Current Parenting Challenge: Shared room

March 1, 2018

We recently moved Ava over to Erin's room. I intended to make this change later this year, but we had to make the transition earlier than expected. Ava has always been our good sleeper. We never had to sleep train her. She went to bed with no issues each night, but that changed a few weeks ago. I blame the flu. She got sick and stayed home all week and it threw off her sleeping habits. She'd take her naps on the couch, our bed, Erin's bed, everywhere but her crib and once she felt better, she refused to sleep in her crib. She actually started to climb out for the first time. So that's when we decided to make the move.

We turned Ava's old room into a play/work room and now Ava and Erin are sharing a room. They have a bunk bed, but they both prefer sleeping together on the bottom bed. The challenge now is that we've had to adjust both the girls' bedtimes. Erin usually goes to bed around 9:00 p.m. and Ava would go down around 7:30-8:00 p.m. Now that they're sharing a room, Ava refuses to sleep at a different time so we had to make their bedtime 8:30 p.m., which is now early for Erin and late for Ava. Oh and Erin still needs someone there with her till she falls asleep. I was hoping that with Ava in the picture now Erin wouldn't need someone there with her, but she still does and now Ava wants it too.

Each night so far has been different. One night it took them over an hour to fall asleep. I could see them giggling to each other and bothering each other (mostly Ava poking/touching Erin). Some nights they would knock out within minutes. A few nights both girls woke up and came into our bedroom so we had everyone in the bed. Another night, Erin woke up in the middle of the night and came to our room and on another night, Ava woke up and came to our room. There have been a few good nights where both girls slept in their room all night long. But one thing that has been consistent since the change is their morning wake up time. We used to have to wake up our girls every morning (usually around 6:45-7:00 a.m.), but now they're both awake just before 6:30 a.m. So many changes!

I'm just hoping/praying that after a few more weeks of adjusting to each other and their new environment: (1) we will once again have consistency, (2) they will no longer need one of us to stay with them till they fall asleep, and (3) there will be no more kids coming into our bed during the night. Fun times at the Kim Residence! But I must's the cutest seeing the girls sleep together!

Goals for 2018

February 21, 2018

  1. Take the girls bowling and ice skating. Just randomly thought of this. I think the girls would really enjoy bowling and I just want to see what they think about ice skating. I'm positive Erin will freak out, but you never know!
  2. Road trip with the new minivan. I said goodbye to my car of 9 years and got myself a minivan. I do like the sliding doors and DVD player. Tons more room to work with too. We're hoping to take a little road trip over to Arizona and/or Utah.
  3. Workout. This has been my goal every year since having Erin. But I think I've gotten lazier each year. hah. I actually signed up for a 7 week boot camp (starting March). I'll have to keep you all updated on how that goes and hopefully I can maintain some sort of workout schedule thereafter.
  4. Visit Knott's Berry Farm. I think both girls are a good age for Knott's and hey.. it's not too expensive! Can't remember the last time I've been there.
  5. Remodel master bathroom. We've been setting aside money for remodeling our master bath. Hopefully we get that started and finished before the year is over.
  6. Go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Ken has zero desire to go with me so I'll have to round up some peeps who do want to go. I want me some butter beer and maybe grab myself a wand.  
  7. Swim lessons for the girls during the summer.
  8. Potty train Ava. We started potty training Erin as soon as she turned 3. We tried earlier with her, but she wasn't ready. We'll see how Ava does. Shooting for April-May.
  9. Bake more. I've got a nice mixer and I haven't used it much. I do enjoy baking so I hope I get into it more this year.
  10. Read to the girls more. We read to Erin a lot when she was younger. But I realized that we haven't been reading much to the girls these days. We recently started "The Princess in Black" series with Erin. She seems to really like it. We read about 2 chapters before bed. Since Ava is much younger, we just have her pick out a book or two for us to read.  Hopefully this continues throughout the year. Oh and we should visit our local library and rent some books. 
    Lets see how this year goes! 

Ava - 2 year update

January 23, 2018

Can't believe we've got ourselves a 2 year old (again)! I don't remember this age being very easy, but I have a feeling it'll be tougher with little Ava. She's full of sass and stubbornness. I could already tell the tactics we used with Erin won't work with Ava. Ava could care less if we threatened her that we'll leave her if she doesn't listen (worked like a charm with Erin) or if you yell at her and look/sound angry. She's a master at avoiding eye contact and ignoring you. But on the plus, she gives the best hugs and is always wanting to feed people. She acts like a cat randomly (she's the comedian in your family) and she'll always want to be around her big sis. It's the cutest when I find them cuddling and giggling to each other. I just want to nibble on her big cheeks and although often times it's quite exhausting, I love that she thinks I'm the most important person in her world.

