Zoe Eunbit Month 6 to 9 Album – Part I: Moving and Eating

Somehow, Zoe has gotten to be almost 10 months (what? how?) Here are some of her happenings during her 6th, 7th and 8th month of life so that in the future we can look back and remember when she was at this cute, cuddly little roly-poly stage. This is just part I because I haven’t finished part II yet…but figured I should post SOMETHING before she turns one! 🙂

Kinetics

It’s truly amazing how different kids are, even within one family. When Karis was 6 to 9 months she was all over the place – she literally was never still. Crawling everywhere and taking on new adventures … such as daddy’s booty. This video always cracks me up. Karis vs. Daddy’s booty.

At 8 months we set up a playpen fence to help contain her and keep her safe.

And by 9 months, she was able to climb up flights of stairs

We had to lower the crib mattress height several levels down because she was pulling herself up and standing.

But with Zoe, we’ve had to do none of that. Her crib is still at the highest newborn height!! (at 9 months!) Why? Because here’s what Zoe does.

Crawl? Nah.

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Roll over? Nah.

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She’s such a chill baby!

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The yoon fam trying to get zoe to roll.

Rather than flipping onto her tummy to see what was going on, Zoe tended to arch on back and look at the world upside down.

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Here’s Jasmine trying bribe her to crawl.

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Didn’t work.

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She would roll over very occasionally, and I finally caught it on video at 6.5 months!

But it was hard to capture this, which tells you how infrequent it was at this age.

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Anyway, some of the benefits of having a chillax baby is that we can stick her on the table at our first time at Anaheim packing district and not worry about her falling.

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And being more chill, she’s been able to hang on her own. For example, here’s a video I captured of her being entertained by this string on a pillow.

She was occupied for a long time. Niiiice for mommy and daddy.

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Finger Foodie

Let me bust out some ole SAT analogies (I think…).  Kairs:crawling :: Zoe:self-feeding.  What Karis was to crawling at this age, Zoe is to self-feeding.

At first, we did the purees, just like Karis. Zoe took to rice cereal pretty well, but when we first tried some veggies, Zoe was not thrilled. Here’s her first green bean experience.

Things got better though. Eating with HK Emo.

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But whenever she was done/full or didn’t like a particular food, she would blow out sharply. Leaving splattered pureed food to be cleaned up. Yay.

Given that my clothes were at risk in the splatter zone, it is good having a 3 year old who can help feed. 🙂

Pretty soon after that, Zoe showed signs of wanting to be self-sufficient during meal times. Here was Jasmine’s note where Zoe was demanding the spoon at 7 months.

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And watch her practice chewing with her new 2 front bottom teeth and ADORABLE CHEEKS THAT I CAN’T STOP KISSING.

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And very quickly, she showed off her dexterity and fine motor skills in being able to pick up small pieces of food to eat. (Karis cameo at end showing the epitome of convo with a 3 year old)

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She loved when I gave her an apple slice to gnaw on. Although I had to stop when I realized she could actually bite off larger chunks.

This is again a whole different experience. Karis had no teeth until way after her 1st birthday and never sat still long enough to want to self feed. She often had to be distracted to eat her pureed food, and she ate pureed food for a really long time. I bought multiple ice cube trays to mass produce and freeze pureed foods.

But with Zoe, I think we are pretty much done with purees. She totally digs feeding herself and she has adapted very quickly to figuring out how to eat thicker chunkier foods (she keeps her fingers in our mouth to help mash food against her gums).

Her favs are bananas…avocados are close second. She will eat things like sweet potatoes, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, pears, avocados, puffs, steamed apples, squash…

Here’s a video of her early days self feeding finger foods.

With Karis, things were so CLEAN because we ended up just spoon feeding her purees for a long time. We didn’t even really need a bib with her. With Zoe – the food is just everywhere – bib, face, clothes ground… and every so often we shout – OOOOO! SNNAAAP. when she rubs her eyes and hair with hands that are covered in mushy food.

Zoe…participating in Movember.

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But while it’s definitely messier, it’s a lot less hands on, which has been awesome because we can all actually eat together.

Love me my Zoe!

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Karis and Preschool and Reading at 3!

Karis has been a little ball of learning since she was very little. She’s been continuing that sponge-like absorption of new information since she’s started going to preschool part-time when I ended maternity leave.

