||10:30am||Weekly Storytime||Featuring stories and activities||Barnes & Noble in Bella Terra||All ages|
|07/30 Wed||11am||Parent & Me Time: Fox||Story time, crafts, and our beautiful nature trails.|| Shipley Nature Center
17851 Goldenwest Street
|07/30 Wed||2pm||Fairytale Storytime & Costume Party||Come dressed up as a Fairytale character||Barnes & Noble in Bella Terra||All ages|
|07/31 Thu||10am||Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse||The Lego Movie for $1||Century 20 Huntington Beach
7777 Edinger Avenue
|07/31 Thu||3:30pm||Afterschool Stories & Craft||storytime and crafts||HB Central Library||K-4th Grade|
|07/31 Thu||6pm-8pm||Concerts in the Park: Hard Days Night – A Tribute to the Beatles||Attendants should bring picnic blankets and chairs to each event. The event is a fun picnic-style concert for families with their kids. Parking and admission is completely free.|| Fountain Valley Recreation Center
16400 Brookhurst Street
|07/31 Thu||8pm-10pm||Cool Summer Nights: Explore Skies above Shipley||Join us as we are visited by the Orange County Astronomers who will help us explore nearby planets and star systems light years away! Our evening hours will be extended to allow for this not to be missed event.||Shipley Nature Center
17851 Goldenwest Street
|08/01 Fri||?||Frozen Party||Barnes & Noble in Bella Terra||All ages|
|08/01 Fri||10am & 11am||Preschool Storytime||storytime||HB Central Library||3-5|
|08/02 Sat||9am-12pm (Reservations required)||Free Kids Workshops||Children can work on fun and educational projects while spending quality time with the whole family. All kids get to keep their craft and receive a free Kids Workshop apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement.||Home Depot
7100 Warner Avenue
|08/02 Sat||9:30am-12:30pm||Drop In And Draw||It's a great place to express yourself creatively. Free, but a nominal donation is suggested to help cover the costs of materials. Join us and let you and your children's inner Picassos shine!||Chuck Jones Center for Creativity
3321 Hyland Avenue
|08/02 Sat||10:30am||Clint Perry & The Boo Hoo Crew||Free library concert with raffle prizes||Central Park Bandstand||All ages|
|08/02 Sat||11am-3pm||Crafts For Kids||You Name It! Door Hanger craft||Lakeshore Learning Store
18679 Brookhurst Street
|08/02 Sat||12pm-1pm||Animal Feeding||Come join us to learn more about the animals at our interpretive center! During the feeding, we will cover feeding habits and general biology and anatomy of our reptiles and marine animals! *Please note: snake feedings involve live mice.*||Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
3842 Warner Avenue
|08/03 Sun||5pm-7pm||Concerts in the Park||HB Concert Band – Side-by-Side Concert with outstanding local high school musicians joining in a program of popular marches and melodies||HB Central Park||All ages|
Month: July 2014
I can’t believe this little guy has been with us for a whole month already!
Some milestones and updates:
– Longest stretch of nighttime sleep: 5.5. hours and it was glorious!
– Can lift his head and hold for several seconds (and in fact enjoys tummy time!)
– At his 2 week appointment, he was 7lbs 3 ozes. Minh weighed him last night on our home scale (which is very unreliable) but says he was close to 9 lbs!
– Sleeps unswaddled
– Has a very strong grip and strong kicks (which I could tell even in the womb)
– BFs every 2-3 hours and has had a great latch from the start
– Is also taking 1 bottle a day and sometimes takes the pacifier
– Prefers Huggies diapers
– Poops a ton. Almost every diaper change.
– Finally starting to fit his newborn clothes and even some of his 3 month sized clothes!
