Monday, July 30, 2007

Baby (trying to) talk

Natalie is trying to speak! When we talk to her, she opens and closes her mouth, waves her arms and legs, and makes little sounds. Here she is talking with her daddy. (There's also a great shot of her chubby little legs).

Video 15

Baby proportions

Stretch your arms over your head and you'll see that your arms reach high over your head. Did you ever notice that babies arms are really short? They can barely touch the top of their heads. Hehe, it's cute! Here's a sneak peak at Natalie during a nap and you can see that her little arms are really little!

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Baby bum

I'm a girl!

People in Hong Kong love babies. When we go out with Natalie, everyone stops to take a look, guess her age, and make comments. 10 out of 10 people we meet all ask... "Boy?" Even when she's dressed in pink! Poor Natalie. But now as she gets older, we think she is taking on a more "girlie look".

I'm a girl!

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Sweetie angel... or not?

Is Natalie a sweet, little angel?

... Or not? Natalie, that's not very nice!

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Smiles caught on video!

Finally, after weeks as a quiet, non-reactive yet extremely cute baby lump, Natalie is responding to us! She smiles at our attempts to entertain her and loves listening to us sing songs to her (the alphabet song seems to be her favourite). She also kicks her legs and waves her arms in excitement when we talk and make funny noises at her.

Here we've managed to catch her little grins on video. They're quick (blink and you might miss it) but we finally did it. Enjoy!

See video 13 and video 14.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Natalie's new "chair"

Tracy bought a "C" pillow to help support Natalie's weight (and save her wrists) while breastfeeding.

And now, we've found another great use for it... Natalie's post-feed chair. We sit her up for a few minutes after each feeding to play with her (she seems really comfy... imagine a giant adult-sized version?) and also to make sure the food goes down and stays down. Here's pic of Natalie chilling in her chair.

Natalie loves to bath

2 nights ago, Natalie poo'd BIG TIME in her diaper (it was explosive). Normally, the moms are around and more than happy to do the dirty work, but this time, Natalie picked the time when they were both out for a few hours, so Clark took charge to clean the mess. But even after a quick bum rinse in the sink, we still found poo in her belly button so... bath time!

Here are photos of Super Dad Clark giving Natalie a bath. She loooves taking a bath and is always calm and happy in her little tub.

Natalie thoroughly enjoying her bath with Daddy Clark.
All clean! Natalie wrapped in a warm towel to dry off.

A squeaky clean Natalie enjoying time with her Dad.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Bottle by Daddy

After exclusively breastfeeding for 5 weeks (discounting her first 3 days), we tried (for the first time) to give Natalie some expressed milk by bottle tonight. Her Daddy did the honours. She was a little confused at first, but later, she began to get the hang of it. What a little smartie! Here are photos and videos:

Video 13
Natalie trying the bottle for the first time. She's confused at first.

Video 14
Here's Natalie getting the hang of the bottle. Hehe, she even cries when it is taken away.

Daddy feeding Natalie by bottle. She finished all 1.5 ounces!

Natalie strikes a pose

Natalie is learning new things every day, including new sounds (we think she's really trying to talk to us!), new motions (better motor control now), and new facial expressions.

Here, Natalie strikes a pose while napping in her rocking chair last night.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Natalie chillin' with her homies

Today was another mommies (and babies) meeting in one of the mommy's apartment. The mommies snacked (potluck style), hung out, and chit-chatted. And I think the babies had a great time making friends, too :)

Here are a few photos of Natalie and her little friends:

Little Nana and Natalie.

Myley, Nana, and Natalie.

Myley, Moorea, Nana, and Natalie. Nana has gotten bored and fallen asleep.

Becky, Pia, Max (the only boy in the mommies group in cute little army fatigues), Moorea, Nana, and Natalie.

6 babies in a row

Natalie checking out a new playmat with Moorea.

Natalie likes her new friends. She barely slept at all!

