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January 2014

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About a month ago, Ethan had asked if he could invite some friends over for his birthday party.  We were hesitant, but since he rarely asks for anything, we obliged.  Well, Pete was a little concerned about pulling off the party and all so soon after we had moved, but I decided to go ahead with it because Ethan was really looking forward to it.  So last Saturday, we had a small do for Ethan with a few of his friends.  We decided to have it about a week earlier than his actual birthdate because the actual birthday falls on the 1st day of Chinese New Year this year.

In deciding a theme for his party and after taking like 5 minutes to decide between a Diary of a Wimpy Kid party or a Lego party, Ethan decided on the latter.  He left most of the party planning to me, but he was very specific about the cake.

He asked for a cake shaped like a Lego 4×2 brick, where he could put a candle in each of the studs,given that it is his 8th birthday and all.  When asked for the color of the cake, he wanted red.

It was a good thing baby Emma decided to nap a couple of hours the day before the party, allowing me some time to bake and decorate the cake.

I prepared birthday invites in a Lego theme and tried to make everything as Lego-like as possible.  If I could, I would have created a Lego minifigure costume for Ethan..haha.

On the day of the party, Daddy hung up the birthday banner I made. Had to tweak the Lego font a little but it was well worth it.  Printed out the letters on white paper, cut them out carefully and glued them onto red colored paper, which was glued onto black paper to achieve the black-outlined effect.

When the guests arrived, they were treated to some Lego Star Wars movies on the telly.  This was Ethan’s idea.  Took me a while to get the little guests away from the TV and to start on the games.

Oh, and we also asked the guests to participate in the “Guess the Number of Lego Bricks” game.  Some adults wanted to participate in this one too.

We had some “Lego” food, made with love of course, such as Lego sandwiches, Lego pizza and errr…fruits cut up to spell the word Lego :) (Sorry, I had no idea how to shape fruits like Lego without making a mess of them all!)

I also made Lego chocolates and Lego ice cubes with a Lego mould I borrowed from a dear friend.

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One Perfect Day QP freebie from Blagovesta Gosheva


8 point something kilos.


Not measured.


2 bottom incisors, and 2 upper incisors growing too.


Motor Skills

  • Emma loves to crawl around now, and will usually target her siblings’ toys especially their Legos.  Ethan and Hannah will dramatically announce, “Oh NO!!!  The giant baby is coming!  Hurry, run!!!”
  • Opens and closes her palms often, sometimes playing with her fingers.
  • Likes patting our hands when offered to her.
  • Learning how to stand for longer periods.
  • Tries to squat with support.

Communication and Social Skills

  • Calls me “Mama..” quite often now.  At other times, she just cries in a pitiful manner.
  • Can play for longer periods on her own with some of her toys, sometimes buying me some time to do work, like cleaning and cooking.
  • Loves to move her body to music as if dancing.


  • Not sleeping through yet.  SIGH.

Food and Feeding

Her diet is mostly 100% on Mommy’s milk, and she eats mostly fruits at other times.  Her favorites are papaya and banana.  We’ve introduced the following to her thus far, not a lot but she does seem to be curious with new foods, which is a good sign:

  • Chicken
  • Pork
  • Garoupa fish (she didn’t like this)
  • Salmon (so far, she only liked playing with it)

While waiting for our food to arrive at a restaurant, Ethan was looking at the menu when he suddenly burst out laughing.

Ethan: Mommy…I see that they sell a drink here called Kick..a…..?
Mommy: Oh yeah, that’s Kickapoo, Ethan.
Ethan: Haha…KickaPOO?  Hahaha…Hannah…the drink is called Kick A POO!!
Hannah:  Hahaha…Kick a Poopoooo!!!

O. M. G.

Lately I started to teach Hannah how to pray. I figured it’s about the right time now since Ethan learnt to pray roughly around the same age too.

She asked a lot of questions.

“Where is God?”
“Is God in our hearts all the time?”
“Why don’t we see God?”
“Do bad guys go to heaven?”

I told her that we can talk to God any time we want and wherever we are.  For a start, I suggested a good time would be at bedtime. She could say a simple sentence every night to thank God for something..anything..she could think of.  I told her to think of it as a “conversation with God”.

Initially she didn’t know what to say or how to do it but after some prompting, she started producing ideas of her own….every night, without fail.

“Dear God,” she would start,
“Thank you for my clothes.”
“Thank you for my teachers.”
“Thank you for my meals today.”

She ends each prayer with, “In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”

Tonight she said: “Dear God, thank you for the best mommy in the world!”

My heart melted.

And then she said, “I love you, Mommy!”

“I love you too, sweetie!”

I must have done something really good to deserve such a loving and sweet miracle. :)