November 23, 2004

Drawing, November 24For the first time, I think, Emma has put spoken words into practical use. Today, all out of blue, she looked at me and said "wa, wa ...". I was a little puzzled, trying to take it seriously, asking her " you want water?" She looked at me eyes wide open, "wa-wa, wa-wa". I took a small glass water, filled it with water to the brim, held it to her, she put her mouth to it, within a minute, she finished that cup! Bravo! Emma.

Later that day, she asked for water again, "wa-wa", I brought her water, she finished it again. No kidding!

Her vocabulary grows bigger, she can say "dumpkin" for pumpkin and she is delighted to see any big yellow pump round thing in her books. She really is keen to books, I wish she take the same interests and pride in walking. No, she still much rather crawl, or hang in my arms.

Sunday I took her to the big chicago museum again. No many babies at her age. Not at all. Then the older kids would nearly always walk away on her. It is hurting. And she is so eager to have friends!

Wa-wa ...

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Drawing, November 24For the first time, I think, Emma has put spoken words into practical use. Today, all out of blue, she looked at me and said "wa, wa ...". I was a little puzzled, trying to take it seriously, asking her " you want water?" She looked at me eyes wide open, "wa-wa, wa-wa". I took a small glass water, filled it with water to the brim, held it to her, she put her mouth to it, within a minute, she finished that cup! Bravo! Emma.

Later that day, she asked for water again, "wa-wa", I brought her water, she finished it again. No kidding!

Her vocabulary grows bigger, she can say "dumpkin" for pumpkin and she is delighted to see any big yellow pump round thing in her books. She really is keen to books, I wish she take the same interests and pride in walking. No, she still much rather crawl, or hang in my arms.

Sunday I took her to the big chicago museum again. No many babies at her age. Not at all. Then the older kids would nearly always walk away on her. It is hurting. And she is so eager to have friends!

Tuesday, November 23, 2004
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November 20, 2004

Emma's vocabulary grows daily. Well, every baby does. She suddenly knows how to both speak and sign cheese and night.

Emma and Leo. Emma, go to bed now

Cheese and Night - Night

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Emma's vocabulary grows daily. Well, every baby does. She suddenly knows how to both speak and sign cheese and night.

Emma and Leo. Emma, go to bed now

Saturday, November 20, 2004
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November 14, 2004

The needy emma who is missing her daddy Leo got a popular vote, the most important one, from Emma. He was missing for a whole long day, from morning to almost 11 at night. He went out to work. Emma obviously suffered. She missed him, especially around her bedtime. I had a great deal of trouble getting her sleep, or quit crying, even after I offered my breasts, even she drank 9 oz milk. No. She sat up, looked around, knowing her dad was not around. Ok, cry, cry, loudly ...

Then Leo came back. Immediately, she laughed with tears still on her face. She screamed with excitement and delight. She jumped at me and Leo in turn, returning to her brilliant hyper night-baby personality.

We gave up. We dressed her up, took her out to the kitchen, there she played while Leo ate his very late dinner. Emma did not sleep until 12:30 pm.


Emma is a giant --
Giant time eater
She eats up Mommy's time
She eats up Leo's time
She eats up her own time
All the time.

Where is Dad?

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The needy emma who is missing her daddy Leo got a popular vote, the most important one, from Emma. He was missing for a whole long day, from morning to almost 11 at night. He went out to work. Emma obviously suffered. She missed him, especially around her bedtime. I had a great deal of trouble getting her sleep, or quit crying, even after I offered my breasts, even she drank 9 oz milk. No. She sat up, looked around, knowing her dad was not around. Ok, cry, cry, loudly ...

Then Leo came back. Immediately, she laughed with tears still on her face. She screamed with excitement and delight. She jumped at me and Leo in turn, returning to her brilliant hyper night-baby personality.

We gave up. We dressed her up, took her out to the kitchen, there she played while Leo ate his very late dinner. Emma did not sleep until 12:30 pm.


Emma is a giant --
Giant time eater
She eats up Mommy's time
She eats up Leo's time
She eats up her own time
All the time.

Sunday, November 14, 2004
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November 10, 2004

Leo and MB correctd me, Emma also knows these signs and words:

Books
Moon
Birdie

Revised Vocabulary

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Leo and MB correctd me, Emma also knows these signs and words:

Books
Moon
Birdie

Wednesday, November 10, 2004
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November 09, 2004

Drawing, Emma, 11/11/2004 Drew another picture of Emma? Ah, oh, I probably can never draw a baby that even looks like Emma. Still, it is a lot of fun. Actually it is not that hard, some colors here, some colors there, steal some ideas here and there, make sure there is always some hair sticking out ...

I tried to collect Emma's vocabulary as of Nov. 9 of 2004, at the age of 13 months 2 days old. Her vocabulary has two folds. She can sign them as well as speak them. Here they are:

Be-be: baby
Be-..: bear
Ba--: banana (this is funny beacause of the way she put her fingers together)
ball: everything circular is a ball, including buttons, oranges, ...
by-by:
gar: car
Do..: dog
du..: duck
da-da: dady
Eye: she always poke at our eyes and say ai, ai

She can sign milk, shoes, socks, sleep and eat. She knows book but cannot sign, even though we tried many times to teach her. Sometimes she also says no, or maybe so ...

She cannot walk alone though. I am a little upset. A few days ago, Emma made a few brave steps, walking to and fro from Leo to me. Leo and I got so very excited and kissed all over her, then she went back to crawling ...

Emma's vocabulary

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Drawing, Emma, 11/11/2004 Drew another picture of Emma? Ah, oh, I probably can never draw a baby that even looks like Emma. Still, it is a lot of fun. Actually it is not that hard, some colors here, some colors there, steal some ideas here and there, make sure there is always some hair sticking out ...

I tried to collect Emma's vocabulary as of Nov. 9 of 2004, at the age of 13 months 2 days old. Her vocabulary has two folds. She can sign them as well as speak them. Here they are:

Be-be: baby
Be-..: bear
Ba--: banana (this is funny beacause of the way she put her fingers together)
ball: everything circular is a ball, including buttons, oranges, ...
by-by:
gar: car
Do..: dog
du..: duck
da-da: dady
Eye: she always poke at our eyes and say ai, ai

She can sign milk, shoes, socks, sleep and eat. She knows book but cannot sign, even though we tried many times to teach her. Sometimes she also says no, or maybe so ...

She cannot walk alone though. I am a little upset. A few days ago, Emma made a few brave steps, walking to and fro from Leo to me. Leo and I got so very excited and kissed all over her, then she went back to crawling ...

Tuesday, November 09, 2004
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Emma's daily diet should include the following (Got this from internet where it tells about diet for children who are allergic to milk):

breads and cereals - include milk free bread, milk free cereals, rice, pasta and other grains

fruits and vegetables - include fruit, vegetables and salad (check the labels if packaged)

meat and meat substitutes - include lean meat, poultry, fish, egg or legumes (avoid crumbed foods or products coated in batter)

dairy foods - include milk substitutes eg. calcium fortified soy beverage, soy based infant formula and soy yoghurt

fats and oils - include oils and milk-free table margarine (eg: Becel®, Sundew®).

Nutrition-correct diet for Emma

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Emma's daily diet should include the following (Got this from internet where it tells about diet for children who are allergic to milk):

breads and cereals - include milk free bread, milk free cereals, rice, pasta and other grains

fruits and vegetables - include fruit, vegetables and salad (check the labels if packaged)

meat and meat substitutes - include lean meat, poultry, fish, egg or legumes (avoid crumbed foods or products coated in batter)

dairy foods - include milk substitutes eg. calcium fortified soy beverage, soy based infant formula and soy yoghurt

fats and oils - include oils and milk-free table margarine (eg: Becel®, Sundew®).

Tuesday, November 09, 2004
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November 07, 2004

Home with Emma, little Emma

Leo finally found some part time job to do. He was out for a whole day and so I spent a whole day sitting Emma, this incredible baby. And she tried very hard not to nap but just play and play, turning off my computer or fighting with me for my computer, reading books or pulling all books off shelves, as a result of sleep depletion, in the afternoon, Emma actually was quite fussy, yet still she resisted naps. Good, she went to sleep at night without much trouble.

A day with Emma

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Home with Emma, little Emma

Leo finally found some part time job to do. He was out for a whole day and so I spent a whole day sitting Emma, this incredible baby. And she tried very hard not to nap but just play and play, turning off my computer or fighting with me for my computer, reading books or pulling all books off shelves, as a result of sleep depletion, in the afternoon, Emma actually was quite fussy, yet still she resisted naps. Good, she went to sleep at night without much trouble.

Sunday, November 07, 2004
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November 03, 2004

The season of harvest is not that all aglow with hope. The biggest hope for a dramatic change, a change for a better, open, sensible America is gone. Bush won, and kerry lost! The America that Emma is going to grow up in is losing more and more of its appeal. I do not know if one day Emma would have to consider going to China, for the reasons that once made America the biggest fantasy of mine, prosperity, opportunities, worldliness, culture, urban ...

Election Shock!

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The season of harvest is not that all aglow with hope. The biggest hope for a dramatic change, a change for a better, open, sensible America is gone. Bush won, and kerry lost! The America that Emma is going to grow up in is losing more and more of its appeal. I do not know if one day Emma would have to consider going to China, for the reasons that once made America the biggest fantasy of mine, prosperity, opportunities, worldliness, culture, urban ...

Wednesday, November 03, 2004
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November 02, 2004








On this election day, I sat down to put together the pics of hallowen. Excitement has subsided, the crooked cracked pumpkin face, with a toothy smile of 5 bad teeth, yet can still be my witness of how excited, giggling I was.

We took Emma to the chicago Children museum on sunday, the official hallowen day. Did not go to the hauteur ship though. Emma had a lot of fun in "her" museum.


http://www.agoodtechguy.net/emma/12mos/index.html

Golden Orange Hallowen

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On this election day, I sat down to put together the pics of hallowen. Excitement has subsided, the crooked cracked pumpkin face, with a toothy smile of 5 bad teeth, yet can still be my witness of how excited, giggling I was.

We took Emma to the chicago Children museum on sunday, the official hallowen day. Did not go to the hauteur ship though. Emma had a lot of fun in "her" museum.


http://www.agoodtechguy.net/emma/12mos/index.html

Tuesday, November 02, 2004
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October 28, 2004



Yesterday, I was sitting on the floor with Emma, playing with her. Then I said, "Emma, kiss, kiss". Ha, she leaned over and held me, then pressed her cheeks against mine! Wow. Then I said, "no, mouth ...", it took her a while to figure out, then, she press her mouth against my cheek! Yeh ...

Overjoyed, I held her over Leo. Leo said, "Emma, kiss, kiss, kiss ...". Emma looked at him for a while, then pressed her cheek against his!

She can kiss now!

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Yesterday, I was sitting on the floor with Emma, playing with her. Then I said, "Emma, kiss, kiss". Ha, she leaned over and held me, then pressed her cheeks against mine! Wow. Then I said, "no, mouth ...", it took her a while to figure out, then, she press her mouth against my cheek! Yeh ...

Overjoyed, I held her over Leo. Leo said, "Emma, kiss, kiss, kiss ...". Emma looked at him for a while, then pressed her cheek against his!

Thursday, October 28, 2004
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October 27, 2004

I added the little orange "xml" icon to the site, like everyone else. So go syndicate.

Cannot really see it is working, though I am sure it is. Just too many blogs, bloggers rise up too fast, too soon, faster than mushrooms. More like virus, or those scary self-replicating nanos. The speed of little spiders racing along wires is actually slow compared to the unstoppable bloggers.

Anyway. Who cares?

Syndicated

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I added the little orange "xml" icon to the site, like everyone else. So go syndicate.

Cannot really see it is working, though I am sure it is. Just too many blogs, bloggers rise up too fast, too soon, faster than mushrooms. More like virus, or those scary self-replicating nanos. The speed of little spiders racing along wires is actually slow compared to the unstoppable bloggers.

Anyway. Who cares?

Wednesday, October 27, 2004
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October 24, 2004

This is something really funny about Emma. Last night, Emma again crawled out to play (with bright unapologetically smile on her face). Then we said: "Emma, time to sleep now". She looked us and said: "Emma, emma". Then we said again: "Emma, sleep now". She again said: "Emma, emma, emma".

Ha - ha - ha! She must be thinking emma is some sort of exclamation marks, like awh-oh ...

Last night, she also made a sleep sign. She has a sign vocabulary of about 10 signs.

Emma, emma!

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This is something really funny about Emma. Last night, Emma again crawled out to play (with bright unapologetically smile on her face). Then we said: "Emma, time to sleep now". She looked us and said: "Emma, emma". Then we said again: "Emma, sleep now". She again said: "Emma, emma, emma".

Ha - ha - ha! She must be thinking emma is some sort of exclamation marks, like awh-oh ...

Last night, she also made a sleep sign. She has a sign vocabulary of about 10 signs.

Sunday, October 24, 2004
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October 23, 2004


Never thought I would so bothered by that Emma simply does not want to go to bed at 10 pm, or 10:30 pm, or 11:00, or 12, or 12:30 ... Never could imagine she could be so heart-broken when we put her to bed. Why? I will be happy if I could afford to sleep 12 hours a day. Why she felt so insulted that she buried her face in the quilt, she arched up her little body and cried like hell.

Why?

In the end I gave up. Her sadness is contagious, her wish becomes my wish. What a baby? Tears ran wild, she tried all her might to push away from me when I tried very hard to hold her, she climbed over me, she climbed down off the bed, she crawled while sobbing loudly towards the door, she opened the door, there, she sat besides her little baby books, then started reading ...

Should I consult a doctor?

To sleep or not to sleep?

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Never thought I would so bothered by that Emma simply does not want to go to bed at 10 pm, or 10:30 pm, or 11:00, or 12, or 12:30 ... Never could imagine she could be so heart-broken when we put her to bed. Why? I will be happy if I could afford to sleep 12 hours a day. Why she felt so insulted that she buried her face in the quilt, she arched up her little body and cried like hell.

Why?

In the end I gave up. Her sadness is contagious, her wish becomes my wish. What a baby? Tears ran wild, she tried all her might to push away from me when I tried very hard to hold her, she climbed over me, she climbed down off the bed, she crawled while sobbing loudly towards the door, she opened the door, there, she sat besides her little baby books, then started reading ...

Should I consult a doctor?

Saturday, October 23, 2004
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October 21, 2004

Last night, again, Emma did not sleep after 12. Well, all we could do last night was playing with her, books, books, and talking to her (as if she were really talking about something!), until finally she ran out of fuel.

Oh, good news! Yesterday Emma really got the hang of stacking legos and making something (?) out of it. Exciting!
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Last night, again, Emma did not sleep after 12. Well, all we could do last night was playing with her, books, books, and talking to her (as if she were really talking about something!), until finally she ran out of fuel.

Oh, good news! Yesterday Emma really got the hang of stacking legos and making something (?) out of it. Exciting!

Thursday, October 21, 2004
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October 20, 2004

I wonder if Emma is from another planet, another country, a sleepless contry, where people do not sleep, all they do is eat, play and play. Or maybe her world is a little different than most babies', where they sleep early, long and deep at night. No, when evenings stretch into nights, when darkness sinks deep, Emma gets more and more charming, live and energetic. As if to escape imminent bed time, she exercises all her might to charm us, to make us laugh and love her more. What's there to do at night? What's there to play in the darkness? But to her it is all right. She stands up, holds herself up to the mirror, she makes all sorts of baby signs, she chuckles for who knows what, she runs her fingers over my hair, face, she mumbles long long sentences, she exclaims, she claps her hands, .... I watch her with my eyes half-closed, incredulously, oh my, is this baby a night baby, is she from a sleepless country?

sleepless country

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I wonder if Emma is from another planet, another country, a sleepless contry, where people do not sleep, all they do is eat, play and play. Or maybe her world is a little different than most babies', where they sleep early, long and deep at night. No, when evenings stretch into nights, when darkness sinks deep, Emma gets more and more charming, live and energetic. As if to escape imminent bed time, she exercises all her might to charm us, to make us laugh and love her more. What's there to do at night? What's there to play in the darkness? But to her it is all right. She stands up, holds herself up to the mirror, she makes all sorts of baby signs, she chuckles for who knows what, she runs her fingers over my hair, face, she mumbles long long sentences, she exclaims, she claps her hands, .... I watch her with my eyes half-closed, incredulously, oh my, is this baby a night baby, is she from a sleepless country?

Wednesday, October 20, 2004
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October 18, 2004

I was very upset. Mary Bath and Xun went to see a condo today. They brought Emma with them from 11am to 5pm. After they came home, I asked xun what kind of food they gave to Emma. Xun told me that Emma had a little bit of hamberger. I can't believe to hear that. What the hell they treat my dear 1 year's old daughter, a little bit hamberger for a baby in 6 hours? After that, I feed Emma some milk and green beans. She ate the food in crazy. I am so disappointed and feeling so upset today.

I was very upset

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I was very upset. Mary Bath and Xun went to see a condo today. They brought Emma with them from 11am to 5pm. After they came home, I asked xun what kind of food they gave to Emma. Xun told me that Emma had a little bit of hamberger. I can't believe to hear that. What the hell they treat my dear 1 year's old daughter, a little bit hamberger for a baby in 6 hours? After that, I feed Emma some milk and green beans. She ate the food in crazy. I am so disappointed and feeling so upset today.

Monday, October 18, 2004
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October 15, 2004

In a swirl of things to do, decisions to made (big decisions, mortgage? interest rate? new home searching and buying), I again neglected to update Emma's blog.

Back track the little things, trivial things, subtle changes:
We stepped out our effort to get Emma walk without support! Big thing! Always thought she was advanced in her motor skills. Turned out to be untrue. She still has problem balancing herself while walking. So everyday since her birthday, we take her out for a walk. Slowly, slowly. Patiently wait for her while she got distracted by fallen leaves, passby doggies, loudly honking cars ... The other day, I walked with her almost all the way to Jewel. Poor baby, she must be really tired.

Growing up do come with a price.

Three days ago, Emma seemed to have accidently cut herself with some newspaper. Leo claimed that. She looks really bad. I hope the scar will quickly disappear.


First week of Emma's second year

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In a swirl of things to do, decisions to made (big decisions, mortgage? interest rate? new home searching and buying), I again neglected to update Emma's blog.

