My little baby girl Skylar is now 1 month old!   The days go by slow but the weeks go by quickly. We’ve made it to the one month mark, we have survived!  (Largely due to the help of my mom who is super grandma!) As with Chinese tradition, Zoey and I dyed a bunch of red eggs to celebrate when she turned 30 days.  Despite having to juggle two kids now, this month surprisingly wasn’t as hard as it was the first time around when I was a shell-shocked new mom.  Recovery, nursing and just being able to do normal people things are much faster the second time.  Baby Skye has been a pretty easy baby so far and has made it fairly easy for us.  She is just a sweetheart.


She now is 9 pounds (50% percentile) and 21.5″ long (75%).  She is growing nicely and as sweet as can be.skye_2weeks2

Every day, I fall more and more in love with this girl.  I didn’t think it was possible to love TWO girls the same but my heart has expanded infinitely. She has brought us so much joy into our lives.  How can you not want to snuggle with this one?!skye_2weeks3


Looking forward to many, many more months of mothering my little SkyeSkye!




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Love You Forever

by ilene on March 3, 2015 · 0 comments

in baby, decor, Skylar's First Year

In honor of the new love in my life, Skylar Love, I changed up the decor on our living room wall:skylar1

Here is my baby girl at 4 days old.skylar2


Tutorial on how I made the white frames detailed here.  There are tons of tutorials online on how to make the tissue paper tassel garland and I just followed one that I googled. They can also be bought fully made on etsy but it was quick to put together and really cheap to make it yourself:

tassel garland

For the letters “Love You Forever”, I bought unfinished wooden letters from Michaels (took multiple trips to different stores to get all the letters that I needed), primed them with white paint and then had Jeff spray paint them silver:


All this was done of course BEFORE Skye was born. There is no time for projects like this right now!

I’ll love you forever, baby Skye!!

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“Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.” Psalm 36:5 Happy Skylar

I’m overjoyed to introduce the newest member of our family SKYLAR LOVE!  Our second daughter, Skye, was born on Thursday, February 19th at 8:13am, weighing 7 lbs 12 oz and 21 inches long.  We are all head over heels IN LOVE with this little one!!!  She is absolutely perfect!  Skylar looks just like her older sister Zoey and so far has been a good eater and sleeper.  We are adjusting well to being a family of FOUR!!  I can’t believe that I have CHILDREN now!

We chose her name Skylar Love as a reminder of God’s infinite, boundless love for us – a love that reaches to the heavens, as unlimited as the sky.  Our prayer is that our daughter will embody and shine this love throughout her life.

In other happy news, my identical twin sister also gave birth to her second daughter three days before I did!  We miraculously originally had the same exact due date (what are the chances?!) and were hoping we would both give birth on Valentine’s Day.   We ended up with one President’s Day baby and one Chinese New Year baby, two very precious gifts. What a joyous time for our family!

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40 Weeks: Due Date is Today!

by ilene on February 17, 2015 · 4 comments

in baby, parenting, pregnancy


Today’s my due date! And no baby yet!  Just like my first born who was 5 days late, this daughter is likely going to be overdue, too. She is staying nice and snug inside my belly!  I’ll most likely be induced by the end of this week if this baby doesn’t make an appearance by then. Please pray for me as I’m pretty anxious about the labor/delivery.  Even though I’ve done it before, its still pretty scary!



I’m feeling rather large and uncomfortable these days and and eager to NOT be pregnant anymore!!  You know you are getting huge when your toddler switches from saying “Mommy so pretty!”  to shouting “Mommy so BIG! Mommy soooooo BIG!!”

Come on out, my sweet baby girl! Mommy, daddy and big sister can’t wait to meet you!!  We can’t wait to shower you with love!


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My girl Zoey modeling my newest creation:toddler_scarf7


I got this beautiful cream cashmere scarf 5 years ago as a gift from a good friend:


When we moved to SF, I totally forgot about the scarf and all my other heavy winter gear because it was packed away in the dungeons with all my Boston winter stuff.  I don’t miss wearing all those layers and we rarely even wear coats out here!  These days, I’m especially glad we moved back to the west coast after seeing my Facebook feed of the snow Boston has been pounded by these past few weeks!  My poor friends out on the east coast, I feel for you!! Stay safe and warm!  I was digging through my bin of wool socks, long underwear, scarves, mittens and earmuffs recently when I unearthed the cream scarf again.  Luckily, we have fairly warm winters in San Francisco, its been unseasonably warm in the 70s lately,  so I decided to upcycle this scarf for my daughter Zoey.  She is two years old now and is fascinated by my scarves, jewelry and headbands.  She’s at that age where she loves to dress herself and notices all my accessories.  I knew she would love a scarf of her own.

This cashmere scarf is on the shorter end so it was the perfect size for her!  I knew I wanted to make it an infinity scarf so that it’d be easier for her to wear without worrying about it slipping off and getting tangled.  Instead of just sewing the ends of the scarf together, I was thinking of using buttons or ties to secure the ends. My original plan was to sew these jeweled buttons and loops like this:


But I didn’t like how blingy it was, so I decided on just sewing 3 satin ties on the ends of the scarf.  I love bows and ribbons, they are so girly and sweet.  All I had to do was pin and sew 3 pieces of ribbon on each end of the scarf:


Super easy to do! Then tie the ribbons together to make it an infinity scarf:


Only took about 10 minutes to sew up!  And my toddler loves it!


It loops around her neck twice:

How cute is my little model?  She can also wear it untied, like a regular scarf, too:

I love how easy and simple this was, my favorite type of project!

Stay warm, New England!!

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