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Like Father, Like Daughter...enough said.

By Chew · August 10, 2009 · 0 Comments ·

A Week Without Daddy

By Chew · June 27, 2009 · 0 Comments ·


It's official, I am now a stay at home mom!  I am so thankful that I can take care of the girls instead of worrying about 28 other kids.  My energy level is noticeably higher now that I don't have lesson plans, curriculum meetings, and parent teacher conferences!  So school ended on June 12th, and my hubby left for church HS camp on the 15th.  He was definitely worried about me being alone with the girls for so long, because he kept telling me about how he does certain routines with each of the girls...it was cute so I just let him do it.  Needless to say, I kind of have my own way of doing things.  In all honesty, I was a bit worried myself especially when it came to dinner/bath/bed time.  However, after the first 2 nights, it wasn't so bad at all!  Thank goodness I scheduled lots of visits from my dear girlfriends which made the week go by faster not to mention they were all kind enough to bring dinner over.  It was definitely easier to clean the house while Brian was gone though.  I'm not sure why that is, but I just prefer to have him out of the house when I clean.  So Brian came back from camp on the 20th and he was kind enough to bring back some germs since several of the high schoolers in his cabin were sick.  He was so exhausted and flu-like that he remained in bed from that Saturday till about Tuesday making me feel like I had 3 babies to take care of!  The horrible part of it all was that all of us girls got sick immediately afterward.  Happy Father's Day I guess.

Status Updates-

My goodness my daughter talks too much.  Brian was amazed at all the short sentences she was speaking by the time he got back from camp.  Here are a few of our favorites:

"Mommy, what are you doing?"

"Oooh, a spatula!"

"Mommy, Pey Pey's cute!"

The biggest milestone of all is that I finally got rid of Zoey's binkies!  It was way overdue and I was rather sneaky about it.  I took both the binkies, cut them with scissors and left them in Zoey's crib.  She shreaked when she put one in her mouth and after she told me they were broken, I made her throw them in th garbage.  Although she still gets up in the middle of the night and cries for it, it's never for very long.  She always tells me before bed that "Oh they're broken, I threw them in the garbage...hi-five" and I am so proud of her.  Too bad my hubby is more dependant on those binkies and thinks I should give at least one back to her.  At this point, I would rather her get a bear or some stuffed animal than to have to deal with crooked teeth later on.

Pey Pey is so yummy!  She is crawling backwards and her two little teeth are so cute.  It adorable to watch her follow Zoey wherever she goes.  Pey is continually babbling so between Daddy, Zoey, and Pey this house will be full of chatter.  I am exhausted just thinking about it.  Unfortunately my little chubster is not a fan of bananas and apricots.  She is all about the sweet potatoes...next culinary adventure for her will be swiss chard.  Zoey was a huge fan when she was a baby, so here's hoping.

Peyton will be 9 months and I will post pictures and stats after appointment this week. 

They grow up so fast...

By Chew · June 3, 2009 · 0 Comments ·

May 2009

It seems like yesterday when Zoey was just born.  Now this chick is talking up a storm making demands, and running the house!  Her Dr's appt went fairly well.  Zoey now weighs 22 lbs 12 ounces and is 34 inches in height.  I have a feeling Peyton will surpass her in both categories real soon!  Dr says it's time to start potty training which I don't plan to do until I am out of school.  Oh the joys of mommyhood.

We celebrated Zoey's birthday all weekend long!  First we took her to the Elephant Bar for dinner, then the Discovery Museum the next night, then a dinner at Auntie Stacie's and Uncle Roger's house where she got to play with her cousins Caden and Micah.  I normally don't let her have sweets, but since it was a special occassion, I let her have ice cream.  Watching Zoey eat ice cream just makes my heart melt...the look on her face is priceless.

Brian got Peyton a walker and it's hilarious to see how mobile she is.  I have a feeling she will hit her milestones faster than Zoey did so as to catch up to her big sister.  Peyton face is starting to change and everyone is saying that she looks more like Zoey now. 

Zoey loves to comfort Pey, give her cereal puffs, blankets, and water.  She has taken to her big sister role quite nicely.  In addition to that the terrible 2s have officially started.  She is starting to become more picky when it comes to eating which is highly annoying haha.  I pray that it is only a phase, mind you a phase that will pass quickly.

I am looking forward to spending more time with both of my girls once the school year is over.  These years are precious and I want to soak up every minute of it.  I will post pictures soon.

Recent Update...boring unless you're a mom!

