Me, Lately

The blog, as a reflection of my life, has been consumed by baby lately. But I’m still here, carving out time for myself here and there. What better way to share what’s been on my mind than to tell you what I’ve been reading. I used to borrow books from the library, but there’s no … Continue reading

Baby Satski at Nine Months

Baby Satski at Nine Months

At his 9-month check-up, Baby Satski measured in at 23 lbs, 10 oz and 30 inches tall (95th percentile in both weight and height). He’s a good eater, trying new foods with ease, until just recently. We’re slowly transitioning him to less milk a day and more solid food meals. His typical daily schedule for … Continue reading

Celebrating the End of 2015

Celebrating the End of 2015

Happy belated new year! Here’s my wrap-up of the last few days of 2015. We got more festive than usual this holiday season, it being Baby Satski’s first. We got a mini Christmas tree and stockings for our fireplace (the one pictured below is our tortoise, Porter’s).We took baby to meet Santa at Macy’s in San Francisco. … Continue reading

Baby Satski at Eight Months

Baby Satski at Eight Months

Here was Baby Satski two weeks ago on his 8-month birthday. I’m a little behind from the holidays! We were on our way to see Santa that day, more pictures of Christmas and the end of the year to come. He’s growing up so fast that it’s hard to remember what he was like this past month. … Continue reading

Baby Satski’s First Solids

Baby Satski’s First Solids

We’ve been having a lot of fun feeding Baby Satski solid foods. We started when he was five months old with brown rice cereal, then slowly introduced him to one or two new foods every week. I’ve been making everything at home with recipes from Cooking For Baby: Wholesome, Homemade, Delicious. My friend (of Samosa … Continue reading

Literary Life Wrapping Paper

Literary Life Wrapping Paper

I’m wrapping this year’s Christmas presents with Chronicle Books’ Literary Life Wrapping Paper. It’s a book with sheets of wrapping paper in different bookish designs.  It’s our first time in a long time having a Christmas tree, and I love seeing all the gifts wrapped in pretty paper underneath! (Also a co-worker hand-made the origami gift tags. … Continue reading

Baby Satski’s First Thanksgiving

Baby Satski’s First Thanksgiving

Everything feels extra special this year, celebrating all of Baby Satski’s firsts. Here are some scenes from his first Thanksgiving at Ojii and Oba’s house.    His face with my mother-in-law’s homemade apple pie is priceless. And this is the day after; if you look closely, you’ll see his pants are unbuttoned. Already a pro at … Continue reading

Baby Satski at Seven Months

Baby Satski at Seven Months

My baby is growing up too fast! Here he is at 7 months, wearing 12-18 month clothes. Lots of cardigans these days for the cooler weather.  You won’t find him on his back much often these days. He’d rather be sitting or standing. Tummy time has worked in improving the roundness of his head. He’s … Continue reading

Travelogue: Sonoma Valley 2015

Travelogue: Sonoma Valley 2015

To celebrate my 32nd birthday I spent a weekend in Sonoma Valley with my friends and family. The original plan was to go to Vegas with my girlfriends, but it’s funny how having a baby changes you. Instead we rented a house in Guerneville and went wine tasting around Healdsburg. A little more chill and family-friendly.  … Continue reading

Halloween 2015 at Chronicle Books

Halloween 2015 at Chronicle Books

For this year’s Halloween at Chronicle, we were challenged with dressing up as characters from our books. Here are some photos from our party along with covers of the books that were used for costume inspiration!    Halloween 2013 @ Chronicle Halloween 2014 @ Chronicle

Baby Satski at Six Months

Baby Satski at Six Months

Baby Satski is 6 months old! He now weighs 20 lbs, 11 oz (93rd percentile) and is 29 inches tall (100th percentile). He’s slowing down, but he’s still a big boy! Since sleep training last month, this guy is a pretty happy camper. He regularly goes down by 7 PM and sleeps 11 hours until 5 … Continue reading

Reflections on the Eve of My 32nd Birthday

Reflections on the Eve of My 32nd Birthday

Oh man, this year has been crazy! I spent the first half growing a human being inside of me.    In between, I trekked all over the country for business and pleasure to places like LA, Texas, Chicago, Monterey, Sea Ranch, Santa Cruz, New York, Fresno, Seattle, Portland, Minneapolis, and San Diego. No international travel … Continue reading

