Our little baby
Feb 9
2012
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My daughter’s response to a yelling she received from me.

I made a sad face after she gave me the first note!

Don't love you Daddy

Soree Daddy

Love you Daddy



Sep 11
2008
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3 continents, 4 countries, numerous cities – all before her second birthday!

Ava has logged in excess of 48000 airline miles for a total of 6 round trips which included 18 planes! How did she do during these trips? Pretty good, if you eliminate the flight to New Jersey and part of the return trip from India. She does amazingly well with jet lag, adjusting very fast to the new timezone.

The continents she visited include Asia, North America, and Europe. The countries visited include Taiwan, United States, India, and Sweden.

Not only is she a world traveller, she is a citizen of multiple countries as well – Taiwan, USA, and India!



Jul 26
2008
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Jan 31
2008
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8 months home

We have finally crossed the eight month mark since Ava got home. Why is this significant? Because it means that Ava has now spent more of her life with us than at St. Lucy’s. And that’s definitely something to celebrate…

Honestly, it doesn’t seem like it’s been that long. I guess time does fly when you’re having fun.  We’ve had happy days, crazy days, more happy days, sick days, sad and whiny days, boring days and more happy days, but on the whole, it’s just been wonderful. Ava is (we think) fully and completely bonded with us now, she knows exactly who her Mommy and Daddy are and wants them when she’s insecure.  That’s something we haven’t tired of yet. *smile*

And the best part is, it’s just getting better…



Dec 25
2007
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Ava is being spoilt rotten – by her grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins – in India!  She is enjoying the attention, of course. 

Christmas was wonderful, spent with our entire family, and a lot of fattening snacks and sweets.



Nov 15
2007
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Readoption

Ava is now a US citizen. We had the court hearing for her readoption, and it went wonderfully. Once you have all the paperwork in, it’s just a formality, really.  The judge asked us some questions for the record, then some off the record where we got a chance to gush about our daughter. Then someone (the clerk, maybe?) clicked pictures of us with the judge, and it was done! It will take about a year to get her US birth certificate, but the readoption is done.



Oct 31
2007
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Don’t the pictures say it all?



Sep 19
2007
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Can’t believe our baby is one year old! Can’t believe it’s been 4 months since Ava took over our lives!

Happy Birthday Sweetheart!!

It’s been a tough day for the girl. As soon as she got up, she had to deal with all the extra hugs and kisses and cuddles from mommy and dada. Then she came to dada’s office to ensure that we all went out for a birthday lunch (the yummy cheese tostada made it all worthwhile). After we got home she was so tired that she had to take a nap. If that wasn’t excitement enough, after she got up, she had a career choice to make! Career choice! At age 1? Phew…that was tough! But it was okay since she got to mutilate a freshly baked cake which she eventually figured out tastes good as well (only if eaten directly with the mouth)!

We did the Taiwanese tradition of putting a number of things in front of her and letting her choose one. Her choice supposedly points to her possible future career. Ava picked not one but two things – a phone receiver and a calculator, indicating that she will likely be in the Medical/Nursing or Finance industry. We think her future career points to Stock Broker but who are we to argue with tradition!

Enjoy these 4 videos of our baby – the first 2 she is faced with the tough decision of making a career choice, the next 2 with the tougher decision of eating her cake with her hands or directly with her mouth! Towards the end of the second video there is an explanation of what career each item represents.



Sep 16
2007
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A beautiful Indian dress! An Indian restaurant! That is how we celebrated Ava’s first birthday party.

Lots of people turned up for the party and we were worried that the restaurant would not be able to accomodate everyone. It turned out to be a non issue though, since guests kept trickling in to replace the ones that had to leave.

As you can see from the photos, Ava is looking absolutely adorable in a Chaniya Choli outfit and a Bindi on her forehead.



Aug 29
2007
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While our baby mastered the art of climbing stairs about 2 months ago, coming down was always a challenge. Not anymore!



Aug 17
2007
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It’s official! At 10 months, Ava is the best floater in the family!! Here are a couple of videos of her graduation day(s). The first day she is in summer clothes, the final day in winter clothes. The test is to see if she can float indefinitely with the water soaked regular diapers and clothes. She weighs a ton but is floating like a champ!



Aug 14
2007
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Not mamma, not dadda, but there!
Here is a cute 22 second video of our baby showing off her walking, kicking, talking, pointing and clapping skills.



Aug 6
2007
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Here are 19 photos of our baby over the last 2 months. Use the arrow buttons to see more thumbnails and click on the thumbnails to see the larger image. Enjoy!



Aug 5
2007
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Ava is taking swimming (floating) lessons now and is doing really well. We enrolled her for classes at Infant Swimming Resource.



Jul 23
2007
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How time flies by when you’re having fun. Ava’s been home with us for almost two months now, and things are going great!  Some days, it feels like she’s always been with us, and some days it feels like we are just getting to know her.  Of course, we have annoying and frustrating days too, but, for the most part, Ava is a happy baby and loves to be around people.