Back track the little things, trivial things, subtle changes:
We stepped out our effort to get Emma walk without support! Big thing! Always thought she was advanced in her motor skills. Turned out to be untrue. She still has problem balancing herself while walking. So everyday since her birthday, we take her out for a walk. Slowly, slowly. Patiently wait for her while she got distracted by fallen leaves, passby doggies, loudly honking cars ... The other day, I walked with her almost all the way to Jewel. Poor baby, she must be really tired.

Growing up do come with a price.

Three days ago, Emma seemed to have accidently cut herself with some newspaper. Leo claimed that. She looks really bad. I hope the scar will quickly disappear.


Friday, October 15, 2004
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October 09, 2004

Yesterday Emma had her first birthday. Ever!

In the afternoon, I went home earlier and we took her to children's museum, where we made a big happy birthday sign for her:







In the evening, we had our little not-so-fabulous birthday party, with Leo, MB (MB got home just about the time we started) and I. Of course, Emma, too. We lit the Candle, a green candle in the shape of one. My little Emma had no clue she was supposed to blew it off. So we did it for her, at least four times, thinking maybe she would get the idea. Nope. The train set got a lot of attention of her.







Night fell, baby music floated everywhere. B-I-N-G-O ... Later we watched the movie Leo made for her, Emma's movie! It is not done very well though, when the Emma in the movie got more and more interesting and smart, shortly after the part where Emma was sort of bouncing with music, the computer froze ...

Emma spent the rest of the night playing the train and the baby PC with lots of keys.

She slept around 10:30 ...

Emma's First Birthday!

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Yesterday Emma had her first birthday. Ever!

In the afternoon, I went home earlier and we took her to children's museum, where we made a big happy birthday sign for her:







In the evening, we had our little not-so-fabulous birthday party, with Leo, MB (MB got home just about the time we started) and I. Of course, Emma, too. We lit the Candle, a green candle in the shape of one. My little Emma had no clue she was supposed to blew it off. So we did it for her, at least four times, thinking maybe she would get the idea. Nope. The train set got a lot of attention of her.







Night fell, baby music floated everywhere. B-I-N-G-O ... Later we watched the movie Leo made for her, Emma's movie! It is not done very well though, when the Emma in the movie got more and more interesting and smart, shortly after the part where Emma was sort of bouncing with music, the computer froze ...

Emma spent the rest of the night playing the train and the baby PC with lots of keys.

She slept around 10:30 ...

Saturday, October 09, 2004
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October 06, 2004

One year has passed, for Emma and for me. How time flys! So says everyone. Flying time is a scary thing to me, but it is a good thing to her. For her, I wish time quickly quickly pass ... like that little thing I read somewhere:

Where are you going, my little one, little one?
Where are you going, my baby, my own?
Turn around and you're two, turn around and you're four
Turn around and you're a young girl
going out of the door ...

She got a drawing board from MB and a baby laptop from Leo. She also got a birthday card, a nice 1-dollar-bill. Her first “income”. For her, there are still many first, including her FIRST BIRTHDAY! For her, everything is new.

I bought her a new wee-sing book with cd and cassette, a fairy tale book by Anderson. Tomorrow, I would buy her a cake, balloons and one proud candle! The good old-fashioned birthday party!

Tomorrow is her birthday!
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One year has passed, for Emma and for me. How time flys! So says everyone. Flying time is a scary thing to me, but it is a good thing to her. For her, I wish time quickly quickly pass ... like that little thing I read somewhere:

Where are you going, my little one, little one?
Where are you going, my baby, my own?
Turn around and you're two, turn around and you're four
Turn around and you're a young girl
going out of the door ...

She got a drawing board from MB and a baby laptop from Leo. She also got a birthday card, a nice 1-dollar-bill. Her first “income”. For her, there are still many first, including her FIRST BIRTHDAY! For her, everything is new.

I bought her a new wee-sing book with cd and cassette, a fairy tale book by Anderson. Tomorrow, I would buy her a cake, balloons and one proud candle! The good old-fashioned birthday party!

Tomorrow is her birthday!

Wednesday, October 06, 2004
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October 03, 2004

I spent a few hours rearranged the blog.
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I spent a few hours rearranged the blog.

Sunday, October 03, 2004
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October 02, 2004

So far Emma has learned about six baby signs: baby, ball, bird, eat, dog, shoes. She is totally an expert in signing babies. Every day she would fold her arms on her little tommy, swinging heavily from left to right, then she claps and ah-ah to congradulate herself for successfully signing a good baby sign.
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So far Emma has learned about six baby signs: baby, ball, bird, eat, dog, shoes. She is totally an expert in signing babies. Every day she would fold her arms on her little tommy, swinging heavily from left to right, then she claps and ah-ah to congradulate herself for successfully signing a good baby sign.

Saturday, October 02, 2004
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A few days ago, Emma was trying hard to avoid going to bed around 10:30. (10:30? So late? Cannot believe a not-even-one-year-old baby could play, play, play her silly plays till 9, then 10, then eat something, then play again, till 10:30, then way past 10:30, sometimes even till 12 am) Emma is such a night baby. I wonder if she scretly has had some coffee or something? At night, around her bed time, she is always full of energy, joy and charm. Especially when we put her in bed, when lights are not yet off, she stands up, not quite balanced, then falls down with a big smile, then stands up, manages to hold herself straight for about 1 minute, then falls down again with such pride ... She is so lovely! She is like any kid who is practicing their highly difficult skidding up on skating board ... Only she is merely practicing standing up with no support. Ah-oh, Emma is a little slow walking, compard to other babies ...

That was a few days ago. Emma is a little better going to bed around her bedtime and actually falls asleep. But now it is the sleep-through a long deep night part she is having trouble with. Or she always has. She does not normally sleep through without making a cry at some point. But the past few nights, she was really crying and having a hard time, for all of us. So there we went back to her infant age, holding up in my arms, rocking her gently back and forth, while music soothingly flows along ...

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A few days ago, Emma was trying hard to avoid going to bed around 10:30. (10:30? So late? Cannot believe a not-even-one-year-old baby could play, play, play her silly plays till 9, then 10, then eat something, then play again, till 10:30, then way past 10:30, sometimes even till 12 am) Emma is such a night baby. I wonder if she scretly has had some coffee or something? At night, around her bed time, she is always full of energy, joy and charm. Especially when we put her in bed, when lights are not yet off, she stands up, not quite balanced, then falls down with a big smile, then stands up, manages to hold herself straight for about 1 minute, then falls down again with such pride ... She is so lovely! She is like any kid who is practicing their highly difficult skidding up on skating board ... Only she is merely practicing standing up with no support. Ah-oh, Emma is a little slow walking, compard to other babies ...

That was a few days ago. Emma is a little better going to bed around her bedtime and actually falls asleep. But now it is the sleep-through a long deep night part she is having trouble with. Or she always has. She does not normally sleep through without making a cry at some point. But the past few nights, she was really crying and having a hard time, for all of us. So there we went back to her infant age, holding up in my arms, rocking her gently back and forth, while music soothingly flows along ...

Saturday, October 02, 2004
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September 28, 2004

Recently, Emma has become a night baby! I could not remember since when. Three, four days ago?

At night, after 10:30, she is still extremely active, super active, super charming, total hyper. She smiles, laughs, crawls quickly away from me in case I am trying to catch. But I did catch her. I close our bedroom door, turn off light, turn on lifescape music and put her in bed. I feed her, lying down with her, while she eats, I drift into my thoughts, then 5 or 10 minutes later, after getting enough / or some milk, Emma curls up her little body, stand up, or sit up, look at me and smile brilliantly. I ignore her, she then looks around. Ignoring me too, she starts doing all her little learning practices, making signs, rambling all sorts of consonants, vowels, pulling my hair, every 30 seconds, she falls audibly down me ... I do not know what to do with her. The worst thing is that the whole thing is funny ...
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Recently, Emma has become a night baby! I could not remember since when. Three, four days ago?

At night, after 10:30, she is still extremely active, super active, super charming, total hyper. She smiles, laughs, crawls quickly away from me in case I am trying to catch. But I did catch her. I close our bedroom door, turn off light, turn on lifescape music and put her in bed. I feed her, lying down with her, while she eats, I drift into my thoughts, then 5 or 10 minutes later, after getting enough / or some milk, Emma curls up her little body, stand up, or sit up, look at me and smile brilliantly. I ignore her, she then looks around. Ignoring me too, she starts doing all her little learning practices, making signs, rambling all sorts of consonants, vowels, pulling my hair, every 30 seconds, she falls audibly down me ... I do not know what to do with her. The worst thing is that the whole thing is funny ...

Tuesday, September 28, 2004
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September 27, 2004

Suddenly she began signing with us. Suddenly she got quite some vocabularies: baby, dog, eat, birdie ... Emma is thrilled that she can actually let us understand what she is signing. She is signing babies 100 times a day. I am thrilled too. I tried to teach her more, signing water, raising my hand to my chin and pointing, she looked at me puzzled, then signing babies again, wrapping her arms around her swing from left to right then right to left. I signed kittie, Emma looked at me and signed her eternal baby again. ...
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Suddenly she began signing with us. Suddenly she got quite some vocabularies: baby, dog, eat, birdie ... Emma is thrilled that she can actually let us understand what she is signing. She is signing babies 100 times a day. I am thrilled too. I tried to teach her more, signing water, raising my hand to my chin and pointing, she looked at me puzzled, then signing babies again, wrapping her arms around her swing from left to right then right to left. I signed kittie, Emma looked at me and signed her eternal baby again. ...

Monday, September 27, 2004
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September 22, 2004

I borrowed a couple of audio recorded novels on tape, by a guy who once was a lawyer. Not really good books, all started with big complex very well woven plots and suspenses, but suddenly all ends turned loose, and ended with very incredible silly endings. Still I could not quite "put them down". Besides, watching Emma does not seem to need 100% focus. So I thought I could just multitask, watching her, half-heartedly playing with her while listening to my story. That turned out to be a mistake. She definitely has sensed that I was multitasking, so from time to time, she cried in frustration, she crawled away, out our bed roo, to our computer room on the far end. This is the first time she has ever left me on her own will!
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I borrowed a couple of audio recorded novels on tape, by a guy who once was a lawyer. Not really good books, all started with big complex very well woven plots and suspenses, but suddenly all ends turned loose, and ended with very incredible silly endings. Still I could not quite "put them down". Besides, watching Emma does not seem to need 100% focus. So I thought I could just multitask, watching her, half-heartedly playing with her while listening to my story. That turned out to be a mistake. She definitely has sensed that I was multitasking, so from time to time, she cried in frustration, she crawled away, out our bed roo, to our computer room on the far end. This is the first time she has ever left me on her own will!

Wednesday, September 22, 2004
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September 21, 2004

Emma can climb backwards now. She can go onto our bed, then turn around, slide down to the floor. She is quite pleased with the fact she is so capable and suddenly has this new freedom. So are we. Everytime she manages to get down the floor, we clap hands and wow at her. She looks at us, smiling broadly and clapping her hands too. Funny ...

Somehow, she cannot always remember to go backwards. This morning, she rolled herself down off the bed and landed on the floor with a big cry ... ah-oh ...

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Emma can climb backwards now. She can go onto our bed, then turn around, slide down to the floor. She is quite pleased with the fact she is so capable and suddenly has this new freedom. So are we. Everytime she manages to get down the floor, we clap hands and wow at her. She looks at us, smiling broadly and clapping her hands too. Funny ...

Somehow, she cannot always remember to go backwards. This morning, she rolled herself down off the bed and landed on the floor with a big cry ... ah-oh ...

Tuesday, September 21, 2004
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September 20, 2004

Monday, monday. Monday again. Again?

I am sure Emma would not have any idea of what Monday means. Or maybe she knows that I am home some days and then disappear many hours some other days. I cannot tell. She cannot talk, or draw or write yet.

Emma has been quite of a fashion model. Not out of vainity or beauty-seeking, just out of necessity. She spills her meals and water whenever she eats. She gets her cloths all soiled by crawling here and there. So I have the great job of changing her. I took great pleasuer. A staped simple blue sun T-shirt with a pair of long baggy jeans. A red overall on top of white baby undershirt. A pink light sun dress that bear her little chunky legs out and her big diapers visible. ... No shoes. 90% of time she will have no shoes. She does not like shoes. I am pretty bad remembering putting her shoes on.

...

Yesterday we went to the lincoln park zoo.
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Monday, monday. Monday again. Again?

I am sure Emma would not have any idea of what Monday means. Or maybe she knows that I am home some days and then disappear many hours some other days. I cannot tell. She cannot talk, or draw or write yet.

Emma has been quite of a fashion model. Not out of vainity or beauty-seeking, just out of necessity. She spills her meals and water whenever she eats. She gets her cloths all soiled by crawling here and there. So I have the great job of changing her. I took great pleasuer. A staped simple blue sun T-shirt with a pair of long baggy jeans. A red overall on top of white baby undershirt. A pink light sun dress that bear her little chunky legs out and her big diapers visible. ... No shoes. 90% of time she will have no shoes. She does not like shoes. I am pretty bad remembering putting her shoes on.

...

Yesterday we went to the lincoln park zoo.

Monday, September 20, 2004
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September 16, 2004

Today Leo took Emma to the baby museum again. In the museum, Emma met a little 15-month-old girl. Seemingly more and more interested in babies of her "generation", Emma graciously approached her and tried to play with her. She was pretty rudely rejected. That girl was totally uneasy with her. Emma still acted extremely civilized. She handed her toy to the girl's nanny, gesturing her to play. Wow! And when they left, she courtiously waved bye-bye. Leo as well as the Nanny were all very delighted and marvelled at her. Yeah, that is my daughter.

Another funny thing about Emma today was that she hummed some simple tunes while she tentatively "walked" in the kitchen. Mary Beth bought her another tiny baby book, she got so thrilled.
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Today Leo took Emma to the baby museum again. In the museum, Emma met a little 15-month-old girl. Seemingly more and more interested in babies of her "generation", Emma graciously approached her and tried to play with her. She was pretty rudely rejected. That girl was totally uneasy with her. Emma still acted extremely civilized. She handed her toy to the girl's nanny, gesturing her to play. Wow! And when they left, she courtiously waved bye-bye. Leo as well as the Nanny were all very delighted and marvelled at her. Yeah, that is my daughter.

Another funny thing about Emma today was that she hummed some simple tunes while she tentatively "walked" in the kitchen. Mary Beth bought her another tiny baby book, she got so thrilled.

Thursday, September 16, 2004
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September 15, 2004

Ah-h, I really have to catch up with the blog thing, Otherwise this blog will lost its meaning of existence.
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Ah-h, I really have to catch up with the blog thing, Otherwise this blog will lost its meaning of existence.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004
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Ah-h, I really have to catch up with the blog thing,Otherwise this blog will lost its meaning of existence.
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Ah-h, I really have to catch up with the blog thing,Otherwise this blog will lost its meaning of existence.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004
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September 09, 2004

A new week is gone. Gone with it was a long four day weekend, gone with it is my memory. I really have to think hard to recall what we have done, what have happened.

Oh, yeah, we went to the zoo! Loins, tigers, leopards, apes, monkeys, gorrillas, flamingos ... a lot of them are the first time for me too. Invariably, we inserted ourselves into the pictures with animals, especially the gorrilas. How funny it was when we saw a giant gorrillas looked so bored so pensive and so indifferent at all us people.

I think Emma enjoyed the animals too. But the sun was hot (the last bit of summer sun) and the zoo is big, she grew very tired and fell into asleep before we even reached the bird house. I will take her there more.
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A new week is gone. Gone with it was a long four day weekend, gone with it is my memory. I really have to think hard to recall what we have done, what have happened.

Oh, yeah, we went to the zoo! Loins, tigers, leopards, apes, monkeys, gorrillas, flamingos ... a lot of them are the first time for me too. Invariably, we inserted ourselves into the pictures with animals, especially the gorrilas. How funny it was when we saw a giant gorrillas looked so bored so pensive and so indifferent at all us people.

I think Emma enjoyed the animals too. But the sun was hot (the last bit of summer sun) and the zoo is big, she grew very tired and fell into asleep before we even reached the bird house. I will take her there more.

Thursday, September 09, 2004
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September 03, 2004

11:41 pm. Emma is quietly at sleep. She woke up some 30 minutes ago, sitting up in her little bed crying heartbrokenly. I went to pick her up. Lying in my arms, she soon fell back to sleep.

I have been trying to find a day care center for her. Still undecided whether to spend a fortune, or simply just let Leo take care of her while I am at work. It is very hard to find a suitable day care center too. Almost all of them have a long waiting list ...

Today I visited the Montessouri school on Dempster street with MB. Indeed everything is exquisite, beautiful and thoughtful, everything is such a lovely miniture of real world objects, dishes, sponge, little balls, pincers, measuring rods, ... it was kind of like the house of seven little dwarf in the story of Snow White, ... the classrooms are fairytale classrooms ... but then I found out the price, and it totally depressed me ... on average, it costs about 4 to 5 thousand dollars a month ...
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11:41 pm. Emma is quietly at sleep. She woke up some 30 minutes ago, sitting up in her little bed crying heartbrokenly. I went to pick her up. Lying in my arms, she soon fell back to sleep.

I have been trying to find a day care center for her. Still undecided whether to spend a fortune, or simply just let Leo take care of her while I am at work. It is very hard to find a suitable day care center too. Almost all of them have a long waiting list ...

Today I visited the Montessouri school on Dempster street with MB. Indeed everything is exquisite, beautiful and thoughtful, everything is such a lovely miniture of real world objects, dishes, sponge, little balls, pincers, measuring rods, ... it was kind of like the house of seven little dwarf in the story of Snow White, ... the classrooms are fairytale classrooms ... but then I found out the price, and it totally depressed me ... on average, it costs about 4 to 5 thousand dollars a month ...

Friday, September 03, 2004
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August 31, 2004

Sunday I posted a lot of pictures of her, a movie of her slowly crawling on a lawn. Leo and I set a goal to put together of a 30-minute movie of hers when she turns one. Aha, aha, she will be one year old in a month. It is a little unbelivable. I am marvelled at the fact that I have successfully raised a healthy, beautiful baby and now she is almost one. And we have had quite a lot of fun.