– Still sleeps a ton but will stay awake 15 mins – 1 hour at times
Maternity leave has been much more enjoyable this time around. I’m just a more relaxed mama and Max is also easier. He cries when he’s hungry, has a dirty diaper, or is sleepy but if he’s awake he’s content to just lay there and observe. Emma never let me put her down awake for more than 5 minutes! He’s been eating well but he’s been sounding very congested. I keep reading it’s normal so I hope he grows out of it soon because sometimes it feels like it interferes with his eating (ie. can’t breathe and starts choking on the milk). His baby acne and cradle cap is at an all-time high as well but I’m not as worried about it this time since Emma had it as well and her skin is so nice now! I’m excited to take him out next month now that we are done with the 1 month confinement!
Now for some pictures from the past month:
I have a new favorite product: Jojoba Oil ($7.99 on Amazon)!
For Mommy: I have horribly dry skin, especially on my face! I’ve tried all different types of moisturizers but as soon as I put on any type of foundation…it starts flaking! So annoying. I even use tinted moisturizer and it still makes my face flake (even after using a completely different moisturizer beforehand). And recently while I was pregnant, I was pretty limited in what products I was willing to use since I try to use more “natural” products since I’m paranoid. So I was super excited when I tried Jojoba Oil for the first time and it worked for my dry skin while also being pretty safe (as far as I can tell). It keeps my face moisturized and does not clog my pores. Miracle! I’ve been reading you can also add some to your conditioner to soften your hair as well but I haven’t tried that yet. So to moisturize my face, I just put a few drops on my fingers and rub it into my face. Easy peasy!
For Baby: So just like Emma, Max is developing horrible baby acne and cradle cap (or cradle crap as we like to call it har har). Last time we didn’t do much for Emma since I read it wasn’t harmful, just annoying for the parents because their babies do not look very cute when they are going through this stage! This time, since I happened to have jojoba oil on hand and since I read it works wonders for cradle cap I decided to give it a try on Max! I’ve only applied it once so far but most of the yellow gunk came right off after a few minutes! We’ll see how it goes in the next few weeks. So to apply to baby, just place a drop on your finger and rub into affected area. You can leave it on for up to 2 hours to really get absorbed. If it’s on the scalp, run a soft comb through the hair to brush out the flakes. If on the face or other body parts, you can just use a small towel to wipe off.
Sorry this is a little late! Here’s what Emma was loving this past month:
Ravensburger My First Puzzle (Adorable Animals) – I’m really trying to get Emma into puzzles as a I heard it’s good for brain development. She seems to struggle with jigsaw puzzles though so I thought this beginner set would be good practice. Luckily she instantly loved this and is able to do it pretty easily!! She still sometimes struggles with fitting the pieces together but it’s great practice for her fine motor skills. I highly recommend this if you are looking to introduce jigsaw puzzles to your little ones!
H&M Strawberry Jersey Dress – Can you believe these dresses are only $5? Emma loves the strawberry one so much that we bought her 2 more in different prints. These are so comfortable and easy to wear…wish they had them in my size!
Elmo Goodnight Stories Musical Lullaby – this book was a hand me down from my sister’s kids but Emma loves it! She makes me read it to her every night. Its comprised of a bunch of short stories that each include a lullaby. It also has a button you can press that plays Brahms Lullaby song that Emma loves to press while I sing.
Green Toys Tea Set – We got this set from a friend and both Emma and I love it because you can use real drinks and food with it! It also lets Emma practice pouring. So fun!
Little Bunny Series Seek and Finds – These seek and find coloring sheets are a big hit with Emma. She loves finding the objects and gets so excited when she finds them. The best part? It’s free!
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood – We’ve been trying to keep Emma from watching too much Caillou and this has quickly become her new favorite. I also love this show and the lessons Emma learns from it…ranging anywhere from trying new foods, going to the DR, and having a babysitter. The songs always get stuck in my head though!
Watermelon – summer means tasty and fresh watermelon! One of Emma’s favorite fruits. We also love drinking watermelon juice
Hopefully I’ll be posting more to this series as summer goes on and partaking in some of these events after I finish my 1 month rest after the baby (it’s a traditional asian thing enforced by my mom :P).