Sleep Training Baby Satski

Sleep Training Baby Satski

Baby Satski had a hard time sleeping from the night we brought him home from the hospital. He had witching spells from 11 PM until 2 AM, when nothing seemed to console him. He would only sleep on my chest, so I spent a week wedged in the corner of the couch, trying to get some sleep … Continue reading

Baby Satski at Five Months

Baby Satski at Five Months

These months are flying by! It’s incredible how much he’s growing and experiencing every day. I’m trying my best to capture  and appreciate every moment but it never feels like enough. He started daycare this month. He goes three days a week and his grandma watches him the other two days. It was a pretty … Continue reading

Travelogue: New York July 2015

Travelogue: New York July 2015

Before Baby Satski was born, Russell and I made what we thought was one of our last trips to New York for a while. But here we were, just six months later, back in New York with a three-month old baby. I recently switched teams at work and I’m now responsible for selling at the NY Now Gift … Continue reading

Baby Satski at Four Months

Baby Satski at Four Months

Are you ready to hear about Baby Satski at four months? I said, are. you. readddyy??  My little handsome chunk of loving is 4 months (+7 days) old! I’ve been lazy and haven’t weighed or measured him lately, but it’s safe to say he’s really big. At his last check-up his height was off the … Continue reading

Four Year Anniversary

Four Year Anniversary

Russell and I celebrated our 4-year wedding anniversary yesterday! Every year we go to a body of water (ocean, lake, or bay), re-read our vows to each other and add something new. I completely forgot to do my amendment this year (doh!) but after thinking about it last night and today, I want to add … Continue reading

백일 (100th-Day) Party Decorations

백일 (100th-Day) Party Decorations

In addition to celebrating Baby Satski’s 백일 (100 Days) with family, we also invited my mom group and their families over to our house for wine and Korean rice cakes. All their babies are around the same age as Baby Satski, so really it was a celebration for all of them. I met these women and … Continue reading

Baby Satski’s 백일 (100th-Day) Celebration

Baby Satski’s 백일 (100th-Day) Celebration

In Korean culture we celebrate when a baby turns 100-days old. Back in the day, some babies didn’t survive this difficult period, so 100 days was marked as a rite of passage. Here’s a look at how we celebrated our baby’s good health! We drove down to my parents’ house in Fresno and my siblings traveled … Continue reading

Baby Satski at Three Months

Baby Satski at Three Months

Our baby boy is 3 months old! He now weighs 19.2 pounds (my friend’s 1-year old weighs 18 pounds for context) and is 26 inches long.  As a new parent and a control freak, I always want to know how and when things are going to happen. Pregnancy, giving birth, and now raising this baby … Continue reading

Travelogue: Sea Ranch July 2015

Travelogue: Sea Ranch July 2015

For the 4th of July holiday weekend we finally got to introduce Baby Satski to Sea Ranch. Russell’s family has owned property in Sea Ranch since the 70s. Russell’s dad proposed to his mom there. I’ve been going since Russell and I first started dating our freshman year of college. It’s also where we got married. … Continue reading

Favorite Bedtime Board Book

Favorite Bedtime Board Book

A special part of Baby Satski’s bedtime routine is reading aloud to him. Reading the same book to him at bedtime is supposed to trigger to him that it’s time to sleep. Wherever You Are is our current favorite. We got it as a gift from his cousins Takeo and Makenna. The first time I read it I … Continue reading

Baby Satski at Two Months

Baby Satski at Two Months

Baby Satski is two months old! He now weighs 17.4 pounds (above 95th percentile) and measures 24.5 inches long (only 1 foot away from being able to ride roller coasters!). He’s grown so much this past month and he’s getting funner by the day.  Smiling: At 6 weeks he started genuinely smiling. We’d seen glimpses of … Continue reading

A$AP Sato- Walk It Off

A$AP Sato- Walk It Off

If you follow Russell on Instagram, you may have seen a short clip of Baby Satski (rap alias A$AP Sato) dancing along to Lil Wayne’s Walk It Off. Here’s the longer version: Cracks me up. We’ll be uploading Baby Satski music videos regularly.