Here she was on my first day back to work, and subsequently, her first day of preschool!

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Sporting some fashionable backpack wear.

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Nice little welcome.

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Pic with her teacher!

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Stalker mom picture after dropping her off.

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We were relieved that when we picked her up, she was happily playing and even hugged a new friend goodbye.

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Getting her daily notes.

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Her own cubby.

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Here’s a video of Day 1’s drop off and pick up.

Since then, she’s continued to have a lot of fun at preschool. She’s always in a bubbly, happy mood when I pick her up (except for 2 times, when I came pretty late close to the 6:30pm mark… she was not happy during those times!).

We go to her room to pick up her daily status report, and she likes to pretend to be the teacher and read to me.

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Here’s a video of her showing me around her room and then reading to me. (She seemed to pick up the story pretty fast!).  Also shows off her counting… in Spanish…Korean….english…then hamming it up at end.

The other kids when we pick her up seem so sweet…

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Here’s a video of her showing off all her friends. I was impressed she knew who most of them were by name.

And she seems to enjoy all the puzzles and crafts she gets to do there.

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Note – that’s her carseat on the ground. Sam and I used to have the lug our one car seat back and forth from car to preschool and preschool to car (when sam does drop off, and I do pick ups)… until we got one from Rhutu! Game changer having 2 carseats. Haha. Thanks, Rhutu!!

Practicing her letters. (she still thinks this is fun)

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I’m glad we found this preschool so CLOSE to our house (down the street). The teachers and students seem great, and now Karis comes home with little crafts like this father’s day gift.

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I think she’s learning a lot there, evident in her role playing as “teacher” here.

Even outside of preschool, she enjoys learning.

Discovery science museum and playing with electrical circuits.

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Color coordination.

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Awesome toy cashier (she calls it cashimer) from hanna emo teaching her “math” and her coins.

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Learning a little golf with dad.

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Most recently, Sam and I were super surprised to find out that Karis can read!! Well, sight words anyway (is that what they call it – when they memorize the words?) She has this puzzle set matching words to pictures.

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She plays with it every once in awhile and I’ve always noticed her matching things, which I just assumed she was matching the colors.

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Apparently she was also memorizing the words! Sam and I discovered this recently to our great surprise. Here’s the video of the discovery.

We were really surprised, because we had never pushed her to “learn” or anything like that… just encouraged her to play and have fun.  We know “real” school will come with all its crazy homework and pressures, so for now we are enjoying this no-pressure fun type of learning.

I am thankful and proud of my little Karis-bear who’s growing up too fast. But also Sam too. He’s been a very positive influence on Karis, particularly her emotional health even as a kid. Sam always tries to affirm the effort, vs. identifying herself in the successes (i.e. praising the learning and the effort, vs. saying she is so smart and successful). And you can see it in the video! mid-way Sam encourages her effort, and towards the end, Karis proudly talks about how she “tried and tried.”

High five for learning!

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#KarisandZoe #Sisterlylove #Sistersrock

So recently saw this hilarious and touching video on youtube of the reaction of kids when they find out that they are going to have a younger sibling. Pretty awesome.

Also what is awesome is the sisterly love I see between Karis and Zoe. Here are some pics and vids below (from back in April on).

First, a couple of videos. Here’s a little video compilation of sisterly love.

Karis also gets a kick out of making Zoe laugh. Here’s a video of an excited “make zoe laugh” session.

Now some pics!

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You can find Karis wedging herself next to Zoe.

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And when we’re out…

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…Karis comes by to check up on her little sis.

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Bumming around the house together

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Or glammed up outside.

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Karis wanted to take pics with Zoe, saying “we’re twins!”

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For awhile, Karis always liked touching and cradling Zoe’s head.

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When Karis got her toddler back last May, the first thing she wanted was to have Zoe come and check out her bed.

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Zoe’s tummy time, always turns into double tummy time when Karis is around.

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“This is how you do it, Zoe!”

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Wearing hoodies together

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Reading together

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So sweet seeing them together.

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And even sweeter when they decide to nap at the same time together.

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“You can’t sit up yet?”

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“No prob. I’ll come to you!”

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Matching shirts from Jas Emo

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And some things Karis said that Jasmine transcribed.

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Sisterly love!

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Dad cameo

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Love my two little girls.

