Sunday, December 22, 2013

Bedtime-routine for your baby!

As i sit and type this, I have my tired feet up, a truly wonderful tasting glass of my dietary herbal milk, and my darling 1 year old is sleeping peacefully beside me with her comfy blanket.
By the way, bedtime for Naaya is now between 7-8pm and this leaves me with something that i haven't had experienced in a rather long time - 'me time'. Browsing, listening to some music (and dancing a bit too :p), finishing some of my new books, etc.
Getting Naaya into this routine, honestly wasn't easy, but thanks God i did it and things have drastically changed and now i get the time that i'm badly craved.

Here's how I get my baby into a routine:
  • Chose a bedtime that was reasonable for your baby and for you
  • Keep the lights low.
  • Lower the TV volume or any voices around your baby
  • Give the last milk just before 'bedtime', which her falls asleep with.
  • Make sure their nappy has been changed and their pyjamas are on before the last milk.
  • Once they fall asleep, take 'em to their bed, put their blanket and night light on and don't forget to give them goodnight kisses
  • If your babies wakes, soothe back to sleep with potentially more milk (if needed), kisses, or cuddles
  • Feet up and enjoy the rest of the night!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Milestones - 1 year

  • She's now in 12-18 month size, although I think she has slimmed down a bit lately.
  • There has been lots of days when she's Winnie-the-Poohing (just a t-shirt...and a diaper)!
  • Hmm, the sleep topic? She is starting to sleep for longer stretches (2-3 hours) which has been a nice change from her 1 hour intervals.
  • She goes to bed around 8 or 9 o'clock and wakes up anywhere between 7 and 8 am (waking anywhere from 2-3 times a night.. this is down from 4-6 times, Hooray!)
  • She said: "Mama" (Mother), "Papa" (Father), "Kakak" (Sister), "Dada" (Goodbye), perfectly! I can hear the xclamations like “uh-oh!" too and it feels like she tried to say every words i say :p Well, this is the most amazing part for me, and i'm really proud of her! :)
  • Social and emotional life? Well, now she cries when her Mama or Papa leaves the house and now she has some favorite people, which is her uncle and grandma.
  • She repeats sounds or actions to get people's attention. This one is funny and super cute :)
  • She puts out arm or leg to help me dressing her. Good girl!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Inaaya Arcilla's #1 Candyland Party

Last weekend was the big day. On Saturday, December 07, 2013 we celebrated Naaya's 1st birthday at Beranda Cafe. Not only it was a day to celebrate her first year of life, but I felt like it was also a celebration that Naaya and I survived our first year of life. HA! I am not going to lie, this year was WILD. It was the fastest year of my life and I have been thinking about how we were going to celebrate it. I have been googling "baby girl first birthday ideas" for quite sometime. I found lots of Mickey and Minnie, Hello Kitty, Pink Onederland and so many other cute ideas, but not what I was looking for. Thank God, there's a friend of my brother-in-law offering a help since she was working on a Party Organizer/Decoration. The theme was "Candyland" - Sounds cute, who doesn't love Candy??? I was came up with Pink Onederland party at first but i thought it was so boring. Hear the word "Candy" makes me feel so excited that time.

I will say that i usually plan things in my head and then they never turn out just as I imagine and I am a little disappointed. But this party was different. I was not disappointed. I loved it so so so much. I swear!! Can't thank Venda Decoration enough for their hard work.

The bad news is, our little girl wasn't feeling 100% on his birthday. Too bad, she suddenly got a fever on our way to the cafe. Am pretty sure she was tired these few days because she keep on coming home late with me, preparing her birthday. She wasn't her normally smiley-self that day and she can't stop crying :( But the best part is, the party turned out great! Even the guest are rarely seeing my baby around because i need to get her in the car to calm her, everything is fine and tied together. It was an amazing day! BIG thanks to all of our friends and family who came out to celebrate. Also, a special thanks to all of you who took time to wish my babes a happy birthday.