Monday, July 16, 2007

Natalie loves to sleep

Natalie is a little piggy... weighing in at over 9.5 lbs (we weighed her yesterday), all she does is eat, pee, poo and sleep (and occasionally smile and coo at us). Aside from peeing on her mom and grammas when they remove her diaper, sleeping is her next favourite hobby. She sleeps about 20 hours a day! She also loves being held and cuddled by us (and we love cuddling her as well) but could be trouble for us later since she likes to sleep while being held and rocked (uh oh... whoops!) Here are a few more photos (below).

Also, check out three new videos:

Video 10
Natalie trying a pacifier for the first time. She was confused when it first went in her mouth (hey, where's the milk?!) She's still confused by it and keeps spitting it out... hope we can train her to use one!

Video 11
Natalie chilling out on her change table after a bath. See the crazy hair? She's also more active now... kicking her legs. Oh, and cutie sneezes too (she always sneezes twice in a row)

Video 12
Natalie falling asleep on our bed. She rolls her eyes around (REM dreaming) and smiles a sleepy smile.

Natalie in her baby bjorn sling. It must be comfy... she always falls asleep!

Natalie dozing on her parents bed. She loves to nap and just be close to us :)

Natalie chilling with her mommy.

Friday, July 13, 2007

She's smiling at me!

This morning, while chilling on our bed, propped up on a pillow, Natalie smiled a REAL smile! This was not a sleepy smile (babies sometimes practice smiling as they fall asleep), but was definitely a full-on smile in response to Tracy's smile. Wow... totally and utterly heart-melting. Will have to try catching it on video, but in the mean time, here are two more videos of Natalie.

Video 8:
Here is Natalie enjoying her new change-table mobile. She seems to love the music and watching the little animals move up and down. Now she's learned to smile at them and occasionally, she'll even reach her hand out and bat at them.

Video 9:
here is Natalie making ugly faces while eating her medicine. Poor Natalie! She's also gotten smarter at spitting it out. Such a smartie!

Monday, July 9, 2007

Naked baby alert!

Here's Natalie enjoying the sun in her birthday suit. Her jaundice levels are still above 100 (from clinic last week) so we gave her about a minute of sun today.

Natalie's learning to smile at us (for real)! But here she is doing her sleepy smile.

Naked baby alert!

Moon Yuet Dinner

Wow, can hardly believe it's been almost one month since Natalie was born! In celebration of Natalie's "moon yuet", we had a traditional chinese dinner at Choi Wun Heen in Quarry Bay (red eggs included of course!) Was dee-licious :) Here are some photos (below).

Also, check out 2 new videos here (video 6) and here (video 7).

Natalie in her cute moot yuet outfit, and strapped in her (rollercoaster) carseat with Auntie Carol. Gramma Tong, Cousin Vanessa, Auntie Lisa and Uncle Dennis also joined to celebrate with us.

Tracy and Clark (baby Natalie is asleep behind them in her stroller) and Auntie Carol, and again with Gramma Tong, Auntie and Uncle Ng, Gramma Wang, and Uncle Alex. Uncle Frankie, Auntie Geraldine also joined dinner with little Angelina and Anthony, and we learned to speak some Italian (Pizzeria... Mario and Luigi! ...Si?)

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Baby Natalie Photos (June 20 - July 4)

Natalie visited Dr. Ou today and we found out that Natalie gained 0.5 lbs in just one week! What a little piggy :) Here she is at 8.5 lbs along with a look at some Natalie pics taken from June 20.

July 4, 2007

Natalie concentrating (on "making" another diaper for us to change)

Natalie with crazy hair (thanks to gramma Tong) after her bath.

Natalie hanging with Mommy Tracy.

June 29, 2007

Natalie with her Daddy Clark.

Natalie close-up.

Natalie enjoys a nap by the window.

June 28, 2007

Natalie in her carseat and air jordan socks.

June 24, 2007

Natalie asleep in Dad's palm (she really enjoys this!)

June 23, 2007

Natalie cutie patootie.

Daddy Clark spending quality time with Natalie.

June 20, 2007

Natalie peacefully asleep in her moses basket.

She's so small!

Natalie learns to suck her thumb!