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My Little Performer – subscribing to channel, attitude face, accents and more

Piggybacking on the post of Karis’ singing feats, here’s another one showcasing the little actress/performer in her.

Karis was a flower girl for the first time – it was a super stressful experience for me. Haha. She was not yet at the “can be bribed” stage where it was unclear if she really understood things we were telling her. What if she didn’t walk? What if she decided to panic and cling to me in that moment she is supposed to go down the aisle? The bride had even bought her a pretty white dress and headband. Should I stand in the back with her? Or would that risk her wanting to stick by my side? The anticipation!

Fortunately, she was fine because daddy was up in front and she just locked eyes with him and …basically galloped to him. So much for delicately tossing petals on the runner. Haha.

Now, however, she’s a flower girl pro. She totally understands what’s happening and what her role is, and quite enjoys it!

Here she was at Drew and Marissa’s wedding.

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Afterwards, she was so hungry and content stuffing her face with some pirate’s booty.

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I think the major part of what she likes about being a flower girl is being able to wear a pretty, fluffy dress. Didn’t realize the extent of her enjoyment of dress up until we hung out at Joy and Jacoby’s house one evening where there was a stash of dress up clothes and “heels” and “make up.”

We had left the girls alone to themselves and found them like this! Oh my o my.

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And at one point, Karis was sitting alone…apparently putting on some pretend make up. Again. Oh my o my.

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Anyway, even when she is not a flower girl or dolling herself up at a friend’s house, at home, she has become quite the performer. Here are some videos from back in May (Is it almost Sept already? just a tad behind in blogging ^^) where she first started telling us to subscribe to her youtube channel!

Yes, we post videos of her on youtube (easy way to share with grandparents in Chicago and Canada). No, she does not have her own youtube channel. 🙂 But some of the things she watches on youtube encourages viewers to subscribe to their channel, and so I guess she picked that up!

Here she is showing off her dot markers – definitely performing for the camera and then telling us to subscribe again at the again.

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I think her brain moves faster than her mouth and the capacity of her vocabulary, though, because she ends up saying a whole bunch of fake words. Haha. It’s like she wants to say so much more but just doesn’t have the words yet. Can you make sense of what she’s saying at the end?

She’s become a bit of an actress. Exploring the art of different facial expressions.

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Here’s a video of her portraying different emotions. And of course…don’t forget to subscribe.

One day I even found her making a MAJOR stink face…but she was totally just messing with me! When I questioned her about her face, she just busted up laughing. Wut. Here I tried to make her recreate it for video. 🙂

And as a bonus, she is even exploring different accents. Here’s what I think is her being gru from the minions.

My bebe is growing up so fast…

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Love my little performer!

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Karis – My Personal Juke Box (Rounds, Duets, and Getting Breathless)

While summertime hit sunny California, for a long while it was still Frozen in the Yoon household. But before getting into that, since this post is going to be made up of just videos, here’s a recent pic of Karis. I sent this pic to my family over kakao talk and uncle ray cracked up a lot over it. Can anyone see why?

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Karis is a little mini jukebox. She picks up on songs so fast. I took this video of Karis signing the Fruit of the Spirit song because I was so surprised that she was able to do so. I had only sung it a few times for her over a couple different car rides. In case you can’t tell, the lyrics during the fast part of the song is this, “For the fruit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”

The other fun singing development from the past several months is her ability to sing rounds. We tried experimenting around April and at first Sam and I would have to sing our parts so quietly or else it would it throw Karis off. But since May she has been a pro. Sure she changes key randomly, but it makes car rides quite fun. Here’s our row – row – row your boat singing rounds debut.

So back to Frozen… for awhile, it was hot, then faded, and then resurged again. During the resurgence, she would sing this song every day… each time the more and more the song progressed – the higher pitched and more out of breath it would become. Seriously, I am breathless by the end of watching this, and have to remind myself to take a deep breath. 😉

The other fun development is role playing and duets in songs. Karis gravitated towards playing the part of Elsa even when she would only have one line (“Go away Anna” in Do you want to build a snowman”).

Anyway, it was a fun discovery to learn that she could hold her own in the songs where there is more back and forth interaction. Here’s a video of Karis as Elsa and me as Ana in the reprise of For the First Time in Forever. So fun!

