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.

Sunday, May 02, 2004
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