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stay-at-home mommy by day
program manager by night
children's painter somewhere in between

kids 1, mom 0

we apologize for our mother's laziness
she'll resume posting as soon as we let her out
to use the computer again

the sisters lee

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100 days and counting


today is maddie's 100 day birthday (baek-il). since we save all the big festivities for the first birthday celebration (tol), we had a pretty low-key day. blair came home early and fired up our tiny grill for the first cookout of the year. and, just as we did when emmy was a baby, we enjoyed a little (cup)cake dessert.

um, nice cupcakes, mom... but i can't even eat them yet!

okay, so emmy enjoyed a nice dessert. maddie sat and watched us all stuff our faces. it's hard to believe that we'll be starting solids in just a couple of short months!

the silly things we do for fun

happy 100 days, maddie-boo!


fun fact o' the day - check out the latest koream journal; there's a cute article about jon & kate plus 8 and i'm actually quoted in it! random, huh? one of their writers found me via comments left on an old kimchi mamas post. it was definitely pretty cool to get that in the mail today.

mama nabi - nope, emmy's right-handed... she just likes to experiment with both.

sun and others - if you're interested in pics, etc., drop me an email and say hi!

to everyone with more than one kid - what double stroller do you recommend? i'm starting to rethink ours and would love some input. thanks!


the usual suspects

suspect #1: 3 month old, 2 foot tall female, weighing 15.5 pounds with brown hair and hazel-blue-green-gray eyes. last known address is within the packnplay township of gracoville.

- known boo-boos: needle mark on thigh from recent visit to "the doctor."
- likes: fast-moving swings. mirrors. sticking out her tongue and staring at her hands. storing nuts milk in cheek pouches for winter.
- dislikes: loud sounds, especially the crying of an older sibling. bath time with daddy.
suspect #2: 2.5 year old, 3 foot tall female, weighing approximately 28 pounds with light brown hair and brown eyes. last spotted talking with "little bunny foo-foo" and the rest of the lovey gang. also has ties to the imaginary elephant mafia boys, "mr. onk" and "sebby". may be armed and... uh, legged (two of each).

- known boo-boos: nasal bruise due to run-in with an oncoming swing. knee scrape from recent sidewalk scuffle. small lip laceration from table hit-and-run.
- likes: eating bbq chicken wings and spicy baby octopus. playing hide and seek (behind your back). reading the little quack books. blowing bubbles. drawing with "magic markers" (the color wonder kind). floam. finding nemo. cuddle time.
- dislikes: the word "no". tripping on the sidewalk. sharing mommy's attention... sometimes.
- favorite phrase(s): "wait a mitten!" and "i love you"
if you have seen these two suspects, please, PLEASE leave them be - they're sleeping at the SAME time! ah, sweet blissful silence!

working with the sketch artist

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back in the saddle again

from this little announcement, twelve weeks ago...

... to this family portrait, taken today

as you can see, we're still alive and well. blair just finished up his second year of medical school and is gearing up for the big step 1 test. emmy's almost done with her first year of preschool (gulp!) and is two-and-a-half going on thirteen. amazingly, it took nine weeks for the new baby honeymoon to end for her but she's been 99% sweet to little maddie. and "little" maddie just ain't so little anymore; weighing in at 13 pounds, 5.5 ounces at two months put her in the 95th percentile for chunky goodness. as she approaches the three month mark, she's wearing 6 month clothing, sleeping through the night (most of the time), and babbling away.

and me? well i'm getting the hang of this expanded motherhood gig, although i still find it difficult to balance the needs of two kids (and i'm sure that won't be changing anytime too soon). i've become a pro at nursing one-handed while fixing a meal, helping emmy in the loo, and doing the rest of my toddler-mommy duties. it definitely helps that i'm not headed back to work anytime soon, courtesy my maternity leave and personal leave of absence. in fact, i'm not expected in the office again until july 2009. ain't life sweet?

i hope to start posting here every now and again but don't hold your breath - it all depends on how the moons of (toddler) moodiness align with the stars of sleep in this household. until then, leave me a comment if you'd like to see our *shhhhh* super-duper secret photo site.

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a new beginning

... or how we celebrated presidents' day 2008:

in the hospital

and at home with the big sis

welcome, maddie!

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butterflies & birthdays

twelve hours and counting... time to share a story 'cause there's nothing else to clean or cook or nest!

last week, after a morning of carousel-riding, ice-cream-eating, tiny-train-traveling, and fish-watching at the local mall, emmy and i dropped into our nearby costco megastore for a little shopping. as we were perusing the toddler dresses, another korean mom tentatively walked up and asked, "do you know... mama nabi?"

wow. i was floored. whereas i originally "met" mama nabi via the kimchi mama circle of friends, this mom had stumbled across mn's blog while reading metrodad. yet we had both become loyal readers, following every update, watching little nabi grow, and wondering what would happen next in her current quest for a new, healthier life. it was amazing how that other mom and i quickly bonded over our shared fondness of mama nabi, and we even discovered that we travel in similar circles around here. (oh, and she recognized my little ghostwriter too.)

anyhoo... while i've never had the good fortune to meet mama nabi in person, we've exchanged several emails, cards, and messages, and have probably spent a wee bit too much time facebooking one another (vampires anyone?). i'm always in awe of her strength of spirit, determination, and amazing writing ability, and think of her often... especially now. i (and many others) would love to do more for her but i know in my heart that she'll make it on her own, regardless of how many particularly nasty obstacles are tossed in her way. one day, i hope to stumble across this amazing woman joyfully sipping coffee and sharing madeleines (or duk!) with her little nabi, at a street cafe somewhere in the world... but until then, i'll be sending her lots of positive vibes, love, and support from afar.

i hope you will too.


so, any last words for a soon-to-be-mom to two? we're in the home stretch and i'm making the most of my short-term pregnancy sweet tooth while i can. time to finish packing and get some sleep! check back later this week for the grand introduction...

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snackin' and slackin'

since a certain maternal person around here
is still too lazy to post, i'm continuing to fill in.
man, i sure hope i get paid for all this work!
(btw, this is how camels walk. learn from the master.)

so here's my mommy impersonation:
step 1. get comfy in your favorite chair.
step 2. eat.
step 3. repeat.
c'mon, you know i'm right...

but me, i'm staying busy.
i'm working on my rodeo routine.
check out my fierce beast!
look, ma - no hands!

anyhoo, we're at two weeks and counting.
either mom's gonna pop soon or someone's
been sneaking too many oreos after i go to bed.
guess she still needs to learn about sharing, eh?
(special shout-out to my peeps, miss carolyn and auntie becky!)

so that's it. me and dad, we're just chillin'.
i'll keep you posted if anything cool happens.
peace out for now, yo.


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