Tuesday, February 13, 2018


Dear Elea, 

It’s hard to know where to start, but I’ll start with thanking you. Thank you for completing us as a family and letting me enjoy your first year by soaking up every second. With you I knew in advance just how fast this first year would fly by and because of that I savored every laugh, smile, cry, babble, stumble, and clap. Everything about you is a joy to our lives. 

You are such a mix of quiet contentment and feisty desire. Your personality is always evolving, just like your ability to do new things. You mastered walking in what seems no time at all, which shouldn’t surprise me considering you understand Mandarin and English.  You are such a smiley baby, particularly at people. You laugh so hard and scrunch up your little nose and show your toothy grin to anyone who will watch.  

Elea, you doubled my heart in size, it sounds cliche but before you I didn’t know if I could love a child as much as I love your brother.  But from the moment Dr. Barini placed you on my chest I was in love all over again. Your full head of hair, your newborn cry, and your squishy face melted me from the inside. My love for you has grown with each passing moment I spend with you. I can’t help but wonder how you are going to change the world.

You have humbled me greatly this year, just when I thought I had everything figured out because it worked with your brother I realized I was so wrong. You like things differently than he did, and that is awesome because you retaught me how we are all different. It’s great you are different than Tae, I always want you to be true to yourself.  God created you, Elea Holbrook, and there is no one else on this entire Earth that is like you.  If I can teach you one thing in life it would be to see and value your worth. The world and people in it shouldn’t be where your value comes from, but rather your Creator. I struggled still struggle with this and I want you to learn it early. 

Motherhood is not for the faint of heart, but you my love make it easy. There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do to see you smile, hear that laugh, or to have you stumble into my arms. Thank you for being patient with me, your daddy, and Tae as we all figured out our new roles in our little family. I can’t wait to see what the next year holds, we love you Mei Mei. 

I love you desperately, 

Elea and Mama February 12, 2017

Elea and Mama February 10, 2018 

Monday, February 12, 2018


Elea Holbrook

12 Months 

  • Walking
  • Biting fingers (to get a toy she wants) 
  • Giving noggin (headbutts) 

  • Still Likes...
  • Clapping, Pointing  
  • Furniture cruising 
  • Still standing in danegrgous places (ie high chair and bath) 
  • Playing with Tae 
  • Amei 
  • Bathtime
  • Peekaboo

  • When you take a toy or food away from her
  • Getting out of the bath 

  • Sleeps through the night, about 12 hours
  • Takes 2 naps a day, morning and afternoon

  • Loves to eat, pretty much eats anything 
  • Even better at picking up her food with her fingers 
  • Tries to use a fork.
  • Loves rice, dumplings, pancakes, pizza, whole apples, spinach, bok choi...pretty much anything
  • Drinking whole cow's milk mixed with her formula

Favorite Moments: 
  • Taking her first steps 
  • Watching her new trick with Amei (headbutt) 

  • Steps! She just took them one night when Jess was giving Tae a bath, cruised on over to the toy bin like it was nothing.  I didn't even get it on camera because it was so out of the blue. 


Mommy Thoughts: 
Where did the year go? I remember waking up a year ago Sunday with contractions and waiting for as long as I could to go to the hospital. Our little sweetie graced us with her presence 2 weeks early and we were thrilled. Maybe it's the mom guilt, or maybe it's true, but I feel like she is just easier and is always just along for the ride.  We don't fret over the little things with her and Elea seems okay with that. She is sweet and spicy, the perfect fit for our family. One of my favorite things this year has been watching Tae and her relationship evolve. She loves her big brother and wants to do anything he does, and he loves his Mei Mei and protects her fiercely. Her little scrunched up nose, toothy smile is a favorite part of each day. I remember holding her in my arms and staring into her eyes wondering how we were going to survive with 2 kids, so today I am feeling a bit accomplished that we've done it for one year--and moved countries in the mix of all of it.  We love you Elea and can't wait to cheer you on as you change the world.