Claire’s 2nd Birthday:
We celebrated Claire’s second birthday with a medium-sized bash at our place. The theme of the party? Kai-Lan, of course! And since I don’t have the time to do DIY projects these days, I enlisted the help of the lovely Miriam of LimoncelloSTYLE to create this fantastic banner:
More pictures of the party to come in a future post…stay tuned!
Claire’s favorite birthday present has to be her new toy kitchen, courtesy of her halbeh. She cooks us breakfast every morning and even feeds Aerin pretend food.
Claire has begun speaking in semi-complex sentences, adding adjectives and even adverbs to her speech. I remember how I was so proud of her when she began speaking Korean in 3-word sentences, and when I told J about it, he replied, “So? She’s been speaking Chinese in 5-word sentences for weeks.” 👿 FINE THEN!
Our smarty-pants also now knows:
- The English alphabet (when we point to a letter and ask her what it is, she answers correctly)
- A few characters of the Korean alphabet
- The numbers 1-10 in Korean, Chinese, and English.
As for our younger daughter, Aerin transitioned from crawling to cruising a couple of weeks ago and is now wandering everywhere! Claire was (and still is) such a cautious baby that we didn’t have to worry much about her safety — we didn’t even babyproof much — but Aerin is quite the little daredevil that we constantly have to keep an eye on her.
Miss Aerin test-driving a car at the toy store
As stated in a previous post, we believe that Aerin is a bit slower than Claire when it comes to fine motor skills. Although she can wave and uses pincer grasps, she has yet to clap her hands or flip through the pages of a book one by one, both of which Claire was able to do at her age.
However, one thing she does do is twisting her hands in the air (like a sparkly star) when we sing the song “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.” 😀
Since Aerin was starting to get too long for our UppaBaby Vista (we had been using the optional RumbleSeat with the seats facing each other) and began to kick Claire in the face, and because our girls hate sitting tandem which is the other option we had with the RumbleSeat, we decided to get a side-by-side double stroller.
I took a trip to BuyBuyBaby with my mother, tested several strollers out with her and the girls, and we both agreed that the Combi Twin Sport was the smoothest, easiest to maneuver, and the best deal for the price. (The runner-up was the Maclaren Twin Triumph.)
We were also able to get a 20% discount because I brought a Bed, Bath, & Beyond coupon.
On one of their weekend strolls with their baba
We still have our UppaBaby and use it when we’re only taking one kid out. I won’t lie — the UppaBaby is a vastly superior stroller and I miss it when I am pushing the Combi on uneven sidewalks, or even when I go to the grocery store (because the UppaBaby has such a large basket). However, we weren’t willing to spend $500+ for a second stroller and so stuck with a strict budget of $200.
We began bathing the girls together. The job is much easier with two adults (because sometimes, Claire will make a sudden movement that knocks Aerin down into the water, or they will start fighting over toys and need to be separated), but it certainly is doable by myself — I just tell Claire to keep playing with her toys, or even ask her to place all the toys back into the basket, while I quickly dry off Aerin and dress her first.
Claire showing Aerin how to play with the rubber ducky
We have also started to toilet-train Claire. Our tools of choice: the BabyBjörn Toilet Trainer and the KidKraft Two-Step Stool. (Claire can also use the stool to reach the sink.) We’re taking it easy and not pressuring her at all — we trust that she’s smart enough to figure it out soon!
Aerin’s dol, or Korean first birthday party, is slated for the end of this month. Because I was so uncomfortably pregnant at the time of Claire’s dol and thus couldn’t throw a large celebration, we decided to go all out with Aerin’s and celebrate both girls’ birthdays (since they’re so close together anyway) at a small banquet hall.
Trying on the headpiece for her dol
I never thought I would spend this much money on a kid’s birthday party, but I know that it’ll be worth it — especially since the first birthday is one of the most important ones in Korean culture. I even rented a hanbok for myself for the occasion! (The girls both have lovely hanboks gifted to them by their generous aunt.)
And that’s what’s been happening with me on the home front. What about you guys? Got any special plans for Halloween?
Good call on the Combi! I’ve been through three double strollers in my girls’ almost three years and the Combi is my hands-down favorite. Can’t get a better stroller for the price!
It’s great to see such a happy post! Sounds like life is settling down and getting a little easier?
I’m not exactly feeling better, but things have been so busy that it’s hard to just sit and dwell on my unhappiness! Thanks for asking. 🙂
I can’t wait to see pictures of the birthday party!
may i ask how you are teaching your lil’ ones three different languages? are you supplementing sign language to connect them all? i find it amazing that at just 2 years old your lil’ one can communicate through three different tongues. such a brilliant little girl you have!! i believe this is a testament to the wonderful job you are doing as a mother. Also, do you think the toy kitchen is a tad on the small side? i’d like to get one for my niece for xmas, she too just turned two, but i’m afraid she will outgrow it quickly.
I’ve written a post about our goal of raising multilingual kids here: https://www.geekinheels.com/2011/03/17/raising-a-baby-in-a-multilingual-family.html
The only thing is, we only ended up using a few signs in the beginning then just did away with it…but just speaking to the kids in different languages has been working fine for us, at least with Claire. They’re such little sponges at this age that I really believe they can learn more if we were consistent.
As for the toy kitchen, it is actually marketed for 3 years and older…but I would say it’s a good size for Claire right now. Claire’s always been on the shorter size for her age (I think she’s about 32-33 inches tall now?) and while she can reach the top shelf of the kitchen without any trouble, I would say older/taller kids would still enjoy the kitchen. In fact, at her birthday party, ALL the kids who were invited played with the kitchen, even my cousin’s 4-year-old twins.
Cute pictures. I am one of 2 sisters so appreciated the pictures of the little girls together. I like this one-year-old birthday party thing. We did a really big one for our son because we waited for his Baptism (bad Catholics). It was a great day.
Awwh. Happy belated birthday to the girls. My! They grow up so fast. I remember when you were just posting about being pregnant with Claire. And she should be the size about a pea at that time. They’re now growing up to be bright lovely little girls. 🙂
PS – PLEASE PLEASE tell me you’ll do a geeky Halloween costume for the girls! 😀
We’re not sure yet, because Aerin’s birthday party is SO close to Halloween. We do, however have Leia costumes for both girls…maybe we’ll dress them in those?
<3 wish i could be there!!!!! post tons of pics please.
That basket for bath toys is GENIUS! I must get one…