I am always looking for fun things to do outdoors to take advantage of the beautiful weather we have here in socal. One thing kids love (at least mine) is MUSIC! So what better way to enjoy the summer than to take the kids to an outdoor concert in the park. It turns out the Huntington Beach Central Library puts on a summer concert series. It is located behind the library at 7111 Talbert Avenue – Corner of Goldenwest and Talbert. It’s every Sunday at 5pm. Here is the remaining schedule:
July 13 Golden State British Brass & Emerald Society Bagpipes ♫ Brass and Bagpipes create a Celtic Sunday
July 20 Moonlight Express ♫ 1940’s style Big Band
July 27 Wise Guys ♫ Blend of swing, jazz and big band music for all
August 3 Huntington Beach Concert Band ♫ Side-by-Side Concert with outstanding local high school musicians joining in a program of popular marches and melodies
August 10 Henebry’s 1920’s Crazy Rhythm Hot Society Orchestra ♫ Original musical sounds of the Golden Age of Radio with Flapper Vocalist Ginger Pauley
August 17 Covina Concert Band ♫ Popular show tunes, marches and more
August 24 Bob DeSena ♫ Exciting Latin jazz and fiery rhythms in the legendary tradition of Tito Puente and Cal Tjader
August 31 Mike Henebry Orchestra ♫ Internationally acclaimed orchestra authentically recreating music of the famous Big Bands of the Swing Era
I have been daydreaming about the day that I can take the kiddos camping. The funny thing is I am not even that big of a camper or a roughin’ it type girl…but for some reason I just can’t wait to introduce the kids to the outdoors, sleeping in tents, hiking, and eating campfire food. The husband and I used to go on an annual camping trip with our friends…but we stopped after everybody started having kids…but I know once the kids are a little older we are going to start them back up again but this time with kids! I love that our kids have all of these other kids to play with and create special camping memories with too!
Anyways, I thought I would share some of the useful things I have bookmarked about camping with kids which I am sure is a whole other ballgame and probably more work than I am imagining. 😛
First off the tent. I just recently found out you can buy tents with dividers! This is great if you have more than 1 kid and they need privacy for naps or at bedtime. I was scouring Amazon and found this one that seems decently priced and highly rated:
I will also probably invest in an air mattress or some type of padding to sleep on for the kids. People also recommend sleeping in the tent in your backyard first to get your kids familiar with sleeping somewhere than their own bed.
Places to camp:
I’ve been hearing a lot about KOA campsites. They are catered towards families and are located all around the US. They have campsites but also cabins and space for RVs. They usually have a playground, laundry and bathroom facilities, a little store, and even wifi! It might be a good way to ease your kids into camping. Also, check out these unique camping options that some of the KOA sites offer…like yurts, teepees, airstreams, and treehouses!
Most likely we will probably try our first camping experience someplace nearby, but ideally I would love to visit some of the national parks in the future!
This is probably the part I am most nervous about since kids can be picky eaters and I just know it will be hard to get the kids to eat a balanced meal while camping. But then again, camping is probably going to be just a 1-2 night adventure so it’s ok to have a pass on eating healthy for a few days right? 😛 Anyways, here are some campfire recipes I have bookmarked that I can’t wait to try!
Canned biscuit campfire donuts
Homemade instant oatmeal packets – if you use instant rolled oats, you can just add boiling water and you have oatmeal ready!
campurritos – breakfast burritos!
sweet potato apple hash – this also has other recipes and meal ideas for eating paleo while you camp!
Grilled pasta packets – love this!