We think she is starting to bond with us too. Initially, she would go to any adult happily, but over the last few days, she has actually been asking to come back to one of us if somebody else is carrying her for too long. I’m sure that will get annoying soon, but right now we’re basking in the “Oh, my baby wants me” phase! *smile*

Our baby is now babbling, speed cruising, and can stand on her own for maybe a couple of seconds before she falls down.  She is also trying to walk, she can take a step or two before she falls, and once actually took 4 steps! We were so impressed! Now we will get fitter running after her all the time *smile*

We’ve started Ava on swimming classes designed to teach her to float.  Maybe once she learns how to swim, she can teach Mommy, as that is something Mommy has never learnt.

We really feel blessed and privileged that she is our daughter – we can’t wait for her to have a little sibling so that she can show us what a wonderful big sister she is!



Jun 23
2007
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May 29
2007
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As per her pediatrician in LA she has grown shorter and lighter since her 7th month update!

  • Height: 25 inches
  • Weight: 15 lbs 1 oz

She is a tiny baby for an 8 month old but that makes her all the more cute.



May 28
2007
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Ava is taking a short nap, so it’s post time for us *smile* We are both feeling a bit spaced out today because we haven’t slept much the last couple of days.

The trip to Taiwan was cool. Nobody fell sick while we were there, which was great. We had taken an umbrella stroller with us, which proved immensely useful while we were there, as Ava loved it, and we would take her for a walk in it when she got cranky,and she would fall asleep in it half of the time. The trip home was a little more interesting – 12 hours with a baby is not the easiest of tasks, but she was pretty good, slept on our shoulders for about 4-5 hours and then sat / played with us the remaining time. We took turns taking her around the plane and showing her stuff and she was happy. She is very curious and did great with all the new experiences. We were impressed with how well she is handling all these changes, new people, new place, new things around her and she’s just taking it all in.

We were pleasantly surprised to find that she is almost on the mark with all her milestones. She’s 8 months old and already crawling, she can sit without support, and has started babbling over the last couple of days. She hasn’t been introduced to many solids, but she loves anything new, we tried Gerber pear the other day, and after an initial face, she wolfed down the whole thing.

She is happy most of the time, but has a problem going to sleep. The first few days, she would cry inconsolably before going to sleep, for about 30 minutes to an hour, and no matter what we did, lay with her on the bed, walked with her, put her in the crib, it didn’t help. We had a few days where she slept more easily though, so hopefully we will figure it out together. We are all learning what makes each other tick, so we’re hoping to come to a happy compromise on the sleeping issue soon. Right now, she is still in jetlag mode, so she gets up every 15-20 minutes in the night, and we have to pat her to go to bed. Hopefully, she should be over the jetlag in a week or so. She is also teething and has a slight cold, so that doesn’t help with going to sleep either.

All in all, it’s going good. We are already noticing differences in her – she has started babbling since yesterday, and now smiles a very mischievous smile when she’s up to something naughty (like pulling our glasses!) She also loves to be held, which works well for us, as she is very warm and cuddly and like a little koala bear *smile*

Anyways, as I said, no sleep but it’s going good. We thought it would be a lot tougher. The main issues for us now are figuring out what foods work with her and getting her to sleep every night without crying. And helping her through the cold and teething and possible ear infection. After that, we can cross the next bridges.



May 27
2007
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Here are 22 photos of our journey. Use the arrow buttons to see more thumbnails and click on the thumbnails to see the larger image. More photos to come later…Enjoy!



May 26
2007
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Today we leave Taiwan and head back to Los Angeles. For Ava, this is the start of a new journey, a journey where she leaves her past behind, her memories of the nursery and the nannies, and starts a new life with us. It is time to say goodbye to Taiwan.

Taiwan is truly a wonderful country. It is so interesting to see the culture there, similar in a way to India, and yet unique in its own way. The people have been very nice and genuinely friendly. The entire experience starting with the taxi drivers, the hotel staff, and St. Lucy nursery staff has been truly wonderful. We seemed to fit in perfectly (except for the language) at least until we got Ava. After that we got quite a few stares but no one said any mean things. We will definitely take a vacation to Taiwan sometime in the future when our baby is able to appreciate the finer points of her birth country!

We were happy to see the nursery, it is brightly lit and looks nice. We were lucky to get a complete tour of the nursery. There were a bunch of kids in their cribs and some were playing on the foam thingy that they have for kids. There were about 8-9 nannies there, and the kids seem to really like them. The interpreter told us that the nannies are on three shifts, so there is always someone with the kids. She said there are currently about 40 kids totally there, but some of them are in the under 3-month room, which has its own set of nannies. Of course, being an institution, the kids cannot get the one on one they like and need, but we really think St. Lucy’s is good compared to other institutions. The kids get turns to be on the floor and get play time. There were toys like a walker near them, so I think they get some play time every day. At 8 months, Ava is on target with most of her milestones, she crawls and sits without support if we get her into position, and babbles.

Thank you St. Lucy nursery staff for taking care of our baby for the first 8 months of her life. Thank you Taiwan for giving us the opportunity to adopt one of your children.