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.

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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,

Wednesday, April 07, 2004
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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

Monday, April 05, 2004
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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 ...).

Sunday, April 04, 2004
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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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