Emma is having fun too. She is soooo talkative. As if she could not get enough time to express her thoughts, she woke up around 3 am on Monday morning, ernestly babbled for another 20 minutes. Running her little hand on my face, she pointed at my mouth, eyes, nose while pronounced something. I suspected that she was mimick us teaching her about her eyes, nose ... Leo and I watched her unbelivably, could not help laughing, which made her more spirited
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Sunday I posted a lot of pictures of her, a movie of her slowly crawling on a lawn. Leo and I set a goal to put together of a 30-minute movie of hers when she turns one. Aha, aha, she will be one year old in a month. It is a little unbelivable. I am marvelled at the fact that I have successfully raised a healthy, beautiful baby and now she is almost one. And we have had quite a lot of fun.

Emma is having fun too. She is soooo talkative. As if she could not get enough time to express her thoughts, she woke up around 3 am on Monday morning, ernestly babbled for another 20 minutes. Running her little hand on my face, she pointed at my mouth, eyes, nose while pronounced something. I suspected that she was mimick us teaching her about her eyes, nose ... Leo and I watched her unbelivably, could not help laughing, which made her more spirited

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August 27, 2004

The night before last night, Emma probably had some bad stomach ache. She cried loudly and intermittenly, sounded in real pain. Her little tommy felt hard as stone. No music could appease her. Fortunately it did not last long.

Last night it was funny. She slept at about 10:30, then woke up at 12:30. Then for about an hour or so, she simply refused to go back to sleep. In the dark, she crawled all over the bed, sat up, looked around her totally awake ...
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The night before last night, Emma probably had some bad stomach ache. She cried loudly and intermittenly, sounded in real pain. Her little tommy felt hard as stone. No music could appease her. Fortunately it did not last long.

Last night it was funny. She slept at about 10:30, then woke up at 12:30. Then for about an hour or so, she simply refused to go back to sleep. In the dark, she crawled all over the bed, sat up, looked around her totally awake ...

Friday, August 27, 2004
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August 25, 2004

I neglected to blog for emma for quite a few days. My interests dwindled ... Soon enough, I will see only a couple for her each month, then gradually, zero. I hope my hopes for her, my promises to her would not disappear so easily. I hope that the once seemed inshakable determination I held for her, that I will do everything to make her happy, grow physically strong, intellectually superb, will not go into drain.

However she is good, growing quite capable of more and more things. Like standing up, walking with minimum support, babbling profusely, making charming little gestures and big loud laughters, like eating all sorts of fruits, showing a lot of interest in books, playing toy trains and buses, imitating car driving noise, looking at you with wondering eyes ...

She is really smart ... And yeterday, MB got her a drawing board, I hope soon she will be able to draw things on the board. The endless possibilities are still there for her ... For that, I have to work harder, be more disciplined and be kinder ... Yeah, I love her
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I neglected to blog for emma for quite a few days. My interests dwindled ... Soon enough, I will see only a couple for her each month, then gradually, zero. I hope my hopes for her, my promises to her would not disappear so easily. I hope that the once seemed inshakable determination I held for her, that I will do everything to make her happy, grow physically strong, intellectually superb, will not go into drain.

However she is good, growing quite capable of more and more things. Like standing up, walking with minimum support, babbling profusely, making charming little gestures and big loud laughters, like eating all sorts of fruits, showing a lot of interest in books, playing toy trains and buses, imitating car driving noise, looking at you with wondering eyes ...

She is really smart ... And yeterday, MB got her a drawing board, I hope soon she will be able to draw things on the board. The endless possibilities are still there for her ... For that, I have to work harder, be more disciplined and be kinder ... Yeah, I love her

Wednesday, August 25, 2004
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August 22, 2004

I took some pictures for emma today. She is cute.




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I took some pictures for emma today. She is cute.




Sunday, August 22, 2004
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August 11, 2004

We got her a baby Mozard VHS yeterday, lively music with many cute little animals, cute little mechanic toys, bright bright colors. We think she likes it, but not as much as her signing time.

I wonder how to draw a line between this kind of videotaps and video games. Which one is more stimulating or brain-damaging?

Emma seems to have developed interest in books, especially touch and feel books. In the very beginning, she was very skeptical and fearful of such a wierd thing, books that you can turn pages but each page there is something furry or slippery. But now she keeps running her fingers along the furry ears of a rabbit in a book, or sticking her finger in a hole of her book.
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We got her a baby Mozard VHS yeterday, lively music with many cute little animals, cute little mechanic toys, bright bright colors. We think she likes it, but not as much as her signing time.

I wonder how to draw a line between this kind of videotaps and video games. Which one is more stimulating or brain-damaging?

Emma seems to have developed interest in books, especially touch and feel books. In the very beginning, she was very skeptical and fearful of such a wierd thing, books that you can turn pages but each page there is something furry or slippery. But now she keeps running her fingers along the furry ears of a rabbit in a book, or sticking her finger in a hole of her book.

Wednesday, August 11, 2004
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August 09, 2004

Two days ago, Emma had her 10-month-old birthday. She does know about it. We did not celebrate. It passed like every other day, probably busier, more frantic. MB got a new apartment and is going to move in three months, which threw us into a new uncertainty. My heart just sank ...

However, Emma grows in spite of anything, blissfully ignorant of anything ... that is a force no one can stop.

She definitely can do so much more now. She have reached all development milestones of her age. She crawls pretty well now, although she prefers much more to walking. As soon as she reaches a thing that she can hold on to she will manage to get herself up. She has shown strong curiosity to a lot of things, old and new, pans, pots, kitchen stuff, books, pianos, her toys ... She talks in volumes, tones and tunes, accompanied by her signs that are only meaningful to her. She eats everything and likes almost anything. Oh, well, she does not care about bananas anymore. And she always prefer breast milk to formulas. At the age of 10 months old! I do not know how can I ever wean her from breast milk!
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Two days ago, Emma had her 10-month-old birthday. She does know about it. We did not celebrate. It passed like every other day, probably busier, more frantic. MB got a new apartment and is going to move in three months, which threw us into a new uncertainty. My heart just sank ...

However, Emma grows in spite of anything, blissfully ignorant of anything ... that is a force no one can stop.

She definitely can do so much more now. She have reached all development milestones of her age. She crawls pretty well now, although she prefers much more to walking. As soon as she reaches a thing that she can hold on to she will manage to get herself up. She has shown strong curiosity to a lot of things, old and new, pans, pots, kitchen stuff, books, pianos, her toys ... She talks in volumes, tones and tunes, accompanied by her signs that are only meaningful to her. She eats everything and likes almost anything. Oh, well, she does not care about bananas anymore. And she always prefer breast milk to formulas. At the age of 10 months old! I do not know how can I ever wean her from breast milk!

Monday, August 09, 2004
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August 04, 2004

Seems that I can no longer keep a daily journal for little emma, with my sometimes drepressed, sometimes busy mind. It no longer excites me. We do not even take as many pictures as before. Yeh, we had lakes, we had tons of her naked chubby bathing pictures. There were baby musuems, there were she with me, with leo, then with me again. It must feel boring for minds hungry for new things. Yeah, day from day, Emma is just the same, even though she probably has grown a little taller, her appetite more varied and less selective (baby food is her enemy), her crowling skills more sophisticated, she got more toys, birds ... but still, poor Emma, with an unimaginative me, she seems that she does not change much, not from day to day. I guess I am wishing that she can just grow so good so wise that all of a sudden I would find myself writing to her at her Harvard email address.

Oh, well, I just hope at least I will keep this little blog going, so one day I may have something to look back on. Oh, well, what's the meaning of doing this and that? ...

Anyway, let me try to recall what have happened since I last wrote something for Emma.
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Seems that I can no longer keep a daily journal for little emma, with my sometimes drepressed, sometimes busy mind. It no longer excites me. We do not even take as many pictures as before. Yeh, we had lakes, we had tons of her naked chubby bathing pictures. There were baby musuems, there were she with me, with leo, then with me again. It must feel boring for minds hungry for new things. Yeah, day from day, Emma is just the same, even though she probably has grown a little taller, her appetite more varied and less selective (baby food is her enemy), her crowling skills more sophisticated, she got more toys, birds ... but still, poor Emma, with an unimaginative me, she seems that she does not change much, not from day to day. I guess I am wishing that she can just grow so good so wise that all of a sudden I would find myself writing to her at her Harvard email address.

Oh, well, I just hope at least I will keep this little blog going, so one day I may have something to look back on. Oh, well, what's the meaning of doing this and that? ...

Anyway, let me try to recall what have happened since I last wrote something for Emma.

Wednesday, August 04, 2004
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July 28, 2004

Monday she had a good day, smiling, crawling, walking her walks, and playing ... just a perfect baby. I guess she is full of desire of talking, she kept mumbling, ..., while giving a serious look. Too bad, no one understands her. "What do they say in babyland? Why? The oddest thing. Might as well try to tell what a birdie sings ..."

Later that evening, MB and I talked about early reading and drawing staff. To experiment on her, we took out the washable crayons and let Emma stab the crayon on the white face of refrig. Half of times, she put them in her mouth and had a big black mouth.

Tuesday she was not very content. Complaining a great deal. At night she was quite a sport, crawling in our bed everywhere, we had to pull her back from the edge of the bed ... it took her an hour to finally settle down and sleep.
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Monday she had a good day, smiling, crawling, walking her walks, and playing ... just a perfect baby. I guess she is full of desire of talking, she kept mumbling, ..., while giving a serious look. Too bad, no one understands her. "What do they say in babyland? Why? The oddest thing. Might as well try to tell what a birdie sings ..."

Later that evening, MB and I talked about early reading and drawing staff. To experiment on her, we took out the washable crayons and let Emma stab the crayon on the white face of refrig. Half of times, she put them in her mouth and had a big black mouth.

Tuesday she was not very content. Complaining a great deal. At night she was quite a sport, crawling in our bed everywhere, we had to pull her back from the edge of the bed ... it took her an hour to finally settle down and sleep.

Wednesday, July 28, 2004
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July 26, 2004

Both a busy and idle day with her. Busy with a few trips here and there, busy with a few books, a few toys, busy doing that car sound "woo-woo-woo", or birdie "tweet-tweet-tweet" all day all the way ... but also idle. A lot of times I half lied, while she sat moving bead or blocks along the track. 

I wonder if babies also feel bored. When she angry, sad, happy, excited, her face would surely show. She clearly understands a lot of things now, like hot, cold, going by by, birdie, doggie, ... but I wonder if she knows what boredom means. I remember I got bored so very often, even and especially when I was a kid ...

I hope she would think back one day that she has had a wonderful colorful childhood.

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Both a busy and idle day with her. Busy with a few trips here and there, busy with a few books, a few toys, busy doing that car sound "woo-woo-woo", or birdie "tweet-tweet-tweet" all day all the way ... but also idle. A lot of times I half lied, while she sat moving bead or blocks along the track. 

I wonder if babies also feel bored. When she angry, sad, happy, excited, her face would surely show. She clearly understands a lot of things now, like hot, cold, going by by, birdie, doggie, ... but I wonder if she knows what boredom means. I remember I got bored so very often, even and especially when I was a kid ...

I hope she would think back one day that she has had a wonderful colorful childhood.

Monday, July 26, 2004
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July 24, 2004

Two weeks have passed. I neglected to write anything for her. Too lazy, too burdened, to depressed to feel like doing anything. Yet she had growned and developed in her own course. Suddenly, or not at suddenly, she can understand many things now, she can crawl using her knees, not just on her stomach, she has developed a full range of emotions and has had her own way to express them. She loves the Pat the bunny book ... 

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Two weeks have passed. I neglected to write anything for her. Too lazy, too burdened, to depressed to feel like doing anything. Yet she had growned and developed in her own course. Suddenly, or not at suddenly, she can understand many things now, she can crawl using her knees, not just on her stomach, she has developed a full range of emotions and has had her own way to express them. She loves the Pat the bunny book ... 

Saturday, July 24, 2004
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July 11, 2004

One more week is gone. Emma turned to nine-month-old this week. She was very fussy one day, then all good for the rest of the week. She still hates crawling. I figured that on average she crawled about 2.5 meters every day this week. I have a goal for her to crawl 10 meters every day the following week. She can put stuff in a container now, be it a drawer, a basket or a bowl. She can even occasionally stack one small bowl into a big bowl, which impressed me.
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One more week is gone. Emma turned to nine-month-old this week. She was very fussy one day, then all good for the rest of the week. She still hates crawling. I figured that on average she crawled about 2.5 meters every day this week. I have a goal for her to crawl 10 meters every day the following week. She can put stuff in a container now, be it a drawer, a basket or a bowl. She can even occasionally stack one small bowl into a big bowl, which impressed me.

Sunday, July 11, 2004
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July 06, 2004


Baby Emma and Leo

Proud Parents, curious babies


Taken by the Fourth of July tradition, concerned with possible thunderstorm, we BBQed on the fifth of July instead. A rather windy and sometimes chilly day. Little Emma met Little Leo, the thirteen-month-old son of my friends Liu Jing and Li Hui. Neither of them is old enough to be interested in each other. To babies as young as they are, adults, especially parents are much more reliable and fun. Therefore, Emma spent most of time in my arms, likewise, Leo spent most of time playing with his mom and dad. Such a wonder, he has fully mastered the art of walking and crawling. It was quite hilarious that he chased the balls. Emma got some catch up work to do, but of course, she is five months younger. But she was somehow more fussy than usual, we suspect that it was because teething made her so. There are two more teeth coming out.
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Baby Emma and Leo

Proud Parents, curious babies


Taken by the Fourth of July tradition, concerned with possible thunderstorm, we BBQed on the fifth of July instead. A rather windy and sometimes chilly day. Little Emma met Little Leo, the thirteen-month-old son of my friends Liu Jing and Li Hui. Neither of them is old enough to be interested in each other. To babies as young as they are, adults, especially parents are much more reliable and fun. Therefore, Emma spent most of time in my arms, likewise, Leo spent most of time playing with his mom and dad. Such a wonder, he has fully mastered the art of walking and crawling. It was quite hilarious that he chased the balls. Emma got some catch up work to do, but of course, she is five months younger. But she was somehow more fussy than usual, we suspect that it was because teething made her so. There are two more teeth coming out.

Tuesday, July 06, 2004
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July 05, 2004

Independance Day. Fireworks Day. A sunny day, though the weather forcast predicted it would rain or there would be scattered thunder storms, as a result of which we put off our bbq to the following monday.

Emma seemed not to be so in holiday mood. She was quite fussy. She slept quite a lot.

A lot of people gathered along the lake. Big crowds everywhere. Big fat cops in black uniforms patrolled the area. The air smells BBQ and fireworks powder. A band played various July-4th appropriate music.

We took Emma out for a walk, walking slowly along the lake, through the crowds, stoping here and there watching babies and listening to the music. Around 9:30, darkness completely fell, one after one fireworks lit up the sky, while crowds got excited, Emma somehow seemed a little scared, she turned her head and looked up at the fireworks for a while, then turned back to me and held me tightly and whined a little. We took her home half an hour later.

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Independance Day. Fireworks Day. A sunny day, though the weather forcast predicted it would rain or there would be scattered thunder storms, as a result of which we put off our bbq to the following monday.

Emma seemed not to be so in holiday mood. She was quite fussy. She slept quite a lot.

A lot of people gathered along the lake. Big crowds everywhere. Big fat cops in black uniforms patrolled the area. The air smells BBQ and fireworks powder. A band played various July-4th appropriate music.

We took Emma out for a walk, walking slowly along the lake, through the crowds, stoping here and there watching babies and listening to the music. Around 9:30, darkness completely fell, one after one fireworks lit up the sky, while crowds got excited, Emma somehow seemed a little scared, she turned her head and looked up at the fireworks for a while, then turned back to me and held me tightly and whined a little. We took her home half an hour later.

Monday, July 05, 2004
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July 04, 2004

Sometimes rain drizzles
Along breeze comes
It is like a lullaby
that Mom softly sings

Sometimes rain drops
Yet the sun also shines
Then high in the sky
A beautiful rainbow hangs

Sometimes rain pours
And thunder roars
It must be throwing a tantrum
Without any reasons

The Rain

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Sometimes rain drizzles
Along breeze comes
It is like a lullaby
that Mom softly sings

Sometimes rain drops
Yet the sun also shines
Then high in the sky
A beautiful rainbow hangs

Sometimes rain pours
And thunder roars
It must be throwing a tantrum
Without any reasons

Sunday, July 04, 2004
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July 03, 2004

I love mommy
Mummy loves me

I love Daddy
Daddy loves me

I love grandma
Grandma loves me

I love everyone
Everyone loves me

Everyone loves Me

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I love mommy
Mummy loves me

I love Daddy
Daddy loves me

I love grandma
Grandma loves me

I love everyone
Everyone loves me

Saturday, July 03, 2004
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Riding on Mom's shoulders,
Sitting in Mom's arms,
Mom and I are a team

Swing, we swing,
Up in the air
Slide, we slide
Down to the ground
Crowl, we crowl
Slowly on the ramp
Walk, we walk
Gingerly along the rod

Out to the lake
Water we splash
Sitting on the beach
Sand we sift

Dressed in red, orange, or blue
School children play in teams
Mommy and I are a team too

Mom and I are a team

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Riding on Mom's shoulders,
Sitting in Mom's arms,
Mom and I are a team

Swing, we swing,
Up in the air
Slide, we slide
Down to the ground
Crowl, we crowl
Slowly on the ramp
Walk, we walk
Gingerly along the rod

Out to the lake
Water we splash
Sitting on the beach
Sand we sift

Dressed in red, orange, or blue
School children play in teams
Mommy and I are a team too

Saturday, July 03, 2004
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July 02, 2004

The sun shines brightly. Big, playful tides roll up to the shore. People, children and dogs are all out, enjoying the full bloom of summer.

My long holiday weekend starts from today too. I spent a whole day with Emma. As a norm, whenever I am not at work, Leo would throw the responsibility of babysitting to me. Whatever.

We stayed at home, reading books for a while, we tried a few kinds of baby food. But Emma only likes real adult food. She ate green bell peppers and chicken, spiced and salted. She turned resolutely away from her mushy tasteless boring babyfood. She grabbed cherries and sqeezed them and used her two little white pearls to cut through them. Soon enough, she got a funny bloody-red mouth and red-juice stained shirt. I let her.

We went to the beach, the children's park. A lot of children, led by the school teachers, dressed in either red, orange, blue or white were also there. Emma stared at them, then lazily let me swing her up and down. We then climbed the ramp, slid together down the slides. On the beach, she got sand everywhere in her body, even in her butt. She kept mumbling "mm- mma - mmm - mmmma ...". I swang her in the water, screaming when the tides went up to my knees, and she curled up her legs, quite smartly

I think we had a good time. Need to confirm with Emma about this one day when she grows up.
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The sun shines brightly. Big, playful tides roll up to the shore. People, children and dogs are all out, enjoying the full bloom of summer.

