Sunday, October 27, 2013

Pumpkin Patch 2013

Last Saturday, after some begging, we finally went to the pumpkin patch!  I know Sebastian won't really remember many of these events but eventually he will so we might as well start the family traditions now!  :)  

Sebastian decided he didn't want us to sleep in so our hope was to get going early to beat the crowds.  But, of course, we ended up leaving much later than we planned.  Luckily since it was colder out than it had been in weeks, there weren't as many people out.  What can we say... we're homebodies and hate crowds!  

Anyway, we started off with a delicious and ridiculously huge breakfast at the Rusty Pelican before heading out to Snohomish.  We were originally going to The Farm but we heard that Becker and Madison were headed to Craven Farm so we ended up meeting up with them there (along with Madison's nephew, Max).  

Since it was cold out and my foot was hurting (I wasn't able to wear my boot with all the mud), we didn't stay long but we did manage to pick out some pumpkins and snap some family photos.  All in all, it was a fun day.  We can't wait to go back when Sebastian can actually pick out his own pumpkin!  :) 

100 Days

On October 4, 2013, we celebrated Sebastian's first 100 days.  This is a traditional Korean celebration called Baek-il.  For background information, long ago in Korea, I guess childhood diseases were common and survival rates were super low.  It wasn't until a child reached their 100th day that their parents felt it was safe enough to introduce him/her to their friends, family, and neighbors.  During this celebration, rice cakes are provided to guests.  Back in the day it was supposed to be given to at least 100 people (definitely didn't happen here) because they believed it would help protect the child's life.  They would also pray for the child's continued good health.  And there is your Korean history lesson for today - thank you, Google!  :) 

This day was especially great because Uncle Kelly and Auntie Adrianna flew in from California just to celebrate.  This was their very first time getting to meet Sebastian in person!  We decided to go to a Teppanyaki restaurant in Everett for dinner (think Benihana style).  In attendance were both sets of grandparents, David's Aunt, Uncle, and cousin, Daniel, Kelly, Adrianna, and as a special surprise, Uncle Charlie showed up at the restaurant.  He originally told us he wasn't able to make it (he just moved to Japan for work) so it was a fun surprise.  The only one missing was Uncle Lester but he was, as always, there in spirit!  

After our yummy and entertaining dinner, we went back to our house to munch on some rice cakes and visit some more and let Pookie join in on the fun.  Happy 100 days, Sebastian!  You are so, so loved, baby!  :) 

Thanks, Auntie Adrianna, for taking pics!  :) 

Monthly Update: Month 3

This, of course, is late but here is what Sebastian was up to in Month 3...

  • He started daycare... such a brave, big boy!  It was probably harder for us to leave him the first day than it was for him.  His teachers say he rarely naps because he doesn't want to miss out on anything.  :) 
  • He loves being on his changing pad and especially likes staring at his zebra picture.
  • Doesn't really nap for long stints anymore (boy, do I miss those days) - we are constantly trying to find new ways to keep him entertained!  Looks like mommy and daddy are gonna have to brush up on those nursery rhymes!
  • He no longer likes his MamaRoo or Snug-a-bunny Swing!  He'd much rather sleep on one of us and when we try to put him down, he'll immediately start bawling.  At least we know he loves us?!  ;)
  • He has stinky feet!  How can someone so small get so stinky, seriously?  This is especially true when he wears socks for even just a few minutes.  
  • He sneezes just like daddy - super loud and super violent!
  • Is it weird that I think his voice "dropped" a little?  I swear it sounds like he went through baby puberty since he started school!  I know, I'm crazy. 
  • Sebastian is the King of Spit-up!  His daycare has even mentioned their concern a few times.  After each spit-up he gives us the biggest smile so I guess that makes up for the mess we have to clean up.  :)
  • This kid is getting BIG!  He is outgrowing all of his swaddles and we had to go out and get bigger clothes.  It makes me so sad to have to put all his preemie and newborn clothes out of commission in his closet.  On top of that, we realized that we never really put him in pants but since he was going to school we thought we'd properly cover him up.  
  • He is starting to hate his car seat.  We get so much anxiety when we're about to leave because we never know if he's going to cry his eyes out in the car the whole way to our destination or if he'll pass out.  At this point, we make sure when we're both going one of us is in the back with him for entertainment purposes.  
  • Sebastian is smiling and "talking" more and more these days and we absolutely LOVE it!  :)  

Happy Fall, Y'all... Time to Rewind!

Um... well, apparently it's Fall now so Happy Fall!  :)  We've been just a tad bit busy in the Ko household since our last blog post.  I always have every intention of catching up on this thing but have just been so.freaking.tired!  Currently, mommy and baby have their first cold of the season so while the little booger monster is catching up on some z's, I'm catching up on here.  :) 

Welcome Max... Two days after our blog post in September, baby Max was born (9/14/13).  Sebastian was anxiously awaiting the arrival of his future best bud so he was super excited to meet him for the first time.  And, of course, David and I were happy to catch up with the proud new parents.  :) 

Proud Daddies

Ugh... Maureen, you're killin' me! How is it that the one who just gave birth doesn't look that way?!  I need to learn more flattering camera poses!  :( 

New friends :)

A sweet lil' house guest... My parents took their annual trip in September (this time to Portugal & Spain) so we had a cute house guest for about 10 days.  As always, Bella was a ball full of energy but fun to have around.  I think both Bella and Pookie bonded over not being so fond of a (seemingly) constant crying baby.  ;) 

