Loving our little one, Charlotte <3

 

I’m not really a fan of referring to my daughter as a princess (I’m just weird I guess), but this potty was pretty cute… Don’t worry, it’s sitting nicely in our bathroom, not the living room lol
Oh yeah, she has crazy bedhead :D

I’m not really a fan of referring to my daughter as a princess (I’m just weird I guess), but this potty was pretty cute… Don’t worry, it’s sitting nicely in our bathroom, not the living room lol

Oh yeah, she has crazy bedhead :D

This weekend we got Charlotte a little potty from Target when I was there taking advantage of their Luvs and baby promo ($16 for the big boxes, and $20 off of $100 baby purchase). We needed a second convertible seat for our car/my parents’ car since they watch her during the day anyway.

Anyway, yesterday we took the potty out of the box because we wanted her to get comfortable with sitting on it before training her. I don’t think she’s ready yet and won’t push her, but she does know what “poopoo” is and that’s what the toilet was for. 

Before giving her her bath, I thought I’d just set her on there. She was such a trooper and cooperated more than I thought she would. She got up after a few minutes, I checked, and saw that she actual peed in the potty! I was pretty proud of her; so was she! I hope potty training won’t be hard when we really get into it though. Any tips?

A little late, but better than never :) Sorry, SUPER SUPER SUPER LONG and all over the place. Feel free to skip. I don&#8217;t know how to put in the link to read more, sorry.This past Sunday was my big golden 30th birthday. I really didn&#8217;t have anything planned until the very end. I knew I wanted a girls&#8217; thing, so I invited my closest girlfriends to go out for dim-sum on Saturday morning, followed by an afternoon of hanging out/lunching/doing a little activity in downtown Minneapolis and ending the day with a BBQ at my parents&#8217; house with the boys and kids. Yeah, that didn&#8217;t happen, lol.
I had my hair cut Friday morning, then spent the day shopping with my sister and sister-in-law for something cute to wear the next day. We went back to my mom&#8217;s house and was going to go get some food for the BBQ. My sister couldn&#8217;t make up her mind whether she was going to go with me instead, husband wanted to nap&#8230;I was getting annoyed, haha. Finally, Steve woke up and we were gonna go shop, then my indecisive sister decided she was gonna go with me and my sister-in-law decided to come with so Steve stayed behind. As soon as we got into the car, she got a text or call (can&#8217;t remember) that we need to go let our other sister-in-law in her house cause she locked herself out. I was like &#8220;Um okay, how do you lock yourself out? Aren&#8217;t their house keys on their keychain?&#8221; But I didn&#8217;t think much of it. We got to their house, Rasamee told us to go in and wait for them to be back. I asked her why don&#8217;t we just wait in the car, but they both got out and said for us to wait inside. Sure, why not. We went in, I went and sat down in the living room and they both disappeared. Then my sister shouted from the kitchen that they got a new microwave. I go &#8220;Oh, okay.&#8221; HAHA, sure, that&#8217;s exciting. Then my sister-in-law who owned the house popped up and said hi to me and I was thinking that I didn&#8217;t even hear the door open&#8230;then all of the girls jumped out of the kitchen (whoops, guess I was supposed to go check out the &#8216;new&#8217; microwave and get surprised there) and surprised me. They were all dressed up and had their make up done and beautiful. I was confused for a second, then they explained that we aren&#8217;t really going shopping (who&#8217;s gonna go get my food for the bbq then?! lol), and that they&#8217;re taking me out for the night. My sister had purchased a couple of outfits for me to pick from, brought shoes, accessories&#8230;and my talented cousin was going to do my make up and make sure I look semi-decent. We spent a little time getting ready, and went to have dinner at Seven, which is a steakhouse and sushi place. 
We had drinks, good food, danced a little bit on their dance floor and had a ton of fun. I&#8217;m so very lucky and blessed to have such an amazing group of friends! Oh, and they all dressed in black and I was the only one in a white gold sparkly dress :) Some people even come and congratulated me&#8230;then we realized they probably thought I was getting married, lol ;)
We were out til about midnight, then headed back to my sil&#8217;s house and hung out until almost two. Yeah, I ended up canceling the plans the next day so we can just rest, but still had the BBQ and everyone came. Although I said no gifts, my amazing girlfriends (love you!) got me a Keurig :D They know my caffeine heart&#8230;and then my family got my my MacBook Pro that I wanted/need! Okay, more want than need, but that was totally unexpected. It&#8217;s soooooo expensive, but such a sweet gesture. They pooled in enough money to get me the &#8216;low&#8217; model, but Steve added in extra money to upgrade it to the highest model of that size. It was so crazy. It will definitely make my freelancing easier for me. I&#8217;ve been debating about it for awhile, but decided not to get one because, you know, life and life&#8217;s bills. I&#8217;m so thankful for my family. The computer is supposed to arrive today, so I hope it doesn&#8217;t get delayed due to the snow storm we&#8217;re currently having!
My first thirty years have a been amazing, I really can&#8217;t complain. I have loving parents who gave us all a wonderful childhood that I can&#8217;t really complain about. We were poor, but we never knew we were because my parents have always worked hard to make sure we got what we needed. I have great siblings; yeah we don&#8217;t get along at times and my brothers are princess-y, but, we love each other and have each other&#8217;s backs. I&#8217;ve lost so many friends, but the ones I have I wouldn&#8217;t trade for. They really do lift me back up when I&#8217;m down, they encourage me, they believe in me. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity for higher education (yeah the loans suck), get a degree and have a stable career. There are days I wonder why I&#8217;m so poor, why I don&#8217;t have a better job, why why why&#8230;but really, I don&#8217;t know what else I&#8217;d be doing. I get to freelance and work on projects I love. I started a new venture and it is opening up so many doors for me. I&#8217;ve met my husband, the one made for me, and we are approaching our ten years of being together. In this big grand world, how&#8217;d we find each other? Yes, he bothers me like no other, he annoys me, makes me mad, breaks my heart, makes me guess so many things&#8230;but I know he&#8217;s mine and my love. We made a beautiful beautiful baby girl who has shown me how much more love there is, how amazing the world is in her eyes, just how to be a better person. 
I hope my next thirty years will be just as amazing. Hello 30s!