My long holiday weekend starts from today too. I spent a whole day with Emma. As a norm, whenever I am not at work, Leo would throw the responsibility of babysitting to me. Whatever.

We stayed at home, reading books for a while, we tried a few kinds of baby food. But Emma only likes real adult food. She ate green bell peppers and chicken, spiced and salted. She turned resolutely away from her mushy tasteless boring babyfood. She grabbed cherries and sqeezed them and used her two little white pearls to cut through them. Soon enough, she got a funny bloody-red mouth and red-juice stained shirt. I let her.

We went to the beach, the children's park. A lot of children, led by the school teachers, dressed in either red, orange, blue or white were also there. Emma stared at them, then lazily let me swing her up and down. We then climbed the ramp, slid together down the slides. On the beach, she got sand everywhere in her body, even in her butt. She kept mumbling "mm- mma - mmm - mmmma ...". I swang her in the water, screaming when the tides went up to my knees, and she curled up her legs, quite smartly

I think we had a good time. Need to confirm with Emma about this one day when she grows up.

Friday, July 02, 2004
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June 29, 2004

Emma got big hives today. There were hives all over her body, legs, arms and face. It was so itchy she kept scratching herself, so hard as if she just wanted to take her skin off. We were all scared. We do not know why. Food she ate, misgito bites, something in the sand? When I went home, she was sleeping and the hives went off a little. However, when she woke up, she had some hard time breathing. She had to use her mouth to breathe, and her nose made heavy sniffing sound. I was so so scared. She was in a good mood though, playing, smiling as if it were not she who got this big allergic reaction.

Her hives gradually went away later in the night.
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Emma got big hives today. There were hives all over her body, legs, arms and face. It was so itchy she kept scratching herself, so hard as if she just wanted to take her skin off. We were all scared. We do not know why. Food she ate, misgito bites, something in the sand? When I went home, she was sleeping and the hives went off a little. However, when she woke up, she had some hard time breathing. She had to use her mouth to breathe, and her nose made heavy sniffing sound. I was so so scared. She was in a good mood though, playing, smiling as if it were not she who got this big allergic reaction.

Her hives gradually went away later in the night.

Tuesday, June 29, 2004
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June 28, 2004

-by Mary Beth

Emma is eight months old. She loves the birds.
She listens to their calls and looks around.
When she sees the white birds on the beach, she laughs and calls.
She opens her hand and calls louder and louder.
She opens and closes her fist.
She wants to hold them, but they fly away.
What are they called? We don’t know their names either.

Emma is eight months old. She loves the beach.
She hangs on our hands and swings in the water.
She lifts her feet and slaps them down in the water.
She reaches out and tries to hold the sea.
Emma stands in the water and watches the sand cover her feet.
She sits in the sand and rakes the sand. She mashes the sand.
She doesn’t eat the sand. How does she know that sand is not oatmeal?

Emma is eight months old. She loves the fountain.
She stands on the edge and touches the water.
She looks at her feet and feels the cold.
She reaches for the water and tightens her hand.
The water runs through her fingers and she looks puzzled.
The big white flowers are soft, but what are they?
She buries her head in mama’s chest.

Emma is eight months old. She loves the mirror.
She pulls herself up and laughs at the baby. She bounces and shakes.
She turns her head sideways and smiles. She slowly, slowly bends.
She rests on her heels for one minute.
Then she pops up and kisses the mirror.
She sticks out her tongue. She bares her two teeth. She says da da DA!
She slowly lowers her butt to the floor and picks up a tiny piece of dust.

Emma is eight months old. When she has her daddy, she wants her mommy.
When she has her mommy she wants me.
She holds one hand on mama’s shirt and one hand on my shirt.
She has everything she wants.
She is always happy and always wants more.
Not this food, not that food, maybe the dish.
Throw it! Throw it! Let’s go out. Let’s dance. Make me laugh.

Emma is eight months old

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-by Mary Beth

Emma is eight months old. She loves the birds.
She listens to their calls and looks around.
When she sees the white birds on the beach, she laughs and calls.
She opens her hand and calls louder and louder.
She opens and closes her fist.
She wants to hold them, but they fly away.
What are they called? We don’t know their names either.

Emma is eight months old. She loves the beach.
She hangs on our hands and swings in the water.
She lifts her feet and slaps them down in the water.
She reaches out and tries to hold the sea.
Emma stands in the water and watches the sand cover her feet.
She sits in the sand and rakes the sand. She mashes the sand.
She doesn’t eat the sand. How does she know that sand is not oatmeal?

Emma is eight months old. She loves the fountain.
She stands on the edge and touches the water.
She looks at her feet and feels the cold.
She reaches for the water and tightens her hand.
The water runs through her fingers and she looks puzzled.
The big white flowers are soft, but what are they?
She buries her head in mama’s chest.

Emma is eight months old. She loves the mirror.
She pulls herself up and laughs at the baby. She bounces and shakes.
She turns her head sideways and smiles. She slowly, slowly bends.
She rests on her heels for one minute.
Then she pops up and kisses the mirror.
She sticks out her tongue. She bares her two teeth. She says da da DA!
She slowly lowers her butt to the floor and picks up a tiny piece of dust.

Emma is eight months old. When she has her daddy, she wants her mommy.
When she has her mommy she wants me.
She holds one hand on mama’s shirt and one hand on my shirt.
She has everything she wants.
She is always happy and always wants more.
Not this food, not that food, maybe the dish.
Throw it! Throw it! Let’s go out. Let’s dance. Make me laugh.

Monday, June 28, 2004
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June 27, 2004

Beautiful day, breeze, air, sky, beach, sand, lake, and neiborhood. Emma is in a wonderful mood, too. Most of her time she is charmingly playful and cheerful. I hope she will forever stay this way.

She sort of knows how to put her baby doll in a little drawer now. Oh, she consistently communicates in her own her. We change her diaper, she goes "M-m-a,M-m-a,...", we feed her, she goes "M-m-a,M-m-a,...", we bathe her, she tries to get out the bath tub, she goes "M-m-a,M-m-a,..." it is funny. Sometimes it gets a little too loud, too much though.

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Beautiful day, breeze, air, sky, beach, sand, lake, and neiborhood. Emma is in a wonderful mood, too. Most of her time she is charmingly playful and cheerful. I hope she will forever stay this way.

She sort of knows how to put her baby doll in a little drawer now. Oh, she consistently communicates in her own her. We change her diaper, she goes "M-m-a,M-m-a,...", we feed her, she goes "M-m-a,M-m-a,...", we bathe her, she tries to get out the bath tub, she goes "M-m-a,M-m-a,..." it is funny. Sometimes it gets a little too loud, too much though.

Sunday, June 27, 2004
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June 25, 2004

She took the train to downtown today. MB and I took her. Unlike that I take trains to work every day, she took the train just for fun, for experience. Like rich people try to have some taste of being poor. She was pretty happy on the train. She was her usual self, busy looking at people, occasionally she grabbed the newspaper of a person who was sitting behind her.

She went to see MCIC people.
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She took the train to downtown today. MB and I took her. Unlike that I take trains to work every day, she took the train just for fun, for experience. Like rich people try to have some taste of being poor. She was pretty happy on the train. She was her usual self, busy looking at people, occasionally she grabbed the newspaper of a person who was sitting behind her.

She went to see MCIC people.

Friday, June 25, 2004
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June 21, 2004

First time ever. Emma went to bed at 8:30 pm and slept straight through. She must be too exhausted.

MB said she was interested in the rain, water fountain, water drops from trees. She took great pleasure in shaking tree leaves so water dropped down all over her. I know that. She is a curious baby.
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First time ever. Emma went to bed at 8:30 pm and slept straight through. She must be too exhausted.

MB said she was interested in the rain, water fountain, water drops from trees. She took great pleasure in shaking tree leaves so water dropped down all over her. I know that. She is a curious baby.

Monday, June 21, 2004
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June 20, 2004

Day of BBQ.

Duanny, MB, and we have had BBQ today. The BBQ was fantastic, thanks to Duanny's hard and 4-hours work.

Emma did not care about BBQ. While we were out on the lawn, she was just looking around, very quiet, contemplating the meaning of life. I took her to swing, she was thrilled and giggling so merrily, showing her two little quite teeth.

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Day of BBQ.

Duanny, MB, and we have had BBQ today. The BBQ was fantastic, thanks to Duanny's hard and 4-hours work.

Emma did not care about BBQ. While we were out on the lawn, she was just looking around, very quiet, contemplating the meaning of life. I took her to swing, she was thrilled and giggling so merrily, showing her two little quite teeth.

Sunday, June 20, 2004
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June 19, 2004

Saturday. We did all the routines, running through the full cycle of her life, eating, napping, out to the beach, to the playground. Everything is fine, forgettable. The only thing is that She cried unstoppably from the minute she was in the car seat to the minute we took her out. But, law is law, life is life, we hardened our hearts and ignored her cry and successfully finished our shopping.
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Saturday. We did all the routines, running through the full cycle of her life, eating, napping, out to the beach, to the playground. Everything is fine, forgettable. The only thing is that She cried unstoppably from the minute she was in the car seat to the minute we took her out. But, law is law, life is life, we hardened our hearts and ignored her cry and successfully finished our shopping.

Saturday, June 19, 2004
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June 18, 2004

Monday skipped. Wednesday skipped. Thursday skipped. Sometimes I got busy, sometimes I got lazy, days just slipped by. But Emma never missed a day growing, she just misses me whenever I am away. I cannot stand her cry in the morning when I try to sneak out, away from her
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Monday skipped. Wednesday skipped. Thursday skipped. Sometimes I got busy, sometimes I got lazy, days just slipped by. But Emma never missed a day growing, she just misses me whenever I am away. I cannot stand her cry in the morning when I try to sneak out, away from her

Friday, June 18, 2004
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June 15, 2004

We are back to the museum again, back to her babie's corner, miniature domick store, complicated water plant and many many music instruments again. Only she got no chicks or chicks in shells to see today. In place of the little chicken farm, the musuem put on a small Chigall exhibit. So I held her to look at the paintings, photos ...

Emma met a pretential friend today. When she was horning her crawling skills, reaching for a noisy toy truck, a little baby girl showed up with her mom. 11 months old, she already walks so well, she can even walk briskly. Her name is Ashley. Emma is very friendly to her.

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We are back to the museum again, back to her babie's corner, miniature domick store, complicated water plant and many many music instruments again. Only she got no chicks or chicks in shells to see today. In place of the little chicken farm, the musuem put on a small Chigall exhibit. So I held her to look at the paintings, photos ...

Emma met a pretential friend today. When she was horning her crawling skills, reaching for a noisy toy truck, a little baby girl showed up with her mom. 11 months old, she already walks so well, she can even walk briskly. Her name is Ashley. Emma is very friendly to her.

Tuesday, June 15, 2004
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June 13, 2004

Emma seems to have some problems sitting in her car seat. Today we took her to shopping. And man, as soon as we put her in her car seat, she cried loudly and so uncontrollably. She cried my / her heart out, tears just kept rolling down her cheeks. With her eyes half closed, she kicked and kicked, trying so hard to sit up and reach for me. I held her hand, tried in vain to comfort her. She just grabbed my shirt and tried to let me know how much she hated sitting there and how much she wanted to be held ...

It must be the fault of the car seat. It is too infantile, it should be only for babies who cannot sit up, but Emma is already so big and so good sitting up ... So we took her to Target and bought her a new car seat. It can last until she is 40 lbs.
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Emma seems to have some problems sitting in her car seat. Today we took her to shopping. And man, as soon as we put her in her car seat, she cried loudly and so uncontrollably. She cried my / her heart out, tears just kept rolling down her cheeks. With her eyes half closed, she kicked and kicked, trying so hard to sit up and reach for me. I held her hand, tried in vain to comfort her. She just grabbed my shirt and tried to let me know how much she hated sitting there and how much she wanted to be held ...

It must be the fault of the car seat. It is too infantile, it should be only for babies who cannot sit up, but Emma is already so big and so good sitting up ... So we took her to Target and bought her a new car seat. It can last until she is 40 lbs.

Sunday, June 13, 2004
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June 12, 2004

Unbearable hot summer times. It must be. Everyday Emma sweats profusely. Even when it feels cool to us, even though the summer has just started. There is always a thin film of sweats on her nose, her head is always a bit of wet with sweats. Waking up in the morning, she is just all sweaty ... Oh, man, just like that funny poem, I cannot take the sun no more, ... I might as well take the skin off.

The solution? None. Air conditioner is out of the question. Besides we do not feel hot. Just to try to make things a little cooler for her, we cut her hair. Sneaking in, I cut some hair off her head, Leo cut off her bangs. We did such lousy job, MB said that it was like a mower has run through her head, later she said we crucified her hair. Poor baby. Her hair does look aweful. But on the other hand, her forehead looks high and big, a sign of great intelligence! Still, poor Emma, she will have to endure at least a couple of bad hair months.

Bad Hair Months

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Unbearable hot summer times. It must be. Everyday Emma sweats profusely. Even when it feels cool to us, even though the summer has just started. There is always a thin film of sweats on her nose, her head is always a bit of wet with sweats. Waking up in the morning, she is just all sweaty ... Oh, man, just like that funny poem, I cannot take the sun no more, ... I might as well take the skin off.

The solution? None. Air conditioner is out of the question. Besides we do not feel hot. Just to try to make things a little cooler for her, we cut her hair. Sneaking in, I cut some hair off her head, Leo cut off her bangs. We did such lousy job, MB said that it was like a mower has run through her head, later she said we crucified her hair. Poor baby. Her hair does look aweful. But on the other hand, her forehead looks high and big, a sign of great intelligence! Still, poor Emma, she will have to endure at least a couple of bad hair months.

Saturday, June 12, 2004
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June 10, 2004

An ordinary day. Another day of play. Another day of doing and learning a bit of everything, walking, crawling, eating carrots, sitting in the chair protesting, banging a bit of piano, refusing to sleep, then sleeping ...

Today it rained. A whole day.

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An ordinary day. Another day of play. Another day of doing and learning a bit of everything, walking, crawling, eating carrots, sitting in the chair protesting, banging a bit of piano, refusing to sleep, then sleeping ...

Today it rained. A whole day.

Thursday, June 10, 2004
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June 09, 2004

MB stayted home and babysitted Emma today. She had a full day, at least by MB's account. They went to the thrift store, the baby park and the beach. She got a very very cute swimming suit. Wearing that to the beach, she caught the attention of all who saw her. She can walked a bit by the doll rod to reach for her numerous toys. At the store, she winked back at the sales lady.
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MB stayted home and babysitted Emma today. She had a full day, at least by MB's account. They went to the thrift store, the baby park and the beach. She got a very very cute swimming suit. Wearing that to the beach, she caught the attention of all who saw her. She can walked a bit by the doll rod to reach for her numerous toys. At the store, she winked back at the sales lady.

Wednesday, June 09, 2004
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June 07, 2004

Emma is Eight-month-old today.

Monday again. According to Leo, Emma's weekend syndrome is back again. After a weekend of everyone showering attention on her, after a weekend of my being with her, she always tends to be fussy on mondays. It took her at least a month to get used to my going to work. But now it is back again. Hopefully it is only temporary.

When I went home, she was extremely hyper, cute and seductive. She really can move quite a bit. If we hold her hand, she can bravely walk a few steps in a row. Lying on the playmat, after a few kicks, she can turn at all directions and inch forward a bit.

Voila, she is eight months old big girl now.
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Emma is Eight-month-old today.

Monday again. According to Leo, Emma's weekend syndrome is back again. After a weekend of everyone showering attention on her, after a weekend of my being with her, she always tends to be fussy on mondays. It took her at least a month to get used to my going to work. But now it is back again. Hopefully it is only temporary.

When I went home, she was extremely hyper, cute and seductive. She really can move quite a bit. If we hold her hand, she can bravely walk a few steps in a row. Lying on the playmat, after a few kicks, she can turn at all directions and inch forward a bit.

Voila, she is eight months old big girl now.

Monday, June 07, 2004
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June 06, 2004

A gorgeous sunny summer day. A bit of wasteful, to me. Yet to her no day ever is.

Out with Emma to the beach, then to the children's park half of a mile down the beach. Played on the sand, in the water, on the lawn, in the swing.

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A gorgeous sunny summer day. A bit of wasteful, to me. Yet to her no day ever is.

Out with Emma to the beach, then to the children's park half of a mile down the beach. Played on the sand, in the water, on the lawn, in the swing.

Sunday, June 06, 2004
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June 03, 2004

Out to the beach
Let sand rise upon my feet
Out to the lake
Let water flow through my fingers

Let the shine of the sun
of the moon
of the star
kiss me

Let me breathe the air
feel the wind

Let me chase snowflakes
catch raindrops

Let me smell the smell of flowers
taste the taste of grass

Let me Learn the spring
the summer
the fall
the winter

Let me creep, crawl, walk, run into the world
Let me cry, shout, babble, talk to the world
Maybe one day the world will make me weary
But now it is all new to me




Let me ..

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Out to the beach
Let sand rise upon my feet
Out to the lake
Let water flow through my fingers

Let the shine of the sun
of the moon
of the star
kiss me

Let me breathe the air
feel the wind

Let me chase snowflakes
catch raindrops

Let me smell the smell of flowers
taste the taste of grass

Let me Learn the spring
the summer
the fall
the winter

Let me creep, crawl, walk, run into the world
Let me cry, shout, babble, talk to the world
Maybe one day the world will make me weary
But now it is all new to me




Thursday, June 03, 2004
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I wanted to walk
so I tried and tried
I was not afraid
beacause Dad was right behind

The sun shone upon me
Dad kept photographing me
If I could talk I would say
"Dad, stop! Just walk with me!"

I took a little step
along the doll rod
then another and another one
before I fell on the ground

Dad was not sympathized
he just laughed and applauded
Then he helped me get up
If I could talk I would say
"Dad! So what? This is just my --"
"My first step!"

First step

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I wanted to walk
so I tried and tried
I was not afraid
beacause Dad was right behind

The sun shone upon me
Dad kept photographing me
If I could talk I would say
"Dad, stop! Just walk with me!"

I took a little step
along the doll rod
then another and another one
before I fell on the ground

Dad was not sympathized
he just laughed and applauded
Then he helped me get up
If I could talk I would say
"Dad! So what? This is just my --"
"My first step!"

