disease-filled home

January 28th, 2013

Last week, Matthias contracted hand, foot, mouth from day care. It was a miserable week for him as he loves eating, yet the sores in his mouth made it very difficult for him to eat without pain. I was desperate for him to eat and ended up making an avocado, banana milk shake. He liked it, but it still hurt for him to swallow. So for almost a week, he barely ate anything except for cold, drinkable food items. He also had horrible sleep since he didn’t even want to swallow his own spit, so he kept waking up from a wet, slobber-filled bed.

Just as Matt’s getting better (he’s eating again last night and today!), Hans caught the hand, foot, mouth from Matt, and I got vertigo yesterday. The last time I got vertigo was in 2006. That was a long time ago. Today, the doc couldn’t do much for me except tell me that time will help it as well as the Antivert (meclizine) that I got yesterday. I hope it gets better soon as I don’t feel safe driving in this condition.

On the bright side, some baby updates… Matthias now tries to say his own name “TAI-ah”. So cute. He also has shown interest in other kids around his age (and even adults at times) and readily goes up to them to say “Hi!” while waving. It’s so cute and hilarious. What a friendly little boy.

more words

December 3rd, 2012

Alas, I knew I would have forgotten some words. And he’s picking up words left and right! I don’t know if I can keep up. He even just learned another one this morning that I can’t remember right now.

  • dze dze (big sister)
  • mui mui (little sister)

say what?

December 1st, 2012

Matthias is a joy and it is AMAZING how much he has learned in such a short time. He’s almost going to be 17 months old, and in the past couple of days, he’s been more consistently telling us that he has to go to the bathroom by going to the bottom of the stairs (or clinging to our legs) and saying “poo poo”. At this time, he doesn’t differentiate between poop and pee. He uses the term “poo poo” for the toilet or something, not quite sure.

Here’s a list of other words that he knows how to say. This does not include words that he understands, because I don’t even know if I could count that!

  1. star (tah!)
  2. aiyah
  3. poo poo
  4. down
  5. milk (nai nai)
  6. food (mung mung)
  7. bite
  8. more
  9. dad
  10. ma
  11. door
  12. clock (dzung)
  13. bubble
  14. spoon (boo)
  15. sock (wah dzi or mut mut)
  16. paw paw
  17. yeh yeh
  18. dai yee (for dai yee paw)
  19. bath (baaa!)
  20. book (bu!)
  21. ball
  22. moon (moo)
  23. baby
  24. hi
  25. bye
  26. bib
  27. wait (way)
  28. bowl (boo)
  29. bus
  30. Bible
  31. bottle (baa doe)
  32. mouth (mao)
  33. water (wah)
  34. wet
  35. pen (bie, Hans taught him in Mandarin)
  36. up
  37. belt (dai, for pi dai)

and words that he has been signing for a while:

  • eat/food
  • all done
  • drink
  • milk (though he’s fallen out of signing this)
  • head/hat
  • tree
  • please
  • thank you


spring has sprung

March 1st, 2012

It seems as if spring is here earlier than usual. Actually, it also seemed as if winter never really came this winter. It snowed only about three or four times and the snow never really stuck. Though I am not known to like frigid, snow-filled winters, I have to admit, I kind of feel jipped out of the glorious joy and excitement that I usually get when spring begins replacing winter. It has been a bizarre winter, indeed.

I saw our snowdrops gleaming their white buds this morning while eating breakfast. They took me by surprise, since I realized they must have been growing for at least a week or two already in order to already have buds. However, I guess I shouldn’t be so surprised that anything should grow in this very mild weather. Time to start the crops? Probably. How exciting!


sweet tooth

December 22nd, 2011

So over the past several weeks, Matthias was introduced to sweet potato, butternut squash soup (but thicker), avocado, and banana, in that order. He absolutely loves the sweet potato, liked the butternut squash pretty well (it also had garlic, onion and other spices with it), and the banana. The avocado took a couple tries. The first try, he wouldn’t even eat it and just kept squirting it back out of his mouth. The second try, he ended up eating the whole tablespoon portion, but it didn’t seem like he was excited about it, but rather that he was just tolerating it and swallowing it. Banana was just introduced two days ago, so today’s his third day of banana. I think he may have a sweet tooth.


December 3rd, 2011

So, I guess all parents live for the day when their child will say “mama” or “dada/papa/baba”. (Why is it so unfair that dads have more ‘names’, therefore giving them a higher probability to have their name said first?) Then again, I’m sure all parents live for the day that their child will “<different things>”  at different times.

Anyhow, yesterday, the three of us went out to eat at Kurumaya after Matthias had been fed. He was very good, sitting in his car seat and watching us eat. When I finished eating, I took him over to the bar to look at the fish and kitchen. The waitresses loved him. However, at the end of our stay, as we were about to leave, he started getting fussy and didn’t want to be put back in his car seat. While fussing, he was making all sorts of sounds, and out came “mama”! Loud and clear! Hahah. Of course he has no idea what he said, but it still makes me all warm and fuzzy inside.