This was an entry as you walked in. There's my big family coming from Medan and my hubby's big family so i put the Two Families board on the entry.
Buffet and Coffee Break

A few shot of the Candy Corner and Dessert Table. Lovely isn't it? See how Venda Decoration filling the tables with the likes of full size candy bars, panacotta, sour candy, jelly beans, candy sticks and astor, gum, lollipop, pocky, fancy marshmallows, brownies, donuts, cake cops and more!

Photobooth by Fotka - What's better than a party photo souvenir?

The clowns. Hands down, it looks like Naaya HATE clowns. This is such a big mistake i made because Naaya was sick, she's not in her best mood and when she saw the clown hosting her party, she's going crazy! She started crying hysterically and i finally realize, "Ah, there should be NO CLOWNS at Naaya's party" (We took her to the car, trying to calm her and everytime we trying to take her back to the party, she began to cry again. What a big mistake πŸ˜‚)

Pinata Game. The highlight of the party ❤️ Everyone is having fun ❤️

The biggest buffet of sweets all for the taking! Candy, Marshmallow, Pocky, Froot Loops, Bubble Gum! (Brother-in-law rocks the graphics for the invitation, centerpieces, favor tags, birthday sign and booth signs @gemesta)

There's about 50 sweet goodie bags filled with Inaaya's Arcilla Glass and some favorite snacks and it was handed out to the kids (and adult kids at heart too :p)
Note: Goodie bags shot taken by phone, one night before the party (Sorry for the bad quality)

Here comes the sterofoam cake! (Yeah, this is the fake one because my baby already had her cake-smash session before so we don't need the real ones) Wow, the cake design was so lovely am sure i don’t want to cut it if that was real πŸ˜‚

We didn't get much shot of Naaya around her cake or even with us because she can't stop crying, and i didn't have time to said my birthday wishes for Naaya in front of the guests. All i can say to them is sorry because Naaya showed up just a few minutes because she was really sick and to pray together so she will get better real soon. Here's just a few pictures i got before she was crying:

Queen of Candyland

I'm very thankful that Naaya received a lot of presents and envelopes but what I'm most grateful for is that almost 170 people came to celebrate Naaya's birthday with us and they all made me feel that ALL OF MY TEAM HARD WORK WAS WORTH IT. Everything worked out great in the end. It was an expensive event, but what's important is that everybody had a good time in celebrating the anniversary of our beautiful and smart daughter came into our lives.
I wanna send out the BIGGEST THANKS AND HUGS to everybody who made an effort to make it there and party with us. Now that Naaya is one year old, I'm happy that everyday she's still surprising us with new skills, tricks, talents, and owning those developmental milestones like a baby boss! We're so proud of YOU ❤️

Photography: @melightography

Friday, December 6, 2013

Cake Smash Session

To the world’s most beautiful baby, HAPPY 1st BIRTHDAY and congratulations, you have made it through a one percent of your life. Now you can stand, It’s the time to begin to see the world from a much higher place. You sense that you must walk before you race. There is so much anticipation upon your face. Thank God you send us the most precious gift, a little angel. With every giggle you make I wanna fly up high. And with every smile you make I wanna cry from happiness. Well, you are another year older now and you haven't changed a bit. That's great because you are perfect just the way you are.

Photo by Pratita Febria

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Lil' princess coming to the party

Last Saturday am going to my sister sweet 17th party with my family and this is the first time little Naaya coming to the party. I decided to set up the simple yet beautiful party to embrace my little sister upcoming adulthood and wonderful future ahead. Here's a few beautiful pictures taken by @melightography :)

Making a mess around the make up station

All white party - Here's come the queen

 Am doing the decor with my hubby

 The DIY props

 Don't you guys miss being 17?

 And..... THE CAKE!

It makes me so happy that, no matter how hard life is, she will always get to look back and remember the simply best 17th birthday party anyone could ever imagine.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Trip to Mangia

A few days ago i had a meeting with Rubrik which is now my design team for my newest Yearbook project. Since i don't have any babysitter to take care of lil' Naaya, my sister is being so kind and helpful because she was there for her during our (me and my hubby) short meeting. So we decided to take her with us for a dinner. She took us to a place called Mangia. Located at the cafe-dominated Panglima Polim, Mangia is a homey place with colorful wooden chair, white walls, old windows, and lovely menu on the list. My first impression of the place is that it's so lovely with its rustique interior design in pastel palette. Once we arrived, it looks like they doesn't have a big enough area to park the visitor's cars, so they provides a valet service for us.

