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April 2010

Trying to catch up…

April 27, 2010   

Yikes! It’s been two months since I last really blogged anything substantial. I feel like the days are flying by. I’m back at work now, and the baby is in daycare.

In February, we found that the baby LOVES bathing in the bathtub. We had tried bathing him in this infant tub a couple of times, but he never really took to it. The tub is another story. Bathtime his favorite time of the day. He gets excited even being in the bathroom. There have been times that we’d take him out of the bathroom, triggering cries which we had initially attributed to the sudden chill or water-logged ears, but had soon found out would be mitigated if we walked toward the bathroom with him. If we passed it, he’d cry again! What a silly bean! 😀 At first, there used to be times when he’d cry frantically upon first being in the water, but after the first several times, he really took to it. Either Seppo or I go in with him, holding him carefully in our arms while the other person cleans him. Seppo is confident enough to take him in on his own, but I always feel too nervous to take him in by myself.

Here is him sporting his bath duck towel, a present from our friends J/R/A! 😀
Bath Duck Jin

It was really stressful to find daycare. We interviewed a bunch of nannies and visited several daycares, and went with our friends S&H’s daycare for their son T. We liked some of the people we met and disliked some others, but at the end of the day, we wanted to feel confident in our choice. The only way to really feel confident was to hear from friends that we trust that they were happy with the daycare situation for their dear son and intended to stay with them, and that they felt good about recommending it to others like us.

The first few weeks were difficult emotionally because he was not eating from the bottle as much as he should. The first few days when we were transitioning, he only ate between 2-4 ounces during 3-7 hour stretches. The caretakers told us that many babies his size might eat around 12 to 16 ounces in a 7-9 hour day. We experimented with different bottle types and finally found one that he started to eat roughly 6 ounces out of by the middle of the second week. Now, he’s up to 12-14 ounces per 8 hour day. Whew! I was really freaked out because he doesn’t have a double chin anymore and had stalled at just under 16 lbs for about 4 or 5 weeks, whereas he had been gaining weight at a good clip for a while. His ribs also seemed to jut out so much compared to other babies – babies shouldn’t have jutting ribs, period! I would love for him to fatten him up a bit more, but the doctor didn’t seem concerned, so I try not to be as well.

At the last doctor visit, he was up to 95th percentile for height and dropped to 50th percentile for weight. His head is also at 50th percentile. When he was born, he was at 90th percentile for weight! Anyway, as I said, I’m trying to worry less.

At the end of February, the baby finally started to show an interest in Mobi! That was pretty novel, as the baby and the dog had mutually ignored each other for months.

Baby finally shows an interest in Mobi

Nowadays, the baby will giggle for long bouts — Seppo reported a 20-minute stretch! — just watching Mobi be Mobi. As the baby is becoming more mobile and more grabby (I’ve lost so much hair to his little fists!), I am both excited and wary of the coming interactions. It’s clear that constant vigilance will be necessary to ensure a healthy, safe relationship between the two. If we are successful in teaching them to coexist, we hope we’ll be creating happy memories for everyone.

March was full of firsts. The baby has gotten proficient at lifting his torso up while on his stomach. Or, as I like to call it, doing the Sphinx.


We took the baby to the local bird sanctuary by Lake Merritt for the first time.

By the Lake Merritt Aviary

I don’t know where we were headed when we took the next picture. Maybe we were just going for a walk, or even just hanging out at the house. Either way, I think the two guys look adorable.


In March, our friends L&A did the greatest thing anyone could do for us: they came over at something crazy like 6am and took care of the baby while we slept in. They also dressed the baby like a society matron gone wrong.


Oh no! There is more but the baby is crying. Away I go! I will post more updates and pictures later.