And let’s end with a little jingle that is constantly stuck in my head when I am at work. I did not know this song at all until Karis sang it a lot around the house and taught me the lyrics.

Love my little jukebox!

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Zoe Eunbit Month 4 to 6 Album

Pictures and some videos from Zoe’s life Month 4 to 6.

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Zoe’s 4 month appointment, May 15, 2015.

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20% height (23 and quarter inches), 60% weight (14.10lbs), 50-60% for head (40.5).

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Taking her oral vaccination. The nurse always does a great job of getting Zoe to take it bit by bit – ever so carefully because if she spits it up, there’s no second try.

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During this time of 4 to 6 months, Zoe’s hair went from troll doll to normal. 🙂

Troll doll

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Medium

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And now long and heavy enough to lay flat.

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A little bit before month 5, I went back to work! I had only built up a little stash but so far with pumping at work, I’ve been able to maintain this stash as backup.

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Getting ready for 1st day of work with all my luggage (pump, pumping gear, lunch, snacks for coworkers). Left while Zoe and Karis was still asleep.

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I remember the first day going back to work with Karis, I cried on the way to work because it was sad dropping off my little baby at daycare. But we are so fortunately this time to have our awesome nanny Jasmine.

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Total peace of mind and I think a healthier environment for Zoe. Karis got sick the first weekend after going to daycare… Zoe is 6.5 months now and so far has never once yet been sick! She’s too busy having fun and doing things like reading to get sick.

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And although it was a bit tricky the first couple times, Zoe took to having the bottle during the day pretty well.

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So lucky to have Jas!

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Zoe is a total kangaroo baby.

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Unlike Karis who was always squirming around and active and not still even in arms, Zoe is a cuddly little cuddle-bug. She loves being held and is very cosy in the ergo, happy to be lugged around, while she chills and observes her surroundings.

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She is not in a rush to do stuff – like roll onto her tummy and back, or try to crawl, like Karis was starting so early on. For awhile she was always trying to do some sit ups,

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but for the most part she’s content just to chill – as long as she’s fed and held!

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“I can grab my toes now!”

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“Toes are so tasty now that I can reach them”

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Daddy makes me feel on top of the world.

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First time eating at almost month 6. Testing out the rice cereal.

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She was really into it, lunging for the spoon, and so happy.

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Here’s a vid:

Take II with Jami-Emo. This girl was so happy to eat! And of course, Jami is a pro.

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Speaking of pro, one time Jami came over to hang, she made this makeshift ….seat(?) for Zoe using the boppy and some folded blankets we had on the couch.

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Zoe LOVED it and so comfy and happy to chill there.

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I tried recreating it but totally failed. It needs Jami’s magic touch apparently.

A week later, I gave her some pureed greenbeans while we were hanging out at Mimi’s house. And…she tasted some and then…totally started bawling. I guess she was not a fan. But since then, she took it better when I mixed in the puree with a little rice cereal and breastmilk. And also seems to like zucchini better too.

Second child realities: with Karis I was constantly putting her in cute outfits and taking pictures. With zoe, I’ll still take a lot of pics, but have hardly played around with cute outfits or even taken advantage of her awesome hair. So one day, I tried to take a bunch of pics, playing around with her hair.

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6 month doctor’s appointment – posing while waiting for doc

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40% for weight, 35% for height. thank you God for healthy baby…

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Zoe loved her friends and visitors during this time.

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Ah, the life of a 4-6 month old.

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Let’s end with some giggles!

Toddler Bed and Indoor/Outdoor Toddler Fun

Toddler Bed

Karis is finally in a toddler bed! Well…. She has been since May but just getting around to doing this blog post. So much to catch up on (have a backlog of pics and vids, haha), which I will hopefully do in bits and pieces whenever I can find a spare minute or two. Now that I am back at work….. and currently cosleeping with Zoe…. personal downtime is a rare sighting.

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Anyway, back to the toddler bed. 🙂 We kept Karis in the crib for as long as we could, partly because she didn’t climb out even though she could and partly because we didn’t know where we would put the crib for Zoe to use.

So by the time we made the transition, Karis was super ready.

Sam doing some cleaning after the crib moving out the crib. Basically Sam did everything. Haha. Go dad.

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Opening the box

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Assembling. This was the hardest part because the wooden poles kept falling out of their slots.