Thursday, June 03, 2004
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June 02, 2004

First Time to the McDonalds
We took her to the McDonalds, so at the age of merely 7 months old, Emma started to learn the cultural junkie side of America. We had burgers, French fries, and coke, she grabbed ads paper and happily played with it.

Leo said she was fussy in the morning. Then around noon time, poophed "tons". Then all were happy.
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First Time to the McDonalds
We took her to the McDonalds, so at the age of merely 7 months old, Emma started to learn the cultural junkie side of America. We had burgers, French fries, and coke, she grabbed ads paper and happily played with it.

Leo said she was fussy in the morning. Then around noon time, poophed "tons". Then all were happy.

Wednesday, June 02, 2004
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June 01, 2004

Home with Emma today. Only she had no clue I am having a holiday. She is simply happy that everybody is around her and play with her. Summer time inches closer and closer, more and more little boys and girls are out playing. They would always "laugh" at Emma, proud that they are no longer babies. Never mind that, Emma just stared at them good-naturedly.
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Home with Emma today. Only she had no clue I am having a holiday. She is simply happy that everybody is around her and play with her. Summer time inches closer and closer, more and more little boys and girls are out playing. They would always "laugh" at Emma, proud that they are no longer babies. Never mind that, Emma just stared at them good-naturedly.

Tuesday, June 01, 2004
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May 31, 2004

We went to the beach today. I took some pictures for Emma and Xun.



We love sand...



Don't do that Mom...!

we went to the beach

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We went to the beach today. I took some pictures for Emma and Xun.



We love sand...



Don't do that Mom...!

Monday, May 31, 2004
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MB took her to the beach. She enjoyed the sand, water and wind very much. In the afternoon, we took her there again. Dressing in loose and kind of gawkish T-shirt, white cotton easy pants, she looked cool, like the fashionable kids on the street. On the beach, she tried to walk gingerly with my help and grabbed handful of sand.

She had a big lunch, a jar of chichen with chicken gravy and a jar of sweet potatoes. But she hardly had any breakfast and dinner.

Her little tooth is getting bigger and bigger now. That is funny to see it grow, like baby corns.
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MB took her to the beach. She enjoyed the sand, water and wind very much. In the afternoon, we took her there again. Dressing in loose and kind of gawkish T-shirt, white cotton easy pants, she looked cool, like the fashionable kids on the street. On the beach, she tried to walk gingerly with my help and grabbed handful of sand.

She had a big lunch, a jar of chichen with chicken gravy and a jar of sweet potatoes. But she hardly had any breakfast and dinner.

Her little tooth is getting bigger and bigger now. That is funny to see it grow, like baby corns.

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May 29, 2004

Emma really has slept a long night, from 10 pm to 10 am. I do not remember she has ever slept so late in the morning except when she was really a baby, like one months old. She woke up fresh and happy. And quiet and content. I put her in her high chair next to me, she just tapped her keyboard alone and let me work through my work. She is so good.

Around noon time, we took her out for some shopping. The thrift store where we bought her clothes has a bag sale (there is always something on sale, half of half of price, it is not easy to make a living, I cannot even imagine how they survive. And they did not. The store will change owner in a month), so I bought her quite some skirts and big girl's spring cloths.

We got home around 1:30, she had rice cereal with some prune oatmeal(?), a little chicken, some chicken soup, some cucumbers. She had a big lunch.

In the evening, we gave her a bath. Then I dressed her with a pink dress. She looks so darling. She has had some exercises in the evening, jumping up and down, pulling herself up and down of the doll rod, she babbled, played pee-ka-boo ... all baby stuff ...
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Emma really has slept a long night, from 10 pm to 10 am. I do not remember she has ever slept so late in the morning except when she was really a baby, like one months old. She woke up fresh and happy. And quiet and content. I put her in her high chair next to me, she just tapped her keyboard alone and let me work through my work. She is so good.

Around noon time, we took her out for some shopping. The thrift store where we bought her clothes has a bag sale (there is always something on sale, half of half of price, it is not easy to make a living, I cannot even imagine how they survive. And they did not. The store will change owner in a month), so I bought her quite some skirts and big girl's spring cloths.

We got home around 1:30, she had rice cereal with some prune oatmeal(?), a little chicken, some chicken soup, some cucumbers. She had a big lunch.

In the evening, we gave her a bath. Then I dressed her with a pink dress. She looks so darling. She has had some exercises in the evening, jumping up and down, pulling herself up and down of the doll rod, she babbled, played pee-ka-boo ... all baby stuff ...

Saturday, May 29, 2004
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May 28, 2004

Friday again. Yeah, Friday again. Then I will have two days of my own, two days of Emma and me, emma and me and leo ... Even better, there is a memorial day after Sunday. So I got three days. Whoever comes up with the two-day-weekend idea is a great guy. God does nt work on Sunday, he does not know that he should not work on Saturday either. Anyway, anyway, I am no religious ... anyway, anyway ...

Emma has reached another milestone. She can wave bye-bye one. This is really a sign of intelligence. She is always a people's person, she likes to be around with people and now she can please them even more, she can wave bye-bye. Another thing is that, yesterday, leo played with her, he pointed at him saying Leo, then pointed at Emma saying Emma. Then Emma used her finger to point Leo.

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Friday again. Yeah, Friday again. Then I will have two days of my own, two days of Emma and me, emma and me and leo ... Even better, there is a memorial day after Sunday. So I got three days. Whoever comes up with the two-day-weekend idea is a great guy. God does nt work on Sunday, he does not know that he should not work on Saturday either. Anyway, anyway, I am no religious ... anyway, anyway ...

Emma has reached another milestone. She can wave bye-bye one. This is really a sign of intelligence. She is always a people's person, she likes to be around with people and now she can please them even more, she can wave bye-bye. Another thing is that, yesterday, leo played with her, he pointed at him saying Leo, then pointed at Emma saying Emma. Then Emma used her finger to point Leo.

Friday, May 28, 2004
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May 27, 2004

She went to the musuem again. Leo and her. They watched little little chicks. They even saw a little chick just about to break through the egg and out to the world! She played, crawled in the baby section. Then she played drums while checking around her.

When I got home Leo announced that Emma indeed has a tooth. He can feel it, and he saw it. Later I saw the tiny white thing on her gum, just a tiny little bit. Wow, I do not even see her drool or feel her being overly fussy ... but she started using pacifier! We think she went backwards.

She can crawl, now indeed. Put her on the floor, face down, she can use her hands and knees, do a quick 360 turn. It is amazing. Watching her on the floor, rocking up and down on her knees in an effort of going forward, I was just amazed.

She had quite some chicken today. Leo said she needs the calcium. She is getting used to sleep through most of the night in her crib now.
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She went to the musuem again. Leo and her. They watched little little chicks. They even saw a little chick just about to break through the egg and out to the world! She played, crawled in the baby section. Then she played drums while checking around her.

When I got home Leo announced that Emma indeed has a tooth. He can feel it, and he saw it. Later I saw the tiny white thing on her gum, just a tiny little bit. Wow, I do not even see her drool or feel her being overly fussy ... but she started using pacifier! We think she went backwards.

She can crawl, now indeed. Put her on the floor, face down, she can use her hands and knees, do a quick 360 turn. It is amazing. Watching her on the floor, rocking up and down on her knees in an effort of going forward, I was just amazed.

She had quite some chicken today. Leo said she needs the calcium. She is getting used to sleep through most of the night in her crib now.

Thursday, May 27, 2004
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May 26, 2004

Leo said she had been fussy today. I wonder why. But in the evening, she was. Seems that she lost her interest in her much favored cucumbers. And of course, she is totally over baby foods. There are so many baby jars of baby food! And there are always two or three jars that have been opened for a couple of days and have to be thrown away!

In the evening, she watched the finale of American Idol with us. She babbled loudly as if she were part of the competition. She is already our idol and forever! I love her.
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Leo said she had been fussy today. I wonder why. But in the evening, she was. Seems that she lost her interest in her much favored cucumbers. And of course, she is totally over baby foods. There are so many baby jars of baby food! And there are always two or three jars that have been opened for a couple of days and have to be thrown away!

In the evening, she watched the finale of American Idol with us. She babbled loudly as if she were part of the competition. She is already our idol and forever! I love her.

Wednesday, May 26, 2004
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May 25, 2004

It is always hard to leave her in the morning. She is so alert. She can always feel that I am leaving and she always wake up when I am about to leave. She watches me closely, clinging to my arms when she got a chance. She cries as soon as I am out of her sight.

In the afternoon, she and Leo went out to the baby musuem again. Around 6, they picked me up. And Emma babbled loudly, all the way home.
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It is always hard to leave her in the morning. She is so alert. She can always feel that I am leaving and she always wake up when I am about to leave. She watches me closely, clinging to my arms when she got a chance. She cries as soon as I am out of her sight.

In the afternoon, she and Leo went out to the baby musuem again. Around 6, they picked me up. And Emma babbled loudly, all the way home.

Tuesday, May 25, 2004
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May 24, 2004

Leo and Emma went out and picked me up after I got off the train at the main station. She was wearing her little brownish jacket.
In evening we all went to NW, while she was sound asleep I did some work.
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Leo and Emma went out and picked me up after I got off the train at the main station. She was wearing her little brownish jacket.
In evening we all went to NW, while she was sound asleep I did some work.

Monday, May 24, 2004
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May 23, 2004

Emma is sleeping now. So, I have time to write the blog.

Emma will have her first tooth soon. I felt the tooth today.
It seems I don't want to write much now. Maybe I can write more next time.

good night.
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Emma is sleeping now. So, I have time to write the blog.

Emma will have her first tooth soon. I felt the tooth today.
It seems I don't want to write much now. Maybe I can write more next time.

good night.

Sunday, May 23, 2004
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Morning:
Out in the buggy. It was a little cold and windy.
Play on the grass. We put her playmat out, then put her in. We took a few pics.
Some rice cereal. A short nap.
She played peek-a-boo with MB. The cute thing was that she knew how to take off the cloth behind which MB hid then both of them laughed.
She also quickly learned to jump up and down in the homemade swing MB made for her.

Afternoon:
We took her out to shopping.
She had some breast milk and cucumber. At dinner time, she had a bit of chicken soup.

Oh, she got a tooth, or some teeth. When she drank from a glass cup, we heard some tinkering (?) sound, like ice gently taps a glass cup. Clear, crisp. Leo said there was something very hard on her gum. But we cannot see the little white pearl in her mouth yet.

Today I put together her pictures of the past two months and post them on line. I can never see enough of the pictures. She is such a cute and beautiful baby.
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Morning:
Out in the buggy. It was a little cold and windy.
Play on the grass. We put her playmat out, then put her in. We took a few pics.
Some rice cereal. A short nap.
She played peek-a-boo with MB. The cute thing was that she knew how to take off the cloth behind which MB hid then both of them laughed.
She also quickly learned to jump up and down in the homemade swing MB made for her.

Afternoon:
We took her out to shopping.
She had some breast milk and cucumber. At dinner time, she had a bit of chicken soup.

Oh, she got a tooth, or some teeth. When she drank from a glass cup, we heard some tinkering (?) sound, like ice gently taps a glass cup. Clear, crisp. Leo said there was something very hard on her gum. But we cannot see the little white pearl in her mouth yet.

Today I put together her pictures of the past two months and post them on line. I can never see enough of the pictures. She is such a cute and beautiful baby.

Sunday, May 23, 2004
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May 21, 2004

A hot and humid day. Even just in shorts and undershirt, Emma is still sweating. Oh, man, she is smelly, as if she were working in a sweat shop for a couple of days. We gave her a quick bath. She took it nicely. No cry, no struggle.

Back to baby museum again. Have fun again. Emma is back to her high spirit, mature phrase. So basically she can handle being alone, of course with us being in her three-feet-sphere. She is quite content finger feeding herself green beans.

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A hot and humid day. Even just in shorts and undershirt, Emma is still sweating. Oh, man, she is smelly, as if she were working in a sweat shop for a couple of days. We gave her a quick bath. She took it nicely. No cry, no struggle.

Back to baby museum again. Have fun again. Emma is back to her high spirit, mature phrase. So basically she can handle being alone, of course with us being in her three-feet-sphere. She is quite content finger feeding herself green beans.

Friday, May 21, 2004
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May 20, 2004

Some apricots today. First time. Poohed three times. I suspected she has had too much veges, like green beans and cucumber.

Babbling, babbling ... Tentative walking... She can gingerly move one step or two while holding the doll rod.

She got a new trick and she has been having fun with it for two days. She would drink from a small cup, as soon as she gets some water, she purses her lips, blows out water and does rasberries. It is quite funny. I langh with her. Then she does it more.

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Some apricots today. First time. Poohed three times. I suspected she has had too much veges, like green beans and cucumber.

Babbling, babbling ... Tentative walking... She can gingerly move one step or two while holding the doll rod.

She got a new trick and she has been having fun with it for two days. She would drink from a small cup, as soon as she gets some water, she purses her lips, blows out water and does rasberries. It is quite funny. I langh with her. Then she does it more.

Thursday, May 20, 2004
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May 19, 2004

Sort of don't know what to say. Daily routines, the same old things. But not with Emma! Even with a new baby, where everything is fresh, right from the beginning. She really can babble now, by any standards, by any ears. She even cries with her newly minted consonants, ba-ba, wa-wa-wa, ... It is funny. It is very expressive, you can tell that she is saying things, only you cannot tell what the things are that she is saying. Smile. My heart achs, full of love, tender love for her.

I now have a bad habit, to think many things in terms of emma. I went so far that I created a bunch of user accounts, with user name being Emma. It sounds much better, much better than xun. I wonder why I never gave myself an English name like many chinese do. But now I am assuming emma's name.

Last night, we rearranged the bedroom. We probably have done this a dozen of times, since Emma is born. Ha, we are like the sneechs on the beach. Stars, on again, off again ... We pulled the cabinets and the desk out.

She got a new crib sunday. And she starts sleeping on her bed alone.
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Sort of don't know what to say. Daily routines, the same old things. But not with Emma! Even with a new baby, where everything is fresh, right from the beginning. She really can babble now, by any standards, by any ears. She even cries with her newly minted consonants, ba-ba, wa-wa-wa, ... It is funny. It is very expressive, you can tell that she is saying things, only you cannot tell what the things are that she is saying. Smile. My heart achs, full of love, tender love for her.

I now have a bad habit, to think many things in terms of emma. I went so far that I created a bunch of user accounts, with user name being Emma. It sounds much better, much better than xun. I wonder why I never gave myself an English name like many chinese do. But now I am assuming emma's name.

Last night, we rearranged the bedroom. We probably have done this a dozen of times, since Emma is born. Ha, we are like the sneechs on the beach. Stars, on again, off again ... We pulled the cabinets and the desk out.

She got a new crib sunday. And she starts sleeping on her bed alone.

Wednesday, May 19, 2004
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May 18, 2004

Today I went home a little early and I spent quite some time with Emma. She still babbles, does a great many rasberries. It is no longer such a big exciting news, but I still love her babbling. She even babbled last night while she was half awake. She had a little shrimp.
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Today I went home a little early and I spent quite some time with Emma. She still babbles, does a great many rasberries. It is no longer such a big exciting news, but I still love her babbling. She even babbled last night while she was half awake. She had a little shrimp.

Tuesday, May 18, 2004
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May 17, 2004

She did have her chain of consonants. And she becomes more and more active. Seems to me she starts to have good appetite again. She probably is having another developement/growth burst
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She did have her chain of consonants. And she becomes more and more active. Seems to me she starts to have good appetite again. She probably is having another developement/growth burst

Monday, May 17, 2004
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She did it! She did goo-goo, woo-woo, da-da, boo-boo, gi-gi... She did a chain of consonants, continuously, unambiguously. She did a lot of rasberry too. What a great day! Come back later to record this long-waited achievement.

But she really have had this fear of us leaving her. Two feet away, she would cry! In the morning, she cried seeing me leave her. Poor baby. I have to come back to her to hold her
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She did it! She did goo-goo, woo-woo, da-da, boo-boo, gi-gi... She did a chain of consonants, continuously, unambiguously. She did a lot of rasberry too. What a great day! Come back later to record this long-waited achievement.

But she really have had this fear of us leaving her. Two feet away, she would cry! In the morning, she cried seeing me leave her. Poor baby. I have to come back to her to hold her

Monday, May 17, 2004
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May 14, 2004

Another forgettable day for me. But emma seemed to have had a good day. When I went home, she was sleeping and everybody else is running around. Duranny, Mary Beth, Leo. Later Roger showed up. Yes, we are living in a big (population-wise) and complicated household ...

Anyway, everyone told me a bit of "exciting news" of her. News about her is always how she eats, sleeps, shits, plays, it is always about her skin, her strong fleshy legs, her talking or not talking, her walking ... So she went to her musuem, her second home, she watched chicks with a lot of interests, she played drums, she used her sticks to hit the wooden music blocks on the wall, ... Mary Beth told me how intelligent she is. They were standing outside, looking at dogs, people, green grass and trees, and Mary Beth named all the things for her, then she asked "Where is daddy?" She was just immediately radiated with big smiles and looked at Leo's direction! Wow!

I bought her Tri-vi-sol, she does not like the flavor of poly-vi-sol, but she is fine with this.
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Another forgettable day for me. But emma seemed to have had a good day. When I went home, she was sleeping and everybody else is running around. Duranny, Mary Beth, Leo. Later Roger showed up. Yes, we are living in a big (population-wise) and complicated household ...

Anyway, everyone told me a bit of "exciting news" of her. News about her is always how she eats, sleeps, shits, plays, it is always about her skin, her strong fleshy legs, her talking or not talking, her walking ... So she went to her musuem, her second home, she watched chicks with a lot of interests, she played drums, she used her sticks to hit the wooden music blocks on the wall, ... Mary Beth told me how intelligent she is. They were standing outside, looking at dogs, people, green grass and trees, and Mary Beth named all the things for her, then she asked "Where is daddy?" She was just immediately radiated with big smiles and looked at Leo's direction! Wow!

I bought her Tri-vi-sol, she does not like the flavor of poly-vi-sol, but she is fine with this.