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-04-25

April 25, 2010   
  • I checked in at Victoria Gastro Pub (8201 Snowden River Pkwy) on #Yelp #
  • Victoria Gastro Pub had delicious duck fat-fried poutin. Yum! #
  • Baby is asleep in sling. We've boarded. Optimism abounds. #
  • Tragic. RT @Ealasaid: Stories like this are why I support gay marriage: Pass it on. #
  • LOL! RT @markb: Wait, wait. wait. The guy who lost the iPhone HD was SETH ROGEN!?!?!? #
  • The one "high schooler" on Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution is totally 35 years old. #
  • Only 10 minutes into the new Madonna episode of #Glee and I could not love it more. Squealing incessantly! Tee her. #
  • I never thought I'd say this but that was a pretty hilarious tampon/pad commercial. #
  • LOL! @S_SylvesterGLEE's reason for picking on Will Schuester's hair is comedy gold! #
  • Fine, #Glee, I bought your app. And it's awesome… Except recording my singing means I can relive the horror over and over again. #
  • @NBB1 No, I meant "tee hee" but iPhone autocorrected. It's worth watching for the amazing Vogue video alone though. in reply to NBB1 #
  • @NBB1 Inspired by. Jane Lynch as Madonna was something to behold. in reply to NBB1 #
  • @AngryChad I think @helava might use Geico for the scooter. Will have to get him to switch. in reply to AngryChad #
  • @StephDecker I can send you my extra one from the old iPhone that got stolen. 🙂 in reply to StephDecker #
  • @JustPete74 Me too. in reply to JustPete74 #
  • @AngryChad Same here. I check it occasionally to see where old coworkers are but that's it. in reply to AngryChad #
  • @MJ :O Congratulations!!! in reply to MJ #
  • Reggie Watts, Conan's opening act was like a one man Flight of the Conchords + beatboxing/looping machine. Like! #
  • I checked in at Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium (1111 California St) on #Yelp #
  • @abecedary Good luck! in reply to abecedary #
  • @mwilh I used to always do 4, but I'm currently doing tabs because that's what our group agreed on a couple of weeks ago. in reply to mwilh #
  • @mwilh I don't know if vi has it, but vim definitely lets you use set up tabstops. Something like :set ts=4. And for the record, 2 is evil! in reply to mwilh #
  • Feeling like pho, ramen, or chow fun tonight for dinner. Mmmmmm noodles! #
  • @SwanL It is a boat made of delicious, carb dreams. in reply to SwanL #
  • I checked in at Noodle Theory (6099 Claremont Ave) on #Yelp #
  • @bcaudill Is your Words with Friends username the same as this one? If so, I will invite. in reply to bcaudill #
  • @alforque 3?! I've never heard of that. My brain has exploded. in reply to alforque #
  • @SwanL I think fox streams the latest episode online! Heck, it might be worth iTunes-ing as a whole. Loved Sue Sylvester! in reply to SwanL #
  • I can't believe Survivor managed to surprise me, in its 20th season. Bold, shocking, brilliant gameplay contrasting against sheer idiocy. #
  • @MJ Were stuck om bridge traffic but we are 5min away! See you soon! in reply to MJ #
  • @hja We bought a used rear-facing stroller so we can look at him and talk to him while walking. It switches to front-facing too. in reply to hja #

