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Happy Halloween!  We are super lucky to have beautiful weather for Trick or Treating, we hope the kids back East will have a chance to celebrate Halloween in some way, no matter how small.  This year the pirates theme have invaded our house as well, they are very popular!  Buzz wanted to be Jake so Ahgoo will be Izzy.  I was happy with the pirates theme because the costumes are super easy to make!  I simply made a black vest out of felt for Buzz.  A few other accessories like a red bandana and brown socks completes the look.  It's comfortable for a toddler to wear longer than two minutes!  As for Ahgoo, a pink shirt and pink bandana with pig tails will work as Izzy.  :-)  Oh, Mr. BAW and I will be Captain Hook and Peter Pan!
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Posted October 31, 2012


Before I had kids, I aways thought that I would be a Tiger Mom and my kids will eat everything we give them.  Well I couldn't be more wrong!  My 2.5 year-old is a terrible eater.  He hates all meat but loves sweets.  Lately, I've even had to resort to, much to my inner Tiger Mom's dismay, making food art!  Due to the lack of time and talent, I've only gone as far as using a cookie cutter to cut out sandwich shapes.  But this Pinterest site has insanely talented people making food art.  My eyes about popped out of my head looking at what people have done!!  I also saw this turkey dinner cupcakes on the web.  This would make Buzz eat "turkey!" 

Thanksgiving dinner, more like dessert!
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Posted October 21, 2012






This exchange is of course made up by me.  But I suspect that as the years progress, something similar will likely happen.  I am the youngest in my family, and so is Mr. BAW.  We both grew up with an older brother and have often times been the target of "bridge-selling" schemes by our perspective older sibling.

My brother's "bridge scheme" was this:
Growing up, instead of having birthday parties, my parents would take us to Toys R Us on our birthdays and let us pick out a toy.  During my younger years, I recall my brother "instructing" me to ask my parents to get lego sets on my birthdays.  I remember really wanting some kind of doll but for some reason I always end up with lego sets.  Part of the problem was that he always had the remote control to the TV so whenever a doll commercial came on TV, he'd switch the channel to a GI Joe or superhero cartoon.  So I would never know what the fun girl toys were! 

Mr. BAW remembers his brother somehow convincing him to always take a smaller sip of any drinks they had to share.  Haha, we were so gullible!  So that's just part of growing up being the youngest!  Over time, you learn how to spot scams!  The oldest sibling will always try to come up with schemes, maybe that's why more oldest siblings become politicians!  I really think that our birth order really plays a role in shaping who we are.  I can't wait to see how our kids' personalities will develop due to their perspective birth orders! 
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Posted October 20, 2012


The heat wave made one last punch this week and has finally left, hopefully for good!  We're finally getting some cooler weather just in time for Halloween!  Last time it was this hot, we went down to Los Rios and dined at The Ramos House Cafe.  I love the place for it's charm; plus, it's right next to a train station so Buzz got a real kick out of watching the train arrivals. The Ramos House Cafe only has outdoor seating so we will certainly go back there to dine when the weather is more pleasant.  

I love the rustic table settings.

An adorable little corner for a more intimate dining experience.

Watching a train going by.

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Posted October 19, 2012


October started out like a lion.  The month-long heat wave spilled over from September into the first week of October.  We live not even a mile from the ocean and so we do not have air conditioning at our house.  Normally, this is fine since there is only a few days out of a year that we wish we have A/C.  But this year, it's been over a month now of terrible heat!  Then one day, a Thursday no less (worst traffic day of the week in LA) BAM, the rain hits and the temperature drops by 20 degrees.  Toby is scared to death of lightning and rain so he's running around the house following anyone around.  Buzz screams for Toby to leave him alone and there's chaos in the house.  I've also had to chop off a huge amount of fur off of Toby because he's been chewing on his butt due to the fear of being at home alone in the rain. 

As for me, I'm a wreck.  I've been surviving on about 3 hours of sleep a night.  Ahgoo has gotten into the habit of waking up at least two times a night, sometimes three.  So, for the past few nights I've been toying with sleep training.  I feel guilty about starting her on sleep training because I didn't do it with Buzz until he was one year old, Ahgoo is only 6 months old.  But she seems less needy than Buzz was at 6 months.  So what's the difference between actual sleep training and "toying with sleep training?"  Instead of letting her cry it out in her own room, I actually go into her room and nurse her.  After I know that she's full and happy, I put her back into her crib.  If she cries, which she always does, I would just pat her back and comfort here with words rather than picking her up and rocking her back to sleep.  After two nights of this, she's already starting to learn how to put herself back to sleep.  Being in the room with her helps me because then I know she's safe and it lets her know that I have not abandoned her.  I'm too much of a wimp to let her cry it out by herself.  This way, she's just crying out of anger because I won't pick her up but she's not crying out of fear of abandonment. I'll stick to this routine for a few weeks and see where it takes us.  Eventually, she should be able to sleep for at least 6-8 hours straight.  By her first birthday, she should be able to sleep for 11-12 hours straight, just like her big brother! 

Before I sign off, I'd like to share one tip to all mothers, particularly the working mothers.  Keep a set of spare clothes in your office (or in your car if you don't work!!)  Ahgoo spit up on me (I'm talking more like throwing up) on the walk into daycare.  She had already did it once that morning at the house so I was able to change my clothes then.  Thankfully, I had changed into a twin set for work and was able to take the shell off and button up my cardigan to wear as a shirt.  Even if you don't work, stay-at-home moms are always driving around and running errands, keep a set of clothes in the car for youself! 

Burning the midnight oil!. 

Ahgoo doing some "sleep training."
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Posted October 13, 2012


























































































































































































































































































































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