20 August 2013

Aila's 1st Month

Our second precious angel is now a month old :) She was such a tiny wee thing when she came out and has definitely put on the beef since then! Her face has filled out and bit and her features are much more prominent. When she came out she was all swollen and her left eye was all weepy, but all that has gone now. 

It has been so nice being home because of all the help that I get with the kids. Of course we miss Daddy every day, but in all seriousness, he works all day and doesn't get to come back home until about 8:30 at night and if I had stayed in Japan, I think I would be in a very different state O_O

The usual routine for Aila Dawn is wake up for the day around 9am which is when Reia wakes up anyway and which is also when I am ready to get out of bed after the interrupted sleep the night before. I will feed her and then give her to Mum, the lifesaver who will take over for a while while I organize Reia. And then we will exchange her back and forth until about dinner time. Pup gets home around then and she goes with him while I organize Reia for dinner and bed. Everyone has their own techniques with her that works for them.  Pup likes to swaddle her and pats her bum to calm her down. Mum likes to cradle her on her tummy which she seems to enjoy. I like her up on my shoulder and will shhh in her ear to calm her down. And that is pretty much it! We like to play pass the parcel with her which gives the grandparents ample bonding time, and me a lot of help and some rest! It is awesome :) Ericca helps heaps with Reia and takes her when I am catering to Aila and Stef helps out here and there too. I love our little team <3

At Aila's last weigh in, she was 4410 grams. 
She tracks things with her eyes.
She smiles, giggles, and coo's.
She wakes about 2 times a night and I get in about 6 hours of sleep.
She has a natural mini mohawk :)
She has already too big for the newborn size nappies and up one size.
When she is really tired, her eyes with roll back and her eyelids will flutter which is pretty crack up to watch.
Her eyebrows are starting to darken now, adding more to her little features.
She has cute little pointy ears compared to Reia's round ears, and a cute little chin! 
She doesn't have any Mongolian blue spots, unlike Reia.

She is developing wonderfully and I can't wait to see what she will look like in a couple years!

02 August 2013

Reia Turns 2

I can't believe another year has flow by again and our little baby is now a toddler! Two years old! She's not a baby anymore!

Just a little on her development, she is stringing words together i.e. I did it, I found it, this way, that way, I'm sad. She definitely knows all the words she needs to relay what she wants. she has a few names for me. Mummy, mum, and my favourite, Dan. She has started to get a little clingy now that she has a younger sister and sees that her time with me has been split in two. Her favourite food would have to be ice cream. She currently likes Anpanman, The Wiggles, and everything on the Disney channel and Nick Jr and can sing every opening theme song on cue. 

Her birthday was on a Friday this year and mostly everyone had work and so we did the Huysmans tradition and had cake and breakfast and opened up prezzies. Jun was in Osaka with the rest of his family for his sisters wedding, so he couldn't be there, but that was okay. 

We ended up having a little pink party for her with pink balloons, fairy bread, ice cream cake, raspberry jelly, apples, strawberry milk, and smarties. Not the healthiest breakfast, but hey, it is only once a year and it makes for good photos :P

I woke her up, got her dressed into something pink and took her upstairs. She was still half asleep and didn't know what was going on. Couldn't get a smile out of her until after all the festivities lol. We sang happy birthday, blew out the candles, and the whole time all she wanted to do was goose guard the smarties and eat them all by herself. 

Then it was present time! She wasn't quite sure what she was supposed to do when it came to the unwrapping but caught on at the end. I had been saving up little presents to give to her since we were back in Japan. There was this little deer toy in the baby store that she would ALWAYS run to and play with that I stashed away to bring to NZ with us. You push buttons and it says phrases in Japanese. It is actually quite annoying lol. She also got a play dough set, tea cup set, bubble wands (which she LOVES and always wants to play with), a kinder surprise (for some reason she likes to watch kinder surprise review videos on youtube lol) and she knew exactly what to do when she saw it, a few soft toys, clothes, and a little tricycle. She is still a bit short for it and can't quite push the pedals yet but likes to be pushed around on it.

Pup, Ric, and Stef had work so it was just her, Aila, Mum, and I for the day. We were going to take her to Lollipops Playland, but he weather was bad and she was having the time of her life with all her new toys anyway, so we just stayed home. 

The next day, however, we all jumped in the car and went to Western Springs to let her run around for a bit. We were armed with the bubbles which was not only a hit with Reia, but with all the other kids that were in the park. We had a few that chased after them yelling "Pop!" I remember thinking that it is nice for Reia to be learning English words at home like pop and then hearing them in the real world, because that doesn't happen in Japan. We looked at all the ducks and geese and then headed over to the playground. She had a great time running around with Opa and Aunty Ric on the playground :) Afterwards, we just stopped at McDonald's and had a feed and she had her first ever happy meal. 

Everyone was tired after that and so we came back home and had a nap. She had a very good day, and even though we missed her Daddy very much, she was just happy to be with family :)