Baby Satski’s Library

Baby Satski’s Library

Here’s how we decided to build out Baby Satski’s library in his room. I got the inspiration from Pepper Design Blog and bought the acrylic shelves from Clear Solutions Displays. They’re actually greeting card shelves for retail shops. Here’s how they look empty: And filled with books!   I like how all the books are forward-facing so … Continue reading

Harlem World by Jon Ouye

Harlem World by Jon Ouye

I knew before going into the hospital to deliver Baby Satski that I wanted our friend Jon Ouye to come take some pictures of our new family together on our first day. We asked him a few months before the big day, and true to his word, he came to visit us in the hospital, … Continue reading

The Story Behind the Blanket

The Story Behind the Blanket

I posted a monthly status of Baby Satski last week and in it he’s lying on a blanket.  I love the Pendleton story behind the blanket so I wanted to share it here: “Ah-Day” means “special” in Kiowa, and this beautiful, intricate blanket is surely an unsurpassed gift for a special child. It is produced … Continue reading

Baby Satski at One Month

Baby Satski at One Month

Baby Satksi is officially one month old! And what a month it’s been. He’s slowly getting used to being in this world, and I’m slowly getting used to having my life completely turned upside down. Here are some highlights of this past month. Big Boy: Weighing in at 12 pounds 12 ounces and measuring 23 inches, he’s … Continue reading

Portraits of Baby Satski by Kirk Sato

Portraits of Baby Satski by Kirk Sato

My brother-in-law came up from San Diego a few weeks ago to meet his new nephew. He brought his fancy camera along and took these beautiful photos of Baby Satski at 4 and 5 days old that I’ll cherish forever.    Here’s the photographer having his moment with baby. 

My Pregnancy Essentials

My Pregnancy Essentials

With my pregnancy now behind me, here are my thoughts on what was most essential. Maternity Wear I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on such a temporary wardrobe, so I stocked up on basic maternity items and discovered that a lot of my regular oversized tops, cardigans and dresses worked with my … Continue reading

Baby Satski’s Newborn Photo Shoot

Baby Satski’s Newborn Photo Shoot

While we were in the hospital, a photographer came around to our room and offered to take some photos of Baby Satski. She somehow transformed the foot of the hospital bed to a professional backdrop and captured these precious moments of Baby Satski at 2 days old.                   … Continue reading

Maternity Leave Week 2

Maternity Leave Week 2

Going back in time a little bit to show you how I spent my 2nd week of maternity leave, right before giving birth. I think I’ll always cherish this time as my last few days of freedom and a time when I truly found peace within myself. It’s amazing what an extended time off of … Continue reading

My Birth Story

My Birth Story

This is an intimate post about my birth story that I want to document and share. Feel free to skip over the gory details and let me summarize by saying my labor started out easy, progressed to difficult, then baby was born healthy and beautiful. Read on at your own discretion. I’m a control freak; … Continue reading

Baby Shower at Russell’s School

Baby Shower at Russell’s School

Our 4th, yes 4th, baby shower was hosted by Russell’s colleagues. They showered us with gifts, love, and advice at a restaurant near their school. The students signed this sweet and funny card for Russell.  All the teachers wrote messages on bibs and Russell had to guess who wrote what. And then we opened gifts. This … Continue reading

Maternity Leave Week 1

Maternity Leave Week 1

I’ve officially been on maternity leave for one week. I thought I’d get bored, but the week went by surprisingly fast! Basically I’ve been sleeping and eating a lot, running errands, going to yoga or on long walks everyday and just indulging in this time of rest. Baby Satski is due on 4/20, so I’m … Continue reading

What Russell Wore, What Erynn Read

What Russell Wore, What Erynn Read

What Russell Wore:  Kangol hat Long fishtail tank top made by Russ Vintage flannel altered by Russ French military pants altered by Russ Ring from Thailand Jeffrey Campbell woven sandals What Erynn Read:  What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami. A memoir about running and writing from one of my … Continue reading

Building Satksi’s Library

Building Satksi’s Library

I mentioned in the last post about my work baby shower that my colleagues gifted me with their favorite childhood books to help us build Satski’s library. Here’s a look at the some of the haul: Peek-a Who? by Nina Laden Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell Busy Elephants by John Schnidel A Book of Sleep by Il … Continue reading