By Chew · May 5, 2009 · 0 Comments ·

The girls are growing so quickly so I need to record these milestones before they go to college!

Peyton- She is eating solids and is devouring everything we feed her.  So far her menu consists of rice cereal, oatmeal, summer squash, yams, english peas, avocado, and green beans.  It seems as if I can't feed her fast enough!  She is also sitting up on her own and loves to stand up to play with toys.  Brian and I are both trying to enjoy her before she becomes mobile!  She is definitely sleeping through the night, but I guess it's more because Brian and I let her cry it out.  Luckily she never cries for longer than 20 mins!  I predict that she will be getting her first tooth soon being that she loves to bite and gnaw on her hand or anything else if you catch my drift (ouch).

Zoey- Just when I think this child can't talk any more than she already does...she surprises us with with a random sentence.  "ooh a camera takes pictures!" Where did that come from?  It has been an absolute joy to see her get so excited about being a big sister.  Her nurturing side has surfaced and she is constantly giving Pey her binky, a blanket, or trying to tell Pey not to cry.  I love it!

That's it for now, I will update more after Zoey's appt this month.

Name That Tune

By Chew · April 16, 2009 · 0 Comments ·

Try to guess the names of these songs based on Zoey's "re-mixed" lyrics:

1.  P-P-P fayssh  P-P-P fayssh Oh Oh OOOH Oh Oh!

2.  Mmm mo cereal...mmm mo cereal...mmm mo cereal

3.  Ish you, ish you, ish you, ooooh a phone!

Done guessing?

1.  Poker Face by Lady Gaga

2.  Material Girl by Madonna

3.  Kiss Me On the Phone by Souljah Boy


Oh that Zoey...


By Chew · April 1, 2009 · 0 Comments ·

For the past few days I've been a little downhearted.  Getting back into the work habit hasn't been too hard.  It's the interim time I have between the time I get home from work to the time both the girls go to sleep.  Basically, I have 2.5-3 hours to clean bottles, refill them for the next day, clean pumping equipment, make dinner, and nurse Peyton.  If I don't go downstairs after nursing her, then I don't see Zoey until the next day within that same 2.5-3 hour period.  In order to soak up as much time as I can with her, I try to put bath and put her down for the night so that Brian can have some sort of a break. 

My frustration is that Zoey is very clingy to her Daddy and loves to throw tantrums when I am around.  I can't help but to think that Brian must assume that I'm just giving in.  The truth is I would normally just let her cry it out, but then Brian would wonder why Zoey's so loud.  I'm sure it's just a phase...God help me!


Baby Stats

By Chew · March 30, 2009 · 0 Comments ·

Just wanted to record some of the lates stats with the girls.

 Peyton is now 15.5 lbs and 25 inches.  She is in the 40th percentile in weight and 50th percentile for height.  She's dropped a little bit, but being that she's 6 mos, she's due to taper off about now.  We have started her on rice cereal and it seems to be going well according to Brian.  She's not as good of an eater as Zoey was at this age, but who knows what'll happen in the next few months. Pey is also talking (cooing, squealing, babbling) a lot.  She's probably just trying to get a word in edgewise since Zoey is talking ALL DAY LONG!  Peyton still has that lingering cough and there's nothing we can do.  We just have to let the virus go away on its own.  Peyton's Dr said she does sound like she's getting better, so that was a relief to hear!

Speaking of Zoey, she is too much!  She talks all the time.  It's been so much fun listening to her form sentences.  I usually call home during my break at work, and Zoey and I can have a full blown phone conversation!  Zoey is always singing and dancing and although I wanted to wait until she was 3 to start her in some lessons, I may have to start her sooner than I thought.

Here are some of her recent stats:

favorite food:     pasta, berries, broccoli

favorite shows:   imagination movers, icarly, jack's music show

favorite saying:  "oopsies"  "I see you" or "I dropped it"

favorite book:  Good Night San Francisco

likes: hugging her sister, talking on the phone, going for walks at the mall, going to the playground because she can go down the slide all by herself! singing, dancing, and talking, let's not forget talking,

dislikes:  sharing her food with Mommy and Daddy, being woken up

This is Zoey (middle) and her two buddies.  I guess bad habits start early! 

Notice the window display says "First Look" Awnh! How perfect is that?


Zoey loves her little sister and Peyton is always fascinated

by what Zoey is saying or doing. 

