Monday, March 31, 2014

Maternity Photos

Well first I'd like to say Baby Girl has arrived! Her name is Ava Madeline Kelly, and she was born March 26, 2014 - 11 days early! I will do a separate post about her arrival, but I wanted to post our maternity photos first. I'm so happy with them, and although I was hesitant about taking maternity photos with the second baby {mostly, because I was lazy and not in the mood}, I'm really glad we did it. Sorry for the photo overload!



















































* all photos by Little LA Photography

Monday, March 24, 2014

Pregnancy Round 2




38 weeks! We're in the final stretch! I'm feeling pretty good besides the normal discomforts of being this far along. My parents brought up all the baby gear this past weekend, and it was kind of a weird sight seeing them all back in our house again. 2 years ago seems like forever! We're finally settling on a name, and hopefully once we meet the new baby, we'll be more certain.

I think Leah definitely knows what's going on. She sees the baby gear and acknowledges that they're for baby sister, she calls herself big sister or "jeh je" {older sister in Cantonese}, and she loves to pat, kiss, and hug my belly. We had the sweetest moment over the weekend when she was feeling my belly move and kept cracking up. One of her besties just had a baby sister as well, and she is so in love with the baby, I hope she will feel the same way about her very own! 

This pregnancy sure has flown by!! We can't wait to share about her arrival!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

New Orleans



Happy Tuesday! Last week we were in New Orleans for a conference, and I did not touch a computer once! It was a nice break to enjoy time with my family, and my parents also joined to help out with Leah. I was 36 weeks pregnant during the trip, and luckily baby girl decided to stay in! For the first time ever, at both LAX and MSY airports, we were able to go through security through a separate family line. We flew Southwest airlines, which allows pregnant women to fly up to 38 weeks. I brought a doctor's note just in case I needed it, but was never asked any questions. I did receive a disability card since I was pregnant, and I was able to board first. Sitting in the bulkhead on our return flight was very helpful to stretch my legs out and give Leah space to play without bothering other passengers. 


Wednesday, I took Leah to the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. She enjoyed seeing all the fish, touching sting rays, watching the penguin feeding, and talking to the sea otters. It's big enough to spend a couple hours there, but not too overwhelming. 





Leah was so excited when I told her po-po and gung-gung (grandma and grandpa) were coming to New Orleans too. She jumped into their arms the minute she saw them arrive at the hotel. We then headed out to explore a little while Matt was in meetings. The street cars in New Orleans are a really convenient and affordable mode of transportation. $1.25 a ride, and the best part is that Leah loved riding on them! We checked out Bourbon St. in the early evening to try to avoid the crazy party scene later in the night. The street definitely makes for some good people watching, but it also has plenty of yummy restaurants. We had a delicious dinner at Ralph Brennan's Red Fish Grill. I highly recommend it!

Bananas Foster French Toast. Mmmmm





The Superdome building is massive!




Thursday, Matt spent the day with us, and we started out by checking out the French Market and Jackson Square. We had breakfast at Stanley which was the perfect way to fill our bellies first thing in the morning. Afterwards, we took the Hop On, Hop Off bus to take a tour of the city. I love taking these buses! It's a really easy way to get a general feel of the city, and you can get off and explore different areas for as long as you want, and then just hop back on the bus and continue on your way! I wish I could have taken more photos while on the bus. The Garden District is really beautiful! If we ever go back, I'm definitely going to check that area out more! Leah fell asleep half way into the tour, so we just stayed on for the whole loop, which took about 2 hours total. 


After we finished the loop, we were right next to Cafe Du Monde. At first we saw the line, and it totally intimidated us! We found out that the line is for take out, and there was no wait if you wanted to sit down! Score! The beignets had the perfect amount of doughiness, and our bellies were all happy. 

Friday, we took Leah to the Louisiana Children's Museum. I love these types of museums which is similar to Pretend City and Zimmer Museum in California. They have a lot of make-believe sections like a grocery store, restaurant, and kitchen, a story time area, train tables, etc. My parents and I had just as much fun as Leah did.

While people often think of New Orleans as a party town, they also have so many kid friendly activities to enjoy, and we only covered a couple of them. This is our last trip before we officially become a family of 4! Getting a little nervous now... eek!

Hope everyone is having a great week!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Life Lately...

The last couple weeks have zoomed by, and we've been busy busy busy! We went on a little mini-trip to OC for a weekend, celebrated Joy's Target launch, and spent a lot of time furniture shopping for Leah's new room! Here are some photos from the past couple weeks. 

She's so proud of her creation! 
Beach baby!

Water was so cold, but she refused to get out!
Marisa and I at Joy's Target launch party
Such fun colors!

More goodies from the collection 
34 Weeks!
Hope you're having a good week!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Art/Mo Project





I don't normally have Leah do studio photo sessions, but when I heard about the Art/Mo Project collaboration with photographer Jennifer Young and Geronimo Balloons, I thought it would be a super fun thing for her to do. She got to play with frill, giant balloons, and confetti, and best of all her bestie was there too! I love how happy she looks {of course we had a few not so happy moments as well}. And boy is my belly getting big now! 

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!



Leah's day care had a little Valentine's Day party this morning. They got to exchange goodies and make that cute hat and card she's carrying. So fun!

Whether you celebrate Valentine's Day or not, I hope everyone has a wonderful day!!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Toddler Valentine Ideas!


Heart Crayons // Apple Sauce Valentine
Valentine Bunny // Let's Stick Together

Leah's day care is exchanging Valentines on Friday, and I've been researching cute ideas to give her classmates that did not involve a lot of sugar! Here are a few adorable and simple ones I found on the web. I personally am going to do the Valentine Bunny and attach a small tube of bubbles! 

Please share ideas you have for kids Valentines!