Wednesday, March 26, 2008


Isabella had been asleep for nearly two hours tonight, when Troy and I were talking in our room. Troy sneezed several times really loudly. Isabella could hear the sneezes from her room. Don't know whether she was fully awake or half asleep when she did this, but we could hear her loudly and clearly in the baby monitor saying, "a choo," at least four to five times. Too cute!

I finally got the memo on why she's had problems napping in the last couple of days

Today and yesterday, Isabella didn't sleep very long for her one nap. Perhaps twenty to thirty minutes. I have read that when converting a toddler from two naps a day to one nap a day, a good time for a nap is after lunch. For the most part that has worked for Isabella. Until recently. . .

Finally dawned on me why. She usually does number 2 in her diaper not too long after breakfast and not too long after lunch. Yesterday and this afternoon, after she was in the crib for about an hour (she wasn't crying mind you, but I didn't want to leave Isabella in her crib if she wasn't going to sleep), I checked her diaper. Both times, her diaper had stool in it. The activity and the failure to sleep was first due to her getting rid of stuff and second due to not wanting to sleep with a dirty diaper.

This afternoon, after I changed her diaper, she wanted me to rock her. I rocked her briefly. Then I told her I wanted to rest for just a little bit. Put her in the crib. She was asleep within fifteen to twenty minutes. Perhaps less. She slept for over two hours!

In the future, I will try to put her down after lunch, after she's gone to the bathroom.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Baby shower for Changley baby #2

Four friends from church - Diana, Katia, Christine, and Marilyn - threw me a baby shower yesterday (Sat., March 22), at Diana's home. Having a shower for a second baby, not even two years after our first one, was not something I expected at all. I felt very honored and touched that they desired and took the effort to organize such a enjoyable gathering.

Can't remember exactly how many people came, but I had a lot of fun. The food was delicious. The games, hey, I had fun. The company, of course, I enjoyed thoroughly.

Diana, me, Katia

Diana, me, Elisa

Marilyn & me

me, Christine

my belly and my loot

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Isabella turned 18 months old yesterday, and she LOVES noodles

Yup, our little munchkin turned 18 months yesterday. She's 1 and a half years old!

I probably should have tried this sooner, but I finally let Isabella have at some plain cooked spaghetti. Was a bit hesitant at first to dig her little fingers into the pile. Wasn't long until she was having the time of her life. Spent around at least thirty minutes playing and eating the stuff.




Today, she learned the Chinese word for "noodles," and she's been asking for them consistently. She's asking for them as I'm typing now, in fact.

Monday, March 17, 2008

She calls herself E-butt

I'm keeping this one short folks.

Isaboo, Isabooboo, Booboo, Booboobutt, BoobyButt . . . E-butt!

She's been saying E-butt since the middle of last week. Troy had to help me figure out what she was and is saying when she says E-butt. She's referring to herself. It's a lot easier to say than Isabella.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Yesterday, Isabella showed an interest in walking!

Yesterday, when we were visiting some friends at the hospital, Isabella showed interest in walking, with Troy hold both her hands, like in the picture below. She understands "walk" in Chinese and she'll say she wants more (walking), too!

Didn't get any shots of her walking with Troy yesterday, as I didn't have a camera on me, and the camera on my phone takes very poor pictures. But here she is, walking! Took these pictures today.

While being held, why not stand?

Now that she's got language well in hand, whether it is understanding or speaking, Isabella seems to be making all kinds of strides towards walking. She loves to stand on the belly when being held.


This afternoon, while I was speaking with a couple, who are our neighbors, Isabella decided she wanted to do what you see in this picture. Didn't feel that comfortable with her doing that, not just because I'm pregnant, but I wasn't convinced I could hold her all that safely. I have short arms and my grasp of her isn't that great at that position.


Standing again!

Friday, March 07, 2008

Where's the camera? Take my picture!

While fiddling with my cell phone, Isabella accessed the camera on it and took some pictures. I mentioned in Chinese, take pictures. Then she proceeded to look towards the folding table, where I had been keeping my camera. She kept saying, "take a picture," "take a picture." I told her I'd take some pictures. Fetch my camera, I did. Here's some precious cuteness.



Thursday, March 06, 2008

Booboo decided not to nap today

After lunch, I put her down for what I was hoping would be a nap. She had other ideas: standing, sitting, babbling, talking, playing. After more than an hour, perhaps an hour and a half, I gave up. She wasn't showing any signs of going to sleep. Oh well. We'll try again tomorrow. Maybe she'll go to sleep early tonight. Hahaha.