A little late, but better than never :) Sorry, SUPER SUPER SUPER LONG and all over the place. Feel free to skip. I don’t know how to put in the link to read more, sorry.

This past Sunday was my big golden 30th birthday. I really didn’t have anything planned until the very end. I knew I wanted a girls’ thing, so I invited my closest girlfriends to go out for dim-sum on Saturday morning, followed by an afternoon of hanging out/lunching/doing a little activity in downtown Minneapolis and ending the day with a BBQ at my parents’ house with the boys and kids. Yeah, that didn’t happen, lol.

I had my hair cut Friday morning, then spent the day shopping with my sister and sister-in-law for something cute to wear the next day. We went back to my mom’s house and was going to go get some food for the BBQ. My sister couldn’t make up her mind whether she was going to go with me instead, husband wanted to nap…I was getting annoyed, haha. Finally, Steve woke up and we were gonna go shop, then my indecisive sister decided she was gonna go with me and my sister-in-law decided to come with so Steve stayed behind. As soon as we got into the car, she got a text or call (can’t remember) that we need to go let our other sister-in-law in her house cause she locked herself out. I was like “Um okay, how do you lock yourself out? Aren’t their house keys on their keychain?” But I didn’t think much of it. We got to their house, Rasamee told us to go in and wait for them to be back. I asked her why don’t we just wait in the car, but they both got out and said for us to wait inside. Sure, why not. We went in, I went and sat down in the living room and they both disappeared. Then my sister shouted from the kitchen that they got a new microwave. I go “Oh, okay.” HAHA, sure, that’s exciting. Then my sister-in-law who owned the house popped up and said hi to me and I was thinking that I didn’t even hear the door open…then all of the girls jumped out of the kitchen (whoops, guess I was supposed to go check out the ‘new’ microwave and get surprised there) and surprised me. They were all dressed up and had their make up done and beautiful. I was confused for a second, then they explained that we aren’t really going shopping (who’s gonna go get my food for the bbq then?! lol), and that they’re taking me out for the night. My sister had purchased a couple of outfits for me to pick from, brought shoes, accessories…and my talented cousin was going to do my make up and make sure I look semi-decent. We spent a little time getting ready, and went to have dinner at Seven, which is a steakhouse and sushi place. 

We had drinks, good food, danced a little bit on their dance floor and had a ton of fun. I’m so very lucky and blessed to have such an amazing group of friends! Oh, and they all dressed in black and I was the only one in a white gold sparkly dress :) Some people even come and congratulated me…then we realized they probably thought I was getting married, lol ;)

We were out til about midnight, then headed back to my sil’s house and hung out until almost two. Yeah, I ended up canceling the plans the next day so we can just rest, but still had the BBQ and everyone came. Although I said no gifts, my amazing girlfriends (love you!) got me a Keurig :D They know my caffeine heart…and then my family got my my MacBook Pro that I wanted/need! Okay, more want than need, but that was totally unexpected. It’s soooooo expensive, but such a sweet gesture. They pooled in enough money to get me the ‘low’ model, but Steve added in extra money to upgrade it to the highest model of that size. It was so crazy. It will definitely make my freelancing easier for me. I’ve been debating about it for awhile, but decided not to get one because, you know, life and life’s bills. I’m so thankful for my family. The computer is supposed to arrive today, so I hope it doesn’t get delayed due to the snow storm we’re currently having!

