Ten months is all about developing. Although Abby doesn’t crawl on her hands and knees – she still likes to do that Army crawl thing – she is super fast and can get herself from one room to another. She actually crawls down the hallway at my parents’ house and it takes her 12 seconds. That might sound pretty easy, but if you try it yourself, crawling the exact same way Abby does, it takes longer than that. Trust me; I tried it and my brother doesn’t even dare because he knows that he won’t do it as fast as Abby. In addition to crawling, Abby is able to sit herself back up from the crawling position, even when it might not be at the best spot (like under the chair). When we were in Hawaii, Abby managed to pull herself up and now she stands herself up to reach things!

Speaking of Hawaii, it was Abby’s first plane ride. She was up most of the flight going there and when we arrived at our hotel, one of the first things she did was pull herself up using an ottoman. Why did she do that? My mom and I were snacking on poke and taro chips and Abby wanted to get some! I have this great picture of her overlooking the food and trying to hang on. So since then, Abby has been pulling herself up and grabbing everything possible. Abby had a great time going to the pool everyday and even tried a little bit of shaved ice. She made the best and funniest sour face! (More on the trip when I post Emi’s update!) The hardest part of the trip was coming back. Although Abby slept 4 out of the 5 hours, I couldn’t because I was holding her and felt like I would drop her when I dozed off. It was definitely a hard red eye back and adjusting Abby back on California time was rough. Overall, it was a good trip, but like I said, more details when I give an update on Emi!

Abby’s teeth right now are a nuisance to her; Abby is constantly sticking her fingers to the back so those molars must be irritating her. She is doing well, though, considering there is no fever. I’m not sure if they are out yet and dare not stick my fingers in Abby’s mouth! Tooth #7, bottom, popped out on July 31st and Abby happily munches on the Happy Baby cereal (that just melts in your mouth) and on baby food, her favorite being green beans. She can eat that all day, everyday. Abby is very curious when we eat so I have given her some fruit like peaches and kyoho grapes. If she likes it she grabs your hand for more. Abby is still not taking the bottle (with milk), but at least she will have a little bit of water. She will definitely wait until I get home to nurse her – did I mention I went back to teaching?!?! – and make crazy arm motions to signal me to hurry up and walk through that door.

Abby continues to make a lot of sounds, especially a-da! She still likes to blow raspberries and wag her tongue back and forth. This is her thing – and it still makes me laugh. I can do it and make the la-la-la sound while driving and she will do it from the back seat. I usually look at Abby from the mirror and she has a smile on her face. Abby will even do it to Emi and then both are goofballs in the back. Abby loves Emi so much, by the way. Abby actually turns in her seat looking for Emi and Emi can do things that will make Abby instantaneously stop being upset. It is truly something special…and makes me love having two girls.

It has been the best 10 months EVER being home with Abby (and Emi, of course) and it is a bummer that I am back at teaching, but luckily both are in good hands – with my parents. It’s hard dropping off Abby in the morning, but my work days are pretty crazy right now so it’s not too bad. Do I wish I could stay home? Heck yes! But I do enjoy the company of my coworkers. At least at the end of the day, I get to see two eager faces and it makes me appreciate them even more.

10 is going to turn to 11…and then it’s going to be Abby’s first birthday in no time! She is growing up fast, but luckily, I have been there for so much of it. Until next month…



I love taking photos of families and seeing the dynamics within each family I meet. And nothing brings a family closer than an addition to the family – the first daughter, grandchild, niece. Miya is all these things and she brings out absolute joy and the very best in her parents, Bachan, and her (favorite) aunt and uncle. Everyone lights up with delight around Miya and it is pretty amazing what someone so small can do – make everyone smile, laugh, and share in the warmth of unconditional love.

Miya is going to turn the big one soon and is already on the go. She loved crawling around the grass, moving in whichever direction she fancied. It was cute seeing her explore, but also enjoy being in the comfort of the arms of her favorite people. I am so glad we got the opportunity to not only document these moments, but also take some photos before Miya’s aunt and uncle make the move to Seattle. I am sure Miya will miss them immensely, but luckily they aren’t going too too far (A plane ride anytime, Justin, wink wink.) and there is always FaceTime!