I headed to the second floor, which was more spacious but still my baby stroller won't fit in their place so i was rely on their baby high chair so i can feed her. The 2nd floor was divided into 2 area, smoking and non smoking one. I love the soft pink chair, I love the old-style window, I love the vintage plate mat on my table. A super love.

Got myself a plate of Mangia's Fried Rice which was basically their favorite menu on the list with a glass of Smoothies Freezing. So yummy.

My hubby got a plate of their Favorite Swedish House Meatballs. 5 tender meatballs were served with brown-sauce-poured-mashed-potato, and of course a little touch of strawberry jam on the side of it. It was a tasty one indeed!

Here's their another fav menu on the list, it was Nasi Jeruk Sambal Dori which is composed by mixed white rice, orange leaf, and herbs top with a spicy dori. Looks so tempting, i wish i can have a taste on it but i have an allergic to spicy foods. So uncool.

The waiter suggested me to try the wheatgrass shot, he said it was like drinking 1 kg of vegetable. Quite interesting, but it tasted like a fake one because this one was too sweet to be a healthy juice, maybe they used too many sugar on it.

Say hi to my little-cute companion 😊

The price range for the meals stretches from 35.000 rupiahs to 70.000 rupiahs, and 19.000 to 35.000 rupiahs for the drinks. For a tiny restaurant with a well-designed space land i think the price were reasonable. Mangia definitely made it to my favorite places list and succeed to impress me with its warmth. I think I will pay another visit for it. Do you have any new or all time favorite place to eat? We'd love to know and try them!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Get well soon!

Cold and Flu season always makes me a bit twitchy. I've been trying so hard to protect Naaya from any kind of viruses but it seems like i have to be a little tougher to face this phase :(

Anyway, while I thought I was pretty well prepared for my babies to get sick (In fact, i wasn't. Our baby medicine cabinet was lacking, my general knowledge was lacking, and I emotionally was not at all ready to watch my babies cry and snarf and sneeze their way through their first real colds. Am so so so so not ready, and that's for sure!)

My lil' bunny likely to be irritable since this morning and have a poor appetite because of her colds so i decided to make her gets plenty of rest and I make a chicken soup for her lunch to get her appetite back. Aside of running to the hospital, i decided to stayed in bed with her all day, trying to make her laugh (Well, at least she was smiling with her pajamas on)

Am trying to be cool but it's really sad when Naaya looks at me with her big, watery, sad, red eyes, and snot is coming out of her nose and she's rubbing her little fists furiously against her nose, with the face like, "Mommy, what's haaaappening?!" That's when i can actually physically feel my heart breaking. No joke. Gosh, it's never, ever easy watching your little ones sick. Am trying to take a deep breath and face this flu-challenge!

Get well super soon, lil' bunny ❤️

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Naaya get a haircut at a salon!

Hello!! This is the first time my baby get a haircut at a salon. Actually, this is not her 1st haircut, i've shave her head on our house when she was a newborn. Now, Naaya had an insanely long hair, her hair started getting in her eyes so i had to start cutting her bangs. (For those parents who wants to get their baby to the salon, please wait until your baby is able to support their head on their own. This will make their first haircut a lot easier)

We are heading to KiddyCuts this afternoon. They had this little chairs that were cars, motorcycles, and fire trucks with a little steering wheels to keep my lil' bunny entertained. Seeing my lil' bunny being wrapped in a plastic cape, squirted with water, and attacked with sharp scissors by a stranger is just plain scary but she did awesome! Yeay, we finally cut it! She was too busy playing with the steering wheel to even know what was going on :p

Coming with a smile

"Hey you, don't you dare touching my curly hair"

Cut, cut, cut

Looking cute with her new bangs!

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