Friday, May 14, 2004
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May 12, 2004

Today she is extremely happy and hyper. Jumping, pushing herself up, walking (while we held her hands). She also have had a lot of food, juice and water. Yes, water, directly from her little glass jar. She loves cucumber. We cook cucumbers very soft and give some to her. Then she would hold it, bite it bit by bit, before she drops it somewhere. Leo took her to the baby musuem, he said she was very interested in the little chicks. Staring at them, tapping at the glass box, she spent quite some time just watching the chicks. Of course, she made a lot of "music". She also would not forget eating the drum sticks or whatever. But she did not eat the grass. Today Mary Beth said she took Emma walking on the lawn, she pulled some grass but she did not put it in her mouth. That is intelligence!

Today it rained, and the air was very cool and fresh. I think that contributes to Emma's beautiful skin today. Oh, yea, seems that she was very curious about the rain. In the car, she watched the rain drops, very interested
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Today she is extremely happy and hyper. Jumping, pushing herself up, walking (while we held her hands). She also have had a lot of food, juice and water. Yes, water, directly from her little glass jar. She loves cucumber. We cook cucumbers very soft and give some to her. Then she would hold it, bite it bit by bit, before she drops it somewhere. Leo took her to the baby musuem, he said she was very interested in the little chicks. Staring at them, tapping at the glass box, she spent quite some time just watching the chicks. Of course, she made a lot of "music". She also would not forget eating the drum sticks or whatever. But she did not eat the grass. Today Mary Beth said she took Emma walking on the lawn, she pulled some grass but she did not put it in her mouth. That is intelligence!

Today it rained, and the air was very cool and fresh. I think that contributes to Emma's beautiful skin today. Oh, yea, seems that she was very curious about the rain. In the car, she watched the rain drops, very interested

Wednesday, May 12, 2004
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May 10, 2004

Monday. Work at NW. Emma was a little fussy
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Monday. Work at NW. Emma was a little fussy

Monday, May 10, 2004
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May 09, 2004

Today it is such a sunny and beautiful summer day. Emma looks all right again. She actually started getting better yesterday evening, around 8 pm, when she started taking food and some soup. Yeah, after one night good sleep, after some breast milk, this morning around 10 am, she woke up and gave me a sweet smile. She is her usual self again.

We took her to Ruth's, mary beth's friend. Ruth has a breathtakingly beautiful apartment. It has a deck overlooking the wide-spread lake of Michigan. Emma was not impressed by the beauty of the lake, though, either because of the sunshine that was a bit too strong, or because of all the strangers that walked and chatted around her, she cried easily there. She did seem to like the piece of ham we put in her hand. Chewing ham is fun, actually feeding herself is fun. This afternoon I gave her half of a peeled apple, she then held to her mouth and took great effort trying to eat it. Otherwise, she does not seem to have appetite for anything. She is not gaining much weight lately. I am worried she cannot get enough food to sustain her mental and physical development.

She probably will grow up slim, and hopefully tall.

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Today it is such a sunny and beautiful summer day. Emma looks all right again. She actually started getting better yesterday evening, around 8 pm, when she started taking food and some soup. Yeah, after one night good sleep, after some breast milk, this morning around 10 am, she woke up and gave me a sweet smile. She is her usual self again.

We took her to Ruth's, mary beth's friend. Ruth has a breathtakingly beautiful apartment. It has a deck overlooking the wide-spread lake of Michigan. Emma was not impressed by the beauty of the lake, though, either because of the sunshine that was a bit too strong, or because of all the strangers that walked and chatted around her, she cried easily there. She did seem to like the piece of ham we put in her hand. Chewing ham is fun, actually feeding herself is fun. This afternoon I gave her half of a peeled apple, she then held to her mouth and took great effort trying to eat it. Otherwise, she does not seem to have appetite for anything. She is not gaining much weight lately. I am worried she cannot get enough food to sustain her mental and physical development.

She probably will grow up slim, and hopefully tall.

Sunday, May 09, 2004
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May 08, 2004

Woke up in the morning, we took Emma to see her doctor. The doc said she was fine. He always says so. From the first day on. No big deal. So many babies are having a fever. Why? Viral infection. Season changes, a lot of virus ... So after waiting there for an hour, we were finally seen by him, then in ten minutes, we were sent home. I made up my mind that I will try not to see a doctor unless we truely have an emergency.

But emma today is extremely miserable. Unlike yesterday, today she is totally listless. She cried easily and hysterically. She would not eat. Every attempt of feeding her irritated her. I do not know what to do.
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Woke up in the morning, we took Emma to see her doctor. The doc said she was fine. He always says so. From the first day on. No big deal. So many babies are having a fever. Why? Viral infection. Season changes, a lot of virus ... So after waiting there for an hour, we were finally seen by him, then in ten minutes, we were sent home. I made up my mind that I will try not to see a doctor unless we truely have an emergency.

But emma today is extremely miserable. Unlike yesterday, today she is totally listless. She cried easily and hysterically. She would not eat. Every attempt of feeding her irritated her. I do not know what to do.

Saturday, May 08, 2004
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May 07, 2004

Today is Emma's birthday. She is 7 months old now. But for the first time, she got a fever. Fussy and crying, she had such a miserable day. We gave her tylenol about every 4-6 hours. At night, her temperature was 100. Both Leo and I are very worried.

In the evening, she seemed in a wonderful wood though, smiling, looking around and playing. And the most wonderful thing is that she talked! She talked a lot. Like a bird, she used all kinds of sounds, not very different from her usual ah-ah, but it definitely sounded like "talk", very sweet, soft, babyish. Lying in bed, she talked herself to sleep. I looked at her, so amazed and so happy.

Around 3 in the morning, she woke up, kicked the cover off, she talked to herself again. But, Gosh! Her body is still hot! I feel scared and terrible.
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Today is Emma's birthday. She is 7 months old now. But for the first time, she got a fever. Fussy and crying, she had such a miserable day. We gave her tylenol about every 4-6 hours. At night, her temperature was 100. Both Leo and I are very worried.

In the evening, she seemed in a wonderful wood though, smiling, looking around and playing. And the most wonderful thing is that she talked! She talked a lot. Like a bird, she used all kinds of sounds, not very different from her usual ah-ah, but it definitely sounded like "talk", very sweet, soft, babyish. Lying in bed, she talked herself to sleep. I looked at her, so amazed and so happy.

Around 3 in the morning, she woke up, kicked the cover off, she talked to herself again. But, Gosh! Her body is still hot! I feel scared and terrible.

Friday, May 07, 2004
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May 06, 2004

Emma seemed to have a little fever, her forehead and body felt a little hot. We gave her about 0.4 ml baby tylenol. However, then she was all active and happy, standing up, sitting down, arguing with us, trying to eat books.
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Emma seemed to have a little fever, her forehead and body felt a little hot. We gave her about 0.4 ml baby tylenol. However, then she was all active and happy, standing up, sitting down, arguing with us, trying to eat books.

Thursday, May 06, 2004
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May 05, 2004

I went home early to work on a project at NW. Leo went with me, so did Emma. On the way, we watched fish, a lot of fish, big fat ones, small tadpoles ... In the lab, Emma did her usual tricks, playing with keyboards.

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I went home early to work on a project at NW. Leo went with me, so did Emma. On the way, we watched fish, a lot of fish, big fat ones, small tadpoles ... In the lab, Emma did her usual tricks, playing with keyboards.

Wednesday, May 05, 2004
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May 04, 2004

Leo said Emma has been a little fussy. Probably because of the shots she got yesterday.
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Leo said Emma has been a little fussy. Probably because of the shots she got yesterday.

Tuesday, May 04, 2004
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May 03, 2004

Took her to see the doctor in the afternoon. Below is the summary:

Weight: 16 lbs 1 oz. A little underweight.
Height and head size are good. Hearing and eyes are good.
We need to talk to her more.
Sometimes she seems to shiver, or shudder for a split of a second. It is ok.
Babies sometimes do that.
Sleeping habit: it is ok that she still sleeps with us. But the doc seemed
to suggest that it is better if she sleeps in her own bed and start
behaving like a big girl. That is, not have to be rocked into sleep.
Should go to sleep while awake.
It is ok for her to have regular 3 meals a day.
The following food should only be added at the age indicated below:
Citrus food at age 1
Eggs, fish, honey at age 1
Wheat at age 1
Penuts at age 3

Last night, I tried to put Emma in her little pink bed while she was
still awake. She looked at me with eyes-wide open, wondering, but
successfully went into sleep without much trouble. But later, she
woke up crying regularly at 1-hour interval. Finally I gave up,
put her to sleep with us and fed her. She went into sleep.
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Took her to see the doctor in the afternoon. Below is the summary:

Weight: 16 lbs 1 oz. A little underweight.
Height and head size are good. Hearing and eyes are good.
We need to talk to her more.
Sometimes she seems to shiver, or shudder for a split of a second. It is ok.
Babies sometimes do that.
Sleeping habit: it is ok that she still sleeps with us. But the doc seemed
to suggest that it is better if she sleeps in her own bed and start
behaving like a big girl. That is, not have to be rocked into sleep.
Should go to sleep while awake.
It is ok for her to have regular 3 meals a day.
The following food should only be added at the age indicated below:
Citrus food at age 1
Eggs, fish, honey at age 1
Wheat at age 1
Penuts at age 3

Last night, I tried to put Emma in her little pink bed while she was
still awake. She looked at me with eyes-wide open, wondering, but
successfully went into sleep without much trouble. But later, she
woke up crying regularly at 1-hour interval. Finally I gave up,
put her to sleep with us and fed her. She went into sleep.

Monday, May 03, 2004
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May 02, 2004

Mary Beth wrote to me about Emma's language development (today I was really worried. So we checked books and internet for information)

This is interesting. Emma's acclerated motor development and music sensitivity are both right brain functions. Perhaps her left brain language center has not kicked in yet because her right brain is so dominant and /or precocious. This has excellent potential for her as a girl, because the right brain is weaker in girls. When her left brain language center starts processing, she will already have great right brain function. That means excellent coordination and maybe even musical talent and great visual-spatial skills (puzzles, inventions, computers, architecture, math, engineering, musical instruments.) Left brain function is very strong in girls, so that will happen, but she will have balanced skills on both sides!

http://www.healthscout.com/static/news/516194.html

"This study is important because it helps us understand why children who have such normal-looking brains can have language problems," says Dr. Ruth Nass, a pediatric neurologist from New York University Medical Center in New York City.

Nass says by using fMRI, the researchers were able to show that what's important is not just the structure of the brain, but also where things happen in it.

"This study is saying that the wiring differences are so large that the wrong side of the brain is mediating language," Nass notes.

"The left hemisphere is supposed to be the language center from the get-go," she explains. "If there's something different in how your brain is wired, [the language center] ends up being on the right. Your brain can still [process language], but not as well."

For the study, Miami Children's Hospital researchers recruited 17 children with speech delays and 35 children with normally progressing speech to act as controls. All of the children were between the ages of 2 and 8 years old.

Each child had previously undergone standard MRI scans, and their brain structure was found to be normal.

To assess brain function, the children were sedated and then the researchers completed fMRI scans of the youngsters as audiotapes of their mothers' voices played in the background. The researchers were able to get useful scans in 25 of the 35 control children and in 11 of the 17 youngsters with speech delay.

Dr. Arthur Kenney, a radiologist at Ochsner Clinic Foundation Hospital in New Orleans, explains that fMRI is a way of looking at which areas of the brain receive more oxygen when performing a specific task. For this study, he says, the task was passive listening.

"If a person is listening to a tape of someone talking, there's increased oxygen delivery, usually to the left temporal lobe," Kenney adds. That increased oxygen delivery shows up on an fMRI scan and is referred to as "activation."

Activation occurred on the left side of the brain for 52 percent of the control children and on the right side of the brain in 64 percent of the children with speech delays. When the researchers looked just at children older than 3, the difference was more pronounced: 83 percent of those with speech delays showed activation on the right side, while 71 percent of the controls showed activation on the left.

Although intrigued by the study's findings, both Nass and Kenney say they don't see any immediate practical implications from these findings.

"Were probably getting closer to finding an anatomic cause of speech delay," says Kenney.

Nass adds, "Parents need to know that there are real biological causes for late language, and this may not be the only one. We need to investigate further in order to come up with better remediation treatments or preemptive methods, but those are far off."

More information

To learn more about fMRI, visit the Radiological Society of North America. For more information on speech delays, go to the American Academy of Family Physicians.
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Mary Beth wrote to me about Emma's language development (today I was really worried. So we checked books and internet for information)

This is interesting. Emma's acclerated motor development and music sensitivity are both right brain functions. Perhaps her left brain language center has not kicked in yet because her right brain is so dominant and /or precocious. This has excellent potential for her as a girl, because the right brain is weaker in girls. When her left brain language center starts processing, she will already have great right brain function. That means excellent coordination and maybe even musical talent and great visual-spatial skills (puzzles, inventions, computers, architecture, math, engineering, musical instruments.) Left brain function is very strong in girls, so that will happen, but she will have balanced skills on both sides!

http://www.healthscout.com/static/news/516194.html

"This study is important because it helps us understand why children who have such normal-looking brains can have language problems," says Dr. Ruth Nass, a pediatric neurologist from New York University Medical Center in New York City.

Nass says by using fMRI, the researchers were able to show that what's important is not just the structure of the brain, but also where things happen in it.

"This study is saying that the wiring differences are so large that the wrong side of the brain is mediating language," Nass notes.

"The left hemisphere is supposed to be the language center from the get-go," she explains. "If there's something different in how your brain is wired, [the language center] ends up being on the right. Your brain can still [process language], but not as well."

For the study, Miami Children's Hospital researchers recruited 17 children with speech delays and 35 children with normally progressing speech to act as controls. All of the children were between the ages of 2 and 8 years old.

Each child had previously undergone standard MRI scans, and their brain structure was found to be normal.

To assess brain function, the children were sedated and then the researchers completed fMRI scans of the youngsters as audiotapes of their mothers' voices played in the background. The researchers were able to get useful scans in 25 of the 35 control children and in 11 of the 17 youngsters with speech delay.

Dr. Arthur Kenney, a radiologist at Ochsner Clinic Foundation Hospital in New Orleans, explains that fMRI is a way of looking at which areas of the brain receive more oxygen when performing a specific task. For this study, he says, the task was passive listening.

"If a person is listening to a tape of someone talking, there's increased oxygen delivery, usually to the left temporal lobe," Kenney adds. That increased oxygen delivery shows up on an fMRI scan and is referred to as "activation."

Activation occurred on the left side of the brain for 52 percent of the control children and on the right side of the brain in 64 percent of the children with speech delays. When the researchers looked just at children older than 3, the difference was more pronounced: 83 percent of those with speech delays showed activation on the right side, while 71 percent of the controls showed activation on the left.

Although intrigued by the study's findings, both Nass and Kenney say they don't see any immediate practical implications from these findings.

"Were probably getting closer to finding an anatomic cause of speech delay," says Kenney.

Nass adds, "Parents need to know that there are real biological causes for late language, and this may not be the only one. We need to investigate further in order to come up with better remediation treatments or preemptive methods, but those are far off."

More information

To learn more about fMRI, visit the Radiological Society of North America. For more information on speech delays, go to the American Academy of Family Physicians.

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April 30, 2004

Leo took her to the baby museum again. Emma had some very good time again. In the evening, I helped her practicing her crawling skills. It was still hard work, she was so frustrated she cried. But she can kind of move, making turns, not necessarily moving forward. Walking seemed to be more fun and she enjoyed more.
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Leo took her to the baby museum again. Emma had some very good time again. In the evening, I helped her practicing her crawling skills. It was still hard work, she was so frustrated she cried. But she can kind of move, making turns, not necessarily moving forward. Walking seemed to be more fun and she enjoyed more.

Friday, April 30, 2004
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April 28, 2004

Today we had a beautiful day, except that the wind was a bit too strong. Mary Beth took her to the beach, let her play in the sand, then tried to get her to have a taste of the water in the lake of Michigan. Then the wind blew lot of sand to her face, she cried. So they headed back.

She seemed to have lost her newly-gained ability of saying a lot of consonants. I did become a little concerned, afraid that her language development was a little delayed. But let it be. She is just so cute.

In the evening, she had some brocolli. She tried to drink water directly from a smalll glass cup, then got soaking wet.

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Today we had a beautiful day, except that the wind was a bit too strong. Mary Beth took her to the beach, let her play in the sand, then tried to get her to have a taste of the water in the lake of Michigan. Then the wind blew lot of sand to her face, she cried. So they headed back.

She seemed to have lost her newly-gained ability of saying a lot of consonants. I did become a little concerned, afraid that her language development was a little delayed. But let it be. She is just so cute.

In the evening, she had some brocolli. She tried to drink water directly from a smalll glass cup, then got soaking wet.

Wednesday, April 28, 2004
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Leo said today she has been fussy. We figured it probably because she is a little constipated. She hasn't had much water, but quite some solid food, vegatables. Her face was pretty red and rough.

But later in the evening, she poohed. We bought her prune junice.

I imagine she would get mad if one day she read this.
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Leo said today she has been fussy. We figured it probably because she is a little constipated. She hasn't had much water, but quite some solid food, vegatables. Her face was pretty red and rough.

But later in the evening, she poohed. We bought her prune junice.

I imagine she would get mad if one day she read this.

Wednesday, April 28, 2004
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April 26, 2004

Emma today is a pink baby. Emma today is a hyper baby. She wants to do a million things at the same time, but most of all she wants to practice her drums with her spoons. Leo recorded her performance. Very cute.

I came back from work. She was so happy, smiling ear to ear. I believe she would jump if she could.

Oh, she can do a lot of things now. Today I placed her teddy bear bracelet on her doll rod, soon she figured out how to get it off the hook.

Smart!
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Emma today is a pink baby. Emma today is a hyper baby. She wants to do a million things at the same time, but most of all she wants to practice her drums with her spoons. Leo recorded her performance. Very cute.

I came back from work. She was so happy, smiling ear to ear. I believe she would jump if she could.

Oh, she can do a lot of things now. Today I placed her teddy bear bracelet on her doll rod, soon she figured out how to get it off the hook.

Smart!

Monday, April 26, 2004
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April 25, 2004

More and more of Emma's personalities are surfaced. Now we found that she is very very fond of music. When she cries, music can calm her down, at least for a while; She can sing, lower and higher her voice, along with Mary Beth. We took her to the baby museum, first she found her love in piano, then she could not let go of her drum sticks. She spent half an hour drumming, bang, bang, bang ... Only one day ago, she still could not hit the drum.
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More and more of Emma's personalities are surfaced. Now we found that she is very very fond of music. When she cries, music can calm her down, at least for a while; She can sing, lower and higher her voice, along with Mary Beth. We took her to the baby museum, first she found her love in piano, then she could not let go of her drum sticks. She spent half an hour drumming, bang, bang, bang ... Only one day ago, she still could not hit the drum.