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-04-18

April 18, 2010   
  • @mworch Have you been using the Android plugin for Eclipse? There is a visual layout editor. I prefer manually laying out though. 🙂 in reply to mworch #
  • I have a weird shake in my right thumb. It's freaky. #
  • I made mushy rice; they took away my Asian card. I made dduk/mochi; they considered giving it back. It was lumpy; I've been banned. #
  • Tonight, Sir Babyington of Babyshire will try his first taste of sweet potato. Meanwhile, I've roasted some for @helava and me as well. Yum! #
  • @alforque Edibles are good. We planted trees through Arbor Society – $10 per 10 trees. Honestly, no one will remember even if it's awesome. in reply to alforque #
  • @alforque We planted $110, one tree per person. #
  • I can't wait to watch Glee!!!! #
  • Baby's asleep, husband's exercising, Glee's on tv, and I'm writing some code while finishing up the artichoke from dinner from our yard. ^_^ #
  • Jane Lynch recreates Vogue as Madonna. Greatest thing ever. RT @S_SylvesterGLEE: Vogue – #
  • It's after midnight, the baby is wide awake and babbling, and I've got the munchies. LOL. #
  • LOL! RT @amanofallmen: When arguing with a stupid person, just make sure he isn't doing the same thing. #
  • Taxes = filed. #
  • Hotel & car rental booked for friend's wedding. Booked the hotel where the reception is taking place to make things easier. Can't wait! 😀 #
  • @veraciousjess That's what happened to our first two strawberries last year. Sadly, we only ever had three. in reply to veraciousjess #
  • @MJ No, it's awesome! in reply to MJ #
  • @mworch Eclipse->Preferences->Java->Code Style->Formatter, click New button, add name, click ok, then click Edit button, click Braces. in reply to mworch #
  • Amazing dancing by JabbaWockeeZ, Super Cr3w, and Quest Crew for charity: #
  • Amazing dancing by JabbaWockeeZ (Super Cr3w and Quest Crew linked on page) for charity: #
  • @SwanL If I ever go to Vegas, I'm definitely going to go see them. I can't believe how good they are. I wish I had seen the first season. in reply to SwanL #
  • @eisfore How long are you there? We get in tonight, leaving Monday morning. Staying at hotel where reception is. in reply to eisfore #
  • I checked us in for our flight the first minute I could yesterday. Seats had been selected for over a week. Today we don't have seats. Why?! #
  • Seats straightened out. Baby asleep in sling. I'm going to be optimistic. 😀 #
  • Just saw my friend get married! :'D Beautiful, happy bride! So happy for the two of them. #
  • @abecedary Glad you found a place to stay. Hope you aren't trapped for too long. in reply to abecedary #
  • Uh oh. Baby sneezed. I fear he's picked up a cold from the plane or the wedding. Nooooooooooo! #

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-04-11

April 11, 2010   

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-04-04

April 4, 2010   
  • In contrast to the students in Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, how 4yr old Parisians eat: #
  • I checked in at City Pub (2620 Broadway Street) on #Yelp #
  • Finally about to head to bed after a long evening of working. #
  • @mwilh @NBB1 Me too! in reply to mwilh #
  • @SwanL I commend your bravery! in reply to SwanL #
  • Forgot doc appt which was yesterday. Also just got disapproval from cleaning service bc I had to reschedule due to last min work shuffle. #
  • @algore Happy birthday! #
  • Got to fly from coast to coast with 6 month old baby. Best to go direct or layover? #
  • @NBB1 Now I want a music player app for the iPad that looks like a record player. You can spin and scratch. in reply to NBB1 #
  • 4square for coders RT @luciuskwok: Location-aware source code repo checkins? Badges? (@ GitHub w/ @dens) #
  • Our local elementary school live-tweets PTA meetings. It's kind of awesome. #
  • OMG, third night in a row that baby has fallen asleep in bed without being rocked, being fed, or crying. Wakes up often, but it's progress! #
  • Just wrapped up a 5hr evening marathon of work. Now looking forward to taking the baby to the aquarium tomorrow! 🙂 #
  • Just booked first flight with baby. Me = terrified. But excited to attend my friend's wedding! 😀 #
  • For @hja: RT @citymama: Go see How To Train Your Dragon. SO GOOD!! #
  • @AngryChad Happy birthday!!! in reply to AngryChad #
  • Gave baby some smooshy rice in milk today. It was his first solid food! I think he ate about 10 grains total. 🙂 #
  • Almost done with taxes. Will need to figure out 2009 donations and car registration fees tomorrow, then I'll be ready to file. #
  • Next year, I swear I'm going to pay a tax professional. Also, having a kid did not reduce our taxes one bit, defeating our SOLE PURPOSE. j/k #
  • @SwanL LOL. Only about 5. Today was just a test run so we didn't try to push a lot of food at once. 🙂 in reply to SwanL #
  • @MJ I'd like to see a tiny little fat baby gut on him soon! in reply to MJ #

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