23 July 2014

Aila is ONE!!!

Woooooow! One year has flown by already! This time last year I was pushing her out into this world in the back seat of a car! She was a wee thing back then. She has definitely grown since then!

We had a nice Sunday and had cake and opened presents just before we left. We also skyped with family so they could get in on the celebrations. Aila got an Anpanman t-shirt, picked by Reia, a tv remote bilingual toy because she is always taking our tv remote and doing all sorts with the buttons. Hopefully this keeps her occupied! And she also got a cute wooden growth chart with places to stick photos and stuff. I have been looking out for one since Reia was small but could never find them until I saw this one! It's for one child, but we'll share. Aila also got a cute dress from Oma and she wore that to church. We all wore matching colours to suit her dress.

She got a couple presents from some members too! A puzzle and some toys. So thoughtful! Only 6 more months before she goes to nursery. I wonder if she'll get used to it as quickly as Reia did.

We had a Disaster Relief meeting with ward families that live close to us. The purpose was to learn about what to do in first few minutes of an earthquake. From what I can remember, cover your head in the first couple minutes, open the door so that your escape route isn't compromised, contact your group saying where you are and then turn off your phone to preserve battery life. We also all shared our story of what we were doing during the time of the Big Earthquake in 2011. 

Then we all ate taco rice together. Finally, the cake was brought out and everyone huddled around to take pictures! Now, just a word about the cake... This was the first cake I've ever made for one of my daughters birthdays so I was a bit nervous. I spent hours racking my brain and combing through the internet trying to come up with some ideas. I was originally going to make a banana cake with cream cheese frosting, but thought it might be too sweet for my Japanese friends. Finally I found an easy looking strawberry mousse cake that looked cool and didn't seem so hard. I went to shop to buy all the ingredients and oh my goodness, $5 for a small chip of strawberries? And I needed 4?? Uh... No thank you! I had to change my cake yet again. I remember seeing a picture if a mango mousse cake and opted for that instead. So glad I did! I ended up combining parts from 3 different recipes to make this cake. It wasn't hard at all, but took a lot of time because I was so meticulous about measurements etc. It also needed to set in the fridge for a while. But I was sooo happy with the result! Never used gelatin powder before but now I'm more confident! This cake nice and light and looks so awesome. I added a layer of mango through the cake for extra flare. I'm definitely adding this to my recipe book. 

We sung Aila Happy Birthday and Reia helped blow out the candle. It was a nice little evening with not too much stress. 

This month Aila has learnt a number of new things:

She has gotten better with food and eats more now. Still plays around with it first. Still spits it out just to touch it. Winners have been peeled mini tomatoes, mashed potato, and broccoli florets. I have a feeling she is allergic to dairy and she had a reaction to peanut butter, so add nuts to the list.

She is getting better at standing by herself now!

No real words yet. She mostly mimics sounds she hears. She does love to have "conversations" though. She will make a noise to get my attention, like an "ee" or "uh" and we will go back and forth saying that word lol. That is how we communicate! Our first lot of conversations lol.

She laughs the most when Reia jumps and runs around the room. It get's her so excited!

I have finally figured out that she has sensitive skin. She has always scratched her skin when. She was hot or tired, but now she is constantly itching an itchiness her chest that won't seem to go away. She cries at night because she is too hot so now she is in loose or cotton clothing and wears socks on her hands so she doesn't damage her skin!

She took a step!!! On July 6th! She stood up by herself and I saw her just in time to see her take her first step. I don't know if she was trying to catch her balance or if it was a real attempt to walk, but she took a step regardless hahaha. On the same day, she also found the dummy, took off the cap and started sucking on it and seemed to like it! So weird because I have been trying to get her to take it for ages and she only shows interest once she is nearly one. If she continues to like it, it might make weaning easier.

She can walk if I hold her hands to keep her balance. She knows how to put one foot in front of the other but hasn't figured out how to keep her balance completely yet.

She naps twice a day. Once in the afternoon and again around 5ish which makes it hard to put her to bed because she is so awake! She will sometimes wake up from a nap, crawl out from her room to the living room, find me, crawl over to me, and will fall asleep right next to me.

I like it when she says kola kola kola kola. It's so cute! I think she is trying to say "tickle" maybe. She likes it when I mimic her. She has also just started say Dah! after I say Inai Inai. She loves it when I get to that part!

She will squeal when anticipating being tickled! Her best tickle spot is in that sensitive part under your arms and in the soft spots under the collar bone. 

She will only fall asleep if I'm in the bedroom with her. I will try to leave once her eyes have been closed for a while, but as soon as I get up, she opens her eyes and cries lol 

Aila walked for the first time one the 16/7! She was cruising around a corner then just let go and took a few steps on her own! I tried recording attempts after that but it wasn't happening.

She can climb onto the coffee table without any stools or chairs! Aaaaah I really need to keep an eye on her. She doesn't listen or learn when I say no. A sign of things to come maybe?

We'll see :)

One year down and many more to come!

Love you baby girl <3

10 July 2014

Jun's 30th Birthday!

My hubby turned 30 yesterday!! Wooow, time is really flying by fast now. I can't believe we are at that stage, in the next decade of our lives (me almost)! He had to work which was stink but before we sent him off, we had a light breakfast and opened presents.

I knew that he probably wouldn't want to eat anything heavy so we kept it light and had fruit kebabs with a sweet cream cheese dip. We had his birthday cake out for candles sake, but ate mini muffins instead and kept the cake for dessert that night. 

I bought his present ( brand new razor!) 2 weeks before which took a load off looking for something. Reia got him some chocolates and Aila gave him a kiss lol All day, actually all week, I had been wracking my brain and was trying to think what I should cook for dinner and for the life of me I just couldn't get it together! I have also in the past done things that I think were cool, like balloons hanging from the ceiling etc. just to make it look festive. For some reason, when I have done these things, I have felt that Jun doesn't appreciate the gesture as much as I want him too lol. I mean, he says Oooh and stuff, but I don't know, I guess I am just not sure what he actually thinks. So this year I was kind of lost as to what to do. I decided to make roast beef which was a first for me. I tried to make it fancy but things weren't coming together which was frustrating! The beef, mashed potatoes, and gravy were very nice but the pumpkin and carrots turned out dry. I tried to keep it low key because I didn't know if going all out with decorations would be worth it all. I should have done it anyway. 

We ate dinner then busted out the strawberry cake and hokey pokey ice cream! The main event of course. We scoffed that down and then went out on the deck to light sparklers. And I didn't know that the cinders on the sparklers over here fall off and they blackened and melted small spots into the flooring of our deck!! Argh!! I noticed after 3 sparklers that they were burning holes into the floor but second guessed myself and we finished the rest of the pack. I was hoping I would be able to brush off the cinders but nope! Small black holes all over the deck! Waaaaaaah! It reminds me of when I was young and threw a whole bunch of pop-on-contact firework bombs onto the wall of our house which left brown marks lol. Pup was not happy! After that we got ready for bed and that was pretty much our day! Nothing too fancy. Can't do too much when all you have is 7-7:30am and after 8pm! But that is the life of working Japanese men!

Next year I will make it better for him for sure. I realized a couple days after his birthday was over, and after talking to my Mum about it, that I shouldn't try to celebrate how he is used to celebrating, I should just celebrate how I know how. Jun doesn't know how to celebrate himself so I should just make a fuss about him and make him feel special, even if he doesn't give the type of reaction I expect lol. That way we all feel good. Next time!!