9 delicious and easy foil packet dinners
Pig in a blanket
chicks on sticks (chicken kebabs)
potato boat dinner
perfect picnic sandwich
Campfire spinach dip
Good salad suggestions for camping
bocce pasta salad
5 around the campfire desserts
Aside from hiking, some other fun games or things you can do with the kids
Camping activity bags
best camping activities for kids
Tips for camping with young kids:
8 tips for camping with kids
25 camping hacks for kids
So did I get you excited about camping with kids yet??? 🙂
Sigh…it’s been one of those days where I don’t think Emma had a single serving of vegetables and I feel so guilty as a parent! The past 2 weeks I gave myself a pass on cooking which included cooking for Emma. We’ve been depending on grandma a lot but most days she has been spending with us and unless I make an effort to make one of my sneaky veggie recipes…Emma doesn’t eat any. Unlike fruits which all I have to do is cut up and she will devour…she refuses to eat raw veggies and hates dips of all kinds. So I thought I would make a roundup of veggie recipes that Emma likes and also a list of recipes I’ve been meaning to try with her to get me inspired to cook for her again! BTW, you’ll notice a lot of noodle/pasta recipes because she loves those. And also anything hidden in a bread/cake/muffin.
Tried and true veggie recipes (according to Emma)
Oven baked sweet potatoes (we usually use paprika)
spinach or kale pesto with pasta
hidden veggie pizza/pasta sauce
peanut butter noodles with broccoli
chicken, spinach, and bow tie pasta salad
fruit and veggie muffins
cold soba noodle salad
Recipes I want to try
Carrot Snack Sticks
ham and split pea soup
spinach avocado pasta
fruit and veggie pops
fried vermicelli noodles
spinach cheddar chive scones
20 minute miso noodle bowls
kiwi spinach fruit leather
cabbage and noodles with bacon
bright green smoothie – we haven’t had much luck with green smoothies but this one seems very fruity so it might pass the Emma Test
zucchini, carrot, oatmeal cookies
korean vegetable pancakes
veggie cream cheese spread – emma loves bagels with cream cheese…wonder if she’ll notice if I sneak some veggies in there?
bacon lettuce and tomato spring rolls
This labor, delivery, and recovery has been so great compared to last time. It’s only been about a week since I gave birth to Max and I almost feel 100%! Last time it took me weeks to feel somewhat back to normal. Overall, everything has been easier. Last time we were so worried about everything: jaundice, breastfeeding, getting Emma back to her birth weight, learning how to soothe a baby, how to swaddle and change a diaper, etc. This time Max has NO jaundice! His weight has been on track (even though I personally feel like he still needs to gain more weight!!), breastfeeding has been a breeze and actually hasn’t even been painful at all! Max has a great latch. He is also, in general, a much easier baby than Emma was. All he does is sleep, and when he’s awake he’s content to just lay there and observe the world. Emma never just laid there…if she was awake, she always wanted to be picked up! If Max cries, it’s because of one thing…he’s hungry! And feeding him is all it takes to make him happy again. It might be still too early to say, but Max is pretty easy!!
The only problems we’ve had with him have been diaper leaks. For a few days I was going through his whole wardrobe in one day because I had to change his outfit so often! We tried different brand diapers and finally settled on some Huggies in preemie size. This has cut down on his leaks a lot….now he only leaks once or twice a day. We are still getting used to changing a boy’s diaper. Honestly, changing a girl’s diaper is infinitely easier!!
A few things I am doing differently this time is not feeling guilty about supplementing with formula and using a bottle with Emma. We had such a hard time getting Emma to use a bottle that we are all traumatized. So far Max has had no nipple confusion and has been eating like a champ. We couldn’t ask for more.
I think so far, the hardest part of adjusting to life with two has honestly been Emma. She is going through her terrible twos and fighting her naps which makes for a tired, cranky kid sometimes. Also, since she is used to sleeping with me at night sometimes she wakes up now looking for me and gets upset if I am not there. She has also been waking up a lot earlier because she is looking for me in the morning too! We used to have a great sleeper and it all went downhill in the past few weeks. But luckily since Max has been so easy, we are able to tend to her a little more.
And now for some pics of Max!
First car ride – he slept like a baby of course
For awhile, the last thing I was was calm when changing him!!!
Love how chill this baby is
And a few pics of Emma whose new favorite hobby is blowing bubbles. Love her cheeks!