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And … tada! A new bed!

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The first thing Karis wanted to do was have Zoe come lay in her new bed with her. She really is such a SWEET big sis.

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I think I will do a post just on the 2 of them and their sisterly love…. Sometime. Haha.

The first night, karis did great. She actually stayed in bed in the morning (until her special alarm clock turned green) even though she could get out and called for us with her typical “I’m awake song.”

I’m not sure when it started but for awhile now, when she woke she would sing this little jingle, “Mommmy, where aaare you, I don’t seeeee you, what are you doooooing, wherever you are….” She’ll sing this about twice, and then it goes up a notch in pitch. She’ll keep singing the jingle over and over, getting higher and higher up the scale, until we come. 🙂

Here’s a video of her doing the little jingle for me.

After the first night though, there were a few nights where Karis had these strange night wakings. Like one night, Sam had her monitor and he heard her sit up and say, “Mommy I’m hungry.” Then suddenly, she grabbed her stuffed animals and got out of bed and out of sight from the monitor. So sam went into the room and when he did, he found her in the closet. So he took her back to bed and she just knocked back out.

And another time, she started crying a little and this time I went into her room, and when I went in calling for her, she was walking towards me from the closet. So I wasn’t sure if she had gone in there and then came out when I opened the door. But similar thing with Sam – I held her and tried talking to her to see if everything was okay, but she was totally chill and just knocked back out.

So not sure if she was fully awake or some sort of sleepwalking/waking? Sam suspected it might be because she was too hot because each time this happened she was sweating a lot – so we’d change her into a clean shirt and turn up the air conditioning. I was worried about her walking in her sleep because the stairwell is right outside her door but she hasn’t done it since those early days.

And now after a couple months – she doesn’t stay in her bed either after she wakes up if we don’t come right away. Haha. But yeah – for the most part, Karis’ sleeping ever since she was about 1.5 has been really fantastic. Hoping to get Zoe there too even though it’s been such a different experience with Zoe so far in terms of how we’re handling sleep. We’ll see I guess 🙂

Toddler Indoor Fun

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Now that Karis is such a big girl, she can do big girl crafts at home.

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Leading the way for some handprint flowers during Mother’s Day to send to her grandmas and great grandma!

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Loving water color painting to make rainbows

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Or to splatter!

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Dot markers are so fun.

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Playing with different color designs.

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She likes designs and structure and patterns. For awhile, she liked to arrange all her markers into different large shapes on the carpet. Here she ran out of markers so used different scraps of paper to finish one end.

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Playing with Uncle Simon’s turtle!

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Toddler Outdoor Fun

Crafts are fun, but Karis still loves running around outside.

Or pretending to be a mermaid on this rock.

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She enjoys riding her bike.

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Posing next to Zoe.

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And shooting some hoops! Sam was so proud.

Hope she maintains her flexibility! It’ll come in handy if she likes sports in the future.

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Most recently, she’s discovered a love for swimming!

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We haven’t yet enrolled her in any classes so she still gets a little anxious when there is too much splashing and commotion, but the first time we had gone swimming in awhile at Hannah and mark’s place….she was just living the dream.

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It really made me smile to see her pure excitement – she would be by herself paddling around and straight up giggling … by herself!

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Here’s a vid.

Afterwards she was so hungry. Wanted to eat anything and everything.

By the way… these floaties…. Genius. They work so amazingly and really gives the little kids more independence in the pool.

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Haha.

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Since May, her childlike elation and wonder has tempered a bit but she still loves the water.

Toddler language fun

A little while back, Jasmine took Karis to the library to check out books for the first time. And since then, she’s really started getting into books.

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We had planned a day out to the Long Beach Aquarium, so before that excursion, Jasmine and Karis got a bunch of fish/ocean related books. Karis’ favorite out of that batch of books was “I’m the Biggest Fish in the Ocean.” I’d find her reading this book on her own and making the sound effects that Jasmine would make when reading the book together.

Anyway, very happy that she’s enjoying books.

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Her language is just booming. I wish she knew some Korean but she’s totally an English Speaker.

And she has shown a lot of interest in spelling.

And writing!

She’s just growing up so fast. I know one day she will be totally linguistically proficient – and I will miss these days when she says things wrong…cuz it is so adorable. Then I’ll have to watch this video and remember her cuteness!

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