The girls sharing their favorite chair in the "sun room"

A minor set-back... During the summer, I found this awesome LivingSocial deal for a month of unlimited Stroller Strides sessions at the Mill Creek Town Center.  I decided to focus my last month of maternity leave on doing my best to get back into shape so I was really excited to be able to work out with Sebastian.  (Our plan was to go to class at least four times a week.)  For those of you who haven't heard of Stroller Strides, it's a mixture of boot camp and barre method workouts with a bunch of mamas and their babies of all ages.  I personally think the concept is genius - whenever Sebastian was being fussy, the instructor would come over and either entertain him or pick him up while I continued on with the workout.  If she was busy with another baby, then I would just pick him and use him as a "free weight".  :)   

Ah... so here's where the "set-back" comes in.  About a week and half before starting work, per usual, Sebastian and I were in attendance at the morning session.  Unfortunately, he was being fussier than usual so instead of hanging out in his stroller, I decided to wear him in the ErgoBaby.  (This proved to be a very, very bad idea.)  The first exercise was some kind of step up and stretch combo onto this low cement wall.  We made it through a few step ups but after huffing and puffing through those due to the extra weight of the baby, I made a mental note that I was being stupid and should stop.  Of course, that thought came way too late and before I know it, I'm falling backward and first landed on my right foot and then hard on my tailbone.  Sebastian was sleeping through the exercise but was startled due to the fall and was screaming his head off.  Of course I was freaking out because I thought he was hurt but luckily, it was just me.  One of the ladies ran to Starbucks to grab me some ice and so while we waited for David to pick us up and take us to the doctor's office, we watched as the rest of the mommies got their workout on.  When we got to PacMed, I got an x-ray and luckily found out that nothing was broken but unfortunately was a pretty bad sprain.  We went home with instructions to stay off the foot, keep it iced, and then when I needed to get around, to wear a boot.  

The following day, my mom came over and helped with the baby all day because I was completely out of commission due to all the pain (thanks mom!!).  To make matters worse, I had a dentist appointment scheduled where not only did I have the typical cleaning to do (I actually really like getting my teeth cleaned) but had a minor "surgery" where they numbed my mouth and cut at specific areas of gum so that my teeth won't go back to their pre-invisalign days.  I was sore afterwards but I think the pain from my foot distracted me.  From that day, I basically stayed home six days straight because I could barely move.  When David was a work, we set-up everything I needed for the baby within arms reach downstairs.  The only time I had to get up was to use the bathroom.  

Update: Sadly, even though I was only advised to wear the boot for about 2-3 weeks after my injury, I am still wearing it today.  I actually had to go back for more x-rays this week and even though everything generally looks okay, it's still painful, swollen, and bruised.  I have to see a foot specialist soon.  I guess the only bright side is that David and I were able to score a special parking pass at work! Lesson for this girl: The universe is trying to prevent me from working out and losing this fat!  :(  Or, just reminding me that I'm a major klutz.  ;)

On the way to the x-ray room

My view for about about a week straight

An unkindess of Ravens... If you got that reference off the bat then you must be a One Tree Hill fan too!  ;)  As you know, I'm a TV junkie but after I sprained my foot, I rediscovered my love for One Tree Hill on Soapnet.  Unfortunately, they don't really play the episodes in order each day so I'm kind of all over the place.  Even David is intrigued by the Lucas, Peyton, Brooke love triangle.  ;) 

A day of firsts... October 7, 2013 was a big day for the Ko family.  For the first time in six months, Pookie had the house all to herself again, I went back to work (but at a different company), and Sebastian started daycare at Kindercare in Harbour Pointe.  The days leading up to the 7th were emotional for me.  I did my best to cuddle with my babies during the day as best I could!  Now three weeks into the working world, I can easily say I miss staying home all the time but I suppose it is nice to have adult conversations.  :)  It is also nice to have David nearby at work - my carpool and lunch buddy (sometimes) and of course someone to help carry all my stuff and show me around the huge maze that is Boeing.  Sebastian is loving daycare for the most part.  His teachers seem to adore him and are so nice.  We are "those parents" and try to call during lunchtime most days.  Their report is usually the same - Sebastian will not nap and constantly wants to be held.  That's our boy!  

iPhone Photo Dump

We're baaaack!  :)

If you think we were photo crazy for Pookie, well, we've expanded our mama/paparazzi tendencies to Sebastian as well!  :)  Here is an iPhone photo dump of some of our favs... 

Whenever I see them together, I hear the old jingle for "My Buddy & Kid Sister" in my head... Do you remember those commercials?! :)

Getting a hang of his play mat

Love this boy in hoodies!

"Nany, nany, boo boo"

Holla at your boy :)


Go Huskies!

First trip to Red Robin!  His face says "Gimme that!"

Happy in her chair while enjoying a Kong treat

Aw, sweet girl

Just another day at Kindercare

Hope he doesn't inherit mommy's driving skills!

He LOVES bath time (and showers, too)!

Looks so innocent

Modeling his new sweater from granny & grampy 



Look - almost the same size now!

Love his signature tongue smile

Cuddle buddies

Air Force Ones (still a tad big) from Uncle Hank

Thanks for the cute shoes, Uncle Les

Baby hipster

So pooped!

Becoming a tummy time champ!

He sure loves looking in the mirror

Sweet lil' bear