The days leading up to Max’s birth I was super nervous about how Emma was going to react to Max. She is a total momma’s girl and I wasn’t sure how she would like having to share my attention! Luckily, I had nothing to worry about…Emma loves Max! It’s actually really sweet and heartwarming to witness. I credit her willingness to be a big sister because of all of her cousins and how much fun she has with them. I have always said she is the most social, shy kid ever! She loves other kids, it just takes her awhile to warm up. But once she gets used to you, she has no problem actually even leaving us and going off on her own. She has even asked if she can spend the night at her cousins’s house before! She definitely prefers to be around a lot of kids…so I’m glad we were able to give her a sibling at least.
Emma first met Max in the hospital. It was kind of a rocky first start but turns out the hospital setting just scared her a lot. She was even scared to get near me! I think because I was laying in the big hospital bed with a hospital gown on. It took her awhile to even sit on the bed and even when we got her on there she was itching to get off.
You can see some of her curiosity shining through in these pics.
After all of our hashing back and forth on what to get Emma as her present from Max…we settled on a Lightning McQueen tshirt and flashlight. Even though she’s never even seen Cars…she loves Lightning McQueen (her best friend and cousin’s influence). It was a hit!
I had to stay at the hospital another day after that, so when we finally came home we went to grandma’s house to pick up Emma. When we got there she was super excited to see “baby Max”. She started singing Happy Birthday to Max out of nowhere! This girl just kills me.
She also wanted to help feed him and kept trying to make him laugh by jumping around.
When it was time to go home, I asked Emma if she wanted to stay at Grandma’s or go home with us. She said she wanted to stay (because all of her cousins were there). She immediately said “Bye Daddy, Bye Mommy”. As we got up to leave, taking Max with us, she starts throwing a tantrum and yelling “MAX STAY MAX STAY”….whaaaaat? It was so hilarious. So we ended up all staying over there for awhile so she could bond with Max a little more.
Since we’ve been home, she has shown so much concern and care for her little brother. The first thing she says some mornings are “Where is Max?”. And when she wants something and I can’t do it because I’m holding or bfing Max, she patiently waits her turn. The only bit of jealousy she has shown has been if one of us is carrying Max or sitting with him, she wants us to use our other arm to carry her sometimes…but she never makes us put Max down.
Excuse Daddy and daughter’s messy hair. 🙂
Overall, I’m extremely happy with how this has gone down and I can’t wait for Max to grow up so he can actually play with Emma! She will love having a live-in playmate since mommy and daddy can be boring sometimes 😛
This is a pretty boring, typical birth story. But I thought I would post about it in case Max wanted to read about it one day? hehe. BTW, boring and typical makes this a perfect birth story to me!
With both of my births, I have always gotten a lot of Braxton Hicks (fake contractions) early on in my pregnancy. On the Friday before Max’s birth, I had my weekly appointment with my DR who told me I was already 2-3 cm dilated. My DR told me it could be soon, or it could be several weeks since some people are stuck at that stage for awhile. I figured it would be sooner than later though since Emma also came so early and honestly I was SO huge at that point that people would stop me in the store predicting that I was going to give birth any day now! The next day early in the morning I started having more constant contractions. Enough so that I started timing them. Turned out they were about 8 minutes apart for about 2 hours. (You are supposed to head into the hospital when they are 5 mins apart!). They weren’t painful yet but actually felt just like Braxton Hicks to me still….but at that point I couldn’t remember what the difference was. I woke up wondering if today was going to be THE DAY!
But, after I got up and started moving around…the contractions stopped. Or they returned to how they had been for a few weeks. Random. So I figured they were all Braxton Hicks again. Throughout the day I did start to notice they got a little stronger but again I wasn’t sure if it was my imagination. I told Minh I thought it would be soon though. We decided to watch our last movie for awhile and went and saw X-Men! Throughout the movie I got some more contractions which usually happened more often when I was sitting still (again, another indication they were Braxton Hicks and not real contractions). I kept imagining my water breaking somewhere in public and what I would do! But alas, nothing happened.
