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It's been a busy week and I've been meaning to write about a few things but time just flew by.  The terrible flu bug has also hit our family, mostly Ahgoo and myself.  But I think I got the worst of it, high fever and headaches.  Funny thing is, a week ago Buzz and I both got the flu shot and Ahgoo had her flu shot about three weeks ago.  There doesn't seem to be much correlation to  getting the flu and having the flu shot.  For now, I'll just summarize a few things that are blog-worthy.

-So sad for the loss of Huell Howser.  I used to watch California's Gold and loved his enthusiasm for the simple things in life.
-After Mr. BAW came home from a weekend trip, Buzz told him, "Dada, you're my best friend!"
-Ahgoo tried her very first watermelon.  She enjoyed it but is still having problems grinding the fruit completely.  We'll try and egg yolk next. :-)
-Remember in the previous post I talked about how great the kids are sleeping in the same room?  That does not hold true for nap time!  We have to separate them for naps because they will spend the entire time playing with each other.  I still use a baby monitor and I could see Ahgoo standing in her crib (she has learned to pull herself up) and the two of them just scream and laugh with each other.  I must admit, as frustrating as it may be that they were not napping, it was very cute to see the two of them playing with each other. 
 

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Posted January 22, 2013



 
Since my In-Laws visited a few weeks ago, we had to move Ahgoo into Buzz's room.  We were very apprehensive about the two sharing a room because Ahgoo was still not sleeping through the night at that point.  We were actually in the process of weaning her from nursing after 7pm by having Mr. BAW go to comfort her instead of me if she wakes up in the middle of the night, usually twice a night at 10:30pm and at 3pm.  So we were worried that she would wake Buzz up.  We were also worried about the logistics of how to put them to bed.  Do we put them to bed at the same time?  Do we let Ahgoo stay up longer so she'll sleep longer in the morning?  Who wakes up first in the morning?  Will they both get terrible sleep?  I scoured the web for answers and by most accounts, people say that their toddlers do very well and are not bothered by the baby's cries.  I also asked our pediatrician and he indicated that most toddlers can adapt very well and if they do wake up when the baby cries that they would fall back asleep pretty quickly.  Before we moved Ahgoo into his room, we told Buzz that he was going to be sharing his room with his little sister.  He was actually very happy and kept asking us, "[Ahgoo] will be in my room?  [Ahgoo] will be sleeping in my room!"  I think he had started to get scared of monsters and "the big bad wolf" so the thought of having his sister sharing his room was a comfortable thought.  After three weeks, things have never been better!  
 
The first few night were a little rough.  In the beginning we would put Buzz to bed first because he likes to have a story read to him.  Then I would nurse Ahgoo and put her into her crib after the story was over.  I would not leave the room until Ahgoo fell asleep, which is usually within two minutes because she is usually exhasted by 7:30pm.  The first night was hard because Ahgoo woke up at 10:30pm and screamed.  That woke Buzz up and he was crying too because he got scared and didn't know what was happening.  So we had to comfort both kids back to sleep!  Plus, Mr. BAW and I didn't have a good game plan.  When Ahgoo cried, we didn't quite know what to do and how long we would let her cry before going in and who would go in, etc.  We were all a mess the first few nights.  Then Mr. BAW and I sat down and made a plan of attack.  We were going to let Ahgoo cry it out for about 30 minutes before he would go in to comfort her, give her a pacifier.  We also had told Buzz during the day that it was OK if Ahgoo cries at night, that she just wanted Mommy.  We kept reminding him that it was OK for him to keep sleeping.  It worked, because the following nights, Buzz woke up but he just stayed in bed and eventually fell back asleep on his own, through her crying.  Meanwhile, Ahgoo was learning that Mommy was NOT going to nurse her and that all that energy spent crying was only going to get her a pacifier from Daddy.  So each night, she cried less and less before going back to sleep on her own.  After about three nights she completely abandoned the 10:30pm wakings.  Then we started to work on the 3am wakings in the same manner.  After about a week, she abandoned those as well!  Buzz has also gotten so used to her crying that he doesn't even stir any more!  After that, I started to work on being able to put her to bed while she's awake and walk out of the room.  I do this by giving her a kiss and telling her "good night!" every evening right before I leave the room.  She protested at first but after three nights, she only let out a half-hearted wimper before falling asleep. 
 