I'm glad someone is!  haha



Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child

By Chew · March 30, 2009 · 0 Comments ·

  Ever since I've been back at work, I've noticed that Zoey is extremely needy when I get home.  She's also at the peak of her terrible twos so that doesn't help either.  I get sad that the 2 hours that I have time with her are mostly spent trying to calm her down from her tantrums.  Brian and I have both spanked her hands or given her time outs, but I myself can honestly say that I don't do it as often as I should.  Tonight as I was getting Zoey dressed for bed, she was kicking and screaming and resisting me.  I warned her several times, and finally I spanked her hand...hard.  I knew it was hard because my hand hurt.  Part of me felt awful for causing her pain, but at the same time I know it's in her best interest.  I told her why her behavior was unacceptable, and if she wasn't going to listen to me then she would have to listen to the pain on her hand.  She eventually calmed down, and we talked.  I ensured her that I love her very much, and if I didn't care about her I wouldn't discipline her.  Amidst her mixed up babble, I knew that she understood me somehow, someway.  Perhaps her tantrums lately are her way of expressing that she misses me.  Not to flatter myself but that's what a lot of my mommy friends say.  Who knows?  Bottom line, I pray that Zoey will truly understand why we discipline her...because we love her.

Zoey's First Time Out


Pose for the Camera now Click Click!

By Chew · March 24, 2009 · 0 Comments ·

My friend has recently started his own photography business.  He did some casual shots of the girls that I would love to share.  He has a gift for capturing the light in the girls' eyes.  Feel free to check out his website www.emaginationphoto.com



Do you mind keeping your snots to yourself?

By Chew · March 19, 2009 · 0 Comments ·

When I was pregnant, I never imagined that I would be one of those neurotic moms.  I try to be even-keeled about everything realizing that every parent is different and has their different methods.  However, I do draw the line when it comes to bringing sick kids around other kids.  In other words, I draw the line when you invite us over and your snotty crusty kid is breathing all over my daughter.  Now I completely understand that we as parents can't put our babies in plastic bubbles, but we can try to avoid play dates if the child is sick.  At least warn the parent if your child has a runny nose or something.  You would think it was common sense right?...wrong.

I scheduled a playdate with a friend for the Monday prior to me starting work.  Brian was able to come and we packed the girls and headed out.  Once we got to the house, we settled in and gave everyone our hellos. While I was tending to Pey, Brian cautiously asked our friends if their son was sick because he CLEARLY was snotty and crusty.  Their reply, "oh he's always like that".  We couldn't help but to raise an eyebrow especially since he was all over the place coughing and breathing in close quarters.

Wednesday rolls around and we notice that Zoey's nose is running.  Due to the SF weather, we figured it was only that because she wasn't demonstrating any other cold symptoms otherwise.  Later that night we heard her coughing...Thursday her coughing became worse.  It wasn't a dry cough and it bothered her to the point where she would call for us after we put her down for the night.

Brian had already planned for us to go on a mini vacation to Monterey that weekend.  We figured, she's sick but at least she'll be with us and it won't be so bad.  Well after our first day at the aquarium, guess who else gets sick?  Yes, our little Pey started to cough.  Picture this, a beautiful room in a hotel right on Cannery Row.  The bed is king-sized with soft down pillows and a fluffy down comforter.  I can't say I got to enjoy that lovely bed because we had been up all night taking care of coughing sick kids.  Now of course, it was an amazing trip.  I can only imagine just how much more fun it would have been if the girls had been well.  So we head back home and now I am not feeling good.  Great, I start work in 2 days.

So a few weeks later, and the girls are still coughing.  Zoey seems to be a bit better whereas Peyton is still coughing.  Her coughing spells become so bad that she vomits.  We finally buckled down and took her to the Dr and she told us that the girls have Bronchiolitis.  Basically, it's a really bad cold for Zoey and a REALLY bad cold for Peyton.  Unfortunately there is nothing we can do because it is a virus so antibiotics won't do.

Brian happened to bump into our friends (alleged snotty crusty kid's parents) and they casually mention to Brian how they're starting to get sick.  In my head I was hoping Brian would retort "oh I thought he (snotty crusty) was always like that".  I get so upset every time I think about the situation.  Peyton's coughing is so bad that it seems to have negated all the sleep training that we have done.  The lack of sleep couldn't have come at a worse time being that I started work.  This whole experience has made me even more conscious about bringing my kids to play dates.  If my daughters have so much as a runny nose, I will call the parents just to be sure if it's okay.  Is it too much to ask that you keep your snotty crusty kids away from others?