That night, I went to bed wondering if I was going to make it til morning. I knew once I laid down there was a strong possibility that my contractions might start up again. I was really hoping they wouldn’t since I had a birthday party to go to on Sunday! Unfortunately, sometime in the middle of the night my contractions started up again. They were definitely stronger and I started to vaguely remember what real contractions felt like and thought these were real. I decided to get up and walk around to see if they would stop. They sort of eased up but were still somewhat constant so I continued to time them. Once they started getting in the 4-5 minute range and a little more painful, I woke up Minh. “I think it’s time!!!”. I think this was around 4 in the morning? I can’t really remember. We decided to call Minh’s mom to come over and stay with Emma since she was still asleep of course.
Oh I forgot to mention that earlier that night our plumbing went kaputz. The bathtub was backed up and it was SO GROSS!!!! We tried to get a 24 hr plumber to come out but they kept delaying and finally canceled on us and told us to wait for the next morning. Unfortunately that was when I went into labor so I couldn’t even take a shower before going to the hospital! Bad luck!!!
After Minh’s mom came over, we headed to the hospital. I contemplated eating something before going in since I knew they wouldn’t let me eat once I got there. At first we were going to eat McD’s since it’s one of the few places open at the time (also what I ate before having Emma!) but when we were about to go through the drive-thru I had a painful contraction and suddenly McD’s was the last thing I wanted to eat so I told Minh to skip it. But of course as we drove away my contraction stopped and then we saw Del Taco so we went there instead. I ended up eating 2 crunchy tacos. Wish I had eaten more!!!
We pulled into the hospital and was able to get a pretty good parking spot. We walked in and they immediately asked me if I was going into labor. “I think so?”. So they checked me in and wheeled me into a room. The whole time I was paranoid about not being far enough along and getting turned back which I hear happens to a lot of my friends. This was a completely different experience for me since with Emma my water had broken first. Let me tell you, it is so much nicer when your water doesn’t break first!
They got me in a room and immediately hooked me up to an IV since I tested positive for Strep B and needed to get antibiotics. I didn’t really like where they placed my IV (in my wrist) and it sort of bothered me the whole time I was there. Oh well. I immediately asked for an epidural when I got there since I felt like I was nearing that hump where the contractions get super painful and definitely wanted it before I got to that point. I had no illusions about not getting one this time! 🙂 Epidurals just make the labor experience much more enjoyable for me…I can’t imagine not getting one. For the next 10 hours I was texting people, playing candy crush, and watching soccer. If I did not get the epidural I think I would have been pretty miserable and cranky. ha!
Rocking the double chin. I had a few photos where more of my body showed…OMG I was so huge!
When they checked to see how dilated I was, I was only 3-4 cm but 100% effaced. I remembered from last time I was very slow to progress even when I was pumped with pitocin so I wondered how long this one was going to be. Several hours went by and when they checked me again I was only 4-5cm. At this point, they asked me if I wanted pitocin but since we hadn’t been there that long…less than 6 hours? I didn’t really see a point yet. Especially since my water hadn’t broken yet. This is when I kind of got annoyed with my nurse and DR who were both pressuring me to take pitocin. I stood my ground though and said I wanted to wait a little longer. A few hours later, my DR came in and asked if I was ok with breaking my water. I said yes and she said we’ll see how that goes before discussing pitocin again. After she broke my water, she measured me again and said I was a 5-6 but that they would give me an hour before giving me Pitocin. Luckily, when the hour was up, I jumped to a 10! She said the baby was also in a really good position and I might not even need to push. I was like “You can do that??” The pushing part was my most dreaded part of labor since last time it took me 2 hours to push Emma out. When it was finally time to push, I pushed 3-4 times and baby Max came out!!!!! It was soooo easy compared to Emma. I couldn’t believe it!
6 lbs 9 oz…pretty hefty for such an early baby!
Family photo….really missing Emma here 🙁
I’ll write more about Emma meeting Max and how we are adjusting in another post!