Sunday, April 25, 2004
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It is another Sunday, Apirl 25. I took Emma to the lake this morning. It was nice out. Sunny and warm. Emma likes to go out and she will watch everything. Yeh, everything is fresh for her. She is still happy everyday, crying everyday and fussy everyday. She is doing what a six-month-baby should do.

We went to the museum and have a good time this afternoon. We took some pictures, but the pictures are not that good. So, we decided to take a better one next time. In the museum, we found out that Emma likes to use a stick to hit a drum and Xylophone. She will hold the stick very tight and won't let it go. She enjoys to make music. Because of that, xun and I are thinking of buying her a xylophone. She may like to play music, that is what I want.

After home, Xun did some good dishes. She did many wonderful dishes these days.

Mary Beth's sister Ann came to visit her. So she is happy.

Time to talk about myself now. I am writing an article about my Speech Tic-Tac-Toe. I am going to publish this program which is the firs tic-tac-toe playing with speech in the world. At the same time, I am doing online dictionary's database. I am in busy.
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It is another Sunday, Apirl 25. I took Emma to the lake this morning. It was nice out. Sunny and warm. Emma likes to go out and she will watch everything. Yeh, everything is fresh for her. She is still happy everyday, crying everyday and fussy everyday. She is doing what a six-month-baby should do.

We went to the museum and have a good time this afternoon. We took some pictures, but the pictures are not that good. So, we decided to take a better one next time. In the museum, we found out that Emma likes to use a stick to hit a drum and Xylophone. She will hold the stick very tight and won't let it go. She enjoys to make music. Because of that, xun and I are thinking of buying her a xylophone. She may like to play music, that is what I want.

After home, Xun did some good dishes. She did many wonderful dishes these days.

Mary Beth's sister Ann came to visit her. So she is happy.

Time to talk about myself now. I am writing an article about my Speech Tic-Tac-Toe. I am going to publish this program which is the firs tic-tac-toe playing with speech in the world. At the same time, I am doing online dictionary's database. I am in busy.

Sunday, April 25, 2004
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I did not blog for yesterday, yesterday was such a busy, almost chaotic day. But I did not do anything, except going in and out of the kitchen cooking. I made a cake, fair unsuccessfully.

Anyway, yesterday Emma had said quite a few consonants.
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I did not blog for yesterday, yesterday was such a busy, almost chaotic day. But I did not do anything, except going in and out of the kitchen cooking. I made a cake, fair unsuccessfully.

Anyway, yesterday Emma had said quite a few consonants.

Sunday, April 25, 2004
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April 24, 2004

Bomber! I really got annoyed because I sleep too much, way too much. Every night I go to bed with Emma so she can sleep early. But soon enough my brain would not function anymore. Eating, sleeping, my vices, I have no control over. Then morning I have no time of my own, again a day of feeding, walking out, cooking, laundary, a day of babysitting ...

I wish Emma could grow up fast, fast so she can take over the blog to blog for herself. Who knows what her world would be like when she grows up. Some kind of cyber world, that blog would feel like from stone age? I do not know. I have no imagination.

Amy, Mary Beth's sister, came to visit Mary Beth. Then Emma got some more baby toys. A see through ball. A baby book with bright colors and cute looking animals. She said Emma can really babber, by any definition. Mary Beth said she made a million sound. I wonder why Emma would not do this with me. Maybe she likes to show off.
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Bomber! I really got annoyed because I sleep too much, way too much. Every night I go to bed with Emma so she can sleep early. But soon enough my brain would not function anymore. Eating, sleeping, my vices, I have no control over. Then morning I have no time of my own, again a day of feeding, walking out, cooking, laundary, a day of babysitting ...

I wish Emma could grow up fast, fast so she can take over the blog to blog for herself. Who knows what her world would be like when she grows up. Some kind of cyber world, that blog would feel like from stone age? I do not know. I have no imagination.

Amy, Mary Beth's sister, came to visit Mary Beth. Then Emma got some more baby toys. A see through ball. A baby book with bright colors and cute looking animals. She said Emma can really babber, by any definition. Mary Beth said she made a million sound. I wonder why Emma would not do this with me. Maybe she likes to show off.

Saturday, April 24, 2004
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April 23, 2004

I tried to make up a story in which Emma is the main character (what is word for it? ) and failed. I tried to do it on the train, but I got so bored by my lack of ideas that I fell asleep. My imagination cannot go very far.

It is good though that I can do so many things in the name of Emma and feel very much justified and motivated. It is good that I can get out of my inertia, not very much, and do things.

But I cannot do very much. Last night, I took emma to bed. Feeding her is a way to get her to sleep. So we both were lying in bed, she ate and while I thought about my various dissapated derterminations, no long after, I fell asleep. I am pretty frustrated by this problem, I do not want to sleep so early.

Yesterday Leo took her to the baby museum again. He said Emma had played a lot.

Lately Emma have had this bad habit of waking up in the middle of night, eating a little from my breast and then back to sleep again. She was not like this before. I think I spoiled her a little.
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I tried to make up a story in which Emma is the main character (what is word for it? ) and failed. I tried to do it on the train, but I got so bored by my lack of ideas that I fell asleep. My imagination cannot go very far.

It is good though that I can do so many things in the name of Emma and feel very much justified and motivated. It is good that I can get out of my inertia, not very much, and do things.

But I cannot do very much. Last night, I took emma to bed. Feeding her is a way to get her to sleep. So we both were lying in bed, she ate and while I thought about my various dissapated derterminations, no long after, I fell asleep. I am pretty frustrated by this problem, I do not want to sleep so early.

Yesterday Leo took her to the baby museum again. He said Emma had played a lot.

Lately Emma have had this bad habit of waking up in the middle of night, eating a little from my breast and then back to sleep again. She was not like this before. I think I spoiled her a little.

Friday, April 23, 2004
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April 21, 2004

Mary Beth always sees the bright side of Emma. Like now, she told me that Emma has reached a series of social, emotional milestones, e.g., seperation anxiety, ... And we both agreed that Emma's mobile skills are pretty advanced ...

Today she had half a baby jar of beef.
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Mary Beth always sees the bright side of Emma. Like now, she told me that Emma has reached a series of social, emotional milestones, e.g., seperation anxiety, ... And we both agreed that Emma's mobile skills are pretty advanced ...

Today she had half a baby jar of beef.

Wednesday, April 21, 2004
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April 20, 2004

Leo wanted to have the mole on his face checked, so I stayed home with Emma.

We did a bunch of things together. In the afternoon, Leo and I took her to the baby museum. She had a lot of fun, played a score of instruments, toys, got her feet wet in that water plant. Then we danced in the dancing room with loud spanish music, watching our silhoutte projected on the offset screen. All were still pretty cool, we still had a lot of fun. But my enthusiasm faded somehow, after all, this is a museum for babies. I hope Emma can have a long lasting interests in the musuem, so she can always have a place to go.

It was raining when we came back. Feeling the rain, Emma looked a little puzzled.
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Leo wanted to have the mole on his face checked, so I stayed home with Emma.

We did a bunch of things together. In the afternoon, Leo and I took her to the baby museum. She had a lot of fun, played a score of instruments, toys, got her feet wet in that water plant. Then we danced in the dancing room with loud spanish music, watching our silhoutte projected on the offset screen. All were still pretty cool, we still had a lot of fun. But my enthusiasm faded somehow, after all, this is a museum for babies. I hope Emma can have a long lasting interests in the musuem, so she can always have a place to go.

It was raining when we came back. Feeling the rain, Emma looked a little puzzled.

Tuesday, April 20, 2004
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I tried to google search this blogger site of my own, but I could not, instead I found quite some other Emma blogger site. It made me a little depressed. But I should not care.
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I tried to google search this blogger site of my own, but I could not, instead I found quite some other Emma blogger site. It made me a little depressed. But I should not care.

Tuesday, April 20, 2004
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Today I did not pump milk for Emma today, instead I came back with painfully full breasts. Emma got plenty to eat, actually she ate so much that about 5 minutes later she threw a lot of milk up. But that did not bother her, nothing seemed to bother her. She is just so tough. Her face broke out a little, we forgot to put medicine on her. I wonder where she got so delicate skin.

She did quite some practice walking along the doll rod that Leo installed for her yesterday. Night quickly fell, then she went to sleep. She still cannot say anything, not even bye-bye.
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Today I did not pump milk for Emma today, instead I came back with painfully full breasts. Emma got plenty to eat, actually she ate so much that about 5 minutes later she threw a lot of milk up. But that did not bother her, nothing seemed to bother her. She is just so tough. Her face broke out a little, we forgot to put medicine on her. I wonder where she got so delicate skin.

She did quite some practice walking along the doll rod that Leo installed for her yesterday. Night quickly fell, then she went to sleep. She still cannot say anything, not even bye-bye.

Tuesday, April 20, 2004
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April 18, 2004

It is still just or mostly I, I, I, I, ... who is doing this blogging. It probably will be only I, I, I ... who would read this blog on one dismal day. Then I probably would think how lame and boring all that I have written ...
Anyway ...

Anyway, today we had such a sunny summer day. It was sunshine everywhere. The weather was warm, the wind was gentle, buildings everywhere were simply gorgeous. This was the wealthy, civilized, beautiful America everyone dreamed of. This was the America in postcards.

Emma is the postcard baby on this sunny summer gorgeous day! We put her white bath tub in the middle of the small lawn outside of the apartment, right next to the yellow flowers dancing with the wind. We filled the tub with lots and lots of warm water and then we put Emma in. She was in such a good mood and she had such a great time. She smiled around, looked around, she splashed water all over herself and us. She was so naked, she was so nakely, irresistibly cute. All people passed by looked at her and smiled.

We took a lot pictures of her. Leo and I competed with her for some camera, but no one can be as good looking as she is.
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It is still just or mostly I, I, I, I, ... who is doing this blogging. It probably will be only I, I, I ... who would read this blog on one dismal day. Then I probably would think how lame and boring all that I have written ...
Anyway ...

Anyway, today we had such a sunny summer day. It was sunshine everywhere. The weather was warm, the wind was gentle, buildings everywhere were simply gorgeous. This was the wealthy, civilized, beautiful America everyone dreamed of. This was the America in postcards.

Emma is the postcard baby on this sunny summer gorgeous day! We put her white bath tub in the middle of the small lawn outside of the apartment, right next to the yellow flowers dancing with the wind. We filled the tub with lots and lots of warm water and then we put Emma in. She was in such a good mood and she had such a great time. She smiled around, looked around, she splashed water all over herself and us. She was so naked, she was so nakely, irresistibly cute. All people passed by looked at her and smiled.

We took a lot pictures of her. Leo and I competed with her for some camera, but no one can be as good looking as she is.

Sunday, April 18, 2004
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Today is Sunday. About 1:30am, I successfuly finished my Speech Tic-Tac-Toe online. It is second millionstone for me in using speech technology.

In the morning, about 9am, I got up with a heavy running noise. When I saw Emma, she was very cute with her short hair that made me almost forgot what was happening Yesterday. Yesterday morning, Emma falled down from a hight chair but she is fine. In the afternoon, we went to children's musimum. At night, we had a good dinner: a cake made by Mary Beth, some dishes made from Xun. They were all dilicous. Yah, it was my birthday. Life is wonderful, sometimes.

I dicided to do flower planting this morning. Two months later, Emma can see some beautiful flowers outside the window. In the afternoon, I washed my car, fixd the mirror for Emma, went to Evanston library to return CDs. A little bit tired. In the evening, we had chicken nodles for dinner. Mary Beth was talking about her ten-years-work which haven't had a big success yet. Xun was talking about her job. She haven't got a better job yet. Me? Haven't had a job yet. Emma? Haven't talked yet. Life is strugging, sometimes.

10:30pm now. After writing this blog, i need to read some news and think about online dictionary.
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Today is Sunday. About 1:30am, I successfuly finished my Speech Tic-Tac-Toe online. It is second millionstone for me in using speech technology.

In the morning, about 9am, I got up with a heavy running noise. When I saw Emma, she was very cute with her short hair that made me almost forgot what was happening Yesterday. Yesterday morning, Emma falled down from a hight chair but she is fine. In the afternoon, we went to children's musimum. At night, we had a good dinner: a cake made by Mary Beth, some dishes made from Xun. They were all dilicous. Yah, it was my birthday. Life is wonderful, sometimes.

I dicided to do flower planting this morning. Two months later, Emma can see some beautiful flowers outside the window. In the afternoon, I washed my car, fixd the mirror for Emma, went to Evanston library to return CDs. A little bit tired. In the evening, we had chicken nodles for dinner. Mary Beth was talking about her ten-years-work which haven't had a big success yet. Xun was talking about her job. She haven't got a better job yet. Me? Haven't had a job yet. Emma? Haven't talked yet. Life is strugging, sometimes.

10:30pm now. After writing this blog, i need to read some news and think about online dictionary.

Sunday, April 18, 2004
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April 17, 2004

Lesson one: Life is so fragile, but Emma is so tough.
Lesson two: Babies can have so much fun in America, probably in China, too.
Lesson three: Everything is so costly.

Today many things have happened. Today Emma fell. It was all my fault. I put her in the home-made high chair, then, she "propelled" herself together with the chair down to the floor, at the minute when I was out of the room to get her a toy. At the sight of her on the floor, crying, I felt so guilty and scared, I screamed.

Insisted by Mary Beth, three of us took her to the doctor. She was fine, except a red bump on her forehead and a red spot on her nose. The nurse, Nancy, told us that tomorrow she probably will be a little colorful, blue and black. She also said that she will have more bumps along the way.

After we left the doctor's office, we took her to the baby's museum. She had a great deal of fun. Me, too. I was so excited and interested in everything there, the piano, the little dominicks, the water plant, where kids were busy sending balls up to the water pipe. We did dancing, we played music, we watched the little chicks with her.

I wonder how I managed to function as an intelligent being. In my childhood, my only toy in my memory, was a little oval-shaped glass ball with a orange-colored flower inside.

Today is Leo's birthday, I made a relatively big dinner, Mary Beth baked a choloate cake. I also made a wish on behalf of Emma that Leo can find a job in the next half year.
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Lesson one: Life is so fragile, but Emma is so tough.
Lesson two: Babies can have so much fun in America, probably in China, too.
Lesson three: Everything is so costly.

Today many things have happened. Today Emma fell. It was all my fault. I put her in the home-made high chair, then, she "propelled" herself together with the chair down to the floor, at the minute when I was out of the room to get her a toy. At the sight of her on the floor, crying, I felt so guilty and scared, I screamed.

Insisted by Mary Beth, three of us took her to the doctor. She was fine, except a red bump on her forehead and a red spot on her nose. The nurse, Nancy, told us that tomorrow she probably will be a little colorful, blue and black. She also said that she will have more bumps along the way.

After we left the doctor's office, we took her to the baby's museum. She had a great deal of fun. Me, too. I was so excited and interested in everything there, the piano, the little dominicks, the water plant, where kids were busy sending balls up to the water pipe. We did dancing, we played music, we watched the little chicks with her.

I wonder how I managed to function as an intelligent being. In my childhood, my only toy in my memory, was a little oval-shaped glass ball with a orange-colored flower inside.

Today is Leo's birthday, I made a relatively big dinner, Mary Beth baked a choloate cake. I also made a wish on behalf of Emma that Leo can find a job in the next half year.

Saturday, April 17, 2004
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Finally, it is a Friday. Friday is a good day, for me and Emma. Mary Beth do not have to work, so as usual, Emma had a full busy day. She also had some amazing baby performance.

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Finally, it is a Friday. Friday is a good day, for me and Emma. Mary Beth do not have to work, so as usual, Emma had a full busy day. She also had some amazing baby performance.

Saturday, April 17, 2004
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April 15, 2004

Seems that Emma indeed can crawl, a little bit. Or at least, she got the concept of crawling. She knows to use her hands to hold her weight, her legs to kick the ground. It takes tremendous effort, though. And only she is full, ready and in a good mood.

Tonight we watched the finale of "The Apprentice". She seemed very interested in that, too. I am worried she had too much TV.

No more TV for either me or her this month. I got a lot of work to do.

Mary Beth bought her another interesting toy. A green plastic thing, it has a red ball inside. Whenever the thing is smashed, the red thing will flash. Emma was intrigued by it.
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Seems that Emma indeed can crawl, a little bit. Or at least, she got the concept of crawling. She knows to use her hands to hold her weight, her legs to kick the ground. It takes tremendous effort, though. And only she is full, ready and in a good mood.

Tonight we watched the finale of "The Apprentice". She seemed very interested in that, too. I am worried she had too much TV.

No more TV for either me or her this month. I got a lot of work to do.

Mary Beth bought her another interesting toy. A green plastic thing, it has a red ball inside. Whenever the thing is smashed, the red thing will flash. Emma was intrigued by it.

Thursday, April 15, 2004
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April 14, 2004

Another full day for Emma. She went to a children's museum, where she had a lot of fun. Mary Beth and Leo took her there. In that museum, there are music boards, baby miniature grocery stores, obstacle course, dancing floor, water park ... Emma was so fascinated by it. Leo took her to the beach in the afternoon.

She had her stomach full of all kinds of adult foods too, like carrots, cucumber. She did not have much milk, though.

Mary Beth built a small play pen for Emma in the corridor of the apartment. She put two mirrors along the wall, and surrounded the pen with bags of diapers, pillows. Emma did some exercises getting up and down. But she did not crawl.

I am a little disappointed and worried, because she still cannot crawl. She does not "talk" much either. But good things may come later.
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Another full day for Emma. She went to a children's museum, where she had a lot of fun. Mary Beth and Leo took her there. In that museum, there are music boards, baby miniature grocery stores, obstacle course, dancing floor, water park ... Emma was so fascinated by it. Leo took her to the beach in the afternoon.

She had her stomach full of all kinds of adult foods too, like carrots, cucumber. She did not have much milk, though.

Mary Beth built a small play pen for Emma in the corridor of the apartment. She put two mirrors along the wall, and surrounded the pen with bags of diapers, pillows. Emma did some exercises getting up and down. But she did not crawl.

I am a little disappointed and worried, because she still cannot crawl. She does not "talk" much either. But good things may come later.