A few highlights:
  • Ava's quite the talker. She's definitely talking a lot more than Erin was at this age. She picks up on everything.
  • She is currently really into baby dolls and Frozen.
  • Not the best eater. She's very picky, but she'll eat a ton of the things she likes. Some of her favs: mac and cheese, soups, white rice, yogurt, anything with cheese, all fruits and Chick-fil-A chicken tenders.
  • She's a good night sleeper. Never really had to sleep train her. She falls asleep on her own and sleeps through the night. Her naps are a hit or miss. 
  • She's been in a "my" phase these days..."my mom", "my milk", "my cloth". It makes Erin a little sad to hear.
  • She's constantly on the move. Girl can't sit still. Going to restaurants with her is definitely a challenge.
  • She's obsessed with me (mom).
  • She freaks out when there's food on her face.
  • She wants to do everything herself.
  • She copies everything Erin does and says. It's cute most of the time.
  • You'll often hear her say: "no thank you", "I don't want it anymore", "stop", :how about...", "more please", where are you mom?", "huh", "cause".
  • Her counting at the moment looks like this: "1, 3, 8, 9, 10, 11, 18". Not too shabby for a 2 year old!
Stats: TBD

We threw Ava a little moon themed party with immediate family. Girl loves the moon!

San Francisco 2017

January 19, 2018

Our family spent the last few days of 2017 in San Francisco. We originally wanted to visit Texas (Magnolia Market!), but flights were way too expensive so we went with SF. It was Ava's first time and Erin's second.

The first two days of our trip were the easiest and most eventful. We spent the afternoon at Pier 39 the first day and spent the whole day at Monterey our second. We went out to try new restaurants and sight see. We also got to meet up with friends. By day 3, Ava could no longer sit still at restaurants and a good portion of her "fits" started (we've got ourselves quite the drama queen). By Day 4, we were all ready to go home. It's always tiring traveling with little ones (especially when they still need naps), but we made some great memories (both good and bad)!

Once we got home, I realized what a good traveler Erin is. She loves riding on planes, buses, trains, etc. (I asked Erin what her favorite part about this trip was and she said it was the airplane and lollipop. hah). And looking back at all our traveling experiences with her, I realized how easy she was. Minus her huge stranger danger ordeal, she was and still is easy to travel with. Ava is another story. This was Ava's third flight and after our previous flight (you can read about it here), we were a bit hesitant to fly with her again, but decided that an hour flight wouldn't be too difficult. This girl cannot sit still. To start off she was upset she didn't get her own seat and didn't like the idea of having to sit on my lap. We bribed her with some fruit snacks and lollipops but she went through those quick. She squirmed the whole time, kicking and banging at the people around us and made the hour flight feel quite long. She was a little better on our flight back home. Flight wasn't full so she got her own seat, but of course that's when she only wanted to sit on my lap. Curios to see what she'll be like on an international flight. We want to plan a Europe trip in the next year so I'm hoping by then she'll be more manageable or at least be interested in watching something on the iPad for longer than 5 minutes. But on a positive note, Ava is a rock star sleeper! No fuss sleeping in a new bed and new place. Slept through the night (in her own bed) with no issues every night. Hooray!

Highlights of our trip (in no particular order):

1. Sweet Maple -  The millionaires bacon is bomb diggity. A must eat!
2. Boba Guys - Got the strawberry matcha latte. I enjoyed very much.
3. 98.1 The Breeze - I loved this radio station. It's like KOST, but way better!
4. Tartine - The morning bun is my favorite.
5. Dolores Park - Spent several hours at the Helen Diller playground at Dolores Park. The girls loved it. They have huge slides and tons of things to climb. We grabbed some lunch and ate it there. Definitely recommend.
6. B Patisserie - Super yummy chocolate chip cookie.
7. Monterey - Cannery street is such a cute little place. Weather was perfect. Aquarium was nice, but too crowded.
8. Back A Yard - I almost always order white meat if they have that option, but I know almost always it will be too dry. My chicken was quite dry, but their special jerk sauce is money.
9. Larkspur Landing - We stayed at a suite style hotel. They have separate bedrooms and a kitchen. Definitely a plus if you have a kid that needs to sleep earlier than everyone else. They also offer free continental breakfast and free parking. Its not the nicest or fanciest, but I didn't mind it at all.


Highlights of 2017

December 19, 2017

Can't believe there are only a few weeks left of 2017. Just a few more days of work/school and we are on vacation till the new year! Excited to see what 2018 has in store for us. Here are a few of my favorites from this year.


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