Allow no exceptions to the rule: always check the public restroom stall for toilet paper before going

Yesterday morning, I took Isabella to a park near church so she could swing. We stayed about half an hour. Then we went to Target and HEB. Was timing it so we could get her home in time for lunch. Towards the end of our time at the park, I needed to go to the bathroom. Frustrating! I went right before leaving home. By the time we got to Target, I REALLY had to go to the bathroom. Since I went to Target just the night before, I didn't have that much to get. So, I strapped Isabella into one of our strollers. Thinking ahead people, thinking ahead. Otherwise, I'd be stuck holding her while going to bathroom. Doing that while 7 months pregnant (well, nearly 7 months pregnant) is tough business. Anyways, I headed for the handicapped stall, since that could take both of us. Seat didn't look that clean, but I was desperate to go. Relief. As I was finishing, NO!, no toilet paper.

Mercifully, someone came in not long after I had finished. I waited for her to finish, flush the toilet, and wash her hands. "Is someone out there?" I asked her to pass me some toilet paper. WHEWWWWWW. What a relief. Didn't have to resort to desperate measure. Please don't ask me what those would have been.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Pregnancy update - I'm 30 weeks now

What's happening these days with this preggers person? Well, I'm 30 weeks now, in the third trimester.
  • I think my belly has grown A LOT in the last few weeks. I mean, baby has grown a lot lately. Seriously, I've graduated to watermelon size.
  • I believe acid reflux is here to stay, at least until the baby comes. Thanks to Manda introducing me to Smoothie flavored Tums, I don't mind taking them as much. Unfortunately, Tums only curbs the acid reflux but doesn't remove the discomfort altogether.
  • No more Charlie Horses to date. I'm careful to keep potassium intake and water intake high.
  • Third trimester weariness is slowly setting in.
  • As of two days ago, I've got red, bumpy rashes on my cheeks. I've also got a little bit on my upper back.
  • I've got sciatica. The pain started where the left leg and butt connect. Sometimes the pain is in my lower back. I'm going to see about the therapy the PA was offering!
I can't believe the baby's due in just over two months. TWO months? Where does the time go? I'm not ready for the baby to be here. However, I'm praying that the baby be a term baby that arrives before my due date.

"I see you!"

Isabella and I were in the kitchen earlier today, when she said "I see you" on multiple occasions. Took me a few times of her saying it for me to realize what she was uttering. Too cute! Must have learned it from "Peek a boo," "I see you!"

Various changes in Isabella's life

1. FOOD - we're phasing out baby food and using mostly table food. That means I have to cook food that she can eat. I'm determined not to be a restaurant, cooking the each individual's preferences. Plus, I don't have the energy or ability to cook like that. Sometimes I try to cook Troy's preferred meaty, comfort food dishes. Other times I cook Isabella-friendly dishes, like hearty soup that can be consumed with rice.

2. SLEEP - Booboo is sleeping one nap a day now, for a duration of roughly two hours. She sleeps overnight for approximately 10 or more hours.

3. DIAPERING - She wears size 4 diapers now. Converted to that about three weeks ago.

4. CAR SEAT - Before I left on the women's retreat to Florida, we turned her Britax Roundabout convertible car seat forward facing. We kept it rear-facing for so long, because it is safer rear-facing.

5. CRAWLING - She still prefers the army-crawl, since it gets her places much faster. But, she's doing the traditional crawl more frequently now. She's also doing a peculiar crawl, where the palms of her hands are on the floor and so are the bottoms of her feet. Caught some of this fun stuff on video. Will try to post the videos some time.

6. MAKE BELIEVE - Isabella likes to play make-believe from time to time, pretending to feed herself food out of a cup, using a spoon.

Got to stop for the time being and check to see what trouble Isabella's getting herself into.

One nap a day, it is

Isabella has been showing signs of not needing to take two naps a day anymore, such as taking an hour or more to fall asleep. Sunday, by default, Isabella took only one nap. After church, fed her lunch and put her down for a nap. She slept for just over two hours. Yay! Yesterday, I purposely provided her with the opportunity to take one nap. Literature recommends for one nap a day babies, to try after lunch. That I did. Fed her lunch around 12 noon. Put her down for a nap between 12:45 and 1 pm.

Went through the sleep routine: changed her diaper, read her a story, put on music, and put her in her bed. Was asleep in five to ten minutes without a scene and without fussing. Slept just over two hours. Hooray! What did I do? Clean a bathroom, lay down, took care of miscellaneous stuff.