My first thirty years have a been amazing, I really can’t complain. I have loving parents who gave us all a wonderful childhood that I can’t really complain about. We were poor, but we never knew we were because my parents have always worked hard to make sure we got what we needed. I have great siblings; yeah we don’t get along at times and my brothers are princess-y, but, we love each other and have each other’s backs. I’ve lost so many friends, but the ones I have I wouldn’t trade for. They really do lift me back up when I’m down, they encourage me, they believe in me. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity for higher education (yeah the loans suck), get a degree and have a stable career. There are days I wonder why I’m so poor, why I don’t have a better job, why why why…but really, I don’t know what else I’d be doing. I get to freelance and work on projects I love. I started a new venture and it is opening up so many doors for me. I’ve met my husband, the one made for me, and we are approaching our ten years of being together. In this big grand world, how’d we find each other? Yes, he bothers me like no other, he annoys me, makes me mad, breaks my heart, makes me guess so many things…but I know he’s mine and my love. We made a beautiful beautiful baby girl who has shown me how much more love there is, how amazing the world is in her eyes, just how to be a better person. 

I hope my next thirty years will be just as amazing. Hello 30s!

I’ve been telling Steve I want to wean Charlotte off completely soon. She’s been falling asleep with him the few times he tried, so I don’t know why he doesn’t do it more often. I think he’s just lazy, lol.

When I went out Friday night with the girls (more on that on a different post), he put her to sleep fine…and she didn’t wake up once to nurse at all that night! First night sleeping through! Saturday night since I was home, she wanted to nurse before bed, but then again, no nursing throughout the night. I told Steve to put her to bed last night, but of course, he fell asleep before us, smh.

I was telling him this morning we need to try harder; he was questioning me why I want to stop “already.” I know he was just joking, but I told him breastfeeding will decrease our chances of conceiving baby #2. Yeah, that shut him up quick :D

I hope to be done by the end of April. I barely have any milk left anyway. We’re going on 18 months, so crazy since the beginning was such a struggle. Wish us luck!

At 17 months

Things Charlotte knows/does at 17 months. Not bragging or anything but it’s my blog and my child and I have short term memory so this will help me remember :D I don’t know if this is average or not, but I’m just so proud of her.

-She can identify the letters “B” and “O”
-Knows most of her body parts
-Can count 1-2 in Hmong, and then just repeat it over and over (I really believe she can grasp what counting is because she would be putting toys away and counting things separately)
-Knows what “poo-poo” is
-Knows what an apple is (should’ve seen her point out all the apples this past weekend at Applebee’s “Ah-pple….ah-pple…ah-pple!!!”)
-Favorite shape is a star and finds it in all the books
-Knows balls and balloons
-Knows how to sign “Thank you” “More” “hurt” “baby” “dog” “tree” “byebye”
-Can ask for more food
-Understands yes and no, especially no (“Hey Charlotteeee…” “No” shakes head)
-Can we say tantrums?
-Can throw trash (diapers) away 
-A pro at finding her apps on the phone
-Loves singing and dancing
-Has a large vocabulary
-Understands when she’s in trouble and tries to give us kisses to distract us
-Understands simple commands such as “bring this to Daddy” “throw away” “Bring Mommy the book”
-Loves brushing her teeth, taking baths but not really into showers yet
-Getting the hang of putting on clothes
-Stays still during diaper changes
-Has four teeth on top, three on bottom and two back molars
-She’s still scared of noisy plush toys (loves the Fisher-Price dogs though)
-Has two little dolls she carries around and calls them her “ab-ab” (baby)
-Still cosleeps with us and nurses at night
-Knows that she’s going somewhere when her jacket is on and says “bye” automatically
-Can say “Down!” to Kas
-Said her first three word sentence but I forgot :( See this is why I need to write it down!
-Still in size 3 diapers and 12-18 month clothing. I believe she is finally over 20 pounds
-Loves Olaf
-Hair is long enough for a ponytail 
-She is down to usually just one nap a day
-Can identify songs (as soon as “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” or “One Little Finger” by Super Simple Songs comes on, she’s ready to participate)

And many more that I can’t think of right now. Love my sweet girl!

I’m turning 30 on the 30th, with no plans. What to do, what to do? I’m so boring.

Today during lunch Steve told me my make up smeared under my eyes and that it was all dark. Of course I looked at it because it would be embarrassing to work all day with smeared eye makeup. I had to tell my sweet husband that it isn’t smeared makeup, but things called “dark circles” under my eyes cause this mama hasn’t been getting enough rest and has all the worries in the world on her shoulder. I just can’t help it.

My mind is always racing and running away from me :O

I really need to lose weight before people start asking me if I’m pregnant. I look about three months pregnant, but just not pregnant, lol. Not cute, not cute.

My love, my most favorite person

I might get a tattoo for my big thirtieth (!!!!!) at the end of the month. Excited, but I’m a chicken, so we’ll see, lol.