So now, we are able to put both kids to bed at the same time, **BLISS**.  Ahgoo usually wakes up at around 5-5:30am but she just lets out a wimper that the baby monitor picks up and that is enough to wake me.  I just go and bring her into our room to nurse her and she stays with us until my alarm goes off.  Buzz doesn't wake up until we're ready to go get him ready for school.  We're so happy that the kids are doing well sharing a room.  I think they are bonding very well and each day, as Ahgoo grows, they are becoming even more interactive with each other.  Last weekend, while we were driving somewhere, Buzz and Ahgoo were having a blast "talking" to each other in the back seat.  Ahgoo would say, "Ah!" (of course that's all she can say for now) and Buzz would respond, "Aahh!!" and the two would laugh and laugh.  Buzz enjoys entertaining someone who laughs at anything he says!  Mr. BAW and I just looked at each other in the front seat and smile because we no longer have to entertain Buzz constantly by reading to him, singing to him, or answering his 50 million questions. **BLISS!** :-)        
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Posted January 16, 2013


While my parents baby-sat, we enjoyed a glamorous evening out with the stars!  Mr. BAW's company hosted a party in Hollywood and we got to hang out with some big names.  
 








Though we enjoyed a night out without the kids, I found that the stars were a little stiff.  Oh, by the way, the venue of the party was Madame Tussauds' Wax Museum. ;-)
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Posted January 14, 2013


Back in September, we were taking Toby for a stroll through a Palos Verdes neighborhood to get to my favorite coffee shop.  We walked by a house with two little girls, about 6-8 years old, playing in their front yard with their dog, a red Golden Retriever.  The dog came up to Toby and sniffed him, the girls called after him, "Rocket!"  When I heard his name my heart skipped a beat.  I asked the girls how old was Rocket and they told us that he's 8 years old.  I knew at that point that this was Toby's son.  Back in 2004 at 2 years old, Toby became a father of 7.  One of his sons was adopted by a couple that used to live in my old neighborhood in Redondo Beach.  They named the puppy Rocket.  Two things stuck with me, the name Rocket and the fact that Rocket's personality was exactly like Toby.  Rocket was a scaredy cat trapped in a big dog's body.  So when we encountered an 8 year old  Golden Retriever named Rocket I knew it was my granddog!  Mr. BAW was more skeptical about the whole thing.  Since the parents of the little girls weren't out we left without verifying if this Rocket is indeed Toby's son.  

Fast forward a few months to December, we took another walk to the coffee shop with Toby.  As we walked past Rocket's house, I was determined to go and knock on their door.  Turns out the man of the house happened to be outside and I immediately asked him if he has a dog.  He was suspecious at first but when I described to him where I thought his dog came from he confirmed that I was right, Toby is Rocket's father!!  So a mini reunion ensued!  Toby and Rocket immediately sniffed each other and it was apparent that the two had the exact same personality.  Rocket is just a redder Toby!  If scientists need solid proof that personality can be genetically passed on, this is it!  It was the sweetest thing to see, father and son sharing a kiss!  I think I was the most excited to be reunited with Rocket, my granddog.  Hopefully, we'll be able to see Rocket on a regular basis.  He's such a sweet dog, just like his father!
 





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Posted January 5, 2013


Happy New Year!  Hope everyone had a wonderful celebration to ring in 2013.  For us, the end of the year is always a busy time since we're either out of town visiting my In Laws or they are visisting us.  We also have a couple of family birthdays in December.  One of which is Buzz!  He turned three at the end of December!!  My little boy is growing up so fast, and is blossoming into a regular prankster!  He loves to pretend play and loves to joke around.  According to Grandma, his Grandpa was the same way when he was a little boy.  

We celebrated Buzz's third birthday with a party that was originally going to be at our local park but had to be moved to our house due to rain.  This is our second attempted at holding the party at the park and having to move due to bad weather.  One day I will learn that Buzz's birthday is in the middle of winter and I should just give up trying to hold a party at the park.  The other bummer of having a late December birthday is that most of his school friends are out of town during his birthday.  So his best friend and girlfriend were not able to attend this year's birthday party.  But the show must go on, we had a wonderful time dispite the rain.  As you can tell for the pictures below, it was a Cars theme party.  I made the Mater gift bags, the Luigi spare tires snacks (chocolate cheerios,) and Lightning Mcqueen juice boxes.  We also hired a magican/comedian/ballonist as entertainment.  I think we all had a wonderful time, especially Buzz.  

The next day, we took Buzz and the grandparents to Griffith Park for a train ride.  I was not expecting anything else besides a good old fashion train ride for the familiy.  However, after the train, Mr. BAW decided to let Buzz try out a slow pony ride for one year olds.  He LOVED it.  After that, Mr. BAW decided that Buzz was ready for the big kids pony ride!!  I was nervous to say the least!  But boy he LOVED it!  He rode around the tracks like a pro!  I was both a proud Mommy and a slightly sad Mommy.  I couldn't believe how mature he looked on that horse!  It was like he was growing up right before my eyes.  He was riding away on that horse and there was nothing I could do about it.  But seeing that huge smile on Buzz's face made it all good.  Then after the ride was all over he treated us with a good old fashion tantrum and I was happy to have my little three year old back.  :-)  
 








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