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January 17, 2016



Chubby Cheeks

January 12, 2016

Many women have reasonably-sized babies that they carry for a full 40 weeks. I, on the other hand, grow giants, thanks to my husband’s DNA. His key physical attributes that I first found so irresistible, like his tall and large physique and big brainy head, are no longer appealing when they lead to a humongous creature about to burst through my belly button. From what I’ve read online, second babies, on average, tend to be 5 ounces heavier and come 6-7 days prior to due date, with labor lasting 6-8hrs.

I can tell from the shape of my belly and the weight and pressure that my little guy is going to be big. To confirm my prediction I requested a 36 week sonogram. And just as I suspected, Baby Brother (as we’ve been referring to him at home) is 11 days ahead in growth with an estimated weight of 7.5lbs already! But as I learned with Noah, the head size is the most important part in delivering large babies, so….(drumroll…) Yep, 95th percentile for head measurements, 98th for belly and only 70th for legs (long torso and short legs, consistent with the rest of the males in the family).


He’s packing some serious pounds! Just look at those chubby cheeks!


That’s how we like it here in Texas: tiny women and giant babies! We just all hope that Baby Brother will come soon or mom will have a heck of a time pushing. Good thing I’m a runner so I am well-equipped with physical endurance, focus, determination and perseverance. (A little self pep talk before the big day).

Flying Turkeys

December 7, 2015

Breakfast climbAbout 10 months ago, while going through a pile of junk mail, I came across an offer from Maui Westin Resort and Spa. When living in Seattle, Eric and I had spent three Thanksgivings in Hawaii and we loved it. Longing for a beautiful Hawaiian vacation, we decided to book a family Maui trip. “How bad could it possibly be– travelling to Hawaii with a toddler?” naively we told ourselves. Fast-forward to November 20, 2016. Not only do we have a rambunctious toddler, we also have 7 months pregnant Jane. On the way to Maui, we decided to stop over in Seattle for a couple of days to visit uncle Anson and aunt Rachel.

After what seemed like a never-ending flight, we finally made it Maui, and I tell you it was all worth it Smile



We quickly developed a vacation routine, starting off each morning with a few hours on the beach, playing in the sand, making new friends, and splashing in the waves.



New FriendsBuried in the sand

Our lunch breaks included a car ride in hopes that Noah would nap, which only happened twice the entire week we were in Maui.

Healthy BreakfastShave Ice!Nap

This was followed by an afternoon excursion:

1. Hike to Twin Falls. There is a juice stand on the way in, which serves awesome juice and smoothies made with local pineapple, apple-bananas, and sugar cane.

2. Hike in Iao Valley National Park

Iao Needle

3. Downtown Lahaina where we got to listen to a native drum band and see the coolest tree ever – Banyan Tree

Drums!Banyan tree

4. New Hotel – Maui Coast Hotel in Kihei

Noah's new ride

5. Maui Ocean Center

Fishies!Touching starfish


We’d conclude the evening with a scenic dinner. Duke’s was one of our favorite spots with live entertainment, beautiful sunsets, and delicious food that the entire family could enjoy.


Jane looking awesome

Eric and I were anxious for our return flight. We had a redeye flight and a four hour layover in Portland. But the flight back could not have gone any smoother.  The Portland airport rocks! It has a children’s area with a playground! On both flights, Noah watched the takeoff and two minutes later was passed out snuggled up to dad all the way until landing.

Helping with luggageGood traveller

What a fabulous trip! Too bad it’ll be a few years until we do something like this again. Now it’s time to nest in anticipation of baby brother.

Summer Fun

October 26, 2015
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It’s taken me awhile to get through all of our summer photos. Finally, here are the best picks.


Potty training Captain Underwear & Risky Business style


“Blue Bike”

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Cute hats


Frozen Yogurt

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Swinging with toys


“Shirt off!”


“Hide Pillow”

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Dinner with Dinosaurs and bouncing fun


“Yummy in my tummy”


“Fire hydrant – Doggy Potty!”


Bubbles with Daddy


Downward Dog


Monkeying around at Austin Zoo



With Mommy



@ Seaworld




@ Summer School

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What a great summer we had! Now onto more fall adventures!

Pumpkin Patch

October 20, 2015

Like a typical family with a two year old, we dedicated an October weekend to pumpkins. We started off with pumpkin carving. It’s been almost a decade since Eric and I carved pumpkins together; the last time was while we were still dating. The experience was vastly different this time around. An hour long activity filled with flirting, drinking pumpkin beer and impressing each other with our artistic skills (or non-artistic in his case) was replaced with two tiny pumpkins, 15 minute prep, five minute cutout and 30 minute cleanup.

Noah and Eric shared a little Jack-O-Lantern, while I took on a more crafty challenge of an owl. The boys were done in less than 5 minutes, leaving the table to do their own things: playing with trucks and loud typing on the computer (guess who did what? Winking smile) I sat by myself with a tiny little saw for the next 15 minutes wondering what I was thinking to pick such an ambitious undertaking. Given the Texan heat, by the next morning our artwork was shriveled and moldy. Oh well.

pumpkin carving

On Sunday we went to our first Pumpkin Patch at Sweet Berry Farm. We had a blast!



While all the little girls posed nicely seated on top of pumpkins, Noah along with the rest of the boys took on the weightlifting challenge of attempting to pick up the largest possible pumpkin.


Noah’s favorite activity was the Berry Bounce, which we had to repeat 3 times!


That’s a lot of waiting around…


We also fed goats, pet the horses and learned about scarecrows.



There were plenty of things to ride: tractors, a hay trailer, and a barrel train.




We saved the best for last: Homemade pumpkin ice cream! What a great day at the farm!



September 24, 2015

It’s a boy! Baby Brother is growing well and is even more wiggly than Noah was. At our appointment this week, the ultrasound technician struggled to capture him still in one position for more than a second to get all the measurements. Just like his older brother, he is ahead of his growth already by 4 days, with a huge head!!! Eric and I surely make brainy babies!

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Noah can’t wait for his baby brother to arrive: “Baby Brother come now!” he keeps saying to us. He’s completely switched over to his big boy bed giving up the toddler bed as he now calls it “Baby’s crib. Baby sleep there.” And he wants to “Read baby books and share toys with Baby Brother.” It just melts my heart!

We are excited and relieved to be having another boy. Yes, my home will be double the loud chaos it is today. I will be tripping over cars, blocks, balls, trucks, dinosaurs, etc. twice as often. And yes, the two of them will continue to destroy the house at a faster rate, with their priceless wall artwork, explorations of gravity (throwing toys off the staircase), animal love (chasing poor Domino around), and Olympic training of running, jumping, climbing, somersaulting, and wrestling. But at the end of the day, they will play together. They will learn from one another. They will support, encourage, challenge, help each other. They will be best friends, who will fight and disagree at times, but they will love and protect each. And they will share the strongest bond as only brothers do!

Hey Brother!

August 19, 2015


Here we go again – Round 2!

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Watch out world, a brand new Lawrence is on the way! ETA early February. Smile