In other news, he started eating rice cereal on Tuesday. He still hasn’t quite gotten the hang of it, but I’m sure he’ll get better at it. I’m excited to try other foods as well.

they say it gets better

November 17th, 2011

And oh, how it does! Matthias is four months and nine days old now. He is such a joy. He smiles a lot during the day time and eats and sleeps. Since the last post, he really has been sleeping 10.5 to 11 hours each night rather consistently. It is amazing. We’ve learned his tired signs and he goes down for bed at night almost effortlessly now.

Actually, on October 22, I discovered that he didn’t want to be rocked or held to sleep anymore! We were about to go out to clean the garden. He was getting tired so I was trying to put him to sleep so I could help Hans in the garden. I tried everything, but he wasn’t settling down and just was so crabby (which he usually isn’t), then I finally just put him down wide awake. He moved himself around trying to get comfortable and relax, and ever since then, he just goes to sleep on his own. It was unbelievable, like a switch! Especially since we had spent an insane amount of time holding him to sleep before that moment. We had no idea that he’d want to sleep on his own so soon! Just a while before that miracle, he also stopped wanting to use the pacifier to calm down.

I’ve been back to work for about eight weeks now. When I get home after work, I have just enough time to eat dinner, feed him, and, if he isn’t too tired yet, I get to play with him for a bit. But really, most nights, he’s already kind of zoning out and rather tired. Maybe he’s a morning person like his mom. He is rather smiley and happy in the mornings when he gets up. He’ll eat and then I’ll leave for work. I see him maybe for 30 minutes in the morning, since I have to also get ready for work. I get home around 6:20 and get to see him for less than an hour, or maybe an hour, depending on what time he goes to bed.

He is very reliably playing and holding toys that we give to him. I have a feeling that he’s going to always want something new to explore. We may run out of toys for that. Oh yes, and on Monday, he had his four-month checkup. He weighed in at 12.5 lbs, which makes him at the 5th percentile. It was amazing to see him plot on an actual curve instead of below all the curves. His length was at the 10th percentile and his head at the 25th percentile. He’s gettin’ there, so exciting. In the past week or two, I definitely felt like my arms got tired of holding him much quicker. Now that I’m at work all day, I don’t have the daily bicep workout either, so I really don’t last very long holding him. Also, it seems as if he’s taken the past few weeks to wean himself from nursing. He’s been less and less interested in it until finally the past day or two, he just won’t stay on. So, I guess as of today, he’s weaned from that. Our little boy is growing up so fast!

100 days!

October 16th, 2011

Today, Matthias turned 100 days old! Since he was about two or two and a half months, things are getting more and more fun. For a couple weeks now, he’s been sleeping 10 to 11 hours at night, going down around 7:30 pm and waking around 5:30 or 6:30. Occasionally, he will wake around 3 or 4:something am, which then we try and figure out why he didn’t sleep as long, but really, eight and a half hours is still rather good for a baby his age (or so I hear).

I’ve been back to work for three weeks now. The next three weeks, I’ll only have one day working at home. Then I’ll be back in the office five days per week. I don’t know how I will handle that yet, but these first three weeks have not been too bad since I got to work from home two days each week. I am getting back into the groove of working and I don’t worry about Matthias much during the day because my mom is the best childcare we can hope for. The days that I go into the office, I only get to see Matthias for about an hour after work before it is his bed time. I guess that is the sad part. I hope he doesn’t forget me when he sees me for only one hour per day for five days. I look forward very much to weekends when I get to hold him and play with him for two full days.

He is growing so fast. He is definitely thicker and his belly is getting quite big (for him). He eats anywhere from 4 to 7 ounces of formula in one meal! Hans and I can’t believe how he fits seven ounces into that little belly of his. He’s about 10 lbs right now, and he is getting long. I have no worries that he will be taller than me. I wonder if he will end up taller than his dad? In the past few days, he’s been holding things longer than he used to, like his toys. For a week or so, he’s been holding on to his blanket or his shirt. It’s hilarious when he eats from a bottle—he seems to have a death grip on his shirt with both hands. The fuller he gets, the more relaxed his hands get. It is very cute.

He’s also been talking a lot more and smiling at people. What a charmer. Everyone who sees him says how cute he is or even how good-looking he is. I tell him that he better not let it get to his head. I have yet to hear him laugh out loud, though. He will sometimes have an expression on his face as if he is laughing, but no sound, or not much sound comes out. It is funny and cute, still. Most of the time, he still furrows his brows while he looks at things. He must be thinking pretty hard. About what, I don’t know, but we’ll eventually find out as he gets older.

first date

September 14th, 2011

Hans and I went on our first date last night. Mom put Matthias to bed and watched him. We went to see the last Harry Potter movie. I’m glad we got to see it before theaters stopped showing it.


September 10th, 2011

I’ve been waiting for Matthias to smile socially. He finally did it this morning before our morning walk! He smiled at Hans this goofy little smile. It was so cute. He even did it a few times, though we don’t know what was making him smile since he was just looking at Hans’ face.

Hans tried to get him to smile again so he could take a photo, but I guess Matthias was done smiling for the day. Must’ve taken a lot of effort. LOL

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