and many more days to come. What a blessing!
and many more days to come. What a blessing!
[20-26 Jan 2020]
This week was a difficult one. H keeps putting his fists into his mouth and we have to take it out for him every time or put a cloth in front to prevent him from doing that. He also became more agitated whenever he wakes up in the middle of his sleep or when he cannot fall asleep after being put down on the bed. He would move both of his arms over his face or rub his face into our shoulders if we are carrying him turning his head from side to side very 用力 that we worry his face would become red/scratched. He also has more little raised dots/redness on his skin (tummy, neck, and around his mouth) maybe due to Pampers diapers (Merries is still better and cheaper) and his saliva. He has also been refusing to breastfeed after drinking for a bit each time so we would have to give him the bottle. This also throws us off the feeding schedule/routine, which makes it tiring for us too. Also, it was my first week back at work so my body was weakened and got some complications e.g. body aches, blocked ducts, headaches, and worries about the virus that is causing fears around.
This morning the pastor reminded us that we are not like Egypt (in the Bible times) who rely on their own efforts for their harvest and peace, but we rely on God for His grace and guidance. 如🦅展翅上騰-疲乏的祂賜能力軟弱的祂加力量， 等候耶和華必從新得力
The good improvements: H is getting better at grabbing things now and holding them. He is practising his smooth movements. He tried sitting in a car seat since last night and has been enjoying playing with his friends there instead of lying on the floor mat.
It’s the 2nd day of Chinese New Year today and as I’m typing this now, he is having fun playing with his friend and smiling for a long time, not needing any commentary from me. Wow. And…he fell asleep happily on his own in the car seat.
We went to H’s tai gong and tai ma’s house for CNY day 2 dinner. He was a good boy because he slept at home and on the way there. After sleep, he woke up and had some milk, then went out to meet all the relatives in his grandma’s hands. He gladly greeted tai gong with his excited smiling face, and was calm and happy meeting the other yi-po’s. After that when I carried him into the room for a break and showed him the animals on the calendar, he was speaking so much–making lots of speech noises consecutively–one of the most I’ve heard him speak. He learned fast, eh?
Baby Hudson’s first CNY!
Love it when he gets excited and smiles with his nose all crinkled up and eyes squinted. Pandan nian gao & 桂花糕
[13-19 Jan 2020]Something new for this week! H is finally enjoying going outdoors. Today when we brought him out (I was carrying him), he laughed out loudly 5 times in the lift going down. He is so excited to be heading out! Aunty P showed me his favourite purple flowers and we headed to the post office. He was still nervous a week ago when we brought him out to the waterfront park, but look at him now! (Aunty P has been bringing him out for short bursts of time during noontime this past week to show him the birds, flowers, and neighbourhood friends).
I also try to read books to/with him more because it’s easy to let this slip through the daily routines if we feel tired or are not intentional enough. I just want him to slowly understand the words and pictures even if he doesn’t seem too interested in the books now. Sometimes I do think he is following though (although I can’t tell because he’s facing the book and I can’t see his face). He’s definitely very into the visual cues now, and enjoying them–the patterns and things he can see outside (that’s why he can enjoy going out now). For the music part, I’m not sure if he is responsive yet but I will continue to expose him to piano playing (I try to practise my scales everyday now) and today I played the orchestral version of Disney music(because Disney songs make us feel happy at home).
-typed on 16 Jan 2020
He still likes to be carried for sleep, and makes loud cough/saliva trouble sounds when we lay him down into the cot (not sure if he’s acting or it’s real!) haha. Besides him getting heavy, we enjoy cuddling with this big baby of ours.
[6-12 Jan 2020]
Something new this week: H would smile at us when we get home from a day out e.g. when wai po and I went to Sai Kung for a day and came home, he’s so happy to see us. When N came home from work, he would also smile at him. It’s so heartwarming to know that he is finally smiling at us and not just his animal friends.
H’s face is getting chubbier this week! He continues to practise his touching and grabbing skill. Aunty P taught him how to do finger hearts, and it’s the cutest thing ever when he holds out his little hand to give us the heart (not by his own intention of course..haha).
-typed on 8 Jan
H has a lot of saliva that gets trapped in his throat and sometimes he would swallow really hard on the choked saliva. He also likes to hold up and put both his fists/hands together in front of him.
He also knows how to socialise with N’s friends when they came over for Saturday dinner, smiling a lot. We were all smitten by him and his communicative eyes.
with mommy on her second last day in Hong Kong. It’s also our first adventure of the year. She said that if I didn’t bring her out, she would also be contented being home but once we’re out, she really enjoys it too! It’s also nice being able to take more nice photos for her since she mentioned that usually no one would help her take nice pictures and it’s a pity that we’re not together more often.
Mom said her greatest 收穫 was finding these fresh dried seafood at good prices. She was so happy. She also enjoyed looking at the live seafood being sold on the floating boats a lot.
We had a nice Mediterranean lunch at Zeugma (halloumi salad and chicken doner wrap), walked through the food street and found some nice shops to look at.
We saw this gigantic dog and this cute little scene of the little boy touching the friendly dog.Trying to make mommy an Instagram influencer/blogger.
The sun came out!
The Little Cove Espresso is tucked away in this street
Walking past the Michelin-starred dim sum seafood place and checking it out low-key.PerspectiveWe continued on the waterfront……and saw people putting up decorations, like those in the cuckoo clocksSeafood street.Time for a pumping break. Thank God for the nice bf room facility available.Little prince for H, princess for IsabelleMom was so in love with this cute alpacaIt was 2pm, so we headed back to the bakery again for afternoon tea, basically making a circle of the town/shops.
Mom got a bit of tummy ache because of heat. We headed to the waterfront to admire the blue and green before taking the bus home.So happy to be next to the beautiful water and islandsTill next time, Sai Kung.
It’s a new decade.
[Dec 30 2019 – 5 Jan 2020]
Ah, we’re getting into the new year! This week mommy has been busy trying to wrap up some tasks before the new year/decade e.g. organising/back-uping photos, getting my planners out again, and trying to set our goals straight i.e. prioritising our relationship with God, healthy living (eating and exercising), and improvement plans (e.g. reading, more discipline in learning things, having goals).
Baby H is more communicative now and can play by himself while lying down facing upwards on a mat. He would smile and move his legs a lot.
-typed on 30 Dec 2019.
He likes to eat his left fist (the meaty soft part) lately. Even when we give him a handkerchief to hold onto, he would still lick the handkerchief. He is definitely in love with the smiling white tiger toy that we show him. Every time he sees it, he would smile really happily and even laugh! Also, he really loves looking at patterns nowadays. He would fix his eyes on a certain spot with some high contrast patterns e.g. the sushi we ate for dinner last night, or the typography on the wet tissue packaging, or the pastel flower pattern on a cloth. So fascinating to watch this little one and his fascinations. #happyboy
-typed on 2 Jan 2020.