February 1st, 2014
As most of you already know, we are expecting baby #3 in 2 months. For those of you who aren’t aware, then you’re probably at the wrong website. This wasn’t a planned pregnancy, but we did want to have 3 kids. We just weren’t sure if we wanted it at this time. The kids will all be about 2 years apart. It’ll be a lot of work initially, but better for us when they get older since they are closer together in age.
After grueling tests and nerve-racking results, we ended up with the positive news that we were hoping for. While it wasn’t perfect and Aiden is a carrier of the same genetic condition as mommy, just like her, he’ll be healthy and normal. That was the most important thing and everything else was cherry on top.
We’ve never mentioned him before on this blog. Partly because we’re so occupied with Madison and Evan and also by the time we knew it, mommy was already 7 months pregnant. It seems that every pregnancy goes by faster than the previous one. We have tentatively decided on the name Aiden Parker Tieu and his due date is somewhere around April 2nd. We will definitely be done after Aiden, unless we plan on getting a bigger house and daddy decides to prostitute himself out for extra income.
As with Madison and Evan, we did a 4D ultrasound with Aiden. We think it’s a fun keepsake for them to look back upon later. The last time we tried to book the ultrasound with Before The Stork 4D for Evan, but it was fully book and we had to settle for a place nearby. Before the Stork have really great reviews and the place that we eventually went to was horrible and we had to return a second time getting not much better result. This time, I booked early with Before the Stork and was able to get an appointment for today. They did not disappoint as the pictures came out really clear and in the video, we were even able to see him open his eyes and yawn. Something we didn’t experience with either Evan or Madison. So if any of you all are interested in doing a 4D ultrasound, we would highly recommend Before the Stork 4D in Anaheim.
Here is the video of the ultrasound:
January 31st, 2014
Mommy had to work today, but daddy was able to work from home. I was busy with a little work and couldn’t take Madison to school in the morning so auntie Tam took her to school just so she could attend her school’s Chinese New Year parade and then take her home right after. Turns out, their parade wasn’t really a parade. It was the students marching to the front office to collect their red envelope that didn’t even contain any money!
We waited about an hour for Madison to return from her school and then headed over to the temple as we do every year. There’s not much for us or the kids to do there, but I usually just come along for the pictures and so the kids can have the experience.
January 30th, 2014
Our tradition of Chinese New Year eve dinner has always been a home meal with the family and cooked by grandparents. However, this year, we changed things up. It makes perfect sense to just eat out since no one really wants to cook and especially clean up afterwards. It’s less stress on grandparents and everyone can just relax and enjoy the evening.
This year, we went to Capital restaurant in Monterey Park and grandpa chose the menu. The food was a little disappointing but I guess that was to be expected because it was a full house for the restaurant. I guess many families decides to eat out for this occasion as well. After dinner, we gave out red envelopes and headed home with a full stomach.
January 26th, 2014
Mommy woke up today and said she wanted to go to a Farmer’s Market. I couldn’t think of any that we haven’t already been to, so I pulled out my trusty Yelp app. I came across the Grand Central Market in downtown LA. I had read an article about this place a few months back and totally forgot about it. It was not a farmer’s market per se, but it did sell some fruits at the market. So in my book, that was close enough!
I can’t believe the Market has been around for nearly 100 years and this is the first time I’ve been here. Downtown LA reeks of urine and the homeless, but this place was actually pretty clean. There were more food stalls here than fruit stands. It was an interesting experience. There was a breakfast stand called the “Egg Slut” that I wanted to try. However, the line wrapped all the way around the building so I decided to settle for some Thai food instead with sticky rice and marinated steak flank. Mommy had some pupusas, while the kids had some Chinese.
After we were finished with the Grand Central Market, we decided to walk around Downtown LA since mommy has never really walked around downtown before. We did happen to run into an actual farmer’s market during our stroll, albeit the most pathetic one I’ve ever seen. It covered one tiny block and there must have been 12 stands at most. It took about 5 minutes to walk through that farmer’s market. After a few more blocks and a couple of dirty stares from the homeless, mommy was frightened enough and decided that she had enough and wanted to go home. Too bad she didn’t get to visit skid row before we left!
January 25th, 2014
We decided to go to Santa Barbara today on a whim. The weather has been unusually nice for this time of the year and I thought that Santa Barbara would be a nice place to take the kids to. The last time we were here was right around the time we found out mommy was pregnant with Madison, so it’s been a while. Despite the long 2 hour drive, we didn’t stay here for long. We walked from one end of downtown, all the way to the beach, where the kids played in the sand and fed the birds. We then took on the pier before taking the trolley back to our car. We made it back just in time to meet up with grandma for our weekly dinner with her.