Thanks for letting me photograph Miya and I look forward to her growing up and becoming friends with Abby!

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The past month has been busy with swimming lessons galore for Emi. She started off with session one (More on that when I post an update on Emi.) and since she was comfortable after the first session, Abby and I did Parent & Me class for session two. Initially Abby was hesitant with the idea of being in the water, but by the end of the session, she loved it. Abby splashed around, occasionally would kick, hold on to the ring tight as I moved her around in the water, look for the ring when it would drop to the bottom of the pool, and “jump” off the side of the pool. Abby did go underwater a handful of times, but it always made me nervous so I would just put her chin in. Abby loved being tossed into the air and going up and down and overall, swimming lessons was a success. I was bummed that we couldn’t do session three because there were not enough people signed up. Hopefully next summer (or perhaps in August and the rest of the year) we can sign up to swim.

Abby definitely is paving her own path, which is quite different from Emi’s, and she has actually done something before Emi. What exactly did she do? Abby went off the diving board during her swimming lessons! Yes, I know. It sounds crazy. I had to walk on the diving board, kneel down, and drop Abby into her instructor’s open arms. I was deathly terrified, felt like I was getting vertigo looking down into the water, and panicking inside that he wouldn’t catch her and my baby girl would go sinking down in the deep end. It didn’t happen, but it was scary! Abby didn’t think too much of it. I cannot wait to show her the video when she grows up. I am sure she will think it was crazy nuts that I dropped her into the water from the diving board!

So when I say Abby is paving her own path, she is doing it in all sorts of different ways. During her nine month appointment, her pediatrician said she is teething. I wasn’t surprised because Abby has been putting her finger in her mouth and biting my shoulder. However, I was expecting a tooth next to the ones she already has. Noooooo…our pediatrician said it looks like Abby’s molars are coming out! What?!? Her left one is swollen and the right one is visible, too. These teeth are not supposed to come out until later…like at one…or later. Luckily Abby hasn’t had a fever and isn’t cranky or irritable. She is a trooper with these teeth. (Tooth #6 came out on June 16th.)

Right now Abby is currently 19 pounds, 6 ounces and is 27 ½ inches long. Her head size is 43 ½ cm and she is healthy minus the fact that she has very sensitive skin. I love that her hair is so delicate and light – a super light brown color – and Abby seriously has the best laugh (well, tied with Emi). Abby likes to stick out her tongue and wag it back and forth, which definitely makes me smile because it is silly. She is super strong and pushes herself with her feet. Although Abby isn’t crawling on her hands and knees yet, she can move across the room quickly and has trekked her way from the bathroom door to the living room door. I constantly tell Emi to keep an eye on Abby because she is quick! Abby is so curious to check out boxes, wires…anything that catches her eye so when I need to grab something from the kitchen or another room, Emi watches her as best as she can. I’m very grateful that Emi is my little helper because Abby gets into all sorts of trouble! Abby started with her movement on June 21st and by the 24th of the month, she was army crawling. It’s pretty crazy how fast babies can learn and she is definitely on the move.

Some other things that Abby has learned this past month are clapping – especially when I say, “Yay!” or clap as well, drumming on the table or overturned toys, picking up two objects and clanking them together, waving bye, especially to her Grandmama who we see practically every single day (officially recorded on July 1st), babbling – da-da-da, de-de-de, wa-wa-wa, and blowing raspberries. Abby especially likes to put her mouth on my arm or leg and blow to make a funny sound.

I have less than a month left to be home with this little one and it makes me sad that when Abby turns 10 months, I will be back at work. I will miss seeing her face all day and smelling how wonderful she is. I wish I could just hang out with Abby and Emi all the time because they are my loves, my world, and my priorities. Until that time comes, I will definitely enjoy what is left of my summer vacation…and continue working on their birthday celebration. Yes, I already started…because my Abby is going to be one oh so very soon and Emi is going to be the big 4. (How is my girl turning 4 already?!?)

Until next month…