Nursery x2

Sometimes, a picture says it all. Eric put together baby boy's crib today and the photo above  is a panoramic sweep of the kids rooms. If that overwhelms you, don't even get me started on the "community changing table" we have out in the hallway.

Sometimes, when I get a quiet moment, I get extremely nervous about the reality that we will be raising two very young children. But as nervous as I get, I am even more excited about welcoming another little miracle into this family. I look at our Riley, all the joy she's brought into our lives, and the thought of that feeling multiplying sends me over the moon. Can't wait to meet our little guy!


Walk This Way

... a just gimme a kisssss! (Sorry, I had to).

We've had a hunch that Riley was ready to walk for a while now. She's become a pro at pulling up on furniture, and she cruises at record speeds. When she's not paying attention, she stands for long periods of time. The major problem is that she's scared to fall. This lack of confidence really made her reluctant to take more than one or two steps. But we've been working on it, and her progress is really starting to show. She is taking quite a few steps now, and I have a feeling that she is going to start comfortably walking very soon.

Here is a video of her taking a couple of steps. Yes, I bribed my child with television. Please don't judge me!


Big Sister Riley

Riley is ready to welcome her baby brother with open arms! Here she is doing the sign for "baby"!


My Famous Baby

This post is dedicated to my very first baby-- my beagle, Indy. Last week, I took this silly photo of her and posted it on Facebook:
It is unbelievable the amount of attention this photo is getting. A friend of mine posted it on reddit.com, and someone must've combed it out from there and posted it on Dog Lover's Facebook profile page, and as of this very minute, Indy has 383,230 likes, 26,904 shares, and 10,595 comments. This number continues to grow, and I love that my best fur friend is getting this sort of attention.

I do, however, wish that all these strangers could know our story-- Indy and me. How special she is, having been my companion while Eric was in Iraq, almost losing her to a horrendous seizure, living with epilepsy, and now making my daughter laugh and smile on a daily basis. I truly, with all my heart, believe that Indy was Heaven sent to us, and I am so thankful for all her and all she's given us.


Kisses from Riley

This will be a short post with three quick (but cute) clips of Riley. She's starting to pick up on showing us affection. My child is not at all cuddly, but for the past few days she's turned up the charm quite a bit. She must suspect the 2nd child.

It all started with her kissing her favorite person in the house-- herself:

Then, lucky for me, she moved on to her mom. I think she hasn't kissed Eric yet because he has slightly more facial hair than I do. I apologize in advanced for the closeup of my face:

And now, a kiss for all of you!

She is getting to be at a very fun age, starting to really copy what we do and mimic what we say. I can't say it enough, its amazing how fast they grow up!


Baby Talk

Just a quick little post of little milestones we're hitting with Riley and a few short video clips to show her off. She's starting to get brave and taking 1-2 steps now. She is still very cautious and would rather sit down than fall. Gotta love my careful girl.

She's picked up saying "mama", "dada", "Indy", "juice", "cheese" and my current favorite "bear":

She does call other animals (besides Indy) "bear" at the moment, but hey, I'll take it!

Here she is signing "all done" after snack time:

It's a BOY!

I had my 20 week anatomy scan this past Tuesday, and I'm very happy to announce that the baby is doing very well and is very healthy. I'm also so pleased to share that this time around, we are expecting a sweet baby boy:
Hope to never see my son's private parts online ever again.
The sonographer was great, taking time to measure all organs that needed to be measured, and towards the end of the appointment she asked if we wanted to know what we were having. I was fully expecting to have another girl (don't ask me why, just a feeling I guess) and she said "you're having a little baby boy" and I looked over and Eric and we both did a silly yelp of excitement. I wish the whole world could have seen Eric's face, he was just beaming, it was very sweet. We are very excited and eager to meet our little guy.

Our not-so-big girl is completely clueless as to what's going on, but I am excited for her to be a big sister.
After several takes, and shortly before she bit and punctured the balloon
I find myself daydreaming about what baby #2 will look like, the same way we wondered when we found out Riley was a girl. Either way, I imagine my complete family of four and my heart simply swells with joy and happiness.


California Dreamin'

I don't have the words to describe what I feel when I think about this past week spent in California. Every time we visit, the trips get better and better and I miss my family more and more and this was no exception. I literally thank God everyday for my awesome family. They all took time off of work to spend time with us and made our visit so fun and memorable. I'm so happy that Riley got to spend such quality time with our family.

We got in late Wednesday night, and Riley was a champ on the airplane. On Thursday, Chi Hai, Brooke and Aidan came over to Ba Ma's house (where we stayed the entire week) first thing in the morning. Mom couldn't stand it at work so she took a half day and we all went to the OC fair. We got our fix of fair foods, a heavy dosage of giant sausages and of course the sweet sweet scent of farm animals:

That night, Di Ut and Dave with the kiddos came over for dinner, and it ended up being an impromptu party at Mom and Dad's. The next day Mom and Bao took the day off of work and we went to the pool at the Lam residence. Aidan did a phenomenal job during swim class. Its amazing to see how quickly these kids grow up. That evening, Chi Hai grilled up some burgers and hot dogs and Anh Hai Mike came home. We also got a surprise visit from Khoackie + Lily. So glad I got a chance to snuggle my new niece:

Saturday afternoon was spent at the Bay by Newport Beach for local.com's company picnic. It was such a great set up! There were food and activities galore. I think this was Riley's favorite day in California.

Later that evening, we washed up and headed down to San Marcos so that Riley could meet her Ba Co (great grandmother) and Ba Muoi and may di and duong there. Its always a good time when we visit them, and I am beyond happy that Riley got to meet my Ba Noi.

Sunday we went to an Angels game in the afternoon, followed by a spontaneous cookout at the Lam's again. These are my favorite times-- when we sit around, eat good food, and make corny jokes and laugh at them like they are the funniest thing in the world. Riley got to spend more time with all her cousins again:

And that brings us to Monday, or final day in California. It somehow became a last minute party in the evening, and several family members as well as good friends stopped by. Only my mother has the ability to throw a party together at the very last minute without breaking a sweat, while still pampering her grandchildren (and children). It was so nice to see everyone, I wish we had more time to visit with everyone.

And here I am, happy to be home sweet home but definitely with a strong case of post-vacation blues. I can't stress enough how much I love my family and how much I cherish the time we get to spend with them. There really are no words, it truly is something you just have to experience, and I am so eager for the chance to do it again. Love you, family, very much!