For Theo's first birthday, Jenn and Sanyo threw him a fun birthday party with the best theme (one that brought back so much nostalgia): "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" (by Eric Carle). It was perfect for Theo, because just like the caterpillar in the book, Theo loves to eat food! I loved how Jenn had prepared all the foods from the picture book with matching illustrations printed and displayed next to them. Joanne made so many colorful cookies that also looked exactly like the ones from the book (they looked too good to eat!). Jean painted a photo backdrop for the kids (and adults!) to stick their faces behind so they looked like caterpillars eating various foods (lollipop, slice of cherry pie, sausage, and cupcake). Everything was so creative & fun! After enjoying some tacos, Clay and I had a great time relaxing by the pool as we watched all the kids swim and Jack jump through the floaties (made us feel a little like we were at Sea World lol). Theo was so good during the cake cutting as he took photos with his mommy & daddy and all his grandparents. By the time we finished taking family photos, he was so ready to dig into his homemade blueberry smash cake that Jenn made just for him. "The Very Hungry Theo" sign next to him was way too fitting. Happy 1st birthday, Theo! Can't believe how much you've grown since the last time I photographed you when you were just one day old!
Celebrated Mia turning 1 year old with a Mermaid-themed birthday party! Clay and I helped make some simple seaweed skewers using some green sour belts on the morning of. All of the under-the-sea-themed foods that everyone prepared came together so well: mermaid mac 'n' cheese, octopus hot dogs, crab croissant sandwiches, starfish sandwiches, hermit crab strawberries, dolphin fruit cups (the dolphins were eating gold fish crackers), oyster & pearl madeleine cookies, grape kelp skewers, and colorful coral reef veggie tray. Everything on the table looked so good, especially with Joanne's teal & purple mermaid cake and assorted mermaid sugar cookies. Of course, the birthday girl looked cuter than ever that afternoon in her new mermaid outfit that Jenny found for her. Mia's grandma Jean made the most amazing photo booth backdrop for the occasion. Such clever use of streamers for seaweed and swimming pool noodles for a vibrant coral reef! Mia was the perfect little pearl to be placed on that light blue oyster. Had a lot of fun capturing her waving around her dinglehopper! Happy 1st birthday Mia! In your first year of life, we've hardly ever seen you cry, fuss, or get stranger danger. You are one of the sweetest babies that your Uncle Clay and I love to hold (and party on the dance floor with at weddings).
This Monday August 21, 2017 afternoon, my dear friends Jenn and Sanyo gave birth to a beautiful healthy baby boy, Theodore James Fong! Clay and I had just gotten back from our trip to Mexico and we were both so happy & relieved to hear that the entire delivery process was smooth and that both Jenn and baby Theo were doing great!
The very next day on Tuesday, I got to visit this precious little one-day-old. Even though many of my close friends have started having children, the miracle of birth still never ceases to amaze me. Getting to witness and hold a newborn always fills me with so much wonder and awe. And of course, I am always so crazy proud and impressed by my friends when they transition into this new life stage of parenthood. When I arrived at the hospital, Jenn was already up and about in her room, so surprisingly active for having just given birth the previous day! I watched as Sanyo changed Theo's diaper and cradled/comforted him after he got his afternoon shots. Tending to a helpless infant came so naturally. I already know that both Jenn and Sanyo are going to be amazing parents to this little one! And just from the back-to-back visitors from yesterday, I also already know that Theo will be so well-loved. He really does have a lovable personality from what I've noticed so far ;). The entire afternoon yesterday, he was so calm (barely cried) and curious. I documented as he slowly opened his eyes wide and started looking around, taking in all of his surroundings. He kept looking at me quietly as I took photos of him and even made Zoolander's Blue Steel face for a quick moment. I hope he knows that his Auntie Kim is so ready to spend more time with him whether it's during the Game of Thrones Season 7 finale, day trips (or half day trips) up to SF, and of course, family camping trips to Yosemite when he's old enough!
Today you are officially one month old! And today I wanted to blog about your birth (and your parents) to celebrate this! Here are some of the pictures from when your Uncle Clay and I came to visit you at the hospital on Easter Sunday, just one day (and less than 24 hours!!) after you were born to our dear friends, Debbie and Alex. What a sweet Easter gift you were to them this year ;)
Let me go back and share with you a little about your mom and dad. I've known your mom pretty much since high school, when we started going to our church, Breakaway Christian Fellowship, together. We'd play volleyball every Sunday afternoon, as well as tons of different card games/board games. She loved to read all the time and got really into playing DOTA. I also remember being in awe of her love for her cat, Bear, and all of Bear's little ones. While we were at De Anza together in the fall of 2009, we met Alex. And thanks to your mom, both me and Alex were persuaded to join her in an advanced Hiphop class. (Ask your mom for a funny story that happened in this class one day.) It was a ton of fun and it was also super embarrassing practicing and performing hiphop together. Of course, before I knew it...one day, I spotted your mom and dad walking across campus holding hands. And then, they were always found sitting next to each other and napping together in the planetarium during our afternoon Astronomy class!
And it's quite crazy how fast the years came afterwards...all of our De Anza friends ended up transferring to different schools, but somehow your mom and dad were able to transfer together to Davis (perfect, right?!). Even though we were at different schools, we were still determined to keep in touch and watch as many scary movies as we could when reunited together. Your parents would always come visit me and sleepover my apartment in Berkeley. Once when they slept over, I sent them off to SF with Montague's sandwiches to watch their first Giant's game! This was when they started getting really into softball and baseball. Anyway, when I would visit Davis, your parents were always sure to give me a fun-filled weekend full of goofiness and laughter, plus plenty of Thrifty's pistachio ice cream.
After graduating college, we all moved back home together. I remember your mom really wanted to become a teacher. She had always loved, loved all the kiddos and was so amazing with them! She ended up working at UserTesting, which I know she still enjoyed, especially when she got to dress up as an avocado for Halloween last year (you were her little avocado pit). Your parents got engaged on Uncle Clay's 23rd birthday (he filmed a short video of it, too!). And then before we knew it, they were so happily married. It is quite funny and great that your dad ended up joining your mom at UserTesting soon after and now, Uncle Clay is working there with them, too! (Even I have gotten to play softball with their work team for the past two weeks. LOL.)
Wow, so much to reflect on, but most importantly, I remember your parents were even more happy and overjoyed when they found out that they would be bringing you into this world! They were so brave and so excited. And just know that your parents are so proud to have you in their life right now. They love you SO much! Even though they haven't been getting as much sleep these days, I have witnessed such sweet moments they have been able to share together, because you are in their lives! And I know you will continue to bring them much happiness as you grow! You will forever be your mom's little otter pup : ) But please just don't grow up too fast. And please don't cry the next time your Uncle Clay and I come to visit and spontaneously volunteer to babysit you so that your mom and dad can drive to Fantasia real fast for a quick 30 minute boba date.
'Tis the season for family photos (and of course, those holiday cards)! Had a wonderful time shooting these family portraits with Christine and Andy, their 3-month-old baby Caleb, and their dog Marlowe over at Crissy Field and the Warming Hut Park Store & Cafe in San Francisco! Always down for an outdoor family portrait session during the holiday season :)
Just capturing as I go.