Baby Shower at Chronicle Books

Baby Shower at Chronicle Books

One of my managers threw me a baby shower at work last week. If you haven’t noticed by now, Chronicle Books knows how to party.  I feel like an exceptionally spoiled pregnant lady. The party was so sweet. Co-workers wrote bits of advice for me and Russell on adorable cards, brought gifts of their favorite … Continue reading

Babymoon in Santa Cruz

Babymoon in Santa Cruz

A babymoon is typically a trip that expecting moms and dads take together before the baby arrives. But I think it’s just as applicable with friends.  It’s going to be a while until I can travel again with my girlfriends, and it’s one of my favorite things to do. So lucky me that my friends planned … Continue reading

Maternity Shoot Outtakes

Maternity Shoot Outtakes

Here are some outtakes from our maternity photo shoot that I shared with you on Tuesday.  You can be loving for only so long.   But first let me take a selfie.   These guys wanted to photobomb us, and we gladly complied with the birthday boy’s wish. So much fun. Our friends kept us laughing the entire time. … Continue reading

Maternity Photo Shoot at Sutro Baths

Maternity Photo Shoot at Sutro Baths

Our friends Stacius and Jean took us out for a fun maternity photo shoot session at Sutro Baths in San Francisco. We were cracking up the whole time, outtakes to come later this week. But the day turned out to be gorgeous and we were thrilled to get these images. Russell and I are ever … Continue reading

Building Satski’s Library

Building Satski’s Library

I’ve been collecting kids books for years in preparation for reading out loud to my own special someone. Recently, we’ve started receiving and buying more books to add to the collection. Here’s one that we bought while we were visiting Portland: This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen.  I love the simple text on … Continue reading

Our Baby Shower

Our Baby Shower

Russell’s mom, cousins, and aunt threw us a co-ed baby shower last weekend. Our family and friends from all over came out for the big event and spoiled us rotten. The party was in downtown Oakland in the historic Rotunda Building.    This kid has no choice but to be a Giants fan. I have a feeling … Continue reading

Peek a Boo Baby Shower

Peek a Boo Baby Shower

I’ve got a bunch of pictures to share with you of our official baby shower. I just haven’t had a chance to go through them yet. Here’s a teaser until next week…

Pregnant at the Beach

Pregnant at the Beach

We had such a warm spell in the Bay Area over President’s Day weekend that it seemed crazy not to go to the beach. Here we are at Pacifica Beach, 7 months pregnant. Many thanks to our friend Stacius who took these photos. And here’s what my bathing suit is really supposed to look like: … Continue reading

Best Stroller?

Best Stroller?

Picking out a stroller was probably one of the earliest, most stressful things we had to do as expecting parents. There are a ridiculous number of options out there. And they’re not cheap. We did a ton of research, and I tackled the challenge like I do with a lot of things in my life, with … Continue reading

Baby Shower in New York

Baby Shower in New York

Russell’s old students from his high school in the Bronx threw us a surprise baby shower when we were in town a few weeks ago. We thought we were meeting to just catch up and bowl a few rounds, but all of them showed up with thoughtful gifts and showered us with baby love. Now … Continue reading

Travelogue: New York February 2015

Travelogue: New York February 2015

I had a business trip in New Jersey that I extended into a quick vacation to New York with Russell. Somewhat of a babymoon to savor these last few weeks of independence. Traveling to New York in the dead of winter while 7 months pregnant isn’t totally ideal, but we made a good time of … Continue reading

Sunday Supper: Superbowl 2015

Sunday Supper: Superbowl 2015

I’m a bit behind in posts because I’ve been traveling so much for work these days. I’m currently on one last big trip before I’m officially too pregnant to fly. So the Superbowl is old news (OMG Katy Perry), but here’s a quick look at how I spent the day. I made monkey bread using Chronicle’s … Continue reading

My Second Trimester

My Second Trimester

My first trimester was defined by anxiety and feeling exhausted all the time. My second trimester was all about change. So many changes in my body and my mentality. And I had my energy back, hallelujah!(P.S. that pregnancy pillow in the photo totally does not work for me. I know some people can’t live without it, but … Continue reading