Wednesday, April 14, 2004
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April 13, 2004

Yesterday's miracle is nothing but a miracle, at least for now. Today, we tried to let Emma do a little more, she simply refused and protested.

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Yesterday's miracle is nothing but a miracle, at least for now. Today, we tried to let Emma do a little more, she simply refused and protested.

Tuesday, April 13, 2004
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April 12, 2004

Emma can crawl now! We are all amazed.
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Emma can crawl now! We are all amazed.

Monday, April 12, 2004
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April 11, 2004

Today is Sunday. Xun and I brought Emma to the lake around 11:30am. We stayed for a while and then went back home because the weather is a little bit cold. After home, xun perpared her beef nodles which she learnt from a cook book. The tast is wanderful. We have a good lunch today.

Emma can eat more now. She is about 16lb now. Whatever I put into her month, she will taste it or eat it. She likes to eat the dinner table, chairs, books, keyboard, her toys, my hair...... Sometime, she likes to tast her fingers, sometime tastes mine. She never stops.

About my program, it is getting better. I can use my voice to control some of the computer programs. For example, if I say " open explorer", the computer will open the explorer window for me. If I say "minize all", all the windows on the desktop will be minizies. Now, I want to write a program to have a little bit conversation with the computer, and thinking how to apply this technique to Instant English.
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Today is Sunday. Xun and I brought Emma to the lake around 11:30am. We stayed for a while and then went back home because the weather is a little bit cold. After home, xun perpared her beef nodles which she learnt from a cook book. The tast is wanderful. We have a good lunch today.

Emma can eat more now. She is about 16lb now. Whatever I put into her month, she will taste it or eat it. She likes to eat the dinner table, chairs, books, keyboard, her toys, my hair...... Sometime, she likes to tast her fingers, sometime tastes mine. She never stops.

About my program, it is getting better. I can use my voice to control some of the computer programs. For example, if I say " open explorer", the computer will open the explorer window for me. If I say "minize all", all the windows on the desktop will be minizies. Now, I want to write a program to have a little bit conversation with the computer, and thinking how to apply this technique to Instant English.

Sunday, April 11, 2004
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I put more pictures of Emma online. Trying to put a small paragraph of major developments of Emma
each month, but then I found that I cannot recall anything, except some fragments of conversations with Mary Beth, some vague memories of images of Emma's sitting, smiling ... This is like everything, we just live for the moment, we cannot foresee the future, we quickly lose track of the past.

Yesterday, I talked with Liu Jing, my friend at UIC. Seems that her son Leo has developed very quickly, he can roll at 3 months old, can walk along his crib by holding the bars at 7 months, can crawl at 9 months old, can talk "ba-ba, da-da" 10 months ... The only battle he has lost so far is that he still completely toothless ... As usual, I broadcasted this to Mary Beth and Leo. As usual, they defended Emma, saying Emma is just all right. I know. Still sometimes I worry, afraid Emma could have some delay in her development.

I have the competitive spirit for her.

Mary Beth is really really good to Emma. She got up really early this morning and set a bar in the computer room so Emma can hold it and practice walking around. But Emma is not ready yet. She smiled good-naturedly or even condescendingly, looking around, relaxed, while we moved her feet, hands around, virtually doing the exercises for her.

She can be on her stomach for quite a while now, but she is not interested in rolling, even though she can.


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I put more pictures of Emma online. Trying to put a small paragraph of major developments of Emma
each month, but then I found that I cannot recall anything, except some fragments of conversations with Mary Beth, some vague memories of images of Emma's sitting, smiling ... This is like everything, we just live for the moment, we cannot foresee the future, we quickly lose track of the past.

Yesterday, I talked with Liu Jing, my friend at UIC. Seems that her son Leo has developed very quickly, he can roll at 3 months old, can walk along his crib by holding the bars at 7 months, can crawl at 9 months old, can talk "ba-ba, da-da" 10 months ... The only battle he has lost so far is that he still completely toothless ... As usual, I broadcasted this to Mary Beth and Leo. As usual, they defended Emma, saying Emma is just all right. I know. Still sometimes I worry, afraid Emma could have some delay in her development.

I have the competitive spirit for her.

Mary Beth is really really good to Emma. She got up really early this morning and set a bar in the computer room so Emma can hold it and practice walking around. But Emma is not ready yet. She smiled good-naturedly or even condescendingly, looking around, relaxed, while we moved her feet, hands around, virtually doing the exercises for her.

She can be on her stomach for quite a while now, but she is not interested in rolling, even though she can.


Sunday, April 11, 2004
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April 10, 2004

Today we have a few things to do: tax, grocery shopping, house work, blogging, one on line test ... There are always a lot of things to do. I do not know why I cannot feel the urgency, the pressure. Compromises ...

Yesterday was again a busy day for her. She was out to shopping in the morning with Mary Beth, who bought a dozen baby jars of baby foods for her, such as carrots, peaches, beans, etc., baby juice, and soy-based milk, a "beany?" toy. She was tricked to lie on her stomach for about twenty minutes. Mary Beth said, if she had a junky glossy magazine to tear she won't mind too much lying face down. In the afternoon, Leo took her out to the lake, they had a lot of fresh air, the wind, the views of the lake in early spring. She ate a lot, yesterday, a jar of carrots, yogurt, and something else. Milk too. She sang with Mary Beth, by singing, we mean she "yi-ya"-ed along with Mary Beth.

She really can make a lot more sounds now. Her talks have the authentic flavor of talking.

Yesterday on my way to work, I was think what I really want her to be. My conclusion is that nothing special. But I do want her to be great, not having to be frustrated with mediocr-ness of her own throughout her life, like I do. I want her to be something talented. But yet, talent is not a thing I can cultivate. So we have to just clench our teeth, cross our fingers to wish, yes, good luck, talent, good things happen to us.

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Today we have a few things to do: tax, grocery shopping, house work, blogging, one on line test ... There are always a lot of things to do. I do not know why I cannot feel the urgency, the pressure. Compromises ...

Yesterday was again a busy day for her. She was out to shopping in the morning with Mary Beth, who bought a dozen baby jars of baby foods for her, such as carrots, peaches, beans, etc., baby juice, and soy-based milk, a "beany?" toy. She was tricked to lie on her stomach for about twenty minutes. Mary Beth said, if she had a junky glossy magazine to tear she won't mind too much lying face down. In the afternoon, Leo took her out to the lake, they had a lot of fresh air, the wind, the views of the lake in early spring. She ate a lot, yesterday, a jar of carrots, yogurt, and something else. Milk too. She sang with Mary Beth, by singing, we mean she "yi-ya"-ed along with Mary Beth.

She really can make a lot more sounds now. Her talks have the authentic flavor of talking.

Yesterday on my way to work, I was think what I really want her to be. My conclusion is that nothing special. But I do want her to be great, not having to be frustrated with mediocr-ness of her own throughout her life, like I do. I want her to be something talented. But yet, talent is not a thing I can cultivate. So we have to just clench our teeth, cross our fingers to wish, yes, good luck, talent, good things happen to us.

Saturday, April 10, 2004
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April 09, 2004

I drafted something yesterday. Then it got lost. Maybe it is not a good idea to do a draft. It is mine anyway. I do not have to make it so clean ... That is me.

This week Mary Beth is on spring break, so Emma got to do a lot of exercises, try many new varieties of foods. Like pear, peach, apple, peter bread, chicken ... The funiest thing was that they put her in a plastic box, just big enough to hold her, and then put her in the sink. Then they turned on the water and she can play while taking a pseudo-shower. She looked at the running water and thought it was something she can grab. She kept trying, one hand, and then two hands, trying to just hold the water like the way she hold her little duckie ... They all laughed and told me about it.

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I drafted something yesterday. Then it got lost. Maybe it is not a good idea to do a draft. It is mine anyway. I do not have to make it so clean ... That is me.

This week Mary Beth is on spring break, so Emma got to do a lot of exercises, try many new varieties of foods. Like pear, peach, apple, peter bread, chicken ... The funiest thing was that they put her in a plastic box, just big enough to hold her, and then put her in the sink. Then they turned on the water and she can play while taking a pseudo-shower. She looked at the running water and thought it was something she can grab. She kept trying, one hand, and then two hands, trying to just hold the water like the way she hold her little duckie ... They all laughed and told me about it.

Friday, April 09, 2004
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April 07, 2004

I like what I said to my friend,

I got married late Feburary. Emma is 6
> months old today. My husband stays
> at home taking care of Emma. ... We still live cheap,
> still wondering, struggling ... but generally
> speaking, we are blissfully
> nonagreesive and life is sweet and joyful with
> Emma,
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I like what I said to my friend,

I got married late Feburary. Emma is 6
> months old today. My husband stays
> at home taking care of Emma. ... We still live cheap,
> still wondering, struggling ... but generally
> speaking, we are blissfully
> nonagreesive and life is sweet and joyful with
> Emma,

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Today Emma is six month, half a year old. She would not look different from yesterday. When I go home this evening, she would not ask me for birthday present, I am sure and relieved, because I do not have a present for her.

I strayed ... right, she would not look different from yesterday, but she looks so much different from the day she was born. How babies grow! Every month, she outgrows her clothes, socks, stockings, shoes, diapers, even bibs. How she has changed! She kept her eyes tightly shut until she was two weeks old. The first month, she had trouble sucking milk from my breast. But now, she can sit, stand up, roll, smile seductively, grab, feed herself a celery stick. She can cry, sure, from day 1, but now she cries for a purpose, she has her cry of demand ...

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Today Emma is six month, half a year old. She would not look different from yesterday. When I go home this evening, she would not ask me for birthday present, I am sure and relieved, because I do not have a present for her.

I strayed ... right, she would not look different from yesterday, but she looks so much different from the day she was born. How babies grow! Every month, she outgrows her clothes, socks, stockings, shoes, diapers, even bibs. How she has changed! She kept her eyes tightly shut until she was two weeks old. The first month, she had trouble sucking milk from my breast. But now, she can sit, stand up, roll, smile seductively, grab, feed herself a celery stick. She can cry, sure, from day 1, but now she cries for a purpose, she has her cry of demand ...

Wednesday, April 07, 2004
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April 06, 2004

Noon. View the blogs, see pictures of Emma. Thinking of what kind of cool programs I can do. Wondering if Emma is having fun at home.'

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Noon. View the blogs, see pictures of Emma. Thinking of what kind of cool programs I can do. Wondering if Emma is having fun at home.'

Tuesday, April 06, 2004
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April 05, 2004

I am hyped today. I got my driver's license, though I still cannot drive very well. I spent a few more hours looking at Emma's pictures, I felt like sending her pictures to everyone I know. Yeah, her birthday is only two days away, I think I will send pictures to all my colleagues. Just feel good.

But i have not get anything done today, get to hurry up.

What did Emma do today? The same thing, sleep, play, "talk" and eat. She went with us to the driving test site and slept most of the ride away ... She had a little chicken today, not much milk.

One really really important thing, she cannot have TV before three, at least. It is said that kids watch TV will be 20% more likely to have ADD

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I am hyped today. I got my driver's license, though I still cannot drive very well. I spent a few more hours looking at Emma's pictures, I felt like sending her pictures to everyone I know. Yeah, her birthday is only two days away, I think I will send pictures to all my colleagues. Just feel good.

But i have not get anything done today, get to hurry up.

What did Emma do today? The same thing, sleep, play, "talk" and eat. She went with us to the driving test site and slept most of the ride away ... She had a little chicken today, not much milk.

One really really important thing, she cannot have TV before three, at least. It is said that kids watch TV will be 20% more likely to have ADD

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April 04, 2004

Finally I put emma to sleep, finally I am able to sit down and do something. But my head is getting heavy, my eyes started drooping, sleepiness creeps in. This is the life of a mom of a five-month-old. Happy most of the time, frustrated some of the time, worried sometimes ... I do not know how people can have a dozen of kids and still accomplish so much. Like Steven Spielberg. I am just an ordinary, less-than-ordinary, mom struggling to make ends meet, yet still blissfully unburdened by all the burdens.

What if I have not squandered all the time that I squandered by doing nothing and not knowing what to do? What if I have had a life that had passed me by? I'd better not start this useless "what ifs".

Actually we had a great and happy day. Emma had half a piece of bread. The first piece of bread in her life. She continued to impress us with her loud babbering. She really tried hard. In Mary Beth words, she concentrated hard, her chin withdrawn ... Or something like that.

Then she played with her toys, banged her "control board", demanded every once in a while for us to pick up or to feed her or who knows what ... We kept finding excuses for her, like "oh, she is tired" or "She is hungry" ... And we kept praising her by saying, "oh, she is so cute ..." or "look, she can do this ...", "wow, she will be a great talker" ...

American babies are in heaven!!!

In the afternoon, we went out to pick up the set of pictures she took at sears. On the way, she slept soundly. I watched her, I watched the sunlight dancing across her face, thinking how much I love her. Yeah, I am doing all these silly and costly things (considering my thrift, cheap life, counting time, money, sentiment ...).
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Finally I put emma to sleep, finally I am able to sit down and do something. But my head is getting heavy, my eyes started drooping, sleepiness creeps in. This is the life of a mom of a five-month-old. Happy most of the time, frustrated some of the time, worried sometimes ... I do not know how people can have a dozen of kids and still accomplish so much. Like Steven Spielberg. I am just an ordinary, less-than-ordinary, mom struggling to make ends meet, yet still blissfully unburdened by all the burdens.

What if I have not squandered all the time that I squandered by doing nothing and not knowing what to do? What if I have had a life that had passed me by? I'd better not start this useless "what ifs".

Actually we had a great and happy day. Emma had half a piece of bread. The first piece of bread in her life. She continued to impress us with her loud babbering. She really tried hard. In Mary Beth words, she concentrated hard, her chin withdrawn ... Or something like that.

Then she played with her toys, banged her "control board", demanded every once in a while for us to pick up or to feed her or who knows what ... We kept finding excuses for her, like "oh, she is tired" or "She is hungry" ... And we kept praising her by saying, "oh, she is so cute ..." or "look, she can do this ...", "wow, she will be a great talker" ...

American babies are in heaven!!!

In the afternoon, we went out to pick up the set of pictures she took at sears. On the way, she slept soundly. I watched her, I watched the sunlight dancing across her face, thinking how much I love her. Yeah, I am doing all these silly and costly things (considering my thrift, cheap life, counting time, money, sentiment ...).

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Today is a wonderful day. I was very happy that xun cooked lunch for us. The food is wonderful. It calls "Chinese..." something. I forgot the name. But, anyway, tast good.
She will cook something else tomorrow. I hope it will be good too.

Emma is good today. She is always smiling whenever I make a face to her. She likes me. She is happy too.

I am still busy on my program, and getting some progress. The computer can recognize my voice now. When the computer asked " what is your name". I answered " emma", then it said " hello, emma". Very simple, but is a big step for me. The program is used VB code. I want to use VB.Net to make it work too.
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Today is a wonderful day. I was very happy that xun cooked lunch for us. The food is wonderful. It calls "Chinese..." something. I forgot the name. But, anyway, tast good.
She will cook something else tomorrow. I hope it will be good too.

Emma is good today. She is always smiling whenever I make a face to her. She likes me. She is happy too.

I am still busy on my program, and getting some progress. The computer can recognize my voice now. When the computer asked " what is your name". I answered " emma", then it said " hello, emma". Very simple, but is a big step for me. The program is used VB code. I want to use VB.Net to make it work too.

Sunday, April 04, 2004
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We got more pictures. Emma "talked" pretty frequently. But it seems her "talk" cannot even be counted as "jabber". Who knows? She definitely can roll from back to front. She did it several times more today. Only she hates lying on her stomach. Poor thing! Her arms are just not strong enough.

We took her out for a buggie ride. We got a few pictures of her sitting on the lawn, with her big in the center and front, houses small in the background, she looked as if she were in a fairy tale.
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We got more pictures. Emma "talked" pretty frequently. But it seems her "talk" cannot even be counted as "jabber". Who knows? She definitely can roll from back to front. She did it several times more today. Only she hates lying on her stomach. Poor thing! Her arms are just not strong enough.

We took her out for a buggie ride. We got a few pictures of her sitting on the lawn, with her big in the center and front, houses small in the background, she looked as if she were in a fairy tale.

Sunday, April 04, 2004
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April 03, 2004

This morning we woke up fresh and happy, including Emma. Only that did not last long. She lay in bed, "talking" for a while, smiling profusely. But Leo was sleeping, I was outside washing dishes, she got bored, feeling neglected, she grew louder and a little angry ... Well, then I had to pick up. This started another busy, busy day.

Mary Beth played with her. She may have a bone cracked. But she is so tough and never stops walking around, even with Emma in her arms. That worried me. I am afraid she will get crippled.

I put Emma's pictures on line. So we can read her, see her pictures month by month. Oh, Gosh, there is so much to do. I have so many project ideas to implement. The first big one is to get our web site in shape and published. It is so much more fun than reading my cuneiforms.

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This morning we woke up fresh and happy, including Emma. Only that did not last long. She lay in bed, "talking" for a while, smiling profusely. But Leo was sleeping, I was outside washing dishes, she got bored, feeling neglected, she grew louder and a little angry ... Well, then I had to pick up. This started another busy, busy day.

Mary Beth played with her. She may have a bone cracked. But she is so tough and never stops walking around, even with Emma in her arms. That worried me. I am afraid she will get crippled.

I put Emma's pictures on line. So we can read her, see her pictures month by month. Oh, Gosh, there is so much to do. I have so many project ideas to implement. The first big one is to get our web site in shape and published. It is so much more fun than reading my cuneiforms.

Saturday, April 03, 2004
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April 02, 2004

I am so happy I started blogging here. Now my pink journal book seemed so out-of-date. I guess everything now has to go electronic.
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I am so happy I started blogging here. Now my pink journal book seemed so out-of-date. I guess everything now has to go electronic.

Friday, April 02, 2004
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Emma can roll now. For the first time! Everything for her is the first time. And we cheered, marvelled at her every first-time miracle. Like sitting, standing up, now rolling. We are waiting, patiently and impatiently at the same time, for her to talk. Or if that is too unrealistic, maybe she can just sign with us. Signing time.

Emma will be six month old on 7th.

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Emma can roll now. For the first time! Everything for her is the first time. And we cheered, marvelled at her every first-time miracle. Like sitting, standing up, now rolling. We are waiting, patiently and impatiently at the same time, for her to talk. Or if that is too unrealistic, maybe she can just sign with us. Signing time.

Emma will be six month old on 7th.

Friday, April 02, 2004
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